Global Emergency Overview Weekly Picks, 14 March 2019
Tropical Cyclone Idai is forecast to make landfall near Beira City, central Mozambique on the evening of 14 March. Heavy rains, strong winds and storm surges are expected to affect Zambezia, Sofala, Manica, Tete and Niassa, in Mozambique.
Flooding from 9 March has already affected 140,000 people, displaced 17,000 and killed 66 people. 16 transit centres have been set up providing assistance to displaced families. Access is challenging due to extensive damage to roads.
In Malawi (https://www.acaps.org/country/malawi) the Tropical Cyclone has affected 922,000 people, displaced 83,000 and killed 56 people. Damage to crops will affect livelihoods in both countries.
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Outbreaks of several diseases, including many cases of acute watery diarrhoea, have been reported in the Jebel Marra area, which is still under control of the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdelwahid El Nur (SLM-AW).
Main reasons for the rising caseload are shortages of medicines, lack of medical personnel and inaccessibility of medical treatment.
Humanitarian access to Jebel Marra is severely restricted by government forces and continuous security concerns. The ongoing economic crisis is exacerbating the situation.
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At least 22 civilians were killed, and another 30 were injured, by airstrikes in Kushar district, Hajjah Governorate, between 9-10 March.
Conflict in Hajjah has escalated since January 2019, and is restricting activities of humanitarian actors, as well as access of the affected people to aid.
Hajjah is currently one of the Governorates most affected by conflict, and has the highest proportion of severely food insecure people in the country. Some 1,874,500 people (78% of the population) in Hajjah are in IPC Phases 3-5, including 49,000 people in IPC Phase 5.
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