Guatemala – Earthquake (ECHO, CONRED, GDACS, media)
- On 7 November, at 16:35 UTC (10:35 LT), an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 on the Richter scale, occurred at a depth of 41 km off the Pacific coast of Guatemala and was felt in Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador.
- The most affected country is Guatemala, the poorest country in the region, where damage is reported in the south-western region of the country, especially in the departments of Quetzaltenango (pop.624,716) and San Marcos (pop. more than 1 million), which are in Red Alert, as well as Sololá. Retalhuleu, Totonicapán and Quiche have also been affected.
- According to CONRED, more than 17.000 people have been affected, 48 people are dead, 29 are missing, and 5 are injured. 154 people are in shelters. Ten main roads have been damaged and one has been destroyed. In San Marcos alone, some 400 houses have been damaged with preliminary rapid needs assessments indicating that at least 106 houses are severely damaged. Sections of the Pan-American Highway have been affected, where there are reports of landslides. Telephone communications collapsed nationwide, but are gradually being restored. The Ministry of Energy and Mines reports 73,000 people currently without electricity.
- In the department of San Marcos an estimated 75 per cent of the population lives in rural mountainous areas, in poor quality housing, which means that the figures of affected people could rise in the next hours.
- So far, national authorities have not requested international assistance. DG ECHO is deploying a team to the affected area in order to assess the extent of the humanitarian needs.
Guatemala – Food Insecurity (ECHO)
- In the months of July and August 2012, Guatemala was affected by a meteorological drought which, to date, has affected 18 out of the 22 departments in the country. The drought has destroyed half of this year's crops of maize and beans in the affected areas, and early estimates by the Ministry of Agriculture show losses of at least US$10 million, affecting up to 47,196 households (approx. 242,490 individuals). As a result, a slight increase in acute malnutrition is expected in most parts of the country in the months to come.
- In October, there were significant amounts of rainfall in much of the country, but these cannot compensate for the effects of the drought spell in July and August, which is likely to have an irreversible impact on the harvest due in the 3rd quarter of 2012.
- According to WFP, contributions are urgently needed to enable the agency to build up an adequate food stock.
Myanmar - Displacement (ECHO, OCHA)
- The government of Myanmar reports that the total estimated number of IDPs in Rakhine has reached over 110,000 people, including some 36,400 people displaced in October.
- Inter-agency rapid needs assessment was conducted in most IDP locations in Minbya, Mrauk-U, Myebon, Pauktaw, Kyauktaw and Rathedaung townships.
- Emergency relief supplies were distributed, including food and plastic sheeting to some 27,200 people.
- Preliminary findings of the assessments indicate that urgent needs are food, shelter and WASH.
Indonesia - Flooding (ECHO)
- A series of heavy downpours has led to flooding in many parts of Indonesia, damaging houses and crops during the last few weeks.
- In Serdang Bedagai Regency in North Sumatra Province, at least 1,842 houses were flooded.
- Flooding along the Alopohu River in Gorontalo has also displaced residents in West Limboto sub-district.
USA – Severe weather (NOAA, US government, Department of Energy)
- A low pressure system is moving northward off the Atlantic coast of NE US, passing off the New Jersey coast. As of early 8 November, a winter storm warning, high winds and coastal flood warnings were still in effect for some areas of New Jersey and New York states. Media reports 10 cm of snow in Staten Island (NY City) and five NOAA gauges on the Atlantic coast (in New Jersey and NY States) indicate minor flooding.
- Due to the passage of Sandy, as of 7 November (UTC), ca. 9,700 people in 5 states were still housed in ca. 150 shelters and ca. 650,000 customers, as of 20:00 UTC, were without power in 4 states, most in NY state (240,326) and New Jersey (383,143); a power outage increase by 22,000 people was reported due to the new storm in the evening of 7 November.
- Heavy rains in Huelva, Spain – Orange Alert
- Coastal event (strong winds) in Eastern Gulf of Finland – Orange Alert
Floods – Reported floods during the last 24 hours by National services (EFAS)
- Major flooding in Slovenia on 5-6 November affecting various rivers, in particular the Drava at the border of Austria and Slovenia (near Lavamuend). River levels in Slovenia are decreasing and the flood wave in the Drava is travelling downstream through Croatia.
- In Finland - ongoing high discharges and water levels in various rivers, including the Kymi, in southern Finland.
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