Ethiopia - Floods (DG ECHO, UN OCHA, INGOs, Government) (ECHO Daily Flash of 16 August 2019)

  • Due to above normal rains during the first weeks of August, flooding in South Gondar Zone in the Amhara region of Ethiopia has left 2 people dead and many households inundated. The flooding occurred in Fogera and Libo Kemekem woredas on 11-12 of August, and is attributable to the overflow of the rivers that are tributaries of the Lake Tana and Blue Nile.
  • Reportedly 25,000 have been affected, 6,653 houses have been flooded, 18 schools damaged, and 3,428 hectares of crop-areas have been covered by water.
  • Flooding is a recurrent phenomenon in the region, but it normally occurs towards the beginning of September, leaving time for rice plants to grow and decreasing the risk of their destruction by floods. The impact of the flooding on the harvest is yet to be seen.
  • The Government of Ethiopia reportedly started evacuating people from flooded and high-risk areas to higher ground.