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20 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • Heavy rains continues to cause significant dispatch and distribution delays for the emergency response, and has led to flooding. WFP has provided ad-hoc food assistance to some 85,000 flood-affected people in Somali region.

  • WFP is deploying regional coordinators to all regions to augment the provision and scale-up of the Targeted Supplementary Feeding programme nationwide.

  • A complement to the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), the “Prioritization Statement”, was released on 10 May.

20 May 2016 description

Description of the disaster

From the first week of April heavy rainfalls have occurred in Eastern and Southern parts of Ethiopia related to the El Niño phenomenon and the regular Belg rains (March – May). The first reports of flash floods and subsequent displacements of communities, especially in Somali region, was reported and responded to from 7 April onwards.

18 May 2016 description

Key Issues

  • At least 236,890 people displaced from torrential rains and corresponding flash floods since late March.

  • Major improvements in food dispatch and distribution performance have been achieved in the first months of 2016 with the transport of relief food increasing from 6,000MT per day at the start of the year up to 17,000MT per day currently.

  • The requirements for Agriculture, Education and Shelter/NFI sectors increased following the prioritization exercise early May.

18 May 2016 description

Weekly picks

ETHIOPIA

Abnormally heavy spring rains are affecting southeastern and central Ethiopia. Belg rains since April have caused flooding and landslides, resulting in 100 deaths and up to 120,000 displaced in six regions as of 12 May. Somali, Oromia, and SNNP regions are hardest hit – areas already severely impacted by El Niño-induced drought. The rains are expected to continue at least until the end of May.

LIBYA

16 May 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

2016 EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAMME

Of the total 10.2 million people in need of food assistance as identified by the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), the Government of Ethiopia (GoE), National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), together with WFP, is assisting 7.6 million people. The remaining beneficiary caseload is covered by the Joint Emergency Operations Program (JEOP) NGO consortium.

Highlights

13 May 2016 description

Crisis overview

Since April 2016, heavy spring/belg rains have caused floods and landslides, resulting in 100 deaths as of 12 May. Up to 120,000 people have been displaced in six regions. The most affected regions are Somali, Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples (SNNP), Afar, Amhara, and Harari – already severely affected by the El Niño drought.

Key findings

Anticipated scope and scale

13 May 2016 description

Elevated risks of flooding in Central Asia, Hispaniola, and the Greater Horn of Africa

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.

13 May 2016 description

Libya - Conflict
• An escalation of conflict in areas located between Sirte, Misrata, Abu Ghareen and Zedadah, and the declaration of Sirte as a military zone, are causing an increase in displacement from Sirte to Bani Walid, Tarhouna, Tripoli and other cities.
• According to initial estimates, up to 5 560 households have left Sirte and arrived to Bani Walid, Tarhouna, Tripoli, and cities nearby. More households are expected.

12 May 2016 description

EARLY WARNING AND RESPONSE SUMMARY

 The expected heavy falls in some areas of southern half of the country would cause flash flood particularly over flood prone areas, thus, the concerned personnel should undertake appropriate measures ahead of time in order to minimize the effect of flood hazard in the areas.

12 May 2016 description

The El Niño weather phenomenon continues to strongly impact Ethiopia. On top of a widespread drought crisis, abnormally heavy spring rains are currently affecting south-eastern and central parts of the country, causing floods and landslides and resulting in dozens of lives lost and the displacement of over 100 000 people.

11 May 2016 description

Improved spring rains, while easing requirements for water trucking, have caused increased flooding. The multi-agency Flood Task Force (FTF) issued a Flood Alert in April 2016 to raise awareness of anticipated flood risk in southern and southeastern parts of the country. Additionally, the Alert indicated that flash floods are likely in the northeastern, central and eastern parts. The Task Force will update the Contingency Plan (CP) based on NMA forecast for 2016 meher season.

10 May 2016 description

This Prioritisation Statement has been prepared as a complement to the joint Government and humanitarian partners 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD). It clarifies acute relief needs and major gaps that require urgent additional donor support. The HRD remains the common plan and implementation framework to address humanitarian needs in Ethiopia in 2016.

10 May 2016 description

Key Issues

  • Exceptional and extensive flooding across Ethiopia has resulted in the reported displacement of 19,557 households in Afar (671 HH), Amhara (420 HH), Harari (287 HH), Oromia (5,322 HH), SNNP (2,972 HH) and Somali (9,885 HH).

  • Spring rains seriously hamper dispatching of food and nutrition supplies to the Somali region. Afdem, Liban and Sitti zones have been mainly inaccessible

06 May 2016 description

Addis Ababa May 6, 2016 Residents and local administrative bodies living in areas where flood alerts are given should integrate their efforts, the Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) said.

GCAO weekly statement issued today said the government is striving to protect citizens from damages caused by flood.

National Flood Taskforce is established to take early measures before the occurrence of floods and respond to damages caused by floods, it revealed.

06 May 2016 description

Increased rainfall providing some relief to early season dryness in Guatemala and the Greater Horn

  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.

05 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• In 2015, one of the strongest El Ninos on record, led to intense droughts in Ethiopia, Sudan and Somaliland. The growing season(s) of 2016 have assumed great importance: their performance will determine much of the well being of the affected populations, as further droughts could bring disastrous consequences.

03 May 2016 description

Key Issues

  • Improved Belg (spring) rains lower requirements for water trucking but have increased demands for water treatment chemicals.

  • Member States pledge additional funding to El Nino affected countries at “Global Call to Action” event in Geneva.

  • Federal Ministry of Health completes a one week measles and polio campaign.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Dry conditions developing in the Gulf of Guinea region and northern Hispaniola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rainfall since O ctober 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.