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24 Apr 2015 description

Little rainfall expected over atypically dry areas of northern Ethiopia

  1. Erratic, below-average rainfall in February and early March, followed by four consecutive weeks of little to no rainfall since mid-March has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia. The absence of mid-season rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities in Belg-producing areas of the country.

22 Apr 2015 description

Areas affected by heavy snowfall, avalanche or landslides:

324 people killed or injured 324 people 2,701 houses damaged or destroyed 2,701 houses 2,983 families affected 2,983 families in 69 districts and 17 provinces.

Areas affected by heavy rainfall and floods:

63 people killed or injured 63 people 6,018 houses damaged or destroyed 6,018 houses 6,026 families affected 6,026 families in 81 districts and 16 provinces

19 Apr 2015 description


  • Five Save the Children staff killed in Uruzgan

  • 1,000s displaced in Helmand

  • AfghanAid supports flood victims with Cash for Fuel

  • Monitoring Humanitarian Risk


405 million requested (US$)

20% funded

18 Apr 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

Work is beginning on construction of new homes after floods in Afghanistan.

Islamic Relief responded to the floods in Afghanistan at the end of April 2014, caused by heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Some 175 people lost their lives in the floods, which also caused widespread damage to homes and agriculture. More than 135,000 people across 27 provinces were affected, with the majority – 70,000 – in Jawzjan, Faryab and Sari Pul, provinces in the north of Afghanistan.

17 Apr 2015 description

Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall continues to be below-average across several local areas of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Further delay of rainfall during April is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for several Belgproducing areas.

16 Apr 2015 description


  • Approximately 48,000 Afghans have returned from Pakistan to date in 2015, reflecting a substantial rise in the daily return rate from 2014.

  • Severe weather events affect more than 8,800 Afghan households in February and March.

  • USAID/FFP provides 40,300 metric tons (MT) in emergency food assistance to Afghanistan.


15 Apr 2015 description

• In the last two months, rainfall, floods, snowfall and avalanches, affected several areas of Afghanistan, causing damage and deaths.

• Since 1 February, over 9 300 households have been affected by floods, heavy snowfall and avalanches across 24 provinces of Afghanistan. As a result, 291 people died, over 1 500 houses were totally destroyed and over 7 500 houses were damaged.

• Recent flooding in Baghlan Province has resulted in seven dead and 11 injured, with 319 houses totally or partially destroyed. In Badghis Province another 223 houses were destroyed.

14 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 9–14 April 2015

Afghanistan: Security incidents have spiked in early April, after the announcement that more NATO troops would remain in the country than originally scheduled. NATO convoys were targeted in Nangarhar and Kabul on 10 April. On the same day, five NGO staff were found dead, having been abducted in Uruzgan province in early March.

10 Apr 2015 description
report CARE

Depuis février, la situation humanitaire en Afghanistan a empiré de jour en jour : 8 827 familles ont été affectées par de violentes chutes de neige, de fortes pluies, des avalanches et des inondations. 291 personnes ont été tuées et blessées, 1 454 maisons sont détruites et 7 119 sont endommagées. Des animaux sont morts, des hectares de terres et des centaines d'arbres sont détruits.

CARE vient en aide aux populations en distribuant des kits d'urgence ainsi que des bâches et des matériaux pour reconstruire les maisons.

10 Apr 2015 description

Abnormal dryness persists in central Ethiopia and bi-modal Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite an increase in rainfall during the last week, ground moisture remains below average parts of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast in southern and western Ethiopia, while below-average rainfall is expected in the central parts of the country during the next week.

06 Apr 2015 description

Key highlights

  • Since 1 February, an estimated 8,827 families have been affected by floods, rain, heavy snow and avalanches in 137 districts in 24 provinces. A total of 291 people were killed and 96 people were injured. 1,454 houses were completely destroyed and 7,119 houses were damaged.

  • 7,180 km of primary and secondary roads were cleaned by the Ministry of Public Works.

  • Close to 3,200 families in 21 provinces received Afghan Red Crescent Society food and NFIs.

04 Apr 2015 description

Srinagar, India | | Saturday 4/4/2015 - 14:11 GMT

An avalanche triggered by heavy snowfall killed four soldiers in the Ladakh region of Indian Kashmir near the border with China, the Indian army said Saturday.

The soldiers were travelling in a convoy of three army vehicles which was struck by an avalanche on Friday, the army's northern command spokesman, S. D. Goswami told AFP.

The avalanche hit at 5,600 metres (18,400 feet) near Changla Pass, about 500 kilometres (150 miles) east of the region's main city of Srinagar.

03 Apr 2015 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Peruvian authorities announced a state of emergency in Chosica, Peru, a small town northeast of the capital city of Lima, which was hit by an avalanche of mud and rocks. Two hours of intense rain loosened car-sized boulders that came crashing through the town along with mud and water, sweeping away homes, vehicles, furniture and animals. The BBC reports that at least seven were killed and 65 homes destroyed.

03 Apr 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to develop in central Ethiopia and bi-modal Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite an increase in rainfall during the last week, ground moisture remains below average parts of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast in southern and western Ethiopia, while below-average rainfall is expected in the central parts of the country during the next week.

02 Apr 2015 description

By Hossein Sharifara, Afghan Red Crescent Society

Recent heavy snowfalls, rain and avalanches took a deadly toll on the lives and properties of the people in 22 provinces of Afghanistan leaving 230 people dead and 35 wounded. Over 6,000 homes were also damaged or destroyed.

02 Apr 2015 description


  • In China, New Year festivities contributed to price increases above 10 percent for vegetables but pork prices fell slightly on ample supplies.

  • Wheat prices in Afghanistan’s Kabul markets fell sharply in February in response to the lower demand from domestic millers and abundant supply from neighbouring countries.

  • The Philippines has set a target of procuring 190 000 MT of rice from January to June 2015.

31 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 25–31 March 2015

Ukraine: Fears are growing of a new offensive in Mariupol, as non-government troops appear to be gathering nearby. A recent assessment has found that more than 1.6 million people need humanitarian assistance, nearly 1.1 million of whom are in non-government-controlled areas. 20–30% of IDPs are at risk of losing their status and benefits, due to a new mechanism to verify the addresses of IDPs.

27 Mar 2015 description

Late season dryness spreads across much of Southern Africa

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
    Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.

  2. Below-average rainfall over bi-modal northern Tanzania during the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits and affected crop conditions. A significant increase in rainfall is expected across Tanzania and neighboring countries in late March.