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Publish Date: 21 April 2022
The South African government has declared a national state of emergency to deal with the impact of heavy rainfall and flooding in the province of KwaZulu-Natal last week. On 11 and 12 April, between 200 and 400 mm of rain fell in a 24 hour period. The disaster underlines once again the increasing hazards posed by intense rainfall in a changing climate and the need for impact-based early warnings which reach everyone.
Publish Date: 13 April 2022
Eastern Africa is facing the very real prospect that the rains will fail for a fourth consecutive season, placing Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia into a drought of a length not experienced in the last 40 years. Humanitarian agencies have issued urgent appeals for support to prevent widespread famine.
Meteoworld : December 2021
Cameroon’s Ministry of Transport, through its Department of National Meteorology (DNM), has partnered with WMO and the Global Water Partnership, Central Africa (GWP-CAf) GWP Central Africa - GWP over the...
Publish Date: 25 February 2022
The World Meteorological Organization WMO with its partners is preparing a project to establish hydrological monitoring and early warning system (EWS) for sustainable and fair water management and against water-related disaster risks like floods and drought in the Lake Chad basin. It seeks to improve water resource management for better climate resilience in the basin, which is severely affected by climate change.
Publish Date: 17 February 2022
A new seasonal forecast for the drought-stricken Horn of Africa shows higher chances of a strong rainy season in many parts of the region. But this is coupled with caution and warnings that stakeholders should still prepare for “worst case scenarios.”
Publish Date: 4 February 2022
Tropical cyclone Batsirai made landfall in Madagascar on 5 February, bringing devastating winds, rainfall and flooding to the Indian Ocean nation which is still struggling with the aftermath of a previous tropical storm, Ana. Initial reports indicated that at least ten people were killed. Accurate and timely early warnings and a coordinated response helped limit the number of casualties.
Publish Date: 13 December 2021
On the 2nd December 2021 NiMet, ICRISAT and Manobi Africa met to review the initial output of 2021 deployment of 20 agCelerant (Internet of Things) IoT rain gauges in Bauchi, Kano and Niger states. This meeting was in furtherance of the MoU between NiMet and ICRISAT from earlier in the year. Results from this pilot project were adjudged promising with 95%-99 of agreement between the IoT rain gauges and co-located reference instruments. Read more >>
Publish Date: 8 November 2021
Countries contributing to the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Initiative have announced commitments for new investments of US$ 20 million for early warnings systems in Africa, and additional financing for the Caribbean region. The initiative has been widely lauded as a success story in terms of building resilience to extreme weather and saving lives and livelihoods.
Publish Date: 21 September 2021
With a target of enabling Common Alerting Protocol, (CAP) readiness in 25 African countries by the end of 2021, it is with great pleasure we announce that CAP in Mali is now online and fully operational. The CAP alerts and warnings are also displayed on the WMO Severe Weather Information Centre (SWIC 2.0) platform as shown in the image below. “Congratulations to Mali!”, they are well on their way to improving the coordination and dissemination of alerts nationally and internationally. Read more >>
Publish Date: 18 June 2021
The Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Initiative is mobilizing an additional US$ 28 million to deliver early warning systems in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDs) to protect lives and livelihoods from the impacts of severe weather.