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26 Jan 2015 description

Highlights

  • Since early January 2015 the southern districts of Malawi have been experiencing above-normal rains, which have provoked massive floods along the Shire and Ruo rivers.

  • The President of the Republic of Malawi declared a State of Disaster on 13 January in 15 districts, with floods affected an estimate of 638,000 people countrywide, and 79 deaths. In Nsanje district only, 153 people are still missing.

22 Jan 2015 description

Malawi

Many areas remain isolated as rains continue to hamper search and rescue efforts, as well as the ability of responders to provide essential services such as food and clean water. Still, the Government of Malawi and humanitarian partners are moving as fast as possible to help those in need.

21 Jan 2015 description

Malawi

A Preliminary Response Plan will be presented to the Office of the Vice President today, 21 January, based on which resources will be mobilized to support immediate interventions in affected areas. The plan is based on 121,000 people being displaced by the recent floods, with 50 people killed and 153 still missing.

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

Malawi
Response plan being finalized

Latest figures remain 121,000 people displaced by recent floods, with 50 people killed and 153 missing.

Search and rescue operations continue, with relief supplies being dispatched to affected areas. UNICEF has, for example, received 75 drums of chlorine to be used for water treatment in camps and affected communities. Other partners are already providing assistance, such as World Vision, which has commenced food distribution programmes.

19 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

14 Jan 2015 description

Heavy rains over the last few weeks have led to severe flooding across Malawi. To date, an estimated 70,000 people have been displaced and 48 killed. The floods have also caused extensive damage to crops, livestock and infrastructure. The southern districts of Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe and Zomba are the most affected.

In response, the President of the Republic of Malawi declared a State of Emergency in the 15 affected districts on 13 January 2015.

13 Jan 2015 description

Regional Overview

Madagascar In Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, high river levels have decreased, and most of the estimated 1,000 people evacuated have returned to their homes without major damage being reported. However, an alert remains in place.

Zambia

On 7 January, supporters of the governing Patriotic Front (PF) and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) clashed in the provincial town of Mongu.

05 Jan 2015 description

Regional Overview

Madagascar:
Cloud masses in Mozambique Channel Cloud masses have been forming in the Mozambique Channel since 30 December 2014, however the system has since weakened. Yellow alert has been launched in 4 regions: Melaky, Menabe, Boeny and Sofia. Green alert remains in two regions: Atsimo Andrefana, Vatovavy Fitovinany.

As of 5 January 2015, cloud masses are still located on the south-western coast of Madagascar. No suspected floods have been reported in the affected districts to date.

24 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The benefits of strengthening disaster preparedness are cost effectiveness and the delivery of effective humanitarian response.

  • Countries in the region have varying levels of preparedness.

  • Mozambique and Madagascar are most exposed to tropical cyclones.

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03 Nov 2014 description

Regional Overview

Mozambique

Mozambique's ruling party Frelimo won the 15 October presidential elections, with their candidate, Filipe Nyusi, recieving 57.3 per cent of the votes. In the simultaneous parliamentary elections, Frelimo won 144 seats, Renamo won 89 seats and the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM) 17 seats. Voter turnout was estimated at about 49 per cent.

Botswana

22 Sep 2014 description

Overview 2013/14 Crop Production Season

Well distributed rains were received in most parts of the region facilitating good production in most countries

Late start of the season in north-eastern and some southern parts of the Region, including parts of Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

09 Sep 2014 description

Regional Overview

Lesotho

The situation in Lesotho remains calm but tense. It is being reported that Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli is refusing to negotiate an end to the political stalemate. South Africa and SADC are still very much committed to dialogue to resolve the current situation.

In Focus: Mozambique

02 Sep 2014 description

Regional Overview

The SADC Regional Climate Outlook for the rainfall season 2014/15 predicts normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the region this rainfall season (October 2014 to March 2015).

Madagascar

On 28 August a swarm of locusts invaded the capital Antananarivo. No significant crop damage has been reported, but the situation draws attention to the need for continued support for the three-year anti-locust campaign, which faces a funding gap of US$ 10 million.

Lesotho