A joint Government/UN assessment in April/May 2012, found that an estimated 366,780 households, approximately 1.8 million people, were affected by a protracted dry spell. In addition, an estimated 533,000 children suffered varying levels of malnutrition. The primary cause of the conditions stemmed from the poor agricultural production in 2012, limiting the availability of food from own production. In addition, income opportunities were depressed following reduced demand for casual/seasonal agricultural employment, negatively impacting on poor households’ capacity to purchase food. (GIEWS, 9 Jul 2012)
Due to severe drought in most of the Southern Livestock, Millet, and Sorghum livelihood zone in early 2013, harvests were estimated to range from 50 to 70 percent below average. More than 20 per cent of households of Namibe and Cunene provinces were Stressed or were minimally able to meet their food needs, but are unable to purchase non-food items. Some assistance was provided by the Government, but it was not improving food security outcomes because it was distributed irregularly and households were only receiving parts of the food basket. In Cuando Cubango, at least 80 per cent of households were able to meet their minimum food and livelihood protection needs with the assistance provided by the Government and partners. (FEWS NET, 31 Oct 2013)
In April 2014, FEWS NET reported that after a late start of the seasonal rains in Benguela and Kwanza-Sul Provinces, irregular rainfall and dryness has been experienced in these areas throughout much of the season. Even though government food assistance is being provided to households in Cunene and Namibe Provinces, the assistance has not improved household food security outcomes in the targeted areas due to the inefficiency of the distribution system. In parts of Benguela and Kwanza-Sul cropping is no longer viable due to dryness and poor households continue to abandon their small plots and migrate into the cities. Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity outcomes are expected to persist in all four areas through September. (FEWS NET, 17 Apr 2014)
In February 2015, FEWS NET reported that current acute food insecurity outcomes among the majority of poor households is Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and these outcomes are expected to continue through March. However, we expect these outcomes to improve from April to June and to become Minimal (IPC Phase 1). FEWS NET, 28 February 2015
Snapshot 8–14 July 2015
Yemen: More than 1,500 civilians have been killed since conflict began to escalate in March, and airstrikes and fighting continue despite the agreement to a six-day humanitarian pause over 11–17 July. There are now 1.26 million IDPs in the country – a 24% increase since mid-June. Only 20% of the fuel needed is available in the country, which is impacting upon all basic needs.
Snapshot 1–7 July 2015
Syria: Civilian deaths made up 81% of the total death toll in June, which was 2,137, bringing the total number of people killed so far in 2015 to 11,000. 705,000 people have been displaced in the first five months of this year: 439,000 were internally displaced, and the vast majority of the rest fled to Turkey.
Snapshot 24–30 June 2015
Burundi: Turnout at the parliamentary elections was low. Voting stations were targeted and there was a spate of grenade attacks in the capital: several people were injured. Around 1,000 Burundians are leaving the country every day: 62,000 refugees are now in Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, and 10,600 in DRC.
South Sudan: Households in some areas of Unity and Upper Nile states are suspected to be facing Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) food security outcomes. 5–8% of the country’s population are suffering severe acute malnutrition.
Snapshot 17–23 June 2015
Yemen: 2.3 million more people are food insecure than in March – the total is now at 12.9 million people. 279 children have been killed and 402 injured in the conflict, out of almost 2,600 total deaths and 11,000 injured. 53 health facilities have been damaged. Peace talks have ended with no agreement.
Heavy rainfall continues in Malawi, Madagascar; seasonal rainfall slow to start in southwestern Ethiopia
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.
• In the early stages (October-November) of the 2014-2015 growing season in Southern Africa significant rainfall deficits and delayed starts to the season were noted in the border areas of Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The crop growing regions of eastern South Africa and Madagascar were also affected. In contrast, Tanzania, Namibia, Angola and Botswana enjoyed a good start of the season.
Below-average rainfall worsens pastoral conditions in the south
Even though there was improvement in rainfall frequency, the cumulative rainfall in the central and south-central region is still below average. Additionally, in much of the southern region vegetation appears to be deteriorating and water for animals is decreasing. This might prove to be detrimental to pastoralists that choose not to move their animals earlier this season.
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.
Lubango - Huíla Provincial Directorate of Social Welfare (Minars) distributed in 2014, at least 1.6 million tons of various food to 296,729 people affected by drought in the province of Huila.
According to an annual report of the institution that reached ANGOP, food consisted 148,000 tons delivered to the people Quilengues, 543,751 of Lubango, 96,800 of Humpata, 80,766 Quipungo and 97,425 of Matala.
It also included 323,782 tons for the people of Gambos, 68,769 of Jamba, 82,168 of Chipindo, 95,973 of Chibia, 80,370 of Chicomba and 79,850 of Cacula.
Rainfall deficits expected to worsen in South Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
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
Cubal - At least 25, 350 hectares of various products were destroyed due to the lack of rains in 2014/2015 agricultural season, in Cubal, southern Benguela province.
The president of the National Association of Angolan Peasants - Unaca, Teodora Manuel Dias, said so Friday to Angop.
Teodora Dias said that the lack of rain, for more than 50 days, has affected the potentially agricultural areas of the municipalities of Yambala and Capupa.
- Heavy rains are forecast for already saturated areas around the Mozambique Channel.
- Widespread moderate rain was observed across southern Africa during the past week.
Low cereal supplies and higher than normal prices in the south
The agricultural season is progressing normally and rainfall is consistent in most of the country, however cumulative rainfall to-date in the high production areas in the central and south-central region is slightly below average. Rainfall deficits have also increased in the southern region in recent weeks. Vegetation conditions appear to be good, but are expected to deteriorate if this rainfall pattern continues.
Additional rainfall expected in flood-affected parts of southeastern Africa, dryness continues in Angola
Sumbe - At least 47,298 people affected by drought in 2014 in the province of Kwanza Sul, received support in various goods from the local department of Social Welfare.
According to a report of that institution made available to ANGOP, about 332,939 tons of food were channeled to 12 returnees, 297 vulnerable people in extreme poverty, 74 with disabilities with means of locomotion and other 184 inserted into the working generation projects and income for over 200 families.
Suppressed seasonal rains over southeastern Africa expected to provide relief to saturated ground conditions.
Mid-seasonal dry spells experienced throughout several parts of Angola, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.