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27 Apr 2015 description

Civil unrest erupted on Sunday 26 April in Bujumbura, capital of Burundi, after the ruling CNDD-FDD party overwhelmingly (88%) elected President Pierre Nkurunziza on Saturday 25 April as its candidate for the 26 June presidential election. Nkurunziza has been in office for two terms since 2005, and a broad array of actors (including the UN) has warned that an attempt to seek a third term is unconstitutional and contrary to the spirit of the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi that ended a decade of civil war in the country.

27 Apr 2015 description
report Arusha Times

The ongoing long rains in Arusha have not helped much to save the city from acute water shortages that have plagued the precinct for over four months now.

Previously, the Arusha Urban Water Supply Authority (AUWSA), through its public relations officer, William Shayo, had blamed prolonged drought as being the cause, but as the rains continue to pour, the authority is quiet regarding what exactly is ailing them.

24 Apr 2015 description

Little rainfall expected over atypically dry areas of northern Ethiopia

  1. Erratic, below-average rainfall in February and early March, followed by four consecutive weeks of little to no rainfall since mid-March has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia. The absence of mid-season rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities in Belg-producing areas of the country.

24 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican


In Summary

What is normal rainfall?

•Above average rainfall, normal rainfall and below average rainfall are calculated using the long-term average rainfall of a particular ecological zone. The long-term average rainfall of a region is the mean rainfall amount for the past 30 years. It is calculated for both the long rains and short rains.

22 Apr 2015 description
  • Very poor rains across northern Ethiopia expected to negatively affect “Belg” season cropping activities.

  • Average to above-average rains continue across parts of Kenya, Tanzania, and southern Somalia.

22 Apr 2015 description

The new project that will focus on improving food security and increasing awareness of the causes and consequences of environmental degradation in Rubana River Catchment area in the in Bunda District, Mara Region of northern Tanzania.

21 Apr 2015 description

Launched in June 2005 by President George W. Bush, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) represented a major 5-year, $1.265 billion expansion of U.S. Government resources for malaria control. The Initiative is led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). PMI funds programs in 19 focus countries in Africa and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia (see Appendix 1).

20 Apr 2015 description


20 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By CLIFFORD GIKUNDA, TEA Special Correspondent

Posted Saturday, April 18 2015 at 20:03


  • The Tanzanian government has embarked on building dams to harvest floodwater during the rainy seasons for future use.

  • In northern Kenya, following prolonged periods of insufficient rainfall, the communities are engaged in the construction of water pans and dams.

17 Apr 2015 description

Cholera situation

In Malawi, 96 new cholera cases were reported this week – the highest number since the outbreak began 9 weeks ago, with 3 new deaths. The outbreak continues to spread to new areas. According to WHO, the epi-curve is indicative of the presence of a common source of infection to which people are exposed to continuously or intermittently. The response is ongoing, with more than 850 health workers trained in cholera case management, and 129,000 people vaccinated in the first round of a two-round campaign.

17 Apr 2015 description

Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall continues to be below-average across several local areas of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Further delay of rainfall during April is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for several Belgproducing areas.

16 Apr 2015 description

DAR ES SALAAM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of dates valued at US$126,000 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support refugees living in north-west Tanzania.

A ceremony held at WFP’s Tanzania Country Office in Dar es Salaam was attended by Mr. Walid Bin Abdulrahman Alzinedi, a delegate from the Ministry of Finance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Mr. Wajih Bin Masoud Alotaibli, an attache of Economic and Culture Affairs with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Republic of Tanzania.

15 Apr 2015 description

Increased amounts of rainfall leads to favorable moisture conditions over parts of eastern Ethiopia, southern Somalia.

Late season dryness observed over parts of Malawi and Mozambique.

13 Apr 2015 description


Priorities for 2011-2015

Emergency Humanitarian Action —for refugees and people who are unable to meet their basic food and nutrition needs due to disasters.

Food Security and Nutrition Support — for chronically hungry people living in extreme poverty and are more vulnerable to shocks.

13 Apr 2015 description

Total number of refugees: 970,763

Registered refugees in 2015: 1,556

Total number of IDPs: 1.1 M

13 Apr 2015 description


  • The southern African summer monsoon continued to be very active in the northern part of DRC, Island States and on the vicinity of eastern parts of SADC region.

  • The region received mostly normal to below normal rain-fall conditions;

  • Normal to above normal rain-fall conditions were observed over DRC, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles;

  • During March 2015, a favor-able distribution in rainfall was observed across western sub-region.

13 Apr 2015 description
report Arusha Times

By Arusha Times Correspondent

Trekking to a neighbouring country in search of scarce water may now be history for residents of Kahe village in Rombo district, Kilimanjaro region, thanks to a major water supply project.

Besides Kahe, the World Bank-funded scheme will also benefit nine other villages in the area, revealed the district water engineer Andrew Tesha when briefing stakeholders on implementation of the programme.

12 Apr 2015 description
report Arusha Times

By Arusha Times correspondent

Initially there was no water at all. The villagers had to trek many kilometres in search of the precious liquid for domestic use and for their livestock.

For years the situation remained grim for the 8,000 inhabitants of Katikati village in Kiteto district whose livestock herds outnumber the human population ten times.

It was not only the long distance to the available water holes or ponds in the parched land of the vast Manyara region that pained the cattle keepers.

11 Apr 2015 description

Survey shows sharp drop in childhood stunting in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 10 April 2015 – The results of a National Nutrition Survey released in Tanzania show that between 2010 and 2014, chronic malnutrition – stunting, or low height for age – among children under five in the country fell from 42 per cent to 35 per cent.