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26 Nov 2015 description

Flooding risks continue to be elevated in Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Above-average seasonal rainfall has led to above-normal river levels along the Shabelle and Jubba River basins. Although a reduction of precipitation has been observed in mid-November, additional rains are expected to sustain the risk for flooding in the region.

25 Nov 2015 description
report UNAIDS

On estime que 15,8 millions de personnes sont désormais sous traitement contre le VIH, soit deux fois plus qu’il y a cinq ans, tandis que les pays adoptent la Stratégie d’accélération à l’aide de données permettant d’affiner la prestation des services de prévention et de traitement du VIH afin d’atteindre les personnes laissées pour compte

25 Nov 2015 description
report Voice of America

Art Chimes
November 24, 2015 6:39 PM

ST. LOUIS— A new, long-term study in South Africa that looked at the results of an effective treatment for HIV-AIDS found that it increased life expectancy but was a bigger benefit to women than to men.

23 Nov 2015 description

According to a 2015 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), some 795 million people in the world still do not have enough food to lead healthy active life, with the majority in developing countries. At the same time, disasters are happening through out the world almost every day. Global food shortage is becoming a serious issue.

21 Nov 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Joe Brock

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 21 (Reuters) - South Africa may grant emergency aid to farmers in Gauteng province due to a severe drought that is scorching grazing pastures and threatening the key maize crop, a provincial official said on Saturday.

Authorities have earmarked some 450 million rand ($32 million) for drought-affected regions, but officials fear it may not be enough to stem the damage in the hardest-hit areas such as Gauteng and the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal.

20 Nov 2015 description

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) supports Objective 1 of the Action Plan for Children in Adversity through comprehensive programming working to promote sound development of children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Early childhood development (ECD) is a critical component for breaking the cycle of poverty and inequality, particularly among this most vulnerable young population.

20 Nov 2015 description

Increased rainfall to bring some relief to anomalously dry areas of South Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Several consecutive weeks of above-average rainfall has increased the risk for flooding and river inundation in the White Nile, Jonglei, and Eastern Equatorial provinces of South Sudan.

19 Nov 2015 description

Pretoria - Government has added R96.6 million to the initial R352.6 million set aside to support South Africa’s drought relief efforts, says Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe.

At a post Cabinet briefing on Thursday, the Minister said this includes the purchase of 45 water tankers for the distribution of water to affected areas, borehole drilling and rehabilitation, water conservation and demand management, and water source augmentations.

18 Nov 2015 description

Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S.

17 Nov 2015 description
report Guardian

The drought that may prevent many South African farmers planting this year could lead to food shortages and social unrest, and stall land redistribution

Hannes Geldenhuys, a burly farmer in South Africa’s Gauteng province, surveys his fields. At this time of year, they should be a green, thigh-high carpet of maize and soybean. Instead, all he sees is the decaying residue of his last crop: hectare upon hectare of brittle, yellowing stalks.

16 Nov 2015 description

Molatedi, South Africa | AFP | Monday 11/16/2015 - 03:14 GMT

by Pierre DONADIEU

In the middle of a desiccated lake bed in South Africa's North West province, a seven-month-old calf is too weak to get up. It is doomed to die from thirst and hunger.

A devastating drought is claiming thousands of livestock in Africa's most developed economy and prompting many to fear famine.

A few kilometres (miles) away in the district of Madikwe, 30 villagers join Josephine Motsoasele, a traditional healer leading prayers for rain.

13 Nov 2015 description

Elevated risks of flooding in Kenya, South Sudan, and Somalia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Persistent belowaverage rainfall since August over several areas of Ghana, Togo, and Benin has led to strong moisture deficits and a degradation of ground conditions. However, Increased rainfall since October has significantly improved ground conditions.

  2. Several consecutive weeks of above-average rainfall has increased the risk for flooding in the White Nile, Jonglei, and Eastern Equatorial provinces of South Sudan.

13 Nov 2015 description

The South African High Commission based in Jamaica has shown its support to Dominica following the passing of Tropical Storm Erika with a donation of building materials.

On Wednesday, November 11th, Acting Hon. Prime Minister who is also Acting Minister for Housing, Dr. John Colin McIntyre accepted the gift on Government’s behalf.

He commented that any gift, no matter the size or value is appreciated by Dominica.

“You have stimulated our economy by buying from Dominica,” he said.

11 Nov 2015 description

Cape Town – The Department of Water and Sanitation says it will deploy water tanks and drill boreholes in the short-term in areas that are severely affected by the drought.

Deborah Mochotlhi, the Deputy Director-General responsible for Planning and Information at the department, also called on South Africans to use water sparingly as water shortages in various areas have recently led to four provinces being declared drought-stricken zones.

Mochotlhi said this when the department appeared before Parliament’s Portfolio Committee that has oversight on water and sanitation.

11 Nov 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • KwaZulu Natal province in throes of worst drought since 1900

  • Drought threatens maize crop, may fuel inflation

  • Weather presents political challenge to ruling ANC

By Ed Stoddard

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 10 (Reuters) - The sugar-growing South African province of KwaZulu Natal is the driest it has been in over a century, according to data provided on Tuesday by the South African Weather Service, underscoring the scale of a drought scorching Africa's most advanced economy.

06 Nov 2015 description

Below-average early-season rainfall expected to continue in southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Persistently belowaverage rainfall since August over several bimodal areas of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria has led to strong moisture deficits and a degradation of ground conditions. Increased rainfall since October has resulted in improved ground conditions in the region.

05 Nov 2015 description
report Voice of America

Thuso Khumalo

JOHANNESBURG— A severe drought along with a scorching heat wave are hitting South Africa’s agricultural sector as the region braces for more fallout from El Niño.

Weather experts describe the drought as South Africa’s worst in 23 years. And they blame El Niño, a global climate phenomenon characterized by the warming of ocean surface temperatures in equatorial parts of the Pacific every few years.

Meterologists said El Niño will lead to drought and flooding in parts of east and southern Africa this year.

04 Nov 2015 description

Pretoria - The Provincial Departments of Agriculture have offered R14.7 million to be used for drought relief for small-scale and subsistence farmers in five provinces, which are currently worst affected by drought.

The National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said reports from agricultural sectors were received from five provinces namely the Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and KwaZulu-Natal.

02 Nov 2015 description

Johannesburg- Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has called on citizens to use water sparingly and responsibly because climate change has exacerbated the drought situation in the country.

Briefing media in Johannesburg on Sunday, the Minister also called on local government and those responsible for managing water to lead communities in using water wisely.

20 Oct 2015 description

DURBAN, South Africa, Oct 20 (UNHCR) – When Congolese refugee Faiza Lugi saw the mob toting machetes and heavy knobkerrie sticks surge down the main street in this port city chanting anti-foreigner slogans, she knew that it was time to run again.

Having fled war, gang rape and chaos in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) more than a decade ago, she abandoned her roadside stall selling footwear in Durban and ran from the rabble as it looted businesses, torched homes and killed at least seven people.