Ethiopia - Floods Information Report No. 1

Report
from UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 13 Aug 1996
Ref: DHAGVA - 96/0275
1. UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR IN ADDIS ABABA REPORTS FLOODING IN GAMBELLA REGIONAL STATE IN SOUTHWESTERN ETHIOPIA, NEAR SUDANESE BORDER.

2. CONTINUOUS RAINS SINCE 6 JUNE CAUSED BARO, GILO AND AKOBO RIVERS TO OVERFLOW, FLOODING SOME 35 VILLAGES AND CORN FIELDS. 16 PEOPLE WERE REPORTEDLY KILLED, AND 17,125 PEOPLE SERIOUSLY AFFECTED BY FLOODS.

3. ON 2 AUGUST, OFFICE OF UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR, JOINTLY WITH MSF BELGIUM, CARRIED OUT BRIEF AERIAL SURVEY TO GAMBELLA.

4. SERIOUS SITUATION WAS OBSERVED ALONG BARO RIVER, WHERE NUMEROUS ILLAGES IN AREA OF JIKAWO WERE FLOODED AND ABANDONED BY INHABITANTS, LEAVING THOUSANDS DISPLACED. ACCORDING TO THIS SURVEY, FLOODS SITUATION ALONG AKOBO AND GILO RIVERS SEEMS LESS ALARMING, AS AREAS ON ETHIOPIAN SIDE OF AKOBO RIVER ARE SPARSELY POPULATED, AND VILLAGES ALONG GILO RIVER ARE SITUATED ON ELEVATED GROUND.

5. NO REQUEST FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN RECEIVED BY DHA TO DATE.

6. GOVERNMENTAL DISASTER PREVENTION AND PREPAREDNESS COMMISSION (DPPC) IS PLANNING TO CARRY OUT DETAILED ASSESSMENT. DPPC PROVIDED 50 MT OF GRAIN AND IS PREPARED TO SEND MORE RELIEF GOODS (FOOD, CLOTHING, UTENSILS, AND PLASTIC SHEETING). HOWEVER, DISTRIBUTION HAS BEEN DIFFICULT DUE TO INADEQUATE TRANSPORT FACILITIES.

7. FLOODING OF AKOBO RIVER, WHICH FORMS BORDER BETWEEN ETHIOPIA AND SUDAN, IS ALSO AFFECTING SUDANESE SIDE OF AREA, POCHALLA. (SEE DHA INFORMATION REPORT ON SUDAN FLOODS, DATED 12 AUGUST)

8. DHA, THROUGH UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR IN ADDIS ABABA, CONTINUES TO MONITOR SITUATION, AND WILL PROVIDE UPDATES AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.

9. FOR COORDINATION PURPOSES, DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM DHA-GENEVA, AS INDICATED BELOW, OF BILATERAL RELIEF MISSION/PLEDGES/ CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR CORRESPONDING VALUE BY ITEM.

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