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India – Kerala State Floods Update

ERC-Flash-International - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 00:00
  • The flood situation in Kerala State continues to worsen. According to the Office of the Chief Minister of Kerala the floods are the worst the state has faced in 100 years. The Indian Meteorological Service has issued warnings for heavy to very heavy rain for Kerala on 18 and 19 August.
  • The Office of the Chief Minister of Kerala reports that the death toll has risen to 324. Approximately 223 000 people have been left homeless and sought refuge in more than 1 500 relief camps.
  • An estimated 10 000 km of roads have been submerged or buried by landslides. Railways, power supplies and communication systems have been severely disrupted. Kochi airport is expected to remain closed until 26 August. More than 80 dams have been opened to try to ease the pressure of the floods.
  • The Indian army, navy, air force, coast guard and the National Disaster Response Forces (NDRF) are assisting rescue operations in different parts of Kerala. Prime Minister Modi is visiting the worst-hit areas of Kerala today.
Categories: International

Déclaration de Federica Mogherini, haute représentante/vice-présidente, et de Christos Stylianides, membre de la Commission chargé de l'aide humanitaire et de la gestion des crises, à l'occasion de la Journée mondiale de l'aide humanitaire

Communiqués de presse - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 12:27
Commission européenne - Déclaration Bruxelles, le 17 août 2018 En ce 15e anniversaire de l'attentat à la bombe contre le siège des Nations unies à Bagdad, l'Union européenne rend hommage à l'engagement des travailleurs humanitaires qui risquent leur vie pour fournir une aide humanitaire partout dans le monde.

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the World Humanitarian Day 2018

Press releases - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 12:27
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 17 August 2018 On the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, the European Union pays tribute to the commitment of aid workers who risk their lives to deliver humanitarian aid worldwide.The unequivocal respect of international law, the safety and security of humanitarian workers and their...

Japan, China, Vietnam - Tropical Cyclones RUMBIA, BEBINCA and SOULIK

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 09:11
  • Tropical Cyclone RUMBIA continued moving north-west over the East China Sea as as tropical storm. Over the next 48 hours, it is forecast to cross the Chinese provinces of  Shanghai and Anhui, weakening and dissipating. Heavy rain and strong winds may continue to affect Shanghai, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces over 17-18 August. 
  • Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone BEBINCA continued moving over the South China Sea and made landfall close to Hai Nhan (Tinh Gia district, Thanh Hoa, Vietnam) on 16 August evening UTC as tropical storm. Over the next 48 hours, it may head southwest-west over the Vietnamese province of Cao Bang, northern Lao PDR and northwestern Thailand, weakening and dissipating. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect these regions over 17-19 August.
  • A new Tropical Cyclone named SOULIK formed over the North West Pacific Ocean on 15 August, close to Guam. Over the next 48 hours, it is forecast to continue moving north-northwest towards Osumi islands and southern Kyushu island (Japan), strengthening.
Categories: International

Ireland - Post-Tropical Cyclone ERNESTO

ERC-Flash-Europe - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 09:11
  • Subtropical depression ERNESTO formed over the Central Atlantic Ocean on 15 August and started moving north-east, strengthening. On 17 August at 3.00 UTC, its centre was located 2 260 km south-east of Ireland and 1 205 northwest of the Azores. It had maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h. 
  • Over the next 48 hours, ERNESTO is expected to continue heading toward the north-east and may become a post-tropical cyclone. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect several areas of Ireland and the United Kingdom over 18-20 August.

Afghanistan – Bomb Attack

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 00:00
  • On 15 August, 48 people were killed and 67 wounded in a suicide bomb attack against an education centre in Kabul city. The attack, allegedly claimed by Islamic State, is likely to have targeted the Shia community.
  • This is the second attack on educational facilities in the last weeks, after an attack on a midwife school in Jalalabad on 28 July, which left eight civilians dead.
  • The number of direct attacks against schools in 2018 now stands at 133, against 63 attacks in 2017. According to the Ministry of Education, 870 education-related incidents were reported, including threats, intimidation and ground engagement in the vicinity. 460 000 children are affected by school closures.
Categories: International

Myanmar – Earthquake

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 00:00
  • The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology has reported that an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale hit 90 km south of Yangon on 16 August 2018 at 13.19. Tremors were felt in Yangon, however there have been no reports of damage.
  • This is the second earthquake to hit Myanmar in 24 hours. The first was 4.0 in magnitude and hit 15 km west of Mongyawang, Shan State at 00.55. No damages were reported in Shan State either.

 

 

Categories: International

India - Kerala State Floods

ERC-Flash-International - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 09:12
  • The flood situation in Kerala State has worsened. Media reports indicate that this are the worst floods since 1924. As the Indian Meteorological Service predicts more rains until 19 August, the situation is likely to further deteriorate.
  • All 14 districts have been put on red alert with 35 dams open and all rivers, from Kasaragod in the north to Thiruvananthapuram in the south, are far beyond alert levels.
    According to media reports, the death toll rose to 73. 25 people lost their lives on 15 August alone. Approximately 20 million people have been reportedly affected. Landslides are reported in different parts of the state. So far, more than 1.5 million people have been rescued and lodged in 1 068 relief camps across the state.
  • Kochi airport operations have been suspended until 18 August. The public transport system has collapsed in many parts of central Kerala. Power supply, communication systems and distribution of drinking water have also been disrupted in various parts of the state.
  • The Indian army, navy, air force and the National Disaster Response Forces (NDRF) have been deployed for search and rescue operations. Additional deployments are being considered as the situation is worsening.
Categories: International

East Asia - Tropical Cyclones LEEPI, RUMBIA, BEBINCA

ERC-Flash-International - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 09:12
  • Tropical Cyclone LEEPI, continued moving north-west crossing Kyushu island (Japan) and reaching the coastal areas of North Gyeongsang province (South Korea) on 15 August as a tropical depression. It then continued moving north-east over the Sea of Japan, weakening. Heavy rain may affect Kyushu and Honshu islands as well as South Korea on 16-17 August. 
  • Meanwhile, a new Tropical Cyclone named RUMBIA formed on 15 August over the East China Sea, close to Okinawa islands and started moving north-west toward Shanghai as a tropical depression, strengthening. Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to keep moving north-west and may make landfall close to Jinshan city (China) as a tropical storm. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect Shanghai, Zhejiang and Anhui province over 16-17 August. 
  • Tropical Cyclone BEBINCA continued moving across Guangdong province (China) and reached the South China Sea on 15 August as a tropical depression. Over the next 24 hours, it may continue heading toward northern Vietnam and may reach the coastal areas of Quang Binh province. Heavy rain, storm surge and strong winds may affect northern Vietnam and Lao PDR over 16-18 August.
Categories: International

Libya – Forced Eviction of Tawergha Internally Displaced Persons

ERC-Flash-International - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 00:00
  • On 12 August, 1 900 internally displaced persons (IDPs) were violently evicted from Tariq Al Matar, the largest Tawergha IDP camp in Tripoli. People of the Tawergha minority fled their home town near Misrata in 2011. They are unable to return due to ethnic-based strife with other local communities. Tawergha IDPs living in other settlements in Tripoli are at risk of further eviction. Some families have already fled their homes for fear of being attacked. At the same time, conditions for a safe and dignified return to their home town is not yet established.
  • Humanitarian actors call for the respect of human rights, the protection of civilians and the right of displaced persons to return home in a voluntary, safe and dignified manner. DG ECHO partners conducted a protection monitoring and needs assessment and started assisting the most vulnerable. Shelter, non food items and cash are the main needs expressed by the victims.
Categories: International

Colombia – Floods

ERC-Flash-International - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 00:00
  • Heavy rain over the last weeks has affected several areas of Colombia, in particular the area of Mocoa (department of Putumayo), where so far approximately 30 000 people have been evacuated after main rivers reached alert levels. As of 13 August, the sewage system has been damaged in several neighborhoods, 169 houses have been damaged and another 14 destroyed, affecting about 600 people.
  • The Colombian National Disaster Risk Management Unit (UNGRD) issued a Declaration of Public Calamity and initiated humanitarian assistance in coordination with the Colombian Red Cross and local authorities.
  • In March 2017, a landslide in Mocoa caused by heavy rains triggered one the deadliest disasters in Colombian history with 316 people dead, 332 injured, 103 disappeared and over 17 000 affected people. The reconstruction process is still under way and many people are still living in temporary shelters.
Categories: International

Madagascar – Food insecurity (DG ECHO)

ERC-Flash-International - Wed, 15/08/2018 - 00:00
  • The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) estimates that the number of food insecure persons in 9 districts of the Grand Sud is over 954,000 of which approximately 290 000 in phase 4 corresponding to "humanitarian emergency". The figure of 954 000 people has to be put in perspective with the 2 million people living in these 9 districts. The whole area is in IPC phase 3 (acute food and livelihood crisis); the District of Beloha is in IPC4.
  • The situation is highly critical as the above figures are expected to increase as the lean season begins, reaching a peak between November and March, and the overall situation in terms of food security, water availability and under-nutrition is expected to further deteriorate.
Categories: International

Japan, China, Vietnam - Tropical Cyclones LEEPI, YAGI, BEBINCA

ERC-Flash-International - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 09:15
  • Tropical Cyclone LEEPI, continued moving north-west toward Kyushu island (Japan) as a Tropical depression and strengthening. On 14 August at 0.00 UTC its centre was located over the sea approximately 530 km south-east of Miyazaki city (Kyushu island, Miyazaki Prefecture) with maximum sustained winds of 111 km/h (Tropical Storm). Over the next 24 hours, it is expected to continue toward Kyushu island. Its centre may reach land close to Miyazaki city on 14 August afternoon UTC, probably as Tropical Storm. Heavy rain, storm surges and strong winds may affect Kyushu and Amami islands on 14-15 August. 
  • Meanwhile, the passage of Tropical Cyclone YAGI over the Chinese provinces of Zhejiang, Anhui and Henan caused fatalities and damages across several areas of the country. According to local media, as of 13 August, three people were killed and 200 000 people were evacuated in Zhejiang province.   
  • Tropical Cyclone BEBINCA continued moving east slightly strengthening into a Tropical Storm. On 14 August at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 130 km south of Macau and it had maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm). Over the next 48 hours, it is forecast to turn toward the northwest just before making landfall close to Tielucun village (Guangdong province, China), probably as a Tropical Storm. It may then continue over land crossing the coastal areas of southern Guangdong, slightly weakening. It may reach the South China Sea on 16 August morning and continue toward northern Vietnam as a Tropical Depression. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan provinces and northern Vietnam over 14-16 August.
Categories: International

Venezuela/Colombia - Floods

ERC-Flash-International - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 00:00
  • Heavy rains since end of June have affected several areas of the south-eastern parts of Venezuela and Colombia, causing rivers to overflow, affecting over 57 900 people. Rains are expected to continue until the end of August.
  • Extended and ongoing floods - considered to be the largest since 1976 - have damaged infrastructure (roads, electricity), shelter and agricultural areas compromising harvest of food and staple crops.
  • In particular in Venezuela, response from local/national governments is very limited to non-existent. Needs are increasing in health, food security and nutrition, WASH, shelter, education and protection but also in terms of logistics and early recovery/livelihoods.
  • DG ECHO continues to monitor the situation.
Categories: International

Japan, China - Tropical Cyclones YAGI, LEEPI, BEBINCA

ERC-Flash-International - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 09:04
  • Tropical Cyclone LEEPI, formed over the North West Pacific Ocean on 11 August and starting moving north-west toward Kyushu island (Japan) as a Tropical depression and strengthening. On 13 August its centre was located over the sea approximately 1 000 km south-east of Tanega island (Osumi islands, Kagoshima Prefecture) with maximum sustained winds of 111 km/h (Tropical Storm). Over the next 24 hours, it is expected to move north-west toward the northern islands of Osumi islands and southern Kyushu island. Heavy rain storm surge and strong winds may affect southern Kyushu and Amami islands on 13-15 August. 
  • Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone YAGI continued moving northwestward over the East China Sea, as a Tropical Storm. On 12 August afternoon UTC, its centre made landfall over the coast of Wenling (Zhejiang province, China) with maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h (Tropical Storm). It then continued moving overland crossing the Chinese provinces of Zhejiang and weakening. Heavy rain may continue to affect several areas of Zhejiang, Shanghai, Anhui and Henan over 13-14 August. 
  • Tropical Cyclone BEBINCA formed over the South China Sea on 12 August close to the coastal areas of Macau and started moving east as Tropical Depression. On 13 August at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 165 km south-west of Macau and it had maximum sustained winds of 56 km/h (Tropical Depression). Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to turn toward the northwest heading toward the coastal areas of Guangdong province. It may reach land between the cities of Yangjiang and Maoming on 15 August early morning UTC probably as a Tropical Depression. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect Guangdong and Hainan provinces over 13-16 August.
Categories: International

Niger – Cholera, floods

ERC-Flash-International - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 00:00
  • Heavy rains and subsequent floods have had devastating consequences in several parts of the country. The Ministry of Humanitarian Action reports nearly 50 000 homeless people as a consequence of the damage or complete destruction of 3 131 houses. 22 people lost their lives, 26 344 livestock were killed and 3 900 hectares of land are devastated.
  • The number of people affected by cholera has increased since the first cholera case was identified beginning of July in the Madarounfa district of the Maradi region. As of 11 August, 1 107 cases have been reported by the Ministry of Public Health and 19 people have died. The number of cases in the densely populated Maradi town is now at 66.
  • Humanitarian actors including those supported by ECHO are scaling up their cholera response and community outreach activities to prevent further spreading of the disease.

Categories: International

India Monsoons – Kerala floods

ERC-Flash-International - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 00:00
  • Floods in the Kerala, following incessant rains between 8 August to 12 August, have resulted in the death of 39 people and more than 60 000 people evacuated to relief camps.
  • 8 affected districts continue to be on high alert. According to the Indian Meteorological Department's (IMD) heavy rains are expected until 15 August. Water level in Idukki dam, the biggest arch dam in Asia, which was opened after a 26 years, marginally declined to 2399.16 feet at 10 am on 12 August.
  • Crops of more than 1 000 hectares have been damaged in Wayanad district. Nearly 20 000 houses and at least 10 000 km of roads have been damaged by the floods.
  • The army, along with personnel of Navy, Air Force and National Disaster Response Force are engaged in relief and rescue work.
  • The State Government of Kerala has announced a compensation of INR 4 Lakhs (EUR 5 057) to families of victims. Families which have lost their land and home, will get a compensation of up to INR 10 lakh (EUR 12 644). In addition, the Central Government of India has also announced an immediate relief funding of INR 100 crore (EUR 12.6 million EUR).
Categories: International

Philippines - Floods

ERC-Flash-International - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 00:00
Categories: International

Japan - Tropical Cyclone SHANSHAN and YAGI UPDATE

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 09:15
  • Tropical Cyclone SHANSHAN, continued moving north-northeastward over the sea along the coast of central-northern Honshu Island (Japan) as a Tropical Storm. On 10 August its centre was located over the sea approx. 430 km east of Shimohei city (Iwate Prefecture) and approx. 430 km south-east of Hokkaido Island with maximum sustained winds of 83 km/h.
  • Over the next 24 hours, it is expected to move northeastward over the sea, away from coastal areas, weakening. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect northern Honshu Island and Hokkaido Island on 10-12 August. A red warning for heavy rain, is in effect, as of 10 August, for Miyagi Prefecture (northern Honshu Island).
  • Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone YAGI continued moving northwestward over northern Philippine Sea, slighty strenghtening. On 10 August its centre was located approx. 575 km south- east of Okinawa Island (Japan) and it had maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h.
  • Over the next 24 hours, TC YAGI is expected to continue moving northwestward over the northern Philippine Sea as a Tropical Storm. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect Ryukyu Islands (southern Japan) on 11-12 August.
Categories: International

France - Thunderstorms and floods

ERC-Flash-Europe - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 09:15
  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms, strong winds and heavy rain, has been affecting several areas of the northeastern, the central and the southeastern over the past few days causing floods.
  • According to national authorities, as of 10 August morning UTC, one person has gone missing in Saint Julien de Peyrolas (Gard, Occitanie region). They also reported 50 000 houses have been left without power in the department of South and Southeast. Currently approximately 7 000 houses are still without electricity. In addition, media reported that 1 600 people have been evacuated from Gard.
  • Over the next 48 hours, more heavy rain is expected with local thunderstorms in the north and northwestern areas of the country.

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