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Meteoalarm - As of 19 October, 7.30 UTC

ERC-Flash-Europe - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 08:59
  • On 19 October: a red warning for heavy rain in northeastern Spain.

Central America - Population movement

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 00:00
  • Up to 1000 mainly Honduran migrants left San Pedro Sula (north of Honduras) on Friday 12 October. Since then the number has increased to approximately 8 500 people as the group crosses through Guatemala.
  • Violence and poverty are among the key drivers for migration, with Mexico and the United States usually the destination countries of choice. 
  • The Guatemalan Migration Institute is seeking to identify and document individuals that irregularly enter its territory in the hope of regularising the migratory situation. They intend to provide health care, protection and security, and will prioritise protection of children and adolescents in line with national regulations.
  • While the federal government of Mexico has reinforced the border controls with Guatemala to contain the migration of Hondurans, US President Trump warned that retaliatory measures could be taken against countries allowing these migrants to continue moving north.


Categories: International

Factsheet - Kenya

ERC-Flash-Factsheets - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 00:00
  • Kenya hosts 470 000 refugees and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries who fully depend on humanitarian assistance to cover their basic needs.
  • Over 700 000 Kenyans are still in need of humanitarian assistance after a prolonged drought, followed by severe floods, which resulted in displacement and extensive damage to people's assets and crops.
  • The European Commission continues its long-standing assistance to refugees in Kenya and responds to disaster-related emergencies. In 2018 the EU has allocated EUR 11.5 million in humanitarian funding for the refugees in Kenya and to assist communities living in arid areas to better cope with drought and flooding.
Categories: Factsheets

France - Hydrocarbons spill

ERC-Flash-Europe - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 09:08
  • According to French national authorities, a collision between two ships occurred on 7 October in international waters off the Corsica coast. They also reported, as of 18 October, that a spill of hydrocarbons spread and affected several coastal areas of Saint-Tropez, Ramatuelle, La Croix-Valmer, Sainte-Maxime and the islands of Porquerolles. The monitor and cleaning activities have already started. The department of Var has activated the POLMAR Land on 16 October.
  • Over the next 24 hours, more heavy rain is expected to affect southern France. Meteoalarm has issued, as of 18 October, a yellow alert for floods in the Aude department. Strong winds East to Northeast are expected to affect the coastal areas of the Var department.
  • On 9 October, the EU Civil protection mechanism has been activated by French authorities in relation to the initial collision of the two vessels, requesting satellite imagery and a response vessel which have been provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency.

Meteoalarm - As of 18 October, 7.30 UTC

ERC-Flash-Europe - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 09:08
  • On 18 October: red alert for heavy rain in eastern Spain. 
  • On 19 October: red alert for heavy rain in eastern Spain.

Egypt - Factsheet

ERC-Flash-Factsheets - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 00:00
  • Egypt is a destination country along the central Mediterranean refugee route with people arriving from both the Middle East and east Africa.
  • Of the more than 235 000 refugees registered by the UNHCR, over 131 000 are from Syria and the remainder are from East Africa or Iraq.
  • Egypt continues to see a steady increase of refugees and migrants. Almost 20 000 were registered in 2018(between January and August). Over 30% of them are Syrians.

Categories: Factsheets

Central America - Floods/Heavy rain

ERC-Flash-International - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 00:00
    • A low pressure system over the last two weeks has left 21 fatalities, more than 160 000 people affected, and 16 000 displaced in Central America. Rain continues to fall as a new system is beginning to form.
    • More rain is expected in Honduras over the next 24 hours. The Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras (COPECO) maintains a yellow alert for Copán, Ocotepeque, Lempira, Intibucá, La Paz, Comayagua, Francisco Morazán, El Paraíso Valle and Choluteca. Authorities continue to provide assistance to 7,728 people affected.
    • In El Salvador, Sonsonate is one of the departments most affected. To date six deaths have been reported, 1 546 houses flooded. Rain will continue in coastal areas.
    • Flooding occurred in Guatemala and Jutiapa departments. Mudslides have been registered in Mixco, and 20 houses were damaged in Escuintla. A yellow alert is still in place.
    • In Nicaragua a red alert was issued in Matagalpa, Jinotega, Nueva Segovia, León, Managua, Chinandega and Región Autónoma de la Costa Caribe Norte y Sur departments. The rest of the country will remain in yellow alert. Matagalpa has been the most affected department and classes have been suspended. Water shortages are reported in Matagalpa and Estelí City. National authorities report some 25,000 families affected at national level since the beginning of the rainy season.
Categories: International

Myanmar - Returns

ERC-Flash-International - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 00:00
  • On 10 October a family of five Rohingya returned spontaneously from Balukhali camp, Cox's Bazar to Myanmar. They are currently held in Taung Pyo Letwe reception centre. On 4 October India deported seven Rohingya men that had been detained in the country since 2012 despite objections by UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and human rights organisations. The decision has sparked fear that further deportations are to follow. The men reportedly arrived in Kyauktaw Township, central Rakhine State on 8 October and have been staying in several villages. UNHCR has been unable to access them.
Categories: International

France - Floods update

ERC-Flash-Europe - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 00:00
  • Heavy rainfall affected the Hérault and Aude Departments At the peak of the crisis, one department was placed in red vigilance and six others in orange vigilance. As of 16 October early evening, only the department of remained in orange vigilance for flood according to the French hydro meteorology and flood forecasting support service.
  • In total, 942 households are deprived of electricity in the departments of Aude and Hérault. Rescuers carried out more than 1 100 interventions related to the stormy phenomenon on the affected department of Aude.
  • Currently, 400 firefighters and 145 lifeguards of the military civil defence staff are mobilized.

Meteoalarm - As of 16 October, 7.30 UTC

ERC-Flash-Europe - Tue, 16/10/2018 - 08:57
  • 16/17 October: red alert for floods in south-east France. 

Indonesia - Earthquake/Tsunami

ERC-Flash-International - Tue, 16/10/2018 - 00:00
  • According to the latest official figures from the Government's national disaster management agency BNPB as of 15 October, a total of 2 100 people have lost their lives, 680 more are missing, and 4 612 are suffering from major injuries. There are 78 994 internally displaced persons and the state of emergency has been extended until 25 October.
  • National authorities, under the leadership of BNPB and with support of AHA, are leading the humanitarian response, along with national NGOs and some INGOs which were registered in the country prior to the disaster, through their local branches or via local implementing partners.
  • A four person Union Civil Protection Mechanism Coordination Team has also been deployed to Indonesia and is due to arrive in Palu on 16 October. In addition, DG ECHO's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) has deployed two liaison officers, currently operating in Jakarta and Balikpapan alongside two additional EU humanitarian experts.
Categories: International

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) - Preparations for winterisation

ERC-Flash-Europe - Tue, 16/10/2018 - 00:00
  • To date, over 17 177 detected refugees, asylum seekers and migrants arrived to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) since the beginning of the year; the trend of arrivals increased to an average of more than 1 000 per week, as reported by UNHCR. It is estimated that the number of refugees and migrants present in BiH amounts to 2 700 people, mainly near the Croatian border (Una Sana Kanton). There is a risk that more people will be stranded in the Una Sana Kanton during the winter due to the bad weather conditions and the closure of existing migration routes.
  • DG ECHO continues to deliver assistance to refugees and migrants, including emergency shelter, non-food items, sanitation, food, health and protection through IOM and UNHCR. DG ECHO's partners are currently working on an Action Plan for winterisation; it should include the provision of warm clothing, winterised non-food items, special focus on health issues (hypothermia, respiratory diseases, etc.) and winterised shelter. The EU has already mobilised funding through EU 1.5 million in humanitarian assistance and EUR 7.2 million from the European Neighbourhood Instrument.

L'Union européenne effectue son plus important exercice dans le cadre du mécanisme de protection civile

Communiqués de presse - Mon, 15/10/2018 - 12:09
Commission européenne - Communiqué de presse Bruxelles, le 15 octobre 2018 Modex Romania est le plus grand exercice médical d'urgence jamais réalisé dans l'Union Modex Romania 2018 est le plus grand exercice médical jamais réalisé dans le cadre du mécanisme européen de protection civile et est organisé à Bucarest, Roumanie,...

EU conducts its biggest Civil Protection Mechanism exercise

Press releases - Mon, 15/10/2018 - 12:09
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 15 October 2018 Modex Romania is the largest ever emergency medical exercise conducted in the EU The 2018 Modex Romania is the largest medical exercise ever conducted in the framework of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and is taking place in Bucharest, Romania until...

Indonesia - Flash floods and landslides

ERC-Flash-International - Mon, 15/10/2018 - 08:44
  • Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country, especially Sumatra Island, over the past few days causing flash floods and triggering landslides.
  • According to media reports, as of 15 October, 21 people have died, ten more are missing and 500 homes were damaged in the provinces of North and West Sumatra. Three bridges were brought down in West Pasaman district in North Sumatra.
  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate rain with locally heavy rain may affect several areas of the country, including Sumatra Island.
Categories: International

Meteoalarm - As of 15 October, 7.40 UTC

ERC-Flash-Europe - Mon, 15/10/2018 - 08:44
  • On 15 October: red alert for floods in central Norway and red alert for rain and floods in southeastern France.
  • On 16 October: red alert for rain and floods in southeastern France.

Portugal – Tropical Cyclone Leslie

ERC-Flash-Europe - Sun, 14/10/2018 - 00:00
  • Tropical cyclone LESLIE, formed over the Atlantic Ocean on 23 September, hit central and north Portuguese coast on 13 and 14 October as Category 1 hurricane, with rain and maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h.
  • Despite of the red alert declared on 13 of the 18 Portuguese states, no deaths or injuries have been reported. Strong winds have bought down hundreds of trees and more than 15 000 homes left more without electricity.
  • Tropical cyclone LESLIE is moving north-east towards northern Spain where wind gust up to 100 km/h and heavy rain are expected in western and northern provinces.

Uganda, Bududa - Landslide

ERC-Flash-International - Sat, 13/10/2018 - 00:00
  • A massive landslide following heavy rains occured in eastern Uganda, in Bududa district, on 12 October.
  • Sustained heavy rains on Thursday 11 October caused boulders and chunks of mud to come rolling down the foothills, hitting three villages below. Media reports that bridges and roads have been destroyed.
  • At least 41 people are reported dead with search and rescue teams warning that the death toll will rise. Hundreds of people have lost their houses and in Maludu, and a primary school is reported to have been buried under the mud with more than 200 pupils missing.
Categories: International

Meteoalarm - As of 11 October, 7.30 UTC

ERC-Flash-Europe - Thu, 11/10/2018 - 09:00
  • On 11 October: red alert for heavy rain and thunderstorms in Liguria region (Italy).
  • On 12 October: no red alert in effect

Central America - Flash floods and mudslides

ERC-Flash-International - Thu, 11/10/2018 - 00:00
    • Flash floods and mudslides across Central America and Cuba and have affected at least 180 000 people since 5 October. At least 18 deaths have been reported (8 in Honduras, 5 in Nicaragua, 4 in El Salvador, 1 in Costa Rica) and thousands of people have been evacuated. More rain is expected in the coming days and weather alerts remain in place for the next 72 hours. Classes have been suspended in Guatemala and in El Salvador.
    • In Cuba, a total of 300 people had to be evacuated in the province of Pinar del Río following the passage of Michael. 86% of the province is without electricity. 300 Red Cross volunteers have been mobilised and the authorities are responding.
Categories: International


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