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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia - Ukraine

07 Apr 2021


Kissanet School in Mekelle, the capital city of Tigray Region in Ethiopia, is sheltering hundreds of displaced people. © OCHA/Jordi Casafont

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 7 April 2021


The humanitarian situation in Tigray, Ethiopia, remains dire.

While there has been substantial improvement in humanitarian access, active hostilities have been reported in the north-western, central, eastern, south-eastern and southern zones.
Some humanitarian partners have accessed the towns of Gijet and Samre, in the southern and south-eastern zone, where they report that most of the population has fled. The Alamata-Mekelle-Adigrat-Shire road remains partially accessible.

An estimated 2.5 million people in rural areas in Tigray have not had access to essential services over the last five months.

The conflict continues to drive massive displacement across the region, with tens of thousands of people moving towards urban areas, including to Mekelle and Shire.

According to a recent assessment report, there could be as many as 450,000 displaced people in Shire.

Humanitarian partners are grappling with capacity and resource challenges as they scale up the response which remains inadequate for the estimated 4.5 million people who need life-saving assistance (the estimated numbers are according to the Tigray interim administration).

More funding is urgently needed to help all affected people.



OCHA reports that yesterday, shelling damaged a power line near a main lift pumping station of the South Donbas Waterway, in eastern Ukraine, interrupting safe water supply for 1.1 million people in 50 nearby settlements on both sides of the “contact line”.

While repair teams were able to quickly fix the damaged power lines today, the UN reiterates its call for all actors to avoid targeting critical water infrastructure in eastern Ukraine, including pumps, pipelines and filter stations.

This year, the UN and humanitarian partners in Ukraine require US$168 million to help 1.9 million of the most vulnerable 3.4 million people in the east. Only 5.5 per cent of this funding has been received.

The UN also urges all actors to provide unconditional access to those in need.