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Eritrea suffering profound water shortage, UN says

Eritrea suffering profound water shortage, UN says

Eritrea has been suffering from such intense drought that people have started migrating from one area to another in search of new water sources and fresh grazing lands for their animals, the United Nations said today.

The drought has led people to start migrating from Northern and Southern Red Sea and Gash Barka, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

A World Food Programme (WFP) workshop on selection criteria for aid beneficiaries that should have taken place last week in Barentu, Gash Barka was postponed after a bomb went off in Barentu, killing five people and injuring 88. The device was placed under a vehicle used by musicians observing Eritrea’s 24 May independence anniversary, OCHA said.

The UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) is collaborating with two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in building a road to the site where a 45 metre water reservoir will be built to supply 2,000 people in Ashiti.

A German NGO, GTZ, has also begun feasibility studies on repairing water supply systems in Agordat, Barentu, Hakikota and Tessenei.

Meanwhile, some farmers have already ploughed their land in hope that the rainy season will start at the expected time in June or July, depending on the location.