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30 Dec 2011 description

Luanda - At least 1.491 people are homeless in Negage City, following the heavy rains that hit the northern Uige Province, a religious delegation noticed.

The religious team belongs to the Evangelic Reformed Church of Angola (IERA), who travelled to the region to learn about the situation following the rains.

The dislodged people are living in residences of family, friends and neighbours.

"The hail rain also damaged several plantations, having destroyed great areas of cultivation (…)”, he said.

30 Dec 2011 description

Ondjiva – Over 4 million square metres of land were demined in the southern Cunene Province, throughout the year 2011, by the National Demining Institute (INAD), the provincial head of the mentioned organ, Pedro Severino Seteco, has announced.

He said that the clearance activity took place on the land reserve of Ombadja.

Pedro Seteco also mentioned the conclusion of the demining process on 82 kilometres of the Xangongo/Onassalama road, located inland Ombadja Municipality.

30 Dec 2011 description

Luanda – About 200 kilometres of the road section that connects Caxito District (Bengo Province) with Nzeto District (Zaire Province) are being demined by operators linked to the Executive Demining Commission.

These works are aimed at building a motorway that will facilitate the flow of people and goods in that national road, as revealed on Thursday by the engineering of the undertaking and director of the National Demining Institute (INAD), Leonardo Severino Sapalo.

30 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 30 December 2011 (IRIN) - More than five years after the Front for the Liberation of Cabinda (FLEC) filed a complaint with an African Union (AU) human rights body against the Angolan government for alleged human rights abuses, the AU says it is willing to hear the "merits" of appointing a special rapporteur to investigate the claims.

29 Dec 2011 description

Kuito - At least 1,566 people are homeless since January until the present date, in Bié, due to the fall of their residences, following the heavy rains that hit the region, Angop has learnt.

This was announced on Thursday here by the spokesman of the fire department, Vasco Chioca, who added that 10 people died and three others are injured.

The rains also destroyed two communal administrations, two hospitals, 21 schools, 15 churches, a store house from the agriculture sector and seven shops.

27 Dec 2011 description

Huambo – At least 37,098 children will enter the education system for the first time in 2012 in central Huambo province, as a result of Government’s effort to gradually reduce the number of kids out of school.

The information was released Tuesday in Huambo by the head of the Education sector in the province, Manuel Sampaio do Amaral.

According to the official, 655,993 students will be enrolled next year, against the 618, 895 that attend school this academic year in the three sub-systems of education.

27 Dec 2011 description

Sumbe - At least 4.737 square metres of land were cleaned in Kwanza-Sul Province, by the National Institute of Demining (INAD), throughout the year 2011, ANGOP has learnt.

This was said by the information official with the Inter-provincial Commission of Demining and Humanitarian Assistance in Kwanza-Sul, Jorge da Costa Pombo, while making a balance of the activities carried out this year.

26 Dec 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

KINSHASA, République démocratique du Congo, 20 décembre 2011 - « Qui cultive l'ignorance récoltera la maladie ! » Tels étaient les derniers mots d'un sketch joué à Popokabaka dans le cadre d'une récente campagne contre la polio lancée pour faire face à la flambée de polio cette année dans le pays.

Après avoir été exempt de polio pendant cinq ans, le pays a été réinfecté en 2006 et, depuis, l'engrenage tourne. Cette année, quatre-vingt-huit cas ont été rapportés.

26 Dec 2011 description

Luena - Ten families from the 121 Angolans that returned from the Republic of Zambia this month and who are still at the shelter centre of Luena (eastern Moxico province), on Friday received assorted foodstuff donated by militants of JMPLA (youth wing of the ruling MPLA party).

The donation is one two tonnes of products such as mealie meal, cooking oil, rice, salt, spaghetti, beans, cool drinks, juice, used clothes, among other consumption goods.

26 Dec 2011 description

Dundo – Over a hundred cases of cholera were recorded in the first fortnight of December, in Lucapa Municipality, north-eastern Lunda-Norte Province, informed last Friday in Dundo locality governor Ernesto Muangala, at a yearend greetings ceremony.

The governor stated that the situation worried the executive, reason why it has to take extra preventive measures to stop the spread of the disease.

26 Dec 2011 description

Kuito - The government of central Bié province announced that it will spend in 2012 an amount of AKz 264 million kwanzas in Water for All project, with a view to improve the water supply system for the local residents.

According to the provincial governor, Álvaro Manuel de Boavida Neto, the above amount will be used in construction of abstraction, treatment and distribution of water system, as well as drilling water points and repair of pumps with cranks, among other actions.

24 Dec 2011 description

Dundo - More than 100 cases of cholera were registered during the first fortnight of December, in the district of Lucapa, north-eastern Lunda Norte province, the local governor, Ernesto Muangala, informed on Friday in the city of Dundo during the year's end greetings ceremony.

The official asserted that the situation is of great concern to the government, which should take the necessary preventive measures and, therefore, every effort is being made to curb the disease.

He explained that the outbreak has already claimed various lives in a period of 15 days.

23 Dec 2011 description

Caxito – Fifty landmines and 251 unexploded devices were deactivated from January to December 2011 in northern Bengo province, Angop has learnt.

The data were disclosed Friday by the head of the Provincial Department of National Mine Clearance Institute (INAD), Oliveira Basílio dos Santos during the demolition ceremony of unexploded ordnance, held at the section that connects the locality of Icau (Mabubas).

22 Dec 2011 description

Outlook Highlights

  • Normal to above – normal rainfall is expected over the continental SADC countries.

  • Most of Madagascar is expected to receive above-normal to normal total rainfall

  • Heavy rainfall is forecast and is expected to bring relief to the dryness across southern Africa during the last next week of December 2011.

20 Dec 2011 description
report Radio Okapi

Mille cinq cents angolais réfugiés en RDC ont déjà regagné leur pays depuis le début de l’opération de rapatriement volontaire le 4 novembre, à partir de Kimpese, dans la province du Bas-Congo. Selon la porte-parole du Haut commissariat pour les réfugiés (HCR) en RDC, Céline Schmitt, le rapatriement des angolais vivant dans la province du Katanga a commencé le 18 novembre.

Céline Schmitt indique que le rapatriement des réfugiés vivant à Kinshasa et les environs pourrait commencer au début de 2012. Certains d’entre eux exprimeraient leur volonté de retour.