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17 Apr 2015 description
report Tengrinews

President Nursultan Nazarbayev reassured Kazakhstanis that the flood emergency has been taken under control, Tengrinews reports.

17 Apr 2015 description
report Tengrinews

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan Vladimir Bozhko has promised to keep Astana safe from the floods rampaging through four out of fourteen Oblasts of Kazakhstan, Tengrinews reports. This will be accomplished thanks to the dam built in 2009 near Astana.

17 Apr 2015 description
report Tengrinews

Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary has published satellite photos of the flooding in Karaganda Oblast in central Kazakhstan made from Kazakh high resolution remote sensing satellite KazEOSat-1, Tengrinews reports.

The first wave of flooding in Karaganda Oblast happened between March 23 and 29. It affected four Districts in the Oblast.

The second wave started on 6 April.

17 Apr 2015 description

Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall continues to be below-average across several local areas of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Further delay of rainfall during April is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for several Belgproducing areas.

16 Apr 2015 description

Floods continue due to snowmelt, affecting central and eastern Kazakhstan in the past few days, triggering emergency declarations in Akmola, Karagandy, Pavlodar and East Kazakhstan regions.

As of 15 April, local media report that the situation in the central and eastern regions of the country is under control, while authorities and emergency services are taking all necessary measures throughout the region. The Department of Emergency, according to media, reports that 1 760 houses have been flooded in 35 villages and livestock affected.

16 Apr 2015 description
report Tengrinews

Floods in Karaganda Oblast continue to wreak havoc as Kazakh authorities are forced to evacuate dozens of settlements, Tengrinews reports citing the Oblast's Department of Emergency Situations. 1,760 houses have been flooded in 35 villages. 340 livestock have drowned.

A sharp rise in temperature to 20 degrees Centigrade between March 23 to 29 intensified the melting of snow and caused flooding of villages in Semey and Ayagoz districts in East Kazakhstan Oblast and of four districts in Karaganda Oblast.

15 Apr 2015 description

Floods due to snowmelt have been affecting central and eastern Kazakhstan over the past few days, triggering emergency declarations in Akmola, Karagandy, Pavlodar and East Kazakhstan regions.

13 Apr 2015 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Outbreak of conflict in the east of Ukraine leads to civilian deaths and displacements

  • Close to 15,000 Syrian Armenians have come to Armenia since the start of the war in Syria

  • UN concerned about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and the rights of the displaced living in Azerbaijan.

  • INFORM - the first global, open-source tool for measuring the risk of humanitarian crises and disasters.

2014: a year of conflict

10 Apr 2015 description

Abnormal dryness persists in central Ethiopia and bi-modal Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite an increase in rainfall during the last week, ground moisture remains below average parts of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast in southern and western Ethiopia, while below-average rainfall is expected in the central parts of the country during the next week.

03 Apr 2015 description

DUSHANBE, 3 April 2015 – The first five-day regional Explosive Hazards Awareness and Reduction course facilitated by the OSCE Office in Tajikistan concluded in Dushanbe today.

Twenty students – predominantly from the national armed forces of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan - attended the training course. It marks the continuation of a comprehensive two-year train-the-trainer programme implemented in accordance with the international mine action standards (IMAS).

02 Apr 2015 description

Key Messages

In West Africa, market availability was adequate in February, with supplies from recent 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following disruptions over the second half of 2014.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Tengrinews

Dozens of homes has been flooded by the arriving meltwater in Karaganda Oblast in central Kazakhstan, a Tengrinews correspondent reports.

According to local residents of Agadyr station in Shet district, the water began to rise on March 24 at about 5 p.m.

"The electricity has been cut off, the water keeps coming, the furniture is damaged. Yesterday, the water was to my waist and it's not going away. The flood started abruptly," said one of the victims Gulmira Zhazykbayeva.

21 Mar 2015 description

Dryness extends across much of Southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
    Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.

  2. Below-average rainfall over the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits, which have impeded crop development across the bimodal region of northern Tanzania. Little to no rainfall is forecast during the next week, which may worsen the situation.

13 Mar 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues in much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia. Dry weather is expected to continue during the next week, which is likely to increase moisture deficits in the region.

12 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • Over 4,000 students in 15 schools in the Semey region trained on how to react during disasters

  • Hazard maps for villages and towns developed, highlighting local dangers and designating evacuation routes

  • Project funded by DIPECHO in partnership with UNDP, the Red Crescent Society of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Emergency Services

10 Mar 2015 description

OVERVIEW

  • Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather, affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA)1. In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Protracted conflict and limited governmental disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.

06 Mar 2015 description

Heavy rainfall continues in Malawi, Madagascar; seasonal rainfall slow to start in southwestern Ethiopia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated.

01 Mar 2015 description

Key Messages

  • In West Africa, regional harvests from the 2014/15 season arrived progressively onto markets in January. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following the substantial disruptions that occurred over the second half of 2014.

27 Feb 2015 description

Dryness continues across much of southern Africa, flooding risks remain over Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated. 2 Poorly distributed rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across eastern Botswana, northern South Africa, central/southern Mozambique, and central/southern Zimbabwe. Dryness is forecast to continue next week.