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Lesotho + 5 others
Global seed bank to save humanity

UN Radio
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At a meeting of the Food Agricultural Organization in Rome last year, The United Nations approved the idea of a "doomsday vault" or global seed bank to save humanity.This vault would be safe from any natural or man made disasters, and out of reach of any nuclear bomb. UN Radio's Jocelyne Sambira reports.

NARR: Not far from the North Pole, in a Norwegian town called Svalbard, is a secure deposit room representing varieties of crops from around the world. It is a sort of Noah's Ark of seeds that will keep samples in case global climate change, nuclear warfare,

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Mozambique: Community theatre and radio drama for disaster management

The district of Morrumbala, in the central province of Zambezia, and other regions of the Zambezi River Valley, including Manica, Sofala, Tete and Zambezia provinces are prone to severe flooding. Floods affected about 285,000 people in the region in January and February 2007, leaving 163,000 homeless and displacing many to resettlement centres. Severe floods again hit Mozambique in late 2007 and early 2008, causing the displacement of about 76,000 people, most of them from the Zambezi River Valley.

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Angola + 9 others
Southern Africa Zone Appeal No. MAA63001 - Annual Report 2008

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008

In Brief

The appeal MAA63001 covers the regional programmes and capacity building for seven Southern Africa Red Cross Societies, namely; Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. The HIV and AIDS programme is covered separately under the five-year regional HIV and AIDS programme (2006-2010) (MAA63003).

Programme purpose: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' (IFRC) Southern Africa Zone Office (SAZO) aims to provide effective programmes coordination and

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Zambia: Appeal No. MAAZM001 - Annual Report 2008

This report covers the period 01.01.2008 to 31.12.2008 of a two year planning and appeal process

Programme Purpose: To strengthen Zambia Red Cross Society (ZRCS) capacity to enable scaling-up of activities and outreach through health and care, disaster preparedness, response and risk reduction, capacity development, enhanced by efficient coordination, cooperation and strategic partnerships at all levels.

Programme(s) summary: The 2007-2008 programme was developed based on recommendations and lessons learnt from

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Angola + 8 others
Southern Africa: Floods Emergency Appeal No. MDR63001 Final Report


Period covered by this Final Report: January-July, 2008.

Appeal target (current): CHF 8,773,852 (USD 8,436,396 or EUR 5,432,725);

Final Appeal coverage: 66%;

Appeal history:

- The Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 18 January, 2008 for CHF 8,064,000 (USD 7.3m or EUR 5m) for six months to assist a total of 150,000 beneficiaries in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

- The Appeal was revised and launched

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Mozambique: Poverty reduction strategy paper - Annual progress report - Review of the economic and social plan for 2007


This Review of the Economic and Social Plan for 2007 is an evaluation of the implementation of the Five-Year Government Programme for 2005-2009, in its third year of execution. The document presents the new simplified structure adopted in the Review of the First Half of 2007, and aims at adjusting the Review of the Economic and Social Plan as main monitoring and evaluation instrument of Government action. It consists of 4 big chapters: International Context, National Socio-Economic and Demographic Context, Main Lines of Development by Pillar, and Public Finance. In the

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Namibia: Floods ruin northern roads

New Era
OLUPAKA - Floods have swept away large swathes of gravel roads in the north, particularly in the Oshana and Omusati regions, rendering most of them impassable.

The Olupaka and Onesi main road in the Omusati Region has been severely damaged at four different places.

Councillors of both Outapi and Onesi officially announced the closure of the road to motorists until further notice.

According to locals, Omusati Governor, Sacky Kayone, visited the site.

People are complaining that there are not enough culverts for water to pass through.

"Look at this oshana, the water

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Namibia on floods alert

New Era
By Petronella Sibeene

WINDHOEK - Hydrologists have made an urgent call to flood contingency forces to be on standby as flooding is imminent in most flood-prone areas of the country.

"The urgent advice is that organisations with contingency plans should get into gear to activate them at short notice if the present weather conditions continue and/or if there is news of a high flood coming from the north," hydrologist in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Guido Van Langenhove, said on Saturday.

Most parts of Namibia have been inundated

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Zimbabwe + 1 other
Zimbabwe/Zambia: Flooding claims more lives

HARARE/LUSAKA, 3 January 2008 (IRIN) - Flooding in Zimbabwe has claimed 21 lives so far and left several thousand homeless in Zambia.

More than 1,000 families, mainly in Zimbabwe's Mashonaland Central Province, have had homes and livestock washed away by the rains which began on 3 December, 2007.

Thousands of homes in the infomal settlement of Epworth, 40 kilometres east of the capital, Harare, have collapsed as a result of the rains.

Proud Chirwa, an Epworth resident, told IRIN residents were either sleeping in the open or sharing houses which


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Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Zimbabwe: Appeal No. MAAZW001 Programme Update

This report covers the period 01/07/2008 to 31/12/2008.

In brief

Programmes purpose:

Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) programmes are focused on reducing the suffering of the most vulnerable people and communities by contributing to the reduction of numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies, increasing local community, civil society and Red Cross capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability and reducing intolerance, discrimination, social exclusion and promoting respect for diversity and human dignity.

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Namibia Red Cross - Annual Report 2008


Namibia has experienced one of its worst floods in over fifty years in the northern regions of the country at the beginning of 2008. The response to the floods was one of the major activities of the NS during 2008. The HIV and AIDS baseline survey conducted by the NS as part of the southern Africa zone initiative was the highlight of 2008. The baseline was conducted in seven regions implementing home based care. The baseline's objective is to collect data where the success of the HIV and AIDS will be measured against at the end of the current programme

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Mozambique: Increasing water levels raise fears of disastrous seasonal floods

World Vision
Water levels in the Mutarara section of the Zambezi river in central Mozambique are close to flood alert level raising fears of yet another humanitarian emergency.

Mutarara, located in Tete province, bore the brunt of two consecutive years of severe flooding. Dozens of people were killed and more than 85,000 people were displaced from a total 209,360 district inhabitants as a result of the floods.

World Vision Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Manager Moussa Sangara says, "The water levels in Mutarara this morning were only 50 centimeters short of the five meter alert level."

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WFP appeal for relief assistance in Mozambique - 17 Dec 2008

Project Title: Food Assistance Response to Natural Disasters in Mozambique

Target Population: 356,500 victims of drought and floods

Target Geographic Areas: Seven central and southern provinces - Zambezia, Tete, Manica, Sofala, Inhambane, Gaza and Maputo

Duration of response: February - April 2009

Food pipeline shortfalls: 10,840 metric tons

Funding shortfalls: US$ 8.4 million (PRRO 10600.0)

1. Synopsis

The Mozambique Vulnerability Assessment Committee (VAC) Food Security and Nutrition Assessment, conducted in October

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Zambia says sees more flooding as hunger hits country

LUSAKA, Dec 17 (Reuters) - More floods will hit parts of Zambia, where some people are already surviving on wild fruits after excessive rains caused crop failure earlier this year, Vice President George Kunda said.

Kunda said a weather forecast had shown that 34 of the southern African country's 73 districts would again be hit by floods, reducing the country's white maize output to 1.2 million tonnes in the 2007/08 season from 1.3 million tonnes the previous season.

"We have developed a contingency plan targeting 31 districts in the event of occurrence of the floods,"

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Cholera claims young lives in Zimbabwe

By Tapuwa L. Mutseyekwa

HARARE, Zimbabwe, 15 December 2008 - Sarah Masarakufa is still in mourning. Her two-year-old daughter, Shumirai, succumbed to cholera two months ago.

"She was my only daughter and she was beautiful," said Ms. Masarakufa, as she showed photographs of Shumirai. "I know I did all I could to try and save her life, but she died."

Cholera has claimed close to 200 lives in Budiriro, a suburb of Harare, over the last three months. Shumirai was among the first causalities.

Deadly water

Ms. Masarakufa watched Shumirai endure

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Albania + 11 others
Red Cross Red Crescent: Volunteer spirit must be harnessed to fight fast-changing crises

Climate-related disasters are increasing in intensity and frequency, and communities around the world are facing the humanitarian consequences of climate change on a daily basis. Volunteers from the very communities that are at risk are the ones that are adapting quickest to these fast-changing crises and they can make a real difference, according to Bekele Geleta, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Speaking on International Volunteers Day at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland, Mr. Geleta

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Afghanistan + 15 others
OCHA Natural Disaster Bulletin No. 9 - November 2008


On 13 September 2007, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Kimoon appointed Catherine Bragg of Canada as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Ms. Bragg has been the Director-General of the Humanitarian Assistance, Peace and Security Programme in the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) since 2004. She is the Chair of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Donor Support Group

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Afghanistan + 37 others
UNICEF Humanitarian Action Report 2008 - Mid-Year Review

Asia and the Pacific

Problem Statement/Context: The Asia Pacific region has an emergency profile characterized by a combination of natural disasters, civil/political unrest with pockets of conflict situations, and recent emerging new global threats such as high food and fuel prices crisis, the threat of pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases. In terms of natural disasters, the Asia-Pacific region is considered specifically vulnerable to floods and landslides, a yearly recurrent consequence of the seasonal rains coupled to possible formation of cyclones during the

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Africa weekly emergency situation update No. 36 - French version

Contexte général

La situation humanitaire des quelques 1,6 millions de personnes déplacées dans l'est de la RDC est toujours très préoccupante parce que, malgré le ballet diplomatique en cours, les combats continuent. Des tueries de civils et des recrutements d'enfants soldats sont actuellement signalées par les NU.

Situation dans les pays

Crises aigues

- Ethiopie: De fortes pluies dans la région Somali et dans les montagnes de Oromiya durant le week-end passé ont provoqué des inondations qui ont causé des déplacements et endommagé