Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – Displacement and conflict (ECHO)
- 2.4 million people have been displaced in DRC with 651,000 people displaced for the first time in 2012 (285,000 newly displaced people in the third quarter of 2012 in the Kivus ) and 335.000 people "re-displaced" in 2012 (OCHA 10/2012).
- The armed wing of the Movement of March 23 (M23), which operates since May in the eastern DRC, was renamed the Congo's Revolutionary Army and the group promises to respond to any attack by loyalist forces.
- Clashes between the Congolese armed forces and Mai Mai combatants Raïa Mutomboki resumed on 20 October on the axis Itebero-Walikale in North Kivu. Local sources and organization members of the civil society deplore various violations of human rights. All socio-economic activities are paralyzed in this sector.
Chad – Floods (ECHO)
- ECHO experts made an assessment on the flood affected areas from 16 to 18 October. 466.000 people are reported to have been affected by the floods over 16 regions, the most important ones since 1961. The flood situation on the ground is gradually improving, with water levels receding now even in N’Djamena. The populations who had been displaced are gradually returning to their places of origin, south of N’Djamena.
South Sudan – Epidemics (ECHO)
- In South Sudan, the Ministry of Health has reported 928 confirmed cases of Hepatitis E and 23 deaths since the disease appeared in May this year.
Caribbean Sea – Tropical Storm SANDY (GDACS, NOAA)
- SANDY formed in the Caribbean Sea on 22 October. As of 03h00 UTC on 23 October it is a tropical storm (max sust. wind speed of 74 km/h) and its centre was located about 580 km SSW of Jamaica.
- A tropical storm watch is in effect for Jamaica and Haiti. According to NOAA, it is expected to produce total rain amounts of 120-250 mm (with possible isolated max of 400 mm) across Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic and eastern Cuba.
- In the next 24h it is forecast to move N, slightly strengthening and its centre might cross Jamaica on 24-25 October, then move towards eastern Cuba.
Pacific Ocean - Tropical Depression OFEL (PAGASA, NDRRMC)
- On 22 October a tropical depression, known in the Philippines as OFEL, formed in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Philippines. Early 23 October (UTC) its center was located about 300 km E of Surigao Del Sur (Mindanao).
- In the next 24h its center is forecast to move W, towards the Philippines. As of 03h00 UTC on 23 October, a public storm warning signal (winds of 30-60 km/h within the next 36h) is in effect for parts of north-eastern Mindanao and eastern Visayas.
Fact Sheets updates:
Meteoalarm – Orange Alerts
- Snow and Ice in northern Finland – Orange Alert
- Thunderstorms in north-eastern, central and south-eastern Greece – Orange Alert
- Low visibility conditions in southern Poland – Orange Alert
- High waves in the Azores, Portugal – Orange Alert
- Heavy rains and strong winds in Madeira, Portugal – Orange Alert
- Heavy rains in southern Corse, France – Orange Alert
Floods in Europe - (EFAS)
- High water levels in several rivers and lakes in southern Finland.
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