Flood Update, Somali Region
The number of dead and missing in Somali Region continues to rise following the devastating floods on 23 April. However uncertainty remains on the exact number of dead and affected people. The government, UN agencies, ICRC and NGOs are continuing their efforts to respond to the flood emergency. So far, plastic plates, high energy biscuits, jerry cans, plastic jugs, plastic sheeting and blankets have been sent to affected areas. However, emergency needs are much higher than the current response and aid deliveries are being held back because of the difficulty in accessing the flood areas. DPPC chartered military helicopters that were delivering aid from Gode returned to Addis mid week and 60 percent of the non food items available remain in the Dire Dawa warehouse. The DPPC is currently conducting an assessment of the drought affected areas and results are expected early this week. UNICEF is ready to charter an Antonov aircraft with a capacity of 16 tonnes to assist in delivering the aid in Dire Dawa to Gode. The DPPB in Gode reports that there is no fuel for trucks to deliver emergency aid and problems of access to the affected areas prevails. Meanwhile WFP is providing some fuel for this purpose from its stock in Gode. WFP/DPPC supplementary food stocks (fortified corn soya blend) are being mobilised in Gode for the flood victims and will be distributed as soon as transportation problems ease. Serious damage, because of the heavy rains has also been reported in the camps of Hartishek and Fafen in Jijiga zone.
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Flash Update to the Humanitarian Appeal
The Ethiopian Government and humanitarian partners issued a Fla
sh Update to the 2005 Joint Humanitarian Appeal for Ethiopia on 4 May. The Flash Update seeks a revised total of US$320 million, of which 47 percent has been secured, to urgently address the deteriorating humanitarian conditions that are threatening the country. Through consultations with the regions, an additional 690,000 beneficiaries have been identified as in need of emergency food assistance, most of them requiring food aid for five or six months, and increasing the total emergency beneficiaries from 3.1 million to 3.8 million. A further 66,200 tonnes of food is required to cover the increased needs, with the total revised emergency food aid needs for 2005 now at 464,400 tonnes. Taking into account the newly identified requirements, a shortfall of approximately 165,510 tonnes of food, valued at US$66.2 million remains to be secured.   Continue ...

Floods In Woliyta Zone, SNNPR
Two kebeles in Humbo woreda of Wolayita zone, SNNPR were flooded after the Bilate River
burst its banks between the 24 and 30 April. According to unconfirmed field reports the flood killed two people and displaced 6,755, out of which 965 people are from resettlement sites. It was also reported that the flood damaged 1,017 hectares of crop land and has killed many livestock. The displaced people are now sheltered in community service structures and temporary plastic shelters. Limited assistance was provided by the zonal Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Bureau (DPPB) that included a one month ration for 143 heads of households. Continue ...

French Embassy Donates Money for Polio Eradication Initiatives
In respo
nse to the joint UNICEF/WHO Special Alert in March, the French Embassy signed a Memorandum of Understanding for €100,000 with WHO on 4 May.  Continue ...

World Vision Conducts Nutritional Survey
World Vision in collaboration with the w
oreda Health office conducted nutritional survey in Sodo Zuria woreda, Wolayita zone of SNNPR from 28 March-2 April. The nutritional status of children under five is categorised as poor with 9.3 percent Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) and 1.3 percent Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). Continue ...





News from 9 May 2005 Relief Bulletin

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