02/04/2013

I. International

Afghanistan – Conflict (ECHO)

  • Following recent major clashes 13 to 19 March, between Armed Opposition Groups (AOG) and Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in NE Afghanistan, creating displacement of approx. 2000 individuals, ANSF have mobilized and sent 3000 troops to the area. They will be supported by ISAF special forces and helicopters. Access to displaced people is problematic due to ongoing military operations.
  • UNHCR have pre-positioned Non-Food Items (NFI’s), 200 emergency tends and WFP food items. Contingency locations for a possible IDP camp are being discussed although the option of relocation to host families is preferred due flood and landslide risks.
  • ICRC is currently negotiating for a humanitarian corridor as access to the area is still restricted.

Mauritius – Severe weather (BBC, AP, Meteo Mauritius, Local Media)

  • Heavy rainfall in the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius on 31 March caused floods in the region of the capital Port Louis that killed at least 11 people, as reported by international and local media. Most of the fatalities were trapped by floodwaters in underground passages. Significant damage to houses in the suburb of Canal-Dayot and hundreds of people rendered homeless were also reported. A National Mourning day was declared in the island on 1 April.
  • Rainfall of up to ca. 180mm in 24h was measured locally on 31 March; local media report that more than 150mm fell in less than 1 hour in the area of port Louis.

South Sudan – Floods (Local Media)

  • Heavy rains in various parts of Jonglei state, eastern South Sudan, caused a rise in water levels of the Nile; this, combined with a damaged dam in the area, caused floods that have displaced ca. 12,000 people as of 31 March, according to a local official quoted in South Sudanese media. Worst affected were the districts of Jalle, Twic East, Maar and Lith.

Thailand – Severe weather (National Media, Thai Government)

  • A storm hit the northern provinces of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai on 31 March; local officials quoted in national media reported 1,500 houses damaged in 8 districts in Chiang Rai and another 500 in Fang district in Chiang Mai.

Yemen – Severe Weather (Local Media)

  • Heavy rains over several days from 25 March onwards in Yemen caused floods in several governorates of the country. Local media report 19 deaths in Hadrmout, Shabwa and Marib. As of 31 March some areas were still flooded, roads were blocked and damages were still being assessed.

Kenya – Severe weather (Local Media)

  • Heavy rains in southern Kenya caused the death of six people in three different incidents in Magadi, Ngong and Kiserian in Kajiado county, according to local media reports on 1 April.

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II. Europe

Spain – Severe weather (Local Media, Civil Protection, Spanish Meteo)

  • Heavy rainfall in the area of Fuencaliente, province of Ciudad Real, on 1 April caused the collapse of a bridge over river Mares on the N-420 road. As a result, two people were killed when their vehicles fell in the river.
  • Spanish Civil Protection issued a notice on 1 April warning of flooding risk in all river basins except Jucar and Segura. Light to moderate rain could affect SW Spain on 3 and 4 April, according to Spanish National Meteo.

Poland – Severe Weather (Euronews, Local Media)

  • Heavy snowfall affected parts of Poland over the weekend (30-31 March), causing widespread power cuts and traffic disruptions. As of 2 April 3,000 homes in the Mazovian province in central Poland is still suffering power cuts.

Meteoalarm – Orange Alerts: as of 05:30 UTC

  • Heavy rain in central and southern Montenegro and central and SE Slovakia – Orange Alert
  • Strong winds in southern and northern Montenegro – Orange Alert
  • Avalanche risk in northern Norway – Orange Alert

EFAS: Reported floods during the last 24 hours (National Hydrological Services)

  • Serbia: Ongoing floods of first alert level on the Danube, Tisa, Sava, Nera and Tamis rivers.
  • Slovenia: Ongoing floods of single alert level 1 of on upper Krka and upper Ljubjanica rivers. Water levels are decreasing.
  • Slovakia: Ongoing floods of alert level 1 in eastern Slovakia on Nitra, Ipel, Hron, Bodrog, Hornad and Latorica river. Water levels are decreasing.

 


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