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18 May 2018 description

A rare tropical cyclone formed in the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and northern Somalia late on Wednesday, 16 May 2018. The cyclone, Sagar (TC01A), threatens to bring rains and dangerous flash flooding to desert areas of southern Yemen, northern Somalia and Djibouti.

On Thursday, the centre of the cyclone was about 400 km east of Aden, Yemen. Showers and thunderstorms were reported in the coast of southern Yemen west and east of Aden and on the coast of northern Somalia near Berbera.

12 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, Oct 12 2017 (IPS) - A growing number of African countries are increasingly becoming food insecure as delayed and insufficient rainfall, as well as crop damaging pests such as the ongoing outbreak of the fall armyworm, cause the most severe maize crisis in the last decade.

Experts have warned that as weather patterns become even more erratic and important crops such as maize are unable to resist the fall armyworm infestation, there will not be enough food on the table.

09 Jun 2017 description

Le rapport de la FAO souligne des pertes importantes dues à la perturbation des activités agricoles, à la hausse des prix et au déplacement des moyens d’existence

09 Aug 2016 description

Mature swarm arrives on Pakistan coast from Yemen

20 Oct 2015 description

As El Niño is a weather-based phenomenon, we must always bear in mind that it is unpredictable. Furthermore, heavy rains do not necessarily produce a locust outbreak. Nevertheless, the Desert Locust Information Service (DLIS), AGPMM is advising northern Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Yemen and, to a lesser extent, Sudan and Saudi Arabia to be especially vigilant in winter breeding areas along the coasts of the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea during the upcoming season and to ensure that all areas are surveyed regularly and reported in a timely manner.

14 Feb 2014 description

Persistance d’ une situation préoccupante sur la côte de la mer Rouge et dans la Corne de l’Afrique

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin continue à être préoccupante le long des deux rives de la mer Rouge, où des résurgences sont en cours en Erythrée, au Yémen et en Arabie saoudite. Des opérations de lutte s’ y poursuivent afin de limiter la formation d’essaims et leur éventuelle migration vers les zones de reproduction printanière de la vallée du Nil et de l’intérieur de l’Arabie saoudite. Une résurgence s’est également développée dans le nord-ouest de la Somalie.

13 Feb 2014 description

The Desert Locust situation continues to be serious along both sides of the Red Sea where outbreaks are in progress in Eritrea, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Control operations are underway to reduce swarm formation and eventual migration to spring breeding areas in the Nile Valley and interior of Saudi Arabia. An outbreak has also developed in northwest Somalia.

04 Feb 2014 description

Situation préoccupante le long de la côte de la mer Rouge et de la Corne de l’Afrique

31 Jan 2014 description
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Quarterly Update

Towards the end of the fourth quarter, CERF and its humanitarian partners were challenged by a series of large, complex crises, including three system-wide level-three (L3) emergencies. These crises, in countries including the Central African Republic (CAR), the Philippines, Syria and Yemen, have affected 35 million people who urgently needed emergency relief, protection and basic services. CERF was there to provide a lifeline.

10 Jun 2009 description

The current Desert Locust situation remains critical in the Horn of Africa and on the southern Arabian Peninsula.

In the past few days, at least five small immature Desert Locust swarms crossed into eastern Ethiopia from adjacent areas in northwest Somalia. Aerial control operations were immediately mounted and treated a 1.5 sq. km swarm near Harar on 7 June and a 1 sq. km swarm near Dire Dawa on the 8th. The swarms are very mobile and difficult to follow.

19 Jul 2006 description

Weekly Introduction


The outlook for August - October 2006 Sahel rainfall at one month lead is very similar to last month's update and shows a tilt in the odds favoring

above average rainfall across the Sahel from western Mali and southern Mauritania eastward into Niger. There is also a tilt in the odds to favor

above normal rainfall over eastern Chad.

Gulf of Guinea

There is a slight tilt of the odds toward below normal rainfall over northern Ivory Coast and eastern Benin to central Nigeria .

03 May 2006 description

Weekly Introduction:
ITCZ Update:

The URL for the ITCZ information has been changed slightly. The new URL is: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/fews/ITCZ/itcz.shtml.

19 Apr 2006 description

Weekly Introduction:
Update of CPC Seasonal Outlooks at One-Month Lead: May-July 2006 Forecasts

Gulf of Guinea Region

The outlook shows a slight tilt in the odds favoring above average rainfall along the coast from Ghana to western Nigeria. There is a slight tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall along the western edge of Cote d’Ivoire’s coastline.

Northern Horn of Africa

04 Jan 2006 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclone Activity

28 Dec 2005 description

Weekly Introduction
Update of Seasonal Outlooks at Four-Months Lead: April – June 2006

Northern Horn of Africa

Climatology is expected across most of the region, except locally over northwestern and southwestern Sudan, where there is a slight tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall. There is a slight tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall locally over eastern Ethiopia, northern Somalia, and portions of Djibouti. Climatology is expected elsewhere.

Gulf of Guinea

14 Dec 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:
Update of El Niño:

Synopsis: ENSO-neutral or weak La Niña conditions are likely during the next 6-9 months.

07 Dec 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:
Locust Update:

The FAO (http://www.fao.org/ag/locusts/en/info/info/index.html) was last updated on November 29 indicating that the Desert Locust situation remains calm in the summer breeding areas in the Sahel in West Africa. Small-scale breeding is occurring in Mauritania and Algeria.

Lake Tanganyika Earthquake:

30 Nov 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of Seasonal Outlooks at Four Months Lead:

March – May 2006

Southern Africa

The outlook for March-May 2006 southern Africa rainfall at four months lead shows a tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall across Namibia and locally over western Botswana. There is a tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall over southern and northern Angola, portions of central and northeastern Zambia, northern Mozambique, Malawi, and portions of southern Tanzania.

East Africa