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01 Feb 2017 description
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Pungwe River in Sofala Province, Mozambique as observed from the Sentinel-1 images acquired on 05 and 29 January 2017. An increase of surface water extent was observed in the 29 January 2017 image compared to the 05 January 2017 image including the zones along the Pungwe river and several areas along this river were inundated. It is likely that flood waters have been systematically underestimated along highly vegetated areas along main river banks and within built-up urban areas because of the special characteristics of the satellite data used.

31 Jan 2017 description

Above-average seasonal rains cause flooding in some southern and central areas

Near Term: October 2016 - January 2017 Medium Term: February - May 2017

Key Messages

30 Jan 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Food insecurity persists throughout Southern Africa

• Above-average rainfall likely to improve crop production regionally; however, some areas at risk of flooding

• Armyworm infestations damage maize in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

30 Jan 2017 description

Rome, 27 January 2017 – Investing in the resilience of smallholder farmers is more important than ever if we are to maintain the food security gains now being threatened by the after effects of El Niño and La Niña. That’s the message, Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will bring to the Presidents of Mozambique and Malawi on his visit to the two countries, from 30 January to 1 February and from 1 to 3 February, respectively.

30 Jan 2017 description

MAPUTO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of €9.8 million (US$10.8 million) from the European Union to support its humanitarian operations in Mozambique.

The contribution comes as the country is responding to its worst period of drought in decades, exacerbated by the recent El Niño weather event. The funds enable WFP to assist more than 270,000 smallholder farmers whose crops were devastated by high temperatures and lack of rain during the 2015/2016 agricultural season.

27 Jan 2017 description
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An estimated 1 million women live with obstetric fistula, a devastating consequence of prolonged obstructed labor, and thousands of new case develop each year. Life-restoring treatment for women with fistula is available at the health facilities on this map

26 Jan 2017 description

Crisis overview

Since the beginning of January 2017, heavy seasonal rains have been affecting central and southern provinces in Mozambique. 44 people have died and 79,000 have been affected. The Mozambican authorities issued an orange alert for the provinces of Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane and Nampula, yet areas of Tete and Sofala provinces have also been affected. The orange alert means that government institutions are planning for an impending disaster. Continued rainfall has been forecaste for the first quarter of 2017.

Key findings

26 Jan 2017 description

The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon has been one of the strongest on record, affecting deeply the lives and livelihoods of more than 60 million people across 40 countries. It has devastated crops and killed livestock, in some cases dried up water-sources in others caused massive flooding, driven up malnutrition rates, increased disease outbreaks and caused significant migration.

25 Jan 2017 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the recent five-year average and categorized as Higher, Similar, or Lower. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

25 Jan 2017 description

Emergency food assistance needs unprecedented as Famine threatens four countries

25 Jan 2017 description

Refugees, asylum seekers and migrants continued to move in complex flows from the Horn of Africa and Yemen region. This quarter, movement was characterised by persistent conflict, increased risk, and amplified intolerance. Internal and cross border displacement in Yemen, South Sudan and surrounding countries also increased, while returns to Somalia peaked.

Irregular Movement from the Horn

Northward (through Egypt into Israel)

25 Jan 2017 description
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Overview Event - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 25 Jan 2017.
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PHASE 1 (24 - 72H) - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 25 Jan 2017.
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PHASE 2 ( 72H - 2 WEEKS) - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 25 Jan 2017.

This UNOSAT LIVE map integrates geo-spatial data from a range of sources in support of response efforts for seasonal floods caused by torrential rainfalls in central and southern areas of Mozambique.

24 Jan 2017 description

Key points:

  • Maize grain in Xai-Xai and maize meal in Marara remained expensive in December

  • Prices dropped for rice, maize meal and cooking oil in Xai-Xai, and for maize meal in Mossurize

  • Maize grain prices rose 12 percent in Chibuto (Gaza) compared to November

  • Maize grain was unavailable for 84 percent of traders in Gaza; 62 percent of traders in Tete had no cowpeas.

Food security outlook

24 Jan 2017 description

Excessive rains during the 2nd half of the season is likely to lead to flooding, leaching, and could result in waterlogging

Near Term: October 2016 - January 2017, Medium Term: February - May 2017

Key Messages

24 Jan 2017 description
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This map illustrates satellite-detected flood waters over Save River in Mozambique as observed from the Sentinel-1 image acquired on 10 January 2017 and Radarsat-2 image acquired on 22 January 2017. An increase of surface water extent was observed in the 22 January 2017 image compared to the 10 January 2017 image including the zones along the Save river and several areas along this river were inundated. The surface waters evolution is about 60% from the 10 January to the 22 January 2017.

20 Jan 2017 description
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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 12 to 18 January 2017. The average percipitation during January is usually 209 mm in Mozambique and 155 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. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT.