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Drought Emergency appeal n° MDRET010 Operation update n°3

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Period covered by this Ops Update: 24 October 2011 to 9 January 2012;

Appeal target (current): CHF 25,408,085 (plus CHF 3,000,000 for bilateral Emergency Response Units) totalling CHF 28,408,085

Appeal coverage: ~36%

Appeal history:

• A Preliminary Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 5 August 2011 for CHF 10,978,250 for 6 months to assist 165,000 beneficiaries.

• Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 200,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the National Society to respond.

• An Operations Update no.1 was published on 30 August 2011 informing on the deployment of a multi-assessment team to the affected region of Moyale.

• A Revised Emergency Appeal was published on 26 September 2011 for CHF 25,408,085 (plus CHF 3,000,000 for bilateral Emergency Response Units) totalling CHF 28,408,085 - to assist approximately 570,000 beneficiaries for 12 months in Oromia, Afar and Somali regions.

• An Operations Update no.2 was published on 24 October 2011 informing on the latest developments.

• This Operations Update reports on further progress. Additionally, target beneficiary numbers are adjusted to reflect estimates at the time of finalising the Plan of Action (PoA) for this Appeal. Overall, estimated target figures are based on the following, per sector .

  1. Food distribution: location figures as assigned to the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) by Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) under the Ethiopian Government Humanitarian Partner Humanitarian Needs Assessment 2011.

  2. Water & Sanitation: Estimated numbers within the catchment areas of the proposed water packages in the Revised Drought Appeal and PoA.

  3. Health: Based on numbers recommended by ERCS branches and demographics from Ethiopia Demographic surveys.

Summary: During this reporting period, the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) disaster management department and ERCS branches have been actively coordinating and implementing food distributions in drought affected areas. After encountering delays incurred due to the bidding and procurement process, ERCS, with support from IFRC, completed the first round of food distributions, reaching more than 35,000 people with maize, vegetable oil and corn-soya blend (CSB). To prepare for the food delivery in Borena Zone, in Oromia Region, the IFRC Operations support Unit (OSU) logistics coordinator, officer and the ERCS DM response team member were deployed in order to prepare the ground, including locating warehouses and distribution points.

In WatSan, this Appeal has received two project proposals to set up area water and sanitation teams to carry out the main water and sanitation activities. One proposal is from a consortium between Swedish, Danish and Austrian Red Cross Societies, and the other is from German Red Cross.

Towards the end of November 2011, the IFRC OSU and ERCS members conducted an assessment in Afar Region to identify priority needs. An assessment report was completed and the current plan of action will be amended to include activities for intervention in the region.

In the upcoming six month report for this operation, a complete overview of the major progress, plans and challenges will be addressed.

The Ethiopian Red Cross Society appreciates the financial contribution from American, Austrian, Canadian, Chinese, Danish, French, Finnish, German, Japanese, Netherlands, New Zealand, Swiss and Swedish Red Cross Societies.