Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 28 January 2013

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 28 Jan 2013

Relief Food Update

As of 23 January, distribution of seventh round relief food, targeting 2.8 million people countrywide, reached 84 per cent. Dispatch of the “bridging” round, targeting 1.5 million people in Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali and Harari Regions, reached 33 per cent as of the same date, including 47 per cent to areas covered by the Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS), 28 per cent to areas covered by the NGO consortium joint emergency operation (JEOP) and 17 per cent to WFP-covered areas. Beneficiaries in areas covered by WFP (Somali Region) and JEOP will receive a full basket and full ration, while those in areas covered by the DRMFSS will receive a half-ration of vegetable oil and full rations of all other commodities. For more information, contract wfp.addisababa@wfp.org

WASH Update

A multi-agency rapid assessment in Barey woreda (Afder zone, Somali Region), conducted from 13 to 17 January, has verified the reported drought conditions that have prompted serious water shortages and high levels of malnutrition in parts of the woreda. According to the assessment team, an immediate start to water trucking is required in two of the five kebeles identified by the local authorities as ‘priority 1 water hot-spots’, including Dudun and Harhodey. In total, 15 kebeles were identified as water hot-spots: five “priority 1” kebeles requiring water trucking in February; six “priority 2” kebeles likely to need water trucking from early March; and four ‘priority 3” kebeles where water supplies are expected to last through the end of March. The NGO ADRA will start operating two trucks in Garily and Guled-Dhere kebeles, while ADHORN will cover the other “priority 1” kebeles. The Somali Region Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Bureau (DPPB) also reported critical water shortages in several other parts of the Region. The preliminary report of the recently concluded joint assessment in Siti zone indicates water trucking need in Gurgur and Hariso kebeles of Hadagala woreda by the first week of February, and in Eleheley, Sinuchief, Biyogurgur and Biyodidley kebeles of Ayisha woreda; Bisle and Hadkale kabeles of Shinile woreda; and Biyo-Gara kebele of Hadagala woreda by the end of February. Similar joint assessments are/will be conducted in Nogob, Shabelle, Liben and Afder zones to identify water trucking needs.

Meanwhile, 16 water trucks are operating in several chronically water-insecure parts of the country, including in Afar (four trucks in Elidar, two in Kori and one in Dubti woredas of zone1; two trucks in Bidu and one in Erebti woredas of zone 2; and one truck in Yalo woreda of zone 4), Oromia (one truck each in Kumbi woreda of East Harerge zone and Dawe Serer woreda of Bale zone) and Tigray (one truck each in Edaga Arbi woreda of Central, Erob woreda of Eastern and Raya Azebo woreda of Southern zones) Regions. The Gambella Town mechanical water system is rehabilitated and has started providing water to residents on 12 January. Gambella Town had been without water since the beginning of December, with the majority of residents relying on the Baro River for all personal and household water needs. To prevent the outbreak of water-related disease, IRC donated 96,000 sachets of water purification chemicals and 500 buckets for distribution by the Regional Water and Energy Bureau to the most vulnerable. For more information, contact awesterbeek@unicef.org

Refugee Update

The Dollo Ado area of Somali Region saw a sudden surge in refugee influx from Somalia starting from mid- November, with a total of 9,816 new arrivals registered in November and December, compared to 770 in October and 1,709 in September. The majority of the refugees are from Gedo, with some coming from Bakol Regions of Somalia. Insecurity and failed rains in November that disrupted their livelihoods, are reasons commonly cited for their flight. The new refugees came with few personal belongings and are generally in good health. Core relief items are pre-positioned for some 15,000 refugees, although there is a critical shortage of tents in stock. The new arrivals will be accommodated in metal frame dome shelters and tarpaulins. With a combined population of over 183,258 refugees, all the five camps are quickly reaching their expanded capacities making the establishment of the 6th camp an urgent priority. In Beneshangul Gumuz Region of western Ethiopia, some 150 new refugees from Sudan’s Blue Nile State were registered and transferred to existing camps in December. There was no significant influx in the area since July when some 1,546 refugees arrived. The refugees are entering Ethiopia through the Yabus corridor, some 75kms from Tongo Town. UNHCR and the Government refugee agency, ARRA, are currently focused on relocating over 2,000 Sudanese refugees living with the host communities around Monday Market, Gemed, Ashesheko and Taiba areas in Sherkole woreda, to existing camps. The refugees have reportedly resided in the areas since September 2011. Some 585 refugees were relocated to Sherkole and Bambasi camps in December. Meanwhile, UNHCR and ARRA are exploring options for a fourth camp in the area to host those relocating from border areas, as well as new arrivals. For more information, contact: gegziabk@unhcr.org or prokopch@unhcr.org 

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