Syrian Crisis (ECHO)
- Military offensives and fighting continue unabated in Syria. In the past week, continuous fighting in Rural Damascus and the escalation of hostilities in Homs have resulted in further constraints to humanitarian access and population displacement. Rural Damascus remains largely inaccessible due to poor security conditions as well as bureaucratic constraints imposed on humanitarian organizations, thus leaving some 25 000 people without relief assistance since the first quarter of 2013. UN and NGOs still maintain a presence in Homs and renew the call for access to areas affected by the conflict and safe passage for civilians wishing to leave the area. In different parts of Homs city, UN agencies and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) have pre-positioned relief stocks to cover the needs of approximately 40 000 persons.
- In Lebanon, the security situation remains tense with sporadic clashes in Tripoli and the northern parts of the Bekaa valley where tensions between communities resulted in a one-week suspension of the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Arsal.
- According to UNHCR 1 731 572 Syrian refugees are in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and north Africa. At the time of reporting, UNHCR and Governments in host countries have registered 1 534 455 persons.
Indonesia – Earthquake – UPDATE (GDACS, USGS, BNPB)
- Latest figures (as of 4 July) of the 6.1M earthquake that hit Aceh Province on 2 July show 30 dead, 12 people missing and ca. 275 people injured in total in the districts of Benar Meriah and Central Aceh, with the following details: in Bener Meriah, 12 dead and 109 injured, in Central Aceh, 18 dead, 12 missing, 166 injured; damage assessment is still ongoing.
China – Tropical Cyclone RUMBIA - UPDATE (GDACS, Chinese Government, Local Media)
- In the past few days heavy rains, due to the passage of RUMBIA on 1-3 July, affected the southern provinces of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Guangdong. As of 3 July, in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, nearly 3 000 people were evacuated, 1 000 houses were damaged and in Guangdong ca. 1 200 houses were damaged.
Uganda – Earthquakes (GDACS, USGS, ECHO)
- On 3 July at 19:21 UTC, an earthquake of Magnitude 5.7Mw at a depth of 9.8 km struck western Uganda near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo. The epicentre was located in Lake Albert, ca. 56 km WNW of Hoima (Uganda). USGS-PAGER indicates shaking up to “strong” for ca. 5,000 people (“Light” shaking for Hoima). Three hours later a 5.4M earthquake at a depth 10 km hit the same area. As of late 3 July, there are no reports of victims or serious damage.
Greece – Earthquake (GDACS, Institute of Geodynamics-National Observatory of Athens, EMSC, Local Media)
- On 3 July at 13:28 UTC, an earthquake of magnitude 4.8Mw at a depth of 13 km struck in the municipality of Kozani, near Aeani. According to local media (as of 3 July), at least 30 houses were damaged in Aeani, damage assessment is still ongoing.
Meteoalarm - as of 06:300 UTC
- High Temperatures in northern Montenegro, in NW Portugal; in Badajoz and Cordoba in Spain – Orange Alert
EFAS Reported high discharges during the last 24 hours by National services:
- Switzerland: Ongoing high water levels in the region of Lake Constance. Warning level 2 (yellow)
- Croatia: Ongoing high discharges of 1st alert level on the Danube and the Drava rivers (decreasing).
- Germany: Ongoing high discharges of 1st alert level on Elbe and Oder rivers.
- Italy: Ongoing high discharges of 1st alert level on the Chiavenna river.
Factsheet on Sudan:
- The humanitarian situation in Sudan is still critical following years of conflict, natural disasters and underdevelopment in the periphery. Fighting in the transitional areas has affected over 900 000 people, including over 220 000 who have taken refuge in Ethiopia and South Sudan.
- Since 2003, over 300 000 people have died in the Darfur conflict, violence and insecurity continue to cause displacement and inhibit returns.
- ECHO intervenes in several sectors including health and nutrition, water and sanitation, food security and livelihoods as well as catering for the needs of the conflict affected. In 2013, an initial €80 million has been allocated.
Factsheet on Central African Republic:
- The Central African Republic (CAR) recently emerged from over a decade-long armed conflict and ranks as one of the poorest countries in the world. Renewed fighting between the government and Seleka (an association of five rebel groups), which recently took over the capital Bangui, has left the country in turmoil.
- The entire population of more than four million is affected by the ongoing crisis. The number of Central Africans uprooted from their homes in the first half of 2013 has more than doubled; estimated at over 206 000 while approximately 55 000 more people have taken refuge in neighbouring countries.
- The current situation threatens to have a humanitarian impact across the central African region. There are 35 000 refugees from CAR in the Democratic Republic of Congo and over 85 000 in Cameroon. Chad, Darfur and South Sudan might be also affected.
- In 2013, ECHO has already allocated €12 million funding with the aim to support immediate life-saving activities such as distributing essential food and non-food items, as well as providing shelter, health, protection, water, hygiene and sanitation.
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