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01 Mar 2015 description

Key Messages

  • In West Africa, regional harvests from the 2014/15 season arrived progressively onto markets in January. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following the substantial disruptions that occurred over the second half of 2014.

28 Feb 2015 description

Recent precipitation will increase the availability of water for second crops

KEY MESSAGES

  • Recent precipitation, both snow and rain, significantly increased water availability in major water basins that would provide sufficient irrigation water for the second crops, such as cotton. At the same time, this precipitation has increased the risk of avalanches and flooding in the foothills.

27 Feb 2015 description

Dryness continues across much of southern Africa, flooding risks remain over Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated. 2 Poorly distributed rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across eastern Botswana, northern South Africa, central/southern Mozambique, and central/southern Zimbabwe. Dryness is forecast to continue next week.

26 Feb 2015 description

I. SITUATION ANALYSIS

Small Country/Multiple Risks

The 7 million people in Tajikistan face:

• Recurrent small disasters (866 deaths and $307 million in damage from 1997 to 2007) arising from geophysical and climatologic hazards;

• A good likelihood of a catastrophic earthquake in the coming decades, and

• A continuation of the compound crisis which, not being effectively addressed in the developmental context, places an additional and unusual burden on humanitarian actors involved in Tajikistan.

25 Feb 2015 description

Avalanches caused by abrupt warming and heavy snowfall have killed at least five people in Tajikistan since February 22.

The Emergency Situations Committee said on February 24 that the situation remains very unsafe and urged citizens not to travel on dangerous mountain passes.

Mountains cover 93 percent of the Central Asian nation, and snow slides kill dozens of people every year.

24 Feb 2015 description
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GENERAL TRENDS

NATURAL HAZARDS

In February 2015, according to long-term observations, there is a risk of an emergency caused by snowfall, frost and avalanches. There is a low risk of debris flow in the lower elevations of DRD and in Khatlon Province.

WEATHER

20 Feb 2015 description

Rainfall deficits expected to worsen in South Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

13 Feb 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.

13 Feb 2015 description

Flooding risks continue over Madagascar and northern Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

11 Feb 2015 description

Abstract

The MISP Readiness assessment tool was developed by the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health (RH) in Crises for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2013 to help country teams assess their readiness to provide the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in case of a humanitarian crisis.

10 Feb 2015 description

By Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu

BISHKEK, 10 February 2015 – Ministers from Central Asia and the South Caucasus have called for a stronger regional approach to disaster resilience, as they step up effort to tackle the increasingly ‘trans-boundary’ nature of disaster risk.

With only 40 days to go before the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the officials said such inclusive partnership was crucial to future efforts to strengthen disaster resilience in an increasingly complex and interlinked world.

06 Feb 2015 description

Flooding risks continue in southeastern Africa; dryness remains in Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and South Africa

03 Feb 2015 description

The year opened with a worsening of the ongoing conflicts in Yemen, Nigeria and Ukraine, each with potentially major regional implications. Violence escalated in Sudan, as well as in Lebanon's Tripoli and along its southern border with Israel, and a deadly clash between police and militants in the southern Philippines threatened to derail the peace process there. In South Asia, both Bangladesh and Nepal saw political tensions intensify.

31 Jan 2015 description

Above-average wheat flour prices affect households relying on market purchases

KEY MESSAGES

  • The majority of households will rely on average food stocks through normal food and income sources during the current winter and lean season. Most areas are expected to be in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity from January through June 2015.

30 Jan 2015 description

Additional rainfall expected in flood-affected parts of southeastern Africa, dryness continues in Angola

27 Jan 2015 description

OSCE AND UNDP PROVIDE TRAINING FOR AARHUS CENTRES AND ENVIRONMENTAL NGOs IN TAJIKISTAN ON RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

27 Jan 2015 description

by Artyom Harutyunyan [ FSD ]

Since September 2010, the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) has carried out survey-and-clearance operations in the isolated Darwaz region of northern Afghanistan, where explosive-ordnance caches and unexploded ordnance and mine contamination remain a serious concern.

26 Jan 2015 description

GENERAL TRENDS NATURAL

HAZARDS

In January 2015, according to long-term observations, there is a risk of an emergency caused by snowfall, frost and avalanches.

WEATHER

Temperatures in January will be 1-2 0C above the norm in Khatlon and Sughd Provinces and in lower elevations of DRD. Temperatures will be 2-3 0C above the long-term averages in GBAO and higher elevations of DRD. Monthly precipitation is expected to be less than normal throughout the country.

ENERGY SECURITY

24 Jan 2015 description

Flooding remains likely in southeastern Africa during the next week

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Although average rains fell over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October-December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains, has resulted in poor ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.