Ethiopia: Floods Appeal No. 05EA013 Operations Update No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Appeal No. 05EA013; Operations Update no. 2; Period covered: 1 August to 16 December 2005; Appeal coverage: 78.6%

Appeal history:

- Launched on 24 June 2005 for CHF 735,000 (USD 576,796 or EUR 477,164) for 6 months, ending 24 December 2005, to assist 14,000 beneficiaries-*

- Operations Update no. 1 reduced the number of beneficiary households from 8,645 to 2,257 (14,217 beneficiaries). Please refer to*

- This Operations Update extends the operation's period by five months, ending 24 May 2006, to enable the finalization of the water and sanitation (WatSan) systems rehabilitation, as there have been delays in implementation caused by the rainy season and security concerns.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 200,000.

Outstanding needs: CHF 157,500 (USD 122,520 or EUR 101,322).

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: Horn of Africa sub-regional programmes; Appeal 2006-2007 (Appeal no. MAA64004). Refer to*

Operational Summary: During the reporting period, the Ethiopian Red Cross Society carried out a thorough assessment of the operation's water and sanitation (WatSan) activities. Following the assessment, some changes were made to the planned WatSan interventions and subsequently, a revised plan of action with corresponding financial implications was prepared. Implementation is starting in most parts of the operational areas of Sidama, Wolayita and Arbaminch zones. However, due to political disturbances in Ethiopia at the beginning of November 2005, which spread to other parts of the country, an assessment could not take place in Dale woreda, Sidama zone, as planned. In addition, the rainy season has not allowed for the start of water point rehabilitation; thus an additional five months is needed for completion of the WatSan activities. Some health activities are still ongoing and their progress will be reported on in the next update.

Distribution of basic non-food items was completed in nine villages within the flood-affected areas in July 2005. Part of the contingency stock was used in Afar zone, Teru woreda, as relief for earthquake victims. The villages of Debabo, Boyna and partly Dedega were affected by an earthquake in mid-September 2005. About 6,384 people were displaced and the national society provided them with emergency assistance in mid-September up to the first week of October 2005.

At the end of November 2005, contributions amounting to CHF 496,858 had been pledged by the national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies of Turkey, Sweden, Finland, Japan, Hong Kong, Monaco, Norway and Iceland as their response towards this Appeal.


The heavy rains that hit the eastern and southern parts of Ethiopia in April 2005, led to severe flooding which left 156 people dead and thousands others homeless. Reports indicated that up to 235,418 people were affected, while tens of thousands of livestock were killed and substantial damage to crops suffered.

In response to the unfolding emergency situation, the Ethiopian Red Crescent Society and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) jointly distributed non-food items for 541 households (2,700 persons) at Jijiga in Somali region in the eastern part of Ethiopia from April to May 2005. The national society began its planned interventions in June 2005 with the distribution of basic non-food items and insecticide treated nets (ITN) being carried out in the Humbo, Arbaminch and Dale woredas in July 2005.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Ethiopia: Takele Jemberu, Acting Secretary General, Ethiopian Red Cross Society, Addis Ababa; Email:; Phone +251.11.515.38.53; Fax +251.11.551.26.43

In Ethiopia: John Undulu, Acting Federation Head of Sub-regional Office for the Horn of Africa, Addis Ababa: Email:; Phone +251.11.551.43.17; Fax +251.11.551.28.88

In Kenya: Anitta Underlin, Federation Head of Regional Delegation, Nairobi; Email:; Phone +; Fax + and Steve Penny, Disaster Management Coordinator, East Africa Regional Delegation, Nairobi; Email:; Phone +; Fax +

In Geneva: Amna Al Ahmar, Federation Regional Officer for East Africa, Africa Dept.; Email:; Phone +41.22.730.44.27; Fax +41.22.733.03.95

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