Jordan – Syrian refugees crisis (ECHO)
- Within the framework of assistance operations for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Denmark has made an offer of 35,000 blankets for the Za'atri refugee camp, which will add to the assistance previously provided by Austria, Luxemburg, Norway and Slovakia through the European Civil Protection Mechanism.
- The Danish offer has been readily accepted as the blankets are deemed essential by the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization both for the increasing influx of refugees and the winterization of the camp.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – update (ECHO)
- The armed group M23 has entered Goma on 19 November. Fighting was reported on 20 November in the morning, amidst confusion as to the exact situation in the town.
- About 80,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) arrived in/around Goma from the Kanyaruchinya IDP site and surroundings, from which about 3,000 in Mugunga 3 IDP Camp (room left for only 200 families) and 4,000 in the Don Bosco Center. Many are in schools, churches and public places; others are homeless in the streets.
- One major concern is potential cholera outbreak, as epidemic was on-going in the Kanyaruchinya IDP site (60 cases/day) from which thousands have fled towards Goma, where water supply has been dysfunctional since in the past days.
Sudan – Yellow fever (ECHO)
- WHO reports that a suspected outbreak of yellow fever has spread to 26 localities in Darfur. As of 17 November, the total number of cases has reached 459, including 116 deaths. If not treated, up to 50% of people infected may die.
- A yellow fever vaccination campaign to cover more than 2.4 million people in the affected areas is under way; the first batch of 800,000 doses of vaccine arrived on 16 November.
- The Ministry of Health suspects that yellow fever cases have also reached other States of Sudan, as well as neighbouring countries.
Sudan/South Sudan – Return process (ECHO)
- Ongoing joint operation by IOM and UNHCR to airlift almost 1,400 people of South Sudanese origin from Khartoum to South Sudan is expected to be finalised by 20 November.
- According to IOM, more than two million people of South Sudanese origin have returned from Sudan to South Sudan since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in January 2005. In 2012, the number of returns stands at some 135,000 people.
Tanzania – Closure of Mtabila refugee camp (ECHO)
- By 17 November, 12,000 ex refugees had been repatriated from Mtabila refugee camp, Tanzania, to Burundi in less than three weeks. At the current rate of repatriation, the operation will be over by the end of November.
- The operation has proceeded much more smoothly than anticipated, with no reported incidents of serious violence and an increasing willingness on the part of camp residents to return.
- Increase in daily rates of return from 600 to 1,500 in the space of 10 days is causing concern: saturation on the Burundian side, leading to possible errors; convoys travelling without passenger manifests; protection concerns given a lower priority.
- The key focus will very quickly switch to ensuring that the returnees are well reintegrated in Burundi, so that there is no drift back into Tanzania. At present very little is being done with regard to assistance for longer term reintegration
Meteoalarm – Orange Alerts
- Heavy rains and thunderstorms in central-eastern and southern Italy and in most of Greece (except NE parts) – Orange Alert
- Strong winds in Puglia, Italy – Orange Alert
- Low visibility in northern Montenegro and in northern Poland – Orange Alert
Spain – Severe weather (GDACS, Local Media)
- Heavy rains have affected southern Spain on 16-18 November, causing some flooding in the province of Malaga. According to local media, flooded streets were reported in Malaga city and about 30 families have been evacuated in the province.
UK –Severe weather (BBC)
- On 19 November, heavy rains have affected parts of Scotland. According to media, a river burst its banks at Comrie, near Crieff, causing some flooding; about 200 people were affected, about 100 homes were at risk from flooding and some residents were evacuated. Some streets were also reported flooded in Aberfoyle.
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