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Sierra Leone - Floods and landslides (DG ECHO, OCHA)

ERC-Flash-International - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 00:00
  • Five days after the fatal floods and landslides in the Freetown area, rainfall continues. Meanwhile a further district - Bo - has been affected by floods.
  • So far, 409 bodies have been removed from the rubble in 13 communities. 300 of them were buried in a mass burial on 18 August. 330 people are reported injured and 810 missing.
  • DG ECHO expert is on the ground. An UNDAC team will arrive this weekend.
Categories: International

Portugal - Forest fires (Portuguese CP)

ERC-Flash-Europe - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 00:00
  • Situation in Portugal remains without significant changes. As of  18 August there were 126 active fires, with 3 104 personnel and 797 vehicles deployed. All national suitable and available aerial forest firefighting assets are engaged.
  • One of the ground forest firefighting modules (ERICAM – Madrid) provided by Spain left the country on 18 August.
  • On 18 August Spanish FIREGRUS buffer capacity module performed 20 drops on two fires (Mação and Gavião) and the two Canadairs from Spain were engaged in major fire near Mação.
  • Beside assistance provided by Spain through UCPM, Morocco maintains under bilateral agreement one Canadair which is currently operating in the country.

Albania - Fores fires (Albanian CP)

ERC-Flash-Europe - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 00:00
  • On 18 August, Albania issued a request for assistance for one Canadair or a helicopter to respond to a major fire near Voskopoje municipality in the south of the country.
  • Response to the request is pending.

Meteoalarm - As of 19 August, 8:30 UTC (EUMETNET)

ERC-Flash-Europe - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 00:00
  • On 19 August: no Red Alert issued
  • On 20 August: Red Alert for wind in Croatia, Velebit channel region

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, au sujet de la Journée mondiale de l'aide humanitaire 2017

Communiqués de presse - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 12:00
Commission européenne - Déclaration Bruxelles, le 18 août 2017 L'Union européenne (UE) est résolue à garantir la sécurité des travailleurs humanitaires. Chaque année, l'UE célèbre la Journée mondiale de l'aide humanitaire en ajoutant sa voix à la campagne internationale en l'honneur des travailleurs humanitaires qui, jour après jour...

EU: a world leader in helping those affected by crises

Press releases - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 12:00
European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 18 August 2017 When countries face natural disasters such as forest fires, floods and earthquakes or are in need of emergency assistance due to other crises, the EU has a range of funding and emergency response tools to help.

Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the World Humanitarian Day 2017

Press releases - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 12:00
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 18 August 2017 The European Union (EU) is committed to the safety of humanitarian workers. Every year, the EU marks World Humanitarian Day by adding its voice to the global campaign that honours humanitarian workers who, day after day, put their lives on...

Sierra Leone - Flood and Landslides UPDATE

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 09:17
  • The death toll from the floods and massive landslides that affected the suburbs of the capital Freetown on 14 August has now reached 409, with another 600 people still reported missing. 13 communities have been affected, with a total number of 6 200 people directly affected by the event.
Categories: International

Tropical Cyclone HARVEY

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 09:17
  • A new Tropical Cyclone named HARVEY (previously called tropical-17) formed over the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Windward Islands (Lesser Antilles), on 17 August and started moving west-northwest towards the northern Leeward Islands. On 18 August at 06:00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 155 km east of the island of Barbados and 325 Km east-southeast of the island of Saint Lucia with a maximum sustained wind speed of 65 km/h (Tropical Storm).
  • Over the next 48 h, it is forecast to continue moving westward through the Windward Islands and into the eastern Caribbean Sea, strengthening. Heavy rains (up to 100 mm) are forecast across portions of the Windward Islands from Martinique southward to Grenada. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
  • A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the islands of Barbados, Saint Lucia, Martinique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Categories: International

Meteoalarm - As of 18 August, 7:30 UTC

ERC-Flash-Europe - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 09:17
  • On 18 August: Red Alert for high temperatures in northern coastal Croatia 
  • On 19 August: no Red Alert issued

Democratic Republic of Congo, Ubangi provinces – CAR refugees

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 00:00
  • Insecurity in Central African Republic has lead to new influx of people seeking refuge in the region.
  • Over the last week more than 10 000 people have arrived in the town of Yakoma in Nord-Ubangi province. Since mid-May, it is estimated that 65 000 asylum seekers have entered the Northern part of the country in addition to the 103 000 already registered refugees.

Categories: International

Lao PDR - Flood

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 00:00
  • Heavy rainfall in Lao PDR between 25 July and 5 August has resulted in flooding in several provinces, affecting human life, housing, agriculture and infrastructure.
  • The most affected Provinces are Oudomxay, Bolikhamxay, Sekong, Attapeu, Saravane, Champasack, Xayyabuly, Vientiane and Khammoun.
  • Whilst assessments are ongoing, preliminary data indicates that more than 100 000 people have been affected and at least 4 people are reported dead.
Categories: International

Meteoalarm - As of 17 August, 7:30 UTC

ERC-Flash-Europe - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 09:08
  • On 17 August: no Red Alert issued 
  • On 18 August: Red Alert for high temperatures in northern coastal Croatia

Uganda - Population Displacement

ERC-Flash-International - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 00:00
  • The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda has now exceeded 1 million. To date, 51% of all South Sudanese refugees in the region are hosted in the country.
  • Over the past year, an average of 1 800 South Sudanese refugees/asylum seekers have been arriving every day.
    The amount of aid is increasingly falling short; only 21% of the requirement needed (US$674 million) has been made available.
  • The funding shortfall is significantly impacting the abilities to deliver life-saving aid and key basic services. As a result food rations have been cut, health clinics are downscaling their assistance and classes are overcrowded leading to children dropping out of education.
  • To address these emergency needs, the EU has allocated €65 million in 2017 in humanitarian assistance and €20 million for refugee self-reliance building.
Categories: International

Sierra Leone - Floods and Landslides

ERC-Flash-International - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 09:09
  • A massive mudslide, triggered by the heavy rains over the past days, has affected on 14 August the southern (Regent) and southwestern (Lumley and Juba/Kaningo) suburbs of the capital Freetown.
  • According to media, as of 16 august at 07:30 UTC, the death toll has reached more than 300, approx. 600 people were reported missing and more than 3 000 people have been displaced. In addition media reported, as of the same date, extensive damages to houses and roads as well as communication lines and electricity disrupted.
Categories: International

Nepal, Bangladesh, India - Floods

ERC-Flash-International - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 09:09
  • Heavy monsoon rains have caused landslides and floods that killed over 200 people in recent days and displaced at least 2 million more across northern India, southern Nepal and Bangladesh.
  • 31 districts (out of the country's 75) have been affected in Nepal, the worst in the past 15 years.
    A third of Bangladesh is flooded, affecting as many as 3.9 million people in 20 districts. The situation is expected to worsen, as swollen rivers are carrying the flood water from upstream India into the low-lying and densely populated Brahmaputra delta.
  • In India over 11 million people are affected by floods in 60 districts across 4 states.
  • India's meteorological department is forecasting more heavy rain for the region in the coming days.
Categories: International

Meteoalarm - As of 16 August 7.50 UTC

ERC-Flash-Europe - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 09:09
  • On 16 August: no Red Alert issued 
  • On 17 August: no Red Alert issued

Sierra Leone: Floods and landslides

ERC-Flash-International - Tue, 15/08/2017 - 00:00
  • Heavy rainfall in Regent area, Freetown, has caused important floods and landslides. At present, 312 people are reported killed and at least 2 000 have lost their home.
  • Body management is a challenge at this point. Needs assessments are hampered by lack of access for the time being. Needs are expected as regards water, hygiene and sanitation and shelter. The situation is being monitored by DG ECHO. Authorities has so far not requested assistance.

Categories: International

Meteoalarm - As of 15 August 8.50 UTC

ERC-Flash-Europe - Tue, 15/08/2017 - 00:00
  • On 15 August: no Red Alert issued
  • On 16 August: no Red Alert issued

Meteoalarm - As of 14 August 7.30 UTC

ERC-Flash-Europe - Mon, 14/08/2017 - 09:15
  • On 14 August: no Red Alert issued
  • On 15 August: no Red Alert issued

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