Fundraising drive for people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan is the third most successful run by the coalition of aid charities
The Disasters Emergency Committee’s East Africa Crisis Appeal raised £79m, making it the charity’s third most successful campaign.
The appeal was launched last year to help the millions of people affected by famine in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan after one of the worst droughts for 60 years.
The DEC said the sums raised for its appeal, which has now closed, put it behind only the £392m donated after the 2004 Asian tsunami and the £107m given after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
Full details about how the appeal money is being spent will be in the DEC’s annual report, which will be published on July 20.