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17 Apr 2015 description

Cholera situation

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.

17 Apr 2015 description

Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. 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.

16 Apr 2015 description
report ShelterBox

ShelterBox response team member Becky Maynard (UK) is currently helping to deliver shelter to communities in the district of Mulanje in Southern Malawi, following devastating flooding that first started in January. Becky shares her experiences of visiting a makeshift camp near the village of Chisamba.

15 Apr 2015 description

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.

14 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 9–14 April 2015

Afghanistan: Security incidents have spiked in early April, after the announcement that more NATO troops would remain in the country than originally scheduled. NATO convoys were targeted in Nangarhar and Kabul on 10 April. On the same day, five NGO staff were found dead, having been abducted in Uruzgan province in early March.

14 Apr 2015 description

This month’s issue covers the following topics:

13 Apr 2015 description

In the midst of responding to devastating floods that hit Malawi in early 2015, WFP continues to work towards eliminating hunger by safeguarding the social sector and supporting education.

Yana Chitalo is a caregiver at the Nchalo Community-Based Childcare Centre (CBCC) in Chikhwawa, one of the 17 flood-affected districts. With the help of other community members, Nchalo CBCC aims to provide children with a good start during their early years.

13 Apr 2015 description


  • 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.

10 Apr 2015 description

Since January 2015, heavy rains and flooding have resulted in the displacement of approximately 230,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), most of whom are located in six districts in the Southern Region of Malawi. Preliminary inter-agency assessments conducted in February by a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team.

10 Apr 2015 description


  • March food distributions are currently underway for both the floods and lean season relief responses (MVAC response). Some delays were experienced due to brief pipeline breaks for fortified vegetable oil and maize. March cash and voucher distributions under the MVAC response are completed, reaching 100 percent of planned.

09 Apr 2015 description
report ShelterBox

Vast swathes of Southern Malawi were first engulfed in floods in January when more than a month’s worth of rain fell in just a matter of days. Since then, ShelterBox has been working solidly to reach some of the most vulnerable people in need of shelter.

ShelterBox response team member Andre Bloemink (CAN), tells us of his experience delivering aid in the country.

‘While working in the village of Muhasuwa, our team was able to understand on a very minute scale what these communities have faced.

09 Apr 2015 description
report ACT Alliance

Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 563,425

Balance Requested: US$ 563,425

Geneva, 9 April 2015 Dear Colleagues,

Heavy stormy rains devastated Malawi in January 2015, causing a lot of flooding in 17 districts of the country. A total of 262’502 people have been affected, with 35 people dead and 168 still missing 1. The ACT Malawi Forum responded through the ACT Rapid Response Fund (RRF 02/2015), through provision of food distributions amongst the affected populations.