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21 Feb 2019 description

Drought strengthens in parts of Angola and Namibia

  1. Significantly below average rainfall since October has caused significant dryness in southern Africa. Dry spells continue in Namibia and Angola.

  2. Below-average rainfall since November has caused drought in South Africa, though there has been recent moisture improvement.

Africa Overview

19 Feb 2019 description

Highlights
- A late and erratic onset of rains delayed planting and reduced area planted in southern and western parts of the region.
- A dry spell from mid-January to early February caused moderate to severe crop moisture stress in the central parts of the region. The dry spell ended in early February, allowing recovery of some crops. Observations however indicate that permanent wilting had occurred in several areas.

14 Feb 2019 description

Heavy rainfall continues in southeast Africa while drought strengthens in parts of Angola and Namibia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Significantly below average rainfall since October has resulted in extended dry spells in southern Africa. Improved seasonal rainfall in February has brought relief to many areas in South Africa.

  2. Heavy rainfall is forecast over Madagascar next week with the potential for flooding.

14 Feb 2019 description

Heavy January rainfall decreased moisture deficits, though cropping conditions unlikely to recover

Key Messages

12 Feb 2019 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Crop production prospects in 2019 favourable in main cereal-producing provinces of centre

  • In southern provinces, however, below-average rainfall diminished production outlook

  • Food prices continued to rise, reflecting lower harvest in 2018 and weaker national currency

  • Food security situation worsened in southern provinces due to persisting dry weather conditions

Reduced rainfall diminishes 2019 production prospects in southern provinces

11 Feb 2019 description

to assist
235 350 people

FAO requires
USD 18.1 million

period
January – December 2019

In 2018, the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo drastically worsened, spreading to previously unaffected areas, and continues to cause significant population displacement in the region.

Objectives

FAO is working with partners in the Food Security Cluster to:

08 Feb 2019 description

Malawi, Mozambique, and Madagascar receive heavy rainfall as dryness strengthens in Angola and Namibia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Significantly below average and infrequent rainfall since October has caused widespread dryness in southern Africa. Improved seasonal rainfall since December has brought relief to many affected areas.

  2. Heavy rainfall is forecast over Malawi, Mozambique, and Madagascar with the potential for flooding.

07 Feb 2019 description

Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2009 and FY 2018, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a range of natural andman-made disasters.

06 Feb 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• In 2018, 319,726 children under the age of five were screened for malnutrition and 74,871 treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in drought affected areas and in Lovua settlement, where refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are located.

• With UNICEF support, 2,731 household latrines and showers were built for all refugees living in Lovua settlement, and 87,500 people gained access to safe water through water points and handpumps in droughtaffected areas.

04 Feb 2019 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 60 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

02 Feb 2019 description

Delayed start of season and significant rainfall deficits negatively impacting cropping conditions

31 Jan 2019 description

Heavy rainfall continues over Mozambique and Madagascar, while dryness strengthens in Angola and Namibia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Significantly below average and infrequent rainfall since October has caused widespread dryness in southern Africa. Improved seasonal rainfall since December has brought relief to many affected areas.

  2. Heavy rainfall is forecast for Mozambique and Madagascar with potential for continued flooding.

30 Jan 2019 description

Ondjiva - At least 284.780 people in southern Cunene province affected by drought will benefit, within days, from food assistance, said Tuesday in Ondjiva the Secretary of State for Social Action, Lúcio do Amaral.

Speaking to Angop, on the sidelines of the visit of the multisectoral committee to assess the consequences of the drought in Cunene, the Secretary of State said that next Friday will arrive the first batch of various foodstuffs.

Without advancing the quantity, said that among the food items are rice, maize flour , oil, beans, sugar and soap.

30 Jan 2019 description

Ondjiva - The drought situation in the province of Cunene requires concrete and immediate solutions to reach the population affected by water shortages, said Tuesday in Ondjiva the Minister of Territory Administration and State Reform, Adão de Almeida.

The official made these remarks in a meeting with members of the local government and the Civil Protection and Fire Service, as part of a visit to Cunene to assess the drought, stating that the situation is critical, challenging and requires more pragmatism and action.

29 Jan 2019 description

Situation Overview

  • The southern African continent is highly vulnerable to extreme climatological events, due to the combination of insufficient coping capacity, widespread poverty and strong seasonal rainfall patterns. The region is experiencing a meteorological drought.

  • This region has a strong precipitation seasonality, with most of the annual rainfall falling between November and March. The meteorological drought experienced in the region could impact the next lean season.

28 Jan 2019 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 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic
  • Republic of the Congo Measles in Madagascar
  • Humanitarian crisis in Nigeria
  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

27 Jan 2019 description

Delayed and erratic rainfall marked the first half of the season

Key Messages

25 Jan 2019 description

Highlights

Well-below average rainfall has been received in most parts of the region for the October through early January period

  • Rainfall improved in parts of December through early and mid-January in some central areas, while erratic rains continued in the south

  • Extreme high temperatures affected many parts of the region in December

  • Seasonal forecasts for reduced rainfall continue to raise concerns of potentially negative impacts on crop harvests

Regional Summary

25 Jan 2019 description

Heavy rainfall received across Mozambique and Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Significantly below average and infrequent rainfall since October has caused widespread dryness in southern Africa. Improved seasonal rainfall since December has brought relief to many affected areas.

  2. Heavy rainfall was received across Mozambique and Madagascar with potential for continued flooding and above-averaga rainfall amounts next week.