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By Andy McElroy
GENEVA, 4 December 2013 – Indian Ocean states are taking important steps to strengthen their individual and collective disaster risk management.
Six islands – the Union of the Comoros, France/Reunion Island, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Zanzibar – are working to establish and manage disaster loss databases.
A cholera outbreak has been recorded in Cunene Province which has claimed the lives of dozens of people.
On 28 November 2013, heavy rains were recorded in Mauritius, however no major damage was reported. Some schools were forced to close and unconfirmed reports indicate that approximately 45 houses were affected by water damage, with a total of 279 people accommodated in emergency shelters.
There are more than half a million people of concern to UNHCR in Southern Africa. At the end of 2012 they included some 134,000 refugees, 272,000 asylum-seekers and almost 19,740 returnees.
The Special Electoral Court (CES) officially announced the presidential election results:
Dr Jean Louis Robinson received 21% of the votes; followed by Mr Hery Ranaonarimampianina with 16% of the votes . These two candidates will now run against each other in the second round of elections scheduled to take place on 20 December 2013.
Jean-Louis Robinson and Hery Rajaonarimampianina are to run against each other in the second round of the Presidential elections scheduled for 20 December.
A tense political climate surrounds the holding of municipal elections, scheduled for 20 November, with Renamo boycotting the elections and scuffles having reportedly broken out between supporters of Movimento Democrático de Moçambique (MDM) and riot police in Beira over the weekend.
The election results have been officially announced. No candidate received more than 50% of the vote, meaning that Jean-Louis Robinson (with 21.1% of the vote) and Hery Rajaonarimampianina (with 15.9% of the votes) will run against each other in the second round of the presidential elections scheduled for 20 December 2013.
(Pretoria, 08 November 2013): A groundbreaking study into the threats likely to confront southern African communities over the next decade has been released. Titled Humanitarian Trends in Southern Africa: Challenges and Opportunities, the study identifies regional and global factors that may impact the lives and livelihoods of southern Africans and, as importantly, the available capacities to address these challenges.
Despite some incidences of violence and voting irregularities, both SADC and EU have declared the presidential elections of 25 October free and fair.
Mozambique: Mozambique's former rebel group RENAMO (Mozambican National Resistance) has denied responsibility for an armed attack on the country's main highway on 26 October which killed 1 person and injured 10 amid tensions with the FRELIMO (Mozambique Liberation Front) led Government.
Madagascar: The Presidential elections are scheduled to take place this week on 25 October. It is hoped that these elections will break the political impasse that has affected the country since 2009, but there are also concerns that the elections could trigger unrest.
Mozambique: According to media reports, 2 RENAMO (Mozambican National Resistance) soldiers were killed on 17 October in confrontations with the Mozambican Army near the Renamo leader’s headquarters.
Four million people in rural Madagascar have been identified as food insecure, with an additional 9.6 million people at risk of food insecurity. The date for the presidential election is drawing near - 25 October 2013.
In Malawi, 1.5 million people are food insecure, and this figure is expected to climb to 1.9 million in October 2013.
A number of international electoral observer missions are arriving in Madagascar, prior to the presidential elections scheduled for 25 October 2013.
Election campaigning started on 24 September 2013. On 26 September 2013 a grenade detonated in front of the home of the President of the Special Electoral Court (CES) in Antananarivo. No damages or casualties were reported.
According to the outcome of the Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF), normal to above normal rainfall can be expected for most of the region this coming rainfall season (October 2013 to March 2014).
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Beginning 2006, the Indian Ocean Islands (IOI) representation has assisted the 4 national societies of Comoros Red Crescent, Malagasy Red Cross, Mauritius Red Cross and Red Cross of Seychelles in the areas of national society development, disaster management and resource mobilization. Since 2013, the IOI was integrated and became part of East African Regional Representation (EARR) and all 4 national societies now benefit from direct support from the EARR office in Nairobi.
The reconstituted Special Electoral Court (CES) has published the new list of presidential candidates which excludes the three controversial candidates (Andry Rajoelina, Lalao Ravalomanana and Didier Ratsiraka) and five others; their respective political parties have until 20 August to designate replacement candidates.
The release of the new list of presidential candidates by the restructured Special Electoral Courts is scheduled for 20 August 2013.
Most of the funds required to start the locust eradication campaign have been received, including $5 million provided by the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
The Drought Response Plan is expected to be approved by Government this week.