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16 Feb 2017 description

Published: February 16, 2017 | By Nick Hanson-James

04 Apr 2016 description


The Southern Region of Malawi received 400% higher rains than usual (compared to the Long Term Mean) causing the Shire River to reach its highest level in 30 years.

06 Nov 2015 description
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Global Situation Assessment of El Niño-related Health Risks

WMO has confirmed reports that a mature and strong El Niño is present in the tropical Pacific Ocean. International climate models suggest that the 201 5/2016 El Niño will strengthen further before the end of 2015 and become one of the strong est El Niño events in the past twenty years.

04 Nov 2015 description

Appeal history

  • From late November 2014 to January 2015: period of heavy rainfall

  • 12 January 2015: Council of Ministers declared the institutional red alert for the Central and Northern provinces.

  • 15 January 2015: Mozambique Red Cross (CVM) deploys National Disaster Response Team (NDRT) members to Zambézia and Nampula provinces.

  • 21 January 2015: CHF 120,000 DREF allocated as start-up funds for the appeal operation.

  • 21 January 2015: Emergency Appeal launched for CHF 846,755

23 Aug 2015 description
report Tearfund

By Mark Lang

First the floods came, then the cholera but neither have stopped the local church saving lives in Mozambique.

Heavy rains in January left a huge swathe of the country under several feet of water, killing 158 people and affecting 160,000 others, with 50,000 being made homeless.

But training by Tearfund partner Codesa to make local churches more outward-looking and focused on people’s physical needs as well as their spiritual ones, has proved invaluable in limiting the suffering of survivors.

16 Aug 2015 description


Displaced families in Mozambique’s Zambezia Province continue to search for stability after severe flooding in early 2015 caused mass evacuations in low-lying areas of the region. After coordinating initial relief operations, the Government of Mozambique has shifted its focus to the recovery phase of the emergency through the development of relocation communities housing internally displaced persons (IDP) throughout the province.

05 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In efforts to prevent and sustain good behaviour change from the cholera outbreak, Communications for Development continue to implement hygiene promotion activities through WASH, Health and Child Protection.

28 Jul 2015 description

Snapshot 22–28 July 2015

Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.

22 Jul 2015 description
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Revised Appeal No. 2
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Revised Emergency Plan of Action

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks some CHF 2,946,922 (reduced from CHF 4m) to enable the Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) to deliver assistance to some 46,700 people for a total of 12 months (timeframe extended to December 2015) This revision is based on the operational implementation to date, recent assessments, and a reprioritization of planned activities.

21 Jul 2015 description

Snapshot 15–21 July 2015

Iraq: More than 74,440 people have been displaced from Saqlawiyah in Falluja district since 8 July, and tens of thousands reportedly remain trapped in Falluja and Ramadi districts. There are now more than 3.1 million IDPs across 3,613 locations in Iraq; 300,000 people have been displaced from and within Anbar since military operations began in April.

20 Jul 2015 description

Regional Overview

Campaigning for municipal elections, which is to be held on 31 July, started last week without incident.

The SADC Commission of Enquiry established by the Double Troika Summit is expected to arrive in Lesotho on 20 July 2015.

17 Jul 2015 description


The Southern Region of Malawi received 400% higher rains than usual (compared to the Long Term Mean) causing the Shire River to reach its highest level in 30 years. Heavy rains experienced in the first quarter of 2015 caused flooding in 15 of the 28 districts in Malawi, most of which are located in the southern part of the country. The President declared a state of disaster on 13 January 2015 and appealed for assistance from the international community in managing the disaster and its aftermath.

14 Jul 2015 description

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.

07 Jul 2015 description

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.

07 Jul 2015 description
report UN News Service

6 juillet 2015 – Face aux préoccupations majeures suscitées par les épidémies de choléra en cours ou anticipées au Soudan du Sud, en Tanzanie, au Népal et au Yémen, l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a préconisé lundi l'utilisation de vaccins administrables par voie orale comme un moyen efficace de lutter contre la propagation de la maladie.

« L'utilisation de vaccins anticholériques oraux se révèle être un outil efficace pour contrôler les épidémies de choléra », a déclaré l'OMS dans un communiqué de presse rendu public à Genève.