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31 Mar 2009 description

Regional Overview

Rainfall Performance

There was a significant reduction in rains in most parts of the region in the period 21-31 March 2009. The central and southern parts of the region were largely dry, with only a few areas getting light showers. Even though the rainfall season is nearing its end, these areas are expected to receive more rains in the period under review. Meanwhile, there were some good rains received in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, northern Malawi, northern Mozambique, northeastern Zambia and the uni-modal rainfall areas of Tanzania.

31 Mar 2009 description

Angola - IOM will provide shelter and non-food items to 10,000 people worst-affected by floods which have left 220,000 Angolans displaced and at least 22 dead in several provinces in the centre and south of the country.

The assistance, funded through a US$445,000 grant from the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), is aimed at providing displaced people with temporary protection from the remainder of the rainy season and basic support in the rehabilitation of damaged housing in Cunene, Moxico and Kuando Kubango areas where damage to homes has been the most …

31 Mar 2009 description

SUMMARY

Reporting Period: 01 January to 31 March 2009

Activities & Outputs Summary:

- Clearance of 323,061 m2 of land, and 828,057 m2 of road

- Mechanical preparation of 104,204 m2 of land

- 101 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) spot tasks completed by the Rapid Response Team, destroying 322 items (4 AT mines, 84 AP mines, 63 items of Small Arms Ammunition, 166 Light Weapons and 5 other items of Unexploded Ordnance - UXO)

- 124 communities visited by Community Liaison (CL) teams and 81 UXO reports collected

- 79 Mine Risk Education (MRE) sessions conducted, …

31 Mar 2009 description

Kuito - The provincial government of central Bié province will introduce new techniques for demining along Kuito/Andulo road, to speed up its rehabilitation.

This information was advanced on Tuesday by the provincial director of Public Works in Bié, João Marques Banco, while giving information on the delays of the works of this road adjudicated to subcontractor Planasul, whose works are conditioned to the removal of landmines along the route.

The official stressed that these explosive devices force, sometimes, the halt of the ground level works and other interventions, giving …

31 Mar 2009 description

IOM will provide shelter and non-food items to 10,000 people worst-affected by floods which have left 220,000 Angolans displaced and at least 22 dead in several provinces in the centre and south of the country.

The assistance, funded through a US$445,000 grant from the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), is aimed at providing displaced people with temporary protection from the remainder of the rainy season and basic support in the rehabilitation of damaged housing in Cunene, Moxico and Kuando Kubango areas where damage to homes has been the most extensive.

"With …

30 Mar 2009 description

General Context

The humanitarian concerns in the African region this week remain the same as the previous week due to ongoing flooding in the Southern Africa and outbreaks of diseases notably cholera and meningitis.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

Angola: Floods and Heavy rains continue. Several provinces are affected. In Cunene province, 14 persons have died as a direct consequence of the floods. A Rapid response CERF project has been funded. WHO supported the MoH to conduct assessment in the affected municipalities.

30 Mar 2009 description

Contexte général

Cette semaine la préoccupation humanitaire dans la Région Africaine demeure identique à celle de la semaine précédente et est liée aux inondations qui continuent en Afrique Australe et aux épidémies notamment le choléra et la méningite.

Situation dans les pays

Crises Aiguës

Angola: Les inondations et les fortes pluies continuent. Plusieurs provinces sont touchées. Dans la province de Cunene, 14 personnes sont mortes des conséquences directes des inondations. Un projet CERF de réponse rapide a été financé.

30 Mar 2009 description

Luena - The deputy coordinator of the Provincial Commission of the Civil Protection in eastern Moxico province, Francisco Cambango, guaranteed Sunday in Luacano, support to flood victims in four districts of the region.

According to the official, who was speaking at the end of inspection visit carried out to the areas affected by the floods, districts like Leua, Cameia, Luacano and Alto-Zambeze, the goods will be distributed soon to the affected victims.

Francisco Cambango considered the situation in the region as stable, due to the absence of rain in the last 15 days.

On the …

30 Mar 2009 description
report IRIN

LUSAKA, 30 March 2009 (IRIN) - Seven years after peace returned to Angola, refugees from the three-decade long civil war are sending mixed signals about wanting to be repatriated from neighbouring Zambia.

About 27,000 Angolans are still in Zambia, after more than 74,000 returned to their homeland during a four-year exercise coordinated by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the host government that ended in 2007.

The UNHCR has reopened the repatriation window after about 7,000 Angolan refugees, or almost a quarter, indicated a willingness to return earlier this year, but a

27 Mar 2009 description

HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

1. In Namibia, 350,000 people have been affected by flooding. A flash Appeal of US$ 2.4 million will be launched soon.

2. In Angola, 200,000 people have been affected by flooding. A joint IOM-UNICEF-WHO CERF application of US$ 2.3 million has been submitted and is pending approval.

3. Cyclone Izilda, lying south-west of Madagascar, is dissipating, but could still cause more heavy rainfall in central and southern Mozambique.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

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27 Mar 2009 description

Luena - The chief of staff of the Angola Armed Forces (FAA), gen.

27 Mar 2009 description

Malanje - At least 185 homes in Cacuso district, northern Malanje province, were destroyed, following the heavy rains that hit the region over the weekend.

This was revealed on Friday by the local administrator, Sim=E3o Aires, highlighting that this is in addition to another 240 homes affected in September 2008.

He pointed out Cacuso, Soqueco and Lombe as the most affected localities.

27 Mar 2009 description
report IRIN

GABORONE, 27 March 2009 (IRIN) - Rain continues to lash countries along the course of the upper Zambezi River, aggravating already extensive flooding in Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia, where crops and infrastructure have been destroyed.

26 Mar 2009 description

Outlook Highlights

- Normal to above - normal rainfall is expected over Mauritius, northern Madagascar and most parts of continental SADC.

- Northern DRC and northern and eastern Tanzania, and the southwest of contiguous SADC should experience normal to below normal rainfall.

SUMMARY

Moderate to heavy rains have persisted in across most of SADC countries during the peak of the season. Consequently, flash floods have occurred in places. Meantime, the April to June 2009 rainfall projections for SADC are mostly normal to above-normal.

26 Mar 2009 description

A Better Cure for Angola's Children

Maria José Inés has seen many patients with malaria over the years. Recently, she is seeing something different.

As chief nurse at the Benfica Baixa Health Center in the city of Huambo, Maria has treated malaria patients with a wide range of medications. Recently, she has begun using artemether-lumefantrine (also known commercially as Coartem=AE) in place of the old standbys, chloroquine and amodiaquine. According to Maria, the differences between the old drugs and the new one are striking. "Coartem is the best drug we have.

26 Mar 2009 description

Luanda - The government of the United States of America will offer USD 50,000 to assist the victims of rains and floods in the southern Cunene province, Angop has learnt.

This was announced on Tuesday here by the US embassy to the African country, which stated that the amount will be granted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Non-governmental Organisation Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Since early this year, heavy rains in the southern part of the country have caused floods in the provinces of Kuando-Kubango and Cunene.

The heavy rains have displaced …

26 Mar 2009 description

Luanda/Geneva (ICRC) - As one of its last actions before scaling back its work in Angola, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will today reunite a boy with his mother in Mussende, about 400 km south-west of the capital Luanda.

Serafim and his mother lost touch with each other 10 years ago, after the boy's father died in the fighting. "I am very happy to be returning to my mother's house," said Serafim. "I thought I would never see her again.