USA – Fertilizer plant explosion (National Media)
- A fertilizer plant exploded at about 19:50 local time (00:50 UTC). The blast happened in West, a town of about 2700 people, at 32 Km North of Waco in the State of Texas.
- Dozens of homes and buildings have been destroyed and several are still on fire.
- Authorities confirmed there were deaths but could not give an exact figure.
Argentina – Heavy rainfall/Floods (ECHO)
- Heavy rains have been registered in Santa Fe Province. Houses and streets are underwater, public transport and schools have been suspended, and electricity services are down. Water levels reached 1m inside houses. At least 90 families have been evacuated to temporary shelters and the affected areas declared an emergency. Humanitarian aid is being distributed to affected families.
- In Buenos Aires and La Plata, an estimated 23,200 people affected by heavy rains and floods have started the paperwork to receive state assistance. The national protection system has been designed to provide immediate assistance, so that affected populations should be able to access financial assistance to cover some of the needs related to flood damage.
Brazil – Dengue (ECHO)
- According to the Ministry of Health, 132 deaths have been registered as a result of dengue in Brazil during the first trimester of 2013. Active dengue cases have increased by approximately 279% compared to the same period in 2012.
- During the first three months of this year, 635.161 infected people have been registered, of which 1.417 are considered severe cases, as per the latest report issued by the Ministry of Health.
Ecuador – Heavy rainfall/Floods (ECHO)
- Even if the level of rains registered during the first months of 2013 is lower than the same season in 2012, heavy rainfall and floods continue to affect certain areas of the Coastal provinces, mainly in Esmeraldas and Manabí. Authorities of the National Risk Management Secretariat (SNGR) are assessing the damage in the area.
Peru – Floods (ECHO)
- A state of Emergency has been declared by the government in several districts of the departments of Áncash, Cusco and Loreto due to heavy rains and floods, and extended for 30 days the emergency in the province of Arequipa which continues to be affected by heavy rains. Heavy rains continue to cause considerable damage, making it impossible to start rehabilitation actions in affected provinces.
Peru – Disease outbreaks (ECHO)
- The Ministry of Health has declared a Red alert in the city of Juanjuí (Mariscal Cáceres province), San Martín Department due to a leptospirosis outbreak where two persons have died. At least 66 cases have been confirmed and 380 persons present the disease symptoms.
- The Regional Health Office has issued a Yellow alert in the Department of Piura due to the considerable increase of registered dengue cases. At least 622 cases have been notified, of which 39 have been confirmed, and one person has died. This situation is of great concern in the health sector.
Solomon Islands - Dengue Fever Outbreak (ECHO)
- Since January 2013, approximately 1,970 suspected and confirmed dengue cases have been reported in Solomon Islands, resulting in three deaths.
- More than 1,800 of the cases have been reported in Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands.
- There has been a steep increase in the hospitalization of dengue suspected cases in the aftermath of earthquake and tsunami that struck on February 6.
- A team of health specialists from Australia and Fiji has arrived in Solomon Islands to tackle an outbreak.
Iran and Pakistan – Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, Iranian Red Crescent, Pakistani Govt)
- According to the Iranian Red Crescent report (as of 17 April), the 7.8M earthquake of 16 April that hit the SE Iranian province of Sistan & Baluchestan, has killed one person and injured another 20 in Iran; 10 camps were established in Gosht, Saravan, Khash and Souran affected areas, with 1,679 persons sheltered.
- In Pakistan, according to the National Disaster Management reports (as of 17 April), the earthquake of 16 April killed 35 people, injured another 150 and damaged 700 houses in Mashkhel town area. Some buildings were also reported partially damaged in Panjgur.
Japan – Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, Media)
- On 17 April at 08:57 UTC, an earthquake of Magnitude 5.6M (according to USGS) at a depth of 19.1 km struck off the coast of Miyake Island (a volcanic island, ca. 180 km S of Tokyo). The epicentre was located ca. 13 km NW-W of Miyake Town. USGS-PAGER indicates shaking up to “Moderate” for about 4,000. According to media (as of 17 April), 3 people were slightly injured and landslides blocked some roads.
EFAS Reported floods during the last 24 hours by National services:
- Croatia: Ongoing high discharges on Sava (decreasing) and Danube (slowly increasing) rivers.
- Serbia: Ongoing high discharges of alert level 2 on Sava river (stable or slowly decreasing), of alert level 1 on the Danube (slowly decreasing), Tisa (stable) and Tamis (decreasing) rivers.
- Slovakia: Ongoing high discharges of alert level 2 on Latorica and Bodrog rivers (stable), of alert level 1 on Torysa and Hornad rivers (stable or slowly decreasing).
- Austria/Slovakia: Ongoing high discharges of alert level 1 in lower part of March/Morava river (stable or slowly decreasing).
Meteoalarm – as of 06:30 UTC 18 April
- There are NO orange or red alerts.
Forest Fire risk in Europe (EFFIS)
- Very high risk in SE Ukraine and in central Aegean Islands (Greece)
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