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29 Dec 2014 description


  • Measles cases continue to be reported in large numbers despite on-going Government efforts for mass immunization.
    More than 15,500 suspected measles cases were reported in 2014.

  • The 2014 meher humanitarian needs assessment teams concluded the assessment on 21 December. Preliminary reports indicate that despite the late onset, the kiremt rains performed well in most parts of the country.

11 Dec 2014 description

Below-average October to December Deyr/Hagaya rains thus far in some southern and southeastern pastoral areas

Key Messages:

01 Dec 2014 description


  • 24 meher assessment teams deployed on 29 November for three weeks.

  • The sixth relief food round will be the bridging round for 2014 due to resource shortfalls and the imminent meher harvest. Seven relief food rounds were initially planned for the year.

  • Gaps in surveillance and routine polio immunization coverage in the polio outbreak-affected Doolo zone continue to be risks for the further spread of the disease.

26 Nov 2014 description


  • The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 193,922 individuals, comprising 191,359 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,563 who entered through the Assosa region.

  • Registration remains suspended at Akobo and Pagak entry points, while in Burbiey, registration was temporarily halted while the relocation exercise from Matar to Pugnido began. Registration is expected to resume soon.

25 Nov 2014 description


• As of November 17, IOM has resumed transportation assistance to South Sudanese refugees stranded by heavy rains and flooding in Matar.

• The total number of refugees evacuated by IOM is 173,874 in Gambella and 2,599 in Benishangul‐Gumuz.

General Overview

25 Nov 2014 description

Mid-October floods continue to limit access to grazing lands

Key Messages

In mid-October, unusually late rains caused flooding along the Shebelle River in Somali Region, on the shores of Lake Turkana in South Omo Zone in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), and along the Awash River in southern Afar. The floods both destroyed and limited access to grazing areas, which has led to deterioration in livestock body conditions and productivity. This reduced households’ access to food and income.

24 Nov 2014 description


  • Humanitarian partners continue to coordinate necessary response to floodaffected communities through the Gode, Jijiga (Somali region) and Amibara (Afar region) Incident Command Posts (ICP).

  • Eritrean refugees continue to arrive in northern Ethiopia in high numbers. 2,173 refugees arrived so far in November

10 Nov 2014 description


  • Some 5,000 Eritrean refugees, primarily from Asmara, arrived in Ethiopia during October.

  • DRMFSS dispatched initial relief food assistance to flood affected people in Dassenech woreda and is collaborating with FAO and sector partners to initiate livestock intervention.

  • Woredas in the lowlands of Oromia that did not receive enough rains to replenish water sources continue to report water shortages

05 Nov 2014 description

Ethiopia: Refugee Operation: Influx from South Sudan


  • According to UNHCR as of 24 October about 190,965 refugees had arrived to Ethiopia from South Sudan since mid-December 2013. The main entry points continue to be Pagak, Burubiey and Akobo Tergole.

  • The road to Matar is likely to clear of water soon but is expected to require full maintenance/rebuilding over a 20km stretch which has been washed away by the over-flowing river.

03 Nov 2014 description

Key Events

  • WFP dispatched 441MT of relief food items to 33,100 flood-affected people in seven woredas of Afar and Somali regions. Since September, the overflow of rivers in Afar and Somali regions affected 47,727 households, including 32,613 households displaced.

  • An emergency nutrition survey conducted in Dassenech woreda of SNNPR in September revealed a critical nutrition situation. DRMFSS dispatched relief food items, for blanket supplementary feeding targeting children under-5, pregnant and breastfeeding women.

20 Oct 2014 description


  • More than 200 Eritrean refugees cross the Ethiopian border each day. The sudden spike in arrivals since September cause congestion at the reception centre.

  • Localized heavy rains since September produced flooding in Afar, SNNP and Somali regions, triggering displacements, and loss of lives and livelihoods.

17 Oct 2014 description


-According to UNHCR as of 10 October about 189,775 refugees had arrived to Ethiopia from South Sudan since mid-December 2013. The main entry points continue to be Pagak, Burubiey and Akobo Tergole.

  • Road to Leitchour and Nip Nip camps still cut off due to the floods. Only way to transport food is through river.

  • WFP Ethiopia has so far moved over 27,530 mt of food commodities to South Sudan by air, road and river through the cross-border operation.

Situation Update

13 Oct 2014 description


Relief food beneficiaries in nutrition hotspot priority two and three woredas did not receive the fifth round release food ration due to due to delays in the 2014 HRD mid-review.

10 Oct 2014 description


  • *According to UNHCR as of 3 October about 189,540 refugees had arrived to Ethiopia from South Sudan since mid-December 2013. The main entry points continue to be Pagak, Burubiey and Akobo Tergole.*

  • The road inaccessibility to camps due to the floods continues to affect all humanitarian interventions in Leitchuor and Nip Nip camps.

07 Oct 2014 description

Key events

  • The overall increase in TFP admissions in Oromia region, which is unusual for this time of year, is partly associated with the community health day (CHD) screening conducted in August and a deteriorated food security in the drought-prone zones.

  • In Somali region, seven of the nine zones in the region are reportedly suffering from water shortages. People and livestock continue to migrate in search of water and pasture.

29 Sep 2014 description


  • Pending the release of the revised 2014 HRD, the Government agreed to dispatch the fifth round relief food ration to 1.5 million beneficiaries in 108 nutrition hotspot priority one woredas.

  • Suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) were reported from Dollo Ado woreda last week. A health team is currently investigating the report.

08 Sep 2014 description


  • The World Food Program (WFP) is mobilizing resources to address Targeted Supplementary Feeding (TSF) supply shortfalls to cover needs in all 125 nutrition hotspot priority one woredas, targeting 458,298 beneficiaries.

  • Nutrition partners continue to strengthen responses in 56 priority one woredas and 33 priority two woredas, while they expressed commitment to expand their operations to 44 additional priority one woredas and 14 priority two woredas, given the availability of resources.

25 Aug 2014 description


  • The number of nutrition hotspot priority one woredas increased by 64.5 per cent from 76 to 125 between April and August of this year.

  • WFP will face critical funding shortfalls for its refugee operation from the end of September onwards. US$42 million is urgently needed to cover needs until January 2015.


  • South Sudanese refuge arrivals (since mid-December) 187,206 Source: UNHCR

22 Aug 2014 description
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Crisis Overview

  • Since the start of the conflict in South Sudan on 15 December 2013, more than 188,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into the western Gambella region of Ethiopia. This influx has stretched local capacity and several camps have reached full capacity.

18 Aug 2014 description


  • The national Flood Task Force issued a flood alert today, 18 August to urge Government and humanitarian actors to implement flood prevention and preparedness measures in high-risk communities.

  • WFP will face critical funding shortfalls for its refugee operation from September onwards. US$42 million is urgently needed to cover needs until January 2015.

  • Relocation of new arrivals to Nip Nip camp started on 14 August. Flood-affected refugees are prioritized for relocation to the new camp.