According to the National Meteorology Agency’s weather forecast for September 2020, the kiremt rain is expected to continue in all zones of Tigray, Benishangul Gumuz, Gambella, East and West Gojjam, North Shewa, Bahir Dar Zuria, Awi, North and South Gonder, North and South Wollo zones in Amhara, East and West Wollega, Jimma, Illubabor, North West Shewa and North Shewa zones, Arsi, Bale, East and West Hararge zones in Oromia, Jigjiga zone in Somali, Hadiya, Gurage, Wolayita, Dawuro, Gamo Gofa, Keffa, Bench Maji, Gedio, Segen, South Omo zones in SNNP, Harari and Sidama regions, as well as in Dire Dawa and Addis Ababa cities. Heavy rainfall is also likely to occur in some parts of the country. Meanwhile, Siti, Fik, Degahabur, and Gode zones in Somali region, and the Southern Oromia zones will likely receive near normal rainfall during the month.
Heavy and prolonged kiremt rains led to flooding and landslide incidents in Afar, Oromia, Gambella, SNNP, Somali and Amhara regions in June and September. Latest National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) reports indicate that close to 1,017,854 people are affected and 292,863 people are displaced by floods across the country.
This National Flood Response Plan aims to provide directions and guidance at federal level, while providing the template and directions for the regional and sub-regional partners to adapt to local contexts and come up with their own response plan.
The document also aims to serve as the basis for continued monitoring, preparation of relevant multi-sectoral operational plans as required at national level and will be shared to regions for contextualizing the plans, employ local warning systems and structures and for preparedness and emergency precautionary measures. In addition, the plan will help clusters establish a minimum level of multi-hazard preparedness as well as build the basis for a joint Government and humanitarian partners response strategy to meet the needs of affected people for the period of 3 months (September-November 2020).
Through NDRMC, the Afar Regional Government requested the federal Government for military helicopters. The Ethiopian Defense Force (EDF) deployed two military helicopters and NDRMC sent two boats for evacuating people stranded by flood water in remote areas of Amibara woreda. The Afar Regional Disaster Prevention and Food Security Coordination Office (DPFSCO) has provided ETB 6 million for flood mitigation activities and distributed 1,500 quintals of food and NFIs for 1,000 households. NDRMC has also allocated and dispatched food (wheat, oil and dates) and ES/NFI kits (blanket, plastic sheet, cup, plate, cooking pot,) as per the request made by the Regional DRM offices to the floodimpacted areas in Oromia, Afar and Gambella regions. WFP and other operational partners are providing food and ES/NFIs assistance to people displaced by flooding during the belg/spring 2020 rainy season in Somali and Oromia regions.