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27 Mar 2015 description

Late season dryness spreads across much of Southern Africa

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
    Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.

  2. Below-average rainfall over bi-modal northern Tanzania during the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits and affected crop conditions. A significant increase in rainfall is expected across Tanzania and neighboring countries in late March.

26 Mar 2015 description

Korea Environmental Industry Association (KEIA) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the project to construct water supply in Tanzania on March 13 in Kisarawe District, Coast Province near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with an aim to provide clean and safe drinking water to local residents.

The ceremony was joined by Mr. Ahn Sechang, environment attaché in Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Kenya, Mr. Yoon Woong-ro, vice-chairman of KEIA, governor of Kisarawe District, Director General of Water and Irrigation of Tanzania, local congressmen and 150 residents.

25 Mar 2015 description
  • Several anomalously dry areas expected to receive above-average rainfall during the next week.
  • Much of Ethiopia received a large increase in seasonal rains during mid-March.
25 Mar 2015 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

  • Conflict in Iraq has disrupted food markets, leading to price hikes in Anbar, Salah Al-Din and Kirkuk. According to the 2014-2015 Strategic Response Plan, around 5.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and over 2.5 million people are currently displaced.

24 Mar 2015 description

Tanzania - Severe Weather (WMO, NOAA, Local Media)

  • Heavy rainfall has been affecting eastern Tanzania over the last five days, with 54mm recorded in the city of Zanzibar in 24h over 22-23 March.
  • As of 23 March, five people have died in the region of the capital Dar Es Salaam, while hundreds have been reportedly left homeless due to floods, according to local authorities quoted in media.
  • Over the next 24h, heavy rainfall is forecast to continue over eastern Tanzania.
23 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • Dry, hot conditions intensify in February in southern half of the region, negatively affecting crops in several areas including South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe

  • Heavy February rainfall received in parts of Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique

  • Dry conditions in early March potentially compromise production prospects in late-planted areas in north-eastern parts of the region

23 Mar 2015 description

The regional food and nutrition security alert covers Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, South Sudan, and Uganda; these are the countries expected to receive normal to below normal rains during March to May season according to the Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 39) held in Nairobi between 23rd and 25th February 2015. This rainfall season constitutes a critical period for agricultural and livestock production in the region.

23 Mar 2015 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Every year since 1993, the international community celebrates World Water Day on March 22, focusing attention on the importance of safe, clean water while advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The day also serves as a reminder of the global population who suffer from water related issues and a call to action to prepare for management of water in the future.

22 Mar 2015 description
report Arusha Times

By Hazla Quire

As the National Water Week kicks off, it is a fact that practically all taps in many parts of Arusha City have run dry some for the last four months leaving thousands of residents in desperation.

Already people have been demonstrating in Arusha City streets against the lack of water as well as the fact that, despite the taps being dry, water authorities continue to bill them with invoices of staggering monthly charges.

21 Mar 2015 description

Dryness extends across much of Southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
    Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.

  2. Below-average rainfall over the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits, which have impeded crop development across the bimodal region of northern Tanzania. Little to no rainfall is forecast during the next week, which may worsen the situation.

19 Mar 2015 description

19 March 2015, Dar-es-Salaam – To bring urgently needed assistance to the victims of the hail storms that hit Shinyanga region earlier this month, the European Commission is providing humanitarian funding through Tanzania Red Cross Society.

Up to 5,000 people were affected by the storms, 3,500 of whom have been uprooted from their damaged or destroyed houses. Strong winds ripped off roofs, killing 47 people and injuring 112, the majority of whom were children.

18 Mar 2015 description
  • Heavy and above-average rains caused flooding and fatalities in western Angola.

  • Onset of the rainy season expected in Eastern Africa during the next week.

1) Since late December, a sharp reduction in rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across parts of southern Angola, western Zambia, northern Namibia into the Caprivi Strip region, and the Ghanzi and Ngamiland districts of Botswana. The continuation of suppressed rainfall is expected to negatively impact crops.

17 Mar 2015 description

Political and economic relations and Irish Aid projects focus of visit

The Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, will visit Tanzania from March 17th to 20th to deepen Ireland’s relations with Tanzania as well as viewing a number of Irish Aid supported projects.

Minister Sherlock will meet key government Ministers to discuss Irish-Tanzanian relations and will have a chance to meet with the small but vibrant Irish community in Dar es Salaam and Arusha during St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

17 Mar 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI

IN SUMMARY

  • Only Rwanda is on track to reach Millennium Development Goal 4, which calls for reducing the 1990 mortality rate of children under five by two -thirds.

The East African Community has launched an integrated maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health strategy to deliver improved reproductive, maternal and child health in the five member countries.

13 Mar 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues in much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia. Dry weather is expected to continue during the next week, which is likely to increase moisture deficits in the region.

13 Mar 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.

12 Mar 2015 description

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is implementing the Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership (SSTP), with support from Feed the Future through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in order to help smallholder farmers in developing countries gain access to seeds and fertilizers that can raise agricultural productivity.

12 Mar 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By EVELYN LIRRI,

Posted Saturday, March 7 2015 at 16:55

IN SUMMARY

  • OST is a medical procedure in which an illegal substance such as heroin is replaced with a longer acting but less euphoric one.

  • The report estimates that the prevalence of HIV among people who inject drugs among the countries that were studied is 33.9 per cent in Tanzania, 16.7 per cent in Uganda, 18.3 per cent in Kenya and 9.1 per cent in Senegal.