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06 Dec 2019 description

According to a spokesman for the Civil Protection and Fire Department in Huila, third assistant Chief, Inocêncio Hungulo, a lightning struck a house on the Kalepi plateau in Alto-Chiva, causing the death of the couple and three underage children.

The incident also resulted in the injury of a relative who was on visit.

The official said the locality has experienced heavy rains in recent days and is devoid of lightning rods, being a plateau zone and prone to lightning.

02 Dec 2019 description

Flooding continues in parts of East and West Africa while Southern Africa and Lesotho remain dry

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Elevated river levels in the Congo River Basin have caused flooding along the Congo and DRC border.

  2. Several weeks of heavy rainfall have raised river levels in central and western Uganda, triggering floods.

  3. Above-average rainfall over the past couple of months has raised water levels in the Nile River and its tributaries, causing floods in Sudan and South Sudan.

21 Nov 2019 description

Heavy rain prompts river flooding in parts of Africa, while South Africa and Lesotho remain dry

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Elevated river levels in the Congo River Basin have caused flooding along the border of Congo and DRC.

  2. Several weeks of heavy rainfall have raised river levels in central and western Uganda, triggering floods.

  3. Above-average rainfall over the past couple of months has raised water levels in the Nile River and its tributaries, causing floods in Sudan and South Sudan.

14 Nov 2019 description

Delayed rainfall sustains dryness in Southern Africa, while flooding is likely to continue across East Africa

  1. Heavy rainfall triggered flooding in Accra, Ghana last week.

  2. Rising water levels in the Ubangui River triggered flooding along the river basin into northern and western DRC 3. Heavy rainfall during the past couple of months has significantly raised water levels in the Nile River and its tributaries in Sudan and South Sudan triggering floods.

07 Nov 2019 description

Southern Africa observes a poor start to the rainy season, while high flood risk persists across East Africa

  1. Heavy rainfall triggered flooding in Accra, Ghana last week.

  2. Rising water levels in the Ubangui River triggered flooding along the river basin into northern and western DRC 3. Heavy rainfall during the past couple of months has significantly raised water levels in the Nile River and its tributaries in Sudan and South Sudan triggering floods.

31 Oct 2019 description

Heavy rainfall triggers flooding in parts of Central and East Africa

  1. Heavy rainfall was reported in northern Ghana and bordering areas of Burkina Faso.

  2. The Ubangui River has triggered flooding along the river basin into northern and western Democratic Republic of Congo last week.

  3. Flooding will continue this week due to saturated ground conditions and continued rainfall in the Afar region of Ethiopia, eastern South Sudan, and the border of Ethiopia and Sudan.

24 Oct 2019 description

Considerable flooding continues across East and West Africa

  1. Heavy rainfall was reported in northern Ghana and bordering areas of Burkina Faso.

  2. The Logone River in northern Cameroon has flooded and continued rain expected next week is likely to maintain high water levels.

  3. Northern South Sudan has reported flooding from high river levels accumulating from parts of Sudan and Ethiopia.

17 Oct 2019 description

Parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia receive heavy rainfall as flooding continues in Senegal

  1. Senegal has experienced significant flooding over the past two weeks. Belowaverage rainfall is forecast next week and is likely to reduce the risk for continued flooding.

  2. Flooding continues in central Nigeria. Heavy rainfall is expected next week.

  3. Heavy rainfall is expected in parts of Sudan next week, maintaining a high risk for flooding.

10 Oct 2019 description

Southern Mauritania remains abnormally dry as heavy rainfall persists in several parts of Africa

  1. Southern Mauritania has been abnormally dry for the past three months. Recovery before the end of the season is unlikely.

  2. Flash flooding was reported in central Senegal last week. Continued heavy rainfall is likely to maintain high risk for flooding.

  3. Central Nigeria has experienced significant flooding over the past two weeks and remains at risk for continued flooding next week.

25 Sep 2019 description

Saurimo - The rains that have hit Saurimo in the last 24 hours have left 40 families homeless, said today the spokesman of the Lunda Sul Civil Protection and Fire Service (SPCB), Vitorino Wangunua.

According to the fire service officer, the rains, which were accompanied by strong winds, did not cause human casualties but partially destroyed eight homes.

"The SPCB is working with the Saurimo Municipal Administration to create minimum conditions to support the injured," he said.

20 Mar 2019 description

The Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA) enables the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to take rapid and effective action in response to food and agricultural threats and emergencies.

The Fund has three components:

(i) a working capital component to advance funds once a resource partner's commitment is secured toward the immediate procurement of inputs to protect livelihoods, restart agricultural activities or contribute to an immediate response to a crisis;

17 Oct 2018 description

Malanje - At least 50 households have been displaced after their homes were destroyed by rain coupled with strong winds that recently hit the northern province of Malanje.

The rain affected 300 people in municipalities of Calandula and Quela, according to weekly report released by Firefighter Department.

In view of this situation, the victims are claiming for support from the local administrations and other authorities.

The firefighters also extinguished small fire that gutted four houses in the neighborhoods Vila Matilde and Catepa, in Malanje.

17 Jul 2018 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 58 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

  • Humanitarian crisis in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Hepatitis E outbreak in Namibia

  • Cholera outbreak in Cameroon

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

13 Jul 2018 description

The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

Rift Valley fever in Uganda
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lassa fever in Liberia
Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
Humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria.

  • For each of these events, a brief description, followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.

25 Jun 2018 description

CERF announces new findings in latest Results Report

Claudia Hargarten June 26, 2018

A new Results Report takes stock of how a US$439 million humanitarian investment from more than 50 donors delivered life-saving assistance to over 22 million people facing the consequences of natural disasters and conflict around the world.

17 Apr 2018 description

Cuito - At least 2,650 people have been displaced when their residences were destroyed following downpour that hit the central Bie province April this year.

The fact was confirmed Monday by the director of Institutional and Press Communication Office of Interior Ministry in Bié, the prison inspector, José Capingãla Daniel.

He said in addition to houses, the rainfall also destroyed schools, health and religious facilities and farmlands.

He guaranteed assistance to the victim by Fire-Fighter Department and provincial Social Welfare.

20 Feb 2018 description

Uíge - Heavy rainfall destroyed 120 houses in districts of Uige and Maquela do Zombo, northern Uige province, from January to February 14 this year.

The information was revealed Friday by the representative of Fire-brigade in Uíge province, Eduardo André Almeida Pereira.

The source noted that the rain hit a church in the municipality of Maquela do Zombo.

Storm blew off the roof of the Police building and national radio repeater.

Still in Maquela de Zombo, the rain destroyed 60 houses, leaving 200 people homeless, he said.

10 Nov 2017 description

Huambo - Twenty-four people were killed and 15 others wounded in central Huambo province from September 17 to 6 November following heavy rains coupled with lightning strikes.

This was confirmed Thursday to Angop by the local Firefighter Department spokesperson, Francisco Muepa, underlining that the people were victims of lightning strikes.

He said 38 residences were partially and totally destroyed in above period.

14 Oct 2017 description

Malanje - At least 110 houses were destroyed by heavy rains that caused displacement of the equal number of families in northern Malanje province in the last days, said Friday the 2nd Provincial Commander of Fire-fighter Department.

Miguel Bernardo mentioned Massango (25 houses destroyed), Cambundi-Catembo (15), Malanje (13) and Luquembo (10), as the most affected municipalities.

He said that the institution is making efforts to identify other affected localities, as well as ensure support for the victims.

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