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14 Apr 2017 description

Dryness remains in the Greater Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits and degraded ground conditions. However, above-average rainfall since March has helped to alleviate seasonal dryness.

  2. Despite an increase in moisture following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Enawo during early March, long- term moisture deficits remain due to very poor rains earlier in the season throughout central and eastern Madagascar.

10 Apr 2017 description

Following the impact of TD Ex-Dineo, IFRC launched a DREF for 108,204 Swiss francs on 22 February 2017, to support the NS conduct initial rapid needs assessment, deliver relief supplies to the affected population and replenish Zimbabwe Red Cross Society stock. An Emergency Needs Assessment (ENA) was conducted in five Provinces and ascertained the extent of the damage and related needs.

07 Apr 2017 description
  • Heavy rain have been affecting several areas of northern Malawi over the past week, causing floods.
  • According to local media, as of 6 April at 7.00 UTC, at least four people have died, three people are missing and over 5 200 families have been displaced in Karonga district.
  • Over the next 24 h, moderate rain may affect the north and north-east areas of the country, including the ones already affected.
07 Apr 2017 description

This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from January - April 2017. The next report will be issued on or around June 2017.

Highlights

  • The Government of Zimbabwe has declared the flooding situation affecting 36 districts in the country a national disaster, and has appealed for international assistance.

07 Apr 2017 description

Increasing moisture deficits recorded in the Greater Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits and degraded ground conditions across parts of northeastern Mozambique.

  2. Despite a robust increase in rainfall following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Enawo during early March, considerable long-term moisture deficits remain due to well below-average rains earlier in the season throughout northern Madagascar.

06 Apr 2017 description

Executive Summary

The Zimbabwe Peace Project recorded various human rights violations in the month of March. Civic and political rights violations were recorded in both urban areas and rural areas.

In urban areas the violations were mainly the denial of the right to freedom of assembly, expression and association.

05 Apr 2017 description
report New Era

Onaame-Prospects of a good harvest have disappeared for many subsistence mahangu farmers in various villages in Ohangwena Region as their crops are currently submerged in floodwater.

Crops have turned yellow and villagers whose livelihoods depend on mahangu as a staple food have abandoned their fields, bracing themselves for the hard times ahead. Farmers said the situation does not only threaten their food security, but also affects them emotionally as last year’s harvest was also next to nothing because of the recurring drought.

03 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

• Tanzania outbreak continues but with significant reduction in cases.

• A small outbreak in North Western Zambia bordering with DRC is reported to be under control and managed by MOH.

• Angola has seen a reduction in cases but the last official report available is that of week 8 - 26 February.

03 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • In February, Cyclone Dineo hit coastal Inhambane Province affecting nearly 551,000 people and destroying 27,000 hectares of crops.

  • WFP scaled up its El Niño drought response. In February, WFP assisted 748,925 people, while working to enhance their resilience to climate shocks in the longer term.

  • The Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) 200355 is undergoing a budget revision to extend this project by three months from April to June 2017.

Operational Updates

31 Mar 2017 description

Erratic and below-average rainfall continues in East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits and degraded ground conditions across parts of northeastern Mozambique.

  2. Despite a robust increase in rainfall following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Enawo during early March, considerable long-term moisture deficits remain due to well below-average rains earlier in the season throughout northern Madagascar.

30 Mar 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the satellite-detected surface waters extent and evolution over Oponono Lake; a large wetland fed by the Culevai Oshana, in Oshana region, Namibia, as observed from the Sentinel-1 images acquired on 14 and 26 March 2017. A decrease of surface water extent was detected in the 26 March 2017 image, : ~17,370 ha of surface water were observed the 14 March 2017 within the lake area and decreased to 15,781 ha the 26 March 2017 corresponding to regression of about 9 %. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field.

29 Mar 2017 description

A. Appeal History

• This Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 April 2016 for CHF 1,702,895 to enable the IFRC to support the Cruz Vermelha de Moçambique (CVM) to reach 14,767 people (2,953 households) in 6 districts with food assistance to meet emergency needs and livelihoods interventions to promote recovery for nine months.

28 Mar 2017 description

Downpours due to the Tropical cyclone Dineo resulted in flooding in additional areas. Recently, the Met services alerted that rains will continue and the water in rivers will further increase, which would result in overflooding and therefore affecting new areas in addition to the ones affected by the cyclone. Gaza province (the districts of Chibuto, Guja and Chokwe) is the most affected where 1,743 households have been reported affected and 1,313 houses destroyed.

27 Mar 2017 description
report Government of Japan

The Government of Japan provided emergency relief goods, namely 500 tents, 40 plastic sheets, 40 water purifiers and 800 portable jerry cans. This is in response to the damage caused by the recent floods and cyclone and in light of the friendly relations between the people of Japan and Zimbabwe.

26 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2017 forecast at near-average levels

  • Imports of maize increase in 2016/17 marketing year to compensate for reduced 2016 harvest

  • National average maize price declined at the start of 2017, but remained at high levels

  • Food security situation expected to improve in 2017 on account of expected average harvest following sharp deterioration in 2016

Maize production in 2017 expected to rebound to average levels

25 Mar 2017 description

Rains finally promise a good harvest in most parts of Zimbabwe's Manicaland province - but only if farmers can get it to market

By Andrew Mambondiyani

CHIPENDEKE, Zimbabwe, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After two consecutive seasons of drought, heavy rains finally promise a good harvest in most parts of Zimbabwe's Manicaland province. But farmers now face a new challenge: washed-out roads that will make it difficult to get their crops to market.

25 Mar 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the satellite-detected surface waters extent and evolution over Oponono Lake; a large wetland fed by the Culevai Oshana, in Oshana region, Namibia, as observed from the Sentinel-1 images acquired on 02 and 14 March 2017. An increase of surface water extent was detected in the 14 March 2017 image, particularly in the upstream part of the lake: ~4,130 ha of surface water were observed the 02 March 2017 within the lake area and reached ~10,820 ha the 14 March 2017 corresponding to an evolution of about 160%.

25 Mar 2017 description

Despite an increase in rainfall, long-term moisture deficits remain in Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits and low soil moisture across parts of northeastern Mozambique.

  2. Despite a robust increase in rainfall following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Enawo during early March, considerable long-term moisture deficits remain due to well below-average rainfall earlier in the season throughout the northern Madagascar.