Consecutive, below-average rainy seasons have caused severe drought across northern, eastern, and central Ethiopia. ? This is leading to high levels of food insecurity, particularly in the Somali region. Malnutrition is also a key concern in this area. ? Drought and conflict displaced approximately 1.7 million people in Ethiopia.?
Hosting over 900,000 refugees from neighbouring countries, including approximately 420,000 from South Sudan, the majority of Ethiopia’s refugee camps have reached full capacity. Overcrowding, malnutrition, and critical shortfalls in humanitarian aid are of concern. Most refugees have been in protracted displacement, but remain in need of assistance.
INFORM measures Ethiopia's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 6.3/10. Vulnerability is of particular concern, at 6.6/10. ?
WASH: 10.5 million people need drinking water as a result of the ongoing drought.
Food: 7.9 million Ethiopians need food assistance, up from 5.6 million stated in January.
Information Gaps and needs
Media access to certain areas, notably Oromia, is restricted by the Ethiopian government, resulting in information gaps.?