East Africa: Floods - Aug 2007
(Ottawa - September 27, 2007) Extensive flooding has affected more than one million people and left 650,000 homeless in over 18 countries in East, Central and West Africa. Flooding and landslides have washed away houses, food reserves and crops, and has contaminated clean water supplies. (Canadian Red Cross, 27 Sep 2007)
Unusually heavy rainfall since July 2007 has led to flooding and waterlogging across a number of districts in eastern and northern Uganda. The Rwizi River in Mbarara (southwestern Uganda) is also reported to have burst its banks. On 19 September, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni declared a state of emergency in the areas flood-affected areas of Eastern Uganda, which was endorsed by Parliament on 25 September. (OCHA, 2 Oct 2007)
More than 650,000 people have lost their homes and some 200 their lives in the worst floods in the history of Africa affecting large swathes of land all over Eastern, Central and West Africa - and the rains are set to continue into November. In East Africa, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia and Kenya were badly hit. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected - Uganda around 90,000, in Kenya around 26,000 and in Ethiopia around 100,000. Thousands more have been displaced. (IFRC, 18 Oct 2007)
Uganda receives support from the European Commission in two main areas: transport/infrastructure and rural development. Under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), Uganda will benefit from total EU funding of €439 million between 2008 and 2013; mainly in these sectors. The programming also foresees a general budget support programme (so-called MDG contract) as well as activities in non-focal areas, such as democratic governance and civil society. Uganda received EDF funding of €80.8 million in 2010.
Period covered by this Final Report: 18 July 2007 to 18 April 2008;
Appeal target (current): 7,384,145 (USD 6,837,171 or EUR 4,586,425);
Final Appeal coverage: 80%;
- A Preliminary Emergency Appeal launched on 18 July 2007 for CHF 2,077,530 (USD 1,646,690 or EUR 1,194,969) for five months to assist 40,000 people.
- CHF 549,000 was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) initial response efforts.
- A Revised Emergency Appeal issued on 8 August 2007 for CHF 5,464,899 (USD …
The recent past has seen the media reporting about the severe food shortage in many parts of the eastern region. Saturday Monitor's Evelyn Lirri visited Teso sub-region and brings you the appalling situation as residents reportedly survive on mangoes and porridge.
In the midday sun, 70-year-old Peter Oduluse lies quietly on a ragged cloth, spread under a mango tree in the compound of his home. He moves his frail body from side to side as he labours to breathe. He can neither sit nor stand.
The contours of his rib cage are outlined through his emaciated body. He is not sick.
Written by: Frank Nyakairu
RIER, UNITY STATE, southern Sudan - Hardly 30 minutes after restaurant owner William Makwach described Rier as a peaceful, progressive trading centre, the village turned into something like a war zone.
Gangs of spear-throwing young men chased each other through the streets. Traders shuttered their shops and women and children scattered to safety.
"For how long shall we suffer?" asked a woman holding a toddler.
The woman was a recent returnee to Rier in the flashpoint border area between northern and southern Sudan.
This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008.
Programme purpose: Support Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS), a leading indigenous community-based humanitarian organisation in Sudan, to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability in their country.
Programmes summary: The year 2008 marked three years after the peace agreement was signed in 2005, after a pan-Sudan health assessment was conducted by the Federation.
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In the month of October, African National Societies converged in Johannesburg for the 7th Pan African Conference. The delegates from 53 National Socieities made committments for the next 4 years and pledged to continue alleviating the suffering of the most vulnerable.
(Poznan, 3 December 2008): Today, for the first time in climate change negotiations, the humanitarian agencies of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee have teamed up with disaster risk reduction staff of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system to issue a joint call for scaled-up global action to reduce disaster risk and to strengthen preparedness for effective response.
The current negotiations on risk management and risk reduction in Poznan are a unique opportunity to make sure that adaptation action is able to prevent global humanitarian …
Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.
Situation Générale en octobre 2008
Prévision jusqu'à'mi-décembre 2008
La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin est restée calme en octobre. Avec la fi n des pluies saisonnières et le dessèchement de la végétation, les effectifs acridiens ont diminué dans les zones de reproduction estivale du Sahel de l'Afrique de l'ouest et du Soudan, ainsi que le long de la frontière indo-pakistanaise. Une reproduction à petite échelle a eu lieu dans l'ouest de la Mauritanie et dans le sud du Yémen.
General Situation during October 2008
Forecast until mid-December 2008
The Desert Locust situation remained calm during October. As the seasonal rains ended and vegetation dried out, locusts declined in the summer breeding areas of the Sahel in West Africa and Sudan, and along the Indo-Pakistan border. Small-scale breeding occurred in western Mauritania and in southern Yemen.
In July, representatives from National Societies allover Africa and the Rome Consensus met in Entebbe with the intent to discuss and commit themselves to finding a solution to the ever increasing drug abuse in the country and world over.
The Humanitarian Drug Policy in the offing is expected to be one of the tools to fight the vice affecting 200 million people worldwide.
The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.
Kumi - Government has set aside Shs6b to avert famine in Teso sub region, State minister for Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru has said.
Katakwi - The UPDF Third Division in Teso has handed out fast maturing and high yielding cassava cuttings to fight in the Teso region. UPDF Third Division spokesman Henry Obbo on Saturday said the army has embarked on providing vulnerable communities with some agricultural inputs to avert the famine.
"Food security is equally our concern. A satisfied community is a secure community," he said.
Moroto - At least 15 people have been reported dead from hunger in Moroto District in the last three months, the LC5 chairperson, Mr Peter Ken Lochap has said.
He said Nawaikorot village in Ngoleriet Sub-county, Bokoro County had particularly been affected by this year's poor harvest of crops that has cast a big shadow of a looming famine on the populace of Karamoja.
"We have begun receiving reports of deaths resulting from hunger and so far 15 have been brought to my attention. I have told my people in the district to use what (food) they have …