Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 23 November 2015

Key Issues

  • The Government will use the newly completed railway from Djibouti to Adama, Ethiopia to transport relief supplies.

  • At least 210,600 people are expected to be affected by flooding and at least 105,300 people are at risk of displacement, according to the Flood Contingency Plan released on 18 November.

  • OCHA’s Humanitarian Response Fund (HRF) issued a Call for Proposals for WaSH response in Afar,
    Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Somali and Tigray. Proposals must be submitted before 5 December 2015.

  • Tendaho Sugar cane Factory provided 700 hectares of land to the Afar Region Disaster Preparedness Bureau to be used for an animal fodder bank. Site clearance and preparation is completed.

Ethiopia is responding to an El Niño-caused drought emergency: The impact of the failed spring belg (mid-February-May) rains was compounded by the arrival of the El Niño weather conditions that weakened summer kiremt (June-September) rains, whose harvest feeds 80 to 85 per cent of the country. This greatly expanded food insecurity, malnutrition and affected livelihoods across six regions of the country. The level of acute need across virtually all humanitarian sectors has already exceeded levels seen in the Horn of Africa drought of 2011 and is projected to be far more severe throughout an 8 to 10 months period in 2016.

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