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29 Dec 2008 description


Food Security Update

The first part of the FAO Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission (CFSAM) indicated that meher crop performance is good in the western parts of the country, and harvest could be average especially for the main crop growing areas notes WFP. However, teff production is likely to be below average due to the effect of the unseasonal rains received during October/early November. Harvest prospects are below average in the eastern half of the country.

22 Dec 2008 description


Crop harvest prospects

There is an overall improvement in the food security situation in some parts of the country. Poor meher rains have, however, caused substantial damage to crops in the low and midland areas of Eastern Oromiya, Dire Dawa, Harar and eastern Amhara, according to the latest WFP food security update. In the lowlands of East and West Harerghe zones, crops of maize and sorghum have dried-up and are used for animal feed.

15 Dec 2008 description


Water and Crop Performance

Crop performance and production prospects for late planted crops are promising in parts of East and West Harerghe zones of Oromiya Region, according to CARE. The unseasonable rains received in early November benefited crops such as teff, chickpeas and fruits. The rains also helped to replenish water sources and pasture in the pastoral areas of Borena and lowland agro-pastoral areas of East and West Harerghe zones.

11 Dec 2008 description

By Alex Wynter in Melka Guba, southern Oromia, Ethiopia

Only after we've been in the village for several hours does the headman, Dhane Gelgelo, say openly that people as well as animals will die here if the drought goes on.

Gelgelo, 34, has been - very uncomplainingly - telling the story of his community's decline in the face of three years of almost unbroken drought conditions.

"We've lost 1,000 cattle this year alone," he says, "and more are dying all the time."

The ones that do roam the village are in very poor condition, attempting to graze …

09 Dec 2008 description


Most of the multi-agency emergency assessment teams deployed across the regions are currently compiling their findings. Preliminary findings of the teams correspond to earlier reports from the field on the adverse impacts of the unsesonal rains in October and November on meher harvests. The rains compounded with frost and hailstorm contributed to crop failure in some woredas in Tigray and Amhara regions, which will further affect households' recovery from acute food insecurity, reports WFP.

07 Dec 2008 description


- According to WFP, reports indicate that 2008 production from the main (Meher) season will be below last year's production.

- No new cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) reported for the last three two weeks, but prevention interventions remain paramount in the wake of floods.

- A total of 2,246 new admissions were reported from six regions - SNNPR, Oromiya, Tigray, Amhara and Somali during the week, ENCU report.


01 Dec 2008 description


Food security indicators such as livestock body condition and production are improving in the pastoral and agro-pastoral areas. Nevertheless, recovery of drought-affected households in these areas including Oromiya and Somali regions, Afar and South Omo in SNNPR will take time as most drought affected households lost significant proportion of their livestock during the height of the drought in 2008, according to WFP.

01 Dec 2008 description


- An estimated 97,000 people affected by flooding in Gode in the Somali Region

- No new cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) during the course of the week but prevention interventions remain paramount in the wake of floods

- WFP airlifts food to Gode, Somali Region.

Humanitarian Overview

Current Context

An estimated 97,000 people have been affected by the flooding of the Wadi Shabelle river in Gode, Somali Region. Government, UN and NGOs are investigating the extent of the damage caused by the floods.

24 Nov 2008 description



A high level Government delegation team including the President of the Somali Regional State and the State Minister of Disaster Management and Food Security Sector (DMFSS) visited flood affected areas in Gode Zone on 19 October. The team conducted a helicopter assessment in Kelafo, Mustahil and Ferfer woredas to observe the magnitude and impacts of the flooding. The floods have killed livestock and destroyed approximately 440 hectares of farmland.

21 Nov 2008 description

Overall, Deyr rains are considered to be normal, resulting in regeneration of pasture, normal crop establishment and improved water availability. The outlook for the Deyr season is expected to be normal in most of the central and south. Pasture, and water availability has improved and migration patterns are resuming to normal in most areas. Cereal crop establishment and development is good in main producing areas of the south.

21 Nov 2008 description

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 21 (Reuters) - The death toll from floods in southeastern Ethiopia has risen to 17 and more than 100,000 people have been left homeless, the government said on Friday.

The Wabe Shebelle river burst its banks last weekend after 10 days of heavy rain in the highlands, drowning thousands of livestock, wrecking crops and submerging scores of villages.

Gouled Ahmed, head of the region's Disaster Prevention Department, said three of the 17 dead were eaten by crocodiles that were flushed into residential areas by the raging waters.

The remote region is prone to …

20 Nov 2008 description
report UN News Service

United Nations humanitarian agencies are preparing to send emergency supplies to southern and eastern Ethiopia, where flash floods following heavy rains have displaced locals and damaged about 2,000 hectares of cropland.

Food, water, health care and other non-food items are needed to help the inhabitants of the Somali and Oromiya administrative regions of Ethiopia, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.

18 Nov 2008 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 18 November 2008 (IRIN) - At least 52,000 people have abandoned their homes in Ethiopia's Somali region after the Wade Shabelle and Genale rivers burst their banks following heavy rains.

"Heavy rains pounded western highlands and six woredas [administrative wards] in the Somali region, causing floods," Ramadan Haji Ahmed, head of the government's disaster prevention department in the region, said.

"The rain lasted six days from 2 November," he told IRIN.

The six woredas were in Gode, Afeder and Liben zones.

18 Nov 2008 description

Heavy rains starting on November 2 pushed several rivers in southeastern Ethiopia over their banks. The top image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite on November 18, 2008, shows floods along the Wabe Shabele, where the impact was most severe. Compared to October 26 (lower image), the river has widened.

17 Nov 2008 description



Heavy rains in Somali Region and in the highlands of Oromiya during the past week forced Wabi Shebelle and Genale rivers to break banks causing floods in parts of Somali Region. The Region reported that floods affected communities in Mustahil, Ferfer and East Imi of Gode zone, West Imi and Dolobay of Afder zone, Gunegado woreda of Degehabur zone, Dolo Odo woreda of Liban Zone and Kebribeyah woreda of Jijiga zone. The floods have reportedly caused some displacement and damaged approximately 2,000 hectares of crop land.

17 Nov 2008 description

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 17 (Reuters) - A river in Ethiopia's highlands burst its banks after heavy rains, killing 11 people and stranding hundreds more, the state news agency said on Monday.

Flooding from the Wabe Shebelle river in southeast Ethiopia has submerged more than 100 villages, regional relief boss Eremdan Haji was quoted as saying by the Ethiopian News Agency.

"Inhabitants in 116 villages in an area covering a 90-km (56-mile) radius have been stranded on hillocks surrounded by the flood water," he said.

"Efforts to rescue hundreds of marooned people have …