Worrying symptoms of new drought; overall financial requirement likely to reduce from El Nino impact year, meher … – Reliefweb

Key Issues

  • Worrying symptoms of new drought; overall financial requirement likely to reduce from El Nino impact year, meher assessment well underway

  • Humanitarian gatherings exempted from restrictions under the state of emergency

  • Cluster enhancing storage capacity for the large amount of incoming humanitarian cargo

Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, continue to have a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Urgent funding gaps for the response remain across multiple sectors to the end of 2016, notably for response to Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD), for interventions in animal health and food assistance. Major funding requirements are already anticipated for early 2017, as there are concerning indications that the La Niña phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean, and more significantly the current negative Indian Ocean Dipole, may affect water availability, livestock body condition and Meher harvest performance in parts of southern and eastern Ethiopia.

Worrying symptoms of new drought; overall financial requirement likely to reduce from El Nino impact year, meher assessment well underway

While the effects of the 2016 El Nino induced drought are still rolling out in the lives and livelihood of affected communities, below average rains in the south and southeastern parts of the country caused by the negative Indian Ocean Dipole have led to new symptoms of drought. Poor performance of the seasonal Dyer/Hagayya rains have put most parts of Somali region, parts of Afar and some low land areas of Oromia and SNNP in need of humanitarian assistance. Some pocket areas in southern Tigray and northeastern Amhara which already suffered from the 2016 El Nino induced drought will also require food aid into 2017 due to poor preforming meher harvest.

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Government and humanitarian partners are currently conducting meher assessment in 216 woredas in Afar, Amhara, Benishangul Gumuz, Gambella, Hareri, Oromia, Somali, SNNP and Tigray regions and Dire Dawa City Administration. The assessment will determine the humanitarian requirements for Ethiopia in 2017, but pre assessment estimates indicate that there are worrying symptoms of new drought; overall financial requirement likely to reduce from El Nino impact year.

Humanitarian gatherings exempted from restrictions under the state of emergency

Government of Ethiopia assures members of the humanitarian community that restriction on public gatherings under the declared State of Emergency does not apply to gatherings in humanitarian operations such public gatherings in food distribution points and nutrition screening centres.

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Cluster enhancing storage capacity for the large amount of incoming humanitarian cargo

As identified in the Logistics Gaps Analysis in April 2016, the large amount of incoming humanitarian cargo has placed a strain on the existing storage capacity, and subsequently a need for additional warehouses and temporary storage facilities.

With the confirmation of gravel deliveries in different regions, the Logistics Cluster finalized the implementation of 25 additional mobile storage units (MSUs): 14 in Amhara, two in Oromia and nine in SNNPR. As of 23 November, Logistics Cluster provided almost 60,000 MT of additional storage capacity for NDRMC and JEOP in more than 90 locations. The augmentation of storage capacity was done through the provision of rental of warehouses, the erection of MSUs, as well as longer term solutions such as the implementation of local solutions including rehabilitation of existing structures and the construction of permanent storage structures. In addition to that, over 5,000 MT of additional storage structures are being implemented in Somali, Oromia and SNNPR regions. To support this augmented storage capacity and in support of NDRMC operational planning purposes, field assessments continue to monitor the utilization of augmented storage capacities.

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