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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ukraine, Ethiopia, Central African Republic

05 May 2022

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There is an urgent need to scale-up assistance in the Central African Republic. Credit: OCHA / Anita Cadonau

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –  5 May 2022

Ukraine

The Humanitarian Coordinator Osnat Lubrani informed us that a new safe passage operation to evacuate civilians stranded in Mariupol and other communities was completed late yesterday.

With the agreement of the parties to the conflict, more than 300 civilians from Mariupol, Manhush, Berdiansk, Tokmak and Vasylivska were evacuated and are right now receiving immediate humanitarian assistance in Zaporizhzhia. Many came with nothing but the clothes on their back and we will now work hard to provide them with the support they need during this difficult time, including much-needed psychological support.

This is the second evacuation of civilians from Mariupol, following the operation which brought over 120 people to Zaporizhazhia two days ago, including dozens from Azovstal plant.  The UN is engaging at the highest levels with the Russian Federation and Ukrainian Governments to make sure that more people stranded in Azovstal and other areas of Mariupol who want to leave, can do so in safety.

Ethiopia
 
Our humanitarian colleagues report that in Ethiopia, a convoy of 27 trucks carrying close to 983 metric tons of food and other essential items reached Mekelle in the Tigray region last weekend (29/30 April). This was the fourth humanitarian convoy that reached Tigray since overland transportation of aid supplies resumed at the beginning of April, following more than three months of interruption.

In total, 169 trucks have reached Tigray since convoys have resumed, transporting some 4300 metric tons of desperately needed aid supplies. Food and other aid from these convoys have been dispatched from Mekelle to priority areas across Tigray where they are being distributed. Recently arrived fuel supplies are also allowing critical operations to be expanded.

The rate at which aid is arriving into Tigray however remains a small fraction of what is required as essential services including electricity, communications networks and banking services remain largely cut off. The UN and our humanitarian partners continue to work with the authorities to urgently scale up deliveries of relief supplies into Tigray, including seed and fertilizer ahead of the critical summer planting season. We are also working with authorities to expand much-needed assistance in areas of Afar and Amhara regions that have been affected by the conflict.

In Amhara, food partners reached some 56,000 people with food in the past week. Since late December, more than 10 million people have received food assistance from the Government, the UN, or NGO partners.

Central African Republic

More than 60 per cent of the population already needs humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic and the situation is likely to worsen in coming months because the crisis in Ukraine is disrupting supply chains, and prices on fuel, medicine and food are rising.

For example, the price of wheat flour has increased by 36 per cent in the last two weeks and is expected to increase a further 30 per cent by August. It is projected that 2.2 million people, 45 per cent of the population, will suffer from high levels of acute food insecurity during the lean season (April to August).  Health agencies only have 30 per cent of the medication and other essential supplies they need to respond.

There is an urgent need for a scaled-up humanitarian response, and funding requirements will increase drastically, including for health and food response, and logistics. The Humanitarian Response Plan requesting US$ 461 million to assist 2 million people in 2022, is only 20 per cent funded to date.