Ethiopia

Ethiopia - Floods Information Report No. 3

Ref: DHAGVA - 96/0295
1. UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR IN ADDIS ABABA REPORTS FURTHER DETERIORATION IN FLOODS SITUATION ALONG AWASH RIVER BASIN.

2. DESPITE EFFORTS UNDERWAY TO STRENGTHEN AND RAISE FLOOD PROTECTION DIKES EITHER SIDE OF RIVER, MORE AND MORE AREAS ARE REPORTED TO BE INUNDATED.

3. WATER DISCHARGE FROM KOKA RESERVOIR IS CONTINUING IN ACCELERATED PACE, TO PREVENT WATER LEVEL FROM RISING FURTHER. ACCORDING TO GOVT, THIS IS CAUSING SERIOUS FLOODING BETWEEN WONJI AND METAHARA, PUTTING 150,000 PEOPLE AT RISK. MILITARY HELICOPTERS HAVE BEEN PUT ON STAND-BY FOR POSSIBLE RESCUE OPERATION.

4. GOVT HAS PRE-POSITIONED FOOD AND SHELTER SUPPLIES FOR 30,000 PEOPLE AND IS MAKING EFFORTS TO MOBILIZE ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES FROM IN-COUNTRY STOCKS HELD BY UN AGENCIES AND INTERNATIONAL NGO'S.

5. NO GENERAL APPEAL FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN ISSUED BY GOVT TO DATE. HOWEVER, SPECIFIC REQUESTS ARE BEING MADE LOCALLY TO A NUMBER OF UN AGENCIES AND NGO'S. RELIEF ITEMS REQUESTED BY GOVT INCLUDE SHELTER MATERIALS, MEDICAL KITS, AND MOTOR BOATS.

6. IN RESPONSE TO REQUEST RECEIVED, UNDP/DHA IS LOCALLY MOBILIZING RESOURCES TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TENTS AND PLASTIC SHEETING. UNICEF AND SAVE THE CHILDREN/UK ARE ALSO PROVIDING THESE ITEMS, AND MSF/BELGIUM AND MSF/HOLLAND ARE PROVIDING MEDICAL AND SHELTER SUPPLIES.

7. UNDP/DHA, TOGETHER WITH UNICEF AND WFP, IS SENDING MISSION TODAY FROM ADDIS ABABA TO ASSESS SITUATION AND RELIEF OPERATIONAL ARRANGEMENTS.

8. 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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