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UNICEF Ethiopia Humanitarian Situation Report #1 – Reporting Period: January and February 2015

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  • According to the Humanitarian Requirement Document released in March, 2.9 million people in Ethiopia require emergency food assistance in 2015.

  • The food security situation has stabilized in most parts of the country in January 2015 with the completion of the Meher harvest season (November – January).

  • Although admission for children with severe acute malnutrition is not yet compiled for all regions, admissions show a decreasing trend in Amhara (by 18.6 per cent), SNNP (by 20 per cent) and Oromia (by 12.5 per cent) as compared to December 2014.

  • With the progress of the dry season, increasing water shortages is reported in Somali, Oromia, Amhara and Afar regions affecting an estimated 950,000 people. With partners’ support, water trucking is ongoing although critical gap remains.

  • South Sudanese refugees continue to arrive in Gambella Region, but at a lower daily arrival rate of 60 individuals compared to the arrival rate in 2014. As of February 2015, the total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is 193,442.