United Nations: United Nations has called for assistance to the two million people hit by drought in the African country Ethiopia.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Thursday that water is being transported by trucks to residents in drought-hit areas of the southern and southeastern lowlands of the east African country.

The office said that emergency conditions are likely to persist until the next rainy season arrives in October.

Apart from providing health care, veterinary services and livestock feed, UN aid agencies, which are working with national authorities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), are also handing out food to households in need.

UN agencies have said that the areas risk increased threats to disease outbreaks as the Horn of African country (north eastern region) has been facing a drought in recent years.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopian government has requested an additional $75 million as humanitarian assistance this month and in May.