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17 Jan 2020 description

Desert locust swarms reach Sudan, Eritrea, and Djibouti, as flooding continues in Zambia and Angola

  1. Over the past two weeks flash floods have been reported in Luanda,
    Uige, and Cabinda provinces of Angola.

  2. Increasing numbers of desert locust swarms are moving across eastern Africa from Ethiopia into Djibouti,
    Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, and Kenya. Heavy rain in Somalia during December could give rise to additional locust breeding in the coming months.

17 Jan 2020 description
  1. Contexte

A l’échelle mondiale, plusieurs millions de personnes, y compris un nombre significatif d’individus dans la région des Grands Lacs sont apatrides ou sont à risque d’apatridie. Ces derniers ne peuvent jouir pleinement de l’ensemble des droits fondamentaux. Parmi les causes à l’origine de cette situation dans la région des Grands Lacs figurent, entre autres, les lacunes que renferment les législations et politiques relatives à la nationalité qui laissent certaines personnes sans la reconnaissance d’une nationalité par aucun Etat.

17 Jan 2020 description
  • Pakistan intensifies cVDPV2 response efforts, focusing on comprehensive outbreak response, strengthened routine immunization, communication and enhanced surveillance. See ‘Pakistan’ section below for more details.

  • Summary of new viruses this week (AFP cases and environmental samples):

15 Jan 2020 description
report Inter Press Service

By Friday Phiri

It is early Saturday morning and Planeta Hatuleke, a small scale farmer of Pemba District in Southern Zambia, awakens to the comforting sound of rainfall. As the locals say, the “heavens have opened” and it is raining heavily after a prolonged dry spell.

“This is welcome after two weeks of a dry spell,” says Hatuleke with a sigh of relief. “The rainfall pattern has not been consistent so far; we could be headed for a repeat of last season” she adds pessimistically.

15 Jan 2020 description
report New Era

WINDHOEK - With heavy rains being experienced countrywide and into neighbouring countries, the Zambezi governor Lawrence Sampofu confirmed that some parts of the region, especially in the Kabbe South constituency have already been flooded.

In December, the SADC secretariat had cautioned some of the member states, Namibia included, of the heavy rainfall forecast, which is likely to result in localised floods.

14 Jan 2020 description

From 6 to 12 January 2020, eight new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported from Mabalako, Beni, and Musienene Health Zones in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Of these cases, three were reported in Beni Health Zone, where no cases had been reported for 29 days, and one was reported in Musienene Health Zone, where no cases had been reported for 132 days. These four cases are linked to the transmission chain that originated in Aloya Health Area, Mabalako Health Zone, and were not unexpected given known links between Mabalako and Beni.

14 Jan 2020 description

526.171* réfugiés et demandeurs d’asile en RDC, dont 52% de femmes.

99,2%* des réfugiés en RDC vivent dans des zones rurales, et 74,2% des réfugiés sont installés hors camps ou sites de réfugiés.

890.044* est le nombre de Congolais réfugiés en Afrique.

* Statistiques de novembre 2019

Activités principales – Réfugiés


14 Jan 2020 description

526,171* refugees and asylum seekers in DRC, among them 52% women.

99.2%* of refugees in DRC live in rural areas, and 74.2% live outside refugee camps or settlements.

890,044* refugees from DRC in Africa.

* November 2019’s figures

Main activities – Refugees


13 Jan 2020 description


This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 68 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

10 Jan 2020 description

The provinces of Luanda, Luanda Sul, Luanda Norte, Bié, Benguela, Huambo, Cuanza Norte, Cuanza Sul, Malanje, Namibe, Uíge and Zaire have been affected by floods and flash floods. According to the civil protection authorities of Angola, as of 10 January, 41 people died and 11,190 people have been affected. More than 2,400 houses have been damaged or destroyed, 12 churches destroyed and 4 bridges damaged. For the next 24 hours, heavy rain is forecast across western, central and northern provinces.

10 Jan 2020 description


• Latest assessment figures continue to indicate that an estimated total of 41 million people will be food insecure in the southern Africa region during the peak lean season (January - March 2020)(Figure 1, Table 1). In addition, 2.2. million are estimated to be food insecure in the urban areas of Zimbabwe.

10 Jan 2020 description

Luanda - Angola is preparing to adopt a new approach in the civil protection segment, with the improvement of the articulation between the different sectors that make up the National Civil Protection Commission, a mechanism that aims at fighting calamities.

According to Interior Minister Eugénio Laborinho, who was speaking on Thursday, as coordinator of the National Civil Protection Commission, the bet tends to reduce the risks of new calamities and the aftermaths.

10 Jan 2020 description

Cabinda - Two people from the same family were killed and 150 houses flooded following heavy rain that fell Wednesday in Cabinda.

Speaking to Angop today, Civil Protection and Fire Service spokesman, Patrick Henrique Brás said the deaths (40-year-old mother and 10-year-old daughter) were caused by the partial collapse of a wall of the residence where they lived, in the 1 de Maio ward.

10 Jan 2020 description

Heavy rainfall causes flooding in parts of Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and Madagascar

  1. Continued rainfall over southern Kenya and surrounds may maintain flooding .

  2. Desert Locust swarms are increasing and moving into Djibouti, Sudan, and Eritrea, toward Somalia, and northern Kenya. Heavy rain in Somalia could provide breeding conditions over the next several months.

  3. South Africa has observed a poor and below-average rainfall performance over the past 3 months and could remain dry through the end of January.

09 Jan 2020 description
  • On 11 December 2019, the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) held its twenty-third meeting. Read the committee’s report of progress for affected IHR States Parties subject to Temporary Recommendations.

08 Jan 2020 description
  • Flash floods hit Luanda Province (north-western Angola) on 4 January, resulting in casualties.

  • The Government of Angola has reported 1 death in Viana Municipality, while at least 250 families have been affected. More than 200 houses have been flooded across the municipalities of Talatona, Viana, and Cazenga.

  • Floods were reported across Cuanza Sul Province on 5 January, injuring 1 person and damaging more than 200 buildings, including a hospital.

  • Heavy rain will continue to affect most of Angola over 9-10 January.

08 Jan 2020 description

In Numbers October

5,541 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 2,474,616 million cash-based transfers made

USD166 million net funding requirement for January - June 2020

999,450 people assisted in October 2019

Operational Updates

08 Jan 2020 description
report UN News Service

La propagation de la poliomyélite à l'échelle internationale reste un problème mondial de santé publique, a conclu le Comité d'urgence convoqué par l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS).

07 Jan 2020 description

The twenty-third meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 11 December 2019 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited Member States attending via teleconference, supported by the WHO secretariat.