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Comoros + 2 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (8 to 14 April 2014)

Comoros:

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Food rations save lives in Namibia

Thirty per cent of families affected by the drought have enough food for only one meal a day and 109,000 children under-five are at risk of severe malnutrition.

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Malawi + 7 others
IOM Supports Cross Border Campaign to Eliminate Malaria in Southern Africa

Malaria is a major global public health problem affecting over 109 countries globally and ranked as the fifth cause of deaths among communicable diseases worldwide. Because of increasing internal and cross-border movements of people, Southern Africa is one of the world's high-risk malaria zones.

IOM will now back a cross border and regional campaign to reduce and eliminate malaria transmission in targeted border districts within the southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.

International Organization for Migration:

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Schools swamped by floods

Report
New Era

NANKUNTWE/MPUKANO – Three schools – at Mpukano, Muzii and Nankuntwe – in the eastern floodplains of Zambezi Region have been overwhelmed by floodwaters.

In total over 500 learners and their teachers now face serious sanitation challenges such as a lack of safe drinking water and ablution facilities.

Learners are being forced to cross streams in dugout canoes to attend school, making them vulnerable to drowning and crocodile attacks.

There are reports of other schools such as Namiyundu, Masikili and Ivilivinzi facing a similar situation.

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Malawi + 10 others
Southern Africa - Assumptions for Quarterly Food Security Analysis, April 2014

To project food security outcomes, FEWS NET uses scenario development. In this methodology, an analyst uses current evidence to develop assumptions about the future and compare their possible effects. The following report outlines assumptions at the regional level. Assumptions are also developed at the country level; these are likely to be more detailed. Together, the regional and national assumptions are the foundation for the integrated analysis reported in FEWS NET’s Food Security Outlooks and Outlook Updates. Learn more about our work here.

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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.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 17 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary April 4-10, 2014

Weakened Tropical Cyclone Hellen expected to make landfall in Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Locally heavy rainfall throughout central Tanzania during the last seven days has resulted in isolated flooding, damages to infrastructure, displaced populations, and damages to crops and livestock in the Kagera, Singida, and Dodoma provinces.

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Zimbabwe + 13 others
SADC Climate Services Centre - Outlook for April– June 2014

JANUARY– MARCH 2014 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS

Significant rainfall was received in most parts of SADC as a result of an active inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and the attendant active tropical incursions into the region. The eastern part of the contiguous SADC and the highland states received the highest rainfall.

The seasonal anomalies to date indicated:

  • Above normal rainfall conditions stretching from eastern Namibia to Southern Mozambique, Mauritius and parts of Madagascar

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 3 – April 9, 2014

  • The continued suppression of rainfall suggests an early cessation of the monsoon over parts of southern Africa.
  • Increased rains observed over the Afar and highland regions of Ethiopia during late March.

1) Heavy and above-average rains over the past few weeks have increased rainfall surpluses and resulted in flooding across the Omusati region along the Angola-Namibian border. The inundation has led to the closure of several schools in the area. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast to continue during the next week.

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Omaheke receives splendid rains

Report
New Era

WINDHOEK – Farmers in Omaheke Region whose livestock were severely affected by the drought have praised the good rains received in many parts of the country since December last year.

The Omaheke Region was one of the regions hit very hard by drought in terms of the effects both on humans and livestock. The region lost close to 500 livestock due to the recurrent drought that swept across the country.

New Era caught up with former deputy prime minister Dr Libertina Amathila who retired in March 2010 after a long political voyage and is now a successful farmer in Omaheke.

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Caritas Sister hits the road to fight hunger in Namibia

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Caritas

By Michelle Hough

At the risk of sounding like National Geographic, Namibia is the 34th largest country in the world and has the least rainfall in sub-saharan Africa.

Sr Aida Manlucu says that the sheer size of the country is just one of the challenges she faces as director of Caritas Namibia.

“There’s a lot of travelling in my job. I get on the road and I drive for hours without seeing anyone. I used to do up to 1000 kilometres alone across Namibia, now I take a companion with me,” she says.

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Namibia: Floods (MDRNA007) DREF Operation Final Report

Summary: CHF 282,917 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 16 March 2013 to support the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to some 2,500 families (11,000 beneficiaries) affected by flood in the north-east of the country.

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World + 43 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 25 March – 1 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Namibia + 15 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook March 27 – April 2, 2014

A decrease in rainfall has been recorded over Southern Africa during the past week.

A favorable start of the March-May season has been observed over the Greater Horn of Africa.

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World + 42 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 19 - 25 March

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Mozambique + 3 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (18 to 24 March 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

Mozambique:
Seven river basins are on alert. In central Sofala the Pungue River burst its banks, cutting road access between Beira and the Zimbabwe border. In Zambezia, some people living near the Licungo river coastal area have voluntarily left to seek shelter in temporary camps set up during the 2013 flood emergency.

Since the beginning of the season at total of 15,115 families have been affected,1,665 houses totally destroyed and 5,951 houses partially destroyed.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Concerns in Namibia as cholera outbreak reaches nation’s capital

Erin Law, IFRC

As we wind our way past homes, down muddy tracks bordered by rubbish, I wonder how much more we will have to walk to reach the home of the woman with the pleading eyes. It is a hot day in this informal settlement on the outskirts of Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, as five teams of Namibia Red Cross Society volunteers navigate similar winding routes in the heat and rain.

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World + 15 others
Regional food security and water in SADC: The potential for sectoral-synergies within CAADP for the implementation of the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy

Executive Summary

About this study

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) was established by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) in 2003. The Programme’s main aim is to raise agricultural productivity by at least 6% per year while increasing public investment in agriculture to 10% of the annual national budgets. Following an initial focus on interventions at the national level, there is growing awareness of the need to work more on the regional dimensions of the CAADP.

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Namibia + 5 others
SADC Regional DRR Update - Volume 4, 20 March 2014

Highlights

  • Heavy rains experienced in February and early March 2014

  • Floods cause devastation in several parts of the region

  • Cholera outbreak spread to more areas in Namibia

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World + 23 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary March 21-27, 2014

Rains maintain flooding and ground saturation risks throughout southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

1.Heavy rains over the past several weeks have destroyed houses, damaged infrastructure, and displaced local residents over the Kitwe region of north-central Zambia. Moderate to heavy rains forecast during the next week could maintain elevated risks for localized flooding over many areas of the region.