As heavy flooding continues to displace thousands of families and wreak havoc in East Africa, the European Union has announced €4.1 million in humanitarian funding to the affected countries. The funding will be provided through humanitarian organisations in Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Uganda.
This is the second wave of serious floods in the region this year, in a context of exacerbated humanitarian needs related to conflict, desert locust upsurge and the CoVID-19 pandemic. In May, the EU allocated €3 million to respond to the humanitarian needs resulting from floods in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Sudan is the most affected by the current wave of flooding.
“The EU stands in solidarity with the affected people in Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Uganda. It is evident that the frequency and severity of natural disasters, including flooding, in this region has worsened due to climate change. This only exacerbates an already dire situation for the hundreds of thousands of already vulnerable and food insecure people; our emergency assistance will bring basic and life-saving supplies to them,” said Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič.
This EU funding will provide emergency shelter for displaced people as well as cash assistance to meet their immediate needs including food and medicine. The funding will also be used for water, hygiene and sanitation assistance aimed at preventing the outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera.
The €4.1 will be shared among the five countries, with €1m for Sudan, €1.4m for South Sudan, € 900,000 for Ethiopia, € 700,000 for Somalia and € 100,000 for Uganda.
Sudan is worst hit by the flooding, with heavy rainfall and extended flooding observed along the White and Blue Nile; and moving northwards along the Nile river. 17 of the 18 states in Sudan have been affected and at least 550,000 people are displaced.
In South Sudan, the population is still recovering from the 2019 floods, which were the worst the country has ever experienced. The recent flood already affected and displaced 600,000 people, including in areas affected by violence and severe food insecurity. Access is very limited and difficult.
In Ethiopia, 6 out of 10 states have been affected by the current floods, which started in July. A combination of exceptional rainfall in the Ethiopian highlands and discharge of filled dams has caused flooding and landslides. The affected population is over 600 000, out of which 340,000 people displaced.
While flooding is recurrent in Somalia, it is the first time ever that Beledweyne, the most northern town along Shabelle river, is affected by flooding during the dry season. About 287,000 people have so far been displaced by current floods.
And in Uganda, which has been experiencing excessive rainfall particularly along the western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, over 10,000 people have been displaced. However, the population has not yet recovered from the flooding earlier in the year, bringing the total number of displaced population close to 80,000.
For more information, please contact Mathias.Eick@echofield.eu