UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Report on East Africa Drought
The new report from the OCHA indicates that the ‘total population in need in the region’ now stands at around 10.7 million. The situation in Uganda and Burundi has shown signs of improvement due to good rain fall in those countries. However, ‘Ethiopia’s population in need increased from 3.2 to 4.5 million and Somalia’s from 2.5 to 2.85 million. Kenya’s main season assessment will conclude in August but planning figures indicate needs will rise from 2.4 to between 3 and 3.5 million. In Djibouti, an estimated 120,000 people require urgent assistance.’
Around 778,000 refugees are currently based in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti and almost all new arrivals are in poor health. Aid for humanitarian requirements in the region is currently running around a $1 billion funding gap.