- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Mozambique/Malawi: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Hellen - Mar 2014
- Mozambique: Floods - Jan 2013
- Tropical Storm Irina - Mar 2012
- Mozambique: Storms and Floods - Jan 2012
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
Windhoek-As livestock and crop farmers across Namibia fear another drought, the prospects for rain this week has improved, while the continuation of seasonal rainfall during February will be critical to crop development and production.
According to the UN’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network Report, a weakening of the suppressed convective weather pattern, and a return towards a more seasonably rainfall distribution throughout much of Southern Africa in early February could translate into widespread moderate to locally heavy precipitation over several anomalous dry regions.
Ongwediva-Good rains are expected over Southern Africa as from the beginning of February as the disruptive tropical cyclone, Ava, finally clears up from the Mozambican coast.
Initially weather forecasters had predicted normal to above normal rainfall for Namibia and other countries in the SADC region between January and March 2018.
25/01/2016 - by the Climate Centre and Rosemary Nalisa, Namibia Red Cross Society
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) – a leading global provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity – Friday issued an Alert saying severe drought in Southern Africa is “expected to drive large food assistance needs” this year and next.
A decrease in rainfall has been recorded over Southern Africa during the past week.
A favorable start of the March-May season has been observed over the Greater Horn of Africa.
Heavy rains experienced in February and early March 2014
Floods cause devastation in several parts of the region
Cholera outbreak spread to more areas in Namibia
Namibia has been experiencing a cholera outbreak in the northern regions since Nov 2013. A different strain of cholera was reported on 5 Feb 2014 in Katutura on the edge of Windhoek, where 32 cases have been recorded with 2 fatalities (Case Fatality Rate of 6.3%), as of 21 Feb 2014.
In the northern regions, 7 new cholera cases have been reported in Opuwo District, Kunene and 2 cases in Okahandja, with 1 fatality, bringing the national case fatality rate to 3.5% with a total of 546 cholera cases and 19 confirmed fatatlies nationally.
Significantly heavy and well distributed rainfall fell across much of southern Africa, leading to an increased risk for flooding in the Caprivi Strip region, while alleviating many anomalously dry conditions further east.
1) Portions of Tanzania have experienced below average seasonal rainfall since late November. Poorly distributed rains since early December has led to developing dry conditions in the Morogoro and Pwani provinces further east. The anomalous dryness has already negatively impacted vegetation conditions in the region.
Rainfall is erratic and below normal in areas with September/October onset
• The season began in several parts of the region, with below normal rainfall being received in the south-western and north-eastern parts of the region.
• While awaiting the onset of rains expected in November and December, dry conditions from the last two seasons have persisted in parts of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Dry conditions from past two seasons affecting water and pasture conditions
• The dry conditions of the last two seasons have resulted in a poor water situation and poor pasture conditions in parts of the region including Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Normal to above- normal rainfall will be required this season to offset these water deficits.
Overview 2012/13 Crop Production Season
• Regional cereal harvest increased by 0.2% from 35.02 million tonnes in 2012 to 35.11 million tonnes in 2013 and is 5% above the five year average;
• Compared to 2012, all countries experienced an increase in cereal production except Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe;
• Production of non-cereal food crops (roots and tuber crops, bananas, plantains and pulses) continue to increase in Angola, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.
We are pleased to share with you the third edition of the Global CCCM Cluster Newsletter.
This edition provides updates from our field operations and partners and also tracks the progress on our 18 month European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Directorate General (ECHO) funded capacity building project to strengthen CCCM's field response and coordination.
In Malawi, past 10 days some drought relief was seen. Still yield reductions are expected in many parts of the country although local differences are seen.
In Malawi, the Northern as well as the Southern Region have been dry since the start of the growing season and reduced yields of about -11% are forecasted.
By Tapiwa Gomo
The devastating floods that have been affecting the Caprivi area in Namibia have received very little media coverage. However, over 15 000 people are still in camps, while others are still in small 'islands' of land surrounded by water and still unreachable by road. They have been there for more than four weeks now and the Zambezi water is taking its time to recede.
On March 22, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched an appeal to help Namibia Red Cross society meet the emergency needs.
global information and early warning system on food and agriculture (1)
(Regional Update as of 15 January 2007)
Mixed prospects for the 2007 cereal crops in Southern Africa