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Le commissaire Stylianides en Colombie: plus de 31 millions d'euros d'aide humanitaire annoncés pour l'Amérique latine et les Caraïbes

Communiqués de presse - Sat, 17/03/2018 - 08:00
Commission européenne - Communiqué de presse Bruxelles, le 17 mars 2018 À l'occasion d'un voyage officiel en Colombie pour visiter des projets soutenus par l'UE et rencontrer des représentants du gouvernement, M. Christos Stylianides, commissaire chargé de l'aide humanitaire et de la gestion des crises, a annoncé aujourd'hui une enveloppe de...

Commissioner Stylianides in Colombia: over €31 million in humanitarian aid announced for Latin America and the Caribbean

Press releases - Sat, 17/03/2018 - 08:00
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 17 March 2018 During an official visit to Colombia to visit EU aid projects and meet with government officials, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides has announced today €31 million for humanitarian aid and disaster preparedness for Latin America and the...

Europe - Floods

ERC-Flash-Europe - Sat, 17/03/2018 - 00:00
  • Heavy rains and rising temperatures, leading to melting snow, are affecting large areas of eastern and south-eastern Europe with the European Flood Awareness System reporting raised alert levels in 11 European and neighbouring countries. Worst affected areas are predicted to be Albania and Montenegro, however all Balkan nations have been affected.
  • Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service has been activated in support of Albania where the peak of flooding is expected in the next 24 - 48h, at time of writing 15 maps have been produced.

Australia - Tropical Cyclone MARCUS

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 09:16
  • A new Tropical Cyclone named MARCUS formed over the Timor Sea (Northern Australia) on 15 March and started moving south-west toward the Cobourg Peninsula as a Tropical Storm. On 16 March at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 284 km north-east of Darwin city (Northern Territory State, Australia) and it had maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h.
  • Its centre may reach land on 16 March morning close to Darwin as a Tropical Storm. Over next 48 hours, it is forecast to move over or parallel to the coastal areas of the Northern Territory, strengthening. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has issued, as of 16 March, a warning zone for gales from Wadeye to Cape Fourcroy. Heavy rain could also affect this area.
Categories: International

Mali – Deterioration of food and nutrition situation

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 00:00
  • The food and nutrition situation in Mali continues to deteriorate rapidly due to  a severe and early agro-pastoral lean season following two consecutive difficult years. The projected number of people requiring urgent food assistance has increased by 80% compared to initial projections reaching more than 1.4 million and the expected number of children under five with severe acute malnutrition in 2018 has increased by 68% reaching 275 000.
  • Against a background of decreasing humanitarian funds for the forgotten crisis in Mali, the estimated funding gap for food assistance in the worst case scenario could reach USD 195 million and for nutritional therapeutic inputs USD 7.6 million.
Categories: International

Floods and flood warnings reported during the last 24 hours by national services

ERC-Flash-Europe - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 00:00
  • Albania: alert level 3/3 for Shkoder region.
  • Belarus: alert level 1/1 on Pripyat river.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: alert level 1/2 on Sava rivers.
  • Bulgaria: alert level 1/2 on many stations across the whole territory (as reported on 15 March).
  • Croatia: alert level 4/4 on Lika river, 3/4 on Vransko jezero, Sava, Una, Cesma and Kupa rivers and alert level 2/4 on several stations across the country.
  • Italy: alert level 2/3 for Emilia Romagna, Tuscana and Liguria regions.
  • Poland: alert level 3/3 on Jez. Ros river.
  • Romania: 3/3 alert level on several western Danube tributaries.
  • Serbia: 2/3 alert level on Juzna Morava river.
  • Slovenia: alert level Sava, Krka and Radesca rivers.
  • Ukraine: alert level 2/3 on Latorica, Stokhid and Styr rivers.
  • United Kingdom: alert level 2/3 on the Clyst and Washford rivers (Southwest England).

Madagascar, La Reunion - Tropical Cyclone ELIAKIM

ERC-Flash-International - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 09:09
  • A new Tropical Cyclone named ELIAKIM formed over the South-West Indian Ocean on 14 March. Then it started moving south-west toward the north-eastern of Madagascar as a Tropical Storm. On 15 March at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 500 km north-east of Antalaha (Sava Region, Madagascar) and it had maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h. The BNGRC bulletin of 15 March indicates that the average winds had risen to 80 Km/h with gusts of 110 Km/h.
  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to keep moving toward north-eastern Madagascar, strengthening. Its centre may reach the southeastern coast of Sava region or the northeastern Analanjirofo region on 16 March morning UTC, possibly as an intense Tropical Storm. Heavy rain, storm surges and strong winds may affect northern and central Madagascar and La Reunion over 15-19 March.
  • As of 15 March, Meteo Madagascar has issued a cyclone alert yellow for the regions of Diana, Sava, Sofia, Analanjirofo, Atsinanana, Alaotra and Mangoro and Tsaratanana. They have also published a red alert for heavy rain and strong winds in the central-eastern and northern areas of the country.
  • According to local media, as of 15 March, several areas of the district of Ambatondrazaka (Alaotra-Mangoro Region) have been flooded and dozens have been evacuated.

Categories: International

Romania - Flood

ERC-Flash-Europe - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 09:09
  • Heavy rain has affected Romania over the past few days, causing floods, landslides and damage.
  • According to national authorities, as of 15 March at 7.00 UTC, seven people have been rescued from floods in the district of Brasov (Transylvania region), at least 500 houses have been flooded and several roads and bridges have been affected in the districts of Bacau, Brasov, Covasna, Mures, Harghita, Teleorman and Vaslui. They also reported that at least 300 people have been preventatively evacuated in the town of Capeni, in the Covasna district and village of Augustin, in the Brasov district, due to the risk of river banks failing due to the overflow of the Olt river.
  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate to locally heavy rain could still impact the already affected area.

Burkina Faso - Violence causing reduced healthcare access / displacements

ERC-Flash-International - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 00:00
  • Attacks by unidentified armed groups in 5 communes of the Sahel region (North of Burkina Faso) have led to the closure of 5 health centers out of 21, and 4 others are only providing minimal services, immediately affecting a population of 60 307 people and 6 500 refugees living in the area.
  • Violence also led to the displacement of 12 095 persons fleeing the Province of Soum (Sahel region), who mainly headed southwards.
Categories: International

Kenya – Influx of Ethiopian asylum seekers due to internal violence

ERC-Flash-International - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 00:00
  • In an apparent response to a clash between the Ethiopian military and regional authorities of Oromia State in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian military opened fire on the civilian population leading to 13 deaths, 20 injuries and 16 reported missing.
  • The aftermath of this armed encounter has resulted in the displacement of approximately 8 200 people (over 95% are women and children) fleeing serious unrest in their areas of origin to neighbouring Kenya (Moyale county).
  • Their needs are significant, including medical treatment, food, water, sanitation facilities and shelter. The lack of water and the overall poor sanitation situation is a reason for great concern regarding a possible outbreak of cholera. Security concerns have also been expressed by the asylum seekers, of whom the majority are residing in four makeshift campsites situated quite close to the border.
  • Given the ongoing situation in their country of origin, it is expected that more asylum seekers may arrive. DG ECHO is already responding through its partners active in the region and ready to provide immediate humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable.
Categories: International

Australia - Tropical Cyclone LINDA

ERC-Flash-International - Wed, 14/03/2018 - 09:01
  • Tropical Cyclone LINDA continued moving south-west, slightly weakening. On 14 March at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 560 km north-east of Bundaberg (Queensland State, Australia) and 800 km west of Pouembout city (North Province, New Caledonia). It had max. sustained winds of 83 km/h. 
  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to keep moving south-west toward Queensland (Australia), weakening. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge may still affect Queensland State (Australia) over 14-16 March.
Categories: International

Croatia - Landslide

ERC-Flash-Europe - Wed, 14/03/2018 - 09:01
  • Heavy rain and snowfall have been affecting the country over the past month. 
  • According to media, as of 14 March, a landslide occurred in the city of Hrvatska Kostajnica (Central Croatia Region) triggered by snowmelt. The landslide damaged several houses. As of the same date, no injuries or casualties were reported.
  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate rain may still affect the already affected areas of the country.
  • Currently, experts are assessing the situation in the field. The assessment will define the future activities to be conducted in Hrvatska Kostajnica.

Kazakhstan - Heavy rain

ERC-Flash-International - Tue, 13/03/2018 - 09:00
  • Heavy rain and snowfall have been affecting the eastern areas of the country over the past few days, causing floods.
  • As media reported, on 13 March, at least 400 people were evacuated in the district of Ayagoz (East Kazakhstan Region) and over 140 houses were damaged to different degrees in the regional capital Oskemen, as well as in the districts of Ayagoz, Glubokoye, Kurshim, Zaisan, and Urzhar.
  • Over the next 24 hours, localised rain and snowfall could still affect some of the already affected areas.
Categories: International

Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Australia - Tropical Cyclone LINDA

ERC-Flash-International - Tue, 13/03/2018 - 09:00
  • Tropical Cyclone LINDA formed over Coral Sea (south of Solomon Island) on 12 March and started moving south, strengthening. On 13 March at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 500 km north-west of Panan city (Pott island, New Caledonia) and it had maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm).
  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to move south-west between the eastern coast of Queensland (Australia) and New Caledonia, slightly strengthening. Heavy rain, strong winds and a storm surge may affect New Caledonia and Queensland State (Australia) during the period 13-16 March.
Categories: International

Democratic Republic of Congo – Escalating conflict

ERC-Flash-International - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00
  • The conflict between the communities of Hema (herders) and Lendu (farmers) is escalating in the province of Ituri in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), close to Uganda. Up to 390 000 people have become displaced since the violence flared up in December 2017. The territory of Djugu is particularly affected, with whole villages burnt down and many dozens of people killed. A proliferation of arms is being reported, fuelling the conflict.
  • A USD 9.3 million flash appeal has been launched by the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to cover the emergency needs of 50 000 newly displaced people in and around the city of Bunia. The focus of the assistance is on protection, food security, emergency shelter and non-food emergency items, as well as health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene.
  • In Djugu itself, the security situation and the humanitarian access are most difficult and reduce the capacity of humanitarian actors to provide adequate assistance to people in need. Aid organisations already operating in the province are doing their best to provide life-saving assistance but facing security as well as funding challenges.
  • The conflict is also creating food insecurity. Farmers are not able to till their fields. Herders cannot move around. Access to local markets is difficult. People suddenly rely on food assistance for survival.
  • The influx of Congolese into Uganda is also continuing. Fleeing the violence in Ituri, but also in North Kivu, approximately 47 000 Congolese have crossed the border into Uganda since the beginning of 2018 (with over 60% from Ituri). So far, the delivery of services has not kept up with the pace of the influx. The total number of Congolese refugees in Uganda is around 250 000.
Categories: International

Chad – Spill-over of CAR (Central African Republic) crisis (DG ECHO, UNHCR)

ERC-Flash-International - Sat, 10/03/2018 - 00:00
  • Continuing violence in the north-west of CAR has caused an influx of more than 22 000 new refugees in southern Chad since December 2017. Half of them are children. This influx is in addition to the 71 000 refugees who fled in previous years. The newly arrived refugees are hosted in over 40 villages and four refugee camps, increasing the pressure on already vulnerable population in areas with minimum access to basic services and high food insecurity. Furthermore, there are 5 000 people who have crossed the border and currently waiting to be registered. The number of people awaiting registration is expected to increase further.
  • Including with DG ECHO support, an emergency humanitarian response is being put in place to identify and register the refugees and cover their basic needs regarding food assistance and household items. Important gaps remain, however, in covering their longer term needs in protection, health, water and sanitation and shelter.

Categories: International

Sahel food crisis (DG ECHO, FAO, WFP, UNICEF)

ERC-Flash-International - Sat, 10/03/2018 - 00:00
  • According to a joint FAO, UNICEF and WFP analysis, the combination of drought, conflicts and high staple food prices is affecting 2.5 million pastoralist and agro-pastoralists across the Sahel region. This has led to early movement of nomadic herders and high concentration of livestock, accompanied already  by evidence of depletion of natural resources.
  • Latest estimates indicate that 6.8 million people are at risk of requiring emergency food assistance between June and September 2018 in Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad. This represents a 60% increase compared to the latest Cadre Harmonisé food security figures (November 2017).
  • A complementary analysis carried out by Unicef and WFP shows a high risk of increase in the number of children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition, up to 46% compared to 2017. In the worst case scenario, 1.6 million children under 5 will be in need of emergency life-saving nutrition treatment in six Sahel countries.
Categories: International

New Caledonia - Tropical Cyclone HOLA Update

ERC-Flash-International - Sat, 10/03/2018 - 00:00
  • Tropical cyclone HOLA impacted on 9 March between 16:00 and 23:00 (02:00 and 09:00 local time) the Loyalty Islands, generating winds of 110 km/h and some rains on site.
  • On the morning of 10 March, HOLA was 180 kilometers south of Maré and continues moving southeast, toward the North Island of New Zealand, disintegrating to a strong tropical depression.
  • No casualties have been reported in New Caledonia, and damage to infrastructure is minimal. All cyclone alerts have been lifted since 03:00 (13:00 local time).
Categories: International

Meteoalarm Red Alerts

ERC-Flash-Europe - Sat, 10/03/2018 - 00:00
  • For 10 March: red alert for strong winds in northern Spain.
  • For 11 March: red alert for strong winds in northern Spain and coastal events in Portugal.

Mozambique, Malawi - 5.6 M earthquake

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 09/03/2018 - 09:24
  • An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 M at a depth of 25 km hit central Mozambique (Zambesia Province) in an area close to the border with Malawi on 8 March at 9.49 UTC. Approximately 3 million people live within a 100 km radius of the epicenter which was located 26 km northeast of Nsanje (Southern Region, Malawi). USGS PAGER estimated a shaking up to "very strong" for 22 000 people and "strong" for 63 000 people. 
  • An aftershock of 5.2 M at a depth of 10 km occurred a few minutes later, approximately 10 km south of the first earthquake. 
  • According to the national authorities of Malawi, several people have been slightly injured and several houses have been damaged in the area of Nyasa.
Categories: International


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