Ethiopia Floods Response | Humanitarian Coalition
Ethiopia Floods Response
May 2018

A number of rivers across Ethiopia burst their banks following extensive rainfall for most of April. Following two years of drought, which left the region arid and unable to absorb the torrential rains, flash floods submerged many kebeles (communities).

Humanitarian Assistance: 

Protection, water, sanitation, hygiene and livelihood support

People Helped: 
Funds provided: 
Global Affairs Canada: 
Islamic Relief Canada: $58,500
Humanitarian Coalition: 
Humanitarian Needs: 

More than 165,000 people are dealing with the effects of the flooding, which killed at least two people and forced more than 1,600 families to leave their homes. The floods washed away thousands of homes, destroyed farmlands and made roads impassable. Drinking water sources have been contaminated, increasing the risk of disease outbreak.

Humanitarian Response: 

Increase access to safe water, sanitation services and hygiene items as well as support livelihood recovery

• Distribute water treatment sachets to 15,000 people to improve access to safe water.
• Distribute soap to 2,500 households to promote and improve good hygiene practices.
• Promote hygiene and sanitation practices to control disease outbreaks.
• Renovate and rebuild communal sanitation facilities, water points and communal latrines in places such as schools and health posts.
• Construct latrines taking into account cultural norms and protection by ensuring lighting, privacy and gender-specific needs.
• Assess opportunities to renovate and clean damaged public structures through cash for work activities.
• Install two emergency water treatment facilities so residents can have access to clean water.
• Distribute $60 CAD a month for three months to 650 vulnerable households so they can purchase basic necessities.

Organizational Capacity: 

Islamic Relief has been operating in Ethiopia, and particularly the affected region, since 2004. It has responded to various crises including drought emergencies as well as flooding. Islamic Relief has the staff and experience in place to provide a timely and effective response through its existing programs.


Assistance for smaller-scale disasters is funded by Global Affairs Canada (75%), the member agencies of the Humanitarian Coalition (15%), and the Humanitarian Coalition (10%) through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund.