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Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 19 May 2014

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 For the first time in decades, on 14 May, desert locust swarms invaded parts of Addis Ababa. Afar, Oromia, Somali regions and Dire Dawa city are also affected by the locust infestation. Humanitarian and development partners have urged the Government to further intensify its response efforts to wipe out the locusts ahead of the belg harvest season in June.

 Conforming to seasonal trends, admissions of severely malnourished (SAM) children to Therapeutic Feeding Program (TFP) sites increased in SNNP, Amhara and East Hararge zone of Oromia regions. The nutrition situation in Tigray region is reportedly stable, while the TFP admission trend for March is not clear for Afar and Somali regions due to the low reporting rates. The Government and partners have strengthened nutrition interventions in pocket areas that registered alarming nutrition situations.

 Given the increasing South Sudanese refugee influx, UNHCR now expects between 300,000 and 350,000 refugees in Gambella by December 2014.

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