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Ethiopia: Floods impact thousands of people

29 May 2020


Excessive rainfall in May has led to flooding, displacement and loss of lives and livelihoods across the country. Credit: OCHA Ethiopia

Excessive heavy rains in Ethiopia that started in April and peaked in May have led to flooding, displacement, loss of lives and livelihoods, as well as damage to infrastructures in different parts of the country.

According to national authorities, flooding has so far affected more than 470,000 people, of whom more than 300,000 people are displaced. The Somali region was severely hit, with nearly 80 per cent of the flood-affected and displaced people are located.

The Government of Ethiopia, the UN and other humanitarian agencies, and communities are responding to the needs of flood-affected and displaced people, although with limitations.

In the hardest-hit region Somali region, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) distributed non-food item kits to 500 displaced households. Water, sanitation, hygiene and health interventions are also ongoing with support from humanitarian partners. In Oromia region, IOM is preparing to undertake water trucking, emergency latrine interventions and partial non-food item kits distribution targeting 3,500 households. The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food assistance.

Additional resources of US$25.6 million are urgently required to address unmet needs, including food, emergency shelter, health, water, sanitation, and hygiene services, as well as early recovery support.