Addis Ababa 27/2017 The National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) said it is ready to avert flood and landslide disasters that may occur this rainy season.
Early Warning and Emergency Response Acting Director at NDRMC, Almaz Demessie told ENA that early warningsystem is put in place in line with the forecasts of the National Meteorology Agency (NMA).
According to the NMA forecasts, floodsmay occur in western, north western, south western and central parts of the country.Flood usually occurs at the peak of the season in the months of July and August.
The Commission has prepared a flood prevention contingency plan to mitigate the adverse impacts of anticipated flood incidents and mobilize resources to areas that could experience flood.
The Acting Director said close to 1.6 million people could be affected by river and flash floods this season, of which 492,404 are likely to be displaced.
The contingency plan estimates the total amount of money requiredfor non-food agricultural inputs (NFI)response,including for short maturing varieties of seeds and to manage health hazards in the flood affected areas, is 26.7 million USD.
In addition, about 13.7 million USD may be needed for food assistance to the populations that may be displaced.
Almaz pointed out the commission is “now doing close monitoring by collecting informationabout the rainfall conditionevery day from each region.”
So far, about 400 and 443 people from Afar and Gambela regional states are, respectively, displaced due to flood; and all were provided with the necessary food and non-food assistance, Almaz Demessie revealed.
The Acting Director addedthat linkages among different responsible sectors would enable us to monitor rainfall and possible flooding by collecting, analyzing and interpreting flood related information to provide timely flood alert and disseminate information to vulnerable areas.