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22 May 2015 description

Current Conditions: Regional Highlight

• Minimal food insecurity (IPC Phase 1) in parts of Sudan, western & central Ethiopia, agricultural areas of Uganda, western Kenya, southwest South Sudan, northern Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi but stressed (IPC Phase 2) in most pastoral areas;

• Crisis and emergency food insecurity remains a concern mostly in DRC, CAR and conflict-affected states of South Sudan, parts of NE Kenya, NE Ethiopia, some districts in Karamoja, Darfur in Sudan, IDP sites in Somalia;

22 May 2015 description
report Oxfam

These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.

Asia and South Asia

Nepal Earthquake

22 May 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.

18 May 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • Since the beginning of the year, 11,675 measles cases were confirmed out of 12,421 reported cases. The Ministry of Health has not yet secured enough funding for the $38 million required to conduct the measles vaccination campaign for children under-15 planned for October.

  • The Government of Canada contributed $68,500 for the procurement and prepositioning of emergency education supplies. As of 13 May the education cluster was 2 per cent funded.

15 May 2015 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.

  2. Seasonally above-average rainfall, combined with heavy rainfall forecast across eastern Ethiopia and Somalia, is expected to increase the risk for localized flooding along the Jubba and Shabelle River basins in Somalia.

08 May 2015 description

Highlights

· During March 2015, the early stages of the ‘long rains’ (‘Gu’) season, pronounced rainfall deficits were the norm across Ethiopia, Kenya and parts of Uganda. In contrast, Somalia and South Sudan had more regular and above average rainfall.

07 May 2015 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.

  2. Seasonally above-average rainfall, combined with heavy rainfall forecast across eastern Ethiopia and Somalia, is expected to increasethe risk for localized flooding along the Jubba and Shabelle River basins in Somalia.

01 May 2015 description

Drought continues in central and northern Ethiopia, with abnormal dryness in Djibouti and Eritrea

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since mid March, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.

30 Apr 2015 description

Below-average Belg rainfall led to low area planted

Key Messages

Thus far, the February to May Belg rains have been below average in amount and erratically distributed. As a result, area planted is very low, and the crops that have been planted are not performing well. Poor households’ income from agricultural labor is also less than usual, reducing current food access.

30 Apr 2015 description

Following a delayed onset (by two to three weeks on average), the performance of the seasonal belg/gu/ganna/sugum rains gradually improved in most parts of the country. Water sources were replenished and pasture rejuvenated. Areas receiving inadequate rainfall remained dry.
Severe water and pasture shortages, deteriorating livestock body condition and livestock deaths were reported in these areas. Further spikes in malnutrition are expected during the April-June hunger season.
The situation is more concerning given the on-going measles outbreaks nationwide.

21 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • According to the Humanitarian Requirement Document released in March, 2.9 million people in Ethiopia require emergency food assistance in 2015.

  • The food security situation has stabilized in most parts of the country in January 2015 with the completion of the Meher harvest season (November – January).

20 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By JEFF OTIENO

In Summary

What is normal rainfall?

•Above average rainfall, normal rainfall and below average rainfall are calculated using the long-term average rainfall of a particular ecological zone. The long-term average rainfall of a region is the mean rainfall amount for the past 30 years. It is calculated for both the long rains and short rains.

17 Apr 2015 description

Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall continues to be below-average across several local areas of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Further delay of rainfall during April is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for several Belgproducing areas.

06 Apr 2015 description

Key Issues

  • The Ministry of Water and WaSH partners are closely monitoring the impact of the seasonal rains on availability of water and pasture.

  • Severe resource shortfalls reported for the first four rounds of relief food.

  • US$38 million are required to target 40 million children under-15 during the October 2015 measles Supplementary Immunization Activity (SIA).

30 Mar 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • Resource shortfalls are reported for the second and third rounds relief food ration for 2015.

  • Seasonal rains started in most woredas. Assessment in the coming days will determine the impact of the rains on availability of water and pasture.

  • The Japanese Government donated US$11.8 million to assist South Sudanese refugees and host communities in Gambella region. UNHCR will receive $5.8 million, WFP $5 million and WHO $1 million.

28 Feb 2015 description

Pocket areas that received inadequate seasonal rainfall in 2014 and/or had a poor harvest due to flooding or crop disease will remain vulnerable in early 2015. Released on 18 February, the nutrition hotspot classification for the first quarter of 2015 identified 338 nutrition hotspot woredas for priority intervention. The classification team also identified woredas that require emergency WaSH intervention.

FOOD SECURITY

23 Feb 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • DRMFSS/ENCU called on nutrition partners to start new or expand existing emergency nutrition interventions based on the newly released nutrition hotspot woreda list.

  • 23,646 people in drought-affected Legahida and Salahad woredas of Nogob zone (Somali region) await water trucking support.

  • The Somali region WaSH Cluster is completing a rapid assessment to verify the reported acute water shortages in Deka Siftu woreda of Liben zone.

20 Feb 2015 description

Executive Summary

Key findings:

• Risk financing budget transfer and two rounds emergency food transfer and distribution were inadequate and late for flood affected and drought affected people in the woreda.

• Cash transfers made during the last four months by the regional Health, Water and Education Bureaus were not yet utilized.

• A total of 1533quintals of grain, supplementary food and oil was also at Omo Rate town despite desperate needs in all the thirty eight kebeles of the woreda.

02 Feb 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • The Government and partners are working together to further strengthen the country’s Ebola preparedness and address the gaps identified during the mid-January Ebola scare.

  • 391,301 people were newly internally displaced during October-December 2014, the majority as a result of flooding.

  • Fourteen water trucks, up from 11 trucks two weeks ago, were requested to address water shortages in East Hararge, West Hararge and West Arsi zones of Oromia region.

27 Jan 2015 description

Drought conditions continue to be reported in parts of Oromia with fourteen water trucks requested to address critical water shortages in East Hararge, West Hararge and West Arsi zones. A 22 per cent increase in TFP admissions in drought-affected woredas of Oromia largely caused the 4 per cent increase in the national TFP admissions in November 2014.