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Comoros + 4 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (1 to 7 April 2014)

Comoros:
Moderate Tropical Cyclone Hellen reportedly affected around 8,800 people to date, according to ongoing assessments by the General Directorate of Civil Protection (DGSC) and the Red Crescent. Government is leading the response with the assistance of UN Agencies and the Red Crescent.

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Mozambique + 4 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (11 to 17 March 2014)

Mozambique: Flood Update

As of 14 March:

  • 7 basins are on alert: Pungué, Zambeze, Limpopo, Messalo, Lugenda, Incomáti and Maputo
  • Maputo, Umbeluzi, Incomáti and Limpopo Basins in Southern Mozambique (and also covering Swaziland) are at risk of inflows due to rains.

Rains from 12 and 13 March affected most districts of Maputo province. In Maputo city, a total of 262 houses in informal settlements have flooded.

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Southern Africa Regional Food Security Update: Malawi, Updated – January 2014

  • The first round crop estimates from Ministry of Agriculture indicates prospects for a better harvest this year compared to last year and the overall rainfall so far has been good.

  • With the availability of maize in ADMARC markets and local markets, combined with the ongoing humanitarian assistance, prices are expected to decline in February 2014.

  • In January 2014, the national average maize price was MK147.21/kg compared to MK89.39/kg same time last year, showing an increase of 65 percent.

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Malawi: Humanitarian Update (28 Feb 2014)

The 2013/14 rain season has affected 10,856 households (54,280 people) as at 24 Feb 2014, mainly due to torrential rains and floods. DoDMA (Department of Disaster Management Affairs) has provided relief assistance to most affected districts with only preliminary reports from Rumphi and Blantyre remaining pending verification by the district councils.

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Namibia + 3 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (25 February to 3 March 2014)

Namibia:

As of 3 March 2014, 39 cholera cases and 3 deaths have been reported in Katutura, Windhoek. All patients have been discharged from the hospitals. The Red Cross is busy erecting tents for the CTCs and has requested DDRM to assist with better and stronger tents; as well as expertise from the National Defence Force to assist in putting up tents. Needs identified include provision/distribution of water purification sachets to communities, improved active surveillance of new cases and strengthening of the prevention campaign in different languages and media.

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Namibia + 4 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (11 to 17 February 2014)

Namibia:
A cholera outbreak has been reported in Katutura on the edge of Windhoek, including 11 suspected cholera cases, 3 confirmed cases and 1 death reported.

The poor WASH conditions and open defecation is of concern. Katutura had a population 43,109 in the 2011 census, although unofficial records suggest around 200,000 inhabitants due to immigration, which has been exacerbated by drought conditions.

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Madagascar + 14 others
Southern Africa Humanitarian Bulletin: Issue 14, February 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 2012/13 rainfall season was erratic, with torrential rainfall early in the season followed by dry conditions over parts of the region.

  • Insufficient rains and droughtlike conditions in the west and south-west of the region led to a poor agricultural season and death of livestock, resulting in heightened food insecurity.

  • Armyworm and red locust outbreaks in Southern Africa, although largely contained, may lead to secondary outbreaks this year.

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Malawi + 3 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (4 to 10 February 2014)

Malawi: Since November 2013, 7,344 households have been affected by rainstorms in 17 districts, of which 1,525 households were affected by floods in Mangochi district.
Sightings of red locusts have been reported around Lake Chilwa, and there are concerns that once nymphs hatch in February/March, these locusts could cause damage to crops. An outbreak of armyworms has also affected 2,601 ha of crop fields in 14 districts.

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Mozambique + 2 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (28 January to 3 February 2014)

Mozambique:
High river levels continue to be recorded in districts in the Buzi Basin in the central province of Sofala. Some villages have been cut off, 1,057 houses surrounded by water,12 houses severely damaged, 5,479 people affected, and 178 households are being housed in accommodation centres. Small-scale flooding has also recently affected 75 people in Maputo Province and 30 people in Cabo Delgado Province. District and provincial authorities in collaboration with HCT partners are providing assistance to the affected families.

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World + 45 others
CERF 2013 Summary

Member States and the private sector contributed $474 million to CERF for 2013—the highest-ever annual total. An additional $6.7 million was pledged and remains outstanding.

CERF received more than $502 million in contributions during 2013, including payments for 2012 and early funding for 2014. See table on the right for more details.

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World + 45 others
CERF Quarterly Update - October-December 2013

CERF and its partners were challenged by a series of large, complex crises in the Central African Republic, the Philippines, Syria and Yemen, affecting 35 million people.

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Madagascar + 4 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (21 to 27 January 2014)

Madagascar:

On 25 January 2014 Hery Rajaonarimampianina was sworn in as the new President of Madagascar.
Just hours after the inauguration, at a bus stop a few hundred meters from a concert that had been organized to celebrate the inauguration, a grenade explosion killed 3 people and injured 51 people, 26 of whom have since been discharged from hospital. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack and an investigation is ongoing.

Tanzania:

Parts of central Tanzania have been declared disaster areas following floods.

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Zimbabwe + 14 others
Southern Africa: Humanitarian Overview (as of January 2014)

The region is prone to multiple, frequently repeating and compounding shocks, which occur against a backdrop of poverty and have severe impacts on food and livelihood security.

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Kenya + 14 others
Southern Africa Humanitarian Bulletin: Issue 13, January 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • There are more than half a million people of concern to UNHCR in southern Africa, as well as a large number of irregular migrants.

  • South Africa remains the recipient of the highest annual number of asylum applications worldwide, with 82,000 applications in 2012.

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Namibia + 15 others
Southern Africa: Relevant Humanitarian Events (2013)

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Madagascar + 3 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (31 December 2013 to 6 January 2014)

Madagascar:
An Inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ICTZ) has developed in the Mozambique Channel, which is moving towards the west coast of Madgascar's Melaky region. According to various forecasts (National Meteorological Department and WFP Emergency System), the system, which is unlikely to be a strong storm, is expected to move slowly and bring heavy rains from 4 to 8 January across most of central Madagascar.

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Madagascar + 5 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (17 to 23 December 2013)

Madagascar: Second Round of Elections Conducted A total of 20,001 electoral pools were opened for the second round of presidential and legislative elections that were held on 20 December 2013. 49,92 % of eligible voters cast their vote, compared to 61% in the first round. The election day was relatively calm; a few polling stations in the greater south reported that ballot papers were missing. On 19 December, the day before the election, the 'dahalo' destroyed election equipment in two districts.

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Instant emergency relief with lasting results

For much of rural Malawi, 2012 and 2013 saw prolonged dry spells and meagre harvests. Yet some of the poorest communities in some of the worst-affected areas have thrived.

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