Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 15 July 2013

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 15 Jul 2013

Health Update

As of 8 July, some 138 confirmed cases of Yellow Fever and 54 suspected deaths (still to be confirmed) were reported in North Ari, South Ari, Benatsemay and Selmago woredas of South Omo zone and from neighboring Segen People’s zone, SNNPR. The highest number of cases was reported from South Ari woreda. Reported cases have gradually declined since mid-June. Of the 607,462 people targeted by the second phase reactive Yellow Fever vaccination in the eight woredas and Jinka city of South Omo zone, the Regional Health Bureau, with support from health partners, has so far reached 543,558 people (89 per cent). It is working to initiate and/or enhance Yellow Fever surveillance in all areas affected by or at risk for this public health concern. For more information, contact: who-wro@et.afro.who.int

Flood Alert

The recently reactivated DRMFSS-led National Flood Task Force issued its first flood alert. Above-normal kiremt rains are forecast in flood-prone areas in western Amhara, Beneshangul Gumuz, Gambella, central and western Oromia, SNNP and Tigray Regions. Accordingly, these areas are at risk of flooding over the coming months. Appropriate flood mitigation and response activities are recommended, including reactivation of Regional Flood Task Forces; prepositioning of food and non-food items, particularly in areas that may become inaccessible; dissemination of early warning information to at-risk population; and strengthening of flood protection structures in at-risk areas. For more information, contact: infodrmfss@dppc.gov.et

WASH Update

National water trucking requests increased from 29 trucks to 32 during the past week. The increase was recorded in Afar Region - currently in its dry season - where no rainfall was reported for the past couple of weeks. At present, 23 trucks are operational in Afar (all 11 trucks requested), Amhara (all four trucks requested) and Tigray (eight of 17 trucks requested), benefitting more than 175,000 people. Meanwhile, following reports of water shortages in Siti zone, Somali Region, a multi-agency rapid assessment team deployed to the area to identify trucking needs.

In SNNPR, the population in areas affected by recent flooding is at risk of water-related disease outbreaks. The water schemes destroyed by flooding require immediate maintenance. For more information, contact awesterbeek@unicef.org

Relief Food Update

As of 10 July, the dispatch of the second and third round of relief food reached 98 and 45 per cent, respectively. Meanwhile, the first round of relief food distribution stood at 92 per cent, while the second round distribution reached 51 per cent. The third round distribution started in Amhara (nine per cent), Oromia (11 per cent) and Tigray (four per cent) Regions. Due to supply shortages, DRMFSS-covered areas are receiving a reduced food basket (no oil) and reduced ration of the Corn Soya Blend (CSB) under the second round. Similarly, under the third round, DRMFSScovered areas will receive a reduced food basket (no oil) and full ration for all other commodities, while JEOP and WFP-covered areas will receive a full food basket and full ration of all commodities.

As of the same date, dispatch of the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) food allocation for April stood at 83 per cent; while the PSNP food allocation for May reached 60 per cent and that of June reached 54 per cent. For more information, contract wfp.addisababa@wfp.org

Refugee Update

Ethiopia received 3,555 refugees in June, including 1,553 from South Sudan, 955 from Somalia, 892 from Eritrea, 126 from Sudan and 29 from several other countries. Meanwhile, the Government refugee agency, ARRA, and UNHCR, with IOM support, continue the relocation of South Sudanese refugees from Gambella’s Wanthowa woreda, to Pugnido camp. This year, 6,000 of the 16,000 South Sudanese refugees who have been living with host communities in Wanthowa woreda for over a year, will be relocated to Pugnido camp. With the population increase in Pugnido camp, however, UNHCR and partners are discussing ways to ease the strain on existing sanitation facilities. Shortage of shelter materials to accommodate the new arrivals also remains a challenge.

In northern Ethiopia, most of the new arrivals from Eritrea are being relocated to the newest camp in the area, Hitsats, now home to over 1,400 refugees. A substantial number of the new arrivals from Eritrea are unaccompanied minors – 110 of the 892 new arrivals in June – requiring special assistance and protection. For more information, contact: gegziabk@unhcr.org

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.