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24 Jun 2015 description

Overview

Over the past 10 years the SADC region has experienced 545 disaster events which affected approximately 39 million people and resulted in 5,300 deaths (EMDAT). The highest number of disaster events occurred in 2006/2007 and 2011, with fewer disaster events during the last 3 years.
Droughts and floods affected the highest number of people. The largest number of people were affected in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively, with the most people affected during 2005 and 2007.

24 Jun 2015 description

Situation Overview

The 2014/2015 Southern African rainfall season, which stretches from October to May , saw severe floods in the east of the region. The remainder of the region experienced poor rains that were late to arrive and irregular.

Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar were hit by multiple floods between December 2014 and April 2015 (accounting for 97% of all flood affected people) . A total of 10 tropical storm systems were monitored during the season, with tropical storms Chedza and Fundi affecting Madagascar in early 2015.

04 Mar 2015 description
  • Consistent heavy rains caused fatalities, flooding, and landslides in Madagascar.

  • A slow start to the rainy season observed in southwestern Ethiopia.

25 Feb 2015 description

Above-average rains were observed across saturated areas in Madagascar and northern Mozambique.

Dryness deepens across Angola, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and coastal Tanzania.

11 Feb 2015 description

Tropical Storm Fundi brought torrential rains to Madagascar.

Below-average rains deepen rainfall deficits in Angola and Namibia.

06 Feb 2015 description

Madagascar

A new low pressure system has formed in the Mozambique Channel. It is currently forecasted to strengthen to a moderate to strong tropical storm over the next two days as it moves in a southerly direction, coming within 150 km of the south-west coast of Madagascar. It is not expected to make landfall, but could bring heavy rains. A main concern is the Fiherenena dyke protecting Toliara City, which was not fully repaired after it was damaged by Tropical Cyclone Haruna in 2013 (which killed 26 people and displaced 20,000).