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- FEWS NET: East Africa: Maize, Regional Supply and Market Outlook, November 6, 2019. 14 Nov 2019
- OCHA: Kenya Flash Update No. 2: Floods | 5 November 2019. 7 Nov 2019
- WFP: WFP Airlifts Kenyan Government relief food as floods cut off major roads in parts of the country. 9 Nov 2019
- Mercy Corps: Relying on rainfall: How one community in Kenya is affected by climate change. 13 Nov 2019
- OCHA: Kenya: Heavy rains impact more than 100,000 people. 1 Nov 2019
Most ASAL counties experienced generally sunny and dry weather conditions during the month of September which led to reduced pastures for livestock and an increase in the average return distance to water sources for both livestock and domestic use.
Every year, UNICEF and partners generate a wealth of evidence on the situation of children in Africa. Knowledge and evidence are essential to informing the development, implementation, and monitoring of relevant policies and programmes for the realization of children’s rights. To this end, UNICEF Regional Directors in Africa are pleased to present the 2019 edition of the Knowledge for Children in Africa Publications Catalogue.
STATUS: LIMITED TO NO SATELLITE-DETECTED WATERS IDENTIFIED IN CITIES
FURTHER ACTION(S): CONTINUE MONITORING
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:
Measles in Lesotho
Hepatitis E in Namibia
Humanitarian crisis in Mali
Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
WESTERN REGION: CALM SITUATION.
Small-scale breeding occurred in Mauritania and Niger (29 ha), extending to southern Algeria (15 ha). Groups formed in Niger. Isolated adults were present in Morocco and Libya.
A few small groups may form in summer breeding areas of Mauritania and Niger as vegetation dries out. Small-scale breeding will cause locust numbers to increase in northwest Mauritania. Local breeding may occur in Algeria.
CENTRAL REGION: THREAT SITUATION.
UNHCR and partners began to assist the voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees in September 2017 as a durable solution for those refugees who indicate a desire to return home. The vast majority of returns have been from Tanzania, with smaller numbers assisted to return from Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Almost all returns from Rwanda and Uganda have so far been self-organized.
Satellite-detected water extents, as of 28 October 2019 over Garsen Sub County, Tana River County of Kenya
This map illustrates satellite-detected surface water in Garsen Sub County, Tana River County of Kenya as observed from Sentinel-2 imagery acquired on 28 October 2019. Within the analysed extent of about 150 km2, a total about 12 km2 of land appear to be flooded. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT.
As of September 2019, Somalia was host to 35,523 registered refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from Ethiopia and Yemen.
Over 90,000 Somali refugees have voluntarily returned to Somalia since December 2014 with UNHCR assistance from different countries of asylum including Kenya, Yemen, Djibouti,
Libya, Tunisia and Eritrea. In addition, some 38,000 Somalis were monitored as arriving from Yemen since March 2015.
Heavy rainfall and flooding have impacted swathes of eastern Africa since July and intensified in October, affecting at least 2.5 million people and causing displacement and loss of property, crops and livestock. The unusually heavy rains have primarily been driven by the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), which is in its strongest positive state since 2006, according to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Centre.
A strong positive Indian Ocean Dipole weather phenomenon in the western Indian Ocean has resulted in increased rainfall across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. It is already leading to heavy rainfall, flash floods and landslides, causing loss of life, displacement, and damage to property and livelihoods. This situation is predicted to intensify through November and December according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts.
Satellite-detected water extents, as of 2 November 2019 over Wajir East Sub County, Wajir County of Kenya This map illustrates satellite-detected surface water in Wajir East Sub County, Wajir County of Kenya as observed from Sentinel-2 imagery acquired on 2 November 2019. Within the analysed extent of about 200 km2. a total of about 7 km2 of land appear to be flooded.
This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT
Tropical storm expected to bring strong winds and light rains to Puntland and Somaliland
Nairobi, 2019: A tropical storm named KYARR has been developing in the northern Indian Ocean and is expected to reach Puntland and Somaliland in 4 to 5 days. The affected areas will experience strong winds and light rains.
The family from Daaba in Ngaremara Ward reportedly developed stomach upsets while traveling towards Kambi Garba.
Hussein Mohamud, the hospital's Medical Superintendent, said the tests they took were positive for cholera.
County Health Executive Wario Galma said a team from the health department was dispatched to monitor the situation.
A mother and her two children aged one and two have been admitted at Isiolo County Referral Hospital with what is suspected to be cholera.
Cristiano D'Orsi - Research Fellow and Lecturer at the South African Research Chair in International Law (SARCIL), University of Johannesburg
Background and the Red Cross and Red Crescent action
While some countries in Africa are experiencing drought, others are facing devastating floods. The scale and scope of disaster risk, underlying vulnerabilities and complex socio-political and economic factors are unparalleled. Climate change and environmental degradation are exacerbating risk many times over. Recent forecasts suggest the flooding will continue to worsen over the coming weeks, likely to impact over one million people before this crisis is over.
This map illustrates satellite-detected surface water in Wajir East Sub County, Wajir County of Kenya as observed from Sentinel-2 imagery acquired on 28 October 2019. Within the analysed extent of about 450 km2, a total of about 25 km2 of land appear to be flooded. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT.
Heavy rainfall since early October in Kenya has affected more than 100,000 people, displaced 14,000 and caused at least 29 deaths.
The rains have caused flash floods, mudslides and landslides in various counties, with Wajir County in the north-east among the hardest-hit.
Read the full story on United Nations OCHA.
The IRC is assessing the damage and launching immediate responses to help those most impacted by the storms in Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia. IRC teams in Somalia are on alert and preparing for disaster as Kyarr makes its way towards Puntland