Commission européenne - Communiqué de presse Bruxelles, le 23 juin 2017 L'aide humanitaire de l'UE est accrue pour lutter contre l'épidémie de choléra au Yémen Avec l'apport de 5 millions d'euros supplémentaires, la Commission européenne intensifie son aide pour lutter contre l'épidémie de choléra sans précédent qui touche le Yémen, ce...
- According to local media, as of 26 June at 7.00 UTC, at least 150 people died and 150 people were injured due to the oil tanker fire incident.
- The accident occurred when the truck fell off the National Highway and caught fire in Ahmedpur Sharqia area of Bahawalpur city (eastern Pakistan) on 25 June in the morning.
- Following the landslide that occurred on 24 June in Xinmo Village (Sichuan Province, Southwestern China), ten people have been confirmed dead by the national authorities. Local media, as of 26 June, reported that 93 people have gone missing, around 300 people have been evacuated and 62 houses have been damaged in Xinmo village. The rescue and search team has been ordered to evacuate due to risk of more landslides in the area.
- Over the next 24 h, no more heavy rain is forecast.
- Extreme high temperature in eastern Austria, central Montenegro, and Sardinia island (Italy) - Orange Alert
- Thunderstorms and havy rains in north-eastern Spain - Orange Alert
- Thunderstorms and havy rains in north and north-western Italy - Orange Alert
- Yemen faces the worst cholera outbreak in the world: suspected cholera cases have now exceeded 200,000 and more than 1,310 people have died (one quarter of them children). There are an estimated 5,000 new cases every day. The caseload is expected to rise to 300,000 by the end of August.
- According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 49 civilians lost their lives last month as a result of indiscriminate shelling attacks on public spaces. The parties to the conflict were reminded by the UNHCHR spokesperson that indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks or attacks targeting civilian objects such as markets are prohibited under international humanitarian law.
- Human Rights Watch denounced UAE's support to Yemeni forces in arbitrarily detaining, forcibly disappearing, torturing, and abusing dozens of people during security operations. According to HRW, multiple sources, including Yemeni government officials, have reported the existence of numerous informal detention facilities and secret prisons in Aden and Hadramawt. Houthi-Saleh forces have also arbitrarily detained and disappeared scores of people in northern Yemen, according to the Human Rights organization.
- The drought in the Horn of Africa continues to hit the south and south-eastern pastoral regions of Ethiopia following the poor performance of the spring rains. Parts of the drought-affected areas have fallen in IPC 4 (crisis) and 7.8 million people are currently receiving food assistance in the country.
- According to preliminary results of the multi sectoral season needs assessment (Belg assessment) from June, between 11 and 15 million people will need food assistance during the second half of the year (lean period). WFP's recent food security assessment shows that most vulnerable households can only cover one quarter of their daily food needs. As per the Ethiopian government's alert letter to the donors, the estimated funding gap to cover the 7.8 million population in need of food assistance is USD 500 million. A revision of the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) should be shared in July and the appeal is expected to increase significantly.
- The nutrition situation in drought-affected areas has dramatically deteriorated in the past months, with a sharp increase in MAM (moderate acute malnutrition) and SAM (severe acute malnutrition) rates that has led to an increase of fatalities. Further deterioration of the nutrition situation is expected in the lean season. The initial MAM and SAM caseloads (respectively 2.7 million and 303,000 individuals) projected in the January HRD are expected to increase significantly. Most pastoral households have lost their livestock that constituted the main animal protein source for children. It is estimated that over 2 million livestock has already been lost.
- The WFP food pipeline assisting the population in Somali region (1.7 million people) is expected to break by July with an estimated funding gap of USD 96 million. Already several weeks ago, the government-led wet food distribution to the drought-IDPs settlements in Somali region was stopped due to lack of funding and food. In absence of regular and sufficient food distribution, it is expected that the nutritional status of the children and PLWs (pregnant and lactating women) will further deteriorate, not providing any firewall against acute malnutrition. Moreover, Somali region was hit by a massive cholera outbreak that has affected over 37,000 individuals countrywide since the beginning of the year, with 90% in Somali region. This outbreak has further negative impact on the nutritional status of the children and vice versa.
- More than 2500 rescuers are still searching through rubble to find 109 people missing after a landslide devastated Xinmo village in Sichuan province, southwestern China on Saturday morning (local time).
- At least 24 bodies have been recovered.
- At least 120 people died and 130 were injured when an oil tanker truck exploded in Bahawalpur city in eastern Pakistan, according to officials.
- The accident occurred when the truck fell off the road it was travelling on Sunday morning.
- Villagers had gathered around the vehicle to collect its oil in containers when the vehicle exploded. Many were covered in oil and burned.
- Orange alert for high temperature in north-eastern Austria, southern Spain, southern Hungary, southern Italy, Montenegro, Serbia and south-eastern Slovenia.
- Orange alert for thunderstorms in southern Austria, north-eastern Croatia, Hungary, northern Italy, Serbia and Slovenia.
- The villages of Gossi and Ouinerden (Rharous area, Timbuktu region) have been affected by heavy rainfall that caused flash flooding. According to local rapid assessments, the floods resulted in damage to shelter and property, loss of foodstuff and the death of thousands of livestock. The risk of water-borne disease outbreak is high after water points were contaminated by animal corpses.
- The flash floods are putting further stress on an already vulnerable community that has been affected by food insecurity and a pastoral crisis.
- An earthquake of Magnitude 5.8M at the depth of 10 km hit Mozambique on 24 June at 02:37 (UTC). The epicentre was located 34 km from Dondo and 61 km from Beira. No tsunami warning has been issued.
- USGS PAGER indicated a shake up to "Very Strong" for 46 000 people. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
- More than 140 people are feared to have been buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China.
- About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00 local time (22:00 UTC) on 24 June. The police and rescue workers are deployed in the affected area.
- The landslide had been triggered by recent heavy rains, amplified by a lack of vegetation in the area.
- High temperatures in north-eastern Austria and Croatia, south-eastern France, south and western Hungary, central-north and south-eastern Italy, eastern Serbia, western Slovakia, most of Slovenia, southern Spain, western and southern Switzerland - Orange Alert
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 23 June 2017 EU humanitarian aid boosts funding against cholera outbreak in Yemen The European Commission is scaling up its response to an unprecedented cholera outbreak in Yemen with an additional €5 million, bringing total EU support for efforts to tackle the disease to...
Commission européenne - Communiqué de presse Bruxelles, le 22 juin 2017 Les fonds mis à disposition par l'UE contribueront à répondre aux besoins des Sud-Soudanais fuyant vers l'Ouganda, dont le nombre explose. L'Ouganda est aujourd'hui confronté à la crise des réfugiés qui connaît l'expansion la plus rapide au monde, en...
- An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 M at the depth of 47 km hit off the coast of the department of Escuintla (southern Guatemala) on 22 June at 12.31 (UTC). The epicentre was located 23 km south-west of Puerto San Jose (Escuintla department) and 86 km north-west from the border with El Salvador. USGS PAGER indicated a shake up to "Strong" for 356 000 people.
- According to national authorities, as of 23 June at 7.00 (UTC), four houses were damaged, eight roads were blocked by landslides, six historical buildings were affected and two bridges presented moderate damages.
- Guatemala has been recently affected by another earthquake of 6.9 M on 14 June, close to the border with Mexico, following which five people died, 19 were injured and 3 180 were affected.
- Thunderstorms in north-eastern Austria, most of Hungary, central Slovenia; - Orange Alert
- Strong winds in central, south and eastern Germany - Orange Alert
- High temperatures in eastern France; central and eastern Spain; western Slovakia; western Hungary; eastern and central Austria; western Hungary; most of Serbia; eastern and western Slovenia; northern and southern Switzerland; north and south-eastern Italy - Orange Alert
- Since 1 July 2016, Uganda faces the world's fastest growing refugee crisis with continuous and unprecedented influx of refugees from South Sudan. By June 2017, the total number of refugees from South Sudan alone was over 950 000. An overwhelming majority (more than 86%) of the new arrivals are women and children.
- The situation in other source countries are also of concern: with postponed elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, prevailing instability in Burundi, drought and insecurity in Somalia and the ongoing situation in Eritrea may also induce further displacement into Uganda in 2017. The country has now become the largest host-country in Africa with over a million refugees.
- Although Uganda has a progressive refugee policy, providing them with land to grow food, the right to work and freedom of movement, there is increasing pressure due to the scale of the crisis. This policy is therefore becoming harder to implement, as funding is limited and available land becomes scarce.
- On World Refugee Day of 20 June, the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees, Fillippo Grandi, visited Ethiopia. Arriving from South Sudan, he started his visit in Gambella refugee camps where most South Sudanese refugees are hosted.
- Ethiopia hosts 838 722 refugees, out of which 378 285 are South Sudanese. In 2017, over 54 000 refugees have arrived so far. While Ethiopia keeps the asylum space open, the refugee response is severely underfunded. Around USD 307 million are needed, but only 20% is funded. As a result, food rations for refugees have been cut and will be cut further in July, despite high malnutrition rates of up to 30 % among refugees.
- In addition, Ethiopia struggles with a severe drought and a cholera epidemic. Food and nutrition pipelines are expected to break beginning of July.
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 June 2017 The EU funding will help meet the needs of the rapidly surging number of South Sudanese fleeing to Uganda. Uganda is now facing the world's fastest growing refugee crisis, due to a continuous and unprecedented influx of people fleeing conflict in...