Environment - Drought
  • US: UN, partners seek US$106 million in humanitarian aid for drought-hit Kenya
    08 september 2017 06:05:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The United Nations and its humanitarian partners in Kenya have appealed for US$106 million to scale-up their response to the most urgent needs resulting from the egregious effects of the drought in northern Kenya. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN, Somali gov't join forces to boost drought response capacity
    05 august 2017 09:41:08
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – In the wake of a severe drought in Somalia that has displaced more than 800,000 people, the United Nations migration and development entities are helping the Horn of Africa country enhance its national drought response capacity. Full text...

  • Kenya: Drought causes serious humanitarian impacts in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya
    04 july 2017 12:29:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - An estimated 761,000 Somalis have been internally displaced by drought between November 2016 and June 2017, with more than 22,000 displacements recorded between 1 and 23 June this year, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Regional Office for Southern and Eastern Africa reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Italy: 'World needs to pre-empt devastating drought impacts through better preparedness'
    19 june 2017 12:04:50
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to facing situations of extreme drought, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: IOM appeals for US$60 million for victims of East Africa’s drought
    09 june 2017 11:24:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is appealing to the international community for USS60 million to help displaced people and the communities hosting them in four of the worst affected countries in East Africa and the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • Botswana: World Bank funds water reservoirs construction in Botswana
    18 may 2017 15:27:40
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The World Bank has extended a US$145.5 million loan to Botswana for construction of water reservoirs, which are expected to cushion the semi-arid southern Africa country from future droughts, Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: IOM launches US24.6 million appeal for drought-hit Somalia
    04 march 2017 05:11:45
    New York, US (PANA) - To meet the emergency needs of over a million Somalis affected by drought, the UN International Migration Organization (IOM) has appealed to international donors for US$24.6 million in funding. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Drought worsens food security across East Africa, FAO reports
    02 march 2017 20:03:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Despite robust food supply conditions, droughts are worsening food security across swathes of East Africa, and access to food has been dramatically reduced in areas suffering civil conflicts, a new United Nations report has found. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN urges support for drought-hit Ethiopia
    30 january 2017 09:33:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Commending the Ethiopian Government and humanitarian partners on the response to last year's El Niño drought that left 10.2 million people needing food assistance, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien have said the international community must show “total solidarity” with country as it faces a new drought. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ban visits Ethiopia's drought-stricken Oromia Region
    01 february 2016 05:51:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Sunday visited Ethiopia's drought-stricken region of Oromia where he witnessed first-hand efforts under way to battle the effects of one of the most powerful El Niño events in recorded history. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa facing crippling drought
    15 january 2016 10:52:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa is experiencing its worst drought in more than a century, leaving crops ruined and threatening raise food prices. There are growing calls for government to declare a natural disaster. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge support to Ethiopia to mitigate devastating drought
    09 december 2015 13:41:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has stepped up its efforts to mitigate the effects of the worst Full text...

  • UN: 'Ethiopia experiencing worst drought in 30 years due to El Nino conditions' - OCHA report
    27 october 2015 16:38:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in 30 years, with levels of acute need across all humanitarian sectors having already exceeded levels seen in the Horn of Africa drought of 2011, and which are projected to become far more severe in 2016, according to a new UN report. Full text...

  • Senegal: Three Sahelian countries to get US$25 million in drought insurance claims
    23 january 2015 17:21:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited, a financial affiliate of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) of the African Union (AU), said Friday it will pay US $25 million in drought insurance claims to three countries of the Sahel this month. Full text...

  • UN chief urges global action to increase response to drought
    17 june 2013 20:45:33
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said countries must work collectively to build resilience and prepare themselves against drought and its adverse effects on communities. Full text...

  • IGAD countries seek UN agencies support for drought resilience initiatives
    17 may 2012 19:04:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Ministers responsible for agriculture, livestock and arid lands in member nations of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Thursday called on UN agencies to support the bloc to establish a regional early warning system linked to mechanisms for early response to drought emergencies afflicting the region. Full text...

  • 'East Africa hit by severe drought, flood'
    29 november 2011 10:55:12
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Severe drought developed in parts of East Africa in late 2010 and continued through most of 2011, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) disclosed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Measles outbreak, floods complicate drought situation in Ethiopia
    16 july 2011 06:48:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An outbreak of measles and a likely flood threats could complicate and exacerbate the ongoing drought in Ethiopia, according to reports by various UN agencies. Full text...

  • UN reports shortfall in funding for Horn of Africa drought
    14 june 2011 14:59:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday said that funding for relief efforts in the Eastern Horn of Africa was barely 50 per cent of announced needs. Full text...

  • UN scales up aid for drought victims in Ethiopia
    29 april 2011 14:45:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Friday called for increased assistance to an estimated two million people affected by drought in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • UN agencies assisting Kenya on drought, water crisis
    14 january 2011 06:45:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN agencies and their partners are helping the Kenyan government to respond to food and water shortages that have hit several parts of the country as a result of a prolonged dry spell. Full text...

  • Mauritius faces serious drought
    01 january 2011 11:33:20
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius is presently facing a drought, worse than that of 1999, because of the summer rains expected in the country, deputy Prime Minister Rashid Beebeejaun, also Minister of Public Services said. Full text...

  • Tunis sends plane-load of food aid to drought-hit Nigeriens
    25 august 2010 15:49:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- A Tunisian military plane, fully loaded with 15 tonnes o f food aid meant for Nigeriens affected by drought, was due for Niamey, the capi t al of the west African nation, on Wednesday, PANA learnt from official sources h e re. Full text...

  • Nigeria's national emergency mgt agency raises drought alarm
    12 october 2009 08:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) ha s raised an alarm over impending drought in 11 states in the Northern part of Nigeria due to reduction in rainfal l. Full text...

  • Scientists warn of continuing drought
    04 march 2009 16:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Climate experts have charged governments in the Greater Horn of Africa to put in place measures to mitigate the impending weather condit i ons as a result of the forecast that indicates that rainfall in the sub-region w i ll be insufficient. Full text...

  • UNICEF deputy chief arrives to assess Ethiopian drought emergency
    19 june 2008 08:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson arrived here Thursday for a four-day visit to Ethiopia, during which she will review the emergency situation in drought affected areas. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's farmers struggle to cope with drought as food prices soar
    13 may 2008 08:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Food prices in Ethiopia have continued to soar with reports of an alarming hike of the cost of the cheapest grain, maize, in some markets of the drought-hit Somali Region reaching 700 birr (about US$70) per 100-kg bag, up from about 350 birr (US$35). Full text...

  • Sahel drought control body meets in Nouakchott
    15 april 2008 08:45:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The 14th follow-up meeting of the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) opened here Monday, with several delegates representing various countries of the organisation in attendance, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Ethiopia seeks relief for 88,000 drought-affected people
    12 march 2008 09:41:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Around 88,000 people in the drought-hit lowland agro-pastoral areas of Southeastern Ethiopia require emergency food assistance, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sahel group gets sustainable development committee
    24 october 2007 12:47:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Member states of the Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) have set up a Committee for Sustainable Development in the Sahel (CDDS). Full text...

  • Drought-stricken Kenya gets US$60 million World Bank support
    26 october 2006 09:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Bank and the Kenyan government have signed a credit guarantee agreement under which the country will access US$60 million for drought intervention programmes, an official of the Bank said here. Full text...

  • Rain brings headaches in drought-hit Ethiopia
    18 april 2006 14:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- After a long spell of devastating drought in eastern and south-eastern Ethiopian regions of Afar and Somali, the rains have set in, regenerating the pasture and improving water availability, but also raising serious health concerns, according to relief agencies. Full text...

  • Thatch turns into fodder in dry Ethiopia
    05 april 2006 09:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- In severely drought-hit southern Ethiopia, pastoralists in Borena zone of Oromiya Region are removing thatch to feed starving livestock, relief agencies have reported here. Full text...

  • Drought triggers large-scale migration in East Africa
    27 february 2006 13:19:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Drought in northern Kenya and neighbouring Somalia has triggered a large-scale migration of people into south-eastern Ethiopia, where the humanitarian situation has deteriorated due to the adverse weather, reports from relief agencies said Monday. Full text...

  • ICRC intensifies drought relief operations in Ethiopia, Somalia
    15 february 2006 02:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced Wednesday that it was stepping up emergency operation to assist more than half a million famished people in areas hit by severe drought and armed violence in southern Ethiopia and Somalia. Full text...

  • Schools close, beggars increase in drought-hit Ethiopia
    13 february 2006 13:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- As drought in southern Ethiopia stretches the people's coping strategies to the limit, decreased attendance has forced local schools to close while the ranks of beggars in the streets swell. Full text...

  • Central and West Africa discuss desertification
    09 february 2006 19:03:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Experts from Central and West Africa on Thursday continued an international forum here on drought and desertification in Central and West Africa meant to initiate a study between researchers and decision-makers on drought and desertification in both subregions. Full text...

  • WFP says 3.5 million Kenyans need food aid
    09 february 2006 12:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan and World Food Programme (WFP) authorities have announced that 3. Full text...

  • US adds $2 million for drought-affected Ethiopian areas
    01 february 2006 09:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- In response to drought in southern zone of Somali region, the Borena and Bale zones of Oromiya, Ethiopia, the United States, through the United States Agency for International Development, has added $2 million in funding to its existing, substantial food-assistance programme, the US embassy announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Forest, ecosystem loss fanning East Africa drought
    12 january 2006 16:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) said here Thursday that the drought currently ravaging parts of East Africa and the Horn of Africa regions was a result of loss of forest cover, grasslands and other key ecosystems. Full text...

  • Drought forces Kenyan pastoralists to seek grazing land
    19 december 2005 17:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Prolonged dry spell in Kenya's northern region has forced local authorities to petition commercial ranchers to allow pastoralists into their private holdings to save their livestock from perishing. Full text...

  • Over 800,000 people face food shortages, drought blamed
    28 october 2005 20:13:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government's Food and Nutritional Security Technical Secretariat (SETSAN) announced on Friday that the number of people "vulnerable to immediate food insecurity" has risen to over 801,000 or 4. Full text...

  • Drought-hit Somalia facing famine, water shortage
    28 october 2005 19:59:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Thousands of Somalis are suffering from a shortage of water and food due to drought which has hit large areas of southern Somalia, Information Minister Mohammed Abdi Hayir said Friday here. Full text...

  • Drought exacerbating poverty in Mozambique - Guebuza
    27 september 2005 16:59:00
    Beira- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Armando Guebuza says drought in the central province of Sofala is worsening the level of poverty in the country. Full text...

  • More than one million hit by drought in Mozambique
    06 june 2005 16:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- More than a quarter of a million households, or over one million people have been affected by drought in southern and central Mozambique this year, according to latest official figures. Full text...

  • Mozambique's disaster management agency monitors drought impact
    24 may 2005 17:19:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's National Disaster Management Institute (INGC) said it would in partnership with UN agencies, continue to monitor the impact of drought in south and central parts of the country where some 150,000 people are currently receiving food aid. Full text...

  • UNICEF sends SOS for drought-affected Kenyan children
    05 may 2005 15:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UNICEF has called for urgent emergency relief for thousands of Kenyan children at risk from continuing drought. Full text...

  • UN agencies raise alarm for food relief in Ethiopia
    17 january 2005 09:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- About 600,000 people in Afar Region of eastern Ethiopia require immediate food relief assistance, according to reports by UN and non-governmental agencies operating in the drought-hit pastoral region. Full text...

  • UN warns of another drought in Ethiopia
    31 october 2004 14:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Somali region is threatened by a drought on the scale of previous disasters, says a United Nations rapid response report obtained here. Full text...

  • FAO appeals for $3.6 million to feed Kenya's hungry
    16 august 2004 17:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has appealed to donors to provide $3. Full text...

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