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12 May 2017 description

Recent seasonal rainfall helps partially alleviate abnormal dryness in East Africa

  1. Despite rainfall during early March, significant long-term moisture deficits remain throughout central and eastern Madagascar due to very poor rains earlier in the season.

  2. Inconsistent rainfall since late December have led to moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions across many parts of western Angola.

12 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

The death toll from heavy rainfall in Kwale has risen to five as flooding continues to wreak havoc in the County where an emergency response team was unveiled Tuesday.

According to Governor Salim Mvurya, the five, including school children, drowned in separate incidents in different parts of the county over the past one week following heavy rains.

Mvurya was speaking at the County headquarters during a media briefing on emergency measures being taken to mitigate the damage caused by heavy rains pounding the region.

11 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• March to May seasonal rains remain depressed and access to water for human and livestock consumption is extremely limited in pastoral areas in North West and North Eastern parts of Kenya.

• To date, 71,458 people including 5,580 school children have benefitted from the repair of 39 water points in Turkana and Garissa Counties.

• Five confirmed measles cases and 55 cholera cases have been reported from Dadaab Refugee Complex during the reporting period.

11 May 2017 description

883.5 M required for 2017
139.1 M contributions received, representing 16% of requirements
744.4 M funding gap for the South Sudan Situation

All figures are displayed in USD

11 May 2017 description
report European Commission

TRUST FUND FOR STABILITY AND ADDRESSING ROOT CAUSES OF IRREGULAR MIGRATION AND DISPLACED PERSONS IN AFRICA

11 May 2017 description
report Trócaire

With severe drought gripping many parts of East Africa, millions of people are facing possible starvation in the coming months. David O’Hare from Trócaire recently returned from northern Kenya where he saw the impact of the crisis on people there.

Mary Nakodos Lokerian walked for 13km to get to the emergency food distribution funded by Trócaire near the centre of Lodwar town in northern Kenya.

11 May 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By MOHAMED AHMED

Heavy rains in the coastal region on Monday that left six people dead were as result of a storm hitting from the South Coast, experts say.

The Kenya Meteorological Department said the storm hit Tanga and Lunga Lunga and because of the conducive sea surface temperature, the pressure increased.

In an interview with the Nation, Mombasa County Director of Meteorological Service Lydia Kinoti said because of the pressure, the storm moved closer to the high seas and hence the heavy downpour.

10 May 2017 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR NOVEMBER 2017

10 May 2017 description

By Evelyne Karanja

NAIROBI, 10 May 2017 – Rising disasters in Africa’s cities and their links with poverty and rapid, unplanned urbanisation are ever more apparent from tragedies such as the recent rubbish dump landslide in Addis Ababa, which killed at least 113 people.

Tackling urban risk will be a key issue when governments and a broad range of other stakeholders, including businesses and tech experts, meet in two weeks’ time in Mexico for the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

10 May 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By MOHAMED AHMED

The ravages of heavy rains pound the Coastal have claimed five lives in Kwale, Governor Salim Mvurya has said.

This brings the total number of lives lost due to the heavy downpour in the region to 14.

9 DEAD

Nine people died in Mombasa on Monday and Tuesday.

In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Mvurya also said the floods had uprooted at least 1, 500 families from their homes and killed livestock.

This comes as roads in Kwale were rendered impassable on Tuesday and Wednesday.

10 May 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Andrew Githeko, Chief Research Officer, Kenya Medical Research Institute

10 May 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • A man and his four-year-old daughter died in Maporomokoni, Mikindani, following a landslide on Monday night.

  • Kisauni police boss Christopher Rotich said the body of an unidentified man was found at Vescon Estate in Bamburi on Tuesday morning.

  • 87 pupils at Swabur Children’s Home in Mwandoni, Kisauni, were rescued and taken to another orphanage after their home was marooned.

09 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Projected late-2017 El Niño climatic event could affect food security in the Horn of Africa

  • UNICEF increases Somalia malnutrition projection to 1.4 million children impacted by late 2017

  • Donors fund 76 percent of Somalia Operational Plan for Famine Prevention

  • Relief actors detect fall armyworm infestation in Ethiopia and Kenya

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

09 May 2017 description

Young men in Nairobi's crowded suburbs are helping plug the gap in the local water supply - and making money into the bargain

By Kagondu Njagi

GITHURAI, Kenya, May 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Now onto his third job since finishing high school a decade ago, Festus Chege is hoping his latest venture as a water vendor in Githurai, a growing suburb to the south of Kenya's capital Nairobi, will pay off.