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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Burkina Faso - Ethiopia - Indonesia

15 Jan 2021


A UN-supported IDP settlement in Barsologho in the north of Burkina Faso. © OCHA/Giles Clarke

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 15 January 2021


A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck West Sulawesi Province in Indonesia earlier today, leaving dozens of people dead and hundreds injured.

According to the Government, at least 34 people have died, more than 630 have been injured, and more than 15,000 people have been temporarily displaced to 10 evacuation sites; and these numbers are likely to increase as assessments continue.

Today’s earthquake struck about 6 km north-east of the city of Majene and also caused heavy damages on infrastructure. Several people were reportedly trapped in the Mitra Manakarra Hospital after it collapsed. The Governor’s office, two hotels, a mall, a community health centre, and more than 300 houses also sustained damages. A smaller 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the same area on 14 January.

The earthquake interrupted road access between Majene and the provincial capital Mamuju and disrupted electricity and communications networks and fuel supply.

National authorities have mobilized for the response including four helicopters, tents and mattresses, special kits for children and the elderly, food and medical assistance, including orthopedic and psychosocial support. Response coordination has begun.

The UN is in close contact with the Indonesian Government and ready to support the response to the earthquake. The Indonesian Red Cross and NGOs are also mobilizing their response.



OCHA reports that hundreds of thousands of people in Tigray, Ethiopia, are facing food and water shortages and lacking health services. There has also been a reported rise in malnutrition and water-borne diseases.

Meanwhile, humanitarian relief operations continue to be constrained by the lack of full, safe and unhindered access to Tigray caused by both insecurity and bureaucratic obstacles imposed by federal and regional authorities.

There has, however, been some progress. The road between Gondar and Shire has been accessible in the past days and humanitarian partners have provided assistance to the people in Shire for the first time since the conflict began two and half months ago.

But delays in clearance processes and the need to engage with multiple actors for approval to access certain areas are hampering operations.

The UN renews its call on all parties to allow the immediate and safe passage of humanitarian personnel and supplies to the Tigray Region to make sure we are able to reach all people who need assistance.


Burkina Faso

Over the past two years, Burkina Faso has witnessed the unfolding of an unprecedented humanitarian emergency.

OCHA reports that conflict and insecurity have forced more than 1 million people to flee their homes over the past two years.

Food insecurity has increased dramatically because people have been displaced and their livelihoods disrupted, and because of climate-related shocks.

More than 2 million people – about 10 per cent of the country’s population – are today struggling to feed themselves.

Humanitarian partners reached twice as many people with assistance in 2020 compared to 2019, and assisted 2.3 million people in the first three quarters of 2020.

In 2021, 3.5 million people will require humanitarian support to maintain basic living conditions, according to initial Humanitarian Response Plan projections.

US$607 million will be required for the response in 2021 targeting 2.9 million people. This is an increase of 61 per cent compared with January 2020. In 2020, the humanitarian response plan received 57 per cent of the $424 million requested.