Sudan – Conflict (ECHO)
- Darfur - increase in inter-tribal fighting as a result of farmers and nomads seeking to benefit from the seasonal rains by cultivating crops or grazing livestock on the same tracts of land.
South Sudan – Hepatitis/Refugees (ECHO)
- Hepatitis E cases in refugee camps in Upper Nile are again on the increase. Humanitarian organizations are investigating to assess the situation and ensure an appropriate response.
- A new refugee settlement will open shortly in Unity State to host the continuing inflow of refugees from South Kordofan State, Sudan, and to relieve congestion in the existing settlement in Yida, where essential services are overstretched and serious protection concerns remain.
- An average of 300 people are arriving every day in Yida. UNHCR is anticipating the arrival of 60,000 more refugees between now and the end of the dry season (May).
Democratic Republic of the Congo – Conflict (ECHO)
- In North Kivu, South Kivu and Katanga, various armed groups (mainly Mai-Mai groups) remain very active and regular clashes with the Congolese army are being reported. The numbers of displaced people are still growing. There are now more than 2.5 million IDPs in the country as a whole, including 914,000 in North Kivu, 878,000 in South Kivu and 277,000 in Katanga.
- In South Kivu 35,000 people have fled violent conflict over the past few weeks between the Congolese army and a local militia, Raïa Mutomboki: more than 5,800 households have been displaced from the territory of Walungu.
- On 26 January, the mayor of Goma accused the M23 rebels of creating insecurity in several parts of the territory of Nyiragongo, on the outskirts of the city. He claimed that five people have been killed recently during robberies committed by the rebels.
- 4,000 new Congolese refugees have arrived in Rwanda in recent weeks, to a situation where the existing refugee camps are already overcrowded because of lack of space.
- The talks between the DRC Government and the M23 rebels in Kampala seem to have come to a standstill. M23 insists on discussing political issues and demands the installation of a transition council, which is totally unacceptable to the Government.
Burundi – Market fire (ECHO)
- In the early hours of 27 January, a violent fire broke out in Bujumbura Central Market; accidental causes are suspected.
- Six dead and a dozen injured, mostly with respiratory complications.
- The local Red Cross intervened promptly and evacuated the injured to hospital. If there are further serious casualties, ICRC and MSF are able to provide technical medical help.
- The fire is still smouldering. Economic damage will be very substantial in this very poor country. Already basic food prices have risen by 10-15% since the fire.
Mozambique – Floods (OCHA)
- The toll due to the floods in Gaza Province (mainly in Chokwe and Guija districts) in southern Mozambique is still rising. As of 28 January, there were ca. 40 dead, 150,000 people in shelters and an estimated 250,000 people were affected. Rescue and evacuation operations were still under way.
Turkey – Landslide (AFP, Local Media)
- A landslide, due to the heavy rains of the last few days, hit a sports facility in the province of Sirnak in south eastern Turkey late on 27 January. According to media (as of 28 January), at least seven people were killed, three injured and four missing.
Seychelles – Floods and landslides (AFP, Local Media, WMO)
- Heavy rains in the last few days affected Seychelles, causing flooding and landslides. At the Seychelles International Airport ca. 118 mm of rain was observed between 18:00 UTC on 27 January and 18:00 UTC on 28 January. According to media (as of 28 January), three districts of the main islands were particularly affected, with flooding reported in more than 150 houses. No casualties reported.
Western Indian Ocean – Tropical Cyclone FELLENG (GDACS, Meteo France - Reunion, NASA)
- FELLENG (previously THIRTEEN), formed on 26 January in the western Indian Ocean, moved W towards Madagascar, strengthening. At 00:00 UTC on 29 January, its centre was located ca. 700 km E of northern Madagascar and ca. 800 km NNE of La Reunion, and it had a max. sust. wind speed of 121 km/h (equivalent to a Category 1 Hurricane). In the next 24-48h it is forecast to move W-SW over open waters, strengthening; later on its centre is forecast to turn SW-S, moving over water off the eastern coast of Madagascar.
Meteoalarm – as of 07:30 UTC 29 January
- Strong winds in Sachsen and Sachsen-Anhalt (Germany) – Orange Alert
- Heavy rains in SW England (UK) – Orange Alert
- Coastal events in NW Spain and in NW France – Orange Alert
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