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27 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

  • The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, droughts and earthquakes. Pacific countries rank among the highest in the world in terms of numbers of casualties and people affected. The European Commission provides humanitarian assistance to the region both in terms of disaster preparedness and emergency relief when major disasters strike.

27 Mar 2017 description


An estimated 18 million people (about 72 per cent of the total population) across DPRK continue to suffer from food insecurity and undernutrition, as well as a lack of access to basic services. To meet the urgent needs of the 13 million most vulnerable people, the Humanitarian Country Team developed the 2017 Needs and Priorities plan calling for US$114 million to provide critical life-saving assistance.

27 Mar 2017 description

In February 2017, an estimated 18,700 persons were displaced in Mindanao. Of these, 7,695 persons were displaced due to armed conflict between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) in the following municipalities: Laak (Compostela Valley province); Asuncion (Davao del Norte); Manay (Davao Oriental); Bansalan (Davao del Sur); Arakan (North Cotabato); and Alabel (Sarangani).

In addition, some 2,000 persons fled their homes due to a firefight between two local armed groups in Sultan sa Barongis municipality, Maguindanao province.

26 Mar 2017 description

Situation Overview

  • Le Cyclone Tropical Intense Enawo a frappé le Nord Est du Madagascar le matin de 7 Mars, avec une vitesse de 200 à 300 km/heure. Le 8 Mars, Enawo s’est affaibli du niveau d’Intense à un niveau modérée de tempête tropicale et est sorti Madagascar le Vendredi 10 Mars 2017, après avoir traversé tout le long de l’ile pendant deux jours, en affectant les communautés à travers les régions centrales et de l’Est, approximativement 433,985 personnes.

26 Mar 2017 description

Situation Overview

• Intense Tropical Cyclone Enawo struck north eastern Madagascar on the morning of 7 March 2017, travelling at 200 to 300 km/hour. On 8 March, Enawo weakened to a moderate tropical storm and exited Madagascar on 10 March, after traversing nearly the length of the island over two days. Enawo affected communities across Madagascar’s eastern and central regions - approximately 433,985 people were affected.

26 Mar 2017 description


  • Cereal production in 2017 forecast at near-average levels

  • Imports of maize increase in 2016/17 marketing year to compensate for reduced 2016 harvest

  • National average maize price declined at the start of 2017, but remained at high levels

  • Food security situation expected to improve in 2017 on account of expected average harvest following sharp deterioration in 2016

Maize production in 2017 expected to rebound to average levels

25 Mar 2017 description

Rains finally promise a good harvest in most parts of Zimbabwe's Manicaland province - but only if farmers can get it to market

By Andrew Mambondiyani

CHIPENDEKE, Zimbabwe, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After two consecutive seasons of drought, heavy rains finally promise a good harvest in most parts of Zimbabwe's Manicaland province. But farmers now face a new challenge: washed-out roads that will make it difficult to get their crops to market.

25 Mar 2017 description

This map illustrates the satellite-detected surface waters extent and evolution over Oponono Lake; a large wetland fed by the Culevai Oshana, in Oshana region, Namibia, as observed from the Sentinel-1 images acquired on 02 and 14 March 2017. An increase of surface water extent was detected in the 14 March 2017 image, particularly in the upstream part of the lake: ~4,130 ha of surface water were observed the 02 March 2017 within the lake area and reached ~10,820 ha the 14 March 2017 corresponding to an evolution of about 160%.

25 Mar 2017 description

Despite an increase in rainfall, long-term moisture deficits remain in Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits and low soil moisture across parts of northeastern Mozambique.

  2. Despite a robust increase in rainfall following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Enawo during early March, considerable long-term moisture deficits remain due to well below-average rainfall earlier in the season throughout the northern Madagascar.

25 Mar 2017 description

At first glance, $36 may not seem much, but for survivors of a devastating cyclone in Madagascar, that amount provides the ability for a family to meet their immediate basic needs for six weeks.

Thanks to funding originating here in Canada, more than 17,000 people will receive life-saving assistance, helping them recover from this disaster.

25 Mar 2017 description

Appeal history

14 December 2015: Typhoon Melor makes landfall in Batag Island, Northern Samar, and moves westward.

16 December 2015: Typhoon Melor exits to the west of the Philippines. Information bulletin no. 1 issued.

17 December 2015: The President of the Philippines declares a state of national calamity following the devastation caused by Typhoon Melor.

18 December 2015: Tropical Depression Twenty-Three makes landfall in Davao Oriental province, eastern Mindanao. Information bulletin no. 2 issued.

24 Mar 2017 description
  • Financiamiento será aportado por los costarricenses a través del Fondo Nacional de Emergencias y de los recursos ordinarios de las instituciones.

  • Para Upala, la Junta Directiva de la CNE aprobó recientemente 13 planes de inversión para la recuperación de este cantón.

  • En Los Chiles, se realizaron casi 50 intervenciones de primera respuesta después del impacto del huracán.

24 Mar 2017 description


  • The Government declared a State of National Disaster following the floods in southern parts of the country. WFP is providing complimentary assistance to affected people in Tsholotsho.

  • WFP plans to support the UNHCR-led effort to relocate refugees from Chipinge and Nyanga.

  • WFP Zimbabwe’s new Country Strategic Plan (2017 - 2021) was approved by the Executive Board on 22 February, 2017.

Operational Updates

24 Mar 2017 description

L’ouragan Matthew a frappé Haïti le 4 octobre 2016, laissant un bilan de 1,4 million de personnes ayant besoin d’une aide humanitaire, dont 806 000 personnes avaient besoin d'une aide alimentaire urgente "selon l'EFSA d'octobre 2016", des milliers de maisons, d'écoles et des installations de santé endommagées et des milliers de familles déplacées.

24 Mar 2017 description

Main Objective of the assessment

The main purpose of the Inter-Agency rapid assessment was to ascertain the scale and scope of the flooding situation focusing on key areas/sectors namely shelter and non-food items, Health and nutrition, Food security, WASH, Environment, Education and Protection.

Specific Objectives of the Assessment

  • To determine the number of the affected people and establish their demographic characteristics

24 Mar 2017 description
report Oxfam

In 2013, super typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc on Eastern Samar and Bantayan Island and triggered a huge humanitarian response. Now the challenge is to support sustainable development. Having a toilet is a ‘damgo’ (a dream), not a necessity for poor families in the Philippines. If you didn’t think having a clean toilet at home was important before the disaster, why would it be important afterwards?

24 Mar 2017 description

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), under instructions from President Rodrigo R. Duterte, continues to provide support and technical assistance to local government units to hasten the implementation of the Presidential Financial Assistance (5KPFA) for the Typhoon “Yolanda”-affected households with damaged houses in Regions VI, NIR, VII and VIII.