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Appeals & Funding
By Wilson Gama
Belita Carlito and her family are among 300,000 people who were displaced from their homes by floods that affected the northern and central provinces of Mozambique from January onwards. After the initial shock, their lives have started to improve.
“All of a sudden, we were forced to flee our home and leave all our belongings behind,” says Belita Carlito (42), now in Gugurune resettlement centre, Zambézia province. “We lost everything but the food we’re getting from WFP comes at the right time and gives us some hope.”
In Malawi, 96 new cholera cases were reported this week – the highest number since the outbreak began 9 weeks ago, with 3 new deaths. The outbreak continues to spread to new areas. According to WHO, the epi-curve is indicative of the presence of a common source of infection to which people are exposed to continuously or intermittently. The response is ongoing, with more than 850 health workers trained in cholera case management, and 129,000 people vaccinated in the first round of a two-round campaign.
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.
Last month HALO Zimbabwe achieved the milestone of destroying over 5,000 mines since clearance began in November 2013. This mine clearance has taken place along a 10km stretch of border in the Mashonaland Central region, along the northern border with Mozambique.
The Zimbabwe Mine Action Centre estimates that mines have claimed over 1,590 lives and injured over 2,000 people. In Zimbabwe HALO employs 153 national staff members, the majority recruited from the communities affected by the mines.
Increased amounts of rainfall leads to favorable moisture conditions over parts of eastern Ethiopia, southern Somalia.
Late season dryness observed over parts of Malawi and Mozambique.
By: Erin Law & Kate Seymour, IFRC
Twelve Red Cross volunteers gather on a porch in Namitotelane village, a rural area of Nampula, Mozambique, to discuss the challenges they face in preventing the spread of cholera in their communities. These volunteers are working to educate people about the disease in an environment where misinformation can lead to violence. During the meeting, they pause to remember two Red Cross volunteers who were tragically killed by a panicked mob during a similar outbreak in 2009.
By Amancio Miguel Vilankulos
CABO DELGADO, Mozambique – It’s a hot day in Chiúre district. Constangelina Basílio, 23, poses for a photograph. She holds her two-year-old son, Magalhães, tightly. The image gives the impression of a caring mother, which she is – but there is more to it than that.
Violence against foreign nationals continue to be reported in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. Shops run by foreign nationals have been looted by mobs and in some cases torched. At least 4 people have died in the violence to date, with hundreds of people displaced, according to media reports.
JANUARY 2015– MARCH 2015 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
The southern African summer monsoon continued to be very active in the northern part of DRC, Island States and on the vicinity of eastern parts of SADC region.
The region received mostly normal to below normal rain-fall conditions;
Normal to above normal rain-fall conditions were observed over DRC, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles;
During March 2015, a favor-able distribution in rainfall was observed across western sub-region.
Ben Leo, Robert Morello, Jonathan Mellon, Tiago Peixoto, and Stephen Davenport
Since late December, below-average and poorly distributed rainfall has led to abnormal dryness across a broad portion of Southern Africa, which will likely lead to reduced crop production.
There are still about 162,000 people in temporary shelter sites in the six districts of Nsanje, Phalombe, Chkwawa, Zomba, Blantyre and Mulanje. Following recent rains over parts of Thyolo, Mulanje and Blantyre, the East Bank is once again inaccessible by road.
Since early January 2015, heavy rains have been witnessed throughout several areas of Mozambique, with extreme flooding affecting an estimated 160,000 individuals in Zambézia, Nampula and Niassa provinces.
By Sophie Amos
Today on World Health Day, Age Demands Action campaigners in over 35 countries are calling for access to age-friendly health services for older people.
“It is unacceptable that older people around the world often miss out on their right to health because of physical and financial barriers, discrimination, lack of appropriate services and being unaware of their entitlements,” said Toby Porter, HelpAge’s Chief Executive.
There are many ways to steal water. Close a tap. Block access to a river. Drain a well. Or, more viciously: steal life out of it.
This is what cholera does. It secretly poisons even a pure looking stream. It creeps into its victims when they drink or eat food that they thought they had cleaned. And once inside their bodies, it keeps on looting: it siphons water, making it gush out, from vomit and from diarrhea, continuously, relentlessly. In the most extreme cholera cases an adult can lose up to twenty liters of water in just one day. Death is quick to follow.
Abnormal dryness continues to develop in central Ethiopia and bi-modal Tanzania
Africa Weather Hazards
Despite an increase in rainfall during the last week, ground moisture remains below average parts of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast in southern and western Ethiopia, while below-average rainfall is expected in the central parts of the country during the next week.
In West Africa, market availability was adequate in February, with supplies from recent 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following disruptions over the second half of 2014.
In Zimbabwe, no new cases have been reported since 25 March. The total number of confirmed cases remains at 15 with no deaths since the first confirmed case in late February 2015.
In Malawi, 79 new cholera cases were reported over the past week, which is higher than any week since cholera spread from Mozambique to Malawi in mid-February, and almost equal to the two previous weeks combined (81 new cases). However, no new deaths have been reported.