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Ethiopia : ICRC airlifts emergency assistance to Somali National Regional State

06-02-2006 News Release

The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa (ICRC) - An aircraft hired by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) landed on Monday at Gode airport airlifting emergency assistance materials which will be devoted to the populations most affected by the drought prevailing in the southern part of the Somali Regional State. The shipment contained pumps and water storage tanks, veterinarian treatments, medical kits and other various relief items.

Based on recent field assessments which focused on the impact of the poor 2005 rains in parts of the Somali Regional State, the ICRC has started to assist communities in areas where the drought is already having a significant impact on people's livelihoods and household economy.

The ICRC supports and enhances existing efforts to cope with the present situation in the most affected areas of Bare in Afder Zone, all along the Shebelle River in Gode Zone and further north in Danan, Garbo and Segag. The assistance provided for the coming two months mainly focuses on the water and veterinary sectors and to a lesser extent human health care and some food distributions. All activities are coordinated with other organisations providing humanitarian assistance to the affected populations.

The ICRC is a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization, present in Ethiopia since 1977. The ICRC has the mandate to assist and protect victims of armed conflicts and internal strife, as well as the most vulnerable populations.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Patrick Mégevand, ICRC Communication Coordinator  

 Tel: + 251 11 551 83 66, Addis Ababa  

 Leigh Daynes, ICRC press officer for Africa  

 Tel.: + 41 22 730 2271, Geneva