While the Logistics Cluster has so far transported over 1,160 metric tons (MT) of non-food humanitarian cargo on behalf of its partners along the main routes into Tigray, primarily Gondar – Mai Tsebri – Shire routes, and from Kombolcha to Mekelle, secondary routes have yet to be serviced due to lack of requests from partners for delivering of cargo along these routes. Additional food operators are needed to complement ongoing efforts to deliver aid to areas that have not been reached for over three months.
The supply of commercial trucks is expected to be further limited during the agricultural season–March to September– according to the Logistics Cluster Partners. Overall, increased capacity to mobilize humanitarian supplies and personnel, particularly to rural areas of Tigray, is needed to allow partners to scale up the response.
The Logistics Cluster is increasing its capacity and has now established six storage capacities and common transport from Addis Ababa, Adama, Kombulcha, Semera, Gondar, and Mekelle.
The Cluster has begun a road and storage space assessment in Shire this week and has identified a potential location for storage.
In the reporting period the Logistics Cluster facilitated the transport of 294 MT of humanitarian cargo to Tigray for 10 partners. Cargo transported included NFI, Medical, Shelter and General Programme items.
The Cluster currently supports 31 partners in the Tigray response and is on standby to facilitate access to a dedicated WFP fleet to support the humanitarian community, should commercial transport become unavailable.
Ongoing insecurity is the main challenge of the response.