Advisory: Desert Locust Infestation and Heavy Rainfall in Ethiopia

  |   Posted: January 28, 2020   |   Updated: February 07, 2020

Final Report: February 5, 2020

Thankfully, the locust infestation has stopped in Jarsso Town. In total, 70 beneficiaries were affected. The Compassion Disaster Relief Fund has been utilized to support the affected families. Additional Crisis Intervention funds are expected to be used to provide livelihood support for the affected families.

Thank you for your prayers for the beneficiaries and families in Jarsso Town.

Update #2: January 27, 2020

The locust infestation destroyed a total of 3,423 hectares (1 hectare = 2.471 acres) of farm crops and forest in the area of Jarsso Town: 1386 hectares of sorghum, 570 hectares of wheat, 70 hectares of coffee, 90 hectares of khat, 980 hectares of forest, and 327 hectares of grazing land. 90,000 people have been affected (6,405 women and 169 males and their family members).

So far, 70 beneficiaries have been affected. All beneficiaries are attending program activities. The Compassion Ethiopia National Office is using our Disaster Relief funds for the affected families. The Child Development Centers will purchase food items to be distributed to the beneficiary households.

Please pray for the safety of our beneficiaries in this area.

Update #1: January 9, 2020

At this time, specific Child Development Center (CDC) and beneficiary impact details are not yet available. A few beneficiaries are still not attending the program activities at the CDC's, since they have temporarily left their homes to go to nearby villages to get food from their relatives. The caregivers’ highland crops that were destroyed are mainly barley, maize, and sorghum.

Please continue to pray for the affected families to receive needed support.

Disaster Alert: January 6, 2020

A major desert locust infestation occurred in Jarsso, which is in the eastern region of Ethiopia, in November. The infestation destroyed much of the crops in the fields. That was followed by erratic heavy rainfall, which destroyed the remaining crops. This dual disaster has caused food shortages and the loss of livelihood for most families in the area. Since the disaster affected the majority of people in the community the local government and local non-governmental organizations have been unable to respond.

The Child Development Centers and the Partner Facilitators are assessing the impact on beneficiaries. Many beneficiaries need food support and a few have not been attending the program activities. So far, the CDCs have provided flour to the affected families.

Please pray for the affected beneficiaries and their families in this area.