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Water minister assesses drought mitigation process in Cuanza Sul

Porto Amboim - The Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges, is working since Wednesday in Cuanza Sul province, to assess the implementation of structuring projects of fighting and mitigating drought in that region of the country.

After arriving in Porto Amboim municipality, João Baptista Borges and his delegation were welcomed by the governor of Cuanza Sul province, Eusébio de Brito Texeira, with whom held a courtesy meeting. Then, they travelled to the venue where a dam will be built in Capolo commune, to supply water to people and livestock.

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UNHCR allocates USD 1.7 million for transportation of refugees

Luanda - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will make available this year 1.7 million US dollars to support the transportation of Angolan refugees in D.R Congo and Zambia to their areas of origin.

A press note from the mentioned institution, which reached ANGOP on Tuesday, states that the resources are part of the initiative of the UNHCR dubbed “Seeds for Solutions”.

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Zambia + 1 other
Ten thousand former Angolan refugees integrated in Zambia

Luanda - At least 10,000 former Angolan refugees have been integrated in Zambia by the local authorities after the termination of their refugee status and the period for voluntary return to Angola.

This was said said on Tuesday in Luanda by Zambian MPs during a meeting with the Secretary of State for Cooperation, Angela Braganca, on behalf of Foreign Affairs minister, Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti.

Angop learnt that the meeting highlighted the historic and friendship ties between the two peoples.

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Peasants hit by drought get oxen

Ombadja - At least 75 heads of bovine cattle were given to 36 peasants, affected by drought in Ombadja municipality, southern Cunene province.

At the handing over act, the provincial governor of Cunene, António Didalelwa, explained that this distribution aims to replace the cattle to the families that lost their former animals due to the drought that hit the region, and improve the living standards of the population.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary April 18-24, 2014

Continued moisture deficits likely to harm crop and pastoral conditions in Angola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. As seasonal rains are expected to decline this month, these long-term moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact crop and pastoral conditions for many areas.

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Angola Remote Monitoring Report April 2014

Continued dryness could worsen the food security situation in Benguela and Kwanza Sul

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 17 – April 23, 2014

  • Significantly heavy amounts of rainfall are expected to worsen flooding conditions across eastern Tanzania.

1) Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. As seasonal rains are expected to decline this month, these long-term moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact crop and pastoral conditions for many areas.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary April 11-17, 2014

Locally heavy rainfall may ease moisture deficits in parts of western Angola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. These long-term moisture deficits may negatively impact developing crops and pastoral areas. However, precipitation forecasts indicate the potential for locally heavy rainfall in the Benguela and Cuanza Sul provinces, which may provide some relief to moisture stress in the country.
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Malawi + 7 others
IOM Supports Cross Border Campaign to Eliminate Malaria in Southern Africa

Malaria is a major global public health problem affecting over 109 countries globally and ranked as the fifth cause of deaths among communicable diseases worldwide. Because of increasing internal and cross-border movements of people, Southern Africa is one of the world's high-risk malaria zones.

IOM will now back a cross border and regional campaign to reduce and eliminate malaria transmission in targeted border districts within the southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.

International Organization for Migration:

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Malawi + 10 others
Southern Africa - Assumptions for Quarterly Food Security Analysis, April 2014

To project food security outcomes, FEWS NET uses scenario development. In this methodology, an analyst uses current evidence to develop assumptions about the future and compare their possible effects. The following report outlines assumptions at the regional level. Assumptions are also developed at the country level; these are likely to be more detailed. Together, the regional and national assumptions are the foundation for the integrated analysis reported in FEWS NET’s Food Security Outlooks and Outlook Updates. Learn more about our work here.

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Malawi + 9 others
New EU programme to strengthen land governance in ten African countries

Summary: 9 April 2014, Brussels - A new programme worth €33 million to improve land governance and help improve the food and nutrition security of family farmers and vulnerable communities in Sub Saharan Africa, was announced today by Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. This will be done, among other things, through the application, at country level, of some Voluntary Guidelines set up by the international community in 2012 to improve land governance.

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Angola + 7 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 10 – April 16, 2014

  • Average to above average seasonal rainfall continues throughout many parts of the Greater Horn of Africa.

  • The weakening of precipitation associated with the departure of the monsoon was observed across southern Africa.

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World + 42 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 1 – 8 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Angola + 2 others
Japan Backs Voluntary Return of Former Angolan Refugees

Angola - IOM Angola has received USD 1 million from the Government of Japan to facilitate the safe voluntary return of at least 1,950 Angolans from neighbouring countries to their places of origin in Angola.

The nine-month project will be implemented in close coordination with IOM offices in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Zambia, and in close partnership with the Angolan government, UNHCR and other local and provincial stakeholders.

International Organization for Migration:

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Global Weather Hazards Summary April 4-10, 2014

Weakened Tropical Cyclone Hellen expected to make landfall in Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Locally heavy rainfall throughout central Tanzania during the last seven days has resulted in isolated flooding, damages to infrastructure, displaced populations, and damages to crops and livestock in the Kagera, Singida, and Dodoma provinces.

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Zimbabwe + 13 others
SADC Climate Services Centre - Outlook for April– June 2014

JANUARY– MARCH 2014 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS

Significant rainfall was received in most parts of SADC as a result of an active inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and the attendant active tropical incursions into the region. The eastern part of the contiguous SADC and the highland states received the highest rainfall.

The seasonal anomalies to date indicated:

  • Above normal rainfall conditions stretching from eastern Namibia to Southern Mozambique, Mauritius and parts of Madagascar

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 3 – April 9, 2014

  • The continued suppression of rainfall suggests an early cessation of the monsoon over parts of southern Africa.
  • Increased rains observed over the Afar and highland regions of Ethiopia during late March.

1) Heavy and above-average rains over the past few weeks have increased rainfall surpluses and resulted in flooding across the Omusati region along the Angola-Namibian border. The inundation has led to the closure of several schools in the area. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast to continue during the next week.

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Angola + 1 other
Japanese Government donates over Usd 500,000 for demining

Luanda - The Government of Japan Wednesday in Luanda handed over Usd 589.614 to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) - an international NGO based in England - to support a demining project in Luchazes municipality, Angola’s eastern Moxico province.

he donation agreement was signed by the ambassador of Japan to Angola, Ryozo Myoi, and MAG director in Angola, Jessica Riordan.

Speaking to the press, MAG director said the project is being implemented in Luzi ward, locality of Cassamba, Luchazes municipality.

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Drought affects over 22.000 peasants in Bocoio

Bocoio - 22.915 peasants in Bocoio municipality in the central Benguela province are being affected by the drought that hit their crops in the first 2013/2014 agricultural campaign season.

Speaking to Angop on fiday, the technician of the Agrarian Development Institute in Bocoio (IDA), José Agostinho said that the head town of Bocoio and Passe commune include the localities most affected by the drought.

According to him, in the head town of Bocoio the drought affected 12.915 peasants, while in Passe commune the food crisis is affecting 10.000 families.