Djibouti - Drought OCHA Situation Report No. 3

Ref: GVA/99/0247
Djibouti Drought
OCHA Situation Report No. 3
7 December 1999

The UN Resident Coordinator, in collaboration with WFP, UNHCR, UNICEF and WHO as well as with the Ministry of Interior, has prepared an overview, which is summarized below.

Current Activities

1. Food has been primarily provided by the Government, WFP, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. (See table of contributions). Distribution is ongoing in all affected provinces: Ali Sabieh, Dikhil, Tadjourah, Obock, Djibouti for over 100,000 beneficiaries.

Unmet Needs

2. These are essentially non-food items such as kitchen utensils, water containers, water and water tankers for the distribution of water in the rural areas. Government and UN agencies fully agree on the importance of this requirement, in fact indispensable for the daily lives of the rural, drought affected population.

Overview of Contributions

Non-Food Item
Government - Oil (1,000 drums,
- Rice (27,308 bags)
- Sugar (1,420 bags)
= USD 200,000
USD 50,000
WFP Rice (360 t)
Sugar (20 t)
Flour (36 t)
= USD 198,000
UNICEF 8,000 vaccines (polio, DTC, TT, BCG)
= USD 7,923
Non-Food Item
OCHA - 25 Pillow tank (5,000lt)
- 30 Palltank Truck (1,000lt)
- 1 truck hose
- 7,200 Collapsible Jerrycans (10lt)
- 1 Purification Unit
- 300 kitchen sets
- 1,500 Blankets
- 13 water tanks
- 4 motor pump
= USD 152,542
Saudi Arabia - 2,000 cartons of food item (rice, flour, sugar, oil and milk)
- 5,000 cartons of dates
= USD 112,117
Sudan Sorghum 5,000 t
= USD 1,000,000
USD 10,000
SUB-TOTAL (value) by sector
USD 1,510,117
USD 160,465
USD 50,000
USD 10,000
USD 1,730,582
  1. OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions for the immediate relief needs. Funds channelled through OCHA will be spent in coordination with the relevant organizations of the UN system and OCHA will provide written confirmation of their use. Funds should be transferred to OCHA Account No. CO-590.160.1 at the UBS AG, PO Box 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland, with reference: OCHA - Djibouti Drought 1999.

4. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated below, of relief missions, pledges or contributions and their corresponding values by item.

5. This Situation Report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at:

Telephone number: + 41-22-917-12 34
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