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07 Jul 2015 description

In South Sudan, which on Thursday this week will mark its 4th anniversary of independence, refugee and internally displaced numbers have continued to rise. As of today, more 730,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries and some 1.5 million people have become internally displaced. In addition, South Sudan continues to receive refugees from neighbouring Sudan - almost 250,000 people, mostly from Sudan’s Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.

07 Jul 2015 description

Snapshot 1–7 July 2015

Syria: Civilian deaths made up 81% of the total death toll in June, which was 2,137, bringing the total number of people killed so far in 2015 to 11,000. 705,000 people have been displaced in the first five months of this year: 439,000 were internally displaced, and the vast majority of the rest fled to Turkey.

07 Jul 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

July 6, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) said that 3000 South Sudanese families have recently arrived in Sudan’s White Nile state bringing the total number of refugees from the newborn country in the state 84,000 refugees.

SRCS executive director in the White Nile, Osama Osman, said that 3197 families have arrived in the seven cantonment sites in the state from June 1 to July 5, 2015.

07 Jul 2015 description

Nairobi, Kenya | 10:28 GMT

Shebab militants killed at least 14 workers in northern Kenya on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of attacks in the east African nation by the Somali-led Islamists.

The attack occurred just outside the town of Mandera in Kenya's far northeastern region, which borders Ethiopia and war-torn Somalia, and comes a little more than two weeks before US President Barack Obama is due to make his first presidential visit to Kenya, where his father was born.

06 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Long Rains season in the Horn of Africa has come to an end in May. With no further rainfall until the Short Rains start next October, current conditions represent the available resources for the dry season that is now starting.

• Favourable seasonal conditionsin northern Kenya and south-eastern Ethiopiabroke a succession of poor seasons, easing the pressure on pastoralist livelihoods and allowing a degree of asset recovery.

06 Jul 2015 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

• Conflict in Yemen is causing increasing food insecurity.
As of June, at least 6 million people are facing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) food insecurity. Millions more could easily fall into the emergency conditions unless a political solution is found quickly.

06 Jul 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Drought Phase: NORMAL

Biophysical Indicators

  • Biophysical indicators show no unusual fluctuations outside the expected seasonal range.
    o Good rainfall was received in the month – above normal range.
    o The vegetation condition index VCI-3month is slightly above normal.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators:

06 Jul 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The vegetation cover continues to improve as indicated by increasing vegetation condition index value from 15.66 in March to 29.1 in April and 55.47. The county average improved from moderate drought condition category to very good condition. All sub counties have shown improvement with least improved being Balambala with a value of 45.2 in normal drought condition category and highest improved was Lagdera with value of 71.37.

06 Jul 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Moderate rainfall was received in the entire Sub County in the month under review.

  • Most of the water pans/dams and natural ponds contain substantial volume of water that was anticipated to last for four months. The state of the water sources was normal and recorded at 5which was within the normal range of 4-5

  • The vegetation condition index (VCI) for May 2015 was recorded at 63.24 which was above the normal range of 35-50 Socio

06 Jul 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • No rainfall received over May 2015. April rainfall was depressed in all livelihoods except isiolo central that received fair amount.

  • Pasture condition worsened compared to last month. Current Vegetation condition Index (VCI) was 31.pasture is better in isiolo central ward.

  • Water sources declined compared to last month since most pans did not impound water .Main rivers are flowing better normal capacity.

06 Jul 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The six months cumulative rainfall (Dec 2014 – May 2015) was 573.4 mm. This was 66.9% more of the long term average. The cumulative long term average for the same period was 343.6 mm.

  • The water situation in the county was described as normal.

Production Indicators

  • No livestock out migration was reported in May.

  • Cattle body condition was fair while that of goats and sheep was good.

06 Jul 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • There was an increase in average rainfall amount received in May compared to the previous month.

  • Water availability was normal since water pans had recorded recharge. Water access was normal in May.

06 Jul 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • During the month the county received light drizzles lasting one to two days

  • Generally the quality and quantity of vegetation was good as indicated by a vegetation condition index of 40.67 except in Kitui Rural and Kitui South were the situation was slightly below normal as indicated by VCI of 34.95 and 32.71 respectively.

  • Most open surface water facilities had recharged and communities were able to access water at near distances

03 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 28 June, 396 cholera cases, including 26 deaths, had been reported in Juba County. Interviews with patients admitted to Juba Teaching Hospital with cholera have revealed knowledge gaps on how the disease is spread. Humanitarian partners called for improved access to safe drinking water, latrine use and good personal and food hygiene.

02 Jul 2015 description

Brazzaville, 2 July 2015 - As members of an EU/WHO/ACP partnership* to improve access to quality medicines meet in Brazzaville, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, praised progress made and called for greater commitment to ensure that Africans have access to the quality, affordable medicines they need.

02 Jul 2015 description

In mid-June, a shortage of funds forced WFP to reduce the size of food rations for the refugees by 30 percent; while the agency hopes the cuts are temporary, they could in fact become greater without new contributions to prevent food stocks from running out. Refugees say the ration cuts make their already difficult lives even harder.

02 Jul 2015 description

Additional help from the UK to provide emergency aid, jobs and education, to help address the root causes of the migrant crisis

A range of new programmes from the UK will provide emergency aid as well as jobs and education to help address the root causes of the migrant crisis, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.