- Flooding - Office of the Resident Coordinator, Situation Report No. 5 (As of 13 Mar 2015)
- IFRC Floods Emergency appeal MDRMZ011 operations update n° 2
- FEWSNET Food Security Outlook - January to June 2015
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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.
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.
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.
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.
- Widespread, favorable rains observed over Southern Africa during the past week.
- Below-average rainfall persists in central Ethiopia.
1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness across a broad portion of southern Africa. Low seasonal precipitation totals and untimely dry spells has negatively affected ground conditions and is likely to lead crop reductions for several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.
In Mozambique, 437 new cholera cases were reported since 19 March, which is a significant decrease from 843 new cases the previous week. All provinces registered a decrease in new cases between 22 and 25 March. The response is ongoing.
In Mozambique, 437 new cholera cases were reported since 19 March, which is a significant decrease from 843 new cases the previous week. All provinces registered a decrease in new cases between 22 and 25 March. The response is ongoing. In Malawi, 24 new cholera cases were reported over the week, which is a significant decrease from the previous week which saw 57 new cases. However, 1 new cholera death was reported in Nsanje District, and a new district (Ntcheau) affected, where 1 case was confirmed.
- Several anomalously dry areas expected to receive above-average rainfall during the next week.
- Much of Ethiopia received a large increase in seasonal rains during mid-March.
According to a recent Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) assessment, an estimated 615,837 people will need assistance for 2 to 5 months from March 2015 onwards, requiring an equivalent of 23,750 tons of maize.
The main air operations of the Logistics Cluster for the flood response will cease today, 23 March. Roads to previously isolated areas are re-opening.
Heavy and above-average rains caused flooding and fatalities in western Angola.
Onset of the rainy season expected in Eastern Africa during the next week.
1) Since late December, a sharp reduction in rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across parts of southern Angola, western Zambia, northern Namibia into the Caprivi Strip region, and the Ghanzi and Ngamiland districts of Botswana. The continuation of suppressed rainfall is expected to negatively impact crops.
- Suppressed rains expected in Southern Africa during the next week. - Dry weather observed over the Greater Horn of Africa.
1) Frequent and above-average rainfall over the past several weeks has led to large moisture surpluses in northern Mozambique. During the next week, heavy rains are forecast to continue, which could trigger new flooding and exacerbate conditions on the ground.