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Southern Africa: Weekly Update (14th - 20th March 2017)

Regional Overview

Cholera continuing on remote islands: As of 18 March, municipality health authorities in the coastal north-western district of Soyo have reported 204 cholera cases and 10 deaths, giving a high case fatality rate (CFR) of 4.9 per cent. Eight new cases with 2 deaths were reported between 12 and 18 March. The majority of the cases are from remote islands. Fuel for transportation to these islands remains a main issue.

Tropical Cyclone Enawo affects 434,000, destroys 40,000 houses: Having crossed the island between 07 and 10 March, Enawo’s impact prompted authorities to declare a national disaster on 14 March. Many of those displaced by the cyclone have subsequently returned to their homes, dropping the number of displaced considerably to 6,334 people. To date, at least 34,377 people affected by the cyclone have received WASH assistance, and 31,025 people have received food assistance. The humanitarian community is preparing a Flash Appeal to support. The IFRC launched an Emergency Appeal for 5,000 cyclone-affected households on 12 March 2017.

$8.7 million required for Humanitarian Country Team’s Tropical Cyclone Dineo response: Dineo, which hit southern Mozambique in mid-February, affected 551,000 people, destroyed 27,000 ha of croplands and damaged essential health infrastructure. Tents have been provided for maternity services and schools, as has learner kits, fuel for emergency water pumping, food and shelter kits for the most vulnerable people; as well as food for work/assets for road cleaning/debris removal. Government estimates an overall funding requirement of $16.5 million, of which $ 6.7 million is needed immediately. The HCT developed a flash appeal for immediate response interventions with a budget of $10.2 million, and is also preparing a $2 million application to the OCHA-managed Central Emergency Response Fund.

Government appeals for $200 million to repair flood-damaged infrastructure: The international request, launched on 20 March, follows an earlier national disaster declaration in which it was noted that 2,000 people had been left homeless and 246 people killed by floods in the country. At a donor meeting Government officials pledged $35 million to the appeal, noting these funds will prioritize “immediate humanitarian needs”.

Southern Africa
Region expecting improved harvest: South Africa’s 2016/17 maize production is forecast at 14.6 million tons, up 78 percent from last year. The impact that the fall armyworm outbreak on the region this season is still unclear; the pest may become a critical issue over the longer term.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
22 Mar 2017
Map/Infographic Type: 
Humanitarian Update
Disaster management
Food/Nutrition Crisis
Humanitarian Assistance
Inter-Cluster Coordination
Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
Natural Disasters
Coordination hub(s): 
Southern and Eastern Africa Office