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09 Feb 2016 description

Highlights:

  • The current El Niño event is signalled to be the strongest and longest event in 35 years. For southern Africa, El Niño usually means less rainfall in most countries but high rainfall in northern Tanzania and DRC. Across vast areas of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana, this has been the driest October-December, since 1981.

  • Lesotho and Zimbabwe have declared a state of disaster following the affects of drought caused by El Niño. Most provinces in South Africa have also declared a state of disaster.

08 Feb 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 236,464 Burundian refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in the neighbouring countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Republic of Tanzania, Rwanda, as well as Uganda and Zambia since April 2015.

01 Feb 2016 description

Key Points

  • The total number of Burundian refugees has increased to 239,754, whereas IDPs are now estimated to be 25,081 in view of new data from Makamba and Kirundo, and a new assessment in Rutana.

  • New patterns of human rights violations have emerged, including cases of sexual violence, increased enforced disappearances and torture

  • Since April 2015, OHCHR reports 439 killings, 262 arbitrary arrests, and 263 cases of torture/ill-treatment.

29 Jan 2016 description
report IRIN

Nairobi, 29 janvier 2016 (IRIN) - Cette année, l’Afrique australe est confrontée au risque de mauvaises récoltes, car les précipitations ont atteint leur niveau le plus bas dans une région où 29 millions de personnes vivent déjà sans un accès fiable à une alimentation bon marché et nourrissante en quantité suffisante.

« Les perspectives sont alarmantes, car plusieurs zones n’ont connu que peu ou pas de précipitations et la fenêtre de plantation des céréales se ferme rapidement ou s’est déjà fermée dans certains pays », a mis en garde le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM).

28 Jan 2016 description
report IRIN

By Obi Anyadike, Africa Editor

NAIROBI, 28 January 2016 (IRIN) - Southern Africa is facing the threat of extensive crop failures this year as a result of record low rainfall in a region in which 29 million people already don't have reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food.

“With little or no rain falling in many areas and the window for the planting of cereals closing fast or already closed in some countries, the outlook is alarming,” the World Food Programme has warned.

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

19 Jan 2016 description

Highlights

  • October to December 2015 was the driest in at least 35 years in several southern parts of the region.

  • Large decreases in planted area are expected in some areas, as planting windows close

  • Vegetation conditions improved in some central parts, though conditions remained very poor in many southern areas

  • Above normal rainfall was received in some western parts of the region in December, helping to reduce the overall rainfall deficits in those areas.

06 Jan 2016 description
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Highlights

  • A total of 232,914 Burundian refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in the neighbouring countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Republic of Tanzania, Rwanda, as well as Uganda and Zambia since April 2015.

  • The human rights situation remains worrying. The number of arbitrary arrests is on the rise since 11 December 2015, when attackers launched coordinated assaults on several military installations in Bujumbura.

01 Jan 2016 description

Persistently below-average rainfall leads to drought in many parts of Southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

25 Dec 2015 description
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Dryness persists in southern Africa and Kenya despite recent heavy rainfall

  1. Drought conditions have affected many countries in southern Africa, including Angola, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique due to the delayed start of season and erratic distribution of rainfall. Exacerbated by a poor performance during the previous season, the deficient rain has already significantly reduced water availability, leading to livestock deaths and poor ground conditions over many areas.

24 Dec 2015 description
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Situation Overview

Abnormal rainfall patterns contributed to a spike in food insecurity in the region, which is currently affecting more than 28.5M people. This figure includes Angola (where the figures are yet to be confirmed), Madagascar (where 1,893,398 people are classified as food insecure, of which 459,319 people are severely so). These severe food insecurity conditions are likely to be exacerbated by the current El Niño which is predicted to continue and strengthen in 2015/2016.

16 Dec 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 227,165 Burundian refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in the neighbouring countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Republic of Tanzania, Rwanda, as well as Uganda and Zambia since April 2015.

11 Dec 2015 description

Highlights

  • Rains are still well below normal in the southern half of the region, with deficits strengthening in some areas in recent weeks.

  • Onset of rains is delayed by at least 30-40 days in parts of Angola and South Africa

  • Moderate relief is expected in some of these drought-affected areas, according to short term rainfall forecasts

  • Vegetation conditions in many areas are among the worst in 15 years. These conditions have some negative implications for pastures, livestock and hydrology

04 Dec 2015 description

Early season dryness persists across southern Africa

  1. Very low and infrequent rainfall in southern Africa has resulted in significant early season moisture deficits, particularly in the KwaZuluNatal region of South Africa, Swaziland, and southern Mozambique. Light to moderate rain is expected over the region during the next week, which could sustain rainfall deficits.