Below-average rainfall worsens pastoral conditions in the south
Even though there was improvement in rainfall frequency, the cumulative rainfall in the central and south-central region is still below average. Additionally, in much of the southern region vegetation appears to be deteriorating and water for animals is decreasing. This might prove to be detrimental to pastoralists that choose not to move their animals earlier this season.
Dryness continues across much of southern Africa, flooding risks remain over Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar
Africa Weather Hazards
Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated. 2 Poorly distributed rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across eastern Botswana, northern South Africa, central/southern Mozambique, and central/southern Zimbabwe. Dryness is forecast to continue next week.
I. Executive Summary
Above-average rains were observed across saturated areas in Madagascar and northern Mozambique.
Dryness deepens across Angola, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and coastal Tanzania.
Mbanza Congo - The second phase of the voluntary and organized repatriation of the Angolan former refugees in DR Congo was resumed on Thursday in the northern Zaire province, with arrival of the ninth train with 185 people, whose process started on 10 November 2014 at the region.
This was said to Angop on Saturday by the Provincial Director for Assistance and Social Reinsertion in Zaire, Manuel José António.
Lubango - Huíla Provincial Directorate of Social Welfare (Minars) distributed in 2014, at least 1.6 million tons of various food to 296,729 people affected by drought in the province of Huila.
According to an annual report of the institution that reached ANGOP, food consisted 148,000 tons delivered to the people Quilengues, 543,751 of Lubango, 96,800 of Humpata, 80,766 Quipungo and 97,425 of Matala.
It also included 323,782 tons for the people of Gambos, 68,769 of Jamba, 82,168 of Chipindo, 95,973 of Chibia, 80,370 of Chicomba and 79,850 of Cacula.
Ondjiva - A total of 130 unexploded ordnance and 750 various ammunitions were destroyed Tuesday in Onamime, Namacunde municipality, by the demining brigade deployed at the Border Police post in the southern Cunene province.
According to the official of the demining brigade, Chief Inspector Francisco dos Santos, the destroyed devices were collected within the boundary markers with the Republic of Namibia following a complaint by the local population and the administrative authorities.
Sumbe - At least 11.7 million square metres were cleared out in 2014, central Cuanza Sul province, according to a report of the annual balance of the National Inter-sectorial Commission for Demining and Humanitarian Assistance.
According to the document, which reached Angop on Thursday, the works of removal of the explosive devices were carried out in the municipalities of Amboim, Ebo, Quibala, Cassongue, Cela, Mussende and Seles.
In the referred areas, it was de-activated anti-personal landmines on tertiary roads, agricultural, tourist and residential areas.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Despite possible negative impact of dry conditions in southern and coastal provinces, generally favourable crop production prospects expected in 2015
Inflation rates remained stable, but removal of fuel subsidies in December 2014 may exert some upward pressure on food prices
Production prospects for 2015 cereal crops are generally favourable
Rainfall deficits expected to worsen in South Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Epidemic prone diseases remain to be serious public health threats to Mem- ber States in the African region. In response to these threats, Member States through the adoption and implementation of the Integrated Diseases Surveil- lance and Response Strategy and the International Health Regulations, con- tinue to strengthen their public health emergency response systems and struc- tures. In this issue, a summary of acute public health events that occurred dur- ing the course of 2014 is provided
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Heavy rains fell over saturated areas of southeastern Africa.
Rainfall deficits grow over dry areas in southern Zimbabwe, central/southern Tanzania, South Africa, and Namibia.
APOPO Angola staff all returned full of energy from their restful year-end break aiming to make this year count and help more local communities back on their land. APOPO demining operations in Angola were on stand-down for a few weeks over the holiday period, allowing our staff members to spend some time with their families and friends. Both mechanical teams and the HeroRATs are now deployed, looking forward to finalizing the tasks in Malanje and starting operations in Zaire Province.
Luanda - The latest rain that befell Luanda Province on 13 and 14 February caused five deaths and five wounded, 136 residences collapsed and 2,675 houses were flooded.
The information was given to the press by the provincial commander of the National Civil Protection and Fire Services, commissioner José Caculo, in the end of a meeting chaired by the Luanda Province governor, Graciano Domingos.
José Caculo informed also that as consequence of the collapse of several houses about 150 families were left homeless.
Mbanza Congo - At least 51 families have been left without shelter after heavy rains destroyed their houses last weekend in Luvo locality, northern Zaire province.
By: David Augusto
According to the communal administrator, Simão Kimbialala Sungo, a multi-sector commission has travelled to the site to assess the damage.
The commune of Luvo, which border with Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is located 60 km north of the capital of Zaire province, Mbanza Congo.
Due to a late onset of rains in most of the region, continued rainfall is needed until April
L’accalmie précaire observée dans les centre, sud et une partie du nord du Katanga a favorisé le retour de plus de 86 000 personnes au dernier trimestre de 2014. Avec plus de 551 000 personnes déplacées internes et plus de 363 800 retournés, le Katanga continue à emboiter le pas des autres provinces de l’est du pays en mouvement de populations. La persistance des épidémies, la détérioration de l’insécurité alimentaire continuent à aggraver la vulnérabilité des populations.
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.
Flooding risks continue over Madagascar and northern Mozambique
Africa Weather Hazards
Mbanza Congo - The second phase of voluntary and organised repatriation process of the Angolan refugees from Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) started Wednesday.
The fact was revealed by the provincial director of Social Welfare in northern Zaire province, Manuel José António.
Speaking to Angop, Manuel António said that about 300 people would return home Wednesday, from the border commune of Luvo, 60 km north of Mbanza Congo, the capital of Zaire province.