Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 16 May 2016

Key Issues

  • At least 236,890 people displaced from torrential rains and corresponding flash floods since late March.

  • Major improvements in food dispatch and distribution performance have been achieved in the first months of 2016 with the transport of relief food increasing from 6,000MT per day at the start of the year up to 17,000MT per day currently.

  • The requirements for Agriculture, Education and Shelter/NFI sectors increased following the prioritization exercise early May.

  • USAID announces additional US$128 Million funding for humanitarian response in Ethiopia

Continued Flooding Since Late March Leaves at Least 236,890 People Displaced

Torrential rains and corresponding flash floods since late March have left at least 236,890 people displaced. This year’s belg rains, though late in onset, were heavier than usual both in terms of intensity and geographic coverage. Additionally, the floods are happening on the back of nearly 18 months of drought that left communities’ coping capacity weakened. The long drought also reduced the ground’s absorption capacity and increased the likelihood of floods and landslides.

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