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Irrigation kits, wheelbarrows and machetes: New irrigation methods revive farming in a Comorian village

Hamdani was full of joy when he reclaimed his fields. The 57 year old man expressed his happiness and his deep gratitude for the support he received to irrigate his field. He said, “I have been a farmer since 1969. I had to leave school in the third grade. Farming is my whole life. I really hope that all Comorian farmers will have the same chance as I to be helped in their work.”

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Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) 2013 Annual Progress Report

Introduction

  1. The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) was launched in 2003 with the strategic goal of achieving full access to safe, adequate and affordable water supply and sanitation for rural areas in Africa by 2025. The RWSSI targets for 2015 are aligned with the MDG targets of 70% and 62% access to water supply and sanitation, respectively. This report updates stake holders on the progress made in 2013.

Financial Status

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Africa Zone Annual Report 2013 (SP1/MAA60005)

This report covers the period: 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013

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IOM Regional Strategy for Southern Africa 2014-2016

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IOM Strategy Responds to Complex Migration Challenges in Southern Africa

Southern Africa experiences all types of movements such as mixed and irregular migration, labour migration and forced migration, including displacement due to conflict and natural disasters. These migration flows involve over four million economically active persons, and an additional unspecified number of undocumented migrants, including many vulnerable populations such as women and children.

International Organization for Migration:

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Indian Ocean Islands Annual Report 2013 (MAA64002)

This report covers the period 01/01/13 to 31/12/13.

Overview

Highlights of 2013 include: The Indian Ocean Islands (IOI) office organized the first RM workshop in Africa with participation from all National Societies (NS) in the sub-region (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles). Resource mobilisation plans were established and developed during this workshop.

Youth networking in IOI NSs also improved during 2013, and the NS youth coordinators were able to maintain good relations during the year.

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Southern Africa: Floods and Cyclones (Rainfall Season Oct 2013 - May 2014)

Situation Overview

During the 2013/2014 rainfall season (October 2013 - May 2014), severe weather events caused flooding in several Southern African countries, with almost all affected by some level of flooding. Nine tropical cyclones were recorded during the season, compared to the seasonal average of ten, of which three made landfall: Hellen, Amara and Deliwe. A total of 383,256 people were affected and 117 deaths reported. 195,000 USD was issued in the form of OCHA emergency cash grants to assist in response activities.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Zimbabwe + 13 others
Southern Africa Humanitarian Bulletin: Issue 15, May 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An estimated 383,261 people were affected by floods or storms and at least 117 people lost their lives during the 2013/2014 rainfall season.

  • Tropical Cyclone Hellen, which impacted Mozambique, Comoros and Madagascar in late March, was one of the most powerful cyclones ever recorded in the Mozambique Channel.

  • In Zimbabwe, the more than 15,625 people evacuated remain in dire living conditions.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Madagascar + 2 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (6 to 12 May 2014)

South Africa:

The 2014 South African general election was held on 7 May, without major incident. The National Assembly election was won by the African National Congress (ANC) with 62.1%, followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 22.2% and the Economic Freedom Fighters with 6.4%. In the Western Cape, the only province not won by the ANC, the DA won with 59.4%.

Madagascar:

Fresh dahalo attacks are being reported in southern Madagascar, where 128 houses have been torched in the village of Andranondambo. A total of 500 people have been displaced.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Madagascar + 2 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (29 April to 5 May 2014)

Madagascar:
Attacks by the dahalo (cattle raiders) have resumed in the south, specifically in Amboasary and Betroka districts. The most recent attack on 30 April, resulted in 500 stolen cattle and 2 deaths. On 25 April, armed dahalo men killed a lieutenant of the Malagasy army, in Morombe district. Due to increased rural insecurity, people have been forced to leave their villages.
The displaced people are hosted by inhabitants of villages in the neighboring Amboasary district.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Comoros: Anjouan Island Cyclone Hellen Snapshot (as of 18 April 2014)

Cyclone Hellen:

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Malawi + 4 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (22 to 29 April 2014)

Malawi:
Floods are being reported in the northern district of Karonga. Assessments are still ongoing, but preliminary information indicates that around 2,200 households have been affected, with 600 houses destroyed. A red locust outbreak has been sighted over parts of Lake Chilwa in southern Malawi, which may impact food security. A joint response is ongoing.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Comoros + 3 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (15 to 21 April 2014)

Comoros:
UNESCO and the Indian Ocean Commission sent experts from 16 to 18 April to assess the cracked soil and landslide in Anjouan, following rains from Tropical Cyclone Hellen and an earlier 4.8 magnitude earthquake on 12 March 2014. Both experts recommended that in some parts of the village La Mahale, displaced people can return to their homes, but not to all parts of the village.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Southern Africa: Weekly Report (8 to 14 April 2014)

Comoros:

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Southern Africa: Weekly Report (1 to 7 April 2014)

Comoros:
Moderate Tropical Cyclone Hellen reportedly affected around 8,800 people to date, according to ongoing assessments by the General Directorate of Civil Protection (DGSC) and the Red Crescent. Government is leading the response with the assistance of UN Agencies and the Red Crescent.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Comoros: Cyclone Hellen Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF Operation n° MDRKM005

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Since 24 March, Comoros was hit by heavy rains, particularly on the island of Anjouan. The storm alert as a result of cyclone Hellen in the Mozambique Channel was issued on 26 March. Based on the intensity of the rain and the strong winds the Comorian civil security increased the alert to yellow 29 March. In the following days the rain intensified and spread to Grande Comore and Moheli, exacerbated by Cyclone Hellen.

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Comoros Islands: Cyclone Hellen (as of 2 April 2014)

Hellen passed the Comoros as a moderate tropical cyclone on 29 March, coming within 50 km of the island of Mohéli, with wind speeds of 105 km/h and 5m waves recorded. The Meterological Services recommended the application of vigilance alert on 28 March, which has been upgraded to yellow and orange alerts respectively on 29 and 30 March which led to the closure of the international airport and schools. Anjouan island was the most affected. Authorities are still conducting assessments, which will provide more information on damage and people affected.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Madagascar + 2 others
Flash Update: Thousands affected in Comoros and Mozambique; alerts lifted in Madagascar

Over 3,900 ha of rice fields have been submerged in flood waters in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Hellen in an area that was already struggling with a locust outbreak in the last months.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.