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Angola + 12 others
UNICEF Humanitarian Action Update: East and Southern Africa 18 Oct 2007


- Violent attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia, have caused over 402,000 people to flee their homes since March. Tensions are high in the Great Lakes region with new refugee movements taking place into neighbouring countries. In Western Kenya, 67,000 people remain internally displaced following the Mt. Elgon ethnic clashes.

- The prolonged dry spells in southern Africa are affecting 401,200 and 407,000 people in Lesotho and Swaziland

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Afghanistan + 8 others
Southern African Humanitarian Crisis update Aug/Sep 2007


Regional: Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania continue to supply maize to grain deficit countries. However, regional surpluses are not enough to cover these deficits in the different countries. Limited market and transport infrastructure is hampering the distribution of grain from surplus to deficit areas, thereby resulting in high prices. Cases of cholera and other communicable diseases as in the case of Angola and Lesotho continue to expose the fragility of the regions health infrastructure. Ahead of the rainy season, several countries in the region are undertaking

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UNICEF External Situation Report Swaziland - 26 Sep 2007


The winter season is nearing its end. There is a clear trend of rising temperatures after what has been an uncharacteristically cold winter for Swaziland.

There has been notable progress in the emergency response in several areas. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and FAO have accelerated distribution of seeds and agricultural tools. The distribution has been finalized in six constituencies, benefiting 11,695 households, and will be completed in time for the planting season in October.

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UNICEF External Situation Report Swaziland - 27 Aug 2007


Distribution of seeds and agricultural tools (by FAO and Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives) started on the 20 of August 2007; so far, 2,426 families from three constituencies benefited. The distribution started in the Hhohho Region, which usually sees early rains. This will facilitate timely ploughing and planting. UNICEF advocated for the victims of forest fires to be included, as they have lost most of their belongings, and it was confirmed that these will be included in the second phase, starting 22 October 2007.

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UNICEF External Situation Report Swaziland - 14 Aug 2007

Situation Update

The Water Crisis Committee (WCC) worked to expedite the response to the acute water shortage. The WCC drilled six boreholes and rehabilitated one water infrastructure at Lavumisa, an area in the Lubombo region with serious water shortages. During the upcoming week, the WCC team will focus on the Matsanjeni constituency in the Lubombo region. The team will determine drill sites for new boreholes and will identify any water infrastructure that requires rehabilitation.

After nearly two years of stable fares,

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Swaziland + 1 other
28 dead, hundreds homeless in S.Africa inferno

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 9, 2007 (AFP) - A total of 28 people died and hundreds of homes were destroyed by a series of forest fires which have swept through parts of South Africa and Swaziland since the end of last month, officials said Thursday.

"26 deaths have been reported thus far," in South Africa alone, said a statement issued after a cabinet meeting Wednesday.

Two people were reported dead as a result of the fire in neighbouring Swaziland.

"Over 50,000 hectares (124,000 acres) of commercial plantations (and a further 18,000 (44,500 acres) in Swaziland)

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UNICEF Situation Report Swaziland - External 07 Jul 2007


Adding to the impact already felt by Swaziland's national drought disaster, the nation was racked by forest fires that raged for more than seven consecutive days in late July. Dubbed by the Swaziland Fire Department as "the biggest in Swazi history," the fires impacted three of the country's four regions - Hhohho, Manzini and Shiselweni. On 1 August 2007, the Prime Minister declared a second national disaster due to the devastating fires.

Beginning on Sunday 22 July, the fires were propelled by high winds and already-dry conditions. The fires began

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Swaziland: Fires become a national disaster

MBABANE , 3 August 2007 (IRIN) - Swaziland has declared a national emergency in response to raging fires that have swept through parts of the kingdom, engulfing as many as 300 homesteads, killing livestock and destroying crops and large swathes of commercial tree plantations.

At least a dozen people have died, and firefighters have sought to contain the blazes because high winds have made extinguishing them an all but impossible task.

Garrett Lushaba, a firefighter in the central Manzini region, told IRIN, "Today we slept, but it has been two days since we slept."


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Swaziland: Fires OCHA Situation Report No. 1



1. On the 1st August 2007, the Prime Minister Mr. Absalom Dlamini declared the devastating field fires that have been raging for days a national disaster.

2. The raging fires fueled by strong winds have destroyed approximately eighty percent of the Mondi Forests Plantations in Piggs Peak.The land covered by Mondi Forests measures 19,500 hectares and employs 1,200 people. Infrastructure such as water systems that supply potable water to the housing estates and one of the mills suffered

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