Water shortage deals a blow in Marathecitizen.co.tz | 06 Apr 2011
The nearest constant supply of safe water is Lake Victoria, which over two-hour round trip from Nyankanga village.Some villagers routinely make this trip three or four times a day, every day, which leaves very little time for other tasks. The efforts by St Johns Church to build tanks by their homes to harvest rainwater could not yield fruits as the village gets scanty rainfall.
Kenya: Weather Outlook for the March-May 2011 'Long-Rains' Seasonfeedproxy.google.com | 05 Apr 2011
The October-December "Short-Rains" 2010 rainfall was highly depressed over most parts of the country except the western highlands, parts of the central Rift Valley and Nairobi area where near average rainfall was recorded. This was mainly attributed to the prevailing La Nina conditions in the eastern and central equatorial Pacific Ocean which has an influence of weather over Kenya through tele-connections. Rainfall Outlook for the 2011 "Long Rains" (March to May) Season.
Kenya: The 2010 short rains season assessment reportfeedproxy.google.com | 24 Mar 2011
An estimated 2.4 million persons, up from 1.6 million in August 2010, require food and non-food assistance for the next six months, at least. The interventions are required urgently, so as to bridge significant household food gaps while protecting livelihoods. The exceptionally poor performance of the 2010 October to December short rains occurred after similarly poor March-June long rains in the northern and northeastern pastoral areas; and the southeastern and coastal lowlands.
UGANDA: Food, water crisis looms for thousandsIRIN News | 23 Mar 2011
Thousands of people in 36 of Uganda's 112 districts are at risk of serious food and water shortages due to drought attributed to the La Niña weather phenomenon. Health officials have warned of outbreaks of diseases such as diarrhoea and dysentery, due to poor hygiene.
Uganda: Food, Water Crisis Looms for ThousandsAllAfrica.com | 15 Mar 2011
Thousands of people in 36 of Uganda's 112 districts are at risk of serious food and water shortages due to drought attributed to the La Niña weather phenomenon. Health officials have warned of outbreaks of diseases such as diarrhoea and dysentery, due to poor hygiene. The situation requires urgent attention, says the Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Musa Ecweru. "We are experiencing food shortages; some families are [already] going without food."
East Africa: Climate Change 'Will Bring Drought, Not Rain'AllAfrica.com | 15 Mar 2011
East African environmental specialists have questioned new research that concludes that that climate change will bring increased drought, rather than more rain, to the region. The new research, published in Climate Dynamics, predicts that the droughts common in eastern Africa over the past 20 years are likely to continue if global temperatures rise further. But the prediction contradicts the scenario of increased rainfall projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Somalia Drought Watch February, 2011feedproxy.google.com | 14 Mar 2011
Climate models predict increased likelihood of near to below normal rainfall in Somalia during the Gu 2011 rainfall season (April to June). Drought conditions persisted in most parts of the country during the month of February 2011.
EAST AFRICA: La Niña-induced drought "to affect millions"IRIN News | 21 Feb 2011
Since November, East African countries have registered serious drought conditions that are likely to worsen in coming months. According to data recently released by the World Meteorological Organization, the La Niña weather effect is largely responsible.
Regional Humanitarian Health Update Eastern and Southern Africafeedproxy.google.com | 18 Feb 2011
Risk of flooding with potential damage to health facilities and equipment and epidemic outbreaks (especially of cholera) remains the most important health threats in the sub?region in the last couple of weeks. As predicted, Southern Africa continues to report heavy rains resulting in rising levels of rivers in January 2011. So far, nine 9 provinces of South Africa are affected with an estimated death toll of 70 and 8,000 persons displaced.
Increased flooding driven by climate change: studyfeedproxy.google.com | 16 Feb 2011
Global warming driven by human activity boosted the intensity of rain, snow and consequent flooding in the northern hemisphere over the last half of the 20th century, research released Wednesday has shown. Two studies, both published in Nature, are among the first to draw a straight line between climate change and its impact on potentially deadly and damaging extreme weather events.
Somalia: Special Food Security and Nutrition Brief on the Post Deyr 2010/11 Analysisfeedproxy.google.com | 15 Feb 2011
The findings of the FSNAU, FEWSNET and partner post Deyr 2010/11 seasonal assessment indicate that the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Somalia has increased by 20 percent to 2.4 million. This represents 32 percent of Somalia's 7.5 million people. Failure of the Deyr seasonal rains linked to prevailing La Niña event affecting Somalia, caused a severe water crisis in most parts of the country with the exception of north-western regions.
MOZAMBIQUE: Manica Province lashed by rainIRIN News | 09 Feb 2011
Five of the 23 districts in Manica Province in central Mozambique have been "severely affected" by heavy rains. Raul Conde, president of the municipal council of Chimoio, the provincial capital, told IRIN that 80 dwellings had collapsed as a result of the rain, and nearly half the town's roads had...
GIEWS Country Brief: Malifeedproxy.google.com | 09 Feb 2011
Harvesting of millet and sorghum, the major grains produced in the country, was completed in November, while rice harvesting is almost complete. Favourable weather conditions and continued government support towards the agriculture sector resulted in a favourable cereal harvest in 2010. With the exception of a few localised areas, the rangelands have recovered well, including in northern pastoral areas were severe pasture deficit led to high livestock mortality last year
GLOBAL: Unpacking La NiñaIRIN News | 28 Jan 2011
As floods driven by heavy downpours in South Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka swallowed vast tracts of land in the past few weeks, almost every news report blamed La Niña - described as "the ocean-atmosphere phenomenon" by the US government's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
More frequent drought likely in eastern AfricaScienceDaily.com | 28 Jan 2011
The increased frequency of drought observed in eastern Africa over the last 20 years is likely to continue as long as global temperatures continue to rise, according to new research. This poses increased risk to the estimated 17.5 million people in the Greater Horn of Africa who currently face potential food shortages.
Current climate information insufficient, say world's financial institutionsUNEP | 24 Jan 2011
The availability of and access to climate change information remains insufficient, according to many of the world's leading financial institutions. A pioneering study launched today confirms the increasing financial relevance of climate change and the fact that insurers and lenders need better information regarding the physical and economic impacts of the world's changing weather patterns.
Mozambique: Above Normal Rainfall ForecastAllAfrica.com | 21 Dec 2010
Maputo — Mozambique's National Meteorology Institute (INAM) has forecast above normal rains for most of the country for the second half of the rainy season (January-March). In most of the northern province of Cabo Delgado, and parts of the adjacent provinces of Niassa and Nampula, the forecast is for "normal rains with a trend to above normal". Everywhere else in Mozambique, the forecast is for above normal rains "with a trend to normal".
Ethiopia: Taking the disaster out of droughtIRIN News | 25 Nov 2010
New automated weather stations could boost Ethiopia's fledgling agricultural insurance schemes, expanding the use of payouts triggered by abnormally low rainfall and reducing costly visual verification of yield losses. Some 85 percent of Ethiopians farm for a living, mostly on very small plots....
Nigeria: Agony of a People Cut Off By FloodAllAfrica.com | 25 Oct 2010
About 12 major communities in Nkanu area of Enugu State have been cut off due to the collapse of two bridges in Enugu South and Nkanu West Local Government Areas of the state. The bridges are Nyaba at Amechi Awkunanaw built by the Chimaroke Nnamani administration before its exit in 2007 and the...