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Friday, June 19, 2015

Ethiopia - Humanitarian situation

Thu, 11/06/2015 - 01:03
  • The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia is quickly deteriorating due to an expanding drought following poor belg/gu/ganna/sugum raining season. Increasing water and pasture shortages were reported in parts of the country, leading to deteriorated livestock production and productivity, deepening food security and raising levels of malnutrition. Areas of particular concern are Afar; Waghimra zones of Amhara region; Arsi, West Arsi, Bale, East and West Hararge zones of Oromia region; Gurage, Hadiya, Halaba, Kembata Tembaro, Siltie, Sidama and Wolayeta zones of Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR); and Harshin woreda in Fafan zone and Site zone of Somali region.
  • Large number of drought displaced families moved to areas that received rain. This will cause over-grazing of the areas, which may damage the resiliency and the coping mechanisms of the host communities during the next dry season and can diminish the availability of water in these areas before the next rainy season. Increased humanitarian needs are expected during June-July, the peak of the hunger season.
  • Estimations mention a potential increase from 2.9 to 3.9 million food insecure people in need of assistance.
  • Epidemics outbreaks (measles and meningitis) are increasing with a funding gap of EUR 32.8 million for the vaccination campaign. Since the beginning of the year, 11 675 measles cases were confirmed out of 12 421 reported cases. 40 million of children between 9 months and 14 years of age nationwide need measles vaccination. It is crucial to avoid the spread of the outbreak and avert higher morbidity and mortality rates especially in nutrition hotspots.
  • From the total required EUR 342.8 million only 46% has been covered.
Categories: International

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/aggregator/sources/6_en