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CONGO: School closed due to soil erosion threat

BRAZZAVILLE, 7 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Some 504 Emerald Primary School students, in the northwest of Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, have been transferred to another school because of soil erosion that has created a huge chasm near their classrooms, the school's management said.Full report

MALAWI: Public works programme to combat poverty extended

LILONGWE, 1 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The European Union (EU) has helped the Malawian government launch a US $27 million public works programme to alleviate poverty and improve food security in the drought-affected country.Full report

BURUNDI: Heavy rains displace 1,500 in Bujumbura Rural

BUJUMBURA, 1 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - More than 1,500 people were left homeless when a storm destroyed 281 houses in Gatumba zone, in the western province of Bujumbura Rural, officials said.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

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

HORN OF AFRICA: Children hardest hit by drought, says UNICEF

NAIROBI, 25 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - The severe drought affecting the Horn of Africa has taken a heavy toll on an estimated 1.2 million children under the age of five, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday. Full report

MOZAMBIQUE: Communities urged to leave flood prone areas as Zambezi rises

JOHANNESBURG, 24 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - Mozambique remains on alert after weekend flooding affected 12,000 people, while government and aid agencies are stepping up disaster preparedness and response programmes. Full report

KENYA: Eight dead, scores injured as building collapses

NAIROBI, 24 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - At least eight people were killed and more than 90 injured when a four-storey building under construction in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, collapsed on Monday, police said. Full report

MALAWI: Bumper crop forecast

JOHANNESBURG, 20 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - Drought-affected Malawi could produce a bumper maize crop of more than two million mt this year, an official of the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) predicted. Full report


Year in Brief and Review on Natural Disasters

SOMALIA: Year in Review 2005: Still waiting for change

WEST AFRICA: Year in Review 2005 - Stability see-saws in the world's poorest region

IRIN Special Reports on Natural Disasters

SOMALIA: Drought bites southern region

SOMALIA: After the tsunami

IRIN Focuses & Interviews on Natural Disasters

ETHIOPIA: Southeastern region ravaged by drought

BOTSWANA: Govt hardens stance on hiring foreigners

SENEGAL: Ferry trip stirs hope, painful memories

SOUTH AFRICA: Focus on global warming

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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