Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2014
Heavy rains starting in September 2014 caused flooding in Ethiopia's Afar, SNNP and Somali regions (OCHA, 20 Oct 2014). By 28 Oct, some 72,680 people had been affected and more than 50,000 people had been displaced, having partially or totally lost their homes and livelihoods. (OCHA, 28 Oct 2014)
By the end of 2014, 320,000 people had been displaced by flooding (OCHA, 2 Feb 2015).
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IOM has assisted a total of 184,656 refugees: 182,044 in Gambella and 2,612 in Benishangul‐Gumuz since the conflict broke out.
Since the last update, IOM has evacuated a total 20 refugees in Gambella Region.
The total number of refugees relocated in Gambella is significantly lower as refugees are preferring to stay at Matar station.
IOM has assisted a total of 184,031 refugees: 181,541 in Gambella and 2,599 in Benishangul‐Gumuz since the conflict broke out.
Since the last update, IOM has evacuated a total 3,504 refugees in Gambella Region.
There was no emergency evacuation and relocation activity in Benishangul Gumuz mainly because of security concern at the Yanbu’s corridor since mid - November.
• As of November 17, IOM has resumed transportation assistance to South Sudanese refugees stranded by heavy rains and flooding in Matar.
• The total number of refugees evacuated by IOM is 173,874 in Gambella and 2,599 in Benishangul‐Gumuz.
IOM has resumed transport by boat and road of South Sudanese refugees stranded by heavy rains and flooding in Matar to Fugnido refugee camp in the Gambella region of Western Ethiopia, 300 kms away, following an agreement between Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and UNHCR.
The relocation operation started this week with the movement of 286 refugees by boat and bus from Matar to Fugnido via the Itang way station. The two-day journey involves an overnight stop in Itang, where IOM, UNHCR and WFP provide food, water, sleeping mats and blankets.