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31 Dec 2014 description
  • Heavy rains brought needed moisture to dry areas in eastern southern Africa.
  • Moderate to heavy rains were observed around Lake Victoria in Uganda and Kenya.
31 Dec 2014 description

2014 SUMMARIZED

Dorcas takes action to help people in need and deep poverty irrespective of their religion, ethnicity, gender or political convictions. Inspired by Matthew 25:31-46 to care for the poor and oppressed, Dorcas has been working for 35 years to provide relief and development projects in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For this it can count on the enthusiasm of thousands of volunteers, entrepreneurs and donors in the Netherlands.

31 Dec 2014 description
report Irish Aid

Ireland’s overseas aid programme is helping to lift millions of people out of poverty and hunger; reducing the number of mothers who die in childbirth and helping to tackle major health crises, including Ebola.

29 Dec 2014 description

NAMPULA, Mozambique, December 24 (UNHCR) – When Oliviet Nyankuru heard his name being called out at a recent graduation ceremony in Mozambique's Lurio University, he became emotional at the thought of his long tough journey there.

"I remembered my whole story, I thought back to the last time I saw my mother and all the complicated moments I had lived through, but hearing my name, it was like I was dreaming and all my hard work paid off," says the 28-year-old medical graduate, who received his diploma from Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza.

27 Dec 2014 description
report GFDRR

GFDRR works closely with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), national meteorological and hydrological services, and other partners to help countries modernize their weather, climate, and hydrological information systems

Why Hydrometeorological Services Matter

Hydrometeorological (“hydromet”) hazards—such as storms, floods, droughts, and heat and cold waves—are responsible for the greatest proportion of losses from adverse natural events, causing nearly 80 percent of disasters and over 50 percent of disaster-related deaths between 1980 and 2011.

25 Dec 2014 description

Some relief expected for abnormally dry patches in East and Southern Africa

1-. Although good rains were observed over the Greater Horn of Africa during late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October-December rainy season combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season had already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.
As the season is coming to an end, a recovery is unlikely.

25 Dec 2014 description

A comprehensive 12-day training for police officers in the Gaza Province of Mozambique ended on Monday, November 24. The course is part of a government effort to establish a national capacity to manage the residual contamination from unexploded munitions of war (UXOs). It included training on identification of types of munitions, assessment of risks, disposal of explosive devices and basic first aid.

24 Dec 2014 description
  • Needed rainfall was observed across previously dry areas in southern Africa.
  • Dry conditions prevailed across eastern Africa.

1) Although good rains were observed over the Greater Horn of Africa during late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October- December rainy season combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season had already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia. As the season is coming to an end, a recovery is unlikely.

24 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The benefits of strengthening disaster preparedness are cost effectiveness and the delivery of effective humanitarian response.

  • Countries in the region have varying levels of preparedness.

  • Mozambique and Madagascar are most exposed to tropical cyclones.

FIGURES *

24 Dec 2014 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, December 23, 2014 — The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved today an International Development Association (IDA)* financing in the amount of US$50 million to support climate change related reforms agreed upon between the Government of Mozambique (GoM) and the World Bank under the Climate Change Development Policy Operation (DPO). This operation will improve the country’s resilience to effects of climate change through the implementation of reforms across several sectors of the economy.

22 Dec 2014 description

Regional Overview

Mozambique:
Heavy rains in Maputo reportedly caused the deaths of 5 people. In Matola, approximately 300 people were left homeless after 19 houses collapsed and 370 houses were flooded. In Xai-Xai, hundreds of people have also reportedly been displaced. Mudslides, as a result of heavy rains, have also damaged roads, making access to affected areas difficult. According to the authorities, people living in flood prone areas will be moved to safe zones. Relevant authorities are responding to the situation.

19 Dec 2014 description

Abnormal dryness expected to continue in East and Southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Although good rainfall was observed over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season, has already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia. As the season is coming to an end, a recovery is unlikely.

19 Dec 2014 description

Lilongwe, 18 December 2014 – A new regional centre for southern Africa will help develop resilience action plans, vulnerability mapping and disaster risk reduction as well as climate change adaptation planning. The Technical Centre for Risk Reduction Management, Sustainability and Urban Resilience in southern Africa (DiMSUR) was officially established in Lilongwe, Malawi, earlier this month.

18 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

• The early stages of the 2014-2015 growing season in Southern Africa were characterized by significant rainfall deficits in an area extending across eastern Zambia, northern Zimbabwe, northeastern Mozambique and Malawi. The crop growing regions of eastern South Africa and Madagascar were also affected. The rainfall deficits led to vegetation levels being significantly depressed across these regions.

18 Dec 2014 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

Highlights

· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.

· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.

17 Dec 2014 description
  • A favorable distribution of rainfall was observed over Southern Africa during the past week.

  • Seasonally-dry weather observed in Eastern Africa.