While Ethiopia battles the residual needs arising from the El Niño-induced drought, below average rains in the southern and eastern parts of the country caused by the negative Indian Ocean Dipole and La Niña have led to new symptoms of drought. Livestock deaths and water shortages are already reported from the affected areas. In addition, disease outbreaks and, food and nutritional insecurity persist in pocket areas.
The Government and humanitarian partners are recalibrating the nationally-led response to address residual and emerging needs. It is anticipated that 5.6 million people will require food assistance; 1.2 million children and pregnant and lactating mothers will require supplementary feeding; 9.2 million people will be without safe drinking water and 2.4 million households will need livestock support. Partners also estimate that 300,000 children will become severely malnourished in 2017. (OCHA, 05 Dec 2016)