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This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.
UNHCR commends the humanitarian spirit shown by the Tunisian and Egyptian governments in welcoming and caring for people fleeing Libya.
Twelve actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated in February 2008, and four improved, according to the new issue of CrisisWatch, released today.
The situation deteriorated in Armenia, where - as CrisisWatch went to press - a violent crackdown sought to suppress eleven days of protests after presidential elections that the opposition claimed were rigged.
CROSS BORDER & REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
ERC's visit to CEA region
The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) John Holmes visited Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia and Kenya during an eight-day regional mission. Mr. Holmes arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 26 November and travelled to Jijiga and Kebridehar in the Ogaden region where over 640,000 people require urgent humanitarian assistance.
The latest wave of flooding brings the total of those directly affected to over 550,000, with at least 136,000 directly affected by the latest wave of floods. These people have either partial or total loss of their homes, as well as food stocks and essential household supplies.
Most of the damage is located in the state of Southern Kordofan, east of South Darfur. At least 11,000 homes were totally destroyed in this area, leaving at least 55,000 homeless. Twenty-six people have died and 65 have been injured.
This map illustrates the total August rainfall accumulation for East Africa, derived from the CMORPH precipitation dataset at a spatial resolution of approximately 10km for this region, and was calculated using microwave and infrared data from geostationary satellites. It is possible that precipitation levels may have been underestimated for local areas, and is not a substitute for ground station measurements.
CROSS BORDER & REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
During the period from September 11 - 20, 2006, the African portion of the ITCZ was located near 17.2 degrees north latitude when averaged from 15 degrees west to 35 degrees east longitude and over the ten day period. This compares to the normal position of around 16.8 degrees north, and a position last year near 15.7 north. The ITCZ was nearly stationary during the previous ten days, when averaged over the entire Sahel. See Figure 1 for the current, past, and mean ITCZ with ten day accumulated precipitation.
Update of CPC Africa Regional Climate Forecasts:
Due to the recent trends in ENSO regional set surface temperature conditions, notably the sharp increase during the past two weeks, the CPC African Desk climate forecasts will be reprocessed and made available next week, instead of for the current Hazards document.
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Intertropical Convergence Zone Analysis (ITCZ) Re-Initiated:
On April 1 we re-initiated the program to depict the dekadal position of the ITCZ along with a comparison with its normal position at the following site: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/fews/ITCZ/itcz.html. The ten-day average ITCZ position is plotted and compared with the estimated rainfall for that period and the first plot for the season will cover April 1-10.