Jordan – Syrian refugee influx (ECHO)
- As of 26 September, UNHCR reports 94,716 Syrians in Jordan receiving assistance, 29,793 of which are awaiting registration in the Za'atri refugee camp.
- According to Jordanian Government estimates, the total number of Syrian refugees in the country (both in camps and communities) is more than 200,000.
- ECHO MIC deployed an EU Civil Protection team (EUCPT) on 24 September to liaise with the main stakeholders on site and to follow developments on the ground.
- After meetings with the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization, THW, UN Resident Coordinator, UNICEF and WFP, the team reported that the priority needs identified so far are winterized items like pre-fabricated shelters, heaters and blankets.
- The EUCP team will undertake a mission to the Za'atri camp on 27 September.
East Thailand/West Cambodia – Floods (ECHO)
- Floods continued in northern and eastern Thailand. Heavy rain in Bangkok on 25 September resulted in flooding of several parts of the capital.
- According to the Thai Public Health Ministry, due to flooding many people are diagnosed with water borne diseases.
- On 19 September, flash floods hit O’Chrov (Poipet) and Malai Districts in Banteay Meanchey (border areas between Cambodia and Thailand).
- On the Cambodian side, some 50,000 people were affected; the number is likely to increase as rainfall continues. Initial needs relate to food, water, sanitation and health. People's coping capacities are stretched due to last year's floods and the border conflict with Thailand. Initial response from the Cambodian Red Cross and international NGOs.
- ECHO Bangkok deployed a rapid needs assessment mission on 26 September.
Central America – Drought (ECHO)
- During the month of July, four Central American countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua) experienced extended drought and a long-lasting heat wave (canícula).
- Different areas have suffered from a lack of rain during the crop production cycle, affecting subsistence farmers who are heavily dependent on their crops as part of their food source. The farmers are suffering losses of maize and bean production.
- The lowest precipitation rates were recorded with values between 50 and 75% below normal rainfall, affecting mainly the north-eastern part of Guatemala, central, southern and eastern parts of Honduras and extending to the Pacific coast of Nicaragua and El Salvador. In addition, there was only a moderate presence of El Niño aggravating the situation, especially in the Dry Corridor. Simultaneously, these countries also experienced cases of floods, heavy rains and cold waves.
- As a result, it is expected that food insecurity will further increase in the affected areas, which are already among the most food insecure in Central America. The situation in Guatemala and Honduras is worrying, and in El Salvador and Nicaragua it could quickly worsen. Some food distributions are taking place in Guatemala, to bridge the gap before the next harvest in October-November. If this late harvest does not produce the expected yield, the food deficit in 2013 will be critical.
Bangladesh – Floods/Additional funding (ECHO)
- Following the heavy rains over the past week and poor water drainage system, low lying areas of Satkira district in south-west Bangladesh are water logged. This has affected over 15,000 families and displaced about 500 families. ECHO Bangladesh carried out a Needs Assessment mission from 23-26 September.
- On-going floods in Assam (India) may cause flooding in the Brahmaputra river system in north-west Bangladesh.
- ECHO is providing additional funding of €4 million on its HIP 2012. This new funding will ensure the continuation of emergency assistance to the people of Bangladesh affected by the monsoon floods and landslides which hit the south-eastern part of the country in June-July. The aid is expected to reach over 250,000 victims, with a particular emphasis on the most vulnerable, including women, children, the elderly, the disabled and the marginalised.
Tropical Cyclone JELAWAT-12 (GDACS, PAGASA, NDRRMC, Taiwan Weather Bureau, NASA, JMA)
- On 26 September, JELAWAT moved NW off the cost of Philippines, remaining very strong. On 27 September at 00:00 UTC, it was a Typhoon with a max sustained wind speed of 241 km/h. Its centre was located about 300 km SE-E of Batanes Islands (Philippines) and about 500km S of Yaeyama Island (Japan). It was moving NW-N over open water.
- JELAWAT has enhanced the SW Monsoon, causing locally moderate to heavy rainfall in the Philippines.
- In the next 24h, the centre of JELAWAT is forecast to continue moving NW, slightly weakening, passing E of Batanes Islands (Philippines) on 27 September. It is forecast to turn NE on 28 September, moving towards the Japanese Islands of Yaeyama, Miyako and Okinawa.
- A weather warning for heavy rain was in effect for eastern Taiwan.
- The Japanese Islands of Yaeyama, Miyako and Okinawa might be affected by strong winds and heavy rainfall on 28-29 September.
- Heavy rain in Italy in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Toscana and Veneto, in southern and eastern Switzerland, in Madeira (Portugal), in western Slovenia– Orange Alert
- Strong winds in north-eastern Austria and in northern Slovakia – Orange alert
Spain – Forest Fires (Spanish CP)
- As of 26 September evening, the fire (Level 1) in Chulilla (Valencia) was stabilized.
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