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27 Nov 2013 description

Food security remains Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in most eastern parts of the country


Slightly above average crop production in November/December in most parts of the country is expected to improve food consumption from November to March 2014, including agropastoral areas of Afar and northern Somali Region.

18 Nov 2013 description

Key Events

  • With renewed tension reported in northern Kenya over the past weeks, more displaced Kenyans are expected in Ethiopia’s Moyale area. Before this sudden reversal of the security situation, reports had indicated that the Kenyans displaced in Moyale, Ethiopia since mid-July were slowly returning to their homes. The Ethiopian Government is addressing humanitarian needs through DRMFSS and partners. Food and NFIs were distributed, although gaps in NFI support are reported.

Health Update

13 Nov 2013 description

 Following a week of torrential rainfall, the continuation of above-average precipitation in mid-November is likely to sustain the risk of flooding, and lead to adverse ground impacts across many parts of Somalia and eastern Ethiopia.

11 Nov 2013 description

Key Events

A suspected measles outbreak was reported in Somali region, with 153 cases reported in Degehabur town and 219 cases in Kebridehar town, last month. Meanwhile, the Government is responding to the measles outbreak in Wolayita zone of SNNPR where 536 cases and eight deaths were reported in Kindodidaye woreda and 38 cases in Sodo town woreda as of 21 October.

WaSH Update

08 Nov 2013 description


  • Harvesting of the main “meher” season crops is underway with favourable production prospects

  • Generally good pasture and water availability in most pastoral and agro-pastoral areas

  • Prices of cereals are at record high levels in most markets, but are expected to decline as newly harvested crops become available

  • Food security conditions have started to improve in October with green harvest of “meher” crops

04 Nov 2013 description


  • The revised 2013 Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) reports 2.7 million people require food assistance

  • Poor belg harvest and weather hazards have left populations vulnerable to food insecurity

  • Inter-communal conflict affects up to 90,000 people in Oromiya and Somali regions

04 Nov 2013 description

Key Events

  • Assistance to conflict-affected communities in Nogob is on-going. The dispatch of relief food by DRMFSS for 2,372 people in Meyu Muluke woreda is complete, while the ration for the 1,925 people in Kubi woreda is en route. NFIs for some 1,540 people in Kubi have also been dispatched, while the supply for the 2,372 people in Meyu Muluke has yet to be dispatched.

  • The Education Cluster is mobilizing resources for emergency education assistance in the conflict-affected Meyu and Kumbi woredas of East Hararge zone, Oromia region.

01 Nov 2013 description

KEY MESSAGES • Overall Kiremt rainfall was average to above average in most areas. A resulting near average volume of Meher crops will lead to stable food security, particularly from October to December. However, starting in January, food security will likely decline in areas where the Kiremt rainfall was below average and other weather hazards occurred.

21 Oct 2013 description

Key Events

  • Since the outbreak in early September, 450 suspected measles cases and eight deaths were reported from Wolayita zone of SNNPR, the majority from Kindodidaye woreda. Vaccination is on-going to curb the spread of the disease.

  • Nearly 10,000 conflict and flood-affected households in East Hararge and Borena zones (Oromia) and Fafan and Nogob zones (Somali) require NFI assistance. Humanitarian partners are discussing ways to cover the response gap.

30 Sep 2013 description

Crops are at their normal developmental stages in most parts of the country


• Following the mostly normal performance of the June to September Kiremt rains, most crops are at their normally expected developmental stage. A near normal Meher harvest is expected in most parts of the country. However, in places where Kiremt rains started late and in areas where some weather-related hazards occurred, some below normal production is anticipated.

26 Sep 2013 description



Generally the food security situation in 2013 for most parts of the Region remained stable or slightly improved due to the positive effects of the three consecutive rains (deyr and gu) on pasture and water availability that sustained good to average livestock conditions, improved terms of trade due to the declining trend in relief cereal prices and improved livestock prices.

25 Sep 2013 description

Late planting in eastern Sudan and northwestern Ethiopia followed by continuation of rainfall deficits


23 Sep 2013 description

Key Events

  • In East Hararge zone, inter-communal conflicts between the Oromos and Somalis affected 90,000 people. A DRMFSS-led incident command post (ICP) made up of representatives of the DRMFSS, the Oromia regional, zonal and woreda DPPC, the East Hararge zonal water bureau, the NGO IMC, the Ethiopian Red Cross and Red Crescent Society as well as UNICEF and UNOCHA, was established to coordinate on-going responses. OCHA continues to encourage operational agencies to assign a representative to the ICP.

06 Sep 2013 description
  • In Amhara, 39,009 households in 219 districts are affected by floods that recently damaged or destroyed 32,753 hectares of crops.

  • A total number of 39 people and 398 livestock have died as a consequence of the recent flooding. The most affected areas are North Shoa, South Wollo, North Wollo, Oromiya (of Amhara region), North Gonder, and East and West Gojam. Emergency response is being organised (shelter / NFIs and food relief).

27 Aug 2013 description

Normal performance of June to September Kiremt rains continues in most parts of the country


  • The Kiremt rains and Meher crops have been largely normal in terms of schedule and progress in most areas of the country. However, the northwestern parts of Amhara and Tigray, some lowland areas in East Hararghe Zone in Oromia, and Segen and the northern parts of South Omo Zone in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) have received below average total June to September rainfall so far.

24 Aug 2013 description

Bahir Dar, 24 August 2013 – To review the scale of emergency and potential health risks following the flood that occurred in South Gondar and Oromia zones of the Amhara Region due to heavy rains and ensuing overflow of riverbanks, Dr Pierre M’Pele-Kilebou, WHO Representative to Ethiopia, led a WHO mission to the Amhara Regional Health Bureau on 24 August 2013, comprising Dr Kebba Omar Jaiteh, Coordinator of Disaster Prevention and Response Department; Dr Akiko Sato, Nutrition Programme Officer; Dr Kumie Alene, Surveillance Officer and Mrs Loza Mesfin, Communication Officer.

21 Aug 2013 description

 A favorable distribution of rainfall was observed across a wide portion of Africa during the past week.

1) A delayed start of the rainfall season across northwestern Ethiopia, southern Eritrea, and bordering areas in Sudan has negatively impacted cropping activities, including planting. After this past week’s heavy rainfall, moderate rains are forecast during the next outlook period, which could help to alleviate dryness over the region.