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  • Malawi Hardest Hit by Floods

    Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Malawi say the south of the country has been hit hardest by the recent floods that displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
    MSF’s Amaury Gregoire, points out that, “We are very concerned because there are still pockets of people that have no access except by helicopter.”
    Gregoire states that the relief is being organised around the camps and MSF is going to develop strategies to access the people that are in the communities that are more difficult to access.
    Meanwhile, President, Peter Mutharika, has declared 15 of 28 national districts disaster zones, calling on the international community for assistance.
    To read the article titled, “South of Malawi hit hardest by floods: Doctors without Borders,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Floods Compromise Service Delivery

    Communities in Malawi risk losing their only health facility to floods, if nothing is done to protect it from flood water from the Nyankotola River.

    Nsanje District Health Officer, Dr Medson Matchaya admitted that the problem has caused strain as during rainy seasons floods hit the health facility which affects the delivery of healthcare.

    Matchaya states that, "The situation is worrisome as operations at the facility are affected during rainy season as the floods do not only hit the health centre but also staff houses. Most of the medics that are deployed to the facility leave for other places for safety of their lives and property therefore compromising the delivery of quality healthcare."

    To read the article titled, “Water flooding compromising health services delivery at Nsanje, Mbenje Health Centre,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Global Temperatures Continue to Soar - UN

    The United Nations says that 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have occurred since the turn of the new millennium.

    In its annual report, the United Nations' World Meteorological Organisation says that 2013 continued what is a long-term trend of the world getting warmer.

    Michel Jarraud, the organisation's secretary general, says in the report: "Many of the extreme events of 2013 were consistent with what we would expect as a result of human-induced climate change."

    To read the article titled, “UN finds global temperatures continue to soar,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • UN Expo Tackles Developing Countries Problems

    Over 100 high-profile delegates converged on the United Nations (UN) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, for the start of the annual Global South to South Expo.

    The event, organised by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which is hosted for the first time in a developing country, aims to improve the relations between countries from the southern hemisphere.

    The UNEP anticipates that the annual Global South to South Expo will provide some solutions to the climate change disasters faced by the poorest countries in the developing world.
    To read article titled, “UN Expo to address poverty kicks off in Kenya,” click here.

    SABC News
  • NGOs Ignore Flood Victims

    According to an article titled ‘NGOs turn a blind eye on Chingwizi’’ by Zvamaida Murwira and George Maponga, the majority of local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have ignored the humanitarian emergency facing over 3 000 families displaced by flooding in the Tokwe-Mukosi basin in Masvingo.

    Murwira and Maponga states that only the corporate sector and a few organisations providing 98 percent of assistance rendered so far, while investigations by The Herald show that there are less than five local NGOs active at Tokwe-Mukosi.

    They state that out of the 90 NGOs registered under the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations in Masvingo, only the Red Cross, Christian Care, Bhaso and Masvingo United Residents and Ratepayers' Association have extended help to people at Chingwizi holding camp since they were there following flooding early this year.

    To read the article titled, “NGOs turn blind eye on Chingwizi,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Capetonians Come With a Superhero Effort to Smash Records for the Twitter Blanket Drive 2013

    Capetonians came with a superhero effort over the weekend in the Twitter Blanket Drive when they broke the record for blanket collection of last year in a much shorter time frame, this year. Last year, 1 600 blankets were collected via Twitter in a three-month period. This year the campaign was just over three weeks long and more than 1 600 blankets were collected. Various teams were collecting blankets for a range of non-governmental organisation (NGOs).

    The Cape Town CBD team for #FollowSA was organised by Merentia van der Vent who also acted as liason for the blanket collection drive in the Mother City and the Western Cape as a whole.

    *The Cape Town CBD team, collected more than 1 200 blankets Saturday at the Fire & Ice Hotel in Tamboerskloof. The hotel was the official drop-off venue for the campaign. The hotel also provided people who donated a blanket, with a milkshake voucher.

    The support team at the hotel was volunteers from Twitter who goes by the name @HashTagCrewZA. The HashTagCrewZA assisted at the door welcoming guests, informing the guests about competitions and the carrying of blankets as donated by guests.

    The Fire & Ice Hotel’s beneficiary for some of the blankets is Foundation Backbone, an organisation that does empowerment, outreach and support work in Atlantis.
    The FollowSA main beneficiary is Operation Shoebox that represents 55 children charities and more than 15 000 children. They will also assist an old age home in Khayelistha with blankets. FollowSA is an online community encouraging South Africans to network online to create communities offline.

    *In Somerset-West, Wayne Mongie lead Team Helderberg and collected 49 blankets. This was donated to a local child abuse centre, Patch Helderberg.

    *In George, Jacqui Mackway-Wilson got her team to collect 40 blankets for Thanda Jesu which has various community outreach programs in the area.

    *In Knysna, who also joined the drive for the first time this year, Renèe de Bruyn had 24 blankets donated and many bags full of clothes. Residents at the Loeriehof and Vermont old age homes are to benefit.

    During the campaign, social networkers tweeted people they know and those unknown to them, to donate blankets to the cause. There was also a generous donation from Puma South Africaca of more than 250 blankets.

    *Refers to the amount of blankets collected at various points in Cape Town and the Western Cape.

    ** For pictures of the event as taken by Peter Herring, refer to

  • Natural Disasters Threaten Malawi’s Food Security

    Malawi's reputation for improving food production could be in peril, according to Lameck Masina’s analysis published on the All Africa website

    Masina states that after years developing its capacity to feed itself, Malawi has recently suffered a series of devastating natural setbacks with thousands currently facing food shortages.

    He says besides last year's erratic rains and drought which reduced the maize harvest (the country's staple) by seven percent, the Southern African country has recently been hit by severe floods, displacing an estimated 10 000 households across ten districts.

    To read the article titled, “Washed away - Food security hit by natural disasters,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Mozambique Residents Evacuated After Floods

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mozambique has collaborated with the government to assist in the evacuation of residents affected by the heavy rains.

    Mozambican authorities say they have evacuated about 3 000 families affected by floods to higher ground, since yesterday.

    UNDP's humanitarian coordinating officer in Mozambique, Casimiro Sande, says the flooding is caused by the high rain fall recorded in South Africa and other countries as Mozambique is in a downstream.

    At least 40 people have been killed since the start of the rains.

    To read the article titled, “UN assists Mozambique with evacuations after floods,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Maruleng Hit Hard by Floods

    The Department of Human Settlements in Limpopo says that a total of 220 families have been affected by this week's floods in Maruleng.

    The department spokesperson, Tseng Diale, says that according to a preliminary assessment, 101 families are in need of immediate shelter and tents are being provided for them.

    Meanwhile, spokesperson for the Limpopo Department of Health, Kenny Mathivha, says the Mopani district - encompassing Baphalaborwa, Giyani, Letaba, Maruleng, and Tzaneen municipalities - was hardest hit by the flood.

    To read the article titled, “Limpopo families hit by floods,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • NGO to Send Rescue Team to Japan

    Rescue South Africa says a South African rescue team will leave for Japan to help with relief efforts following a 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit the country's east coast.

    Rescue South Africa spokesperson, Ian Scher, says the organisation has put a team of a maximum of 50 people to go to the quake-hit north-eastern part of Japan where a tsunami struck the coast of Miyagi prefecture.

    He states that: “This is largely funded by the private sector. People like Netcare have sponsored R1 million, Discovery have sponsored R500 000, Econet Wireless have sponsored R1 million, MTN R500 000, and Core Group have sponsored R250 000.”

    To read the article titled, “Rescue SA to send team to Japan,” click here.
    Independent Online
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