Sudan – Fighting in Darfur (ECHO)
- Fighting continues in several parts of Darfur between government troops and rebels, militias and rebels, and between different Arab tribes.
- In Jebel Amir, North Darfur, the ceasefire that followed the fighting on 23 February (resulting in 50 deaths), is holding so far. OCHA is planning to open a temporary humanitarian hub in El Siriaf, where the majority of the IDPs are located.
- There has been some limited humanitarian access to the affected areas. State authorities authorised an initial round of quick assessments and distributions. No comprehensive assessment for medium-term relief could however take place. So far over 700 metric tons of relief supplies have been delivered.
Sudan – Fighting in South Kordofan and Blue Nile (ECHO)
- Fighting continues in both states, with the usual military offensives during dry season.
- UN and international NGOs continue to have limited humanitarian access in South Kordofan (SK), and access itself is restricted to national staff.
- The notable exception is WFP which manages to visit with international staff several government-controlled areas in SK. No access from Sudan to areas held by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-N).
Sudan – New working directives for aid workers (ECHO)
- The Government of Sudan issued new directives for the work of UN and NGOs. Severe restrictions remain in place for South Kordofan and Blue Nile States.
- In Darfur, there is some streamlining of administrative procedures for visas and travel permits and, at the same time, constraints on operations due to the imposition of certain partnerships with local organisations. ECHO will be following closely how the new directives will impact on access and operations on the ground
Democratic Republic of Congo – Crisis (ECHO)
- Kitchanga: After heavy fighting during the week of March 4, the population displaced during the fighting starts returning to Kitchanga. The city is partially destroyed. Aid resumes as NGOs, evacuated during the fighting, return.
- Rutshuru – Rugari: Fighting took place this week end between the two factions of the M23. The situation remains unclear and no assessment is known at this stage.
- Population movements are reported in the direction of Rumangabo and Katale (IDPs reported on the basis of Katale MONUSCO). All humanitarian movements on the Goma - Rutshuru are suspended.
Central African Republic – Measles Outbreak (ECHO)
- A measles outbreak has been reported in the NW part of CAR since the end of 2012.
- Lethality rates are above 7 % in urban area and above 13% in rural area. The situation is particularly alarming since vaccination coverage is very low in the affected area.
- ECHO is considering supporting the response by a medical NGO partner.
SW Pacific – Tropical Cyclone SANDRA-13 (GDACS, Meteo France/Nouvelle Calédonie, Vanuatu Meteo, WMO, NASA)
- As of 12 March 00h00 UTC, TC SANDRA-13 is passing off the coast of New Caledonia, centre was located ca. 200 km W of Belep Island and it had a max. sustained wind speed of 158 km/h It was moving SSE, weakening.
- Heavy rains (ca. 61 mm) and moderate to strong winds are affecting parts of New Caledonia. As of 12 March, an orange alert was in effect for the NW parts of New Caledonia.
- In the next 24h it is forecast to continue moving SSE, weakening, and on 13 March it is forecast to start moving away from New Caledonia.
EFAS Reported floods during the last 24 hours by National services
- Germany: Ongoing flood of Alerts level 1 (Lowest level) at Untere Havel Rathenow UP station, at Oder/Odra river - Stuetzkow station, and Saale river - Oberthau station
- Slovakia: Ongoing floods of Alert level 1, which is exceeded in Morava, Ipel (Ipoly), Hron, Hornad, Slana and Bodrog river basins.
- Slovenia: Ongoing floods in Krka and Ljubljanica river basins. Water levels are decreasing.
France – Severe weather (COGIC, Local Media)
- Heavy snowfall affected parts of France on 11 March. According to local media and COGIC reports (as of early 12 March), the severe weather caused some road disruptions and power outages for ca 65,000 households in western France (mostly in the departments of La Manche and Côtes-d'Armor).
Meteoalarm – Red and Orange Alerts
- Ice and snow in the southern part of Belgium – Red Alert
- Ice and snow in north-eastern Belgium, western Germany, central-southern Finland, northern France, Luxembourg, southern and south-eastern Netherlands – Orange Alert
- Coastal events in Cadiz and Ceuta Spain – Orange Alert
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