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30 Jan 2020 description

Consecutive years of drier than normal conditions in areas of the region impact crop conditions

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30 Jan 2020 description

Heavy rainfall has caused severe flooding in Madagascar and northern Mozambique

  1. Heavy rainfall is forecast over western Kenya, eastern Uganda, and northern-central Tanzania next week.

  2. Desert locust swarms continue in Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. An update on the current situation is expected by early to mid-February.

  3. Heavy rain is likely to trigger flooding in Tanzania, parts of Mozambique, Madagascar, and Zambia. Flooding has continued since early January.

30 Jan 2020 description

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) notes with great sadness the impacts of widespread rains and floods following a weather system that formed in the Mozambique Channel on 17th January 2020 that hit the north-west of Madagascar on 22nd January 2020. The torrential rains and floods have affected over 106,846 people in seven regions of the Country, displacing over 16,000 people and leaving at least 170 dead, and the death toll is expected to rise, as several people are still missing.

30 Jan 2020 description
report Government of India

Indian Navy Ship Airavat, whilst mission deployed in the Southern Indian Ocean has been diverted to Antsiranana based on request recieved from Madagascar. The ship will undertake Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief mission as part of 'Operation Vanilla' which has been launched to provide assistance to the affected population of Madagascar post devastation caused by Cyclone Diane.

28 Jan 2020 description

Cette carte illustre les eaux de surface détectées via le capteur VIIRS-NOAA sur le centre et le nord de la république de Madagascar entre le 23 janvier et le 28 Janvier 2020. Les plaines du nord-ouest situées dans les régions de Boeny, Sofia et Alaotra Mangoro semblent être particulièrement impactées par les inondations en cours. Ceci est une analyse préliminaire et n'a pas encore été validée sur le terrain. Ne pas hésiter à envoyer vos commentaires à UNITAR-UNOSAT.

28 Jan 2020 description

Southern Africa—which is on the frontlines of the global climate crisis—has been buffeted by back-to-back shocks, with erratic and uneven rainfall since November 2019 causing both floods and drought. At least 14.4 million people are now severely food insecure and the lean season (which ordinarily lasts from October to March) could last longer than expected, as many farmers have either lost their crops or will not be able to harvest in March as planned.

27 Jan 2020 description
  • Over the last week, heavy rain, strong winds and flooding caused by a tropical storm have affected 116,675 people, with over 16,000 displaced and at least 32 dead in 7 regions of northern Madagascar.
  • UN OCHA reported severe damage and destruction of infrastructure, inducing roads, houses and schools. 14,103 homes are flooded and 1,517 completely destroyed.
27 Jan 2020 description
report ACT Alliance

The Government of Madagascar has declared the flooding situation in Madagascar a national Emergency after heavy rainfall and flooding caused by a tropical disturbance affected nearly 107,000 people, displaced more than 16,000, and caused at least 31 deaths in Madagascar since 20th January 2020.

The situation has led to massive floods, including a rapid rise of rivers with enormous water flow, corresponding landslides and massive destruction of the surrounding infrastructure (roads and bridges) and agricultural areas.

26 Jan 2020 description

Suite aux fortes intempéries de ces derniers jours, des catastrophes (inondations, éboulements de terrains, rupture de digue) ont sévèrement touchés plusieurs régions de Madagascar. Le bilan fait état de plusieurs milliers de sinistrés.

26 Jan 2020 description


• Heavy rainfall and flooding caused by a tropical disturbance have affected nearly 107,000 people, including more than 16,000 displaced, and caused at least 31 deaths in Madagascar over the last week.

• At least seven regions in the north of the country have been affected, with Boeny, Sofia and Alaotra Mangoro hardest hit.

• The Government declared a State of Emergency on 24 January and is leading the humanitarian response.

• Access is still a challenge, especially for Alaotra Mangoro region and some isolated districts.

24 Jan 2020 description
  • Following widespread floods and landslides across several the Alaotra Mangoro, Analamanga, Betsiboka, Boeny, Melaky and Sofia regions, 13 people are now confirmed dead.
  • According to media reports, at least 19 people are missing, approximately 3,000 people are displaced and more than 47,000 affected. Roads are damaged in the northern part of the country, leaving some villages isolated.
  • Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast over north-western, central-eastern and south-eastern regions.
22 Jan 2020 description
  • Since the beginning of the month, several areas of Madagascar have been affected by floods triggered by heavy rain, resulting in at least 6 deaths and widespread damage.
  • According to media reports, 4 people died in Antananarivo (central Madagascar), and approximately 400 were affected. Several districts of Antananarivo were flooded and buildings destroyed, including the University of Antananarivo.
  • In Andapa Municipality (north-east Madagascar) 2 people died as a result of flooding.
17 Jan 2020 description

Desert locust swarms reach Sudan, Eritrea, and Djibouti, as flooding continues in Zambia and Angola

  1. Over the past two weeks flash floods have been reported in Luanda, Uige, and Cabinda provinces of Angola.

  2. Increasing numbers of desert locust swarms are moving across eastern Africa from Ethiopia into Djibouti, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, and Kenya. Heavy rain in Somalia during December could give rise to additional locust breeding in the coming months.

09 Jan 2020 description

Heavy rainfall causes flooding in parts of Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and Madagascar

  1. Continued rainfall over southern Kenya and surrounds may maintain flooding .

  2. Desert Locust swarms are increasing and moving into Djibouti, Sudan, and Eritrea, toward Somalia, and northern Kenya. Heavy rain in Somalia could provide breeding conditions over the next several months.

  3. South Africa has observed a poor and below-average rainfall performance over the past 3 months and could remain dry through the end of January.