The onset of the long rains in Kenya caused devastating impacts across the country. Between January and February 2010, floods disasters claimed at least 42 lives, while in March, some 31 people lost their lives in various parts of the country. Over 3,375 households were displaced, 14,585 people affected and 1,864 livestock lost to raging floods. (Kenya Red Cross, 31 Mar 2010)
According to a U.N. report, 14 people died in the Hudet and Moyale woredas or districts of Ethiopia's Somali Region last week while more that 100 people were buried in a major landslide in Uganda's Bududa region in March. The Ugandan government planned to relocate more half a million people from Bududa, a landslide-prone mountainous region in the country's east. Meanwhile, over 9,000 people in Tanzania's Kilosa district were forced to take refuge in classrooms from floods that affected some 33,000 people around the country. (AlertNet, 4 May 2010)
Written by Willie Brens Wambedde
It was time for joy, jubilation and gratitude during the commissioning of a water project at Panyandoli Hills Primary School in Panyandoli Sub county, Kiryandongo district for the 2010 Bududa landslide victims.
The 6 months water project that saw the construction of 10 boreholes was funded by the proceeds of the November 2012 Kampala Marathon organized by MTN a telecommunication company in partnership with Uganda Red Cross Society. (URCS).
By Wambi Michael
BUDUDA, Uganda, Jul 4 2012 (IPS) - The Ugandan government says it will forcibly remove people settling on the steep slopes of Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda’s Bududa District, as the growing population has resulted in increased landslides in recent years.
In the latest one on Jun. 25, an estimated 100 people are feared dead and up to 250 have been unaccounted for when three villages were washed away after heavy rainfall in the area.
Over the last three years, landslides have buried alive several hundred people living on the slopes of Mount Elgon.
Below-average February to May rains increased food security concerns
Dramatic increases in the prices of local cereals are registered in Southern and Central Somalia, mainly due to drought that affected production of sorghum and maize. Nominal rice and maize prices may soon approach the levels observed in 2008.
The number of food insecure people in need of food assistance has increased to 2.4 million in the last six months.
The ongoing civil conflict and the severe drought during the 2010/11 secondary deyr season are the major drivers of deteriorating food security conditions in the country.
Written by Hasifa Kabejja
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 06:31
Mbale Branch with support from Danish Red Cross will implement a disaster risk reduction project that will mainly focus on tree planting in Nakaloke, Bubyangu, Lwasso and Busano parishes.
A total of 2,781 households in the above mentioned parishes will receive 20,153 mango, ovocado and grevellia tree seedlings that will be distributed in the next rain season that is expected this month.
"Each household will get about 7 seedlings, including 2 mango seedlings, 2 avocado seedlings and 3 Grenville seedlings.
The Japanese government has committed a total of US$37.9 million in funding for 2011 to support IOM humanitarian services for migrants, migrant producing regions, host communities, returnees and internally displaced people.
The funded projects, in Afghanistan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tajikistan and Tanzania, will also provide technical support to increase government capacity to manage increasingly complex migration flows as well as coping with displacement due to natural disasters.
In Sudan, funds will be used to assist communities in the Southern …
The overall good performance of the 2010 belg and meher rains contributed to improving the food security situation in areas that benefit from the seasonal rains, apart for some pockets in the eastern lowlands areas.
HIGHLIGHTS / KEY PRIORITIES
- New localized floods have been experienced in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho and Madagascar;
- Strong downpours flooded northwestern Madagascar, while heavy rains in the drought affected south may have damaged crops; and
- Discharge from the Cahora Bassa will increase on 4 February from 4200 to 6400m3/s, which could lead to flooding downstream.
- River levels at Katima Mulilo in Namibia's Caprivi Strip are more than twice the level for this year.
- A map of the impacts is included.
Leading environmental activists lauded today the Rwandan Government's plan to restore all of the steadily recovering Central African nation's lost forest lands and boost national development as a far-sighted move that should be replicated by other Governments.
"This really is a good news story," said Stewart Maginnis, Director of Environment and Development of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), during a Headquarters press conference held in connection with the ninth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests, under way until 4 February.
JOHANNESBOURG, 26 janvier 2011 (IRIN) - En 2010, cinq des catastrophes les plus désastreuses, en termes de morts, de biens matériels et d'infrastructures, ont eu lieu en Asie. Investir dans la planification en prévision des catastrophes pourrait grandement contribuer à limiter le nombre de victimes, ont dit les experts.
« Les catastrophes en Asie sont principalement dues aux inondations et dans une moindre mesure, aux tempêtes.
JOHANNESBURG, 25 January 2011 (IRIN) - In 2010, five of the most devastating disasters, measured in loss of lives, goods and infrastructure, occurred in Asia. Investing in disaster planning could go a long way to keeping the number of casualties down, experts said.
"Disasters in Asia are largely due to floods and, in the second instance, storms.
FSNAU has just analyzed the results from 3 livelihood based nutrition surveys conducted in the Juba regions in December. The results indicate a significant deterioration from 6 months ago, with all 3 surveys reporting results above 25% global acute malnutrition (GAM) . All livelihoods illustrate equal levels of crisis, with 30.7% GAM and 7.8% severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in the Pastoral livelihood, 29.7% GAM and 6.4% SAM in the Riverine livelihood and 26.1% GAM and 6.2% SAM in the Agro-pastoral livelihood zone.
PART 1: CONTEXT OVERVIEW
Based on consultations with the Government of Uganda, the United Nations, the non-governmental community and donor representatives, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) decided in August 2010 that the humanitarian situation in Uganda would no longer warrant a Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) in 2011. Instead, it was agreed that an Inter-Agency Working Group, with participation of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), should develop a humanitarian profile for Uganda as a tool to guide decision on humanitarian action in 2011.
HARARE/JOHANNESBURG, 30 December 2010 (IRIN) - The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) staffed jointly by officials from Zambia and Zimbabwe, says one of the two major dams on the river between the two countries will open its flood gates in early 2011, meaning that communities may have to be relocated.
"ZRA has issued the alert, but they have not yet informed us of the dates on when they will open the gates," said Patrick Kangwa, head of operations at Zambia's Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit.
The ZRA manages Kariba Dam situated between northwestern Zimbabwe and …
This report is based on information received from the Government, Kenya Red Cross (KRC),National Steering Committee ( NSC), CEWARN, United Nations, Media and other humanitarian partners in the field. The report may therefore not capture all the incidents which occurred.
The cumulative number of people killed between January and 23 December 2010 during resource based conflicts in Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs) reached 179. The figure is lower compared to the past two years. Four hundred and twelve killings were reported during the year 2008 and 364 killings in 2009.
There are clear signs of a worsening food security situation in most livelihoods of Somalia, as a result of unusually below average precipitation caused by the La-Nina meteorological phenomenon. The impact of the poor performance of Deyr rains is demonstrated in failed crops in most of the southern crop-producing regions, considerable water and pasture shortages in most key pastoral areas of the country, causing deterioration in livestock conditions.
Five years ago, on 15 December 2005, the General Assembly established the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), a humanitarian fund with a grant component of up to US$450 million and a loan component of $50 million.
CERF provides funds rapidly so that UN humanitarian Agencies can jump-start critical operations and lifesaving programmes not yet funded through other sources.
CERF is funded by voluntary contributions by Member States and Observers, corporations, individuals and private organizations. Since March 2006, CERF has received pledges and contributions of nearly $2 …
Malaria prevention and control are major foreign assistance objectives of the U.S. Government (USG). In May 2009, President Barack Obama announced the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a six-year, comprehensive effort to reduce the burden of disease and promote healthy communities and families around the world.