Humanitarian funding requirements increase to more than $1.5 billion
Flash floods displace nearly 237,000 people
GoE, relief actors prepare to evaluate belg seasonal outcomes and impacts
In April, Year-on-Year general inflation rate stood at 7.4%, food inflation at 6.3% and non-food inflation rate at 8.7%. The Central Statstical Agency indicated that food indices rose in April 2016; bread and cereal (10.6%), fruits and spices (12.6%), milk, cheese and egg (11.1%), pulse and vegetables (4.5%), meat (8.5%), sugar, honey, and other sweets by (4.7%).
In response to the drought emergency, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and Regional Health Bureaus (RHBs), supported by humanitarian partners, including UNICEF, have increased the number of outpatient therapeutic feeding programme sites (OTP) by 1,211 (from 13,271 in March 2015 to 14,482 in March 2016) and the number of stabilization centers (SC) by 336 (from 1,013 in March 2015 to 1,349 in March 2016).
By: Marjo Leppanen, IFRC
Ethiopia is currently experiencing its worst drought in 50 years with 10.2 million people in need of urgent humanitarian food assistance. The drought is linked to the El Niño phenomenon which has resulted in failed rains leading to very poor or no harvests for farmers.
When families struggle to get enough to eat at a time of crisis, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. WFP’s specialized nutrition support has been a vital part of the response to the ongoing drought crisis in Ethiopia.
WAGHIMERA, Ethiopia – The first time 4-year-old Gebru’s mother took him to a health centre in Amhara last year, he was so sick with a bad cough that he could not eat properly. He did not recover after the first rounds of treatment for malnutrition.
(Addis Ababa and Istanbul 23 May 2016): Mr. Demeke Mekonnen Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister today chairs a side event at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) showcasing the country’s best practices in the drought response.
Heavy rains continues to cause significant dispatch and distribution delays for the emergency response, and has led to flooding. WFP has provided ad-hoc food assistance to some 85,000 flood-affected people in Somali region.
WFP is deploying regional coordinators to all regions to augment the provision and scale-up of the Targeted Supplementary Feeding programme nationwide.
A complement to the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), the “Prioritization Statement”, was released on 10 May.
(Addis Ababa, 20 May 2016): Following a joint prioritization exercise by the Ethiopia Government and its partners, Ethiopia’s humanitarian requirements have increased to US$1.5 billion. Of this, $702.6 million is urgently required to address prioritized humanitarian needs for the remainder of the year.
This review serves as a complement to the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), which is the joint common plan and implementation framework of the Government and humanitarian partners to address humanitarian needs in Ethiopia.
Description of the disaster
From the first week of April heavy rainfalls have occurred in Eastern and Southern parts of Ethiopia related to the El Niño phenomenon and the regular Belg rains (March – May). The first reports of flash floods and subsequent displacements of communities, especially in Somali region, was reported and responded to from 7 April onwards.
2016 TARGETED SUPPLEMENTARY FEEDING PROGRAMME
The Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme (TSF) treats children under five years of age, and pregnant and nursing women who are suffering from moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) with Specialized Nutritious Foods (SNF).
• Low delivery performance, especially in Amhara, Oromia, and Tigray regions, is mainly due to significant delays in Government-contracted secondary transport to targeted Priority 1 woredas.
At least 236,890 people displaced from torrential rains and corresponding flash floods since late March.
Major improvements in food dispatch and distribution performance have been achieved in the first months of 2016 with the transport of relief food increasing from 6,000MT per day at the start of the year up to 17,000MT per day currently.
The requirements for Agriculture, Education and Shelter/NFI sectors increased following the prioritization exercise early May.
2016 EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAMME
Of the total 10.2 million people in need of food assistance as identified by the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), the Government of Ethiopia (GoE), National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), together with WFP, is assisting 7.6 million people. The remaining beneficiary caseload is covered by the Joint Emergency Operations Program (JEOP) NGO consortium.
Director of Programmes, Plan International Headquarters
Food and water distributions are helping communities survive despite El Niño-caused droughts but long-term needs remain, blogs Plan International’s Jonathan Mitchell.
Rainfall is long overdue in Ethiopia.
Travelling to Lalibella in the Amhara Region, the land is bone dry and the region is in the midst of a drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon.
EL NIÑO WEATHER PHENOMENON
USAID provides an additional $128 million to support humanitarian efforts in Ethiopia
Floods in April displace more than 119,700 people, damage infrastructure, and impede humanitarian access
Since April 2016, heavy spring/belg rains have caused floods and landslides, resulting in 100 deaths as of 12 May. Up to 120,000 people have been displaced in six regions. The most affected regions are Somali, Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples (SNNP), Afar, Amhara, and Harari – already severely affected by the El Niño drought.
Anticipated scope and scale
For Immediate Release
Friday, May 13, 2016
USAID Press Office
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Agency for International Development announced nearly $128 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Ethiopia face the impacts of the worst drought in fifty years.
The El Niño weather phenomenon continues to strongly impact Ethiopia. On top of a widespread drought crisis, abnormally heavy spring rains are currently affecting south-eastern and central parts of the country, causing floods and landslides and resulting in dozens of lives lost and the displacement of over 100 000 people.