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30 Dec 2015 description
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APOPO's HeroRATs in Angola have helped clear an area at the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 1 year ahead of schedule. The clearance of the Malele site in Zaire Province allows for the development of a large market area that will boost the cross-border trade with DCR and stimulate the economic development of the region.

25 Dec 2015 description
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Dryness persists in southern Africa and Kenya despite recent heavy rainfall

  1. Drought conditions have affected many countries in southern Africa, including Angola, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique due to the delayed start of season and erratic distribution of rainfall. Exacerbated by a poor performance during the previous season, the deficient rain has already significantly reduced water availability, leading to livestock deaths and poor ground conditions over many areas.

24 Dec 2015 description
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Situation Overview

Abnormal rainfall patterns contributed to a spike in food insecurity in the region, which is currently affecting more than 28.5M people. This figure includes Angola (where the figures are yet to be confirmed), Madagascar (where 1,893,398 people are classified as food insecure, of which 459,319 people are severely so). These severe food insecurity conditions are likely to be exacerbated by the current El Niño which is predicted to continue and strengthen in 2015/2016.

24 Dec 2015 description

Ondjiva -At least 341.000 square meters of land were cleared out from landmines in 2015 in the municipalities of Cuanhama and Cuvelai, southern Cunene province, by the Brigade (B) linked to the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA).

According to the operating activity balance report carried out during the year 2015, with the aim of clearing all actions areas suspicious of landmines focused on the communes of Môngua, Nehone and Ondjiva (Cuanhama) and Mupa (Cuvelai).

23 Dec 2015 description

Ondjiva - Ondjiva Catholic Diocese bishop, Pio Hipunhati, Tuesday here urged the people of Angola to show solidarity with more than 765,000 inhabitants affected by drought in southern Cunene province.

The bishop said that due to drought in the region, families lack a suitable meal, which calls for solidarity with those in need.

“The time being experienced is critical, the families, mainly in the rural areas, have failed to harvest crops, due to the lack of rains that have caused famine and thirst to the populations and their cattle,” he said.

22 Dec 2015 description

Delayed onset of seasonal rains in parts of Southern Africa raises serious concern for crop and livestock production in 2016

Highlights

  • El Niño-related dry conditions at the start of the 2015/16 cropping season adversely affect cropping activities and impede early crop development in Southern Africa

  • Climate forecasts point to a very likely continuation of drier-than-normal conditions in early 2016 increasing the likelihood of serious impacts on production across many areas of the subregion

18 Dec 2015 description

Heavy rainfall may lead to flooding in Kenya, Tanzania, and central Madagascar

  1. Due to a delayed start of season and erratic distribution of rainfall, drought conditions have affected many countries in southern Africa, including Angola, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique. Exacerbated by a poor performance during the previous season, the deficient rain has already significantly reduced water availability, leading to livestock deaths and poor ground conditions over many areas.

15 Dec 2015 description

Luanda - Twenty-two children, aged between one to five years old, were rescued Saturday after flood swept their nursery school in Viana municipality, Luanda, announced Fire-fighter Department (SNPCB).

According to the spokesman for the Luanda Provincial Command of Fire-Fighter Department, Faustino Minguês, the interventions happened at a time the water had reached almost one meter high in the institution's compartments.

He added that the team managed to rescue the children and workers without difficulty.

11 Dec 2015 description

Highlights

  • Rains are still well below normal in the southern half of the region, with deficits strengthening in some areas in recent weeks.

  • Onset of rains is delayed by at least 30-40 days in parts of Angola and South Africa

  • Moderate relief is expected in some of these drought-affected areas, according to short term rainfall forecasts

  • Vegetation conditions in many areas are among the worst in 15 years. These conditions have some negative implications for pastures, livestock and hydrology

11 Dec 2015 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Abnormal dryness has expanded across many portions of southern Africa from southern Angola, northern Namibia, southern Zambia, eastern Zimbabwe, central Malawi, central Mozambique, southern Botswana, to South Africa due to a delayed onset and persistent below-average rain since the start of the season. The deficient rain has already severely reduced water availability, negatively impacting cropping and pastoral activities over many areas.

11 Dec 2015 description

According to the chairman of the referred NGO, Albino Bravo da Costa, the destroyed means were collected between October 2014 and December 2015, in Cahama municipality, which allowed cleaning up an area of 121,377 square kilometers.

He said the destroyed material consisted of four anti-tank landmines, 198 different devices and 66 ammunitions of small caliber, adding that the organization is working in Cahama for the cleaning-up of explosive devices that endanger the movement of people and goods.

10 Dec 2015 description

Luanda - The provincial command of the Civil Protection and Fire Service will suppress some deficits in response service to floods with the Scorecard Workshop on Resilience to Disasters in Luanda, said its spokesman, Faustino Minguêns.

"Today we have faced the situation of floods in Luanda which has been a problem and very often we recognize that there is a deficit in terms of response, but with this Workshop, with the new knowledge, we will overcome the difficulties", he said.

10 Dec 2015 description

Uíge - At least 395 unexploded ordnances, launched during the armed conflict, were collected in 2015 by the provincial department of the National Demining Institute (INAD) in Uige.

According to a note from the institution that reached Angop, the devices will be destroyed on Friday in the town of Bungo.

The unexploded ordnances include 108 mortars of 82 mm, 95 D-30 reference and 35 other mortars of 60 mm.

It also includes 76 D-30 combative heads, 60 fuses landmines, hand grenades, ammunitions and rockets.

10 Dec 2015 description

Luanda - Mapping of hazards and risk areas is being implemented to prevent disasters and other occurrences that claim lives and destruction of the State and people-owned properties, said Luanda Provincial Command of Civil Protection and Fire-Fighter Service (SPCB).

The fact was announced by the head of the Operational Planning area of SPCB, Flávio Chimbundi.

Chimbundi said that the initiative involves awareness campaigns among the population to prevent illegal grabbing of land, mainly in hazardous areas.

08 Dec 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The current growing season (October 2015 – April 2016) in Southern Africa will develop during the peak stage of one of the strongest El Nino events in the available record. Unlike previous events, the official onset of this El Nino in March 2015 was preceded by borderline conditions during the previous growing season.

05 Dec 2015 description

The Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention concluded its Twentieth Session this morning at the World Forum in The Hague. The Conference was Chaired by H.E. Ambassador Eduardo Ibarrola-Nicolin of Mexico. The Conference adopted a number of decisions, including its Programme and Budget for 2016 and also a Report with recommendations that will serve to guide the work of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) over the coming year.

04 Dec 2015 description

Key messages

  • The region is extremely vulnerable to weather hazards such as tropical cyclones, floods, droughts and strong winds.

  • There is lack of resilience and coping mechanisms to the climate-related shocks, which results in heavy social and economic consequences for the population. Improving the local communities' resilience capacities remains central to the EU’s humanitarian assistance.

04 Dec 2015 description

Early season dryness persists across southern Africa

  1. Very low and infrequent rainfall in southern Africa has resulted in significant early season moisture deficits, particularly in the KwaZuluNatal region of South Africa, Swaziland, and southern Mozambique. Light to moderate rain is expected over the region during the next week, which could sustain rainfall deficits.