Bangladesh – Severe Weather (WMO, Local Media, Bangladeshi Meteorological Department)
- Heavy rainfall affected coastal Bangladesh on 23 May. WMO reports observations of up to 109mm in 24 hours (Dhaka, central Bangladesh).
- As of 24 May, according to local media, the severe weather resulted in six deaths and a large number of roads inundated in Dhaka.
USA – Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, Reuters)
- An earthquake of magnitude 5.7M, at a depth of 11km, hit northern California (western USA) on 24 May 03h47 UTC. The epicenter was located ca. 11km northwest of the town of Greenville (pop. ca. 1,000 people). The USGS PAGER estimates “Moderate” shaking felt by 9,000 people.
- As of 24 May morning, there are no reports of injuries or damages.
Tonga – Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, Local Media, PTWC)
- A 7.4M earthquake at a large depth of 171 km hit south of Fiji and Tonga in the Pacific Ocean on 23 May at 17h19 UTC. The nearest populated place (main island of Tonga) is ca. 280km away. According to USGS-PAGER, maximum shaking felt was “Light”.
- As of 24 May, no damage has been reported in the local media.
- According to JRC calculations and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre there was no tsunami risk.
Horn of Africa – Polio Outbreak (ECHO)
- A wild polio outbreak has been confirmed in Mogadishu. An emergency response is under way targeting some 440,000 children. Rapid and coordinated action for detection, surveillance, reporting and response is needed to interrupt the transmission of the virus. Additional cases were detected in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya as well as in Ethiopia. All refugee camps in the Somali region and the host community living in the immediate vicinity are at particular risk.
- A regional response for Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia is currently being planned by Government authorities, humanitarian actors and donor agencies.
Ethiopia – Epidemics (ECHO)
- A yellow fever outbreak in South Omo area of SNNPR Region has been officially declared by the Ethiopian Government. WHO and other humanitarian partners are currently planning the response.
Nigeria/Niger – Violence and Population Displacement (ECHO)
- Following the declaration of a state of emergency in the three north eastern states of Yobe, Borno, and Adamawa, civil insecurity continues to cause population displacement within Nigeria; a total of 22,000 new displacements have been reported so far. Additionally, refugees are reported to have fled to neighbouring Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.
Mali/Niger – Cholera (ECHO)
- The number of cholera cases continues to rise, with 254 reported cases and seven deaths in Niger, and 21 cases and two deaths in Mali.
Madagascar – Locusts (ECHO)
- At least 1.5 million hectares could be infested by locusts in two-thirds of the country by September 2013. Preliminary findings from an on-going damage assessment indicate that rice and maize crop losses due to locusts in the mid-western part of Madagascar vary, on average, from 40% to 50%, reaching up to 100% in some fields.
Namibia – Drought (ECHO)
- Namibia declared a state of emergency due to the drought situation calling on the international community for assistance. A Government assessment considers 330,000 people to be food insecure with the total crop production only 30% of the average.
Angola – Dengue outbreak (ECHO)
- The precise scale of the Dengue outbreak in Angola remains unclear. Available information suggests at least four confirmed dead of haemorrhagic dengue and several hundred confirmed cases.
Norway – Severe Weather (WMO, Norwegian Meteorological Institute)
- Heavy rainfall affected southern Norway on 22 and 23 May. The Norwegian Meteorological Institute reports that, in 48 hours, the area of Skjåk received an amount of rain equal to 2 month’s average, whilst other areas had rainfall equivalent to one month’s average precipitation.
- As of 23 May, the rainfall reportedly caused floods and landslides, forcing the evacuation of ca. 250 people in Nord-From and damaging the transportation network in several places.
Romania – Severe Weather (WMO, Romanian Meteorological Service, RO CP)
- Strong winds with heavy rain affected Bucharest on 22 and 23 May.
- According to national authorities, as of 23 May, 18 people were reported injured and temporary power networks disruption, as well as some private property were slightly flooded.
Meteoalarm – as of 24 May 06h40 UTC
- Heavy rain in central and southern Austria – Orange Alert
Forest Fire risk in Europe - EFFIS
- Extreme or Very High risk in southwestern and northeastern Spain, Sicily and southern coast of Italy, north, northeastern and central Greece, southeastern Bulgaria.
EFAS reported high discharges during the last 24 hours by National services:
- Italy: Ongoing high discharges of national alert level 2 on lower part of Po river and Nure river.
- Norway: Ongoing high discharges of pre-wake threshold exceeded on Losna and Lågen rivers.
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