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Rapid Response Fund Payment Request No. 12/2013
Funds Sent To: EECMY-NCES DASSC
Amount Sent: USD 59,775
Date: 11 September 2013
Details of Response
Emergency: Flash Flood Survivors in Oromia Zone of Amhara Region
Date of Emergency: 16 August 2013
ACT Requesting Members: EECMY-NCES DASSC with support from DCA Ethiopia
I. NARRATIVE SUMMARY
Heavy rainfall was experienced on August 16, 2013 and triggered flash floods resulting to loss of human life and serious damage to their assets in Kemissie ketema & Dewachefa Wereda of Oromia Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. The flash flood affected 2575 people out of which 52% are females and 57% are children under age of 18. During the assessment with Government and NGOs, it has been found that the flood has caused death of 29 people and 196 livestock. 35 homes were completely destroyed and 154 homes were partially destroyed respectively. 1104 hectares planted with field crops were also destroyed. In addition, local public institutions, including cooperative centers, health care facilities and water points were damaged.
In addition to these public institutions, cooperatives centers, health care facilities and water points were highly damaged. The government, in collaboration with other stakeholders, has settled the affected and displaced people at temporary camp.
ACTIONS TO DATE, AND EMERGENCY NEEDS
The government and other actors managed to settle displaced households temporarily in schools and provided them with emergency food, water and other services. However, there is limited capacity to further assist these households by the government. As most of the victims are farmers; unless they are supported and their children assisted back to school; they will continue to be extremely vulnerable. Tanker water distribution by the government will last just for few weeks and people will resort to unsafe surface water, which eventually will expose them to water born disease. Hence, ACT’s response is very much needed to reduce continued vulnerability of these households.
Right after the disaster, the district administration set up different committees such as logistics, health, information coordination, etc. to save lives through provision of foods, water and medical facilities, arranging temporary camp within 72 hours. Few NGOs like Ethiopian Red Cross Society, CONCEN Ethiopia and World food also responded in the immediate lifesaving. However, they were not able to cover the whole situation due to the lack of resources. Once the emergency situation is handled, the district committee organized discussions where the communities and other stake holders (including EECMY-DASSC-NCES) and appealed for additional resources for assistance to the affected communities.
The local government is also monitoring the health situation in order to respond appropriately, focusing on symptoms such as fever, pains, colds and coughs in order to prevent epidemic outbreak. The local government has been looking for support to assist the affected communities, and there are some possibilities for food aid, but not in the areas of restocking, resettlement, food production, water, sanitation and hygiene.
PROPOSED EMERGENCY RESPONSE
Provide humanitarian assistance to save lives of people from the Weredas of Dawachefa & Kemissie ketama in two kebeles (Qello & Kemissie Zuria) of Oromia Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia.
OBJECTIVE(S) OF THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE:
Provide assistance on seed provision, water and sanitation, and maintenance in communities affected by the floods in the Weredas of Dawachefa & Kemissie ketama in two kebeles (Qello & Kemissie Zuria) of Oromia Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia, in order to assist the people to come back to previous livelihood activities.
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