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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 31 - November 6, 2014

Rainy season begins slowly in southern Africa, dryness widens in Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. As the rainy season in Senegal comes to an end and harvesting begins, reduced crop yields due to this summer’s poorly distributed rainfall and delayed onset of the rainy season in July could become evident.

  2. Consistently above-average rains across parts of eastern Ethiopia have caused flooding downstream along the Juba and Shabelle River Basins in southern Somalia. Continued rainfall is expected to result in additional flooding.

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Kyrgyzstan + 2 others
Central Asia Hurting as Russia’s Ruble Sinks

Report
EurasiaNet

by David Trilling and Timur Toktonaliev

Pensioner Jyparkul Karaseyitova says she cannot afford meat anymore. At her local bazaar in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, the price for beef has jumped 9 percent in the last six weeks. And she is not alone feeling the pain of rising inflation. Butcher Aigul Shalpykova says her sales have fallen 40 percent in the last month. “If I usually sell 400 kilos of meat every month, in September I sold only 250 kilos,” she complained.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 10-16, 2014

  1. Despite a return of seasonally normal rainfall during August, moisture deficits persist in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has resulted in poor growing conditions and crop development.

  2. Poor July rains in several local areas of Mali have resulted in poor crop and pastoral conditions. August and September rains have improved ground conditions, although the rainy season is quickly coming to a close.

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CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary - September 19 - 25, 2014

Above-average rainfall improves conditions across Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and hurt the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

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World + 3 others
Water Pressures in Central Asia

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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GIEWS Country Brief: Uzbekistan 14-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

Cereal production in 2014 forecast at a record level
Import requirements are forecast at an average level in the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)
Food security concerns for vulnerable groups of population

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CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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Tajikistan + 7 others
Humanitarian Bulletin South Caucasus and Central Asia, Issue 03 | 1 January – 30 June 2014

In the first half of 2014, cross-border tensions continued in the Fergana valley, while multiple disasters hit Tajikistan. Authorities are warning that drought is looming over Kyrgyzstan.

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 + 29 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary July 18-24, 2014

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Above-average rain during the past 30 days has saturated ground conditions and caused localized flooding in parts of South Sudan and southern Sudan. Above-average rains forecast during the next week are expected to increase the risk of localized flash flooding
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World + 24 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary July 4-10, 2014

Heavy rains in West Africa and Guatemala, with dryness in Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua

  1. Heavy and above average rains since the beginning of June have led to oversaturated ground conditions in Sierra Leone, Liberia, southern Guinea, and western Cote D’Ivoire. The heavy downpours forecast during the next week will increase the risk of new flooding across the region.
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Global Weather Hazards Summary June 27-July 3, 2014

Dryness may persist in East Africa as seasonal rains end, flooding possible in the Sudans, West Africa, and Guatemala

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poor rainfall distribution during the March-May rainfall season has hurt agricultural and pastoral activities throughout western Kenya, parts of northeastern Uganda, southeastern South Sudan, and northwestern Tanzania. Southern Ethiopia and northwestern Kenya are forecast to receive limited rains during the next week, which could sustain poor agricultural and pastoral conditions.

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SOS Children's Villages International Annual Report 2013

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A new focus on measuring the impact SOS Children´s Villages has on the children, families and communities where the organisation is active can be found in our 2013 annual report, which is just published today.

20 June 2014 - Today SOS Children’s Villages published its International Annual Report 2013.

The report, themed ‘Child at the Crossroads’, gives an overview of the organisation’s work in support of the child at risk and documents our financial performance in 2013.

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World + 33 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary June 20-26, 2014

Dryness continues in East Africa, Honduras and Nicaragua, with flooding possible in West Africa and Guatemala

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poor rainfall distribution during the March-May rainfall season hurt agricultural and pastoral activities throughout western Kenya, parts of northeastern Uganda, southeastern South Sudan, and northwestern Tanzania. Southern Ethiopia and northwestern Kenya are forecast to receive limited rains during the next week, which could sustain poor agricultural and pastoral conditions.

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World + 5 others
Central Asian Countries Pledge Action on Climate Change

Report
World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Central Asia faces climate change related issues such as warmer temperatures, glacier melt, increased variability in water resources, and frequent and costly weather-related hazards.

  • Central Asia climate change forum aims for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to work together on mitigating the effects of climate change.

  • Proposed program includes plans to foster regional collaboration and prepare innovative pilot investments to enhance climate resilience.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary June 13-19, 2014

Dryness continues in parts of East Africa, Central America and Haiti; flooding in Guatemala and West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poor rainfall distribution during March-May rainfall season hurt agricultural and pastoral activities throughout western Kenya, parts of northwestern Tanzania. Although some areas could still receive enhanced rains over the next week, the ending rainy season could further worsen ground conditions.

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Madagascar + 29 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for May with a Forecast till Mid-July, 2014

Summary

During May, several Desert Locust (SGR1) swarms from northwestern Somalia invaded eastern Ethiopia. On May 14th, an immature swarm dominated the sky over the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (see picture below). This is an extremely rare phenomenon that has not been in more than half a century. The swarm is believed to have escaped from eastern Ethiopia passing through the Rift Valley and crossing Awash where it destroyed a sugarcane plantation. No damage was reported in Addis and the swarm was later seen heading northwest and reached Gojjam.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary May 23-29, 2014

Drought conditions likely in parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

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World + 21 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary May 16-22, 2014

Dryness continues across parts of East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

1.Consistently above average early season rainfall across central Côte d’Ivoire has resulted in saturated grounds and 30-day rainfall anomalies exceeding 100 mm. Additional heavy rain forecast for the next week could cause localized flooding.

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World + 54 others
Global Overview 2014: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

Report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre says this figure equates to a staggering increase of 4.5 million from 2012, signalling a record high for the second year running.