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19 May 2019 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 2.4 million Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Comoros Red Crescent Society (CoRC) to deliver assistance to some 20,000 people for 12 months, in Grande Comore, Moheli, and Anjouan Islands with a focus on Shelter and Household items (HH items); Community Based Health and First aid (CBHFA); Health, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Protection and Gender and Inclusion (PGI).

18 May 2019 description

Pemba, Mozambique. 14 May 2019 – A five day emergency cholera vaccination campaign which was launched today by the Ministry of Health in Mozambique with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health partners, will see over 285 000 people receiving oral cholera vaccine

The campaign began today in the Eduardo Mondlhane Cholera Treatment Center (CTC) and it will cover the areas most affected by Cyclone Kenneth - the districts of Pemba and Mecufi and the localities of Metuge-Sede e Nacuta.

18 May 2019 description

Late April and early May rainfall unlikely to ease on-going severe drought in Eastern Horn

KEY MESSAGES

• Below-average rainfall performance, abnormally high land surface temperatures, and poor vegetation conditions continued in April over much of the equatorial sector of East Africa. Drought conditions persist despite an increase in rainfall in late April and early May, which was driven in part by the presence of tropical cyclone Kenneth.

18 May 2019 description
report Direct Relief

By Gordon Willcock

It’s been eight weeks since Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique, bringing destructive winds and torrential rain that created dangerous flooding, effectively creating an inland sea and cutting off multiple communities for more than a week.

More than 1,000 people across the region were killed as a result, and 1.85 million people left in need of assistance in Mozambique alone. Widespread flooding also impacted the neighboring countries of Malawi and Zimbabwe.

17 May 2019 description

Geneva 17 May 2019 (WMO) _ The impacts of climate change, associated sea level rise and extreme weather are amplifying as a result of record greenhouse gas levels and combining with urbanization, environmental degradation and water stress to produce interlocking crises. There needs to be a drastic change of course, according to the top global forum on disaster risk reduction.

"We live with the highest concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for 3 million years,"

17 May 2019 description

Geneva 17 May 2019 (WMO) _ The impacts of climate change, associated sea level rise and extreme weather are amplifying as a result of record greenhouse gas levels and combining with urbanization, environmental degradation and water stress to produce interlocking crises. There needs to be a drastic change of course, according to the top global forum on disaster risk reduction.

"We live with the highest concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for 3 million years,"

17 May 2019 description

Rehabilitation of water sources is often necessary after a flood event. This technical checklist provides the basic steps on how to return the borehole and handpump to service, providing safe drinking water for the community.

STEP 1: Assess the flood impacts on the water point

  • Downhole pollution and/or blockage by mud and silt - Damage to the handpump - Damage to the concrete apron and drainage

STEP 2: Clean and disinfect the borehole

17 May 2019 description

Ibo Island, Cabo Delgado — Three weeks after Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in northern Mozambique, over 300,000 people continue to need humanitarian assistance in the coastal provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula. An estimated 45,000 houses have been damaged, many totally destroyed and more than 1,400 houses remain flooded, according to the Government of Mozambique.

16 May 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The first airlifts of supplemental USAID-funded relief supplies for the Tropical Cyclone Kenneth response arrive in Mozambique

  • USAID announces more than $5.8 million in additional support to respond to tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique

  • GRM reduces nationwide alert level from red to orange as humanitarian conditions improve across Mozambique

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

16 May 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

MAPUTO, 16 May 2019 - Hundreds of thousands of children affected by deadly Cyclone Idai in Mozambique have been vaccinated and received vitamin A supplements in the past week, with UNICEF and partners including the World Health Organisation (WHO) supporting the Government-led Health Week in the 21 most affected districts of Sofala, Manica, Inhambane, and Zambézia provinces.

16 May 2019 description

• The 2018/19 season, the driest season since at least 1981 in central and western parts of the region, was marked by delayed and erratic onset of rains, midseason dry spells, and early cessation of rains. From October 2018 to early April 2019, parts of southern Angola, northern Namibia, southern Botswana, northern South Africa, southern Zambia and northern Zimbabwe registered significantly below average rainfall (50%~ below average, Figure 1).

16 May 2019 description

Highlights

In line with seasonal trends, national average maize prices in most countries in the southern Africa region were on an upward trend in February and March, before the beginning of the main harvest season.

Regional maize supply for the 2019/20 marketing season is expected to be tight owing to lower harvests in key producing countries such as South Africa and Zambia. The latter saw maize price spikes in multiple markets in March, and an export ban on maize grain and meal has been in effect since mid-April.

16 May 2019 description

As days of rain, flood-waters and high winds from Cyclone Kenneth recede, the catastrophic destruction left behind is becoming clearer.

16 May 2019 description
report Direct Relief

Modeling aims to target vaccination campaigns and protect more people against the disease.

By Andrew Schroeder

In the aftermath of Cyclone Kenneth, the second major storm in only a few weeks to strike the southern African country of Mozambique, has brought cholera in its wake. Intense rains, lasting for several days, disrupted transportation, displaced families, and damaged infrastructure, including health care and sanitation, which are vital to preventing and controlling cholera.

15 May 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Around 60,000 children remain in need of life-saving aid in Cabo Delgado province with access and security constraints hampering the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

  • In Sofala and Manica provinces, more than 11,000 families are being moved to resettlement sites that do not meet minimum conditions. UNICEF is working with partners and government to accelerate the provision of basic services.

15 May 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

1.85M People affected

400K Displaced

603 Deaths

1641 Injured

1.2M People in need

6743 Cholera cases

25758 Malaria cases

1.1 CYCLONE IDAI

  • There are still 17 accommodation centers remaining in Sofala province, with 4,914 families representing 21,384 persons, as of 06 May

  • Reported suspected cholera cases remain low across all the four affected districts, with Cumulative 6,743 cases and 8 deaths (case fatality rate: 0.1%) reported as of 6 May.

15 May 2019 description
report REACH Initiative

The wind and rain had gone on for days. And the winds kept rising. By Thursday the 14th of March, winds had reached the speed of 195 kilometres per hour. The eye of the storm turned inland and over the coastal city of Beira. A city home to half a million people.

Thursday, the 14th of March was a culmination of a storm that had started weeks ago. The winds and rain had initially made landfall about 300 kilometres northeast of Beira in the provinces of Niassa, Tete and Zambezia.