Heavy rains starting on 7 Jan 2013 have affected an estimated 8,490 people across Zimbabwe, out of which 4,615 require humanitarian assistance in the form of emergency shelter and/or non-food items (blankets, clothes, cooking utensils, hygiene packs). The heavy downpours have also caused major damage to agricultural lands, destroying maize crops (the main staple), as well as disrupting public services such as road transportation and education. The main provinces requiring humanitarian response are in Matebeleland South, Matebeleland North, Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Masvingo and Midlands. (OCHA, 25 Jan 2013)
By February, the meteorological department reported that the country had received the peak of rainfall for the season and that while more rains are expected, they should not cause major flooding incidents (OCHA, 8 Feb 2013).
The team visited two sites, one affected by (floods, in Zaka District, Masvingo Province and hailstorms in Mberengwa District, Midland Province). The field visit gave an interesting perspective into both the “planned” flood response and “opportunistic” hailstorm response. In most of the affected provinces, ZRCS was the first responder to the disasters. Overall, beneficiaries interviewed were grateful for what they had received from ZRCS.
The 11th of February 2014 started like any other normal working day at the office. Having been on leave for most parts of January 2014 I needed to do a lot of catching up at the office. In one of the corridors at the office, I bumped into Selina Pasirayi, the ActionAid Zimbabwe Sustainable Livelihoods and Disaster Risk Reduction Manager, who jokingly said: ‘It time for real action madam. You did not travel to Thailand, Asia to do the Emergency Fast Action Support Team (EFAST) training for nothing.
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CHF 266,514 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) in February 2013 to support the Zimbabwe Red Cross (ZRCS) in delivering assistance to some 3,500 beneficiaries (700 households) and to replenish its disaster preparedness stocks.
DREF operation update no. 1 was issued in the 8 May 2013 to provide for a one month extension to enable implementation of activities delayed due to a severe hailstorm.
Snapshot 08 – 15 October
In Syria, heavy fighting is ongoing in Rural Damascus, Dar’a, Aleppo, Idleb and Homs, with government forces making gains in Rural Damascus while the opposition has won ground in Dar’a. Despite the call of al-Qaeda’s leader for opposition fighters to unite, inter-group fighting has escalated in Aleppo over control for neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, the Syrian National Council announced that it did not intend to participate in the proposed Geneva II peace talks.
I. Executive Summary
Zimbabwe continued making steady progress towards recovery and development since the launch of the 2013 humanitarian appeal. On the political front, the holding of a successful referendum ushered in a new Constitution in May. This was followed by peaceful elections in July marking the end of the Government of National Unity (GNU) that had been in place since February 2009, and introducing a new Government led by the Zimbabwe Africa National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).
♦ The Regional cereal harvest for 2013 is estimated at 35.11 million tonnes, representing a 0.2% increase over the 35.02 harvested in 2012. However, this year’s estimated Regional cereal production is 5% above the average Regional cereal production for the last five years (Table 1).
♦ The Region (excluding DRC, Madagascar and Seychelles) has recorded an overall cereal deficit of 3.93 million tonnes, which is almost equal to the 3.98 million tonnes deficit recorded during the 2012/13 marketing year (Table 3 & 4)
1. Executive Summary
Zimbabwe has slowly recovered from the economic problems of 2008 largely as a result of the introduction of the foreign currency and the inclusive government. The situation has improved, however there are some unmet needs that require interventions which include the following,
76% of the predominantly rural population is considered poor and remain unable to meet their daily food requirements
One out of every three children being chronically malnourished.
Reduced incomes and high food prices are expected to increase food insecurity among poor households in south-western districts
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An estimated 518,000 people across southern Africa were affected by floods and storms during the 2012/2013 rainfall season.
The most affected country was Mozambique, where 250,000 people received humanitarian assistance.
Due in part to the sub-optimal temporal distribution of rainfall, most countries may have below average rainfall-related crop performance this season.
Period covered by this update: 17 April to 30 May 2013
CHF 266,514 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 7 February 2013 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to 700 flood affected households or 3,500 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes to prevail across the region
• As the agricultural season drawsto a close, above normal rains in April in the southern parts of the region could improve pasture conditions. However, they are unlikely to mitigate the impact of earlier periods of extended dryness on crop production. Additionally, recent wet conditions, along with possibility of continued rains, may cause cob-rot among crops drying in the field.
Snapshot 06 - 13 2013
CHF 266,514 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 7 February 2013 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to 700 flood affected households or 3500 beneficiaries.
In Syria, fighting between the Government and opposition groups continued in all governorates apart from Tartous and As-Sweida. Following a large scale offensive by the Government initiated on 26 April, heavy fighting has been reported in and around Damascus. Clashes in Eastern Ghouta forced the closure of Damascus international airport. Approximately 6.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the country while some 4.25 million people are displaced and over 1.4 million people have fled into neighbouring countries.
In this issue
ERF Fundraising Activities P.1
ERF Interventions P.2
Name of implementing partner Christian Care
Name of District/Area of operation Mberengwa West
Name of person completing form
5 April 2013
Several weeks of above-average seasonal precipitation over the Greater Horn has negatively impacted parts of Kenya
1) Since the beginning of the year, poorly distributed and significantly below average seasonal rainfall has led to deteriorating ground conditions, stressed vegetation and negatively impacted cropping activities and livestock throughout many parts of southwestern Africa. Many local areas in Angola and Namibia have experienced less than half of their normal rainfall accumulation since January.