In Aug 2011 floods have been reported in Amhara, Tigray, Somali and Afar regions (Government Early Warning Bulletin, 31 Aug 2011).
According to FewsNet, about 650 households have been displaced, mainly in Amhara and Gambela and about 20 causalities were reported in Kalu (South Wollo) and Antsokia (North Shewa) (Food Security Outlook Update, 25 Aug 2011).
I. Executive Summary
Period covered by this Ops Update: 24 October 2011 to 9 January 2012;
Appeal target (current): CHF 25,408,085 (plus CHF 3,000,000 for bilateral Emergency Response Units) totalling CHF 28,408,085
Appeal coverage: ~36%
• A Preliminary Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 5 August 2011 for CHF 10,978,250 for 6 months to assist 165,000 beneficiaries.
• Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 200,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the National Society to respond.
Since October of last year, humedica has been running a health centre at the Melkadida refugee camp in the south of Ethiopia. What had started with makeshift, but nevertheless professional treatment and supply tents, is now taking shape in form of completely new and improved buildings.
Originally, the idea of building a humedica health centre arose from the simple wish to expand medical care at Melkadida also to the more remote areas and parts of the refugee camp.
Some 3.2 mln. people need humanitarian assistance in first half of 2012
Addis Ababa, January 20, 2012 (Addis Ababa) - Some 3.2 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance from January to June 2012, the Ministry of Agriculture announced.
Speaking at the launching of the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for the first half of 2012 here on Thursday Agriculture State Minister Mitiku Kassa said Ethiopia needs 168.7 million US dollars worth food and non-food items.
In the last six months CARE has reached over 1.8 million affected people throughout the region /Long-term recovery efforts aim at building resilience to food insecurity
On July 20th, 2011, the United Nations declared a state of famine in two areas of southern Somalia: the Bakool agropastoral livelihood zones and all areas of Lower Shabelle. Subsequently, four more Somali areas have been declared as a famine. At that point, the whole region of the Horn of Africa was suffering from the worst drought in more than 60 years, affecting Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya.
ADDIS ABABA, 18 January 2012 (IRIN) - Parts of Ethiopia are still reeling from the effects of recent drought, flooding, conflict or a combination of the three, resulting in increased numbers of children dropping out of school, say officials.
At least 385,000 school-children need "emergency education assistance this school year", Alexandra Westerbeek, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) communication manager in Ethiopia, told IRIN.
"In addition, 70,000 children among [the] refugee population also need emergency education assistance."
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Above average 2011 main “meher” season cereal production is forecast
Good secondary “deyr” rains improve pasture in drought-affected areas
Cereal prices decline but year-on-year food inflation rates are still high at 35 percent in December 2011
Number of refugees in Ethiopia, mainly from Somalia, remains at record 260 000 people
Favourable outturn of the main “meher” season cereal harvest
Ethiopia’s year-on-year inflation rate fell for a fourth month in a row to 35.2 per cent in December 2011 down from 39.2 and 39.8 per cent in November and October, respectively. The food price inflation rate decreased to 46.5 percent, down from 50.3 per cent a month earlier, and the non-food inflation rate to 21.8 per cent down from 24.2 per cent in November. With the arrival of the meher harvest into the markets, availability of cereals is improving, leading to slightly declining prices in most markets.
Food Assistance Update
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
· Three aid workers on a monitoring mission in Mataban, Hirran Province, Somalia died when a gunman opened fire on 23 December.
· Latest reports from UNICEF and KRCS indicate that flood waters in Kenya are subsiding, with most displaced communities returning to their homes.
· Inter-communal conflict in Moyale leaves 37 people dead, thousands displaced.
· Two grenades thrown at a club in Wajir district in north-eastern Kenya near the Somali border wounded at least seven people on 24 December.
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I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
· Tensions remain high in North Eastern Province of Kenya following a series of explosive attacks targeting military and police convoys in the area.
· Aid workers have further reduced operations in the Dadaab refugee camps following heightened insecurity.
· WHO has called on health partners to intensify cholera preventative activities in Mogadishu following an increase in cases.
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
· Heavy rains have subsided this week in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, but humanitarian operations continue to be impeded by the damage to infrastructure caused by the heavy rains in previous weeks, as well as persistent insecurity.
· The World Health Organization has issued an alert over an increased risk of water-borne diseases following the recent heavy rains and flooding in the region.
EARLY WARNING AND RE SPONSE SUMMARY
In December, unexpected weather systems over some areas of northern Ethiopia may result in unseasonable rainfall in Central & Eastern Orimya, the high grounds of Arsi and Bale, Eastern Tigray and Eastern Amhara. Precautions should be taken ahead of time to avoid harvest and post-harvest losses due to excessive moisture in crop fields and barns.
Ethiopia Drought Situation