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Somali refugees in Ethiopia: Melkadida & Jijiga Situational Update, May 2020

Situation Report
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Operational context

UNHCR’s Sub-Office Melkadida (SOMEL) in the Somali Region hosts 160,961 Somali refugees as of 31 May 2020 and received 1697 new arrivals during the first three months of 2020. The refugees have been accommodated in the five camps: 26,637 in Bokolmayo, 34,631 in Melkadida, 30,750 in Kobe, 35,605 in Hilaweyn, and 33,338 in Buramino camps. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Melkadida operation which has not received new arrivals since the closure of the Somali border on 24th March 2020. Some 700 individuals who arrived prior to the border closure and stayed at the Reception Centre in Dollo Ado were relocated to camps. The Dollo Ado region was affected by floods in May, damaging the Reception Centre and some key facilities in it. Rehabilitation and restoration activities are now on-going. The recent seasonal rains have also severely impacted crop production in Melkadida, Kobe, Hilaweyn and Buramino. SOMEL is assessing the situation and is developing a re-plantation plan. Since the declaration of the COVID19 pandemic, UNHCR has been taking measures to prevent the spread of the disease. An interagency Epidemic Preparedness and Response Plan and workplan have been finalized jointly with the Somali regional state. In order to mitigate the potential negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local economy, a ‘COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package’ was developed, and one-off cash grants for the most vulnerable refugees and host community would be provided.