Ethiopia – Food Insecurity (ECHO)
- Following two consecutive, poorly-distributed rainy seasons and a well below average harvest in October/November 2012, the food security in East and West Hararghe Zones has deteriorated into a crisis situation. In the same vein, poor households in several southern woredas of SNNPR region are facing an early start of the lean season as the harvest stocks have been exhausted earlier than usual.
- Below-normal to normal March to May rains are forecasted over much of north-eastern and south-eastern regions. Poor rains in pastoral areas are expected to translate into poor pasture availability and poor refilling of water sources, most probably leading the majority of pastoral areas to be classified in Crisis by April 2013.
Nigeria – Protection (ECHO)
- At least 3,000 people were killed in Northern Nigeria since the beginning of 2009 by the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, including most recently nine female polio vaccinators and three Asian doctors. This is combined with rising tensions between pastoral and agricultural groups to access scarcer natural resources.
- The overall climate of civil insecurity seriously constrains humanitarian access in the North East and increasingly in the whole North of the country, and necessitates increasing attention to humanitarian protection issues. The seven French tourists kidnapped in Cameroon on 19 February were reportedly been taken into Nigeria where they are being held by a terrorist group linked to Boko Haram.
Madagascar – Cyclone Haruna (ECHO)
- Latest reports of the damages caused by the cyclone Haruna (22-23 February) note more than 40,000 people directly affected, among them 26 dead, 16 missing, 127 injured, 13,882 homeless, and 7,402 homes completely destroyed, 2,808 unroofed and 5,094 flooded.
Libya - Conflict (IOM)
- While the timely intervention and transportation of migrants who returned to their home countries as a result of the conflict in Libya in 2011 prevented an immediate humanitarian crisis from occurring on Libya’s borders, the return of vast numbers of migrants to their home countries was not without consequences (few job opportunities, challenges in adjusting back to family and community life, etc.), according to the International Organization for Migration that issued on 5 March a policy brief update on this topic. This report first reviews the current situation of returnees and then examines the measures taken to support them.
Ecuador – Severe weather (Local Media, SNGR, WMO)
- Heavy rainfall continues to affect Ecuador; rainfall of 60 to 120mm was measured in a number of places in the west of the country. Local media report floods in all eight western provinces; as of 8 March, 18 evacuation centres have been opened, housing 638 people. Four cantons in the SW province of El Oro and one in Manabi in the NW have been declared in a state of emergency.
SW Pacific – Tropical Cyclone SANDRA (GDACS, WMO, Solomon Islands Meteo)
- SANDRA formed on 7 March off the eastern coasts of Australia and started moving E-SE, strengthening. At 00:00 UTC on 8 March it was a Tropical Storm with a max. sustained wind speed of 84 km/h and its centre was located ca. 700km SW of the main group of Solomon Islands and ca. 1,000km NW of New Caledonia.
- Heavy rainfall has been affecting Solomon Islands since 7 March; 50 to 90 mm in 24h have been measured in the southern parts. A Tropical Cyclone Warning is in place for the SE parts of the country.
- In the next 24/48h SANDRA is forecast to move SE over water, strengthening, in the general direction of New Caledonia.
EFAS Reported floods during the last 24 hours by National services:
- Germany: Ongoing flood of Alert level 1 (Lowest level provided exceeded) at Untere Havel - Wasserstrasse river (19288 km2) - Rathenow UP station.
- Germany: Ongoing flood of Alert level 1 (Lowest level provided exceeded) at Oder / Odra river (112143 km2) - Stuetzkow station.
- Slovenia: Ongoing floods in southern part of Slovenia on many rivers. Single alert levels exceeded.
Meteoalarm – as of 07:00 UTC
- Heavy rain along the Adriatic coast of Montenegro - Orange Alert
- Strong winds along the coast of Poland - Orange Alert
- Coastal events at the Azores Islands, Portugal - Orange Alert
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