Swaziland: Fires - Aug 2007
UNICEF PROVIDES HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO CHILDREN AND WOMEN AFFECTED BY DROUGHT, CONFLICT, FLOODS AND DISEASE OUTBREAKS
- Violent attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia, have caused over 402,000 people to flee their homes since March. Tensions are high in the Great Lakes region with new refugee movements taking place into neighbouring countries. In Western Kenya, 67,000 people remain internally displaced following the Mt.
Regional: Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania continue to supply maize to grain deficit countries.
The winter season is nearing its end. There is a clear trend of rising temperatures after what has been an uncharacteristically cold winter for Swaziland.
There has been notable progress in the emergency response in several areas. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and FAO have accelerated distribution of seeds and agricultural tools. The distribution has been finalized in six constituencies, benefiting 11,695 households, and will be completed in time for the planting season in October.
Distribution of seeds and agricultural tools (by FAO and Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives) started on the 20 of August 2007; so far, 2,426 families from three constituencies benefited. The distribution started in the Hhohho Region, which usually sees early rains. This will facilitate timely ploughing and planting. UNICEF advocated for the victims of forest fires to be included, as they have lost most of their belongings, and it was confirmed that these will be included in the second phase, starting 22 October 2007.
The Water Crisis Committee (WCC) worked to expedite the response to the acute water shortage. The WCC drilled six boreholes and rehabilitated one water infrastructure at Lavumisa, an area in the Lubombo region with serious water shortages. During the upcoming week, the WCC team will focus on the Matsanjeni constituency in the Lubombo region.
MBABANE , 3 August 2007 (IRIN) - Swaziland has declared a national emergency in response to raging fires that have swept through parts of the kingdom, engulfing as many as 300 homesteads, killing livestock and destroying crops and large swathes of commercial tree plantations.
At least a dozen people have died, and firefighters have sought to contain the blazes because high winds have made extinguishing them an all but impossible task.
Garrett Lushaba, a firefighter in the central Manzini region, told IRIN, "Today we slept, but it has been two days since we …
Swaziland DECLARES NATIONAL FIRE DISASTER
1. On the 1st August 2007, the Prime Minister Mr. Absalom Dlamini declared the devastating field fires that have been raging for days a national disaster.
2. The raging fires fueled by strong winds have destroyed approximately eighty percent of the Mondi Forests Plantations in Piggs Peak.The land covered by Mondi Forests measures 19,500 hectares and employs 1,200 people. Infrastructure such as water systems that supply potable water to the housing estates and one of the mills suffered damage.