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22 Nov 2013 description

Rainfall increases expected in southern Somalia and Eastern Kenya

  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 considerable moisture deficits across many parts of southern Somalia and eastern Kenya. The delayed seasonal rains could negatively impact the development of crops, and pastoral conditions in the region. However, an increase in rainfall is expected during the next week.

15 Nov 2013 description

Heavy rainfall and localized flooding likely in Somalia and eastern Ethiopia

  1. Torrential rains from 1 the passage of a tropical cyclone across northern Somalia, as well as a broad area of low pressure over Somalia during the last week, is likely to result in localized flooding, damages to infrastructure, livestock losses, displacement of populations, and downstream river inundation across parts Somalia and eastern Ethiopia. A continuation of locally heavy rainfall is expected across the region during the next week.

18 Oct 2013 description

The Global Food Security update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

• In Syria, revised estimates indicate that the number of IDPs has risen to 6.5 million from 4.25 million in July. Vulnerability is increasing due to conflict, reduced economic activity, reduced crop production and high prices. As of October, UNHCR reports that over 2 million Syrians had found refuge in neighboring countries.

21 Mar 2013 description

In the Armenian village of Aragatsavan, residents had struggled for more than two decades to secure clean drinking water.

The community’s Soviet-era reservoir was contaminated, and leaked more than 70 tons of water a day. It was limiting access to water for 5,600 residents; 120 families had no water at all.

During a town hall meeting facilitated by Counterpart International, the community agreed it had to take action.

14 Feb 2013 description

By Lena Heron

Ten years ago, few in the development community were discussing risk, let alone developing programming to manage those risks and build resilience. Today, USAID, under the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future and Global Climate Change Initiatives, is supporting a rigorous agenda to better inform policy and programming in the area of risk management, and several Agency missions are integrating insurance into agricultural development and climate change adaptation.

07 Jan 2013 description

Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic have taken control of several towns and subsequent fighting has led to displacement and a deterioration of the already precarious humanitarian situation in the country.

03 Jan 2013 description

Tropical Storm Wukong (Quinta) made landfall over the island of Leyte in the Philippines on 26 December, affecting more than 240,000 people.