More than 702 households were affected by flash flooding on 2 May 2012 in Gode zone (Somali region). The flooding caused significant damage, with numerous livestock deaths and damage to planted crops and stored food reported in the affected areas. Elsewhere in Somali Region, flooding was also reported in parts of Korahe zone in late April. (OCHA, 21 May 2012)
In August, nearly two weeks of heavy rains caused serious flooding and damaged livelihoods in Gewane woreda of Afar region. Approximately 5,000 people were affected by the flooding, having suffered loss of shelter and household items, crops and some livestock. In Amhara Region, prolonged heavy rainfall caused the overflow of rivers and lakes, and resulted in flash floods that affected 131,026 people, of whom 20,118 were displaced as of the end of August. (OCHA, 31 Aug 2012)
ADDIS ABABA, 15 March 2013 (IRIN) - Thousands of children in the pastoral regions of Ethiopia are dropping out of school despite government and donor efforts to bring schools closer to them. Recurrent natural disasters such as drought and flooding, as well as inter-ethnic clashes, are major factors in school dropouts.
AT A GLANCE
An estimated 8 million people remain food insecure in the Horn of Africa. The majority of those in need of humanitarian assistance are in Somalia (2.12 million).
The general food security outlook for the Horn indicates that crop production should be favorable ahead of the end of the year harvests. Livelihood improvements still depend on how certain communities (especially pastoralists) are able to recover from the previous seasons’ poor crop production, loss of livestock and macro-economic shocks.
covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea/Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.
In this issue:
- Regional Food Security Situation and Outlook - Key highlights from the FSNWG meeting November 15th
- Hotspots to watch
- Rainfall, flood and El Nino update
- Market Analysis Sub-Group report on informal, regional trade in food commodities and OXFAM’s experience of engaging markets to promote business development in Turkana.
Gaza has been under attack since Wednesday, when Israel launched a military offensive with the declared goal of deterring fighters in the Palestinian enclave from launching rockets into its territory. 84 Palestinians have reportedly been killed. Violence erupted in the eastern provinces of DRC, following a months-long calm, with the rebel group M23 advancing on the regional capital of Goma. Heavy fighting between rebels and the military continues to rage nationwide in Syria, primarily in Idlib, Deir al-Zor, Damascus and Aleppo governorates.
The food security situation in the eastern part of the country remains stressed
Overall Meher production is expected to be near average, particularly in the western, surplus-producing areas. However, in some parts of the eastern, marginal, Meher-producing areas and in the Belg-dependent and sweet potato-producing areas in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), the harvest is expected to be below average due to soil moisture deficits, hailstorms, and flash flooding during the June to September Kiremt rainy season.
Food Security Update
NAIROBI, 8 October 2012 (IRIN) - Above-average seasonal rains in parts of the East and Horn of Africa have affected tens of thousands of people, displacing families and restricting access to many in need, say humanitarian officials. The rains, coming ahead of a possible El Niño event, have prompted fears of further flooding.
Region to experience improved food security prospects for the October- December period
Outbreak of cholera and hepatitis E virus reported in Kenya, Somalia and Sudan
Some 3,000 Congolese enter Uganda, fleeing fighting
Nutrition situation significantly improves in Dollo Ado refugee camps in Ethiopia
Number of food insecure declines marginally in Kenya
Increased police patrols deter insecurity in Tana Delta and Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya
AT A GLANCE
The total number of food insecure people in the Horn of Africa is approximately 8 million people.
The majority of those in need of humanitarian assistance are in Somalia (2.12 million).
The European Commission on Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) emphasizes that millions of people are still depending on international assistance for their daily sustenance and that funding is still needed, despite eased conditions.
Nearly all parts of the Horn of Africa (HoA) are in Stressed and Crisis food insecurity situations - Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) Phase 2 and 3 with a few areas in Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia facing Emergency (IPC phase 4).
1) Heavy rains have resulted in fatalities and massive destruction in South Darfur, the northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, and Jonglei states of South Sudan. Flooding potential remains as above-average rains are forecast during the next week.
2) Since July, heavy rains causing flooding and inundation along the Niger and Benue Rivers have led to the displacement of thousands of people and many fatalities in eastern Nigeria. Enhanced rainfall forecast could exacerbate the ground conditions.
1) Heavy rains have resulted in fatalities and massive destruction in South Darfur, the northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, and Jonglei states of South Sudan. Flooding potential remains as heavy rains are forecast during the next week.
2) Heavy downpours left one dead in the Gambia during the past week. Heavy rains have persisted, exacerbating Cholera outbreak across Sierra Leone and Guinea. Concerns for flooding and Cholera spreading remain as heavy rains are again forecasted.
Over 240,000 people affected by flooding in eastern Africa
70 people killed by intercommunal clashes in Kenya
Ebola outbreak under control in Uganda as a new strain kills 11 people in DRC
Over 600,000 people have been displaced by fighting in DRC since January
A sixth camp in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia has been endorsed by the government
The flow of refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa towards Yemen exceeds previous records
In this issue
1) Heavy rains have resulted in fatalities and massive destruction in South Darfur and the northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, and Jonglei states of South Sudan during the past week. Flooding potential remains as heavy rains are forecast during the next week.
2) Heavy downpours killed four people in Dakar and central Senegal during the past week. Heavy rains persisted, potentially exacerbating Cholera outbreak across Sierra Leone and Guinea. Concerns for flooding and Cholera spreading remain as heavy rains are again forecasted.