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Global Weather Hazards Summary - September 19 - 25, 2014

Above-average rainfall improves conditions across Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and hurt the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

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Mali bomb blast kills five Chadian UN peacekeepers: military source

09/18/2014 19:03 GMT

BAMAKO, September 18, 2014 (AFP) - Five United Nations peacekeepers from Chad were killed on Thursday when their truck drove over a mine in rebel-infested northeastern Mali, a Chadian military source told AFP.

"We lost five comrades today in the north towards Aguelhok. Their vehicle hit an explosive device. It's terrible," said the officer, who added that four Chadian soldiers were wounded.

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2014-2015 Agricultural and food prospects in the Sahel and West Africa

An agropastoral season with heterogeneous crop growth stages, requires close monitoring

From 8 to 10 September 2014, was held in Banjul, The Gambia, the regional consultation on the mid- term assessment of the agropastoral season and the 2014-2015 agricultural and food prospects. This meeting comes within the framework of the operation of the Regional Device for Prevention and Management of Food Crises (PREGEC) in the Sahel and West Africa. At the end of the meeting, participants made the following observations:

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Peace & Security Council Report No 61, August 2014

In this issue

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) has an important role to play in supporting talks on the situation in Mali taking place in Algiers. The conclusion of a deal between the various armed groups and the government in Mali is crucial to achieve lasting peace.

The African Union now has to take some tough decisions about its involvement in the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria. This includes the question of a possible regional intervention similar to the one launched against the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda.

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L’Europe accroît son aide humanitaire au Mali

La Commission européenne augmente de 5 millions d’euros l'aide humanitaire qu'elle apporte au Mali. Cette somme permettra à l'Europe d'accorder un soutien supplémentaire aux personnes en situation d'insécurité alimentaire extrême et aux victimes du regain de violence dans le nord du pays. Ce nouveau programme d’aide porte le montant total de l’aide humanitaire au Mali à 40 millions d’euros pour 2014.

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Avis sur la situation alimentaire et nutritionelle a l'entrée de la periode de soudre et les perspectives agricoles dans le Sahel et l'Afrique de l'Ouest

Jun 2014

Les participants à la réunion restreinte du dispositif régional de veille sur la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle au Sahel et en Afrique de l’Ouest, qui s’est tenue du 18 au 19 juin 2014, Ndjamena au Tchad, font la déclaration suivante:

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Bulletin d’information : CICR au Mali - juin 2014

Les six premiers mois de l’année ont été une épreuve pour la délégation du CICR, tout comme pour les autres acteurs humanitaires au Mali. Malgré les efforts sur le plan politique, la situation sur le terrain est restée volatile, et les enjeux de sécurité sont toujours aussi importants.

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West and Central Africa Region Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (10 - 17 September 2014)

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
60 PER CENT RISE IN ATTACKS AGAINST AID WORKERS
As of this week, 987 hostile incidents against aid workers were reported in 2014, mostly in Bangui and Bambari. Incidents have increased by 60 per cent since May 2014. DISPLACEMENTS IN MBOMOU
New displacements were registered on 10 September in Mbomou region due to rebel fighting. As of 11 September, there are a total 174,397 IDPs in CAR, and 417,130 people have fled to neighbouring countries.
MINUSCA ARRIVES

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook September 18 – September 24, 2014

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  • Seasonal shower activity weakens, leaving many anomalously dry areas as the ITCZ/ITF withdraws across the Sahel.
  • Heavy September rains lead to flooding, and damaged crops throughout many parts of Uganda.

1) Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi zones in central Oromia of central Ethiopia.

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The 2014 Rainfall Season: West and East Africa

Highlights

Sahel

• The Sahel region has undergone significant and widespread rainfall deficits, leading to significantly below average vegetation levels.

• Worst affected areas are Senegal, southern Mauritania, eastern Niger, NE Nigeria and central Chad • There was some recovery from late July, in particular in Niger and Chad. However, Senegal and Mauritania remained affected by persistent rainfall deficits.

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Europe boosts humanitarian aid for Mali

An additional €5 million will provide emergency food assistance to more than one million people, including pastoralists who have lost their herds due to this year's particularly long lean season.

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UNICEF appeals for $200 million for Ebola response in West Africa

About 8.5 million children and youth live in areas affected by Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia

GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 16 September 2014 – UNICEF said today it needs over $200 million to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 2,400 lives and ravaged communities across West Africa. This is part of a broader, six-month appeal for $987.8 million that governments and humanitarian agencies require to fight the disease.

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Nord du Mali: deux civiles tuées et quatre blessés par l'explosion d'une mine

09/16/2014 15:52 GMT

BAMAKO, 16 septembre 2014 (AFP) - Deux femmes ont été tuées dans la nuit de lundi à mardi dans le nord du Mali par l'explosion d'une mine qui a également fait quatre blessés, a-t-on appris mardi de sources concordantes.

"Un véhicule transportant des civils a roulé sur une mine lundi nuit près de la localité d'Aguelhoc, provoquant une explosion qui a tué deux femmes", a affirmé à l'AFP un élu de Kidal, région du nord dont dépend Aguelhoc, située près de la frontière algérienne.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.