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23 May 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.

22 May 2015 description

Malawi - This week the latest round of IOM’s Malawi Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) report showed 107,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in 131 open displacement sites across six districts.

The site assessments were performed in Nsanje, Chikwawa, Zomba, Phalombe, Mulanje and Blantyre – the districts worst affected by the flooding which occurred in January.

21 May 2015 description

Lilongwe, Malawi: 11 May 2015: The preliminary analysis reports from Nsanje District Health Office, in Malawi have shown that close to 135, 000 Internally Displaced Persons and the people from surrounding communities have so far received the Oral Cholera Vaccines (OCV) in Nsanje district. This in general represents 84% of the target population (134,603/160,482) that received the OCV.

20 May 2015 description
  • Most of the greater Horn of Africa observed a decrease in rainfall over the previous week.
  • Early season rainfall remains below normal for portions of West Africa.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness and poor ground conditions unfavorable for crops across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

20 May 2015 description

1. HIGHLIGHTS

  • 131 sites remain open, corresponding to approximately 26,100 households and an estimated 107,000 individuals.

  • A decrease of 12,466 IDP households was recorded between the second and third round of the DTM reports; corresponding to a 32% decrease in the number of displaced households.

  • 56% of the IDP population are female; 44% of IDPs are male.

20 May 2015 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 is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. 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.

20 May 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Lisa Vives

NEW YORK, May 19 2015 (IPS) - In the midst of one of Africa’s largest slums, vegetables are growing.

It began as a French initiative to support jobless youth after a spasm of post-election violence in 2008 – and feed them at the same time.

19 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Madagascar
There is a 26% (US$ 4 Million) short fall for the second phase of the anti-locust campaign in Madagascar. The last IDP site in Antananarivo is confirmed closed.

Malawi
Camps in Phalombe, Mulanje and Zomba districts are reportedly closed but Nsanje and Chikwawa some IDP’s remain in camps.

19 May 2015 description

Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.

17 May 2015 description

Prolonged dry spells significantly reduce national production prospects

  • Malawi is expected to experience moderate deficits in domestic food requirements due to reduced food crop prospects caused by flooding and prolonged dry spells this season.

15 May 2015 description

In rural Phalombe district, Julita Bonongwe, 49, sits in front of a warehouse stocked with foodstuffs. She is one of more than 1.1 million people affected by flooding in southern Malawi earlier this year, which submerged or washed away more than 64 000 ha of cropland.

15 May 2015 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.

  2. Seasonally above-average rainfall, combined with heavy rainfall forecast across eastern Ethiopia and Somalia, is expected to increase the risk for localized flooding along the Jubba and Shabelle River basins in Somalia.

14 May 2015 description

In January 2015, extremely heavy rains and floods displaced 230,000 people in Malawi, and 50,000 people in Mozambique. In response, United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos approved US$10.9 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support humanitarian partners assisting thousands of families.

Read the full story on OCHA

14 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

HIGHLIGHTS

  • According to Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development’s second round of agriculture production estimates, rain fed maize production has been reduced by around 28% for the season in the 2014/15 agricultural season. As result, food insecurity is expected to increase in several districts across the country. The situation is also compounded by the estimated shortage of production of several other staples such as rice, sorghum and millet in several districts.

13 May 2015 description
  • The first substantial rains in many weeks across rift valley regions of Ethiopia this past week may benefit grazing activities and water resources.

  • Rainfall becomes more seasonably well distributed across portions of West Africa.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness and poor ground conditions unfavorable for crops across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

13 May 2015 description

Article 1

  1. A maximum amount of EUR 5 000 000 for the financing of humanitarian actions in Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique from budget article 23 02 01 of the 2015 general budget of the European Union is hereby approved.

  2. The humanitarian actions shall be implemented in order to improve the humanitarian situation of vulnerable people affected by weather inducted disasters in Malawi, Madagascar and Mozambique through the provision of integrated relief and early recovery assistance.

13 May 2015 description

Regional

In Malawi, there were 47 new cholera cases last week, compared to 56 cases the previous week. All of the new cases were registered in Chikwawa (39) and Nsanje (8) districts, with no new cases in Blantyre district last week. However, with two new deaths (1 in Blantyre and 1 in Chikwawa), the case fatality rate has increased to 1.6. In Mozambique there were 97 new cholera cases last week, significantly down from 292 the previous week. No new cases were reported in Zimbabwe or Tanzania.

Tanzania