Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 6 May 2013

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 06 May 2013

Flood Update Localized flooding continued to cause damages across the country over the past two weeks. In SNNPR, overflow of the Blate River affected three additional villages in Loka Abaya woreda (Sidama zone) and displaced some 1,200 people from the area. Regional authorities requested the Federal Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) for additional Non Food Item (NFI) support to assist the affected population. Previous flooding, in April, affected more than 2,500 people in Loka Abaya woreda and Humbo woreda (Wolayita zone). At that time, DRMFSS provided an initial response comprising of shelter materials and NFI kits. These floods also caused livestock death and destroyed an estimated 472 hectares of belg cropland.

Similarly, flooding in Somali Region affected around 3,500 people in Kebridehar woreda (Korahe zone); 42,258 people in Ferfer, Mustahil and Kalafo woredas (Shabelle zone); and some 5,000 people in Gashamo woreda and Degehabur Town (Jarar zone). The Government and partners are providing NFI kits and WASH items to the affected population. UNICEF is also supporting one boat to evacuate stranded communities to dry land. Gaps in response, however, remain. In addition to the floods reported in Chenaksen, Fedis, Babile and Haromaya woredas (East Hararge zone) and Tulu and Oda Bultum woredas (West Hararge zones) two weeks ago, heavy rains caused flooding in Melka Soda woreda (Borena zone) killing two people and displacing thousands last week. The affected population in Oromia has yet to receive assistance. For more information, contact: infodrmfss@dppc.gov.et

Education Update Flooding in Mustahil and Kelafo woredas (Shabelle zone, Somali Region) damaged five schools, affecting the education of some 7,000 children. Floods have also damaged eight schools in Melka Soda woreda (Borena zone, Oromia Region) last week. The establishment of temporary schools and the distribution of education materials are required to support timely resumption of schooling in flood affected areas. On the other hand, the Afar Regional Education Bureau, with support from education partners, is conducting a “back to school campaign” benefiting some 15,000 children. The campaign targets 31 schools that had closed down due to lack of water during the dry season. The current seasonal rains have improved water availability in the targeted areas. Meanwhile, WFP’s school feeding programme will support 76,399 children in the affected areas. For more information, contact eyerusalem.azmeraw@savethechildren.org

Relief Food Update As of 30 April, relief food dispatch for the first round of 2013, targeting 2.48 million people nationwide, reached 88 per cent. The Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) dispatched 92 per cent of total allocation to its covered areas; the NGO consortium Joint Emergency Operation (JEOP) dispatched 91 per cent and WFP 82 per cent. The first round distribution stood at only 34 per cent as of the same date. Regionally, all the beneficiaries in SNNPR have received the allocated relief food, while those in Afar, Beneshangul Gumuz, Gambella and Harari Regions have yet to receive their first round food ration. The delays in relief food dispatch and distribution are exacerbating the already vulnerable food and nutritional situation of poor households in affected areas. Four rounds of relief food were planned for the first half of 2013.

Meanwhile, as of 30 April, dispatch of the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) food allocation for February stood at 97 per cent completion; while the PSNP food allocation for March reached 61 per cent. For more information, contract wfp.addisababa@wfp.org

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