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30 Apr 1998 description


April 1998
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.

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UN Secretary General Kofi Annan visits Ethiopia to inaugurate the new UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa and present a key note speech at an international conference on "African Women and Economic Development";

29 Apr 1998 description

April 1998 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.

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UN Secretary General Kofi Annan visits Ethiopia to inaugurate the new UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa and present a key note speech at an international conference on "African Women and Economic Development";

28 Apr 1998 description

Ethiopia's belg (secondary) season started early this year, but a dry spell lingered from mid-March to mid-April. This dry spell was most pronounced in the belg areas of South Tigray and North Wello Zones. Due to the early start of the season, most farmers in the northern highlands completed planting by the beginning of March, and by the end of the month, crops were at growth stages ranging from emergence to full canopy coverage. The dryness has affected crops differently, depending on altitude.

26 Mar 1998 description

Pastoral populations in Ethiopia's southeastern lowlands depend heavily on livestock exports to Somalia, most of which are reexported to the Gulf States. Saudi Arabia has responded to outbreaks of Rift Valley fever in eastern Africa by banning livestock imports from eight countries in the region, including Ethiopia. No cases of livestock Rift Valley fever have been reported in Ethiopia, however, and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health recently determined that suspected human cases were actually malaria.

26 Feb 1998 description

Many areas of Ethiopia received above-normal rainfall in January. Although these rains were unseasonable, they were generally welcome and they have improved pastures and increased water availability, which is normally low at this time of year. Off-season crops planted during the unusual rains of October and November benefited from the abundant moisture, and it is likely that they will attain maturity and good yields.

12 Feb 1998 description

ADDIS ABABA - Catherine Bertini, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, will travel to Ethiopia Friday to inspect some of the WFP projects assisting 3.4 million Ethiopians and more than 300,000 refugees.

10 Feb 1998 description


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

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28 Jan 1998 description

December is normally the month when farmers in Ethiopia complete the main-season harvest and when threshing activities are at their peak. This year the process has been delayed by 1 to 2 months by unseasonable torrential rainfall in October and November, which caused floods and damaged crops. When these abnormal rains eased at the end of November, widespread harvest activities resumed.

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