According to UNHCR as of 26 August about 187,900 refugees had arrived to Ethiopia from South Sudan since mid-December 2013. The main entry points are Pagak, Burubiey and Akobo Tergole. About 157,500 have been relocated to camps.
Leitchuor and Nip Nip camps affected by severe floods can no longer host refugees. The refugees are currently sheltered on dry grounds in the area or mixed with the host community.
The Refugee Operation’s (overall) food pipeline break will commence in October 2014 and will escalate in the following months to a 92 percent pipeline break in January 2015. WFP has taken internal loans to mitigate the breaks in September and October- in light of donor pledges– however WFP remains with a shortfall of US$40 million to cover needs until January 2015 (6 months requirement).
Scaling up the cross-border operation, WFP launched an air base positioning two aircrafts (Ilyushin 76) in Jimma on 25 August. This is the third base in addition to Gambella and Assosa.
WFP Ethiopia has so far moved over 19,000 mt of food commodities to South Sudan by air, road and river through the cross-border operation.