ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC)
said on Wednesday that East Africa in general and Ethiopia in
particular were worst hit by internal displacement crisis
globally during the first half of 2018.
According to IDMC’s
latest figures, 1.4 million new internal displacements have
already been recorded in Ethiopia, surpassing both Syria and the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, while other eastern African
countries that are Somalia and South Sudan are also among the 10
worst-affected countries for new displacement linked to conflict
accounts for five of the most significant disaster events
between January and June, with flooding in Kenya, Somalia,
Ethiopia and Uganda, and drought in Somalia displacing more than
a million people in total,” the IDMC said in its latest report
published on Wednesday.
In the Horn of
Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia experienced nearly a million
new displacements due to unprecedented flooding in April and May
after an extended period of drought in the region exacerbated by
the Indian El Nino weather phenomenon, according to IDMC.
The major internal
displacement crisis Ethiopia encountered during the first half
of 2018 is mainly attributed to the fighting between communities
along the border of Ethiopia’s Gedeo Zone in the Southern region
and West Guji Zone in Ethiopia’s largest Oromia region.
According to the UN
migration agency, IOM, since April some 970,000 people have fled
their homes due to fighting between the two communities.
escalation of conflicts and the eventual displacement of
hundreds of thousands of people, various international aid
organizations have been calling for concerted efforts to provide
basic humanitarian support to those affected.
The UN refugee
agency, UNHCR, on Friday called for more humanitarian support
for the nearly 1 million people displaced by recent violence in
host communities and returnees are in dire need of assistance
for basic necessities like food, water, blankets and cooking
supplies. Shelter materials, especially plastic sheeting, are
urgently needed before the heavy seasonal rains,” the UN refugee
agency said in a statement on Friday.
“We and our partners
urgently need resources to continue providing life-saving
assistance. For the coming 12 months, we need USD 21.5 million
for the IDP response,” it added.
Amid UNHCR’s call
for urgent support, the Ethiopian government has on Thursday
stressed that almost all of the internally displaced people in
south-western Ethiopia will return home as soon as government
rehabilitation efforts kick in.
More than 359,000 of
the displaced have already returned to their respective
localities as inter-communal clashes are contained and security
situations improved, Ethiopia’s state press agency quoted
regional officials as saying.
officials further affirmed that communities involved in the
conflict have settled the conflict through traditional
Uganda warns of landslides,
floods as rain season starts
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda has warned that the country is likely to
experience landslides and floods as the rain season starts in
the last three months of this year.
minister of state for environment told reporters on Wednesday
that floods and landslides are expected in southern, northern,
western and eastern regions of the country.
“We ask Ugandans to
be ready and avoid loss of lives. Cases of flooding and
landslides may be experienced in the mountain areas such as
Buduada, Bulambuli, Bundibudyo, Kasese, Kabale, Rubanda and
Kisoro districts,” the minister said.
In an earlier
communication by the Office of the Prime Minister, people living
in mountainous areas were told to be cautious.
The most fatal
landslides in Uganda occurred in March 2010 in the eastern
district of Bududa where more than 200 people were killed while
thousands were left homeless.