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26 Mar 2015 description

Torrential rains hinder agricultural activities in the south


  • Heavy rainfall is affecting most of the country by causing crop damage and suspending cropping activities. These activities are necessary to sustainably support livelihoods, especially for the poorest households.

  • Fuel price increases continue to push up food prices even as governmental price restrictions continue and train services in Huambo and Huila have returned to normal.

25 Mar 2015 description
  • Several anomalously dry areas expected to receive above-average rainfall during the next week.
  • Much of Ethiopia received a large increase in seasonal rains during mid-March.
25 Mar 2015 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

  • Conflict in Iraq has disrupted food markets, leading to price hikes in Anbar, Salah Al-Din and Kirkuk. According to the 2014-2015 Strategic Response Plan, around 5.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and over 2.5 million people are currently displaced.

25 Mar 2015 description

Luanda - A symbolic donation comprising used clothing, household items and building materials designed for the flood victims in Viana municipality was delivered Tuesday to the local authorities by the Luanda governor, Graciano Domingos.

Graciano Domingos, who is also coordinator of provincial commission for civil protection, told the press that lately Luanda has been target by heavy rains endangering the lives of many people and many families lose their goods.

24 Mar 2015 description

Benguela - The governor of the southern Benguela Province, Isaac Maria dos Anjos, Saturday assessed the current situation of the areas benefiting from cleaning campaign and the site where the victims of the rain are relocated.

The governor visited the Bairros da Luz, Cabaia, Compão, Restinga neighbourhoods.

About 800 staff of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and National Police (PN) are engaged in cleaning process of the areas.

23 Mar 2015 description


  • Dry, hot conditions intensify in February in southern half of the region, negatively affecting crops in several areas including South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe

  • Heavy February rainfall received in parts of Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique

  • Dry conditions in early March potentially compromise production prospects in late-planted areas in north-eastern parts of the region

21 Mar 2015 description

Dryness extends across much of Southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
    Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.

  2. Below-average rainfall over the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits, which have impeded crop development across the bimodal region of northern Tanzania. Little to no rainfall is forecast during the next week, which may worsen the situation.

20 Mar 2015 description

Cuemba - The administrator of Cuemba, Laurinda Kapocolola, assured on Wednesday that the demining services in the road section Camacupa/Cuemba resume at the end of the rainy season in order to facilitate the asphalting works.

Speaking to ANGOP, the administrator said that while the situation remains, the population will continue to safely use Benguela railway, for transporting of people and agricultural products.

18 Mar 2015 description
  • Heavy and above-average rains caused flooding and fatalities in western Angola.

  • Onset of the rainy season expected in Eastern Africa during the next week.

1) Since late December, a sharp reduction in rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across parts of southern Angola, western Zambia, northern Namibia into the Caprivi Strip region, and the Ghanzi and Ngamiland districts of Botswana. The continuation of suppressed rainfall is expected to negatively impact crops.

18 Mar 2015 description

Catumbela - The governor of the eastern Lunda Sul province, Cândida Narciso, has admitted the deep traumatism consequences among survivors of the rain that hit Lobito municipality, southern Benguela province, on 11 March this year and which claimed several lives and heavy damages.

Candida Narciso said so Monday in Benguela province when addressing condolences to her local counterpart, Isaac dos Anjos, in a joint action with the government of Lunda Norte and the Diamond Public Company.

17 Mar 2015 description

Benguela - The governor of central Benguela province Isaac Maria dos Anjos visited the municipalities of Catumbela and Lobito on Sunday , to assess the conditions to relocate the survivors of the rains that hit the region and killed 69 and left thousands homeless.

During the visit, Isaac dos Anjos viewed the Alto-Niva site where 20 T-12 tents will be installed to temporarily accommodate 40 families that survived the rains.

The governor also visited an eight square kilometres site in Lobito where 57 tents have been installed to accommodate 50 families.

17 Mar 2015 description

Benguela - The Construction Minister, Waldemar Pires Alexandre promised on Saturday here that his ministry will provide all technical and institutional support to the Benguela authorities in the efforts of resettling the population who were affected by the rain.

The guarantee was given to the governor Isaac Francisco Maria dos Anjos, during a nearly two-hour meeting, intended, among other things, to assess the work in progress in the province and the situation on the ground.

17 Mar 2015 description

Cuito - A tone of non-perishable goods was delivered on Monday in the city of Cuito central Bie province, by the Interior delegation in Bie, aiming to respond to victims of rain in Lobito.

Goods delivered consists maze flour, wheat flour, beans and milk, in order to contribute to the diet of affected people.

The official of Minint in Bie province Commissioner, Eduardo Fernando Cerqueira, who was speaking to Angop stressed that the action aimed to rapid respond the need of affected families in Lobito.

14 Mar 2015 description

Luanda, Angola | | Saturday 3/14/2015 - 11:39 GMT

The death toll from torrential rains that pounded the Angolan town of Lobito has risen to 69, including 36 children, officials said Saturday as search efforts for bodies continued.

Heavy storms hit Lobito late Wednesday, sending torrents of water rushing from surrounding hillsides into the town that sits on the coast of the south Atlantic ocean, some 500 kilometres (300 miles) south of the capital Luanda.

13 Mar 2015 description

Benguela - At least 100 million Kwanzas were made available by the Government to assist those families hit by natural disaster, caused by late rains in the province of Benguela.

This was announced Friday by the minister of Territorial Administration, Bornito de Sousa, who heads a delegation that traveled to the province to learn about and assess the occurrences of disasters recorded in Lobito, Catumbela and Caimbambo.

13 Mar 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues in much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia. Dry weather is expected to continue during the next week, which is likely to increase moisture deficits in the region.

13 Mar 2015 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

12 Mar 2015 description

Luanda, Angola | | Friday 3/13/2015 - 17:15 GMT

Rescuers intensified their search efforts Friday in the Angolan town of Lobito, where torrential rains have killed at least 64 people, including 35 children.

"We have provisional reports of 64 dead, but the work of searching for the missing and dead is still ongoing," said Eugenio Laborinho, a representative from the interior ministry, told the local press.

A day earlier, the official Angop news agency had reported a lower death toll.