Humanitarian Bulletin - Weekly Humanitarian Highlights in Ethiopia, 27 June 2011

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 27 Jun 2011

La Niña Update – Seasonal Outlook

According to the National Meteorological Agency (NMA), most parts of western Ethiopia received widespread rainfall during the first ten days of the month due to the gradual improvement of the kiremt rain producing system. During the second half of the month (16 to 30 June 2011), the kiremt-producing weather systems are likely to strengthen bringing more rain, in terms of amount and distribution, to the western areas. Gambella, western and central Oromia, northern parts of SNNPR, Beneshangul Gumuz, central and western Amhara and the western half of Tigray are expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall, with heavy rain likely in some areas. Seasonal rainfall is also likely to extend towards central and eastern parts of the country. Given this forecast, the Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) has issued a Flood Alert, which predicts that flooding is expected in all flood-prone areas of the country, particularly in western, northwestern and central parts. Consequently, appropriate mitigation and preparedness measures are recommended, particularly in low‐lying areas and near riverbanks and areas in which soil has a low absorption capacity to minimize the effect of flooding.

In other parts of the country, near normal rains for the period are anticipated, including in eastern and southern Oromia, northern Somali region, eastern parts of Tigray and Amhara and the western margin of Afar, as well as southern SNNPR. Below normal rainfall is, however, likely in some locations. In the lowlands of Somali and southern Oromia, as well as eastern Afar, dry weather will prevail, as the next dry season has set in. Parts of the Somali region, including Moyale and Hudet in southern Somali and Shinile and Ayisha in northern Somali, received little to no rain this year. Requests to continue / resume water trucking operations in these areas have been received from the regional Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Bureau (DPPB). For more information contact: infodrmfss@dppc.gov.et & ocha-eth@un.org

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