Addis Ababa, July 25, 2022(Walta) – OCHA Ethiopia weekly reported that the highest number of trucks have arrived in Mekelle in June since July 2021 with 12 convoys totaling of 2,525 trucks including 10 fuel tankers.
This represents 107,950 MT of humanitarian cargo on behalf of 26 partners, and 437,158 liters of fuel, as to the report.
In Tigray state, since the resumption of humanitarian convoy movement from 1 April 1 to July19, 4,308 trucks have arrived in Mekelle via Afar through 30 humanitarian convoys included food,water, sanitation, hygiene,agricultureand 1,081,155 liters of fuel.
On 17 July, the first consignment of 262 MT which will benefit at least 145,000 farming households and on 19 July the second consignment of 1,990 MT of fertilizer arrived in Mekelle. These are part of about 7,275 MT of fertilizer already dispatched to Afar to be transported to Tigray.
However, the overall humanitarian situation of the nation continues to be dire with alarming levels of food insecurity and malnutrition due to the combined effects of drought and conflict, ongoing conflict,violence in western Oromia,SNNP and Benishangul states.
According to UNICEF, on July 19 an estimated 600,000 children will require treatment for severe acute malnutrition by the end of the year across the four drought-impacted states.
WFP also report situation on 21 July, the drought has caused 9.88 million people to be food insecure in the drought-affected states, including 3.3 million in Somali, 3.3 million in Oromia, and 1.1 million people in SNNP, according to EPA.
Humanitarian and protection needs continue to increase in Amhara and Afar states with the combined effects of drought and conflict women and children are estimated to need supplementary feeding and nutrition
In Amhara state malaria cases continue to increase. From more than 93,000 tests made last week, more than 26,700 cases were detected with an increase of 1.5 percent compared to the previous week.
Although humanitarian partners managed to distribute more than 486,000 long-lasting insecticidal nets in eight woredas in Amhara, there is still a gap of over 1.4 million nets.
In Benishangul Gumuzstate more than 460,000 people are estimated to be displaced 318,000 of whom in Metekel Zone, 79,000 in Kamashi Zone, and 66,000 in Assosa Zone and Mao Komo Special woreda since the last quarter of 2020. Throughout the state, the humanitarian response is impeded by insecurity-related access constraints, limited partners’ presence, and lack of funding.
Access to food aid, health, shelter, water and sanitation are the most urgent needs.