This month’s issue covers the following topics:
Water is essential to life. Clean water is vital for drinking, growing food and keeping clean. A person can only survive on average three days without water, and if the water they have is dirty and contaminated, fatal diseases spread quickly and the effects are devastating. At Islamic Relief, we believe in providing Water For Life.
ABU DHABI, 17th March, 2015 (WAM) -- The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) has offered AED 1.288 million worth of relief materials to 2,000 Albanian families affected by floods triggered by heavy rains across four districts in Albania.
Floods in South and Southeast of Albania have damaged roads, bridges, farms and other essential infrastructure – including a power station in several Albanian cities and villages, leaving some communities without electricity and drinking water.
A warm welcome for child refugees
Unaccompanied child refugees flee to Britain escaping war and persecution. They have often experienced significant trauma; including witnessing the death of a loved one or suffering abuse or exploitation themselves.
Unsurprisingly, child refugees are usually extremely frightened and completely bewildered when they arrive on British shores.
Albania – Floods recovery needs assessment (ECHO)
February 23, 2015
More than 1,000 emergency kits are to be distributed to Albanian families who are still struggling in the aftermath of devastating floods, as part of our emergency response.
Communities in southern Albania were inundated after torrential rain triggered widespread flooding earlier this month. As floodwaters swept into homes and across farmland, families fled their homes and livestock and crops were killed. Vital infrastructure was damaged and water supply systems contaminated.
On Tuesday, February 17, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods worth six million yen (Blankets, Sleeping pads, etc.) to the Republic of Albania, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of the Republic of Albania following serious damage from the floods in the country.
Additional EU aid for flood victims in Albania
To assist the population affected by the floods in Albania, the European Commission is giving over € 118 000 to provide around 8 000 people in the most badly hit areas with food parcels, hygiene kits and blankets as well as information material on health and hygiene during floods.
These funds are being provided via the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and will be channelled through the Albanian Red Cross.
The B-FAST Coordination Council decided on February 16, 2015 to make a gift of 100 tents, 100 winter kits and 500 blankets to the Albanian population affected by the floods of the recent weeks. This was said by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Minister of Defense, Steven Vandeput. This material will be transported by convoy and will arrive on Thursday 19 February at the border with Albania. Didier Reynders brought the news in person to his Albanian counterpart Ditmir Bushati during his visit to the capital Tirana.
On 2 February 2015 the highest water levels were reached.
• In response to the flooding situation in Albania, four states provided assistance through the European Union Civil Protection (EUCP) mechanism. Austria, Croatia, Montenegro and Slovakia offered beds, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, kitchen sets, generators, rain boots/coats.
• The European Union Civil Protection (EUCP) team deployed on site is facilitating the coordination of incoming assistance and is supporting national authorities in assessing the situation.
The MISP Readiness assessment tool was developed by the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health (RH) in Crises for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2013 to help country teams assess their readiness to provide the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in case of a humanitarian crisis.
Hundreds of families affected by flooding in Albania have received food and other essential items, delivered by Islamic Relief as part of our response to the emergency.
Record rainfall in the first week of February triggered widespread flooding across four districts in the south of Albania. A state of emergency was declared as floodwaters inundated homes and farming land: displacing families, killing livestock and crops.
World Vision distributed more than 300 winter blankets and 100 food packages (containing oil, pasta, rice, sugar, meat, dried fish, chocolate, biscuits, Chocó crème, salt and milk) as well as hygiene implements for 250 families affected by the floods in, Fitore and Bishan villages. In addition to food for people, World Vision staff also delivered nearly 119.5 quintals (more than 5,400 kilos) of maize to 176 families who also lost all the feed for their animals. In Bishan, one of the hardest hit villages, 290 children are registered in World Vision’s sponsorship programme.
Severe weather,including heavy snowfall, rains, winds, low temperatures and thunderstorms are affecting several countries of southern Europe.
Croatia: Power outages and traffic disruption due to heavy snowfall, ice and winds.
Albania: Heavy rains caused floods in several areas of southern Albania since 31 January. The situation is most critical in the south-western areas of the country (Fier and Vlore). At least 1,600 families have been affected and 17,000 ha of land have been flooded.
A. Situation analysis Description of the disaster
Due to the heavy rainfalls in recent days, which varied between 160 and 200 mm in three days equalling to a normal monthly ratio, the southern and south-eastern parts of Albania have been hit by major floods, leading to the evacuation of some 850 families from their houses since Sunday, 1st February 2015 up to date.
• Heavy rains affected several areas of Zimbabwe in the last few days, causing floods mostly in Harare. Media reported several homes damaged and one person missing due to floods and ten people killed by lightning.
• In the next 48 h thunderstorms may affect several
• According to media, 3 February, due to the severe weather of the last two days, floods were observed in at least five counties of southern Albania. Fier and Vlore are the counties most affected. Media reported at least 1 700 houses flooded, 1 200 of them in Fier and 500 in Vlora.
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
• The situation in the eastern part of the country is still serious. Issues remain with clean drinking water.
• Heavy rain and snow affected several areas of southern Albania in the last two days, causing rivers to overflow and floods. Fier and Vlore are the counties most affected (according to media).
• Media reported hundreds of homes and roads flooded; no deaths reported (as of 2 February).
THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
• Heavy rains and snow melt caused severe flooding in the last few days. The situation is most alarming in the eastern part of the country along the river Bregalnica.
Growth in 2014 for six countries in South East Europe was close to zero, according to the latest South East Europe Regular Economic Report (SEE RER).
Weather - in particular unprecedented floods in May and the residual impacts of earlier severe events - was a major factor hindering growth in the region, exposing the overall vulnerability of these economies to extreme weather events.