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23 Jan 2020 description

Dryness persists in parts of Zimbabwe and Mozambique despite heavy rain and f ooding across southern Africa

  1. Heavy rainfall is forecast to continue over western Angola next week, increasing the risk for flooding.

  2. Matured desert locust swarms continue move into Kenya from Ethiopia. South Sudan and Uganda are still at risk for desert locust infestations during the coming months.

  3. Heavy rain is expected to continue over northern and central Madagascar, southern Tanzania, northern Zambia, and the DRC.

22 Jan 2020 description
report GEOGLAM

Highlights:

  • The 2019-20 main season in Southern Africa started with a timely onset of the rains followed by erratic and below-average rainfall from mid-October to mid-December in the central and southern parts of the region.

  • Persistent drier than normal conditions across parts of southeastern Angola, northeastern Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, southwest Zambia, eastern Zimbabwe, southern Mozambique, Namibia, southern Madagascar and parts of South Africa (Figure 1) have affected crop establishment and growth.

20 Jan 2020 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:

17 Jan 2020 description

Desert locust swarms reach Sudan, Eritrea, and Djibouti, as flooding continues in Zambia and Angola

  1. Over the past two weeks flash floods have been reported in Luanda, Uige, and Cabinda provinces of Angola.

  2. Increasing numbers of desert locust swarms are moving across eastern Africa from Ethiopia into Djibouti, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, and Kenya. Heavy rain in Somalia during December could give rise to additional locust breeding in the coming months.

15 Jan 2020 description
report Inter Press Service

By Friday Phiri

It is early Saturday morning and Planeta Hatuleke, a small scale farmer of Pemba District in Southern Zambia, awakens to the comforting sound of rainfall. As the locals say, the “heavens have opened” and it is raining heavily after a prolonged dry spell.

“This is welcome after two weeks of a dry spell,” says Hatuleke with a sigh of relief. “The rainfall pattern has not been consistent so far; we could be headed for a repeat of last season” she adds pessimistically.

13 Jan 2020 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:

10 Jan 2020 description

OVERVIEW OF CURRENT FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY SITUATION

• Latest assessment figures continue to indicate that an estimated total of 41 million people will be food insecure in the southern Africa region during the peak lean season (January - March 2020)(Figure 1, Table 1). In addition, 2.2. million are estimated to be food insecure in the urban areas of Zimbabwe.

10 Jan 2020 description

Luanda - Angola is preparing to adopt a new approach in the civil protection segment, with the improvement of the articulation between the different sectors that make up the National Civil Protection Commission, a mechanism that aims at fighting calamities.

According to Interior Minister Eugénio Laborinho, who was speaking on Thursday, as coordinator of the National Civil Protection Commission, the bet tends to reduce the risks of new calamities and the aftermaths.

09 Jan 2020 description

Heavy rainfall causes flooding in parts of Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and Madagascar

  1. Continued rainfall over southern Kenya and surrounds may maintain flooding .

  2. Desert Locust swarms are increasing and moving into Djibouti, Sudan, and Eritrea, toward Somalia, and northern Kenya. Heavy rain in Somalia could provide breeding conditions over the next several months.

  3. South Africa has observed a poor and below-average rainfall performance over the past 3 months and could remain dry through the end of January.

08 Jan 2020 description

In Numbers October

5,541 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 2,474,616 million cash-based transfers made

USD166 million net funding requirement for January - June 2020

999,450 people assisted in October 2019

Operational Updates

06 Jan 2020 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 67 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key ongoing events, including:

04 Jan 2020 description

Heavy rainfall triggers flooding in Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania while parts of Southern Africa remain dry

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Parts of Lake Victoria, Rwanda, Burundi and the southern Kenya will remain under flash flood risk into next week.

  2. Desert Locust breeding is expected to extend from Afar region of Ethiopia northward into Djibouti and Eritrea, and northern parts of Kenya.

31 Dec 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 67 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key ongoing events, including:

  • Malaria in Burundi
  • Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Humanitarian crisis in Nigeria.

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

31 Dec 2019 description

Ondjiva - The beginning in November of the construction of the Cunene River water transfer system, from Cafu to Shana, to mitigate the effects of drought, was the remarkable event in Angola's south-based province (Cunene) in the year of 2019.

The 18-month project covers the construction of a Cunene River water catchment plant, pumping system and pipeline from Cafu to Cuamato.

25 Dec 2019 description

Famine threatens South Sudan, Yemen, and northeast Nigeria

Across 46 countries, 88 million people require emergency food assistance in 2020, 87% more than in 2015.

25 Dec 2019 description

Ondjiva - At least 72,473 heads of cattle died between April and December this year in the transhumance corridors of Cunene province due to water and pasture shortages resulting from the drought that struck the region.

This data was released today, to Angop, by the head of the Veterinary Services of Cunene province, Estevao Camalanga, regarding the cattle vaccination program in the district.

During the dry season, he said, most of the cattle died from lack of water and pasture, as well as from poor animal health and opportunistic diseases.

23 Dec 2019 description

Highlights

  • Early season rainfall has been erratic in southern and central parts of the region, despite a timely onset of the season. This has negatively impacted on crop germination in some areas.

  • Favourable rainfall conducive to crop development was received in some northern parts of the region.

  • Heavy rains and a cyclone caused flooding in parts of Tanzania and Madagascar respectively.

23 Dec 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 69 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key ongoing events, including:

  • Monkeypox in Nigeria
  • Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Humanitarian crisis in Niger.

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

22 Dec 2019 description

Executive summary

 Southern Africa did not recover from the widespread drought persisting since 2018 and throughout 2019. Instead, with a suboptimal start of the ongoing rainy season, the situation further worsened over wide areas of South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Lesotho.