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15 Feb 2017 description

Situation

  • Tropical Cyclone DINEO formed over the Mozambique Channel on 13 February and then started moving south-west towards southern Mozambique, strengthening.

  • On 14 February its centre was located approx. 480 km north-east of the city of Inhambane province and it had max. sustained wind speed of 83 km/h (Tropical Storm strength).

14 Feb 2017 description

A new Tropical Cyclone named DINEO formed over the Mozambique Channel on 13 February and continues to move west south-west towards southern Mozambique, strengthening. As of 14 February, its centre was located approx. 480 km north-east of the city of Inhambane and it had max. sustained wind speed of 83 km/h. JRC estimations indicate a maximum storm surge height of 0.8 m in Marivate (Inhambane province) for 15 February at 20.00 UTC. Over the next 24 h, it is forecast to continue moving west south-west towards the southern coast of Mozambique, strengthening but remaining a Tropical Storm.

14 Feb 2017 description

Situation

  • Tropical Cyclone DINEO formed over the Mozambique Channel on 13 February and then started moving south-west towards southern Mozambique, strengthening.

  • On 14 February its centre was located approx. 480 km north-east of the city of Inhambane province and it had max. sustained wind speed of 83 km/h (Tropical Storm strength).

09 Feb 2017 description

◾The worst drought in the last 35 years related to El Nino has led to high levels of food insecurity with several areas in IPC 3 and IPC 4. Currently 13.8 million people are targeted for humanitarian assistance.

◾Heavy rainfall and floods in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique are adversely affecting crop production and may prolong need for humanitarian assistance if harvests are undermined.

09 Feb 2017 description

Armyworm outbreak in several countries may affect maize production levels

Key Messages

  • In January, areas in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Lesotho continued to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity outcomes where humanitarian assistance coverage is very low and needs are high. During this peak lean period, there is the possibility for some isolated households to experience Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes. In Madagascar and Malawi, area outcomes have improved to Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) because of ongoing assistance.

07 Feb 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected flood waters over Save River in Mozambique as observed from the Radarsat-2 images acquired on 22 January 2017 and 05 February 2017. A decrease of surface waters was observed in the 05 February 2017 image compared to the 22 January 2017 image along the Save river. The surface waters decrease is about 15%. It is likely that flood waters have been systematically underestimated along highly vegetated areas along main river banks and within built-up urban areas because of the special characteristics of the satellite data used.

06 Feb 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected flood waters around Chimuara city, Zambezia province, Mozambique as observed from the Radarsat-2 image acquired on 05 February 2017 and Sentinel-1 image acquired on11 December 2014. A relative stability of surface water extent was observed in the 05 February 2017 image compared to the 11 December 2014 image. It is likely that flood waters have been systematically underestimated along highly vegetated areas along main river banks and within built-up urban areas because of the special characteristics of the satellite data used.

02 Feb 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • With support from the World Bank, an informal settlement in Maputo now has new drainage systems, paved access roads, new recreational spaces, and improvements in solid waste collection

  • An estimated 40,000 residents directly benefited from the upgrades, including 2000 primary school children whose school has been totally rehabilitated

  • Improvements have also led to increased property tax revenue and local businesses have grown to include more than 800 people, mostly women

02 Feb 2017 description
  • Severe weather, including heavy rain and thunderstorms, has been affecting the country over the past weeks, causing floods.

  • As of 1 February at 7.00 UTC, local media reported at least 10 deaths and 96 injuries due to lightning, over 1 000 houses damaged and at least 73 families left homeless due to floods in the provinces of Harare, Masvingo, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East and Mashonaland West.

  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate to locally heavy rain are forecast for most of the country, especially the northern and central areas.

01 Feb 2017 description

4 million Zimbabweans need food aid until the end of March because of the 2016 drought

  • Incessant rains follow worst drought in 25 years

  • Staple maize and tobacco worst hit by rains

  • Fertiliser shortages add to maize farmers' problems

By MacDonald Dzirutwe

01 Feb 2017 description
map UNOSAT

Pungwe River in Sofala Province, Mozambique as observed from the Sentinel-1 images acquired on 05 and 29 January 2017. An increase of surface water extent was observed in the 29 January 2017 image compared to the 05 January 2017 image including the zones along the Pungwe river and several areas along this river were inundated. It is likely that flood waters have been systematically underestimated along highly vegetated areas along main river banks and within built-up urban areas because of the special characteristics of the satellite data used.

31 Jan 2017 description

Above-average seasonal rains cause flooding in some southern and central areas

Near Term: October 2016 - January 2017 Medium Term: February - May 2017

Key Messages

30 Jan 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Food insecurity persists throughout Southern Africa

• Above-average rainfall likely to improve crop production regionally; however, some areas at risk of flooding

• Armyworm infestations damage maize in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

26 Jan 2017 description

Crisis overview

Since the beginning of January 2017, heavy seasonal rains have been affecting central and southern provinces in Mozambique. 44 people have died and 79,000 have been affected. The Mozambican authorities issued an orange alert for the provinces of Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane and Nampula, yet areas of Tete and Sofala provinces have also been affected. The orange alert means that government institutions are planning for an impending disaster. Continued rainfall has been forecaste for the first quarter of 2017.

Key findings

25 Jan 2017 description
interactive UNOSAT
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Overview Event - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 25 Jan 2017.
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PHASE 1 (24 - 72H) - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 25 Jan 2017.
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PHASE 2 ( 72H - 2 WEEKS) - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 25 Jan 2017.

This UNOSAT LIVE map integrates geo-spatial data from a range of sources in support of response efforts for seasonal floods caused by torrential rainfalls in central and southern areas of Mozambique.

24 Jan 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected flood waters over Save River in Mozambique as observed from the Sentinel-1 image acquired on 10 January 2017 and Radarsat-2 image acquired on 22 January 2017. An increase of surface water extent was observed in the 22 January 2017 image compared to the 10 January 2017 image including the zones along the Save river and several areas along this river were inundated. The surface waters evolution is about 60% from the 10 January to the 22 January 2017.

22 Jan 2017 description
report The Zimbabwean

In the face of potential floods due to incessant rains, Platform for Youth Development community monitors are on high alert, tracking the thread of the destruction in Chipinge. Reports that are coming from the monitors are to the effect that unplastered houses and Blair toilets are collapsing in areas such as Rimbi, Muumbe, Zamchiya, Mabee and Chinyamukwakwa.

The rains being experienced in the country since November have left a trail of destruction in Chipinge.

Ward 20 Councillor, Charles Mugidho expressed worry at the rate of the destruction and need for preparedness.

20 Jan 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the estimated total precipitation accumulation for Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The total estimate was derived from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) dataset at a spatial resolution of approximately 10km, and covers the period from 12 to 18 January 2017. The average percipitation during January is usually 209 mm in Mozambique and 155 mm in Zimbabwe. It is possible that precipitation levels may have been underestimated for local areas, and are not a substitute for ground station measurements. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT.

20 Jan 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the estimated total precipitation accumulation in Maputo province, Mozambique. The total estimate was derived from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) dataset at a spatial resolution of approximately 10km and covers the period from 01 to 17 January 2016 and the same period in2017. It is possible that precipitation levels may have been underestimated for local areas, and are not a substitute for ground station measurements. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT.