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17 Oct 2019 description

Parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia receive heavy rainfall as flooding continues in Senegal

  1. Senegal has experienced significant flooding over the past two weeks. Belowaverage rainfall is forecast next week and is likely to reduce the risk for continued flooding.

  2. Flooding continues in central Nigeria. Heavy rainfall is expected next week.

  3. Heavy rainfall is expected in parts of Sudan next week, maintaining a high risk for flooding.

16 Oct 2019 description
  • Heavy rain affected Konta district (SNNPR region, southern Ethiopia), triggering a landslide on 12 October, which has resulted in casualties and damage.

  • According to media reports, as of 16 October, 23 people died and several houses were buried by the mud.

  • Moderate rain is forecast over the affected area in the next 24 hours.

14 Oct 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 70 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso

  • Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Cholera in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

14 Oct 2019 description

WHY THIS UPDATE?

The Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC), released annually, provides a consensus-based view of the numbers of people in urgent need of assistance for food, nutrition and livelihood support at the worst point during the previous year. For the last three years the report has indicated that despite the efforts of national governments and humanitarian actors, the number has not fallen below 100 million people globally, with conflict and insecurity, climate-related issues and economic shocks being the primary drivers of food insecurity.

14 Oct 2019 description

October to December rains forecast to be fully established by late October in eastern Horn

Key Messages

11 Oct 2019 description

1. HIGHLIGHTS

• Armed Conflict on 27 up to 30 Sept 2019 There were reports of severe fighting between Afari and Somali-Isas in Awsi Zone, Dubti and Mile weredas,

• During the reporting month, most parts of the region received normal to above normal rains.

10 Oct 2019 description

Southern Mauritania remains abnormally dry as heavy rainfall persists in several parts of Africa

  1. Southern Mauritania has been abnormally dry for the past three months. Recovery before the end of the season is unlikely.

  2. Flash flooding was reported in central Senegal last week. Continued heavy rainfall is likely to maintain high risk for flooding.

  3. Central Nigeria has experienced significant flooding over the past two weeks and remains at risk for continued flooding next week.

09 Oct 2019 description
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The Global Humanitarian Overview published on 4 December 2018 announced funding requirements of $21.9 billion for 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Venezuela Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan. By the end of September 2019, requirements had reached $26.75 billion. The change in requirements since last month is mainly due to an increase in requirements for Mozambique. As at the end of August, 148.7 million people are estimated to be in need in 58 countries. The plans aim to collectively provide aid to 109 million people.

08 Oct 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• On 30 September and on 3 October 2019, the interagency humanitarian evaluation steering group presented its evaluation findings on the drought response in Ethiopia (2015-2018) to members of the Ethiopia Humanitarian Country Team (EHCT).

• Based on the survey findings, the group put forth five key recommendation.

• “The rapidly disappearing arable land and the trees scattered across the mountain [due to climate change] face are a bittersweet reminder of what they have lost, and also a strong warning of what is to come.”

07 Oct 2019 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 71 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

07 Oct 2019 description

The Deyr rainy season continued to spread in space and magnitude during the last week. The last two days saw heavy rains in parts of Juba and Shabelle basins with some stations recording more than 100mm of rainfall. The Ethiopian highlands also received very heavy rains in the last few days. This has consequently led to increased levels along the Juba and Shabelle Rivers both in Ethiopia and Somalia with some cases of river flooding.

03 Oct 2019 description

Flooding is likely to continue in parts of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Nigeria

  1. Southern Mauritania has been abnormally dry for the past three months. A poor start to seasonal rainfall does not indicate significant recovery by the end of the season.

  2. Western Guinea and Sierra Leone have experienced flooding for the past two weeks. Above-average rainfall forecast to continue next week is likely to maintain saturated conditions.

30 Sep 2019 description

Nestled deep in Ethiopia’s highlands, in the Amhara region,Habru Woreda some 500 km from the country’s capital Addis Ababa, the small village of Berebeyu is grappling with the realities of climate change, with hundreds of its inhabitants reeling from land losses and poor harvests, or no harvests at all.

Berebeyu lies at the confluence of tributary rivers that flow from the adjacent mountain. The village is highly vulnerable to droughts, seasonal flooding, and mudslides. In 2011 a mudslide killed at least five people and forced dozens from their homes.

26 Sep 2019 description

More rainfall is expected across Africa next week, maintaining high risk for flooding

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A poor start to seasonal rainfall has resulted in abnormal dryness in parts of Mauritania.

  2. Heavy rainfall over the past several weeks has triggered flooding in Senegal, Guinea-Conakry, Sierra Leone, and Mali. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue.

19 Sep 2019 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A poor start to seasonal rainfall has caused abnormal dryness in parts of Mauritania.

  2. Heavy rainfall over the past several weeks has triggered flooding in Senegal, Guinea-Conakry, Sierra Leone, and Mali. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue.

  3. Several regions in Sudan, including the Khartoum, Sennar,
    White Nile, River Nile, West and North Kordofan, and the Darfur State experienced flooding during the past weeks.
    More rainfall is expected in the region next week.

19 Sep 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The United Nations Under-SecretaryGeneral for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock, visited Ethiopia from 8 to 11 September 2019 on a joint with PBSO mission

• “Ethiopia is challenged by chronic and multifaceted crises, including drought and flooding, disease outbreaks and intercommunal violence that forced millions of people to flee their homes,” said Mr. Lowcock.

Under-Secretary-General, Mr. Mark Lowcock’s mission to Ethiopia, 8-11 September 2019

27 Aug 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The international community together with the host government celebrated the 2019 World Humanitarian Day in Ethiopia honoring the bravery and generosity of women in IDP-hosting communities and frontline women aid workers.

• “At the peak of the displacement crisis in 2018, and while we, humanitarian agencies, were still finding our way to places of displacement, these brave and generous women driven by their humanity, were already providing support and sharing what little they had,” UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.

16 Aug 2019 description
  • Due to above normal rains during the first weeks of August, flooding in South Gondar Zone in the Amhara region of Ethiopia has left 2 people dead and many households inundated. The flooding occurred in Fogera and Libo Kemekem woredas on 11-12 of August, and is attributable to the overflow of the rivers that are tributaries of the Lake Tana and Blue Nile.
  • Reportedly 25,000 have been affected, 6,653 houses have been flooded, 18 schools damaged, and 3,428 hectares of crop-areas have been covered by water.