WASHINGTON, 19 mars 2015 – Le Conseil des administrateurs du Groupe de la Banque mondiale a approuvé aujourd’hui un don de 6 millions de dollars alloué à l’Union des Comores par l’Association internationale de développement (IDA)* en vue d’accroître l’accès aux filets de protection sociale, avec des interventions axées d’une part sur l’amélioration des capacités de production et de réaction en cas de catastrophe au sein des communautés et d’autre part sur la nutrition maternelle et infantile.
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 - The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$6 million International Development Association (IDA)* grant for the Union of Comoros to increase access to social safety nets focusing on improving communities’ productive and disaster response capacity as well as child and mother nutrition.
Description of the disaster
On 24 March 2014, Comoros was hit by heavy rains, particularly on the island of Anjouan. On 26 March, 2014 a storm alert as a result of cyclone Hellen in the Mozambique Channel was issued. On 29 March, based on the intensity of the rain and the strong winds, the Comorian civil security increased the alert to yellow and in the following days the rain intensified and spread to the islands of Grande Comoros and Mohéli.
As of 22 Feb, 24 cholera cases have been confirmed in Malawi, with 2 new cases since 19 Feb; the new cases were recorded at health centres, not displacement sites.
Heavy rains and floods have to date affected 177,645 people (37,090 households) in Mozambique. New heavy rains continue to add to the total affected.
This is a preliminary final report. All activities under this operation have been completed and the final report will be issued in one months’ time when the final financial report is available.
Description of the disaster
NOVEMBER 2014– JANUARY 2015 RAINFALL
The Southern African summer monsoon was very active over the eastern parts of SADC region with heavy rain mostly concentrated over Island States, southern Malawi, northern Mozambique,
Zambia and Zimbabwe during December 2014 and early January 2015.
Despite those wet spells which brought flooding in some countries, overall normal rainfall conditions were mostly observed in the region;
New study on child poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Lilongwe, 18 December 2014 – A new regional centre for southern Africa will help develop resilience action plans, vulnerability mapping and disaster risk reduction as well as climate change adaptation planning. The Technical Centre for Risk Reduction Management, Sustainability and Urban Resilience in southern Africa (DiMSUR) was officially established in Lilongwe, Malawi, earlier this month.
Southern Africa currently hosts more than half a million people of concern. At the end of 2013, they included approximately 136,000 refugees, 278,000 asylum-seekers and nearly 1,700 returnees.
In this Issue
- Helping Save Samoa's Forests: UNDP Administrator and GEF Chief Executive meet a community on the frontline
- Supporting Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
- Photo essays and stories from: Comoros, Fiji, Haiti, Maldives, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
Mozambique's ruling party Frelimo won the 15 October presidential elections, with their candidate, Filipe Nyusi, recieving 57.3 per cent of the votes. In the simultaneous parliamentary elections, Frelimo won 144 seats, Renamo won 89 seats and the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM) 17 seats. Voter turnout was estimated at about 49 per cent.
Sebastian AJ Taylor
University of East Anglia, United Kingdom