The extra round of general food distributions in December 2016 under the relief operation (PRRO 200712) are close to completion. January 2017 relief assistance and specialized nutritious food to beneficiaries in the Somali region started dispatching food at the end of the month. WFP was planning to continue cash distribution in 2017, but due to the prevailing drought, affecting market supplies and food prices, WFP has decided to put cash assistance on hold until further in the Somali Region. In Amhara and Oromia, cash assistance will continue with Round 2 of relief assistance.
In light of the recent increased in need, due to the ongoing drought in the Somali region, the Logistics Cluster has finalised three local constructions in Halley. Darwanaje and Gilo, on behalf of the Somali Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Bureau (DPPB). These long term solutions have increase the regions storage capacity with 1,200 MT / 72,000 portions of relief food (16.59 kg).
In January, the average arrival rate of new South Sudanese refugees to Gambella decreased to 120 per day, from 1000 per day during September and October 2016 following the renewed fighting in the Upper Nile State. The operation is also registering new arrivals from Somalia to Dollo Ado, the Somali region. In January the average arrival rate reached 150 people per day. The Somalis are arriving because of the unstable security situation in the country and the deteriorating food insecurity.
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