Ethiopia – Floods Flash Update #2, 10 May 2018
The National Meteorology Agency forecast continued risk of localized flooding
The latest weather forecast by the National Meteorology Agency (NMA) indicate that while the average to above-average spring - belg/gu/ganna rainfall (April to May 2018) will benefit agricultural activities and help water and pasture regeneration in most parts of the country, with the exception of Tigray and Northern Amhara, flash floods are expected to continue to occur in flood-risk areas. According to NMA, the current heavy rains will shift in the coming weeks from eastern and south-eastern Ethiopia (mainly Somali region) towards the western, central and parts of northern Ethiopia, likely affecting Afar, Amhara, Gambella, Tigray, southern Oromia and some parts of SNNP regions. Somali region will still continue to be impacted due to increased rain waters coming from the surrounding highlands.
Several flood incidences have already been reported in Afar, Oromia, Somali and SNNP regions since 15 April 2018, displacing thousands and causing loss of property and livelihoods. According to the April 2018 DTM, thirty-five displacement incidents were reported during April alone displacing 170,760 people nationwide, the majority due to flooding in Somali region. Meanwhile, according to the latest report from the Somali Regional Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Bureau (RDPPB), the flooding in Somali region has affected 43,887 families/households