Ethiopia government starts distributing wheat, cooking oil to millions facing hunger

Ethiopia's government has started distributing rations of wheat and oil to people facing hunger in the north and northeastern parts of the country.

Mitiku Kassa, secretary of the Ethiopian Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Committee, told the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate Wednesday that they are now supplying 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of wheat and a half liter (1.3 gallons) of cooking oil per adult in the areas hit by drought conditions.

More than 8 million people require urgent food assistance, and the Ethiopian government says there is enough food aid to feed them through December.

The U.N. says the scale of the developing emergency exceeds resources available so far.

The food insecurity is fueled by the failure of Ethiopia's spring rains that resulted in poor crop yields.