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31 Dec 2013 description

 Heavy rains are expected in eastern Southern Africa, increasing risks for localized flooding during the next outlook period.

1) Both delayed start and poor distribution of rainfall since the beginning of the October-December rainy season have led to moisture deficits and below-average ground conditions across northern Kenya and parts of southern Somalia. With the season already coming to an end, the potential for recovery is unlikely.

26 Dec 2013 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2014

Summary

26 Dec 2013 description

Kassongue - The provincial governor of central coastal Kwanza Sul, Eugenio de Brito Teixeira, announced on Monday at Cassongue Village, that the actions of his office in Rural Development Programme and fight against Famine and Poverty, in 2014, will prioritize the aid to drought-hit people in identified zones of the province.

The official said that on the occasion of inauguration of the first extraordinary session of Technical Unit of fight against Poverty (UTPLCP), which is taking place in Cassongue.

24 Dec 2013 description

Enhanced rains were observed across Southern Africa during the past observation period.

1) Both delayed start and poor distribution of rainfall since the beginning of the October- December rainy season have led to moisture deficits and below-average ground conditions across northern Kenya and parts of southern Somalia. With the season already coming to an end, the potential for recovery is unlikely.

24 Dec 2013 description

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

18 Dec 2013 description

Increased rains during the past week have helped to replenish soil moisture in eastern Southern Africa, while limited rains have worsened dryness in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.

1) Though an increase in rainfall was observed in southern Kenya over the past few weeks, the delayed onset and uneven distribution of the October-December rainy season have already negatively impacted ground conditions over northern Kenya and parts of southern Somalia. With the season already coming to an end, recovery is unlikely.

11 Dec 2013 description

Below-average rainfall was observed in eastern Southern Africa during the past week, exacerbating dryness over parts of Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique.

1) Although local areas of equatorial eastern Africa have received increased rainfall over the past few weeks, poor rainfall performance since the beginning of the October has led to large moisture deficits over central Kenya and southern Somalia. This dryness is likely to negatively impact the development of crops and pastoral conditions, with little opportunity for recovery before the end of the rainy season.

10 Dec 2013 description

Huambo - Five new cases of cholera is recorded daily in Hambo Municipality since a cholera outbreak took place last month, which claimed eight lives, according to the provincial supervisor for epidemiology watch, Artur Braga.

Artur Braga told ANGOP on Tuesday that up to date 95 cases has been notified adding that the outbreak started with three cases daily at the beginning.

He pointed out the areas of Calomanda, Macolocolo, Calundo, Santo Antonio Chiva and Benfica Frederico, in the suburbs of the capital city, as the most endemic zones.

10 Dec 2013 description
DIPECHO Southern Africa and Indian Ocean - version
Technical Annex

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2014/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 7 000 000

04 Dec 2013 description

Abnormal dryness has settled in across eastern Southern Africa due to a poor rainfall distribution during November.

1) While some local areas observed some moisture recovery along the Jubba River basin in southern Somalia during mid-November, the absence of precipitation in October has led to significant moisture deficits across many parts of southern Somalia and eastern Kenya. This dryness is likely to negatively impact the development of crops, and pastoral conditions with little opportunity for recovery before the end of the rains season.

01 Dec 2013 description

Luanda - A multi-sector delegation consisting of physicians, nurses and diagnosis technicians, will leave on Wednesday to southern Cunene province to reinforce the teams to engaged in the fight against cholera that has claimed 133 people in 12 months, Angop learned on Monday.

A Health source said that 133 deaths have been recorded from December 2012 out of 751 cases of cholera in Cunene province.

Last week, Cunene province recorded 444 cases with three deaths in hospital and 16 deaths out of hospital, against 428 of previous week, with a death toll of three people.

30 Nov 2013 description

Rainfall is erratic and below normal in areas with September/October onset

KEY MESSAGES

• The season began in several parts of the region, with below normal rainfall being received in the south-western and north-eastern parts of the region.

• While awaiting the onset of rains expected in November and December, dry conditions from the last two seasons have persisted in parts of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

27 Nov 2013 description

Caimbambo - At least sixteen explosive devices, including ten anti-personnel landmines, have been destroyed over the last eight months in Catengue locality, Caimbambo municipality, 116 km south off the capital of the southern Benguela province.

The data were released by the Halo Trust's head of operations in Benguela, Ezequiel Huambo.

Ezequiel Huambo told Angop that the activity is going smoothly having already covered an area of 72,759 square meters.

He said that 210 mines were destroyed from 2006 to 2010, mostly anti-personnel landmines.

25 Nov 2013 description

22/11/2013 – Last February a 4-months old orphan, Conceição, was admitted into the Community based Management programme of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in Caala (Huambo Province), which was affected by the 2012 drought. Conceição’s mother had died a few weeks after delivering and her father never took care of her, so until now Conceição has been raised by her aunt and other family members.

15 Nov 2013 description

Drought-induced Stressed food insecurity expected through March in the south

KEY MESSAGES

  • Livestock conditions throughout the Southern Livestock, Millet and Sorghum livelihood zone are very poor and the protracted drought continues to negatively affect pasture and water availability for households that rely on the seasonal migration of livestock. In both Namibe and Cunene Province livestock migration occurred earlier, involved more animals, more people, and more time than usual.

11 Nov 2013 description

Lower levels of assistance projected due to inadequate funding in affected areas in the region

KEY MESSAGES

10 Nov 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The food security situation in most of Southern Africa was relatively stable during the past year, although some parts of the region faced acute food insecurity.

  • As of July 2013, an estimated 10.4 million people in the region were at risk of food insecurity.

  • In FY 2013, USAID provided more than $75 million in humanitarian assistance to Southern Africa.

05 Nov 2013 description
  1. The Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security is elated to announce that following the Declaration of the Cessation of refugee status with regard to Angolan refugees issued on the 1st July 2013, the repatriation exercise has been smoothly ongoing. The Government of Botswana have been in collaboration with the Government of Angola, UNHCR and other relevant partners to proactively pursue all feasible measures to facilitate the repatriation of affected Angolan refugees to their home country in safety and dignity.