Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 2 September 2013

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 02 Sep 2013

Floods updates
Throughout August, extreme weather conditions caused flooding, hailstorms, and landslides destroying more than 4,600 ha of crops, causing some death of livestock, and the displacement of people. Although preliminary, NMA forecasts additional flooding and continued rains throughout September. In Amhara region, floods in Oromia zone resulted in the death of 29 people, displaced many more and destroyed homes. Separately, to respond to the overflow of Lake Tana, DRMFSS prepositioned food and NFIs. In Somali, and Tigray regions floods reportedly damaged crops and homes. In Oromia region, crops were destroyed by floods (Dedo woreda of Jimma zone), landslides (Gorgogutu woreda, East Hararge zone), and heavy rains and hailstorms (Illugelan woreda, West Shewa zone). Meanwhile in SNNP region, landslides caused some displacement of people and caused the loss of crops and livestock in Gamo Gofa and Welayita zones.
Food, non-food items, jerry cans and soap, shelter, water trucking and hygiene related interventions education are on-going. Responding to needs throughout the country, the floods taskforce highlighted the need to increase multi-sector responses and to ensure appropriate cluster representation in the flood taskforce meetings. For more information, contact

Relief food update
As of 28 August, the first round of relief food distribution remained at 97 per cent, the second round at 92 and the third round at 64 per cent. The fourth round distribution started in Amhara (36 per cent), Oromia (21 per cent), Somali (2 per cent) and Tigray (33 per cent) regions, while dispatch to food delivery points reached 87 per cent as of the same date. Unlike the second and third rounds, the fourth round allocation includes a full food basket and food ration.
Meanwhile, the dispatch of the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) food allocation for May stood at 95 per cent and that of June at 70 per cent. For more information, contract

WASH update
The kiremt rains (June to September) progressed in intensity and coverage in most areas. However, the lowland woredas of East and West Hararghe zone, Oromia region and Zone 1 and 2, Afar region the seasonal rainfall is limited. Similarly, the Tigray Regional Early Warning report cites that no rains were received in some woredas of Eastern and Southern zones of the region. To provide access to clean water to vulnerable people, 22 water trucks are deployed (of a total 24 requested trucks) serving an estimated 126,000 people in Afar, Tigray and Oromia regions.
UNICEF, in collaboration with partners, maintained and rehabilitated seven water schemes in Sawena (five) and Ginir (two) woredas of Bale zone, Oromia region benefiting an estimated 17,500 people. For more information, contact

Nutrition update
With overall stable admissions of new severely malnourished children to therapeutic feeding programme sites in July, in Oromia region, the TFP admissions in East Hararge are higher than the same reporting period in 2012. Three woredas of East Hararghe (Gursum, Kersa and Fedis) account for approximately 80 per cent of the zone’s 617 new TFP admissions. With a July increase of 20.3 per cent, East Hararge accounts for 30 per cent of the regional new admissions for each of the last three months (May to July).
Conversely, the number of new TFP admissions decreased by 31 per cent in SNNP region and more than 28 per cent in Amhara region. Despite the regional decrease in Amhara region, the belg failure in South Wollo, North and South Gondar and Waghimra zones contributed to increases in TFP admission in July.
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