News: 40 trucks of humanitarian relief goods admitted; no medicine, fuel; humanitarian flights to Mekelle. resume

40 trucks with humanitarian supplies, including food, left Semera for Tigray.
Photo:WFP

Addis Ababa, November 25, 2021- The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced yesterday that nearly 40 trucks carrying humanitarian supplies, including food, left Semera for Tigray yesterday. “This is the first convoy since October 18,” the report said.

“However, trucks carrying fuel and medical supplies are still waiting in Semera pending approval from authorities.”

On the humanitarian situation in Tigray, OCHA said the situation was deteriorating and it is crucial that there is a regular flow of humanitarian aid to the region. “As we noted earlier, 500 trucks of humanitarian supplies are needed per week,” the OCHA said.

Similarly, the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) announced that flights to Mekelle resumed yesterday after the suspension on October 22. “As a result, the UN and humanitarian partners were able to rotate personnel in and out of Tigray and transfer a limited amount of operational funds,” the UN said.

The UN explained the challenges partners in the field faced as a result of funding shortfalls for operations. It remains an extremely challenging work environment, according to the UN. Despite this, humanitarian partners continue to respond to urgent and growing needs in northern Ethiopia, including in Amhara and Afar. In Amhara, a major food aid operation has been launched in the towns of Kombolcha and Dessie, affecting more than 450,000 people over the next two weeks. Send

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