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El Niño 2015-16

The El Niño weather event has been in a neutral phase since May. Nevertheless, it continues to have a devastating impact on vulnerable people in parts of Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Dry Corridor in Central America, and Haiti in the Caribbean. This event will also cause long term consequences for public health, nutrition, livelihoods, water and sanitation.

The weather phenomenon has resulted in poor or failed harvests in Africa, the Pacific and Central America in mid-2016, and has forced millions of poor households to resort to negative coping mechanisms, such as reducing meal sizes and non-food expenditures and selling productive assets. Poor or failed harvests lower the food supply and drive up food prices putting more burden on vulnerable households who have already seen their income reduced from poor crop production, loss of livestock and lack of employment. Water scarcity has also triggered human and livestock migration, particularly in pastoral communities. While some areas have experienced poor harvests due to drought, El Niño has led to heavy rainfalls and flooding in other parts of East Africa, Asia and Latin America, which has damaged crops and further reduced food security. The drought and floods also contribute to the spread of water- and mosquito-borne diseases.

Source: OCHA "El Niño: Overview of Impact, Projected Humanitarian Needs and Response, 21 September 2016"

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24 Mar 2017 description
report Redhum

Perú, 24 de Marzo 2017
Fuente: Radio Programas del Perú

El Gobierno de Panamá confirmó el envío de ayuda de un cargamento de ayuda humanitaria a los afectados por las lluvias e inundaciones en nuestro país que hasta el momento han dejado 85 muertos y 111.283 damnificados.

La Cancillería panameña informó a través de su embajada en Perú el envío de la ayuda humanitaria, para enfrentar la situación de emergencia en la que se encuentran más de la mitad de distritos a nivel nacional.

24 Mar 2017 description
report Government of Peru

02:30. Puno, mar. 24. La población puneña, se une a la campaña de solidaridad en favor de los damnificados por los huaicos del centro y norte del país, por lo que cientos de puneños acuden al centro de acopio ubicado en la Plaza Manuel Pino, llevando víveres, agua y ropa.

La campaña es promovida por la Municipalidad Provincial de Puno, el Ejercito y estudiantes del Colegio de Alto Rendimiento, al que también se sumaron la sociedad civil y la empresa privada para recolectar la mayor cantidad posible de ayuda humanitaria.

24 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP Honduras has one of the largest Cash Based Transfer (CBT) portfolios in Latin America.
    Beyond the relief and recovery operation, CBTs are also enhancing food assistance in climate change adaptation and mitigation activities.

  • The Government of Honduras, the European Union and WFP launched agroforestry and climate change resilience project. At least 2,500 small producers households (12,500 people) affected by El Niño phenomenon in the dry corridor area will receive food transfers and technical assistance.

24 Mar 2017 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks 13,686,550 Swiss francs (increased from 2,595,467 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Ethiopia Red Crescent Society (ERCS) in assisting 318,325 people for nine months. The expanded operation will focus on the following sectors: health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); livelihood, nutrition, food security. It also reflects a substantial increase in the target population, number of activities, an enlarged geographic scope and timeframe for implementation.

24 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • In February, WFP assisted 172,443 food-insecure people with cash and food. The assistance covered people in seven districts, most affected by the drought due to the El Nino phenomenon.

  • Under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), WFP received 66 mt of plumpy nut to provide assistance for Nutrition activities.

Operational Updates

23 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The currentrainy season (November to April 2017) has brought steady rainfall and relieved some effects of El Niño, but has resulted in flooding, school closures and the relocation of 1,092 people, especially in the northern regions. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) have warned of possible flooding in north-central Namibia. Regional institutions have been alerted and are putting contingency measures in place.

23 Mar 2017 description

Summary

Despite widespread emergency response in Ethiopia’s agriculture sector last year to the El Niño-induced drought, humanitarian needs remain high in 2017. New threats to food security are emerging – including severe drought in southern and southeastern pastoral areas and a growing refugee crisis in Gambella Region. Livelihood recovery will remain slow for El Niño-affected farmers, especially those in areas where harvests were below average.

23 Mar 2017 description

Nota de Prensa No. 034-2017

Lisandro Rosales: “El gobierno ha hecho las previsiones para tener la reserva estratégica de granos y así darle esa garantía a la población de que se tienen los granos básicos, esa fue una instrucción del presidente, Juan Orlando Hernández y así se ha hecho”.

23 Mar 2017 description

Crisis Impact

Outbreaks of Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, have been reported in DRC, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Ghana and Kenya.
Regionally, around 330,000 hectares of staple crops, especially maize, have been affected. The remaining southern African mainland countries remain at high risk (OCHA 27/02/2017).

23 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

  • Severe drought has taken hold in parts of the Horn of Africa (HoA) region following a long dry spell. Some affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia were yet to recover from the 2015-16 El Niño- drought when rains failed again. 16.8 million people across the region face food and water shortages and it is predicted that the next rainy season, from March to May, will again disappoint. 10.7 million people need urgent food assistance.

23 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

  • Since early 2015, the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region has faced widespread food shortages owing to the worst drought in 35 years which was exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon. Two consecutive failed rainy seasons have left 13.8 million people in need of emergency food assistance.

23 Mar 2017 description

Fabíola Sinimbu and Líria Jade report from Agência Brasil

The number of cities across Brazil under state of emergency by the federal government on account of a long period of drought now total 872, with the Northeast being the most severely affected region. The state of Paraíba is home to the largest number of drought-stricken municipalities—198 reported the problem to the authorities.

22 Mar 2017 description
report Government of Peru

Facilitará financiamiento “blando” para capital de trabajo

El embate de “El Niño Costero” no solo está dejando familias damnificadas, cultivos e infraestructura dañada, sino también Micro y Pequeñas Empresas (Mype) afectadas, que son las mayores generadoras de puestos de trabajo en el país.

En ese sentido, el viceministro de Mype e Industria de Produce, Juan Carlos Mathews, aseguró que el Gobierno apoyará la recuperación de estas unidades productivas afectadas por las lluvias e inundaciones.

22 Mar 2017 description
report InterAction

A persistent drought has left nearly 23 million people across the Horn of Africa without enough to eat. In South Sudan, hundreds of thousands are trying to survive famine. Nearly half the country—or 4.9 million people—are now going hungry. That number will grow when the “lean season” arrives in July, just before harvest and as food reserves have been exhausted.

The world’s last declared famine, which lasted from 2010 to 2012 in Somalia, resulted in 260,000 deaths.

22 Mar 2017 description
report Caritas

Peru is facing one of the biggest natural disaster caused by the El Niño conditions which has brought torrential rain, landslides and floods that are affecting thousands of families in the region of Lima, Ica, Ancash, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Arequipa, Piura and Tumbes.

Peruvian officials have reported 75 deaths, 263 people injured, 10,538 collapsed houses, 159 bridges destroyed and 1,903 kilometres of road network affected.

Caritas Peru launched a campaign which aims to meet the most urgent basic needs for families affected by the landslides and floods.

22 Mar 2017 description
report Ayuda en Acción

El fenómeno climático de El Niño ha dejado ya a su paso por el norte de Perú 75 fallecidos y casi 100.000 damnificados. Ayuda en Acción trabaja para dar respuesta a la emergencia en la región La Libertad.

El fenómeno climático de El Niño Costero ha dejado ya a su paso por el norte de Perú 75 fallecidos y casi 100.000 damnificados. Ayuda en Acción trabaja en el país desde el año 1988 y está presente en la región La Libertad, una de las más afectadas por la emergencia en Perú, junto con Piura y Lambayeque.

22 Mar 2017 description

Las tendencias extremas e inusitadas continúan en 2017

El año 2016 hizo historia con una temperatura máxima mundial sin precedentes, un nivel excepcionalmente bajo de los hielos marinos y un aumento ininterrumpido del nivel del mar y del calor oceánico, de acuerdo con la Organización Meteorológica Mundial (OMM). Las condiciones meteorológicas y climáticas extremas no han cesado en 2017.

22 Mar 2017 description

Key Messages

  • Good performance of the current growing season (Oct 2016 – April 2017) is critical for Southern Africa, after suffering from two consecutive droughts induced by a long lasting El Niño event which led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity.

22 Mar 2017 description

21 de marzo de 2017 – El día de hoy, el señor Robert Glasser, Representante Especial del Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres, expresó su más sentido pésame al pueblo de Perú por la pérdida de vidas que han ocasionado las continuas lluvias, inundaciones y aludes mortales que han obligado a que se declare un estado de emergencia en el país.