EL NIÑO IMPACTS KIREMT RAINS, FOOD INSECURITY DEEPENS
The Ethiopian government and humanitarian partners confirmed the deteriorated humanitarian context in the country following failed belg (mid-February-May) rains. Spikes in malnutrition were confirmed by the revised nutrition hotspot classification in May 2015, which indicated that the number of hotspot priority one woredas doubled to 97 woredas since February 2015.
El Niño’s impact
Food insecurity will continue to deepen throughout the year, not least with the on-going El Niño phenomenon, which will continue to affect rainfall patterns through the first quarter of 2016 (80 per cent probability). The overall good kiremt (June-September) rains in June improved water and pasture availability, and benefitted land preparation for short maturing meher crops. However, the rainfall performance declined in the first two dekads of July. Weather forecasts indicate that the rains are unlikely to improve in the coming weeks, especially in north eastern Afar, northern Somali and the lowlands of East and West Hararge zones of Oromia. July is the planting season for short maturing meher crops.
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