USA – Tornado (NOAA, Reuters, CNN, BBC)
- On 20 May, a tornado hit the central part of Oklahoma State, central-southern USA. Worst affected is the suburban area of Moore, approximately 15km south of Oklahoma City.
- As of 21 May, international media reports at least 91 people killed, approximately 25 missing and 120 hospitalised for injuries. The same reports also mention that the state of Oklahoma has been declared a “major disaster area” by the president of the USA.
Bangladesh – Tropical Cyclone MAHASEN (Bangladeshi Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, OCHA)
- As of 20 May, according to the official report of the Bangladeshi Disaster Management unit, the number of deaths has risen to 17 and approximately 23,000 houses have been completely destroyed. In total, over 400,000 people were affected by MAHASEN, approximately 170,000 of which in Bhola district, south-western Bangladesh.
- As of the same date, OCHA reports that the Joint Needs Assessment of the cyclone’s impact is ongoing. Preliminary findings are due to be presented on 21 May.
DR Congo – Landslide (MONUSCO)
- A landslide occurred in Masisi, central-eastern DR Congo, on 16 May. According to a UN report, as of 20 May, 100 miners and villagers were buried. The landslide happened in a mining area and was caused by the waters of the rivers that cross it.
DR Congo – Renewed Conflicts (ECHO)
- Renewed fighting between FARDC and M23 over the last two days in North Kivu (Rusayo and Mudja town). MONUSCO is not involved in the fighting.
- Arrival has taken place of 130 households (650 people) from the combat zone in Mugunga camp near Goma. Contingency planning ready for 10.000 people. Quiet and normal activities in Goma. Banks closed yesterday, reopened this morning.
Namibia – Drought (Government of Namibia)
- On 17 May, the president of Namibia declared a national emergency for drought.
- The prolonged drought that has been affecting Namibia in the past months is expected to cause a drop of up to 48% in crop production and could cause significant losses in livestock, according to the official Press Conference.
- According to Namibia Meteorological Service, until the end of March of 2013 (latest data available), rainfall in most parts of the country was 50%-80% lower than last year’s average.
Meteoalarm – as of 21 May, 06h40 UTC
- Thunderstorms in northern Poland and in the whole of Latvia – Orange Alert
Forest Fire risk in Europe (EFFIS)
- Extreme or Very High risk in southern Ukraine, south-eastern Romania, northern Greece and south-eastern Sicily (Italy)
EFAS - Reported high discharges during the last 24 hours by National services
- Poland: Ongoing high discharges on Odra rivers tributaries.
- Italy: Ongoing high discharges of national alert level 1 and level 2 on lower part of Po rivers and of single level in Nure river basin.
- Norway: Ongoing high discharges of prewake threshold exceeded on Losna river.
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