Australia – Tropical Cyclone RUSTY (GDACS, BOM)
- At 18:00 UTC on 25 February RUSTY had a max. sustained winds speed of 138 km/h and its centre was located ca. 130 km N of the coast.
- The centre of RUSTY is forecast to move SSW, strengthening and it might reach the coast of Pilbara on 27 February early morning (UTC).
- As of early 26 February (UTC), a Cyclone Warning is in effect for coastal areas from Bidyadanga to Mardie and a Red Alert for the people in or near communities between Pardoo and Whim Creek. Very heavy rains and strong winds might affect parts of Pilbara and Kimberley.
- JRC storm surge model (as of 18:00 UTC 25 February data) estimates a possible storm surge of the order of 1.2-1.6m in the coastal area near Pardoo, NE of Port Hedland, for 26 February evening (UTC).
Madagascar – Tropical Cyclone HARUNA (GDACS, BNGRC, AFP)
- Latest figures (as of 25 February) of the damage, due to of the passage of HARUNA in southern Madagascar on 22-23 February, show: 18 dead (two in Morombe, one in Betioky Sud, 11 in Toliara I, three in Vangaindrano and one in Sakaraha), 16 missing, 81 injured, 9965 homeless, 1120 homes completely destroyed, 2776 unroofed and 1438 flooded.
Sudan / South Sudan border – Displacement (ECHO)
- Preliminary findings from the latest tracking report of people returning to the disputed Abyei area reveal that out of more than 21,000 people having returned since July 2012, only 56% were found in their places of origin.
- These findings suggest that although more people are returning to Abyei, the number of those staying there permanently may be declining. It is thought that people are moving back and forth between locations of return and displacement, probably because families are split up between Abyei and areas of displacement, due to insecurity in the area.
South Sudan – Inter-communal violence (ECHO)
- At least 14,000 people were affected by inter-communal clashes in Akobo County, Jonglei State, on 8 February, "scores of people killed" according to the UN.
- 10,600 people were affected by clashes in Ulan County in Upper Nile State. Health organisations are looking after the wounded and an inter-agency humanitarian assessment has identified food and household items as the most urgent needs.
- Inter-communal clashes near Rumbek in Lakes State have left 36 people dead, according to local authorities.
- 20 people have died in clashes between three communities in Tonj in Warrap State, according to local authorities.
Democratic Republic of Congo – Conflict (ECHO)
- Tensions in Oïcha (Beni territory in North Kivu) between Ugandan ADF Nalu rebel group and the Congolese Army (FARDC). One soldier killed and three wounded in two ambushes by rebels.
- Heavy gunfire was heard in the city of Kitchanga (Masisi territory, North Kivu) and in Ruthsuru (North Kivu) during the weekend. No clear information on the source of the attacks. Clashes between armed groups and elements of M23 or FARDC are reported. Four civilians were killed as well as four militiamen of the M23, and many wounded.
- Eleven African countries in the presence of the Secretary General of the UN signed in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) yesterday, a framework agreement for the return of peace in eastern DRC.
Democratic Republic of Congo – Storm (ECHO)
- More than 200 fishermen are missing presumed drowned after the storm that hit Lake Tanganyika on the night of 18 February to 19 February according to the Committee of Fishermen on Lake Tanganyika (COPELTA).
Rwanda – Severe Weather (ECHO)
- Flash floods have affected hundreds of farming households in northern and western Rwanda, increasing the risk of food insecurity in those areas. The floods started in early February, the result of torrential rains that have also led to soil erosion. In one of the affected areas, 35,000 tons of sugar cane were destroyed. 85% of households cultivate land and rely on agriculture or livestock as their main, and often only, livelihood activity.
Meteoalarm – as of 26 February 07:00 UTC
- Ice and snow in eastern and southern Austria, northern Spain – Orange Alert
- Low temperatures in NE Spain – Orange Alert
- Thunderstorm in NE Greece – Orange Alert
- Heavy rains in eastern Serbia and eastern Austria – Orange Alert
Floods in Europe (EFAS)
- SK: In southern Slovakia in the lower part of Nitra, Ipel and Rimava water level reached first Alert level.
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