Ethiopia Situation Report for period Oct - Nov 1999


Consolidated UN report prepared by the Information Section of the UN Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia from information and reports provided by specialised UN agencies, media sources, the Ethiopian Government and NGOs.


  • The federal Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission has released a bridging appeal covering expected emergency relief needs in Ethiopia for the three month period January to March 2000. During this initial period the appeal estimates that 5,779,3000 people will need 260,069 MT of relief assistance;

  • The annual DPPC-led multi-agency meher Crop and Food Needs Assessment has commenced with a total of 20 teams spending 3-4 weeks in the field. By enabling teams to visit crop-growing areas closer to the harvest period it is hoped to minimise discrepancies between pre- and post-harvest figures. Also, for the first time, the timing of the assessment will allow for the pastoralist areas to be included in the assessment. This will enable the annual appeal scheduled for mid-January 2000 to reflect more comprehensive and accurate national figures;

  • Based on existing pledges, DPPC estimates that there remains a shortfall of around 70,000 MT of relief food for the November to December period. Although substantial food deliveries are expected within the coming three months, the bulk of these deliveries will be repayments to the Ethiopian Food Security Reserve and as a result of this, carry-over stocks from 1999 to 2000 are expected to be minimal;

  • Following unseasonally heavy rains in the southern and eastern highlands of Ethiopia during late October, the Wabe Shebelle River broke its banks flooding large areas of Gode Zone in the Somali National Regional State. Around 80,000 people were affected by the floods which covered a 160 kilometre area between Kelafo and Ferfer on the border with Somalia. A rapid government-led relief response has included the airlifting of food, blankets and other shelter materials.