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08 Jan 2016 description

OVERVIEW

  • Many countries across the African continent face recurrent complex emergencies, frequent food insecurity, cyclical drought, and sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. In FY 2015, as in previous years, USAID/OFDA not only responded to urgent needs resulting from disasters, but also supported DRR programs that built resilience and improved emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response capacity at the local, national, and regional levels.

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

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.

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.

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.

03 Dec 2015 description

Brussels, 2.12.2015 C(2015) 8453 final

COMMISSION DECISION of 2.12.2015
financing humanitarian actions in Southern Africa from the 11th European Development Fund

(ECHO/-SF/EDF/2015/01000)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EU) 2015/322 of 2 March 2015 on the implementation of the 11th European Development Fund1 and in particular Article 9(3) thereof,

26 Nov 2015 description

Flooding risks continue to be elevated in Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Above-average seasonal rainfall has led to above-normal river levels along the Shabelle and Jubba River basins. Although a reduction of precipitation has been observed in mid-November, additional rains are expected to sustain the risk for flooding in the region.

20 Nov 2015 description

Increased rainfall to bring some relief to anomalously dry areas of South Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Several consecutive weeks of above-average rainfall has increased the risk for flooding and river inundation in the White Nile, Jonglei, and Eastern Equatorial provinces of South Sudan.

18 Nov 2015 description

Lubango - The second phase of the Institutional Development of the Water Sector Project (PDISA) will start in December, said Wednesday in Lubango, southern Huila province, the head of Environmental Area of National Water Department Alexandrina Pires.

Alexandrina Pires said that the project will benefit 1.3 million people of the provinces of Namibe, Lunda-Norte, Huila, Cuanza Norte, Moxico, Huambo, Uige, Malanje and Bié.