Afghanistan - Floods (ECHO)
- Heavy rain and flash floods during the last 24 hours have killed at least 17 people in the Balkh province in northern Afghanistan also incurring huge financial losses.
- Hundreds of homes and thousands of acres of agricultural lands have been destroyed caused by flooding in Koshenda and Sholgara districts of northern Balkh province. The floods have also affected part of Mazar city including the city’s airport.
- Flights have been cancelled while rehabilitation work on the airport runway is carried out. About 50 shops, 600 hectares of agricultural land and over 300 other residential units were completely destroyed. According to local officials, five people are reported missing, wheat farms were destroyed.
- Roads have been submerged and this is hampering the relief operations in the affected areas. Hundreds of affected people have been sheltering in local schools and Balkh university in Mazar city. Distribution of food and relief item has been started while assessments on-going in the affected districts and villages by aid agencies. Heavy rain is also continuing in several other provinces including Herat, Badghis, Baghlan and Uruzgan resulting in casualties, destruction of homes, agricultural lands and crops.
Afghanistan - Earthquake (ECHO, GDACS)
- A 5.7 Magnitude at a depth of 62.1 km (Orange alert) earthquake occurred on 24 April 2013 at 09h25 UTC in the Nangarhar Province 25 km north-west of Jalalabad city. No clear reports of damages/ casualities are available at this stage. Thirteen people were killed, more than 60 people were injured and scores of mud-brick homes were flattened. The Red Crescent reports that the number of dead is expected to rise as the search operation is still on-going.
Bangladesh - Building Collapse (ECHO, Reuters, BBC, CNN)
- On 24 April a seven storey high building collapsed in the Dhaka suburb of Svara, Bangladesh. The death toll has reached 142 while more than 1000 are injured.
- Bangladesh Army, Fire Service & Civil Defense, Bangladesh police, Border Guard Bangladesh and other response agencies including Bangladesh Red Crescent Society are responding. The Bangladesh Navy has also joined the rescue operation.
- According to BGMEA (Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association) 2,638 workers were located in the building.
Yemen – Stranded Migrants (ECHO)
- Recent changes in Saudi foreign workers legislation and the resumption of fencing the 1,800 km border with Yemen have exacerbated the situation of an already overflowing population of destitute migrants stranded in Haradh, at the border with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. According to IOM, there are currently more than 25,000 migrants in need to be repatriated to their home country, mainly Ethiopia.
- Several thousand migrants are currently accommodated in 3 camps located at Al Tuwal border, in Amran and in Sana'a. IOM, MSF and the Yemeni Red Crescent are providing emergency food, health care, clothing and Wash assistance to these migrants but additional aid needs to be mobilised.
Chad – Refugees (ECHO)
- As of 18 April, 22,309 Sudanese and 440 Central African Republic (CAR) refugees, as well as 19,113 Chadian returnees have been registered by UNHCR/CNAR in Tissi, at the border with Sudan and CAR. All refugees at six sites have now been registered, although it is believed that many have already moved further inland, while other groups continue to be discovered during field investigations.
- As of 21 April, 595 people have been transported in three convoys from Tissi to Goz Amir refugee camp, Koukou. The number of people now willing to be transferred has dropped off significantly, given rumors of poor conditions upon arrival.
- The sous-prefecture of Tissi has been reinforced with a battalion of 600 men (in addition to 1,500 from the Force Mixte). The Government of Chad is providing food and NFI assistance to Chadian returnees (expected to cover 4,000 people), but has up until now not granted assistance to refugees beyond emergency medical care and a measles campaign (MSF).
- Conditions are currently stable, with GAM rates at 6.5%, but with some worrying pockets of SAM amongst Sudanese refugees in Tissi center (2.7%). This could deteriorate rapidly in the absence of generalised emergency humanitarian assistance, given the limited services available (water, sanitation, health, food).
USA – Floods (NOAA, CNN)
Several rivers across central-eastern USA have swollen in the past 2 weeks, resulting in the death of four people in the states of Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. According to CNN, flooding of the Mississippi River in particular has mostly affected the state of Illinois, causing the evacuation of thousands of people from the riverside communities.
EFAS: Reported floods during the last 24 hours (National Hydrological Services)
- Serbia: On-going high discharges of alert level 1 on Sava river (slowly decreasing), of alert level 1 on the Danube (stable), Tisa (stable) rivers.
- Slovakia: On-going high discharges of alert level 1 on Bodrog, Latorica, Hron and Hornad rivers.
Meteoalarm – Orange Alerts
- Spain: Rain and coastal event in Alicante
- Norway: Avalanche warnings in Sogn og Fjordane
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