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24 Jul 2008 description

JOHANNESBURG, 24 July 2008 (IRIN) - In an effort to mitigate the negative impact of climate change, new funding by European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) will help bolster disaster risk reduction and community resilience in Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi and the Comoros.

A statement released on 23 July said the EC had extended the scope of its disaster preparedness programme (DIPECHO) with a new allocation of ?5 million (US$7.8 million) for the four southern African countries.

"This is an important step in supporting communities that are particularly …

31 May 2007 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Food Security Assessments: Two new reports on Zimbabwe and Swaziland from WFP/FAO Crop and Food Supply Assessment Missions (CFSAM) have been released, and a third on Lesotho is expected shortly. Vulnerability Assessment Committees are also collecting data in seven countries and results are expected in late June and early July. The results of these assessments will provide a more complete analysis of food security in the region.

Zimbabwe: Almost one-third of the Zimbabwean population - 4.1 million persons - may face food shortages by early next year.

07 May 2007 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

As of 23 April, WFP's total needs to feed more than 79 million people are estimated at US$3.3 billion. Taking into account donations of more than US$989 million, and carry over stocks, the organisation still has to raise more than US$1.8 billion in 2007 to assist its projected beneficiaries.

30 Apr 2007 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Regional: Early recovery efforts are underway across several countries in the region after months of emergency efforts. More than a million people's livelihoods are still fragile due to a loss of crops and other assets in Madagascar, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. Humanitarian agencies are concerned about the ability of communities to rebound from these disasters.

Madagascar: Cyclone Jaya hit the northeastern coast of Madagascar on 3 April, resulting in more crop damage and further complicating relief efforts.

30 Apr 2007 description

Opinion

"ESTABLISHING GLOBAL OPERATIONAL STANDARDS FOR INTERNATIONAL URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE FROM COLLAPSED STRUCTURES"

Arjun Katoch

International disaster managers responding to earthquakes bemoan the multiplicity and wide range of professional capability, amongst responders professing to be USAR teams. In Bam, Iran during the 2003 earthquake approximately 1300 responders from 34 countries had arrived by day three. Normally the Government of the affected country has limited knowledge of the operational capabilities of teams that arrive.

20 Apr 2007 description

Introduction

Clashes in Chad, cyclones in Mozambique and shelling in Sri Lanka.

11 Apr 2007 description

Slow to start seasonal rains are leading to dry conditions in much of eastern Kenya and adjacent regions where pastoral and marginal agricultural populations have not yet recovered from the severe 2005-2006 drought.

Belg regions of southwestern Ethiopia continue to receive above normal precipitation, and rains are expanding into adjacent portions of the country.

05 Apr 2007 description

JOHANNESBURG, 5 April 2007 (IRIN) - Following months of erratic weather local authorities and aid agencies warn they are stretched beyond capacity in Southern Africa, where unusually heavy rains, a string of cyclones, severe flooding and extreme drought continue to threaten the lives of over a million people.

Communities in Madagascar, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia are struggling to recover. "The region has been exceptionally hard hit this year.

04 Apr 2007 description

Remnants of Cyclone Jaya will bring locally heavy rainfall to areas of Madagascar and northern coastal Mozambique during the next week.

Though portions of The Horn are experiencing slow to start seasonal rainfall, areas of the Ethiopian Highlands have seen moderate to heavy precipitation.

While poor seasonal rains have negatively affected crops in parts of the Maize Triangle, southern Zimbabwe, and southern Mozambique, recent rains will improve conditions in the Limpopo Basin.

The Water Requirements Satisfaction Index, shown below, indicates broad regions of poor water …

04 Apr 2007 description

(Johannesburg, 4 April 2007): Cyclones and flooding continue to batter numerous countries in southern Africa, threatening the lives of over a million vulnerable people. Although regional capacity for disaster and emergency preparedness and response has increased in recent years, the early arrival of the rainy season with unusually heavy rains and an unprecedented series of cyclones and tropical storms have stretched local authorities and humanitarian partners to the limit.

30 Mar 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO CHILDREN AND WOMEN AFFECTED BY FLOODS, CYCLONES AND DISEASE OUTBREAKS

- Large populations have been affected by floods in Zambia and Mozambique, while up to 100,000 people still struggle to cope in the aftermath of cyclone Favio. UNICEF is responding to the needs of displaced children and women in the sectors water, health and education.

25 Mar 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters.

22 Mar 2007 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

21 Mar 2007 description

Drought conditions have resulted in crop failure across western parts of RSA's Maize Triangle, Lesotho and southern Zimbabwe, with crop stress in the eastern part of the Maize Triangle as well as central Zimbabwe and Swaziland. Drought conditions have developed in eastern Botswana and southern Mozambique as well.

Flood waters on the Zambezi and Shire rivers are slowly receding. Good rains this season have resulted in favorable growing condition in northern Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola and Namibia.

20 Mar 2007 description

Appel de la FAO pour une assistance au Mozambique et à Madagascar

20 mars 2007, Rome - Des inondations dues aux fortes pluies et des cyclones ont détruit des milliers d'hectares de cultures et d'infrastructures en Afrique australe. Le Mozambique, Madagascar et la Zambie ont essuyé les plus gros dégâts.

20 Mar 2007 description

Rome, 20 March 2007- Floods and cyclones have destroyed many thousands of hectares of crops and infrastructure in southern Africa, with the greatest damage in Mozambique, Madagascarand Zambia. However, the heavy precipitation may have beneficial effects in other parts of these countries, compensating partly for crop losses.

FAO has requested close to $3.8 million to provide assistance to flood-affected communities in Mozambiqueand Madagascar, as part of joint UN humanitarian appeals launched in the past week.