Southern Africa: Weekly Report (6th to 12th January 2015)

Regional Overview

Madagascar In Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, high river levels have decreased, and most of the estimated 1,000 people evacuated have returned to their homes without major damage being reported. However, an alert remains in place.

Zambia

On 7 January, supporters of the governing Patriotic Front (PF) and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) clashed in the provincial town of Mongu.

Pockets of violence, mainly between supporters of the PF and the UPND, the two main parties running for the presidential elections, have flared up during campaigns ahead of the presidential election

In Focus: Tropical Cyclone Bansi

The newly formed Tropical Cyclone Bansi is forecast to pass about 200 km north-east of Mauritius around 15 January, possibly as a powerful Category 4 Tropical Cyclone. While not predicted to make landfall, heavy rains and strong winds can be expected to start impacting Mauritius imminently.

Regional: Flooding as of October 2014 to January 2015

Mozambique: The National Institute for Disaster Management activated institutional orange alert country wide. A total of 9,652 families have been affected, with Maputo city, Gaza, Nampula and Cabo Delgado provinces being most affected.

Malawi: A number of districts have already been affected since the onset of the rainy season, 44,850 people have been affected. To date, Chikwawa and Nsanje have been among the worst affected areas.

Zimbabwe: Heavy rains have been falling throughout Zimbabwe since early December 2014. According to the Department of Civil Protection, 11 deaths were recorded and over 1,500 people have been affected by rainfall and flooding country-wide.

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