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06 Jan 2020 description
report World Vision
  • Adverse effect of weather: Unseasonal rainfall would have a potential impact on crops that are not harvested in the country by affecting the harvesting process of matured crops. Though national meher production is expected to be average due to generally favorable June to September Kiremt rainfall, the ongoing desert locust infestation would have a negative impact on food production which additionally has a capacity to inhibit the coming belg season production if the swarm is not timely controlled.

04 Jan 2020 description

Heavy rainfall triggers flooding in Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania while parts of Southern Africa remain dry

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Parts of Lake Victoria, Rwanda, Burundi and the southern Kenya will remain under flash flood risk into next week.

  2. Desert Locust breeding is expected to extend from Afar region of Ethiopia northward into Djibouti and Eritrea, and northern parts of Kenya.

01 Jan 2020 description

Despite average Meher production, currency devaluation drives atypically high food prices

Key Messages

31 Dec 2019 description

The poor rain performance from April to May (Gu/Genna) in the South and Southeaster parts of Ethiopia had a negative impact on pasture availability. Livestock body conditions have been severely affected, causing livestock migration with its consequent risk of disease outbreak and low productivity on milk and meat. Livelihoods in the areas affected by the poor rain performance are highly dependable on pasture availability and access to water for livestock. On the other hand, crop production has been affected by poor rain performance.

27 Dec 2019 description

Key Issues

  • The 2019 Deyr (October-December) rains began earlier than normal between mid-September and early October in some parts of Somalia. The rains expanded to cover most parts of the country between mid-October and early December. The overall rainfall performance in terms of amount and distribution was average to above average in southern Somalia and many parts of central and northern regions.

19 Dec 2019 description

Flooding risks persist across eastern Africa, while South Africa remains drier-than-average

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Continued above-average rainfall has triggered flooding across eastern Africa. Rain is forecast to continue next week maintaining high flood risk.

  2. Locust swarms continue to affect parts of Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, and Yemen. The chance of a lotus outbreak has increased in north and eastern areas.

19 Dec 2019 description


Protests have erupted in India following the Indian Parliament’s passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill. The bill provides a pathway to citizenship for those from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zoroastrian communities who fled religious persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. India’s Muslim community claims the law violates the constitutional guarantee of legal equality by excluding Muslim refugees.

19 Dec 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund


• An estimated 3.5* million children face severe food insecurity into early next year. Food insecurity, triggered by loss of crops because of drought, floods and locust infestation, continues to put the nutritional status of children in Ethiopia at risk. UNICEF is responding to the current caseload and closely monitoring the situation for any increase in admission of severely acute malnourished children.

18 Dec 2019 description

Somalia faces the worst Desert Locust outbreak in over 25 years, according to an emergency update issued today by the country office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Somalia and FAO’s Desert Locust Information Service in Rome.

18 Dec 2019 description

A dangerous Desert Locust situation is developing in the Horn of Africa

16 Dec 2019 description

FAO appeals for scaling up of prevention and control measures to abate crop losses

13 December 2019, Addis Ababa -- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warns that unless early and sustained measures are taken to control the Desert Locust invasion in Ethiopia and Somalia, the pest will spread to other Eastern African nations, including Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan and the Sudan.

12 Dec 2019 description

Tropical Cyclone Belna causes flooding in Madagascar, while heavy rain and flooding persist in East Africa

  1. Continued above-average rainfall has triggered flooding across eastern Africa. Heavy rain is forecast to continue next week maintaining high flood risk.

  2. Locust swarms continue to affect parts of Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, and Yemen. The chance of a lotus outbreak has increased in north and eastern areas.

05 Dec 2019 description

Flooding persists in parts of Uganda and Kenya, while South Africa remains dry

05 Dec 2019 description


SITUATION. Une reproduction à petite échelle s’est poursuivie en Mauritanie, au Mali, au Niger, au Tchad et en Algérie(272 ha traités). Des groupes se sont formés au Niger.

PRÉVISIONS. Quelques petits groupes sont susceptibles de se former dans le nord-ouest de la Mauritanie et le nord du Niger. Une reproduction à petite échelle entraînera une légère augmentation dans le nord-ouest de la Mauritanie.


04 Dec 2019 description
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Situation deteriorates as swarms increase

03 Dec 2019 description


  1. Overall favourable prospects for 2019 main "Meher" season crops due to abundant and well‑distributed rains

  2. Unseasonal rains in October and November, and infestations of desert locusts likely to result in localized crop losses

  3. Reduced output of 2019 secondary "Belg" season harvest due to poor rains, especially in eastern Oromiya Region

  4. Flood‑induced livestock deaths and pasture losses due to locusts curbing drought recovery in most southeastern pastoral areas

02 Dec 2019 description

Flooding continues in parts of East and West Africa while Southern Africa and Lesotho remain dry

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Elevated river levels in the Congo River Basin have caused flooding along the Congo and DRC border.

  2. Several weeks of heavy rainfall have raised river levels in central and western Uganda, triggering floods.

  3. Above-average rainfall over the past couple of months has raised water levels in the Nile River and its tributaries, causing floods in Sudan and South Sudan.

02 Dec 2019 description


• The Government of Ethiopia has released for the first time an Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis report in the country up to June 2020 during the Disaster Risk Management Technical Working Group (DRM TWG) meeting on 19 November 2019

• The Alert projects the number of food-insecure people in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse to increase to 8.5 million between February and June 2020

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