Dryness extends across much of Southern Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.
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.
In a follow-up to report 10 days ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that between 1 January 2014 and 1 March 2015, WHO received notification of over 23,000 cases of measles in the WHO European Region. The most affected country is Kyrgyzstan with over 7,000 cases reported in just the first seven weeks of 2015. Significant numbers of measles cases have also been reported in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation and Serbia.
In response to a large-scale measles outbreak, Kyrgyzstan will initiate a mass measles vaccination campaign on 16 March 2015, targeting over 2 million people aged 1–20 years in the country. The outbreak, which began in early 2014 has caused over 11 300 suspected cases to date and continues to increase by 120–250 suspected cases each day.
Open Letter to the President of the Kyrgyz Republic
Paris-Geneva, March 16, 2015
UNDP recognizes governance as a key unresolved issue in both the configuration and the reduction of disaster risk. With the aim of protecting development investments and ultimately building people’s resilience, UNDP has made strengthening disaster risk governance a cornerstone of its efforts to understand, reduce and manage risk.
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.
Heavy rainfall continues in Malawi, Madagascar; seasonal rainfall slow to start in southwestern Ethiopia
Africa Weather Hazards
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.
The national average retail price of wheat flour did not change on a month-on-month basis in January 2015. However, it is still 19 percent higher than the same month of 2014.
The export price of wheat in Kazakhstan (Free on Board [FOB] rate) did not change on a month-on-month basis in January 2015. However, the US FOB price decreased by 8 percent in January 2015.
Dryness continues across much of southern Africa, flooding risks remain over Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar
Africa Weather Hazards
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.
11 February 2015 at around 14:15 pm, due to rise of temperature snow began to thaw in the villages of Kara-Buura district, Talas region. The flood hit 60 houses, 13 of them are flooded with their basements too, also the flood struct 20-25 agriculture facilities and 1.5km of internal roads.
To eliminate the consequences of flooding involved 100 local residents and special equipments excavator and loader from rural municipality.
Were organized by the clock duty, the Civil Protection Commission is working to clarify the damage.
Bishkek, February 17 / Kabar /. 291 people have been hospitalized in Bishkek because of measles. Chief doctor of the Republican Hospital for Infectious Diseases Gulzhigit Aaliev told the correspondent of Kabar Agency. Measles outbreak has begun in Kyrgyzstan in December 2014. The epidemiological situation of measles is under the control of the Ministry of Health. The Ministry reports that, national immunization of the population against measles among those aged from 1 year to 20 years will start in the country in March.
The MISP Readiness assessment tool was developed by the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health (RH) in Crises for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2013 to help country teams assess their readiness to provide the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in case of a humanitarian crisis.
By Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu
BISHKEK, 10 February 2015 – Ministers from Central Asia and the South Caucasus have called for a stronger regional approach to disaster resilience, as they step up effort to tackle the increasingly ‘trans-boundary’ nature of disaster risk.
With only 40 days to go before the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the officials said such inclusive partnership was crucial to future efforts to strengthen disaster resilience in an increasingly complex and interlinked world.
· During Q4-2014, FAO’s global cereal price index decreased by 7% year-on-year, but on average, it remained at the level of the previous quarter.
· Real prices of maize have fallen by 14% since Q4-2013. They are up 1% from Q3-2014 after the low in September/October.
· On average, real prices of wheat remained constant between Q3 and Q4-2014. Global wheat supplies for 2014/15 are up thanks to increased production and beginning stocks; thus price levels in Q4-2014 are 17% lower than a year ago.
The year opened with a worsening of the ongoing conflicts in Yemen, Nigeria and Ukraine, each with potentially major regional implications. Violence escalated in Sudan, as well as in Lebanon's Tripoli and along its southern border with Israel, and a deadly clash between police and militants in the southern Philippines threatened to derail the peace process there. In South Asia, both Bangladesh and Nepal saw political tensions intensify.
Additional rainfall expected in flood-affected parts of southeastern Africa, dryness continues in Angola
Bishkek, January 30 / Kabar /.