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31 Dec 1997 description

Aftermath of floods in south-eastern Ethiopia: The serious flooding that affected lower reaches of the Shebelle, Ganale and Weib rivers in Ethiopia's Somali Region in October/November abated significantly during December. However, many thousands of people remain displaced and unable to return home due to damaged roads and difficulties in accessing some areas which are still very marshy. Accordingly, relief operations were facing severe logistical constraints. Concerns are now rising over the threat posed by diseases such as malaria and severe dysentery.

30 Dec 1997 description

Ethiopia says more than two million people in the country's northern region are in need of food aid following the destruction of their crops by drought and floods.

The Regional Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission says more than 80-thousand tonnes of food will be needed to feed people in the affected Amhara region until the end of next year.

Northern Ethiopia was experiencing severe drought before the recent torrential rains which have soaked much of east Africa.

=A9 1996 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

19 Dec 1997 description

WFP EMERGENCY REPORT
Issued weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme

This report includes: A) East Africa: Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Sudan and Ethiopia B) Central Africa: Congo/Brazzaville and Democratic Republic of Congo C) Angola D) Afghanistan E) Iraq.

11 Dec 1997 description

Weekly News
An appeal for more than 12 million Swiss francs was launched last week to support one of the largest and most challenging

11 Dec 1997 description

ICRC News 97/49
Intense efforts have been made by the authorities, the Italian government, the Ethiopian Red Cross Society and the ICRC to

09 Dec 1997 description

(97-102) News Release

Ottawa -- The Honourable Diane Marleau, Minister for International Cooperation and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, announced today that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will provide $5 million in emergency food aid to Ethiopia.

"Over three and a half million Ethiopians are in danger of starvation due to both drought and flood," said Madame Marleau.

05 Dec 1997 description

WFP EMERGENCY REPORT
Issued weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme

05 Dec 1997 description


THIS APPEAL SEEKS CHF 12,379,500
IN CASH, KIND AND SERVICES
TO ASSIST 356,000 BENEFICIARIES FOR SIX MONTHS

04 Dec 1997 description

ICRC NEWS 48
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ETHIOPIA/SOMALIA: NO END IN SIGHT TO THE HUMAN TRAGEDY: Rain has continued to fall unabated over eastern Ethiopia and southern Somalia in the past week. What was supposed to be the light rainy season known as "deyr" is turning out to be the heaviest rainfall since 1961.

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ETHIOPIA/SOMALIA

03 Dec 1997 description

See map of affected region
SITUATION

It has now been confirmed that 1,300 people have lost their lives in Somalia and a further 224,000 have been displaced. At
least 9,000 houses have been destroyed and thousands of livestock have been lost. In Ethiopia, 300 deaths have been

30 Nov 1997 description


MONTHLY SITUATION REPORT FOR ETHIOPIA
November 1997

Consolidated UN report prepared by the Information Section of the UNDP Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia from information and reports provided by specialised UN agencies, media sources, the Government and NGOs

HIGHLIGHTS

29 Nov 1997 description

Ghion Hagos, PANA Correspondent
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian authorities say some 4.26 million people in the country would require food

28 Nov 1997 description

Ethiopia
Unseasonable, heavy rains fell in much of Ethiopia during the second half of October -- the month when the harvest in
western Oromiya Region and in many areas of the northern highlands usually begins -- and again during the second and
third weeks of November (figure 1). The heavy rains damaged some maturing crops, particularly teff, as well as
harvested crops that had not been properly stored. The loss in cereal and pulse crop production could be as great as

20 Nov 1997 description

In a statement released yesterday, the head of the Ethiopian Somali National Regional State, Mr. Mohammed Mealin, reported that a total of 297 people have lost their lives as a result of extensive flooding in the region over the past three to four weeks. This follows unseasonal heavy rain in the highlands of Ethiopia in October/early November and the widespread inundation of the lower reaches of the Shebelle, Ganale (Juba in Somalia), and Dawa rivers.

19 Nov 1997 description

SITUATION



Heavy rainfalls continue throughout the region and rising water levels continue to menace those in low-lying areas of land. Up to
50,000 hectares of farm land have been flooded in Somalia leaving thousands of people trapped on small patches of dry
ground. As highlighted in last week's update (13 November), an operation to rescue the thousands of people in a
life-threatening situation would require substantial logistical intervention well above the means of humanitarian agencies.