Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 11 November 2013

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 11 Nov 2013

Key Events

A suspected measles outbreak was reported in Somali region, with 153 cases reported in Degehabur town and 219 cases in Kebridehar town, last month. Meanwhile, the Government is responding to the measles outbreak in Wolayita zone of SNNPR where 536 cases and eight deaths were reported in Kindodidaye woreda and 38 cases in Sodo town woreda as of 21 October.

WaSH Update

As of 7 November, 16 water trucks – down from 17 last week – were requested nationwide. At present, 13 trucks are operational in the country, including in Elidar woreda of Zone 1, Afar region (all three trucks requested); in Dollo Ado woreda of Liben zone, Somali region (all nine trucks requested); and in Raya Azebo woreda of Southern Tigray zone, Tigray region (one of four trucks requested). More than 41,000 people are benefitting from the water trucking operations. For more information, contact

Flood Update

Preliminary findings of a fact-finding mission in the flood-affected Dassenech woreda of South Omo zone, SNNPR revealed that 33,500 people – of the 64,500 people in the woreda – require emergency food assistance. There is heightened risk for acute watery diarrhoea and other water-related diseases as a result of the damaged water supply schemes forcing the population to use water from unprotected water sources for personal and household water needs.
Some 120,000 livestock are also affected by the flooding of grazing lands, which resulted in the deterioration of livestock body condition and in livestock deaths. The Government is undertaking flood response measures, including distribution of relief food to the entire caseload and some amount of livestock feed. Gaps remain in the provision of water treatment chemicals and livestock feed.

Similarly, in Oromia region, an assessment jointly conducted by IOM and the Borena zone Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Bureau (DPPB) indicated that an estimated 19,000 people were displaced by the flooding in Gelana and Abaya woredas in September and October. The floods damaged four water schemes that served 2,350 people and four schools, interrupting the schooling of 389 students in the areas. The Federal Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS), in collaboration with partners, dispatched food and NFI supplies to the affected areas. While the affected population in Gelana woreda received food assistance, the NFI supplies have yet to be distributed. The Ethiopian Red Cross, IRC, IOM, UNICEF and OCHA are planning a joint mission to the flood-affected Abaya woreda to determine the level of need and hasten the delivery of assistance to the affected population. For more information, contact:

Relief food update

As of 6 November, distribution of the fourth round of relief food stood at 90 per cent and the fifth round at 44 per cent.
The sixth round relief food dispatch has started, with 18 per cent of the total allocation so far dispatched. The humanitarian community is discussing ways to cover the seventh round relief food ration, which will be the “bridging round” until the next Humanitarian Requirements Document. For more information, contact

Refugee Update

Some 2,632 new refugees were registered in October, including 1,635 from Eritrea; 493 from Sudan, 394 from Somalia and 110 from South Sudan, bringing the refugee caseload in the country to 425,720, as of 31 October. In the Dollo Ado camps, the fifth round polio vaccination was conducted, reaching some 28,000 children under-5. Similarly, 5,384 children under-5 were reached by the first round polio vaccination campaign in Gambella’s Pugnido camp. The second round polio campaign is planned for some time in November. Pugnido is home to some 41,600 refugees from South Sudan. In Benishangul Gumuz, a meningitis vaccination campaign is on-going, targeting refugees between the ages of 1 and 29 years. Meanwhile, UNHCR and ARRA are still discussing with relevant authorities to secure land for the proposed extension of Ashura site. With the three existing camps in Benishangul Gumuz currently at full capacity, new Sudanese refugee arrivals are being accommodated in the new temporary site, Ashura.

Separately, 232 refugees who passed the national school leaving examination were placed in Government institutions of higher learning for the just started 2013/2014 Ethiopian academic year. This is part of the Government’s annual scholarship award for qualifying refugees. For more information, contact:

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