- Food Security Outlook Update March 2015
- IFRC: Floods Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF Operation n° MDRZW010
- IFRC: Food Security MDRZW008 Emergency Appeal Evaluation
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- 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.
According to a recent Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) assessment, an estimated 615,837 people will need assistance for 2 to 5 months from March 2015 onwards, requiring an equivalent of 23,750 tons of maize.
The main air operations of the Logistics Cluster for the flood response will cease today, 23 March. Roads to previously isolated areas are re-opening.
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.
- Suppressed rains expected in Southern Africa during the next week. - Dry weather observed over the Greater Horn of Africa.
1) Frequent and above-average rainfall over the past several weeks has led to large moisture surpluses in northern Mozambique. During the next week, heavy rains are forecast to continue, which could trigger new flooding and exacerbate conditions on the ground.
Dry conditions continue over central and north-western parts of the region, including Namibia and South Africa. This will impact on food security.
Continued heavy rains have increased the number of people displaced to about 39,000. Due to drought conditions across the south, an estimated 200,000 people are in need of immediate food assistance for three months.
Since the first outbreak in late Dec 2014, Mozambique has recorded 5,118 cholera cases with 43 deaths. The situation in Tete Province is the most severe.
Malawi has to date registered 60 cases with 2 deaths since its first confirmed case on 13 Feb 2015. All are related to the outbreak in Tete Province, Mozambique.
In Zimbabwe,11 cases of cholera have been confirmed since late Feb 2015, with 6 cases in Mudzi district, bordering Mozambique.
Consistent heavy rains caused fatalities, flooding, and landslides in Madagascar.
A slow start to the rainy season observed in southwestern Ethiopia.
Dryness continues across much of southern Africa, flooding risks remain over Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar
Africa Weather Hazards
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.
A total of 3,648 cholera cases have been registered in Mozambique in 11 Districts of 4 Provinces, with 38 deaths. On 13 Feb 2015 the first confirmed case of cholera was registered in Malawi, adjacent to Mozambique. To date 34 cases have been confirmed in Nsanje district (all outside displacement sites), with 2 deaths, whilst another 5 cases were confirmed in Mwanza district in Malawi. The first case of cholera in Zimbabwe has been reported with 1 case confirmed in Chiredzi district.This is reportedly the first case in Zimbabwe since 2013.
Rainfall deficits expected to worsen in South Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Heavy rains fell over saturated areas of southeastern Africa.
Rainfall deficits grow over dry areas in southern Zimbabwe, central/southern Tanzania, South Africa, and Namibia.
Flooding risks continue over Madagascar and northern Mozambique
Africa Weather Hazards
Tropical Storm Fundi brought torrential rains to Madagascar.
Below-average rains deepen rainfall deficits in Angola and Namibia.
Flooding risks continue in southeastern Africa; dryness remains in Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and South Africa
• Heavy rains affected several areas of Zimbabwe in the last few days, causing floods mostly in Harare. Media reported several homes damaged and one person missing due to floods and ten people killed by lightning.
• In the next 48 h thunderstorms may affect several