CARE-FANRPAN PRESS RELEASE

Date of publication: 
2019

04 September 2019. SARCOF-23 Luanda, Angola

SADC member states need to invest in disaste risk management during the coming season of recovery

CARE International in Southern Africa and the Food,Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) welcome the climate early warning statement for the 2019/2020 rainfall season from the 23rd Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-23) and the prediction of a recovery season with normal to above normal rainfall especially for the period October – December. During the 2018/2019 season, SADC member states witnessed unprecedented damage caused by the occurrence of weather-related phenomena such as Tropical Cyclones Desmond, Enawo, Idai and Kenneth in the Union of Comoros, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

During the 2018/2019 season, SADC member states witnessed unprecedented damage caused by the occurrence of weather-related phenomena such as Tropical Cyclones Desmond, Enawo, Idai and Kenneth in the Union of Comoros, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Cyclone Idai was recorded as one of the worst tropical storms to ever affect Africa and the southern hemisphere. The cyclone claimed hundreds of lives and left a trail of destruction, including severe damage to key infrastructure such as roads, bridges, schools and clinics. Over 800 000 hectares of cropland as well as crops and seed stocks were destroyed by the cyclone, while about 3,3 million people were left in need of immediate humanitarian assistance such as food, shelter, clothing, potable water, sanitation and medical support. Following the occurrence of drought and floods in the 2018/19 season, the region has an estimated cereal deficit of more than 5,4 million tonnes this year. As usual, smallholder farmers, women and children were disproportionately affected by the cyclones.

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