Ethiopia: Fortnight Bulletin - Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Agency Vol.14 No. 7 - 15 Sep 2007

News and Press Release
Originally published


In this issue:

- Over 81,000 People Affected by Floods

- Over 12,500 MT of Food Aid Dispatched for the Month of July

- US - Government Donated Plastic Boats

- Agency Employees Transplanted Seedlings

- Major Disasters and Responses

Over 137,000 MT of Food Distributed in the Past Fiscal Year

218,000 MT of food transported through the Agency for PSNP A total of over 137,000 MT of food aid had been dispatched and distributed to drought and flood victims while over 218,000 MT of food was transported through the agency for Productive Safety-net Programme (PSNP) beneficiaries in the past fiscal year.

According to the Agency's annual plan implementation and performance report, during the fiscal year out of the total of 137,496 MT of food aid, 127,696 MT of food has been apportioned to drought victims and in support of compatriots of flood victims, 9,800 MT of food was distributed. Additional 218,714 MT of food was transported through the Agency to 6 regions to implement the Productive

Safety-net Programme. The amount which was sent to flood victims did not include contributions by regions and NGOs.

The report indicated that the Early Warning Department of the DPPA had conducted 34 Disaster and nutrition studies in 87 weredas of 29 zones belonging to 9 regions in the cropping, pastoral and agro-pastoral areas. In line with the findings and recommendations of the studies the necessary measures were taken. The types of disasters that occurred in the country were 56% drought induced food shortages, 29% flooding and 15% hailstorms, landslides and others.

A regular assessment had also been conducted in both the cropping and pastoral areas to determine the food security situation in the country in 2007. The teams comprised of experts drawn from the Agency, Federal and Regional Government offices, UN-agencies, donors and NGOs. According to the study 1.36 million beneficiaries were found needing 150,580 MT of food aid and the net amount had become 88,172 MT when food in reserve was taken into account. This meant USD 50,303,965.

During the fiscal year, however, 80,316MT of food aid was obtained. For non-food requirements; i.e., health and nutrition, water and sanitation, agriculture, capacity building and animal health, a total of USD 38,373,807 was made available by donors, the report disclosed.

In addition to the over Birr 56,000,000 obtained from fund raising activities and contributed by Ethiopians, the Diaspora and friends of Ethiopia and in addition to the money obtained from " a birr to a compatriot," Fund Raising Committee that was established to solicit fund for drought victims in 2002/2003 amounting to Birr 8.2 million which was now allocated after considering the magnitude of disaster in the flood devastated areas across the country, the National Fund Raising Committee had allocated Birr 29,220,797.97 to Dire Dawa, Birr 15,356,000 to South Omo in the SNNP, Birr 6,582,493.51 to Amhara and Birr 5,851,904.36 to Somali Region to be used in prioritized rehabilitation activities.

The Ministry of Health had allocated Birr 10,025,714 to prevent flood related diseases that may affect people. Medicines and equipment worth Birr 18,077,576 was additionally distributed to flood affected regions. With regard to emergency seeds, areas affected by floods received more than 1,800 MT of seeds, more than 4,000 hand tools as well as medicines for animals.

The annual plan implementation and performance report underscored that the DPPA had repeatedly issued flood alert reports to the pertinent bodies and the general public to create awareness and to take the necessary measures to reduce the effects of the sudden flood that may occur. It had also distributed thousands of household utensils, blankets, plastic sheets and 400,000 sacks to be used to divert and break the force of oncoming water. Moreover, an estimated Birr 1,167,530 worth of materials for emergency water supply purposes were sent to flooded areas.