Violence against foreign nationals continue to be reported in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. Shops run by foreign nationals have been looted by mobs and in some cases torched. At least 4 people have died in the violence to date, with hundreds of people displaced, according to media reports.
Some parts of Swaziland are experiencing crop failure due to poor rainfall distribution and low water tables. Of the 51,500 ha of maize (the staple crop) planted, it is projected that 20,600 ha (40 per cent) will be lost. An estimated 83,600 people are expected to be affected.
Due to poor rains, national crop production is provisionally estimated at 88,900 tons, which is 33 per cent below average and nearly 30 per cent lower than last season. Household food security situations continue to weaken as the current consumption period progresses.
The Mozambican Government's Disaster Management Technical Council (CTGC) on Friday lifted the Institutional Flood Orange Alert which had been declared on 8 January.
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