Addis Ababa, September 09/2021 – Floods registered between April and July in the regions of Afar, Amhara, Gambella, Harari, Oromia, Somali and SNNP affected around 616,714 people and displaced 214,124 others, and 28 dead. Floods have also caused widespread livelihood loss and damaged infrastructure, according to UNOCHA.
A recent report by the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) said floods caused around 23,788 cattle deaths, 18,097 hectares of land lost in crops and damaged 464 houses and 6 schools during that time.
The UN said the hardest hit areas are the Shebele, Dollo, Jarar, Afder, Fafen and Korahey zones in the Somali region; Wolayita, Halaba, Goffa, and Kefa zones by SNNPR; Zones 2, 3 and 4 of the Afar region; The Dire Dawa City, Arsi, West Guji, Borena, Horgudru Wellga, West Wellega, West Guji, West Harerge, and West Shawa zones of the Oromia region; West Gojjam, South Wello, North Wello and central Gonder zones of the Amhara region; Sofi Woreda from the Harari region;
and Lare Woreda from the Gambella region.
In the meantime, the water levels in some dams / reservoirs are said to have peaked. According to the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, water levels in some dams / reservoirs across the country have reached maximum capacity due to the persistent rainfall during the summer season, including Gilgel Gibe, Tana Beles, Fincha and Keseme. Communities at risk of flooding should be communicated about the breach of the dam as an early warning and for precautionary measures.