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23 May 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.

22 May 2015 description

Somalia - Conflict and a complex humanitarian emergency has forced some 20,000 vulnerable people to flee from Yemen to the Horn of Africa over the past two months. They include refugees from Somalia, migrant workers from third countries and Yemeni civilians.

No commercial flight has landed in or departed from Yemen since 26 March 2015, stranding thousands of people. Internal movement in Yemen is also difficult due to fuel shortages and checkpoints, reducing the options open to most vulnerable people stranded in the country.

22 May 2015 description

IOM Appeals for USD 84 million for Population Affected by Conflict in Yemen

Yemen - IOM has launched a US$ 84 million regional appeal to meet the immediate needs of populations affected by the conflict in Yemen over the next six months, both within Yemen and in the region, including Djibouti and Somalia.

22 May 2015 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On May 22(Friday), the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of 2.4 million US dollars (approximately 290 million Japanese yen) through the International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC), International Organization of Migration (IOM) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to support internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen and Yemeni refugees in Djibouti and Somalia, etc. in the area of medical care, foods and non-food materials, and the evacuation of foreign nationals from Yemen.

22 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • On 21 May, an airstrike hit near IOM’s Migrant Response Center in Haradh (Northern Yemen), killing five Ethiopian migrants and wounding two others who were in the proximity.

  • Over 21,000 people have now fled Yemen to Djibouti and Somalia.

  • On 21 May, IOM launched its Regional Appeal for Yemen, requesting USD 84 million to cover its operations in Yemen and Horn of Africa from April to September 2015.

20 May 2015 description
  • Most of the greater Horn of Africa observed a decrease in rainfall over the previous week.
  • Early season rainfall remains below normal for portions of West Africa.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness and poor ground conditions unfavorable for crops across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

20 May 2015 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

19 May 2015 description

Key planning figures

12.1 6 million food insecure people in crisis and emergency phases (Apr-15)
6.62 million people displaced internally (Mar-15)
2.3 million refugees in the region (Mar-15)
950 million US$ funded (May 2015)

Key drivers of crisis in the region

Conflict and Insecurity

19 May 2015 description

Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.

19 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • In response to the ongoing crisis, WFP has reached 1.3 million people with emergency food assistance since 15 April 2015.

  • The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) has devised an operational plan to be implemented during the five-day humanitarian pause (12 May—17 May).

15 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • The Humanitarian Pause started on Tuesday 12 May in all governorates for five days. A senior inter-agency team - including IOM Yemen Chief of Mission and Senior Emergency Officer - arrived in Sana'a on the same day.

  • IOM's evacuation flights out of Sana'a have resumed, with a flight organised out of Yemen to Khartoum on 13 May carrying 156 passengers.

  • To date, over 18, 000 people have fled from Yemen across the Red Sea to the Horn of Africa.

15 May 2015 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.

  2. Seasonally above-average rainfall, combined with heavy rainfall forecast across eastern Ethiopia and Somalia, is expected to increase the risk for localized flooding along the Jubba and Shabelle River basins in Somalia.

15 May 2015 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, 11 mai 2015 — La Banque mondiale a annoncé aujourd’hui l’affectation d’un don additionnel de 7 millions de dollars à la poursuite du Projet d’amélioration de la performance du secteur de la santé à Djibouti. Depuis son approbation en avril 2013, ce projet a permis de fournir des services de santé améliorés à 171 222 bénéficiaires dans les villes de Djibouti, Ali Sabieh et Tadjourah.

15 May 2015 description

Djibouti, Djibouti | AFP | Friday 5/15/2015 - 02:30 GMT

by Karim LEBHOUR

Dwarfed by warships and giant cargo vessels, the small wooden boats that brave the dangerous crossing between the Horn of Africa and Yemen are a lifeline for the desperate thousands fleeing war.

Each day they come from the Arabian Peninsula to Djibouti, crossing the waters of the Bab al-Mandeb strait -- the "Gate of Tears" in Arabic -- the key shipping channel of the Gulf of Aden.

14 May 2015 description

Djibouti, Djibouti | AFP | jeudi 14/05/2015 - 06:14 GMT

par Karim LEBHOUR

Les boutres de pêcheurs empruntés par les réfugiés yéménites paraissent bien frêles aux côtés des navires de guerre et des immenses cargos qui se croisent dans le port de Djibouti. Mais chaque jour, ces réfugiés sont des dizaines à franchir les quelque 20 miles nautiques (30km) du détroit de Bab-Al-Mandeb.

14 May 2015 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015—The World Bank today announced an additional US$7 million grant for the continuation of its Improving Health Sector Performance Project in Djibouti. Since its approval in April 2013, the existing program has provided improved health services to 171,222 beneficiaries in Djibouti-ville, Ali-Sabieh and Tadjoura.

14 May 2015 description

Somalia - De plus en plus de personnes fuient vers la corne de l’Afrique à mesure que le conflit au Yémen s’intensifie. Jusqu’ici, au total, 14 529 arrivées ont été enregistrées. Sur ce nombre, 9 703 sont arrivées à Djibouti et 4 826 en Somalie.

Pendant la première semaine de mai, la Somalie a accueilli 1 038 personnes, dont 969 Somaliens, qui sont arrivées aux ports de Bossaso et de Berbera. Le Puntland a enregistré 3 276 arrivées depuis mars, qui correspond au début de la crise au Yémen, et au Somaliland, 1 550 arrivées ont été enregistrées.

13 May 2015 description
  • The first substantial rains in many weeks across rift valley regions of Ethiopia this past week may benefit grazing activities and water resources.

  • Rainfall becomes more seasonably well distributed across portions of West Africa.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness and poor ground conditions unfavorable for crops across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.