Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
In Namibia, heavy rains which started in late 2010 and intensified in January and February 2011 led to flash floods which affected approximately 500,000 people in the southern, north and north eastern regions. Of these affected, up to 60,000 people were displaced, an estimated 111 deaths were reported and 243,474 people were at risk of food insecurity over the 2011/2012 agricultural season. (IFRC, 30 Apr 2012)
In Lesotho, infrastructure was destroyed as heavy rains fell between December 2010 and March 2011. In total, 672 houses in seven districts were destroyed, and the most impact was felt in the districts situated in the northern part of the country. Safety was threatened and households lost most of their belongings, including livestock. The sanitation situation was severely compromised, creating a health hazard. (IFRC, 22 Dec 2011)
South Africa received above normal rainfall and flooding in early 2011. The floods caused unprecedented destruction, resulting in disruption in service delivery, displacement of people and loss of lives and livelihoods. Over 200,000 people were reportedly affected by floods and 40 deaths were reported. A national state of disaster was declared in 28 district municipalities in eight provinces. (IFRC, 22 Dec 2011).
The southern and central provinces of Mozambique experienced heavy rainfall from December 2010 to March 2011. Floods resulted in the displacement of people and destruction of property. There was extensive damage of infrastructure, rendering roads inaccessible. 1 397 hectares of food crops were lost, and almost 23 000 families were affected by the floods. (IFRC, 29 Nov 2011)
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- IOM Contributions to Progressively Resolve Displacement Situations: Compendium of activities and good practice
- South Africa: Statement on the floods and rains causing a disaster in the province
- Zimbabwe: Flood Affected Schools (February 2011)
- Southern Africa Flood and Cyclone Update (as of 30 March 2011)
- Southern Africa Floods and Cyclones: Overview of 2010/2011 Rainfall Season, December 2010 to May 2011
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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 March 2011, ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member and Rotarian Peter Pearce (AU) was sent on deployment to storm-hit Madagascar. He was part of the second team in to deliver emergency shelter to families displaced in a southern area completely devastated by a cyclone. Having seen the desperate circumstances these families were living in, Peter wanted to do more for them upon his return to Australia.
By Madalitso Mwando
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AlertNet) - Thumeliso Matshobana knows what the devastation of too much water looks like.
A smallholder farmer in Zimbabwe’s Midlands, he watched helplessly last year as floods destroyed crops, livestock, homes and schools. The heavy rains, he says, came as “a total surprise.”
The floods left a trail of destruction in traditionally dry and impoverished rural areas of the Midlands and Matebeleland, and rebuilding has been a slow and painful process.
UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Catherine Bragg will visit Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe from 15 to 20 October 2012.
The visit aims to take stock of the humanitarian challenges in the region, and support national and regional efforts to promote disaster risk reduction including resilience and preparedness.
A 2-day workshop for camp management trainers working for the Namibian Government and the Namibian Red Cross will open tomorrow (19/9) in Windhoek.
The European Union funded workshop, co-organized by IOM and the Namibian Directorate of Disaster Risk Management, aims to provide Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) training to support seven disaster-prone regions - Caprivi, Kavango, Kunene, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto - in the north and north-east of the country.
This report covers the period 01 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.
This report covers the period January to December 2011
To increase the capacity of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and the impact of disasters through the timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.
Ondjiva - At least 187 flood victim families in southern Cunene province previously squatting at sheltering centres were on Thursday provided with new houses on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Ondjiva, during a ceremony chaired by the provincial governor, Antonio Didalelwa.
Addressing the occasion, the provincial governor said the drama of hundreds of families affected by floods that hit Cunene in the last four years has come to an end.
According to him, today there is reason for joy and reward after the time they had to await accommodation.
Period covered by this Final Report: 8 April 2011 - 31 December 2011
Appeal target (current): CHF 1,811,530
Appeal coverage: 39%;
• This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 8 April 2011 for CHF 1,811,530 for six months to assist 37,457 displaced people (9,364 families).
Maize meal prices spiked in September and October, but declined in December; wheat and rice prices remained almost stable throughout the year.
As a result of the poor cereal harvest in 2011, the number of persons in need of food assistance is estimated to be 514,000 along the whole 2011/12 marketing year.
Insufficient rains during the first half of the 2011/12 agricultural season followed by heavy rains and floods caused extensive losses to the agricultural sector.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Dry spell affects crop conditions in coastal regions, but average rains received in central provinces
Import requirements, mainly wheat and rice, estimated at a higher level in 2011/12 marketing year (April/March), as a result of the smaller cereal harvest gathered in 2011
Dry spell impacts coastal regions
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Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
Having regard to the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000, and in particular Article 72 thereof,
Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 617/2007 of 14 May 2007 on the implementation of the 10th European Development Fund under the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement1, and in particular Articles 5.4 and 8 thereof;
· Between February 26 and March 4, Tropical Storm Irina brought intense rains and winds to areas of Madagascar, Mozambique, and South Africa. According to preliminary reports, the storm caused an estimated 72 deaths and affected nearly 78,000 people in Madagascar and resulted in 12 deaths in Mozambique and South Africa.
MASERU, 24 February 2012 (IRIN) - Lesotho is facing a food security crisis as changing weather patterns and poverty leave some smallholder farmers with no option but to abandon farming and sell their land.
Many subsistence farmers in Lesotho are still struggling to recover from heavy rains over much of the country in December 2010 and January 2011 devastating crops and livestock
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Generally favourable rains at the start of the 2011/12 cropping season in late 2011
Last year, large decline in cereal production was observed following floods and a dry spell
More than 240 thousand persons are food insecure
Good rains in northern areas of the country favour the current cropping season
JOHANNESBURG, 29 December 2011 (IRIN) - In 2011 the global economic crisis combined with poor governance, financial mismanagement and unpredictable rainfall to push several southern African countries to the point of crisis. Others responded to rising unemployment and increased pressure on national budgets by hardening their attitude towards immigrants and closing their borders to asylum-seekers. IRIN covered developments from all over the region, but the following stories consistently grabbed headlines:
CHF 244,036 was allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) in February 2011. The DREF had a dual purpose of supporting the national society in delivering assistance to flood affected households, and to replenish depleted disaster preparedness stocks following a draw down during the earlier stages of the response. 2,000 families, equivalent to 10,000 beneficiaries received assistance.