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Germany - Storm Axel

ERC-Flash-Europe - 7 hours 51 min ago
  • Heavy rainfall, strong winds and thunderstorms have been affecting northern and southern Germany over the past 48 hours, following Storm Axel's passage.
  • Flooding has resulted in damages in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, North-Rhine Westphalia, Hesse, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony.
  • A hospital had to be evacuated in Helmstadt (Lower Saxony) and a number of roads and rail lines have been closed in the affected areas.

Meteoalarm, as of 22 May at 8.00 UTC

ERC-Flash-Europe - 7 hours 51 min ago
  • On 22 May: Red Alert for heavy rain over south-eastern Germany and over south-eastern Poland.
  • On 23 May: no Red Alert isuued.


ERC-Flash-Factsheets - 16 hours 56 min ago
  • Mongolia is vulnerable to a wide range of natural disasters, including floods, dust storms, droughts, wildfires, and earthquakes. These events have an adverse impact on people's lives and livestock, which is the key source of food, transport, and income for many Mongolian families.
  • Since 2016, the EU has provided a total of EUR 1.1 million for disaster preparedness activities in Mongolia. By enhancing disaster management capacities, the projects aim to strengthen the ability of herder communities in rural areas to respond to future natural hazards, while improving the preparedness of state institutions in the face of medium- to large-scale disasters in densely populated areas in the capital Ulaanbaatar.

Categories: Factsheets

Questions et réponses - Une Union qui protège: le plan de l'UE pour renforcer la protection civile est entré en vigueur

Communiqués de presse - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 12:27
Commission européenne - Questions et réponses Bruxelles, le 21 mai 2019 Une nouvelle législation renforçant le mécanisme de protection civile de l'UE est entrée en vigueur en mars 2019. Son nouvel élément, rescEU, une réserve supplémentaire de capacités de réaction, est désormais une réalité et renforce l'aptitude de l'UE à...

Questions and answers - EU that protects: The EU's plan to strengthen civil protection has entered into force

Press releases - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 12:27
European Commission - Questions and answers Brussels, 21 May 2019 In March 2019 new legislation strengthening the Union Civil Protection Mechanism entered into force. Its new element – additional rescEU reserve capacity is now a reality that boosts the EU's ability to respond to and prepare for natural and man-made...

rescEU: l'UE met en place une première flotte de lutte contre les incendies en prévision de la prochaine saison des feux de forêt

Communiqués de presse - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 12:26
Commission européenne - Communiqué de presse Bruxelles, le 21 mai 2019 En prévision des risques de feux de forêt, cet été, la Commission lance aujourd'hui, dans le cadre du nouveau mécanisme rescEU, la première flotte de bombardiers d'eau destinés à la lutte contre les incendies, afin de pouvoir faire face...

rescEU: EU establishes initial firefighting fleet for next forest fire season

Press releases - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 12:26
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 21 May 2019 To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the Commission is launching today the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters.

Papua New Guinea - 7.5 M Earthquake Impact Update

ERC-Flash-International - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 00:00
  • Assessments are ongoing following a 7.5 M earthquake between New Ireland and New Britain Islands on 14 May at 12.58 UTC.
  • As of 21 May, around 130 families are reportedly displaced on the Duke of York Islands and at least 130 houses are severely damaged in the area.
Categories: International

Meteoalarm, as of 21 May at 8.00 UTC

ERC-Flash-Europe - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 00:00
  • On 21 May: Red Alert for heavy rain over extreme in central and southern Germany.
  • On 22 May: Red Alert for heavy rain over extreme in southern Germany.

Meteoalarm, as of 20 May at 8.00 UTC

ERC-Flash-Europe - Mon, 20/05/2019 - 09:07
  • On 20-21 May: Magenta Alert for heavy rain over extreme southern Germany; Red Alert for heavy rain over southern Germany.

Niger – Violence in Nigeria, refugees

ERC-Flash-International - Mon, 20/05/2019 - 00:00

  • Severe weather, including strong winds, tornadoes, hailstorm and heavy rainfall, has been affecting central USA over the past weekend, resulting in one person injured and damage. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 62 tornadoes were reported over 17-19 May.
  • According to media, as of 20 May at 8.00 UTC, one person was injured in Ballinger (Texas). Power outage, water-logging and damage to buildings was reported across many communities, in particular in San Angelo and Abilene (Texas), Lawton (Oklahoma) and Dodge City (Kansas).
  • For the next 24 hours, rain and thunderstorms are forecast over south-eastern Kansas, western Oklahoma, eastern New Mexico and western Texas.
  • NOAA has issued, as of 20 May, a warning for strong winds across southern New Mexico and west Texas.

Categories: International

Facilité de l'UE en faveur des réfugiés en Turquie: des progrès notables dans l'aide aux réfugiés

Communiqués de presse - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 15:21
Commission européenne - Communiqué de presse Bruxelles, le 17 mai 2019 La Commission fait état ce jour de progrès satisfaisants accomplis dans la mise en œuvre et la programmation de l'enveloppe de 6 milliards d'euros de la facilité de l'UE en faveur des réfugiés en Turquie.

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: solid progress in supporting refugees

Press releases - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 12:00
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 17 May 2019 The Commission reported today good progress in the implementation and programming of €6 billion of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey. More than 80 projects are currently up and running delivering tangible results to refugees and host communities in particular...

Turkey - Landslide

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 08:56
  • A landslide occurred in the Aybasti district (Ordu Province) on 16 May, causing damage.
  • According to media reports, as of 17 May at 8.00 UTC, 22 houses and 31 buildings have been destroyed in Aybasti Town. 70 homes have been evacuated from the affected area.
  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate rainfall is forecast over northern coastal areas of Turkey.
Categories: International

United Kingdom - Wildfire

ERC-Flash-Europe - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 08:56
  • Firefighters have been tackling a large moorland fire that has been burning in northern Scotland since Sunday.  Around 25 sq km have been burned and at one point the blaze affected electricity supply to 800 homes. The authorities have warned of a heightened risk of wildfires across Scotland until Friday.

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - Ebola outbreak

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 00:00
  • There are now 1,739 reported cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 102 healthcare workers. The number of reported deaths has reached 1,147, while 456 have recovered. Over 116,000 people have been vaccinated, medical and frontline staff, as well as contacts of victims.
  • Insecurity continues to hamper the response. There have been 130 attacks to health facilities between January and mid-May 2019, causing four deaths and injuring 38, risking a further spread of the virus and a new spike in cases.
  • This Ebola epidemic is the largest ever in the DRC – and the first in a conflict zone. Transmission rates are still increasing and the epidemic is expected to continue into 2020.
  • The increase in transmission also raises the risk of the spread to other parts of the DRC and to neighbouring countries, according to the World Health Organisation.
  • The Ebola response needs to be reset, by adaptating the vaccination strategy, better communicating the risks and engaging local communities, and further strengthening infection prevention and control measures.
Categories: International

Democratic Republic of Congo - Conflict and internal displacement

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 00:00
  • Armed clashes between various communities and non-state actors have been increasing in the highlands of South Kivu. At least 15 villages in the Mwenga-Fizi-Uvira triangle have been burnt down recently, according to aid organisations. An estimated 100,000 people have been displaced as a result. 
  • This is in addition to 65,000 Congolese who were displaced in the same area in recent months, with 30,000 currently sheltering in Fizi.
  • The Congolese army and UN troops are struggling to contain the violence.
  • Access to the affected populations is extremely difficult because of the tense security situation, mountainous terrain and limited road infrastructure. 
  • Kalehe in South Kivu is also the scene of fighting between the Congolese army and armed groups. Over 24,000 people have fled into the bush and surrounding areas.
  • Overall an estimated 200,000 people have been displaced in South Kivu in recent months, most of whom are not receiving any assistance owing to access constraints.
Categories: International

Niger - Deterioration of security and humanitarian situation

ERC-Flash-International - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 00:00
  • In recent weeks violence affecting Western regions of Niger has sharply increased with a series of attacks targeting the Nigerien armed forces and civilian population. Mangaïze village (host to 7,000 Malian refugees) has been targeted twice by non-state armed groups and humanitarian vehicles have been car-jacked. On 14 May a patrol of the Nigerien armed forces was also attacked near Tongo Tongo village, close to the Malian border, resulting in a high number of casualties.
  • Tillabery region is already one of the most food-insecure areasin the country. It hosts 120,000 forcibly displaced who depend entirely on humanitarian aid for access to basic services. Humanitarian access is increasingly a challenge, as needs continue to rise. DG ECHO's partners - who are very active in the area - have had to temporarily suspend activities in the Tillabery region.
Categories: International

Guatemala - Forest Fires UPDATE

ERC-Flash-International - Thu, 16/05/2019 - 09:03
  • According to CONRED (Guatemala Coordination Agency for Disaster Reduction), as of 15 May 2019, the ongoing forest fires have burnt 8,988 hectares across north of the country. The most affected departments are Peten, Quichè, Retalhuleu and Guatemala. CONRED is coordinating the national response with firefighting personnel and the army to control the fires. 
  • On 14 May, CONRED requested technical assistance through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) for strategic and operational support in fire managment and prevention. The European Commission is responding to the emergency with four fire experts accompanied by a team leader, an ERCC Liaison Officer and technical support and assistance team members.
Categories: International

Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina - Severe weather update

ERC-Flash-Europe - Thu, 16/05/2019 - 09:03
  • Heavy rainfall and strong winds continue to affect central and north-western Croatia (including Zagreb) and central and north-western Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • In Croatia, one person is reported dead in KrK Island (Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, north-western Croatia) and five people injured in Zagreb.
  • In Bosnia-Herzegovina, one person is still missing in Žepce town (Zenica-Doboj Canton, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina) and at least 15 people have been displaced in Kotor Varoš (Republika Srpska).
  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate to locally heavy rain is forecast over northern and southwestern Croatia as well as over northwestern and southern Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • The European Commission's Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated on 14 May in rapid mapping mode (EMSR358) for northern Bosnia-Herzegovina and three satellite maps have been produced so far.


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