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MOZAMBIQUE: Manica Province lashed by rain
7 February 2011 (IRIN ), Five of the 23 districts in Manica Province in central Mozambique have been "severely affected" by heavy rains.
NAMIBIA: Caprivi braces for rising Zambezi River
28 January 2011 (IRIN ), More than 1,000 people have been "relocated permanently" from 32 flood-prone villages in Caprivi, as Namibia’s most northerly province prepares to meet a Zambezi River swollen to near-record size at this time of year by torrential rains upstream.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Heavy rain puts relief agencies on alert
21 January 2011 (IRIN ), Heavy rains and localized flooding across southern Africa from Angola to Madagascar are raising fears that the devastating floods of 2000 will be repeated. Then, thousands of people were plucked from rooftops by helicopter, several hundred died, and Mozambique’s agricultural production was severely impacted.
AFRICA: Serious about food
6 January 2011 (IRIN ), The record prices of staple grains in 2008 made investment in agriculture an attractive proposition for countries exporting as well as importing food. The African Union (AU), with its mix of producers and buyers, has been steadily gearing up for self-sufficiency.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Pick of the year 2010
31 December 2010 (IRIN ), The crises in Zimbabwe and Madagascar were a major focus of IRIN’s Southern Africa coverage, though riots over food and fuel prices in early September 2010 in Mozambique managed to grab the headlines for a while.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Heavy rain, flood warnings
30 December 2010 (IRIN ), The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) staffed jointly by officials from Zambia and Zimbabwe, says one of the two major dams on the river between the two countries will open its flood gates in early 2011, meaning that communities may have to be relocated.
HIV/AIDS: MSM groups hail pill to prevent HIV
24 November 2010 (IRIN ), Gay rights groups have hailed the results of the first study to show that an antiretroviral (ARV) drug can prevent HIV as an important step in the fight against HIV, but say that in countries that criminalize homosexuality, the breakthrough is unlikely to have a significant impact.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV prevention for youth - it's complicated
19 November 2010 (IRIN ), When it comes to understanding what drives HIV infections among young people in southern Africa, the epicentre of the global AIDS pandemic, why not ask young people themselves?
SOUTHERN AFRICA: No sex for a month to prevent HIV
9 November 2010 (IRIN ), An aggressive national campaign to persuade people to abstain from sex or commit to 100 percent condom use for a month could make a significant contribution to HIV prevention efforts, says a leading HIV expert.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Gearing for heavy rains as La Niña strengthens
4 November 2010 (IRIN ), Dominicano Mulenga, national coordinator of Zambia's Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit, goes through his to-do list as the rainy season sets in: Industrial pumps to suck water out of the roads serviced. Tick. Enough stocks of tents and mosquito nets. Tick. Mobile phones delivered to communities living along the upper catchment areas of the River Zambezi. Check.ña-strengthens

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