Rainfall deficits persist in areas of Ethiopia, West Africa, and Central America
Africa Weather Hazards
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Wheat production in 2015 is forecast to fall
Wheat exports in 2014/15 expected to decrease
Export prices of wheat declined in April but still higher than a year earlier
In India, unseasonal rains damaged 8.5 million hectares of crops, mainly wheat. The Government has responded mainly by increasing input subsidies and facilitating the processing of insurance claims.
Thailand has launched a loan relief programme for affected farmers through the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives.
In Pakistan, potato prices have fallen by 45 percent year on year as farmers switch from growing wheat to potatoes.
Floods in East Kazakhstan Oblast have affected seven villages in Zyryanovsky District, almost one thousand people have been evacuated, Tengrinews reports with a reference to the press-secretary of the Department of Emergency Situations of East Kazakhstan Oblast Anastasia Sklyar.
A state of emergency was declared in the area. According to rescuers, the villages that were affected are: Zubov, Maleyevsk, Putintsevo, Bykovo, Bayanovsk, Parygina and Snegirevo.
In order to strengthen the specific Red Cross / Red Crescent contribution to development, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) was supporting the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society’s programmes addressing tuberculosis (TB) and vulnerabilities related to migration during the reporting period.
Commission to assess damage from the floods has started its work in Karaganda Oblast, Tengrinews reports. Since the beginning of floods in the Oblast, 48 settlements and two winterings in nine Districts were affected. Among them is the village named after Gabiden Mustafin.
Formerly known as Tokarevka, the village is located in Bukhar-Zhyrau District and houses more than four thousand people.
The village suffered from the flooding the worst, according to the Committee of Emergency Situations. The waters were raging there on 12 and 13 April.
The rise of water level in the Nura river continues, Tengrinews reports.
Spokesman of the Committee of Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Ruslan Imankulov said that according to the public agency KazSeleZashshita that is responsible for protection from floods in Kazakhstan, the rise of water on the river continues in Akmola Oblast.
Villagers from the flooded areas of Akmola Oblast are asking to assess damages to their property, Tengrinews reports.
Akmol (Malinovka) is among the villages that were unlucky to be on the way of the flood. It is located just 30 kilometers away from Astana. The outskirts of the village were flooded, so a protective embankment was built along one of its streets. But homes that were outside that street, and there are ten of them, were all flooded.
Little rainfall expected over atypically dry areas of northern Ethiopia
Erratic, below-average rainfall in February and early March, followed by four consecutive weeks of little to no rainfall since mid-March has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia. The absence of mid-season rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities in Belg-producing areas of the country.
As meltwater in Kazakhstan subsides, there are still measure to be taken to deal with the consequences and secure people's livelihoods.
Residents of some villages in Kazakhstan have begun returning to their homes after the floodwater subsided, Tengrinews reports citing the press service of the Emergency Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
35 villages in Akmola Oblast are threatened by flood water, Tengrinews reports.
The Committee of Emergency Situations reported on the flood situation in Kazakhstan on April 17 in Astana.
“As of today, at least 15 villages face the danger of flooding along the banks of the Nura and Irtysh rivers, starting from Karaganda Oblast up to Tengriz lake in Korgaldzhinsk Natural Reservation. The villages are: Nura, Aganas, Koschy, Taitobe, Shnet, Kenbidaiyk, Uyaly, Urkendey,” the Head of the Emergency Situation Response Department Aleksey Sovetov said during the press conference.
Meltwater has flooded Abay town in Karaganda Oblast. According to the reports of KTK Channel, the water came in the afternoon on April 9, flooding the streets, yards and playgrounds. All have become simply impassable. Basements of apartment buildings are also flooded, Tengrinews reports citing the Kazakh TV channel.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
A sudden rise of temperature in central and eastern Kazakhstan resulted in the fast melting of snow that caused floods on 8-9 April 2015. In some regions, the temperatures rose as high as plus 26 Celsius degrees. A state of emergency was declared in the regions of Akmola, Karaganda and Pavlodar, situated in the eastern and northern parts of Kazakhstan.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev reassured Kazakhstanis that the flood emergency has been taken under control, Tengrinews reports.
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.
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.
Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique
Africa Weather Hazards
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.
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.