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Food rations save lives in Namibia

Thirty per cent of families affected by the drought have enough food for only one meal a day and 109,000 children under-five are at risk of severe malnutrition.

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Malawi + 10 others
Southern Africa - Assumptions for Quarterly Food Security Analysis, April 2014

To project food security outcomes, FEWS NET uses scenario development. In this methodology, an analyst uses current evidence to develop assumptions about the future and compare their possible effects. The following report outlines assumptions at the regional level. Assumptions are also developed at the country level; these are likely to be more detailed. Together, the regional and national assumptions are the foundation for the integrated analysis reported in FEWS NET’s Food Security Outlooks and Outlook Updates. Learn more about our work here.

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Omaheke receives splendid rains

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New Era

WINDHOEK – Farmers in Omaheke Region whose livestock were severely affected by the drought have praised the good rains received in many parts of the country since December last year.

The Omaheke Region was one of the regions hit very hard by drought in terms of the effects both on humans and livestock. The region lost close to 500 livestock due to the recurrent drought that swept across the country.

New Era caught up with former deputy prime minister Dr Libertina Amathila who retired in March 2010 after a long political voyage and is now a successful farmer in Omaheke.

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Caritas Sister hits the road to fight hunger in Namibia

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Caritas

By Michelle Hough

At the risk of sounding like National Geographic, Namibia is the 34th largest country in the world and has the least rainfall in sub-saharan Africa.

Sr Aida Manlucu says that the sheer size of the country is just one of the challenges she faces as director of Caritas Namibia.

“There’s a lot of travelling in my job. I get on the road and I drive for hours without seeing anyone. I used to do up to 1000 kilometres alone across Namibia, now I take a companion with me,” she says.

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Namibia: Floods (MDRNA007) DREF Operation Final Report

Summary: CHF 282,917 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 16 March 2013 to support the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to some 2,500 families (11,000 beneficiaries) affected by flood in the north-east of the country.

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World + 42 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 19 - 25 March

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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World + 42 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 11 - 18 March

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Red Cross Brings Help from Drought in Namibia

Namibia is suffering from severe drought conditions after one of the driest rainy seasons in decades, and the American Red Cross is helping with efforts to deal with food shortages.

The lack of available water is causing a strain on local farmers resulting in food shortage and loss of livestock. Cholera and malnutrition cases are increasing due to the reduction of safe water sources and poor sanitation and hygiene practices.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


© Copyright, The American National Red Cross. All Rights Reserved.

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Heavy downpours bring relief

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New Era

ONGWEDIVA – Villagers in the Ongwediva constituency and other parts of the Oshana Region could not contain their joy when they received unexpected heavy rains yesterday morning.

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Namibia - Drought (MDRNA008) 6-month Summary Update

Period covered by this Ops Update: 1 June 2013 to 31 December 2013

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,390,816 Appeal coverage: 78%

Appeal history:

  • This Appeal was originally launched on 28 June 2013 for CHF 1,372,054 to assist 11,000 households for 12 months. An allocation of CHF 150,000 was initially allocated for IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society to respond.

  • Two operations updates have been posted, the first on 15 July 2013, the second on 31 July 2013.

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Windhoek still faces water crisis

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New Era

WINDHOEK – Grave concern is mounting over the ever-deteriorating water levels in Namibia’s major dams due to insignificant inflow despite recent rain.

Light downpours, resulting in the average rainfall for February, made insignificant difference in the levels of dams and the City of Windhoek yesterday sent out an SOS to residents to make every drop count in light of a looming water crisis.

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World + 36 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 18 - 25 February

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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UNICEF Namibia – Drought Situation Report #5, 10 February 2014

Highlights

  • As of 6 February 2014, Kunene Region reported 479 suspected Cholera cases, and 15 deaths (7 facility deaths and 8 community deaths). Case Fatality Rate: 3.3%.

  • Nearly 40% of reported cases were among children below 15 years of age (22% were among under 5 children)

  • WHO, CDC, Namibian Red Cross Society (NRCS) and UNICEF joined hands with MoHSS in Cholera Outbreak Response Team

  • Sporadic Cholera suspected cases reported from Omusati, Oshana and Ohangwena

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Crops succumb to severe drought

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New Era

Early signs that over 90 percent of households will be affected severely by the drought in the Oshikoto Region, against 45 percent designated as worst off last year as a result of the drought.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 11 – 18 February

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Angola + 10 others
Food and Nutrition Security Working Group Monthly Update, Issue 1/2014 December/January 2014

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

· Good rains received in December and early January significantly reduced earlier rainfall deficits experienced in the central parts of the region. Although much later than normal, rains were finally received in southern Malawi, parts of eastern Zambia, and central/northern Mozambique, thus enabling the planting of crops. Poor rainfall continues to negatively affect drought-stricken parts of southwestern Angola.

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Madagascar + 14 others
Southern Africa Humanitarian Bulletin: Issue 14, February 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 2012/13 rainfall season was erratic, with torrential rainfall early in the season followed by dry conditions over parts of the region.

  • Insufficient rains and droughtlike conditions in the west and south-west of the region led to a poor agricultural season and death of livestock, resulting in heightened food insecurity.

  • Armyworm and red locust outbreaks in Southern Africa, although largely contained, may lead to secondary outbreaks this year.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Vehicle shortage hampers drought aid distribution

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New Era

WINDHOEK – The general voter registration exercise currently underway across the country, has impacted the distribution of drought relief food to more than 70 000 affected communities in the drought-stricken Kunene Region.

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Opuwo cholera outbreak under control

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New Era

WINDHOEK – The cholera outbreak in the Kunene Region in north-western Namibia, has been brought under control.

However, health officials remain in the field to ensure that all emerging new cases are being attended to and referred to health facilities for early treatment. To date a total of 485 cholera cases were treated at health facilities, while only 15 deaths were reported. One patient is currently receiving treatment in the Opuwo District Hospital, according to a statement issued yesterday by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

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Hungry villagers demand speedy food delivery

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New Era

WINDHOEK – The Zambezi Regional Council is in urgent need of a helicopter to rescue hundreds of villagers in the flood-prone areas in the Kabbe constituency, who have not received drought relief food since December last year, because vehicles cannot reach them due to ongoing heavy rains in the region.