Ethiopia Humanitarian Bulletin, 15 August 2016

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###HIGHLIGHTS

  • Government and humanitarian partners need to scale-up their prioritized response to provide food assistance to some 9.7 million people in the second half of the year

  • The National Meteorological Agency cautions about the consequences of floods due to heavy rains in the coming two months

  • Ethiopia hosts the largest number of refugees in the continent while it is experiencing one of the worst drought in history: One Humanity, Shared Responsibility: World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2016

###In this issue

  1. Mid-year review of 2016 Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) launched
  2. Meteorological forecast for the coming two months

###The Government and humanitarian partners launches the mid-year review of Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD)

On Friday 12 August, the Government of Ethiopia officially launched the revision of the joint Government and partners’ Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for the second half of 2016. The revised HRD shows that US$612.4 million is urgently needed to address food and non-food needs for 9.7million people. As a result of the findings from the belg seasonal assessment, the number of people seeking food and non-food assistance has reduced from 10.2 million at the beginning of the year to only 9.7 million.

“Thanks to the collaboration between the Government and humanitarian partners, we have done a lot this year. We need to sustain the generous support from the international community in the second half of 2016.” noted Commissioner Ato Mitiku Kassa, Head of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) during the launch.

“Ethiopia’s response model is an excellent example of how preparation, disaster risk management and response prioritization can mitigate the impact of natural disasters as was highlighted at the side-event at the World Humanitarian Summit in May,” said Ms. Gillian Mellsop, acting Humanitarian Coordinator.

The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia remains critical, despite marked achievements earlier this year. The Government and humanitarian partners must sustain scaled-up response, as a combination of drought, which significantly weakened coping capacities, and extensive flooding caused displacement, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services.

Ethiopia has received more than $1 billion in funding so far. Despite achievements however, the Government and humanitarian partners need to scale up and prioritize their response for the rest of the year to provide assistance to the most vulnerable.