Angola: Floods - Dec 2011
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Regional Food Security Outlook
Late onset and prolonged dry spells resulted in depressed production in many parts of the region
Projected 2012/13 regional maize surplus down 98% compared to 2011/12
SADC harvest lowest in past 3 years
Malnutrition levels remain very high in the SADC region
Some food insecure populations require immediate humanitarian assistance
3% drop in 2012 cereal harvest compared to 201
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Following a normal start of the 2011/12 rainy season, abundant rains in late November and December led to localised flooding and crop damage
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
Heavy rains cause localised flooding at the end of 2011
Hundreds of Angolan families in dozens of villages are facing serious food shortages for months to come after flooding and hail storms wrecked essential crops.
Peanut and cassava plants were destroyed by the extreme weather last month in the northern province of Uige.
Tearfund partner IERA has been assessing aid requirements in several areas and has found widespread need, with an estimated 65,000 people at risk.
In Lukunga, 49 homes were destroyed and homeless families are living with family, friends or neighbours in ‘deplorable conditions’.
JOHANNESBURG, 6 January 2012 (IRIN) - Several thousand Angolan returnees from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are stranded by floods in northeastern Angola. They are among the first casualties of what promises to be a very wet rainy season in parts of southern Africa.
Luanda - At least 1.491 people are homeless in Negage City, following the heavy rains that hit the northern Uige Province, a religious delegation noticed.
The religious team belongs to the Evangelic Reformed Church of Angola (IERA), who travelled to the region to learn about the situation following the rains.
The dislodged people are living in residences of family, friends and neighbours.
"The hail rain also damaged several plantations, having destroyed great areas of cultivation (…)”, he said.
More than 1,000 families are facing hardship in Angola after serious flooding.
About 5,000 people are affected near the Angolan border with the Democractic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Tearfund partner Igreja Evangelica Reformada de Angola (IERA) - Evangelical Reformed Church of Angola - is assessing the scale of the damage and humanitarian need through its network of local congregations.
Food, water and basic essentials such as clothes, blankets and cooking utensils are likely to be urgently needed.
Menongue - At least 25 families were left homeless, following the heavy rains that hit Kuangar district, eastern Kuando-Kubango province, over the last seven days, Angop has learnt.
According to a press note from the local administration, the rains destroyed 53 residences.
Surveys are being conducted so as assess the damages caused by the rains, at the time the local administration seek for support for these families.
Menongue - The Government of south-eastern Kuando Kubango province Sunday in Menongue started to assist about 4,000 displaced families living in areas of risk caused by gorges resulting from rains.
The families are receiving from the provincial Government used clothing, zinc sheets and other goods. The provincial governor, Eusébio de Brito, will also install 20 tents with a capacity to host 30 people each, while awaiting additional assistance.
On the occasion, he announced for 2012, the construction of a bridge on Kuito River to link the districts of Mavinga and Rivungo.
Floods near the Angolan border with the Democratic Republic of Congo are causing severe problems to residents and to recent Angolan returnees who have recently returned to their country from the DRC.
Statistics compiled by CWS partner Diakonia IERA indicates that the flooding has destroyed or damaged 720 homes, and have affected more than 1,000 families.