Southern Africa: Weekly Report (4 to 10 March 2014)

Southern Africa: Risk of Flooding

Southern Africa has been experiencing torrential rains since 1 March, which have been particularly affecting Swaziland, southern Mozambique, and north-east of South Africa.

In Mozambique, the basins of Incomati, Limpopo and Umbeluzi have been on alert since 6 March. As of 8 March, Incomati river levels reached their peak and Maputo basin reached alert levels. Other basins still on alert in the rest of the country were Pungue, Zambeze, Messalo and Lugenda.

In Swaziland, eight people have been reported dead from drowning. Ten rivers are flooded and excessive infrastructure damage has occurred. No assistance has been requested from the UN so far.

Other countries affected have been Zambia (Copperbelt region) and Namibia (Zambezi region).
Weather forecasts indicate that this week will still be characterized by heavy rains (85-105 mm in 7 days) in the region.

Namibia: Cholera Outbreak

As of 10 March 2014, the total of detected cases is 42, 3 lab confirmed and 2 deaths. Katutura State Hospital admitted 2 patients on 6 March 2014.

Zambia and Mozambique: Waterborne Diseases

In Zambia, 298 cases of dysentery and 172 of typhoid fever since end of January have been reported in the Lusaka district, of which 36 suspected cases of dysentery and 9 suspected cases of typhoid fever dating from the first week of March. OXFAM is providing chlorine and soap while IFRC and SFH will be engaged on IEC.

In Mozambique, a cholera outbreak from early January 2014 has affected Nampula City (Nampula) and Gille district (Zambezia) with 363 cases, but no reported deaths.

Madagascar:

Preliminary assessment reports by the food security cluster and FEWS NET identify two districts in the South West region (Betioky and Ampanihy) at risk of food insecurity

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