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28 Aug 2015 description

Increased rainfall across Hispaniola due to tropical storm activity

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Widespread, heavy rainfall over the past few weeks has caused flooding over local areas of West Africa. Heavy rain is forecast to continue during the next week, elevating flooding risks over many already saturated areas.

  2. Significant rainfall is forecast to continue over eastern Chad and western Sudan, heightening risks for localized flooding and potential waterborne disease outbreaks.

21 Aug 2015 description

Poorly distributed rainfall in West and East Africa likely to exacerbate conditions

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Widespread, heavy rain during the past few weeks has caused flooding over local areas of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. Heavy rain is forecast to continue during the next week, maintaining elevated risks for flooding over many areas.

15 Aug 2015 description

More than 200 volunteers from the Kazakh Red Crescent were deployed in response to recent floods in Almaty. Rising temperatures caused some melting of the Kargalinka glacier, which sent a torrent of water, earth and debris into the city. The flood damaged bridges, brought down powerlines and trapped people in their homes. In all, over 1,000 people were forced to evacuate to safety.

07 Aug 2015 description

Heavy rainfall forecast for flood-affected areas of West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A slightly delayed start to the season has resulted in abnormal dryness for Gambia and central areas of Senegal. Dry ground conditions have reportedly led to delayed planting and have negatively impacted the health of livestock.

  2. Heavy downpours have caused flooding and fatalities in Conakry, Guinea during the past week. Torrential rain is forecast to continue during the next week, which could worsen conditions on the grounds.

01 Aug 2015 description
report Tengrinews

Kazakhstan's largest city of Almaty surrounded by a majestic snow-capped mountains range has been hit by a mud flow on July 23. At around 2.15 a.m. morainic lake Bezymyannoye at Kargaly glacier that held 40,000 cubic meters of water burst releasing part of the water downhill. This triggered a series of mud flows, with part of them overtopping the dam on the Kargaly River.

01 Aug 2015 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, market availability was adequate in June with supplies from 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Regionally-produced staple food prices increased seasonally, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by conflict in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring areas, the CAR, and northern Mali.

24 Jul 2015 description
  • High temperatures intensified snowmelt over the past few days, causing the overflow of a glacial lake on 23 July and the consequent flooding of the Kargalinka river in Almaty Region, south-eastern Kazakhstan. As a result, mudflow from the overflown river basin extensively affected Chapaevo,

24 Jul 2015 description

Increased rainfall unlikely to overcome deficits in Central America, Hispaniola, and parts of West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A slightly delayed start to the season with sporadic light rains in recent weeks has resulted in abnormal dryness for Gambia and central areas of Senegal. Dry ground conditions have led to delayed planting and have negatively impacted livestock health.

23 Jul 2015 description

ALMATY -- Hundreds of residents on the outskirts of the southeastern Kazakh city of Almaty have been evacuated after a mudslide hit the area.

The mudslide hit Almaty's Nauyryzbai district early on July 23 after several days of extremely hot weather prompted the abrupt melting of a big glacier located in the mountains near the city.

The waters overflowed a lake and into the Qarghaly River, causing floods that damaged dozens of houses.

No casualties were reported.

23 Jul 2015 description
report Tengrinews

Three areas of Almaty have been hit by mud flows, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing Yury Ilyin, the city Vice Mayor.

“At aroud 2.15 am morainic lake Bezymyannoye at Kargaly glacier outburst. The water volume of the lake stood at 40 000 cubic meters. The outburst caused mud flows, with part of them overtopping the dam on the Kargaly River. The height of the flows reached 10-12 meters”, Mr. Ilyin elaborated.

17 Jul 2015 description

Drought develops over Central America, dryness persists in East and West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the central and northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria. The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas.

14 Jul 2015 description

The 11th Central Asian Regional Summer Diplomatic Course (Summer Academy) took place from 7 to 11 July in Romit, Tajikistan. This year’s theme, “Partnership for Peace: Common Interests and Challenges in Central Asia”, focused on socio-political developments in the region, possible future security scenarios, the role of international organisations and the benefits of partnership.

10 Jul 2015 description

Irregular rainfall to persist in Central America and Hispaniola; dryness worsens in West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria. The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and negatively affected cropping activities over parts of this region.

06 Jul 2015 description

18 May - 19 June 2015, Almaty, Kazakhstan – From 18 May to 19 June 2015 UNITAR, in collaboration with the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) and with the financial support of the Government of Finland, organized a series of workshops aimed at strengthening regional capacities to manage cross-border threats through the reinforcement of civil servant expertise in key areas (i.e. good governance, natural resources managment, human security, conflict transformation, and public-private-people partnerships).

03 Jul 2015 description

ASTANA, Kazakhstan, 2 July 2015 – An OSCE-supported high-level National Preparatory Meeting to the 23rd Economic and Environmental Forum on Water Governance took place today in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The event was co-organized by the OSCE Programme Office in Astana, the Agriculture Ministry and the Ecological Forum of Kazakhstan with support from the Government of Switzerland.

01 Jul 2015 description
report Tengrinews

The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has stressed the importance of all countries joining their efforts to ensure global food security, Tengrinews reports citing the press office of Akorda. He talked about global food security during the opening ceremony of the National Day of Kazakhstan at the EXPO-2015 in Milan with its core theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

01 Jul 2015 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, market availability was adequate in May, 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.

26 Jun 2015 description

Increased rainfall unlikely to relieve dryness in Central America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria. The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and negatively affected cropping activities over parts of this region.

19 Jun 2015 description

Rainfall remains below average across parts of West Africa, Latin America, Ethiopia, and Djibouti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western Niger, and north-central Nigeria. The lack of rainfall over the past five weeks has delayed planting and already negatively affected cropping activities over parts of this region.