Abnormal dryness expected to continue in East and Southern Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Although good rainfall was observed over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season, has already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia. As the season is coming to an end, a recovery is unlikely.
Mbanza Congo - At least nine hundred and three unexploded ordnance will be demolished on Friday, in the commune of Luvo, Mbanza Congo city, northern Zaire province, by the National Demining Institute (INAD).
According to a note from the provincial department of INAD, delivered to ANGOP, in Mbanza Congo, the material consists anti-personnel landmines, mortar shells, rockets, grenades, TNT block and various ammunition.
• The early stages of the 2014-2015 growing season in Southern Africa were characterized by significant rainfall deficits in an area extending across eastern Zambia, northern Zimbabwe, northeastern Mozambique and Malawi. The crop growing regions of eastern South Africa and Madagascar were also affected. The rainfall deficits led to vegetation levels being significantly depressed across these regions.
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Increased rainfall improves crop and pasture conditions in parts of the south
Rainfall has improved in most of the Southern Livestock, Millet, and Sorghum livelihood zone, with the exception of large parts of Namibe Province, and this is having a positive impact on vegetation conditions. Cattle conditions are also improving, which is encouraging some pastoralists to start returning to their areas of origin.
A favorable distribution of rainfall was observed over Southern Africa during the past week.
Seasonally-dry weather observed in Eastern Africa.
Luanda - Five 40-foot containers with food and building materials bound for Cabo Verde hit by a volcanic eruption on the archipelago's Fogo Island are being loaded since Thursday onto the Angolan Navy's Rio Mbridge ship, in Luanda, Angop learnt.
The 51 ton-relief include corn flour, rice, beans, sausage, cooking salt and cooking oil, as well as building material comprising zinc sheets, rods and tubes.
The ship is expected to reach Cape Verde within 15 days.
Angola: Rain leaves over 200 families homeless
Families are living in precarious housing conditions as result of the destruction of their homes by heavy rains that hit the central province of Bie in November 2014.
Luanda - The Angolan head of State José Eduardo dos Santos has instructed the Government to immediately send humanitarian relief aid to Cabo Verde hit by a volcanic eruption on the archipelago?s Fogo Island.
The information is contained in a press release that reached Angop on Thursday, stating that the president’s decision follows an appeal from the Cabo Verde’s authorities.
The aid includes civil protection equipment, foodstuffs and construction materials.
Mbanza Congo - Ninety former Angolan refugee families, comprising 334 people, from Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) arrived Thursday in Angola, under the ongoing voluntary and organised repatriation process.
The Angolan citizens came from Low Congo region and Kinshasa, the capital city of DRC.
The former refugees were escorted to sheltering centre of Kinzau, in Mbanza Congo, northern Zaire province.
Despite heavy rains in localized areas, rainfall deficits persist in East and Southern Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Low and poorlydistributed seasonal Deyr rains have led to growing moisture deficits and deteriorated ground conditions throughout several local areas of southern Somalia, central Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. Recent rains have relieved dryness over most parts, but rainfall deficits remain in many local areas.
Lucala - At least two hundred hectares of the perimeter corresponding to future industrial center in the municipality of Lucala, Kwanza Norte province, were officially handed over to the provincial government, Tuesday, after being cleared off landmines.
The demining operation, conducted by demining brigade assigned to the north military region of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), lasted nine months and allowed the decommissioning of four anti-tank mines, 124 unexploded ordnances, 110 various ammunition and eight thousand different metals.
According to the spokesperson for provincial command of Fire Fighter, Vasco Chioca, the rain caused fifteen deaths, five wounded and distraction of 2, 595 residences.
Vasco Chioca also underlined that the rain destroyed other infrastructure, with stress to schools, health facilities, religious institutions and farming fields.
Thousands of families were also made homeless and in need of assistance.
Cuito - The governor of central Bié province, Álvaro Manuel de Boavida Neto, learned, Monday, about the situation faced by returnees from neighboring countries and currently sheltered in the Returnees Transit and Reception Centre in the locality of Cuquema, Cuito (Bie).
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Luanda - A tripartite accord involving Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia was signed recently to enable the return or legalisation of Angolan refugees resident in the above mentioned neighbouring countries.
The information was released on Thursday in Luanda by the Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Chikoti.
The minister was speaking to MPs during a session of the National Assembly (Parliament) on the State Budget for 2015, stressing the existence of three classes of citizens in those countries. They are refugee, resident and illegal.
Heavy rains may lead to flooding, landslides in Central America; early season dryness continues in Southern Africa
Low and poorly distributed seasonal Deyr rains have led to growing moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout several local areas of southern Somalia, central Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. Recent rains have relieved dryness some dryness, but rainfall deficits remain in many local areas.
SEPTEMBER– NOVEMBER 2014 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
The season started slowly with a delays over most parts of the region. A delay of one or two dekad(s) was observed.
Over eastern part of the region covering the southern DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the southern Mozambique and northern part of South Africa was drier than normal.
Some wet spots were observed during this period, spreading over eastern DRC, west and south of Tanzania, central Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.