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  • Namibian MPs debate environmental impact of textile plant
    27 march 2003 12:01:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Emotions ran high in Parliament here Thursday between the opposition DTA/UDF Coalition and the ruling Swapo when an opposition MP raised environmental questions about a 100-million dollar textile factory in Namibia. Full text...

  • Authorities want parts of Western Cape declared disaster area
    27 march 2003 08:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Western Cape authorities have asked the South African government to declare a flooded region in the province as a disaster area, after flash floods earlier this week left hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed, with thousands of people fleeing the area. Full text...

  • Ministers visit flood-devastated South African town
    26 march 2003 07:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Mop up operation was continuing Wednesday in the Western Cape town of Montague which has been devastated by flash floods with hundreds of homes destroyed and thousands of people displaced. Full text...

  • Mozambican River bursts its bank, thousands stranded
    11 march 2003 19:52:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- River Save, on the boundary between southern and central Mozambique, has burst its banks and flooded the towns of Nova Mambone in Inhambane province, and Machanga in Sofala province, leaving thousands of people stranded, the national news agency (AIM) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Global Environmental Fund props Namibian community projects
    11 march 2003 16:46:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia Tuesday became the fourth country within the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to benefit from the Small Grants Programme (SGP) of the Global Environmental Fund (GEF), with the launching here of a 200,000- dollar fund for grassroots micro-projects. Full text...

  • Kenya to supply water to arid regions
    11 march 2003 09:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Water Development Ministry said it would implement several water projects in parts of the country's North Eastern Province and Turkana District in the north-west to bring the precious commodity closer to inhabitants of the drought-prone areas. Full text...

  • Millions of kids die due to lack of clean water, says UNICEF
    11 march 2003 08:38:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Worried by the fact that more than 1. Full text...

  • Cyclone 'Kalunde' still threatens Mauritius
    10 march 2003 18:09:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian meteorological Services warned Monday that tropical Cyclone 'Kalunde' was still gusting at 375-km per hour north-east of the Rodrigues Island. Full text...

  • Mbeki sympathises with Mozambique over Cyclone disaster
    10 march 2003 16:34:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has sent a sympathy message to the Mozambican government over the death of 19 people and devastation caused by Cyclone Japhet last week, an official statement said Monday. Full text...

  • Fishing in Lake Victoria under threat
    10 march 2003 12:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lake Victoria's US$1 billion annual fishing industry is under serious threat following massive silt deposits into the world's second-largest freshwater lake. Full text...

  • Kenya maintains ban on mangrove harvesting
    10 march 2003 10:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will maintain a ban placed on mangrove harvesting in 1996 until the country can regain a comfortable hectarage of the forest along its Indian Ocean coastline. Full text...

  • Cyclone Japhet floods claim more lives in Zimbabwe
    07 march 2003 17:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Six people were killed and scores of homes swept away Friday by Cyclone Japhet floods in Zimbabwe, State television reported. Full text...

  • Cyclone Japhet death toll rises to 11 in Mozambique
    07 march 2003 17:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The deaths caused by Cyclone Japhet in the Mozambican provinces of Inhambane and Manica now stands at 11, with seven others missing in Sofala province, the Mozambican news agency (AIM) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Hyacinth control succeeds on Lake Victoria
    07 march 2003 13:15:00
    Kisumu- Kenya (PANA) -- The weevils introduced into Lake Victoria five years ago are on the verge of depleting the water hyacinth weed, the invasive species hitherto threatening to choke the world's second-largest freshwater lake. Full text...

  • Government assists Cyclone victims in Mozambique
    06 march 2003 20:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's National Disasters Management Institute (INGC), has started channelling relief supplies to some 23,000 victims of Cyclone Japhet in the southern province of Inhambane, national news agency (AIM) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya to draw from Libya's experience in water harnessing
    06 march 2003 19:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya plans to draw from Libya's experience to harness the East African country's untapped water resources, acting Labour and Human Resource Development Minister Najib Balala said here Thursday. Full text...

  • One killed, scores marooned by cyclone Japhet floods in Zimbabwe
    06 march 2003 17:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- One person drowned and scores of others were marooned in Cyclone Japhet floods in Zimbabwe's southern province of Masvingo, police said Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia lashed by heavy rains from Cyclone Japhet
    05 march 2003 21:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Heavy rains from Cyclone Japhet blanketed several parts of southern Zambia on Wednesday as the storm that left a trail of colossal damage in both Mozambique and Zimbabwe appeared to lose its strength at last. Full text...

  • Cyclone Japhet death toll rises in Mozambique
    05 march 2003 19:05:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- At least three people have died, 10 injured, and seven others missing from the effects of Cyclone Japhet, which hit Mozambican coastal provinces of Inhambane and Sofala at the weekend, the national news agency (AIM) reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya Wildlife Agency saves Sudanese apes
    05 march 2003 18:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is looking after four endangered chimpanzees in a quarantine facility after recovering them from a village in southern Sudan. Full text...

  • Storm kills two, leaves hundreds homeless in Rwanda
    05 march 2003 16:16:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Heavy storm killed two persons and destroyed about 100 houses in Rwanda's north-western town of Gisenyi, state reported. Full text...

  • Zambia lashed by heavy rains from cyclone 'Japhet'
    05 march 2003 16:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Heavy rains accompanying cyclone 'Japhet' blanketed southern Zambia Wednesday although the storm did not cause as much damage as in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Zambia to spend US$100 million to clean-up mining sites
    05 march 2003 16:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia is to spend more than 100 million US dollars to clean up contaminated mine sites and settle social liabilities associated with the mining of copper and lead in the country's Copperbelt and midlands, Environment Minister Patrick Kalifungwa said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mysterious beast kills 3, maims 16 in central Malawi
    05 march 2003 11:28:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A mysterious rampaging wild beast has killed three persons and severely wounded 16 others in Malawi's central mountainous Dowa District, local health officer Matius Joshua confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • CILSS to invest in programme on artificial rains
    04 march 2003 22:32:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Interstate Standing Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) is to launch an artificial rains and underground water exploration programme, CILSS executive secretary Musa Mbenga disclosed Tuesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Cyclone 'Japhet' kills 2 girls in Mozambique
    04 march 2003 17:54:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- At least two girls have died from the effects of Cyclone Japhet, which swept through Mozambique's southern province of Inhambane at the weekend, the national news agency (AIM) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cyclone 'Japhet' plunges eastern Zimbabwe into darkness
    04 march 2003 13:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Large swathes of eastern Zimbabwe were plunged into darkness Tuesday by tropical cyclone 'Japhet' which destroyed electricity lines and left most roads impassable. Full text...

  • Mauritius approves plan to protect territorial waters
    03 march 2003 23:15:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has approved a plan to protect its territorial waters from the risks of pollution, Rajesh Bhagwan, Mauritius environment minister, told PANA. Full text...

  • OCFSA ministerial conference postponed sine die
    03 march 2003 23:03:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The 6th ministerial conference of the Organisation for Wildlife Conservation in Africa (OCFSA) billed for Brazzaville has been postponed sine die, Congolese Forest and Environment minister Henri Djombo announced Monday on State Radio. Full text...

  • Poor visibility forces flight cancellations in Cape Verde
    03 march 2003 22:33:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Poor visibility following a dust haze from the Sahara forced Cape Verde airline TACV to cancel flights at the weekend within the archipelago, company sources indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe ready for advancing Cyclone 'Japhet'
    03 march 2003 19:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Government disaster agencies in Zimbabwe were Monday bracing for advancing Cyclone 'Japhet,' which has devastated large swathes of neighbouring Mozambique. Full text...

  • Cyclone "Japhet" injures 3 in southern Mozambique
    03 march 2003 16:25:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- At least three people have been admitted for treatment at the Morrumbene hospital in southern Mozambican province of Inhambane, injured by one of the many coconut palms felled by the strong winds and heavy rains that accompanied cyclone "Japhet" in the area at the weekend, the Maputo daily "Noticias" reported Monday. Full text...

  • South African musician urges Swazi king to spare elephants
    03 march 2003 10:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African music legend Dave Matthews has urged King Mswati III of Swaziland to prohibit the capture of 11 elephants in the Hlane Royal National Park for shipment to the San Diego Zoo in California and the Lowry Park Zoo in Florida. Full text...

  • Cyclone 'Japhet' threatens Mozambican southern Province
    02 march 2003 19:32:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Cyclone "Japhet" is threatening the coast of the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane, especially shipping in the Mozambique Channel, the national news agency (AIM) reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Victims return home as floods recede in Zimbabwe
    02 march 2003 10:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Thousands of flood victims in northern Zimbabwe began moving back to their homes Sunday following assurances from relief officials that the waters had receded to safe levels. Full text...

  • 'Japhet' intense tropical cyclone threatens Mozambique
    01 march 2003 15:55:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The severe tropical cyclone "Japhet" intensified on Friday night some 200 km off Mozambique's east coast, weather forecast agent Philippe Aliaga said Saturday. Full text...

  • Riparian countries discuss siltation of Lake Chad
    28 february 2003 16:45:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Ministers of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (CBLT) Friday continued their 50th ordinary session here with deliberations focused on siltation and rehabilitation of the lake. Full text...

  • Transfrontier conservation project gets World Bank grant
    28 february 2003 11:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Bank has committed US$7. Full text...

  • Botswana sees job opportunities in culling elephant herds
    27 february 2003 19:53:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Local government councillors in Botswana's Northeast district have called for the culling of elephant herds in order to create jobs and compensate people whose property has been destroyed by the animals. Full text...

  • Flood kills 3, displaces 6,000 in Zimbabwe
    27 february 2003 19:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Government and donor relief agencies said Thursday two more people had been killed by raging floods in northern Zimbabwe, bringing the death toll to three in two days. Full text...

  • Oil sleek reported in Mauritian coast
    27 february 2003 16:16:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A 150-metre oil sleek has been floating in Mahebourg Lagoon in southern Mauritius, according to an environment ministry official in Port Louis on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya becomes an ozone monitoring station
    27 february 2003 16:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A high-tech ozone monitoring station was on Thursday installed in Nairobi, making the east African city a key lynch-pin in an international effort to protect and safeguard the ozone layer - the earth's protective shield - and pollution from events like forest fires and charcoal burning. Full text...

  • Animal charity props operations in troubled Zimbabwe
    27 february 2003 11:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Animal rescuers in Zimbabwe improved their gear this week with the purchase of a high performance off-road vehicle complete with a high-tech radio communications system. Full text...

  • Weather authorities note unusual temperatures in Kenya
    27 february 2003 11:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya experienced unusually high temperatures during the months of January and February 2003, Meteorological Services director Joseph Mukabana affirmed Thursday in a statement, while admitting that this occurred during a period normally hottest and driest in the country. Full text...

  • Floods kill one person, wash away bridges
    26 february 2003 21:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- One person was killed, and two major bridges swept away by floods in northern Zimbabwe Wednesday, police said. Full text...

  • EU allots 500 million euros toward famine in Ethiopia
    26 february 2003 15:29:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has earmarked 500 million euros to support Ethiopia in macro-economic and infrastructure development as well as food security for the next four years, the European Commission head delegate here, Ambassador Yves Gazzo, said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan authorities make biggest ivory seizure
    26 february 2003 14:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In their biggest haul yet in three years, Kenyan authorities last weekend seized 33 raw ivory tusks in the northern tip of the country and arrested five suspects, wildlife sources disclosed Wednesday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • AU celebrates first environment day Monday in Tripoli
    25 february 2003 20:17:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Experts from experts from Libya and other African countries as well as abroad would convene an environment conference here next Monday during celebrations of the African Environment Day, Libya's environment office said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Madagascar hosts regional workshop against oil spillage
    25 february 2003 16:48:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A workshop on a regional plan to combat oil spillage in the Indian Ocean region opened in the Malagasy capital of Antananarivo Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ozone layer shows signs of recovery
    25 february 2003 13:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Leading scientists have reported some positive results in efforts at protecting the ozone layer, but warned that despite signs of recovery, the layer would remain vulnerable in the next decade. Full text...

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