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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.

14 Nov 2019 description

Current Situation

There are more than 11 million people now experiencing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity (IPC Phases 3 and 4) in nine Southern African countries1 due to deepening drought and climate crisis. If urgent humanitarian action is not taken, the number will likely rise in the coming months, according to the Regional Interagency Standing Committee Africa (RIASCO).

14 Nov 2019 description

Dundo, 13 November 2019. After around 14,700 refugees opted to return spontaneously to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by their own means from mid-August, the United Nations, including its Refugee Agency (UNHCR), is now supporting the organized voluntary repatriation of Congolese refugees to their regions of origin. Since the beginning of October, UNHCR has already organized four convoys from Lóvua settlement in the province of Lunda Norte to Tshikapa in the Kasai Region via the border of Nachiri.

13 Nov 2019 description

The lean season has begun in Southern Africa, with nearly 12 million people severely food insecure, many unable to access clean water, and girls and women reportedly forced to resort to negative coping strategies, including early marriage, transactional sex and trafficking. At least 12 districts are projected to face ‘Emergency’ food insecurity (IPC Phase 4) (3 in Zambia and 9 in Zimbabwe), along with more than 60 per cent (14 out of 23) of communes assessed in three provinces (Cuando Cubango, Huila and Cunene) of southern Angola.

11 Nov 2019 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 66 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

11 Nov 2019 description

From 18 August, thousands of Congolese refugees spontaneously left Lóvua refugee settlement in Angola to make their way back home in the DRC.

A Tripartite Agreement was signed on 23 August between UNHCR and the Governments of Angola and DRC, in order to start organized Voluntary Repatriation movements.

On 9 October, the first organized convoy movement left Lóvua settlement with 218 persons on board.

11 Nov 2019 description

In numbers

15.9 million food insecure people and 5 million children acutely malnourished

5.2 million people assisted in 2018

5.1 million people targeted in 2019

1.17 million people reached per month on average

Highlights

  • In 2019, WFP continues its corporate Level 3 emergency response, planning to reach 5.1 million people with food and nutrition assistance.

10 Nov 2019 description
report World Vision

The number of hungry children and adults living through Southern Africa’s worst drought in 35 years will soon be so vast that if put together would stretch one and a half times around the earth, warns humanitarian agency World Vision.

World Vision is concerned about the health, safety and protection of children, with UN food agencies estimating a record 45 million people living in 16 countries across the region will experience food shortages within six months. Climate change and more rapidly repeating, severe drought cycles are trapping people in a vicious cycle of poverty.

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.

07 Nov 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Situation in Numbers
7,500,000
children in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA, HRP 2019)
12,800,000
people in need
(OCHA, HRP 2019)
1,260,000*
Internally displaced people (IDPs) (HRP 2019)
*estimates for 2019
19,890
cases of cholera reported since January
(Ministry of Health)

Highlights

07 Nov 2019 description
report Oxfam
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Millions displaced; women, girls hit hardest; crises compounded by conflicts, poverty and inequality; $700m average climate-related losses; urgent action needed now

More than 52 million people in 18 countries across southern, eastern and central Africa are facing up to crisis levels of hunger as a result of weather extremes, compounded by poverty and conflict.

Some areas are facing a second extreme drought in four years and worse than that sparked by El Nino in 1981.

05 Nov 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Foreword

Every year, UNICEF and partners generate a wealth of evidence on the situation of children in Africa. Knowledge and evidence are essential to informing the development, implementation, and monitoring of relevant policies and programmes for the realization of children’s rights. To this end, UNICEF Regional Directors in Africa are pleased to present the 2019 edition of the Knowledge for Children in Africa Publications Catalogue.

04 Nov 2019 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 68 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Measles in Lesotho

  • Hepatitis E in Namibia

  • Humanitarian crisis in Mali

  • Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

04 Nov 2019 description

CONTEXT

The Meheba Refugee Settlement was established in 1971 during the refugee influx from Angola and is located in Kalumbila District in North-Western Province. The settlement covers an area of 720 sq./km demarcated into eight blocks from A-H and further divided into land for the settlement of refugees and “former refugees”.

04 Nov 2019 description

Seven refugees have so far in 2019 (as of 31 August) been assisted to voluntarily repatriate, while 111 refugees and others of concern returned home spontaneously from the settlements and urban areas.

As of 31 August, a cumulative figure of 349 refugees had been resettled to third countries from Zambia in 2019.
The resettled refugees were from the settlements of Meheba and Mayukwayukwa, as well as the urban areas.

04 Nov 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • According to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) conducted in July 2019, more than 421,000 people are in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) or 4 (Emergency) food insecure in the 23 communes from three provinces surveyed. The number is expected to rise to 562,000 from October 2019 to February 2020.

  • UNICEF and partners screened 107,920 children under the age of five for acute malnutrition.

02 Nov 2019 description

The goods include sugar, beans, corn meal, salt, pasta, used clothing, shoes and materials for agriculture.

The drought affects more than 35.000 people, who make up more than 75.000 families spread in nine municipalities, with greater incidence in the regions of Cuangar, Dirico and Calai, bordering Namibia.

Chevron Chief Operating Officer, Dele Nani, told reporters that the act of solidarity is part of the program to support drought victims in the southern provinces of Angola.

The aim is to minimize problems of access to drinking water and food shortages.

02 Nov 2019 description

Démarrage normal de la saison agricole A à l’Est de la RDC favorisé par une pluviométrie normale

MESSAGES CLÉS

01 Nov 2019 description

Repatriation of Congolese refugees from Angola to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

• The second convoy of the organized voluntary repatriation departed from Lóvua settlement on 30 October at 10:30am, in the direction of Nachiri, Kasai Province, DRC.

• The convoy consisted of nine trucks. Five for passengers and four for luggage. Of the nine trucks, two luggage trucks arrived after the convoy had departed from the settlement, but they joined the convoy later.

• 300 refugees were part of this convoy including 181 children.