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28 Jan 2015 description

Suppressed seasonal rains over southeastern Africa expected to provide relief to saturated ground conditions.

Mid-seasonal dry spells experienced throughout several parts of Angola, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.

24 Jan 2015 description

Flooding remains likely in southeastern Africa during the next week

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Although average rains fell over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October-December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains, has resulted in poor ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.

23 Jan 2015 description

MALAWI

• The number of deaths in Malawi continues rising, as of 21 January, due to one of the most devastating floods in the country in the last 30 years. Many areas are still isolated and search and rescue operations are on-going.
Southern Malawi has been especially affected, with extensive damaged to houses and infrastructure reported.

MOZAMBIQUE

23 Jan 2015 description
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Residents of Mozambique’s Zambezia province are accustomed to picking up their belongs and heading for higher ground during the wet season. But even by local standards, the onslaught that arrived in January 2015 has been unusual.

23 Jan 2015 description
map UNOSAT

This map presents the estimated total rainfall accumulation for Tanzania, Malawi and northern Mozambique covering the period from 19 to 22 January 2015. This total estimate was derived from the Tropical Rainfall Monitoring Mission (TRMM) precipitation dataset at a spatial resolution of approximately 0.25 degrees for this region. It is possible that precipitation levels may have been underestimated for local areas, and is not a substitute for ground station measurements.

22 Jan 2015 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected flood waters in the Caia, Chemba, Mopeia and Mutarara and Morrumbala Districts of Mozambique and southern Malawi along the Chire River as detected by Radarsat-2 imagery acquired 21 January 2015. Between 11 December 2014 and 21 January 2015 flood waters affected roughly 55000 hectares of lands in the five listed districts. About 31 villages are located within the flooded zone and according to the World Population database around 55,000 people are located within these potentially affected areas.

21 Jan 2015 description
  • Heavy, flood inducing rainfall continued over southeastern Africa during the last week.
  • Suppressed rains across southern Angola and northern Namibia strengthen mid seasonal moisture deficits.

1) Although good rains were observed over the Greater Horn of Africa during late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October-December rainy season combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season had already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.

21 Jan 2015 description

Madagascar - Tropical Cyclone and Flood

• Due to the recent heavy rains and the passage of the Tropical Storm CHEDZA, 35 people have died, and 117 181 have been affected. In addition, there were 44 389 people displaced, 2 322 houses destroyed, 1 451 houses damaged, 200 schools damaged, eight health centres flooded and about 1 650 ha of crop-land inundated.

Mozambique - Flood

21 Jan 2015 description

Southern Africa forecast

According to the forecast for 18 to 24 January 2015, Malawi and Mozambique will continue to experience heavy rainfall, particularly in the north. In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Chedza, heavy rains are set to continue across most of Madagascar, including the capital Antananarivo, while torrential rains are also forecast for the southern regions of Tanzania as well as northern Zambia. These rains could worsen the flood situation in the region.

Madagascar

20 Jan 2015 description
map UNOSAT

This map presents the estimated total rainfall accumulation for Tanzania, Malawi and northern Mozambique covering the period from 16 to 19 January 2015. This total estimate was derived from the Tropical Rainfall Monitoring Mission (TRMM) precipitation dataset at a spatial resolution of approximately 0.25 degrees for this region. It is possible that precipitation levels may have been underestimated for local areas, and is not a substitute for ground station measurements.

20 Jan 2015 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected flood waters in the Maganka Da Costa, Namacurra and Mocuba Districts of Zambezia Province, Mozambique, as detected by Radarsat-2 imagery acquired 18 January 2015. Between 11 and 18 January 2015 flood waters affected roughly 85,000 hectares of land, with inundated areas increasing approximately 800% from pre-flood areas, particularly in the coastal part of Mangaja Da Costa District.

19 Jan 2015 description

Mozambique - Flood

In Mozambique 52 692 people have been affected and 22 332 people have been reported displaced. The National Authorities have opened 14 accommodation centres in Nampula and Zambezia. The numbers are expected to rise as the rain continues. 4 831 houses have been totally destroyed and 24 people are reported dead.

Mozambique's main north-south highway is impassable in two places in Zambezia province, where bridges have collapsed making overland transport impossible. There are urgent needs related to logistics.

19 Jan 2015 description
map UNOSAT

This map presents the estimated total rainfall accumulation for Tanzania, Malawi and northern Mozambique covering the period from 14 to 16 January 2015. This total estimate was derived from the Tropical Rainfall Monitoring Mission (TRMM) precipitation dataset at a spatial resolution of approximately 0.25 degrees for this region. It is possible that precipitation levels may have been underestimated for local areas, and is not a substitute for ground station measurements.

16 Jan 2015 description

Heavy rainfall may lead to flooding in southeastern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Although average rains fell over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October-December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains, has resulted in poor ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.