US pledges $97M to combat Ethiopia's drought

January 31, 2016 3:00 PM

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development has announced $97 million dollars in emergency assistance to Ethiopia to combat the devastating effects of a drought brought on by the El Nino climate phenomenon.

The seasonal warming over the Pacific Ocean has caused a serious drought across eastern and southern Africa and particularly hard hit is Ethiopia — Africa's second most populous country with 94 million people.

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