In central Africa, a new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in Equatorial Guinea. In total, three cases have now been reported from the country; genetic sequencing indicates the cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon. Outbreak response in the country is currently being planned.
The onset of the long rains season started earlier than normal on 13th of March 2014. The spartial and temporal distribution is poor especially in the Marginal mixed livelihood zone which has not received more than 3 wet days of rainfall. The Mixed livelihood zone had 5 to 7 wet days of rainfall.
Erratic rainfall was received in the month of March across Agro-pastoral and pastoral livelihood zones. The situation is below normal at this particular period of the year. The month was characterized by chilly temperature with cloud cover.
The onset of long rains was characterized by below average rainfall amounts.
Quality and quantity of browse and pasture is fair and improving when compared to the preceding month and is normal across the livelihood zones. Standing hay improved.
March-April-May (MAM) rainy season onset began in mid March. The onset was timely while its progress was slow and scanty as we proceed into the month of April. So far, good rains were realized for between 4 to 5 days in both Kieni East and West sub counties, besides an equivalent number of days of light rains during the month. Current rains were however below average compared to normal. Rainfall estimate for the month stood at 64.08mm, compared to the long term estimate of 93.51mm accounting for 68.5 percent of normal.
The County received 2 days of erratic rainfall in each of the second and third dekad which averaged 23.21mm.
The quality and quantity of browse and pasture was fair to poor but is expected to gradually improve if the rain continues.
The main sources of water for households were traditional river wells, natural rivers, pans/ dams, shallow wells, boreholes, Natural Ponds and Springs. Distances to water points for both households and livestock significantly decreased compared to February.
The long rains have started with light showers experienced in Hola Town, Bura, Garsen,Assa,Kipini and Chamwanamuma. These have made the current water stress to subside and vegetation cover has shown some signs of improvement. Temperatures have remained stable ranging between 30°C to 35°C
The county situation is returning to normal, following the onset of rains. Only the pastoral-all species livelihood zone has received a relatively low amount of rainfall as compared to others.
Regeneration of pasture and browse in areas that received showers in the 1st and 2nd weeks (10th -23th) was observed. Both quality and quantity of pastures and browse in all livelihood zones is improving.
April 16, 14(BOR) – The US government’s humanitarian agency USAID has pledged to continue support for hundreds of thousands of people in critical need due to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan crisis.
Speaking to the media in Jonglei capital Bor on Wednesday, USAID’s director of foreign disaster assistance, Jeremy Konyndyk, said his government had provided substantial assistance to South Sudanese people since a political power struggle between president Salva Kir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, erupted in violence in mid-December last year.
UNHCR is concerned over the arrest and detention of over one thousand refugees and asylum seekers who were rounded up during counter-terrorism operations launched by Kenyan security forces in Nairobi since 4 April 2014 targeting undocumented foreigners. Most of those who have been arrested are Somalis, 82 of whom were deported to Mogadishu on 9 April 2014. While UNHCR was able to secure the exemption of 10 registered refugees from this deportation, at least one refugee is reported to have been among those deported.
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) through the Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources (MEWNR) on 15th April 2014 launched the Sustainable Environment and Restoration Programme (SERP) at the Nairobi National Park, Ivory Burning Site.
The largest allocations were provided to address critical needs in CAR and South Sudan. The donor community has contributed $220.7 million to CERF so far for 2014, one of the largest amounts since its launch in 2006.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
Significantly heavy amounts of rainfall are expected to worsen flooding conditions across eastern Tanzania.
1) Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. As seasonal rains are expected to decline this month, these long-term moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact crop and pastoral conditions for many areas.