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26 Mar 2014 description

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.

21 Mar 2014 description

Highlights

  • 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

08 Jan 2014 description

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.

30 Nov 2013 description

Rainfall is erratic and below normal in areas with September/October onset

KEY MESSAGES

• 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.

04 Nov 2013 description

Dry conditions from past two seasons affecting water and pasture conditions

KEY MESSAGES

• 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.

07 Aug 2013 description

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.

Key Findings:

12 Jun 2013 description
report New Era

Story by Alvine Kapitako

WINDHOEK - Namibia continues to receive inflows of new African refugees with 15 to 20 new arrivals recorded monthly, says the Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Nkrumah Mushelenga.

31 Oct 2012 description
report PlusNews

JOHANNESBURG, 31 October 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in southern Africa, but new research reveals that governments' attempts to address the disease have been inadequate. Access to cervical cancer screening services is minimal, few countries in the region have policies on the disease, and treatment remains a major challenge.

30 Aug 2010 description
report PlusNews

JOHANNESBURG, 30 August 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Veronica* did not realize she had been sterilized while giving birth to her daughter until four years later when, after failing to conceive, she and her boyfriend consulted a doctor.

"I was like 'Okay, fine', because there was nothing I could do by then, but I was angry. I hate [those nurses]," she told IRIN/PlusNews.

26 Aug 2010 description

Executive Summary

In March 2009, flooding, caused by heavy rainfalls in the region, affected six Regions in northern Namibia (Caprivi, Kavango, Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, and Omusati)1. The 2009 flood is the second such event in two years, following three years of successive low rainfall events. Flood waters surged to near record, overtopping roads and washing out local routes. As a consequence, commercial and industrial activities were disrupted.

01 Feb 2010 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 1 February 2010 (IRIN) - Heavy rains in early 2009 caused one of the worst floods in four decades to hit Namibia, pushing the semi-arid Southern African country into second place in a list of countries most affected by natural disasters last year.

The only other African country on the list, released by the Belgium-based Centre for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), is Zambia, where vast tracts of agricultural land were flooded by the bloated Zambezi River.

The list is based on a scale measuring the impact of the disaster according to the number of people …

21 Apr 2009 description
map EARS
21 April 2009 - In Angola (-5%) and Zambia (-4%) the sorghum growing season has been dry up to now and local reductions to average yields are possible. Well above average sorghum yields are seen in Lesotho (+7%). Crop yield prospects are also normal to good in Botswana (-1%) and South-Africa (+1%).

 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.

01 Apr 2009 description
map EARS
1 April 2009 - In Zambia the growing season has been dry up to now and reductions in yield of about -8% are expected. Above average maize yields are seen in Botswana (+5%) and Lesotho (+4%). In Swaziland (-1%) and South Africa (2%) normal national average yields are expected. Below average national yields of about -8% to -9% are seen in Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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.

27 Mar 2009 description
report IRIN

GABORONE, 27 March 2009 (IRIN) - Rain continues to lash countries along the course of the upper Zambezi River, aggravating already extensive flooding in Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia, where crops and infrastructure have been destroyed.

16 Mar 2009 description
report New Era

by Reagan Malumo

KATIMA MULILO - Floods have displaced hundreds of learners, teachers and communities in the Zambezi flood plain areas of eastern Caprivi, forcing some of them to relocate to higher grounds at Schuckmannsburg where classes have been disrupted.

The situation worsened after water from the Zambezi River overflowed, causing floods at Nankuntwe, Namiyundu and Schuckmannsburg in Kabbe constituency.

The hydrological office at Katima Mulilo warned about the possibility of more flooding in the eastern flood plain this year compared to last year.

Last Thursday, Alfred …