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Record number of aid trucks into Ethiopia’s Tigray region: UN

UNITED NATIONS (XINHUA) – During the past week, 319 relief trucks and a fuel tanker reached Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the highest number in a single week since June 2021, United Nations (UN) humanitarians said on Friday.

“Since aid convoys resumed at the start of April, around 15,500 metric tonnes of food aid have been brought into the Tigray region and are being distributed in 45 priority districts,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. But to reach all those in need, at least 68,000 tons more are required.

Although the 319 trucks loaded with aid cargo and one fuel tanker entered Tigray, humanitarian agencies still report a shortfall of cash, fuel and supplies for the beleaguered in the region, the office said. The UN and partners continue to assist people in the neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions, where needs also remain high. The OCHA said that in Afar’s Zone 2, a recent assessment found extremely worrying levels of malnutrition among some internally displaced people.

Aid partners established two stabilisation centres in the zone for treating children with severe acute malnutrition and medical complications, the office said. More than 845,000 people have received food assistance in Afar since late February. In the past week, more than 100,000 people benefitted from the trucking of clean water.

In Amhara, more than 10.4 million people have received food assistance since late December, OCHA said. The world body and partners are also responding to the severe drought to hit the area, affecting more than eight million people, especially in southern regions of Ethiopia.