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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia - Latin America and the Caribbean - Ukraine

06 Jul 2021

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Meeting with affected population/host community in Nablet town, Emba Senyti Woreda, Tigray region, Ethiopia, June 2021. © OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 6 July 2021

Ethiopia

OCHA says that humanitarian access has improved within Tigray, with large areas now accessible, allowing humanitarian partners to gradually resume humanitarian operations including food distribution, water trucking, medical supplies and farming seeds. However, the resupply of humanitarian supplies is critically needed, as is that of fuel, on which humanitarian operations depend.

In Mekelle, 23 displacement sites did not have access to water due to lack of fuel to operate water pumps. Lack of fuel is also affecting the transportation of humanitarian and commercial supplies inside the region. Several partners were also not able to provide cash assistance. Commercial flights to and from Mekelle that were halted on 23 June have not been resumed yet. 

Road access from Mekelle to Addis Ababa via Afar region for staff rotation was largely possible on 1, 4 and 6 July. Supplies, however, are still blocked from proceeding.

It is critical to get additional staff and humanitarian and commercial supplies into Tigray, restore electricity and telecommunications, and ensure that cash and fuel are available throughout the region for the continuity of humanitarian operations.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Elsa, the first hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, has left at least three people dead across the Caribbean, one in Saint Lucia and two in the Dominican Republic. It has also caused significant damage to housing, infrastructure and agriculture in the Eastern Caribbean. 

Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti and Jamaica all report varying degrees of damage, although assessments are ongoing in all affected States. 

The UN is working directly with Governments and regional organizations to respond to the storm and prepare for the storms to come. 

The OCHA Regional Office in Latin America and the Caribbean has been in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Offices and the UN Emergency Technical Teams covering the affected countries in the Caribbean to provide coordination and information management support as needed.  

Ukraine

Earlier today, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Ms. Osnat Lubrani, briefed Member States and other partners in Geneva on the humanitarian needs of people in eastern Ukraine, who are facing the eighth year of an armed conflict, aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine remains dire, with 3.4 million people in need of aid and protection. 

Access remains the biggest challenge for the humanitarian community. By the first quarter of 2021, an estimated 485,000 people have received humanitarian assistance and protection services, including 413,000 people in Government-controlled areas and 72,000 people in non-Government-controlled areas. The disproportion is due to access restrictions.

With recently improved humanitarian access across the “contact line”, timely financial support for humanitarian response is critical for capitalizing on this opportunity.

So far, the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2021, which seeks US$168 million to assist 1.9 million of the most vulnerable people on both sides of the “contact line”, is only 18 per cent funded.