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Vietnam - heavy rain

ERC-Flash-International - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 00:00
  • From 9 to 12 December 2018, due to the development of the cold atmosphere to the central of Vietnam, extremely heavy rain has happened in vast areas from the provinces of Quang Tri to Quang Ngai, that caused loss and damages. 13 people died, one person is missing and nine house have collapsed. Additionally, fields have been flooded and dead cattle and poultry have been reported.
  • On 13 December 2018, heavy rain continues happening in the provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien. The disaster risk is level 1 according to Vietnamese disaster risk level (level 5 is the highest).
  • The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has guided the provinces from Ha Tinh to Phu Yen to keep monitoring the development of the natural disasters in order to deal with and mitigate the damages. Since the damage is within local government's capacity, there is no requirement for INGO to support at the moment.
Categories: International

India - Tropical cyclone EIGHT - 18

ERC-Flash-International - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 00:00
  • The deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal turned to Tropical Storm strength and moved west-northwestwards and lay centered at 5.30 hours IST of 15 December, over southwest & adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal, about 470 km east-northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka).
  • Over the next 24 hours, TC EIGHT - 18 is forecast to continue moving north-northwestwards and cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Ongole and Kakinada on 17 December with the estimated speed of 80 km/h.
  • Heavy to very heavy rains and strong winds are expected over Andhra Pradesh, South Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
Categories: International

Burkina Faso - Conflict and forced displacement

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 00:00
  • Insecurity continues to spread across Burkina Faso, with conflict-related violence reported in western regions of the country. Seven security related incidents have been recorded in Boucle du Mouhoun, a region bordering conflict-affected Mali, since October. This implies an extension of the territory impacted by the recent escalation of insecurity, which now includes regions in the east, north and west of the country. In total, an estimated 1.4 million people live in conflict-affected regions of Burkina Faso.
  •  The number of internally displaced people continues to rise, with an additional 6 148 recently identified, bringing the total number to 47 029 this year. The population of the Sahel town of Djibo has increased by 50% this year due to forced displacement from surrounding areas. This puts a further strain on limited basic services, including water supply.
  •  In addition, 24 000 Malian refugees are hosted in Burkina. The negative effects of the insecurity and increasing violence are aggravating the vulnerability of refugees, host and displaced populations, who are in need of multi-sectoral humanitarian assistance.
Categories: International

Haiti – Food security and nutrition crisis

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 00:00
  • The latest national Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) exercise in Haiti (October-December 2018) shows a significant deterioration of the food security and nutritional situation of rural households in the country. 2.2 million people are facing acute food insecurity, with 386,000 in a food emergency situation. The nutritional situation of children is of particular concern, with global acute malnutrition rates well above the emergency threshold in some areas.

    Between March and June 2019 it is projected that 2.6 million people will be acutely food insecure, including 571,000 in a food emergency situation. Over 37% of the rural population will require emergency food assistance which will require a scaled-up response.

Categories: International

Ukraine: l'UE fournit une aide humanitaire supplémentaire

Communiqués de presse - Thu, 13/12/2018 - 12:13
Commission européenne - Communiqué de presse Bruxelles, le 13 décembre 2018 L'Union européenne a alloué 4 millions d'euros supplémentaires pour poursuivre la fourniture d'une aide humanitaire plus que nécessaire dans l'est de l'Ukraine au début de l'hiver.

Ukraine: EU provides further humanitarian funding

Press releases - Thu, 13/12/2018 - 12:13
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 13 December 2018 The European Union has allocated an additional €4 million to continue delivering much needed humanitarian assistance in eastern Ukraine at the onset of winter. This brings EU humanitarian assistance in Ukraine to €116 million since 2014.

Australia - Tropical Cyclone OWEN update

ERC-Flash-International - Thu, 13/12/2018 - 08:57
  • Tropical cyclone OWEN continued west-south-west over the Gulf of Carpentaria toward the coast of eastern Northern Territory, strenghtening. On 13 December at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 100 km north-west of Port McArthur Town (Northern Territory) with maximum sustained winds of 139 km/h.
  • OWEN is forecast to strengthen as it turns east over the Gulf of Carpentaria, with maximum sustained winds of 167 km/h. It may reach the Cape York Peninsula (Queensland) on the afternoon of 14 December. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge could affect the eastern Northern Territory and the Cape York Peninsula over 13-15 December.
  • As of 13 December, a warning zone advisory remains in effect over coastal areas of eastern Northern Territory and western Cape York Peninsula.
Categories: International

rescEU: la Commission se félicite de l'accord provisoire visant à renforcer la protection civile de l'UE

Communiqués de presse - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:13
Commission européenne - Communiqué de presse Bruxelles, le 12 décembre 2018 Le Parlement européen et le Conseil de l'Union européenne ont pris des mesures décisives aujourd'hui en vue d'un accord politique sur rescEU, le plan visant à renforcer la réaction aux catastrophes de l'UE en matière de protection civile.

rescEU: Commission welcomes provisional agreement to strengthen EU civil protection

Press releases - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 16:33
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 December 2018 The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have taken key steps today towards political agreement on rescEU, the plan to strengthen EU civil protection response to disasters.

Australia - Tropical Cyclone OWEN

ERC-Flash-International - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 09:00
  • Heavy rainfall, caused by the remnants of Tropical Cyclone OWEN continued affecting northern Queensland, specially the Cape York Peninsula and north-eastern coastal areas, since 9 December.
  • OWEN started strengthening again on 11 December over the Gulf of Carpentaria. On 12 December at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located over the Gulf of Carpentaria 455 km north-west of Karumba town and it had maximum sustained winds of 83 km/h (tropical storm).
  • Over the next 24 hours, OWEN is forecast to move westward before turning south-east over the Gulf of Carpentaria, strenghtening, with maximum sustained winds of 120-139 km/h. It should continue south-east reaching the coast of the Cape York Peninsula on 14 December. Heavy rainfall, strong wind and storm surge could affect the area over 12-15 December.
  • The Boreau of Meteorology (BOM), as of 12 December, issued a warning zone advisory over the coastal areas of eastern Northern Territory and western Queensland.
Categories: International

Ethiopia - Forced returns and displacement

ERC-Flash-International - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 00:00
  • The newly formed Ethiopian Ministry of Peace has decided that all remaining Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Gedeo (SNNP region) and Guji (Oromia region) should return to their places of origin by 14th of December 2018. This affects the IDPs in Gedeo zone, officially estimated at 140 000, but also to sites of 'secondary displacement' in West Guji. Returnees there have gathered in collective centres, instead of their homes and farms, due to prevailing insecurity.
  • Numerous recent reports indicate that pressure on IDPs has been increasing. In this context of intimidation, significant movement of IDPs has been observed in West Guji, some attempting to reach Gedeo zone again. Several incidents of violence have already been reported.
  • Due to inter-communal violence in Gedeo - Guji zones, over 900 000 people have been displaced since April 2018. In mid-August, the government organised large scale returns leading to secondary displacement. IDPs were told that they wouldn't receive assistance and humanitarian access was restricted.
  • DG ECHO is very concerned by the announced closure of IDP sites and worried that their return is premature and does not respect the principles of voluntary, informed, safe and dignified returns and puts vulnerable people at further risk.
Categories: International

Cameroon - Conflict and forced displacement

ERC-Flash-International - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 00:00
  • The humanitarian situation in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon (north-west and south-west regions) continues to deteriorate. The conflict has already caused the internal displacement of 450 000 people, and some 30 000 Cameroonian refugees and asylum seekers have fled to Nigeria.
  • Insecurity is hampering access and the humanitarian response. In view of the situation, UNHCR and the World Food Programme (WFP) have declared a corporate level 2 crisis.
  • Overall, the humanitarian situation in Cameroon is becoming more complex as there are also two other major humanitarian situations in the country: the Lake Chad crisis in the Far North region and the Central African Republic (CAR) refugee crisis in Eastern Cameroon. In total, there are some 674 000 IDPs and over 361 500 refugees from Nigeria and CAR in Cameroon.
Categories: International

Le commissaire Stylianides visite des projets humanitaires financés par l'UE en Jordanie

Communiqués de presse - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 16:08
Commission européenne - Communiqué de presse Amman, le 8 décembre 2018 M. Christos Stylianides, commissaire chargé de l'aide humanitaire et de la gestion des crises, est en mission officielle en Jordanie pour visiter des projets d'aide de l'UE en faveur des réfugiés et rencontrer des représentants du gouvernement et des partenaires...

Niger – Conflict / Forced displacement

ERC-Flash-International - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 00:00
  • Following several security incidents on the border with Mali and Burkina Faso, Niger has proclaimed a state of emergency in five new departments in the region of Tillabéry. In total, 12 departments are now under state of emergency in Tahoua and Tillabéry regions. This risks further limiting humanitarian access to those in need.
  • The number of people forced to flee their homes continues to rise, with 50 000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and more than 110 000 forcibly displaced persons (refugees and IDPs) in the regions bordering Mali.
  • Insecurity, violence and the negative effects of the state of emergency are aggravating the vulnerability of the host and displaced populations in need of multi-sectoral humanitarian assistance.
Categories: International

Vietnam – Floods

ERC-Flash-International - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 00:00
  • Heavy rain occurred between 8 and 9 December causing flooding in six provinces from Thanh Hoa to Binh Dinh in central Vietnam.
  • According to the first report from the National Authorities, some 363 households were evacuated, 3 834 houses flooded and 380 hectares of rice fields, 746 hectares of cash crops and 487 hectares of aquaculture were submerged.
  • DG ECHO is in close contact with partners on the ground as the situation evolves
Categories: International

Crise des Rohingyas: l'UE octroie une aide supplémentaire au Bangladesh

Communiqués de presse - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 12:30
Commission européenne - Communiqué de presse Bruxelles, le 10 décembre 2018 La Commission européenne a débloqué une enveloppe supplémentaire de 5 millions d'euros pour fournir une aide alimentaire vitale aux communautés rohingyas bloquées au Bangladesh.

Rohingya crisis: additional EU aid reaches Bangladesh

Press releases - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 12:30
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 10 December 2018 The European Commission has released an additional €5 million to provide life-saving food assistance to the Rohingya communities stranded in Bangladesh. This comes on top of the €40 million in humanitarian aid announced in May in response to the crisis.

Papua New Guinea – Manam Volcano eruption

ERC-Flash-International - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 00:00
  • A powerful eruption from Manam Volcano, Papua New Guinea, occurred on 8 December, ejecting an ash plume up to 13.7 km above sea level and forcing authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code to Red. The eruption started at 13:00 (local time) and lasted until approximately 10:00 on Sunday 9 December.
  • Based on initial reports from the ground, the eruption has affected the north-eastern part of the island. In particular, lava flow affected Bokure (Bokuri) and Kolang (NE Manam). Communities in both localities have been evacuated.
  • The Madang provincial administration will hold an emergency meeting on 10 December to discuss the response.
  • According to the UN Disaster Management Team Secretariat (DMT) in Papua New Guinea, humanitarian partners in Madang are on standby to support the provincial disaster coordinator. Prepositioned items are in stock in Lae and can be deployed upon a request.
Categories: International

Commissioner Stylianides visits EU-funded humanitarian projects in Jordan

Press releases - Sat, 08/12/2018 - 12:00
European Commission - Press release Amman, 8 December 2018 Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides is on an official mission to Jordan to visit EU aid projects supporting refugees and meet with government officials and humanitarian partners on the ground.

Yemen

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 07/12/2018 - 00:00

• Yemen's Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) of 6 December 2018, reports 20 million Yemenis above the food security crisis threshold (70% of the total population). Of those, 9.8 million living in 152 districts  are categorised as in an emergency situation, and 250 000 face a catastrophic situation (the most dire IPC classification).
• In response to worsening food security, the World Food Programme plans to scale up emergency food assistance in 2018 to reach 12 million Yemenis. Reinforced humanitarian logistic capacities are needed, as well as unhindered access to active conflict locations and additional funding.
• Food insecurity results from the active conflict, the lack of affordability of food items due to the economic crisis and absence of income/payment of civil servant salaries.
• The number of conflict related incidents impacting civilians was the highest in November since August 2018. 143 civilians were killed and 396 injured, mainly in Hodeidah and Sa'ada governorates.
• UN organised peace talks resumed on 6 December after two years in Stockholm, with an initial agreement for a prisoner exchange.

Categories: International

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