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Heavy rains are expected in eastern Southern Africa, increasing risks for localized flooding during the next outlook period.
1) Both delayed start and poor distribution of rainfall since the beginning of the October-December rainy season have led to moisture deficits and below-average ground conditions across northern Kenya and parts of southern Somalia. With the season already coming to an end, the potential for recovery is unlikely.
In 2009, an estimated 400 000 children were newly infected with HIV, with 90% of infections occurring in children in sub-Saharan Africa through mother-to-child transmission (MTCT). Without any intervention, the risk of MTCT ranges from 20% to 45%; without any treatment, half of the babies will die before their second birthday. About 42 000 to 60 000 of pregnant women die from HIV. In contrast, in high-income countries, the number of new infections among children as well as the number of maternal and child deaths due to HIV are virtually zero.
Enhanced rains were observed across Southern Africa during the past observation period.
1) Both delayed start and poor distribution of rainfall since the beginning of the October- December rainy season have led to moisture deficits and below-average ground conditions across northern Kenya and parts of southern Somalia. With the season already coming to an end, the potential for recovery is unlikely.
Short season (Vuli) in bimodal areas of northern Tanzania experiences poor rainfall performance
Good rains in early December slightly help to ease 1-to-2-year dryness in southern Angola, Botswana, northern Namibia, and South Africa
Onset of rains in southern Malawi, central Mozambique, eastern Zambia, and northern Zimbabwe delayed by more than 1 month
Increased rains during the past week have helped to replenish soil moisture in eastern Southern Africa, while limited rains have worsened dryness in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.
1) Though an increase in rainfall was observed in southern Kenya over the past few weeks, the delayed onset and uneven distribution of the October-December rainy season have already negatively impacted ground conditions over northern Kenya and parts of southern Somalia. With the season already coming to an end, recovery is unlikely.
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.
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.
•Below average rains received in the first two months of the rainfall season
•Delayed start of rains in some parts of the region
•High food insecurity levels persist in the region
•Cholera outbreak concerns in parts of the region
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.
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.
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.
UNESCO calls for strengthened sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for young people in Eastern and Southern Africa
A UNESCO report and United Nations-led campaign were launched today urging ministers from Eastern and Southern Africa to respond to continuing high levels of HIV infection, unintended pregnancy and low HIV prevention knowledge impacting on the region’s 158m adolescents and young people.
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.