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- OCHA: Southern Africa: Humanitarian Key Messages, December 2019. 6 Dec 2019
- WHO: WHO supports Angola’s Government efforts to end polio outbreak. 2 Dec 2019
- Govt. Angola: Drought victims in Cunene get food aid. 8 Dec 2019
As of 30 September 2019, 881,279 Congolese refugees are being hosted in African countries. From 1 January to 30 September 2019 alone, some 77,782 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda.
UNHCR together with 57 humanitarian and development partners launched the revised 2019-2020 Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) on 30 June 2019 to help respond to the needs of Congolese refugees in Africa.
Regional Highlights and Operational Context
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 63 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:
Measles in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lassa fever in Liberia Humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso.
(Ondjiva, 8 December 2019): The United Nations Resident Coordinator for Angola, Paolo Balladelli, today called on the international community and humanitarian organizations to scale-up their support for people living on the frontlines of the climate crisis in southern Angola. “Southern Angola is experiencing the devastating consequences of climate change. Temperatures in 2019 were the highest in 45 years and drought is driving increasing hunger and malnutrition, especially in Cunene, Huíla, Bié and Namibe provinces,” said Mr. Balladelli, during a mission to Cunene Province.
Luanda - At least 2,400 tons of miscellaneous food products went this Saturday to Curoca municipality, Cunene province, to help the drought-stricken populations of that southern region.
The Civil Protection and Fire Service spokesman, Faustino Sebastião, indicated that the basic basket food consists of cornmeal, oil, rice, salt, milk, crackers, juices and canned food.
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Southern Africa is warming at about twice the global rate and has been buffeted by multiple and compounding shocks.
Some 12 million people in nine countries across the region are experiencing severe food insecurity.
Consecutive shocks have exhausted families’ resilience and decimated their livelihoods.
Families are adopting extreme coping mechanisms, including child labour, child trafficking, early marriage and transactional sex.
- Southern Angola has been affected by widespread floods, triggered by heavy rains on 2-4 December.
- According to the Government of Angola, 60 people have been displaced in the city of Ondjiva (Cunene Province), while several houses are damaged, roads are flooded, and power outages have been reported across areas of Ondjiva.
- In Kalepi Municipality (Huila Province, southern Angola), a lightning event killed five people, and injured one on 2 December.
According to a spokesman for the Civil Protection and Fire Department in Huila, third assistant Chief, Inocêncio Hungulo, a lightning struck a house on the Kalepi plateau in Alto-Chiva, causing the death of the couple and three underage children.
The incident also resulted in the injury of a relative who was on visit.
The official said the locality has experienced heavy rains in recent days and is devoid of lightning rods, being a plateau zone and prone to lightning.
Conseil de sécurité
8679e séance – après-midi
En présentant, cet après-midi, au Conseil de sécurité le rapport semestriel du Secrétaire général sur les activités du Bureau régional des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique centrale (BRENUAC), le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général et Chef du BRENUAC, M. François Loucény Fall, est allé droit à l’essentiel: de façon générale, a-t-il dit, la situation politique et sécuritaire en Afrique centrale demeure « préoccupante ».
8679th Meeting (PM)
Swift implementation of recommendations that emerged from Cameroon’s recent national dialogue can contribute significantly towards resolving the political and humanitarian crisis enveloping that country’s North‑West and South‑West regions, the Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) told the Security Council today.
Flooding persists in parts of Uganda and Kenya, while South Africa remains dry
Protracted and new disasters have impacted a staggering number of people in Eastern and Southern Africa, and in 2020, will require substantial effort in terms of emergency preparedness and response strategies, mechanisms, tools and partnerships. More than 35 million people in the region, including nearly 18 million children, are in need of humanitarian assistance due to climate-related shocks, health emergencies, conflict, poverty and displacement.
Ondjiva - Seven families were left homeless in Ondjiva, Cunene Province, as a result of the destruction of the roof of their homes caused by heavy rain over the last 24 hours.
According to the commander of the Cunene Civil Protection and Fire Service, Paulo Calunga, who was taking stock of the damage caused by the rain that has occurred since 2:58 pm on Tuesday, seven homes were affected in the neighborhoods of Ondjiva.
In the municipality of Cuanhama, 21 electric poles fell, causing a blackout in some neighborhoods of Ondjiva, and 10 trees fell also.
Project code: OSRO/SFS/801/USA
Objective: To safeguard livelihoods, food security and nutrition of vulnerable communities and households affected by the drought and other hazards in southern Africa.
Key partners: Ministries of agriculture, Southern African Development Community (SADC), Famine Early Warning Systems Network, World Food Programme, United Nations Children's Fund and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
In southern Angola, an estimated 2.3 million people continue to face food insecurity and are in need of humanitarian assistance due to the worsening and prolonged drought conditions. The rains have failed for the last eight months, with less than 50 millimetres of rain recorded during this period. More than 421,000 people are food insecure in the 23 communes surveyed. This number is projected to increase to nearly 562,000 by February 2020, with 50 per cent of communes classified as experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity.
The rain started around 2:48pm, in different areas of Ondjiva, capital of Cunene.
So far, it is incalculable the quantity of water that dropped down on Cunene, a province whose agricultural production for this year was completely compromised.
ANGOP got informed that the few hours rain has partially destroyed seven houses, flooded completely some roads and commercial stores, besides causing the fall of ten trees.
Au 31 Octobre 2019, le nombre total des réfugiés et demandeurs d'asile est de 7,457. Cette population est composée de 37% de Congolais (RDC), 23% de Tchadiens, 30% de Sud Soudanais, 5% de Soudanais et 4% des autres nationalités. Elle est composée à 51 % de femmes et 49% d'hommes. Les enfants représentent 59% contre 38% d'adultes et 3% de personnes âgées. 45% des réfugiés sont dans la Préfecture du Haut Mbomou, 19% dans Bamingui-Bangoran, 33% à Bangui et 3% dans la Ouaka
Renewed violence in North and South Kivu prompts new displacement and hinders humanitarian assistance efforts
An estimated 15.9 million people face acute food insecurity through December
Ongoing measles outbreak results in approximately 250,000 suspected cases and 5,110 related deaths as of November