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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia

23 Apr 2021

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Tens of thousands of refugees crossed the border from Ethiopia to Sudan, fleeing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region (November 2020). © WFP/Leni Kinzli

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 23 April 2021

Ethiopia

OCHA says that the humanitarian situation in Tigray, Ethiopia, remains volatile, with armed clashes reported in some areas, including around Abiy Adi in the central region, restricting humanitarian movement and response.

Moreover, there are critical water shortages in most parts of the region.

In response, humanitarian partners and the regional government have deployed 123 water trucks to several areas, including Mekelle and Shire, targeting more than 288,000 people. An additional 285 water trucks are required over the next three months, based on recent needs assessments.

Meanwhile, the Government has reported the arrival of 75,000 newly displaced people in Shire over the past week. This brings the total number of internally displaced people in Shire to nearly half a million.

Most of the displaced are living with host communities. Others are in 15 displacement sites, most of which have reportedly not received any assistance over the past two to three months.

Limited communication in some parts of Tigray, especially outside Mekelle, is delaying the transmission of information, including on food dispatches and distributions.

While there have been some improvements in humanitarian access in Tigray, the UN continues to call for safe, unimpeded and sustained access to scale up the humanitarian response to help all people in need. More funding is also urgently needed.