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#Floods Hit Eastern Province in #Zambia

Flood Alert

Around 300 families have been displaced by flooding in Eastern Province, Zambia.

Flooding began in late December, 2019. As of 01 January, 2020, over 200 families had been displaced in Mambwe district and a further 60 families displaced in Lumezi district, according to local media reports.

A bridge in Nsefu, Mambwe district, was washed away, leaving communities isolated. Crops have also been damaged. Jumbe, Mnkhanya and parts of Kakumbi were also affected in Mambwe.

Zambia’s Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit is distributing relief supplies in affected areas. Supplies will be airlifted where roads or bridges are impassable.

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106,000 #cattle dead due to #drought in #Chile

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Petorca More than one hundred thousand dead animals, family crops on the verge of extinction and about 600,000 people who need to be supplied with water. The megasequía hits with force the center of Chile after a decade of deficit of rains.

The end of the driest southern winter in six decades left a complex balance: six of the 16 regions of Chile suffer the effects of the rainfall deficit, which in the case of Valparaíso and Santiago reached 77%.

Between the regions of Atacama (north) and Maule (south) there are about 106,000 animals killed due to lack of water and food, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

Chile meets most of the nine vulnerability criteria set forth by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including areas prone to drought and desertification.

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Situation Dire After Weeks of #Flooding in #Congo #Brazzaville

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The UN says thousands of people are forced to sleep outside and are without clean drinking water after ongoing floods damaged homes and water points in the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville).

According to a recent report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), flooding that began in OCtober this year has now affected 8 of the 12 departments in the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville).

The departments affected are Likouala, Cuvette, Plateaux, Sengha, Kouilou, Niari, Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire.

At least 170,000 people have now been affected by floods in Likouala, Cuvette and Plateaux departments alone. The government declared a state of natural disaster and humanitarian emergency in the 3 departments on 19 November 2019.

Flooding was caused by the overflow of the Oubangui and Congo rivers. Hundreds of villages along the river have been affected, many of which are completely submerged. Flooding has damaged infrastructure and impeded access to food, water, education and health care. Homes, schools and health centres in affected areas are flooded and only accessible by boat.

UN OCHA said “most water points and sanitation facilities are no longer functioning. Affected communities do not have access to safe drinking water, and hygiene and sanitation products are scarce, exacerbating the risks of contamination and epidemics caused by water and mosquitoes (typhoid, cholera, malaria).

“The floods destroyed or damaged many houses in affected areas and most families sleep outside. These people need emergency shelter, insulation and essential non-food items (jerry cans, treated mosquito nets, mats, etc.).

“Significant crop and livestock losses have also been reported. Half of the crop areas are flooded, and unharvested production destroyed, including cassava fields, a staple food. The next harvest will not take place until the last quarter of 2020. Losses are also significant in the breeding and fishing sectors. Food reserves are already quickly running out.”

The UN recently reported that flooding in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo has affected around 600,000 people. Along Congo Brazzaville’s northern border, parts of Central African Republic have also been affected during the same period.

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Over 2.8 Million Affected by #Floods Says #UN in #EasternAfrica

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Flooding in Eastern Africa has now affected over 2.8 million, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Unusually heavy rain since October has triggered flooding and landslides. OCHA said more than 280 people have lost their lives. Across the region, homes, infrastructure and livelihoods have been destroyed and damaged in the hardest-hit areas, and the risk of communicable diseases—including cholera—is rising.

The heavy rain has primarily been driven by the positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), according to OCHA.

As many as 160,000 people in 31 counties have been affected by flooding and landslides in Kenya, where the annual short rains—which ordinarily last from October to December—have been exceptionally heavy. At least 132 people have reportedly died, including 72 who were killed by a landslide which buried their homes in West Pokot County. Over 50 people have also died in floods in Tanzania.

In Djibouti, the equivalent of two years’ rainfall fell in one day, causing flash floods that have affected up to 250,000 people, including 9 people killed.

Flooding in Somalia has affected 547,000 people, including an estimated 370,000 who have been displaced and 17 killed.

Over 900,00 people have been affected by floods in South Sudan since June. Flooding has submerged entire communities, destroyed or rendered inaccessible basic services and markets, and caused crop losses which will result in an early start of the lean season in January. In neighbouring Sudan, more than 420,000 people were affected by floods from August to October, during which 78 people died and 49,500 homes were destroyed.

In Ethiopia, about 570,000 people have been affected, including more than 200,000 displaced, and rains have negatively affected the harvest season.

In Burundi, 3,100 people were affected by torrential rains in Munyinga province. More recently at least 26 people have died after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Cibitoke province.

Meanwhile in Uganda, flooding and landslides have impacted at least 12 districts, including Bundibugyo District, where more than 4,000 people were affected, and Bududa district, where dozens are feared missing after landslides.

Although the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is expected to diminish in the weeks ahead, heavy rains are likely to persist into December and to intensify in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

OCHA said “in many areas, the floods are coming on the back of consecutive droughts, while in others people impacted by the floods are also suffering from conflict and violence. As families struggle to cope with these compounding and complex shocks, there is a high risk of their adopting negative coping mechanisms, including school drop-out and early marriage.”

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Heavy #Rain Triggers Deadly #Landslides in #Cibitoke Province, #Burundi

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At least 26 people have died and more are missing after heavy rain triggered landslides Cibitoke province, northwestern Burundi.

Burundi’s Ministry of Public Safety and Disaster Management said in a statement on 05 December that the landslide occurred in Nyempundu, Gikomero and Rukombe in Nyamakarabo zone, Mugina commune in Cibitoke province. Provisional assessments say that 26 people have died, 07 were injured and 10 people are still missing. Some media reports say the death toll has since climbed to 38. Search operations are still in progress. The Ministry said that houses, crops and livestock have also been damaged.

Heavy rain fell between 04 and 05 December, 2019. Images show that complete hillsides have fallen away in several locations. The area is still extremely unstable and the governor of Cibitoke, Joseph Iteriteka, urged people living in affected locations to evacuate their homes until further notice.

Heavy rain has also affected other areas of the country. News agency Agence Burundaise de Presse (ABP) reported flooding in Muramvya province, where the Mubarazi River has broken its banks, inundating roads and crops.

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Thousands Affected by #Landslides in Western Region of #Uganda

Landslides in Bundibugyo district in Western Region, Uganda, November 2019. Photo; Uganda Red Cross

Landslides in Bundibugyo district in Western Uganda have affected around 4,000 people and destroyed almost 350 homes.

Landslides have affected the district since mid-November. On 13 November, Uganda Red Cross said areas of Bundibugyo Town council as well as Tokwe, Bukonzo and Busaru sub-counties were all affected.

Recent reports from Uganda media said say that 349 homes have been destroyed and 4,000 people affected. According to the reports, the worst hit areas are Bundimulinga and Hikitara villages in Tokwe sub-county, Hamutoma, Humya villages in Bundibugyo and Buhundu in Bukonzo sub-county.

Affected communities are in need of shelter, wash facilities, food and other supplies, according to the Red Cross.

Roads have been cut and several bridges in the affected area destroyed, disrupting the transport network. Crops have also suffered damage.

At least 3 people died in nearby Kasese District, Western Region, after a house collapsed due to a landslide that occurred after a heavy on 30 October, 2019.

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