Iran and Pakistan – Earthquake (ECHO, GDACS, USGS)
- A powerful 7.8M earthquake at a depth of 87km hit the SE Iranian province of Sistan & Baluchestan at 10:44 UTC on 16 April. The epicentre was located in a sparsely populated mountainous area, 80km east of the city of Khash and ca. 30km from the Pakistani border. The tremor was widely felt in Iran, Pakistan, the Persian Gulf states and India. USGS PAGER reports shaking up to “Severe”.
- It comes a week after another quake struck near Iran's Gulf port city of Bushehr, killing at least 30 people.
- No comprehensive report is yet available on possible damage or casualties. The reported death toll currently stands at 34 in Pakistan and 0 in Iran. Over 150 have been injured in Pakistan. 27 people are now confirmed injured in Iran.
- More than 1,000 houses have been damaged to some extent in Pakistan. In Iran, 25 villages (15 in Khash, 10 in Saravan) have been reviewed by the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS). Only 3 destroyed houses have been found at this point in the village of Qadrabad in Khash, however there has been major damage in Pakistan across the border in Soran.
- The Government of Iran seems to have the situation under control and has thus far not sought assistance from the international community. A State of Emergency has been declared in the quake-hit region. The IRCS has announced it has dispatched 4 helicopters, 10 urban search and rescue teams from Zahedan (provincial capital city), while 32 Rescue teams have been sent from 8 Auxiliary Provinces, 17 sniffer dog teams are also involved.
- In Pakistan, the Army has sent helicopters, doctors, medical supplies, tents and other relief items to the affected area, and will coordinate the overall rescue and relief efforts. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has announced that it is undertaking aerial assessment, and that the remoteness of the affected area means that teams will take time to reach the affected area.
Papua New Guinea – Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, Media)
- A 6.6M earthquake at a depth of 13 km hit NW Papua New Guinea at 22:55 UTC on 16 April. The epicentre was located on the coast, ca. 20 km east of the city of Aitape (pop. 6,000). USGS PAGER indicates “Severe” shaking for ca. 3,000 people. No significant tsunami risk was posed by this earthquake; JRC calculations indicate a max. height of around 0.2m in Aitape.
- As of early on 17 April, international media report that no serious damage has occurred in Papua New Guinea.
Bangladesh – Severe weather (Local Media, Bangladesh Meteo)
- Heavy rains and winds affected SE Bangladesh on 16 April. Local media report 4 people killed and many houses destroyed by the (seasonal) severe weather in Cox’s Bazar. Thunderstorms are expected to continue affecting most of Bangladesh on 17 April and a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect in the morning of 17 April for the SE coastal areas.
Reported floods during the last 24 hours by National services:
- Croatia: Ongoing floods on Sava (decreasing) and Danube (slowly decreasing) rivers.
- Serbia: Ongoing floods of alert level 2 on Sava river (slowly decreasing), of alert level 1 on the Danube, Tisa and Tamis rivers (stable or slowly decreasing).
- Slovakia: Ongoing floods of alert level 2 on Latorica and Bodrog rivers (stable), of alert level 1 on Torysa and Hornad rivers (stable or decreasing).
- Austria and Slovakia: Ongoing floods of alert level 1 in lower part of March/Morava river (stable or slowly decreasing).
Meteoalarm – as of 06:00 UTC
Forest Fire risk in Europe
- No extreme or very high risk areas on 17 April
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