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COMOROS: AU pre-election mission reports back

JOHANNESBURG, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - As the Comoros prepare for upcoming elections that will test their new power-sharing arrangement, South Africa is gearing up to do its part in ensuring the April elections are free and fair. Full report

TANZANIA: Continued drought means power rationing, says Kikwete

DAR ES SALAAM, 1 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Power rationing is now inevitable in Tanzania following a prolonged dry spell that has led to a severe drop in water levels at dams that feed the country's hydroelectric power plants, President Jakaya Kikwete has said. Full report

GHANA: Chieftaincy tussle brews conflict in northern town

ACCRA, 31 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - Police and soldiers are maintaining a dusk to dawn curfew for a fourth week in the northern Ghanaian town of Bimbilla after a long running chieftaincy dispute erupted in violence, said local officials. Full report

BURUNDI: Government needs US $75 million to mitigate drought

BUJUMBURA, 31 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - At least US $75 million of the Burundian government's $168 million emergency plan for 2006 has been earmarked to feed the country's drought-affected populations.Full report

BURUNDI-RWANDA: Tension increases in ongoing land dispute

BUJUMBURA, 31 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - A land dispute that resulted from a river changing its course due to heavy rains some 50 years ago continues to vex neighbouring agricultural...Full report

SOMALIA: Drought bites southern region

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WAJID, 30 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - It took eight days for Nuriya Yusuf Ahmed and her family to walk the 115 km from Lahello village to a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near Wajid town, southern Somalia. Full report

EASTERN AFRICA: More effort needed to prevent avian flu

NAIROBI, 30 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - Eastern Africa, which lies in the migratory path of birds that may be infected with avian influenza, must establish more effective measures against the deadly virus, an official of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) warned. Full report

MOZAMBIQUE: Emergency preparations in full swing as rivers rise

MAPUTO, 27 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - Mozambique's disaster contingency plans could be put to the test as continued heavy rains threaten serious flooding in the central regions of the country. Full report

ANTANANARIVO: Authorities on alert as tropical storm heads toward island

JOHANNESBURG, 27 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - A tropical storm threatens Madagascar's southeast coast but officials believe the Indian Ocean island is better prepared for the cyclone season this year. Full report

SOMALIA: Multisector approach needed to combat crisis

NAIROBI, 27 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - Humanitarian agencies should employ a "twin-track" approach that addresses both the immediate and medium-term needs of vulnerable Somali populations in order to prevent the creation of relief-dependent communities, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's Food Security Analysis Unit (FSAU) Somalia has said. Full report


Year in Brief and Review on Early warning

KENYA: Year in Review 2005 - Searching for a constitution

COTE D IVOIRE: Year in Brief 2005 - A chronology of key events

IRIN Special Reports on Early warning

SOMALIA: Drought bites southern region

SUDAN: The forgotten nomads of Darfur

IRIN Focuses & Interviews on Early warning

BURUNDI-RWANDA: Tension increases in ongoing land dispute

COTE D IVOIRE: Using the media to orchestrate violence

NIGERIA: Desertís march fuels tensions

ANGOLA: Precarious situation in isolated southern province

Related Internet Links

Sudan Information Gateway website

Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN)

WFP - Africa Hunger Alert

UN Economic Commission for Africa

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