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16 Feb 2017 description

South African Weather Service
MEDIA RELEASE

16 February 2017: 11:00

Tropical cyclone Dineo made landfall near Inhambane, southern Mozambique between 8pm and midnight last night, Wednesday, 15 February. Strong winds, exceeding 100km/hr as well as torrential rainfall and very rough seas were most likely the main weather-related impacts.

16 Feb 2017 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR AUGUST 2017

16 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

 According to MTOTEC the system has evolved from severe tropical storm to tropical cyclone category 3;

 Strong winds and heavy rains expected to occur from 15-18 February in Gaza, Inhambane and Maputo provinces.

 The population at risk is estimated to be approximately 730,000 people (JTWC) and 750,000 (provincial authorities of Inhambane);

 Assessment teams on standby to be deployed and support provincial authorities;

16 Feb 2017 description
report UNOSAT

The Tropical Cyclone Dineo-17, is approaching Mozambique coasts and is expected to make landfall The 16 February 2017 in the central province of Inhambane. Potential heavy rainfall are also expected according microwave satellite sensors and might induce floodings in the affected areas. This report provides an analysis on the potentially exposed population per wind speed zones in Mozambique. According to our analysis approximately 250,000 people in Mozambique may be exposed to over 120km/h sustainable wind speeds and 59,000 people might be exposed to 90km/h wind speed.

16 Feb 2017 description

Situation

  • Tropical Cyclone DINEO continued moving west south-west over the Mozambique Channel towards southern Mozambique, strengthening.

16 Feb 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the estimated total precipitation accumulation for Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The total estimate was derived from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) dataset at a spatial resolution of approximately 10km, and covers the period from 13 to 16 (10:00 UTC) February 2017. The average precipitation during February is usually 193 mm in Mozambique and 130 mm in Zimbabwe. It is possible that precipitation levels may have been underestimated for local areas, and are not a substitute for ground station measurements.
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15 Feb 2017 description

Tropical Cyclone Dineo hit the Inhambane province of Mozambique on Wednesday 15 February, with high winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surge.

Dineo, the equivalent of a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, made landfall in the town of Inhambane at around 1630 GMT, according to initial reports. It is the, first cyclone to hit the province of Inhambane since Favio caused destruction in February 2007 and the first to hit the town itself for more than 30 years. In 2008, intense tropical cyclone Jokwe made landfall higher up the coast of Mozambique.

15 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • Maize prices continued to increase in December in most countries in the region. The upward pressure is likely due to the peak of the lean season. Overall, maize prices are very likely to remain above their average price trend at least until the next harvest. The two countries in the region with the maximum monitored maize market in ALPS Crisis were Malawi and (89% of its markets) and Mozambique (100% of its markets).

15 Feb 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone DINEO continued moving west south-west over the Mozambique Channel towards southern Mozambique, strengthening. On 15 February at 00.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 260 km north-east of Inhambane city (Inhambane province) and had max. sustained wind speed of 111 km/h (Tropical Storm). It is expected to make landfall close to Massinga city (Massinga district, Inhambane province), on 15 February afternoon (UTC) possibly as a Tropical Cyclone (equivalent to a Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale).

15 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP scales up its El Niño response to an additional 78,000 people in four districts, reaching 1.1 million people with Lean Season Assistance in January.

  • Initial findings of the ZimVAC Rapid Rural Assessment suggest that the lean season assistance may need to be extended for two months to prevent farmers from prematurely consuming immature crops.

  • Additional resources are urgently needed to support existing and additional new refugees at Tongogara refugee camp.

15 Feb 2017 description

Situation

  • Tropical Cyclone DINEO formed over the Mozambique Channel on 13 February and then started moving south-west towards southern Mozambique, strengthening.

  • On 14 February its centre was located approx. 480 km north-east of the city of Inhambane province and it had max. sustained wind speed of 83 km/h (Tropical Storm strength).

14 Feb 2017 description

A new Tropical Cyclone named DINEO formed over the Mozambique Channel on 13 February and continues to move west south-west towards southern Mozambique, strengthening. As of 14 February, its centre was located approx. 480 km north-east of the city of Inhambane and it had max. sustained wind speed of 83 km/h. JRC estimations indicate a maximum storm surge height of 0.8 m in Marivate (Inhambane province) for 15 February at 20.00 UTC. Over the next 24 h, it is forecast to continue moving west south-west towards the southern coast of Mozambique, strengthening but remaining a Tropical Storm.

14 Feb 2017 description

United Republic of Tanzania - The Government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration Department, in close collaboration with IOM, has launched a biometric registration system for irregular migrants in the country’s Tanga region.

14 Feb 2017 description

Situation

  • Tropical Cyclone DINEO formed over the Mozambique Channel on 13 February and then started moving south-west towards southern Mozambique, strengthening.

  • On 14 February its centre was located approx. 480 km north-east of the city of Inhambane province and it had max. sustained wind speed of 83 km/h (Tropical Storm strength).

13 Feb 2017 description

In Numbers

  • 2.1 million people acutely food insecure

  • 616,744 people reached in January

  • 589,458 people reached under FFA/GFD

  • 13,780 children reached with school meals

  • 13,506 displaced people assisted

  • 1,615 received nutrition rehabilitation support

Highlights

  • Heavy rainfall and flash floods in parts of Manica province have damaged access roads resulting in delays for food deliveries.

10 Feb 2017 description

Heavy rainfall was widespread across much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since December, increased locust numbers and breeding have been reported in western Mauritania, Western Sahara, and northeastern Sudan according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

09 Feb 2017 description

◾The worst drought in the last 35 years related to El Nino has led to high levels of food insecurity with several areas in IPC 3 and IPC 4. Currently 13.8 million people are targeted for humanitarian assistance.

◾Heavy rainfall and floods in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique are adversely affecting crop production and may prolong need for humanitarian assistance if harvests are undermined.

09 Feb 2017 description

In 2016, CERF allocated US$ 295 million – approximately 67 per cent of annual global allocations – to support life-saving humanitarian activities across Africa. Over $166 million was allocated through CERF’s Rapid Response window to kick-start humanitarian operations in response to new or rapidly deteriorating emergencies, while nearly $129 million was allocated through CERF’s Underfunded Emergencies window to help underfunded and neglected emergencies.