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08 Jun 2016 description


  • GoE, relief actors launch assessment of belg seasonal outcomes on June 5

  • Flood-affected households receive emergency relief items

  • Ambassador Haslach and DART visit USG programs in Afar


06 Jun 2016 description

Key Issues

  • Scaled-up response required to curb the ongoing acute watery diarrhea (AWD) outbreak in Oromia, Somali and SNNP regions.

  • The National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) alerting regions and the community on possible disasters following heavy k iremt rains

  • Rain breaks over the last two weeks eased food dispatches.

03 Jun 2016 description


  • 10.2 million people are in need of food assistance in 2016 across Ethiopia, a number likely to grow in the months ahead.

  • WFP currently needs USD 570 million to support 7.6 drought affected people in 2016, and USD 30 million to provide food assistance to refugees hosted in Ethiopia.

03 Jun 2016 description

In Numbers

10.2 million people in need of food assistance in 2016.

7.6 million people targeted in the joint 2016 Government-WFP response

USD370 million urgently required by WFP to address food assistance needs in Ethiopia for the rest of 2016.


  • Food consumption among relief beneficiaries is showing some encouraging trends, but the situation remains critical for the drought-affected population.

03 Jun 2016 description


  • Improved spring belg rains reduced demands on water trucking, but triggered massive flooding and an urgent need for water treatment chemicals. The kiremt summer rains are expected to be timely and most areas of the country that benefit from the seasonal rains are likely to have significant rainfall activitiy. With a global La Niña event also foreseen, further flash-flooding and flooding may occur.

03 Jun 2016 description


• The Acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) outbreak is still on going in 11 woredas, six zones of Oromia and Somali regions. By week 21, a total of 1, 935 AWD cases and 19 deaths (CFR 1%, AR 0.05%)had been reported. Harena woreda in Oromia region reported its first case, increasing the number of affected woredas from 10 to 11.

• No new cases of suspected yellow fever have been reported since the 22 reported during week 20/2016 in South Omo. Active surveillance continues in the area.

02 Jun 2016 description

Kiremt rainfall likely to be at least average, with increased risk of flooding in some areas

Key Messages

31 May 2016 description
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The Situation

• Ethiopia has been experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades. The main rainy season (kiremt rains) that is vital for producing over 80 per cent of Ethiopia’s agricultural yield – in an industry that employs 85 per cent of the country’s workforce – failed in 2015, and a powerful El Niño weather event continues to wreak havoc on children’s lives and their families’ livelihoods.

30 May 2016 description

Key Issues

  • World Food Programme (WFP) highlights heavy rains that continue to cause significant dispatch and distribution delays for the emergency response.

  • The Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) network’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund avails funding for handwashing proposals in emergencies.

  • USAID provides over US$4 million to the Ministry of Education (MoE) for emergency education response.

27 May 2016 description
  • Recent floods in Somalia's central Hiran region bordering Ethiopia has caused displacement and created urgent humanitarian needs. At least 70 000 people have been displaced around the town of Beletweyne alone.
  • The community-led early warning system worked well with only three reported deaths in Beletweyne so far. However, the town centre is completely flooded, including a hospital, schools and other infrastructure.
  • There were already approx.
27 May 2016 description

Reduced rainfall expected to alleviate flooding concerns in the Shabelle River basin

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite more favorable rainfall along the coast during the last week, low and poorly-distributed rainfall during April and May has led to moderate moisture deficits over Liberia, portions of eastern Guinea Conakry, Cote d’Ivoire, and western Ghana.

27 May 2016 description


The El Niño-related drought continues to affect millions of Ethiopians, deepening food insecurity, malnutrition and increasing water shortages. The belg rain failure, erratic meher rains and flash floods have exacerbated these conditions in some areas. Additional health risks include the further spread of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD), measles and severe acute malnutrition (SAM). There is also an increased risk of outbreaks of yellow fever in the country.

26 May 2016 description

International Development Minister Nick Hurd discussed challenges facing Africa and how UK aid is helping build a brighter future at the African Development Bank Annual Meeting.

International Development Minister Nick Hurd highlighted the UK’s leading role in supporting Africa to increase energy access and respond effectively to climate shocks, during his first visit to Zambia today.

25 May 2016 description


  • Humanitarian funding requirements increase to more than $1.5 billion

  • Flash floods displace nearly 237,000 people

  • GoE, relief actors prepare to evaluate belg seasonal outcomes and impacts


25 May 2016 description
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Key Issues

  • Ethiopia showcases best practices in drought response at World Humanitarian Summit (WHS).

  • Joint Government and humanitarian partners’ assessment on the impact of the belg rains.

  • National Meteorological Agency (NMA) forecasts normal to above normal performance for the kiremt rains.

Ethiopia showcases best practices in drought response at WHS

21 May 2016 description

Rainfall deficits continue to increase in the Gulf of Guinea region

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rainfall since October 2015 has resulted in large moisture deficits, leading to wilted crops, livestock deaths, and reduced water availability over many areas of Southern Africa. With the season coming to an end, recovery is unlikely.