In October, the Government announced that about 8.2 million people in Ethiopia, including 4.6 million children, are in need of emergency food aid, up from the 4.5 million estimated in August.
The estimated number of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) for 2015 increased from 302,605 to 350,000.
A total of 42,803 children were treated in August 2015, a 27 per cent increase from 32,304 children in July 2015. Between January and August 2015, 219,617 children have been treated for SAM; this is a 27 per cent increase compared with the numbers reported during the same period in 2014.
An estimated 735,150 school children in 94 woredas in Afar, Amhara, Dire Dawa, Harari, Oromia, SNNPR, Somali and Tigray regions have dropped out of school due to the current drought emergency.
The Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) has issued a flood Alert. High-risk areas include Somali, SNNPR and Oromia regions.
UNICEF Ethiopia has increased its 2015 humanitarian appeal to US$55 million from the US$49 million revised in May 2015. UNICEF appeal is currently funded at 34 per cent, leaving a shortfall of US$36 million.