OCHA Reports

02 Apr 2014
Flash Update: Thousands affected in Comoros and Mozambique; alerts lifted in Madagascar

Message sent on behalf of Mr. Ignacio Leon-Garcia Head of OCHA Regional Office for Southern Africa

In Madagascar, Hellen continues to weakening, with maximum wind speeds of 55 km/h. At 09H00 local time (UTC+3) the weather system was located 250 km north-east of Morondava and is currently moving in a south-easterly direction into the Mozambique Channel. The National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) have lifted all alerts....

01 Apr 2014
Impact of Hellen less than feared; needs assessments continue

Message sent on behalf of Mr. Ignacio Leon-Garcia Head of OCHA Regional Office for Southern Africa

In Madagascar, Hellen weakened into a depression and exited the island this morning, 01 April. It is currently located 140 km north of Beselampy. While wind speeds have decreased to 45 km/h (with peaks of 60 km/h), continued rains could still bring flooding and landslides, although these rains are also expected to lessen tomorrow. A Blue (post-cyclone...

17 Mar 2014
Southern Africa Regional Food Security Update: Malawi, Updated – January 2014
  • The first round crop estimates from Ministry of Agriculture indicates prospects for a better harvest this year compared to last year and the overall rainfall so far has been good.

  • With the availability of maize in ADMARC markets and local markets, combined with the ongoing humanitarian assistance, prices are expected to decline in February 2014.

  • In January 2014, the national average maize price was MK147.21/kg compared to MK89.39/kg...

16 Dec 2013
Instant emergency relief with lasting results

For much of rural Malawi, 2012 and 2013 saw prolonged dry spells and meagre harvests. Yet some of the poorest communities in some of the worst-affected areas have thrived.

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02 Dec 2013
Southern Africa Regional Food Security Update: Malawi – October 2013

Highlights

  • According to FEWSNET, the lean period started in October as normal in the south, but in areas in the central and northern regions the lean period began three months earlier than normal as a result of poor rainfall and poor harvests in the 2012/13 agriculture season.

  • The inflation rate in the country has further decreased by 1.6 percent points compared to the month before and is currently standing at 21.7 percent.

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