Posted by feww on May 25, 2016
Severe food shortages in southern Africa worsening dramatically
Severe drought said to be related to El Nino weather pattern is affecting southern and eastern Africa. Drought follows extreme rain events and severe flooding that had previously inundated parts of the region.
“The crisis has affected some 32 million people in Southern Africa alone, and experts say they expect new assessments to rise to nearly 50 million people in early June.”
Africa’s breadbasket is empty
The UN World Food Program estimates that 16 million people in southern Africa are affected by the El Nino phenomenon, and that’s not counting the drastic increase of numbers in South Africa. Seven of the country’s nine provinces have been declared disaster areas. The government has channeled the equivalent of 55 million euros towards emergency aid. A country which normally produces so much corn that it can provide for the needs in neighboring Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland is now forced to import huge quantities.
Hunger in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe declared a state of emergency back in February. Owing to the drought, today almost one out of three Zimbabweans is dependent on aid. In the past twelve months, rain precipitation was about half that of the previous year.
The situation is particularly dire in the Mudzi district in northeastern Zimbabwe, on the border with Mozambique. Over 85 percent of the population there is dependent on food aid.
Malawi plagued by extreme drought
Malawi is also suffering from extreme drought. Prices for staple foods like corn, beans and rice, have risen steeply. People this year have less than five percent of the amount produced in recent years at their disposal. More than half of the country’s population of 15 million is now dependent on aid. Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika declared a state of emergency in April and called on the world to help.
Mozambique: Drought in the south, floods in the north
Most water sources in the country have dried up. Much of the water that can still be found is salty. Animals are dying and the harvest will be even more meager than last year. A total of 600,000 Mozambicans are dependent on emergency aid. Authorities expect the number to increase significantly in the next couple of weeks. Rita Namucho, spokesperson for the country’s national water utilities, is very worried about the situation in Combumune: “For the last few months it has been possible to cross the river on foot. This is unusual because we are still in the rainy season.”
Meanwhile, recent rains in the north have destroyed 3,500 houses. “Many people drowned in the floods,” director of the Mozambican Center for Civil Protection told DW. Mozambique is one of the ten countries of the world hardest hit by climate change.
Angola’s government ‘is looking away‘
In Angola, the areas most affected by drought are the southern provinces of Cunene and Huila. DW correspondents have reported about people dying of hunger in an area inhabited by some three million people.
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Posted by feww on April 11, 2016
A least 12 feared dead amid heavy rain, severe flooding in Malawi
Hundreds of houses in various parts of Chibanja, Chibavi, and Chiputula townships have collapsed, according to local reports.
About 145mm of rain fell in less than 24 hours, causing death and destruction in multiple areas.
In 2015, more than 100 people were killed and up to 200,000 others displaced after floodwaters submerged about 650 square kilometer of the landlocked country [pop: ~17million] in southeast Africa.
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Posted by feww on February 12, 2015
Tropical Storm FUNDI brings torrential rains to Madagascar, as below average rains deepen rainfall deficits in Angola and Namibia, said NOAA.
Storms, floods kill at least 158 in Mozambique
At least 158 people have been killed as floods plagues central and northern Mozambique, said the state news agency AIM.
More than 177,000 people were affected, many of them displaced as severe weather destroys 654 schools, 7 health centers and more than 100 places of worship, reported AIM.
Meantime, a cholera outbreak in Nampula, Niassa and Tete provinces have has killed at least 19 people, from a total of 1,671 cases, said the Deputy Health Minister
“Since mid-December, consistent and significantly heavy rainfall has been received over southeastern Africa. In parts of southern Malawi, as well as, central and northern Mozambique, these rains have resulted in widespread flooding, extensive damage to crops, livestock and infrastructure, thousands of displaced people, and fatalities. The excess moisture also has elevated the risk for downstream river inundation along the Shire, Licungo, Zambezi, Mazoe, Pungue, and Save Rivers in the region. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated,” said NOAA
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Posted by feww on January 29, 2015
Malawi Floods Situation Report by UNOCHA, UNICEF and FAO
28 January 2015
- Some 638,000 people affected countrywide, according to Department of Disaster Management Affairs/OCHA situation report 23 January 2015
- [More than ¼ million people have been displaced in Malawi floods including] 174,000 in 3 most affected districts—Chikwawa, Nsanje and Phalombe.
- At least 15 of country’s 28 districts are affected.
- 79 deaths have been reported.
- At least 153 people missing in Nsanje District.
- 181 Schools occupied by displaced people (Reports from District Education Managers 26 .01.15)
- An estimated 116,000 households have lost their crops and livestock.
- More than 63,000 hectares of land is submerged under floodwater, including 35,000 hectares of cropland.
- A state of emergency has been declared for 15 of Malawi’s 28 districts.
- Floods have destroyed thousands of homes, washing away scores of livestock, and submerging hundreds of hectares of crops, a senior official said.
- Untold numbers of goats and chickens have perished where waters rose with unexpected speed, raising the risk of livestock disease outbreaks.
FIRE-EARTH Models show that Malawi is facing its worst ever flooding.
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Posted by feww on January 21, 2015
War on Syria: 10.8 million people displaced
About half of the entire Syrian population have been displaced, according to UNOCHA.
- About 12.2m people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
- Some 7.6 million people are internally displaced by the ongoing violence.
- More than 3.2 million people have fled the country.
More than 4,700 people have been killed and over 10,300 wounded in Ukraine since the unrest began, according to U.N. figures.
At least 5.2 million people are living in conflict zones including 1.4 million who are in very vulnerable conditions due to the bitter cold winter, lack of essential services and money problems, said the U.N.
More than 610,000 people have been uprooted in Ukraine and about 600,000 have been forced to leave the country as refugees, says UNOCHA.
Southern Africa: Floods and Cyclones Update
At least 638,000 people have been affected by ongoing floods, which has left 121,000 others displaced, 50 people killed and 153 still missing.
“In Zambézia Province alone a total of 117,685 people (23,893 households) have been affected by floods, which has destroyed 4,963 houses, 378 classrooms, 6 health centers and 51 bridges. The death toll due to flooding, lightning and collapsed houses has increased to 64. Around 50,481 people (11,662 households) are being hosted in 49 accommodation centres,” said UNOCHA.
Continued rains in Madagascar are exacerbating the impact of Tropical Storm CHEDZA, with more flooding reported north of the country.
The number of people affected has increased to 117,181 (provisional), with 35 people dead, said the National Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC).
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Posted by feww on January 14, 2015
Floods Kill Many in Malawi and Mozambique
At least 52 people have been killed and about 50,000 forced to flee their homes amid severe flooding in Malawi, UNOCHA reported.
Authorities have declared more than a third of the country disaster areas, as torrential rains inundated large swathes of land, destroying crops, homes, roads, railroads and other infrastructure.
Heavy rain is expected to continue for at least another week or so, forecasters said.
“People have fled into schools and churches on higher ground, others are in the open because there is not enough space,” a senior official told the AP.
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.
A group of 25 schoolchildren were swept away by floodwaters earlier this week, said reports.
Heavy rains have been falling throughout Zimbabwe since early December 2014. According to the Department of Civil Protection, 11 deaths were reported and over 1,500 people have been affected by rainfall and flooding country-wide.
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Posted by feww on January 11, 2015
Deadly floods force thousands out of their homes
At least 6 people are dead and thousands more displaced after severe flooding triggered by extreme rain events submerged large regions across the southeast African country, nicknamed “The Warm Heart of Africa.”
The disasters have been described as national crisis, but the authorities have yet to declare a state of emergency, said reports.
The extreme weather events have destroyed more than a thousand homes and thousands of hectares of crops.
“The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has warned of high rainfall amounts which will eventually trigger flash floods in the country for the next two to three weeks,” said a report.
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Posted by feww on April 26, 2013
Maize prices soared by 231 percent in Malawi
The southern African nation of Malawi is experiencing a maize shortage after two consecutive dry seasons. Maize is Malawi’s staple diet, accounting for 90 percent of all caloric intake, said a report.
“A 50-kg bag of maize used to cost around 13 dollars, but now the price has more than doubled to about 30 dollars – way above the earnings of those living in dire poverty, on less than 20 dollars a month.”
The food situation has further worsened recently, as 30,000 metric tons of maize held in the strategic grain reserves were spoiled.
Queues at Malawi’s state-run maize traders are never-ending as thousands of people wait for days to purchase the staple crop. At the Lilongwe Admarc people sleep overnight in the queue as they wait for a chance to buy maize. More than two million people are facing food shortages this year due to the prolonged dry spells and soaring food prices. Credit: Mabvuto Banda/IPS
Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events
Death toll in Dhaka building collapse tops 300
Death toll in Dhaka building collapse had reached 304, as of posting, and the authorities feared that hundreds of others were still trapped in the wreckage.
- The building housed factories that made low-cost garments for Western brands, especially the European and North American chains, said a report.
- About 60 percent of Bangladesh’s low-cost garment exports go to Europe, 23 percent to the U.S., and 5 percent to Canada.
- “Wednesday’s collapse was the third major industrial incident in five months in Bangladesh. In November, a fire at the Tazreen Fashion factory on the outskirts of Dhaka killed 112 people.”
- Some 3,122 people, most of them female garment workers, were in the Rana Plaza building at the time of collapse despite warnings that it was structurally unsafe, officials said.
- About 2,350 people have been rescued from the wreckage, but more than half of them injured.
DISASTER CALENDAR – April 26, 2013 —
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,051 Days Left
Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,051 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human History
- The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …
Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background
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Posted by feww on February 10, 2013
Torrential Rains, flooding and landslides affect 5 million people in South America
Extreme rain events in the Andean region along the Pacific coast side of South America have affected about 5 million people, leaving at least 10 dead, and thousands of others displaced.
Extreme rain events in the Andean region of Chile have triggered landslides near San Jose de Maipo causing fresh water shortages in the capital, Santiago, affecting more than 4 million people.
- The landslides contaminated two major rivers that supply the city’s water plants.
- In January, another contamination of the river Maipo left about 4 million people in the Chilean capital without water.
The government has declared a state of emergency following severe flooding in the southern city of Arequipa, where tens of thousands of people were left without electricity and drinking water.
- Extreme weather dumped the equivalent of three months of rain in about seven hours, Peru’s meteorological service reported.
- “It’s a record of records. There are no records of an event of this magnitude,” the Andina news agency quoted an official as saying.
- Up to a 100,000 people have been affected by extreme weather.
Torrential rains and flooding throughout most of Bolivia have destroyed homes, crops and infrastructure, affecting about 20,000 people.
Flooding in Madagascar
“In Madagascar, Tropical Cyclone Felleng caused the deaths of 9 people, affected 4,958 people, and displaced 1,303 people, all of whom have since returned to their homes. Furthermore, an estimated 162 houses were totally destroyed, 54 partially destroyed, and 670 houses flooded.” UN OCHA reported.
Flooding in Malawi
In southern Malawi more than 33,000 people have been displaced due to flooding, which has left many without shelter or clothing. “Crops have been destroyed, while over 20 schools have been disrupted, affecting thousands of children.” UN OCHA reported.
DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,126 Days Left
[February 10, 2013] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,126 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
- Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 …
Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background
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