Toggle text

Namibia + 15 others
Southern Africa: Relevant Humanitarian Events (2013)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

Toggle text

Botswana: Floods DREF operation n° MDRBW002, Final report

Summary: CHF 184,249 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 19 February 2013 to support the Botswana Red Cross Society to replenish stockpiled non-food items (NFIs) that were used to provide immediate assistance to some 591 families (3,459 people) affected by floods.

Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) managed the implementation of the DREF, ensuring that the NFIs that were used for flood assistance were replenished for pre-positioning in strategic areas in the north of the country, in readiness for future emergencies.

Toggle text

Angola + 12 others
SADC Food Security Update, Issue No. 1 – July 2013

Regional Summary

♦ 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)

Toggle text

Mozambique + 11 others
Southern Africa Humanitarian Bulletin: Issue 11, June 2013

Even as the flood season draws to a close, poor distribution of rainfall in most countries may result in below average rainfall-related crop performance this season.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

Toggle text

Madagascar + 14 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (28 May to 3 June 2013)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Madagascar:

The first round of presidential election is currently scheduled to be held on 24 July 2013. No decision yet on whether it will be postponed or not.

  • Namibia:

On 17 May 2013 the President declared a national drought emergency and called for assistance from international community. An estimated 330,925 people have now been classified as food insecure - 14 percent of Namibia's 2,324 million people (total population)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

Toggle text

Malawi + 11 others
Southern Africa Food Security Outlook April to September 2013

Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes to prevail across the region

KEY MESSAGES

• Most rural households across the region will maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity outcomes between April and June, relying mainly on own produced food stocks from the main season harvest. However, a few localized areas in southern Mozambique will experience Minimal (IPC Phase 1) and Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes in the presence of assistance, while parts of Lesotho will experience Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes in the presence of humanitarian assistance between April and June.

Toggle text

Malawi + 13 others
Southern Africa Seasonal Monitor, May 27, 2013

KEY MESSAGES

• 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.

Toggle text

Red Cross responds as heavy rains ravage the central district

Priding itself as always being the first to respond to disasters, the Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) lived up to its reputation as staff and volunteers of the National Society extended a helping hand by embarking on a full scale disaster relief operation that aimed at providing humanitarian assistance to those affected, during the recent heavy rains that caused widespread havoc in the Central part of Botswana leaving hundreds of people homeless.

Toggle text

GIEWS Country Brief: Botswana 25-April-2013

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Rainfall deficits expected to result in below average cereal production in 2013

  • Increased cereal imports registered in the 2012/13 marketing year (April/March)

  • Poor domestic production in 2013 expected to aggravate food insecurity in subsistence sector

Toggle text

Kenya + 9 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook For USAID / FEWS-NET, April 11 – April 17, 2013

Flooding along the Tana River in Kenya and the Shabelle River in Ethiopia and Somalia displaced thousands of people. More rainfall is expected.

Toggle text

‘Being prepared’ pays off in Botswana

02/04/2013 – When unexpected heavy rains recently lashed the usually dry province of Central Botswana, the local Red Cross was the first to respond. Trained disaster management volunteers from the Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) swung into immediate action, quickly accessing relief stocks, prepositioned last year in case of disaster.

Toggle text

Malawi + 9 others
Southern Africa Seasonal Monitor, March 28, 2013

Dry spell continues, compromising yields in several countries

KEY MESSAGES

  • A prolonged dry spell in the southern half of the region has continued for over 2 months in some areas, resulting in crop yield reductions and dampened harvest expectations.

  • Though prospects remain good in some parts of the region, factors that have compromised expected harvests in other areas include an erratic onset of rains, armyworm outbreaks, input distribution challenges, along with flooding and waterlogging.

Toggle text

Mozambique + 6 others
Southern Africa – ECHO and IFRC Responding to Small Scale Disasters

27/03/2013 - Heavy rains have pounded Southern African countries resulting in widespread flooding, destruction of property, and loss of lives. The floods took place in the midst of the lean season, in a situation of acute food insecurity affecting millions of people through the region. In Mozambique, the worst hit country, more than 250,000 people, mostly women and children, are affected by the crisis with about 190,000 temporary displaced since January 2013. Malawi, Botswana, Seychelles, Zambia and Zimbabwe have also been affected by the floods.

Toggle text

Botswana: Floods DREF operation n° MDRBW002

CHF 184,249 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 3,459 beneficiaries (591 families). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Toggle text

Flood victims receive food hampers, blankets

Government is doing everything possible to assist flood victims, President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has said.

He said the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development officials would assess all affected villages and families to see how they could be assisted.

President Khama, who visited Chadibe and Borotsi in Tswapong on Saturday, donated food hampers and blankets to victims of recent floods in the two villages.

The food hampers and blankets, worth over P30 000, were donated by the Lady Khama Charitable Trust.

Toggle text

Mozambique + 8 others
Southern Africa: Floods Situation Report No. 5 (as of 08 February 2013)

Government resources are limited and levels of relief stocks low while more rain and flooding are expected until the flood and cyclone season ends in April. OCHA's latest situation report provides updates on the affected countries.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.