China – Severe Weather (WMO, Chinese Government)
- Heavy rain has been affecting eastern China since 27 April. In Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, floods and landslides caused by the heavy rain resulted in five deaths, ca. 11,000 evacuated and 173 collapsed houses.
Colombia – Severe Weather (REDLAC)
- Floods affected the department of Putumayo, southern Colombia, last week. As of 29 April, two deaths are reported and ca. 135 people have evacuated their homes. During the same period of time, heavy rains in the departments of Antioquia, Risaralda and Arauca, northern Colombia, affected ca. 1300 people, 550 houses, crops and public infrastructure. In central Colombia, the department of Quindio was hit by strong winds that affected 2,000 people and damaged several houses.
Australia – Tropical Cyclone ZANE (GDACS, BOM, Local Media)
- ZANE formed on 29 April over the Coral Sea, off the coasts of Queensland (Australia), and started moving W, strengthening. On 30 April, 00:00 UTC, it had a max. sust. wind speed of 64 km/h (equivalent to a tropical storm) and its centre was located over water, ca. 700 km E of the coast of Cape York Peninsula (Far North Queensland).
- In the next 24-48h it is forecast to move W-NW, slightly strengthening, and it may cross the Cape York Peninsula on 01 May, affecting parts of this region with heavy rains and winds.
- As of early 30 April (UTC), a Cyclone Warning is in effect for Queensland coastal areas from Orford Ness to Cape Tribulation.
Sudan – Conflict (ECHO)
- The government and SPLM-North have held talks, under the auspices of the African Union. The discussions included a proposal by the AU for a ceasefire and immediate, unhindered and safe delivery of humanitarian assistance to victims of conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. The talks have now been postponed with no sign of an agreement in sight.
- On 27 April, while these talks were on going, the rebel coalition SRF (Sudanese Revolutionary Front) attacked Um Rawaba in North Kordofan state (500km south of Khartoum and 100 km east of El Obeid).
South Sudan – Conflict (ECHO)
- The movement of aid organizations between Bor and Pibor in Jonglei state remains suspended following an attack on 9 April on a peacekeeping convoy. Consequently, access to victims of conflict remains impossible.
- 7 out of 9 core humanitarian pipelines have already reached over 50% of their annual targets for 2013. Pre-positioning is essential before the start of the rainy season, when road transport becomes impossible in large parts of the country.
Portugal (Azores) – Earthquake (GDACS, USGS)
- A 5.9M earthquake at a depth of 10km hit under sea, 17km off the SE coast of San Miguel island, eastern Azores, at 06:25 UTC on 30 April. USGS-PAGER indicates shaking of up to “Moderate” for ca. 6,000 people. Closest populated places are the villages of Faial da Terra (pop. 360) and Agua Retorta (pop. 490), at ca. 18km from the epicentre; they are part of the municipality of Povoacao, pop. 6,300. As of 07:30 UTC there are no reports of damage or casualties.
EFAS – Reported high discharges during the last 24 hours by National services
- Poland: Ongoing high discharges of alert level 3 on Bug, Vistula and Narew, of alert level 2 on Vistula and Odra including tributaries.
- Serbia: Ongoing high discharges of alert level 1 on Sava river (decreasing), Danube (stable), Tisa (slowly decreasing) rivers.
- Slovakia: Ongoing high discharges of alert level 1 on upper part of Hron river from snow melting.
Meteoalarm – as of 30 April, 06:40 UTC
Forest Fire risk in Europe (EFFIS)
- Extreme or very high risk in Cyprus and western Italy (Sicily).
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