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Bulgaria: Floods - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) n° MDRBG002 DREF operation

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A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

After an exceptionally dry winter, the weather in Bulgaria started becoming very wet, going to the other extreme. Since the beginning of the summer, heavy rains and hail storms have been a constant problem for the local population.

In the late hours of 31 July, storms and heavy rainfalls in North-West Bulgaria caused devastating floods in the regions of Sofia, Plovdiv, Montana and Vratsa.

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Romania + 1 other
Five dead in East Europe flooding

07/31/2014 15:04 GMT

BUCHAREST, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - Two men reported missing in southern Romania following floods in Eastern Europe were found dead Thursday, taking the regional toll to five, official sources said.

The two bodies were found miles downstream from the area where they were swept away by floodwaters as high as two metres (six and a half feet), in Valcea county, the emergency inspectorate told AFP.

A further two men are still missing in Romania, where a first death was reported Wednesday.

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Serbia + 9 others
Balkan armies promise greater co-operation in catastrophes

Nine Balkan militaries agree to jointly assist the civilian population in times of disasters.

By Miki Trajkovski for Southeast European Times in Skopje -- 22/07/14

In the wake of damaging flooding in Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) this year, military leaders of nine countries in southeast Europe are promising to work together to co-ordinate emergency response to future natural disasters.

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World + 7 others
Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity

UNHCR urges Europe to do more for Syrian refugees

UNHCR today calls on European countries to strengthen their response to the Syrian crisis. In a new report Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity UNHCR is urging states to ensure access to territory, including fair and efficient asylum procedures, to provide adequate reception conditions and to actively adopt other measures which can provide protection and safety for refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria.

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Somalia + 7 others
10 July 2014: World - ECHO Flash Events

Mexico, Guatemala – Earthquake

• Three people were killed in Mexico and two in Guatemala by the earthquake of 7 July. In Mexico, 9 000 houses and several roads were damaged in 15 municipalities.
In Guatemala, a state of calamity was declared in the affected areas, where approx. 25 000 people have been affected. Out of 1 459 evacuees, 114 remain in temporary shelters.
(ECHO, NGOs, CONRED)

U.S.A. – Severe Weather

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World + 12 others
The Human Cost of Fortress Europe: Human Rights Violations against Migrants and Refugees at Europe’s Borders

Report
Amnesty

EU migration policies put lives and rights at risk

In their determination to seal off their borders, the European Union and its member states are putting the lives and rights of refugees and migrants at risk, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

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World + 5 others
Annual Report Situation of Asylum in the European Union 2013

Report
European Union

PR 08/2014

7 July 2014

EASO Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union in 2013

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World + 10 others
FRONTEX Annual Risk Analysis 2014

Report
European Union

FRONTEX PUBLISHES ANNUAL RISK ANALYSIS 2014

Detections of illegal border crossing at the EU external borders increased sharply in 2013, rising to over 107,000 from 75,000 in 2012, with Syrians, Eritreans and Afghans being the most commonly detected nationalities.

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Insurance against climate change : financial disaster risk management and insurance options for climate change adaptation in Bulgaria

Report
World Bank

Bracing for Climate Change: Managing the Unavoidable and Avoiding the Unmanageable

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Climate change is already happening: 900 extreme events were registered across the world last year and in Bulgaria, the frequency of natural disasters has increased significantly in the new millennium - with 10 major natural occurrences recorded between 2004 and 2006 alone.

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Bulgarian Red Cross responds as thousands are affected by floods

By Andreea Anca, IFRC

The Bulgarian Red Cross staff and volunteers responded immediately to the humanitarian needs following the flash floods that suddenly hit the north-eastern part of the country late on Thursday, 19 June.

Disaster emergency response teams are in place and volunteers distribute blankets, pillows, bed linen, food, drinking water to the affected population in and around the cities of Varna and Dobrich. Teams of psychologists provide psychosocial support in order to help people cope with the impact of the disaster.

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20 June 2014: Bulgaria - Severe Weather / Floods

SITUATION

• Severe weather, including heavy rainfall, winds and hail, affected Bulgaria over 18-20 June. As a consequence, flash floods and stream overflow caused casualties, damage and evacuations in the east and north-east of the country. Houses have been flooded and dozens of vehicles swept away, while electricity outages and road closures have also been reported.

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Bulgaria flash floods kill 11

06/20/2014 09:30 GMT

By Nikolay Doychinov

VARNA, June 20, 2014 (AFP) - Flash floods in Bulgaria have killed at least 11 people including two children, with others missing after torrential rains lashed the east of the country, authorities said Friday.

The worst hit was the Asparuhovo neighbourhood of the Black Sea city of Varna, where between nine and 11 people including the children perished, Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev said.

Two more victims were found in the nearby northeastern town of Dobrich, where 150 people were evacuated.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Bulgaria provides humanitarian aid for Afghanistan landslide victims

Bulgaria provides humanitarian aid to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the victims of the devastating landslides in the province of Badakhshan on 2 May 2014. The aid is worth 32 800 levs and includes 50 tents, provided by the Fire Safety and Protection of Population Service to the Ministry of Interior, and 200 blankets, provided by the Bulgarian Red Cross.

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World + 11 others
EU: Make Saving Lives at Sea Top Priority

Step Up Joint Rescue Operations; Resettle More Syrians

(London) – European Union ministers meeting in Luxembourg on June 5, 2014, should back stronger action to save migrant and refugee lives at sea. The ministers should also improve access to protection in Europe for refugees fleeing Syria and others fleeing persecution and abuse.

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Serbia + 14 others
EU assistance underway for flood victims in Serbia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina

17/05/2014 - The European Union is providing coordinated assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism which has been activated upon the request of Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina due to the severe flooding in the two countries. In less than a day and a half following the request, a total of 14 EU Member States offered assistance.

Bulgaria, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are deploying rescue boats, high capacity pumps and operational teams to Serbia.

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Bulgaria + 2 others
Bulgaria, No Country For Syrian Refugees

By Claudia Ciobanu

WARSAW, May 15 2014 (IPS) - Since November last year, Bulgaria has virtually closed its borders to an inflow of Syrian asylum seekers and other migrants trying to enter the country from Turkey, while EU institutions concerned appear to have acquiesced to this.

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Bulgaria + 1 other
Bulgaria: Population Movement DREF operation n° MDRBG001 - final report

Summary: CHF 172,726 CHF was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 3 October 2013 to support the Bulgarian Red Cross Society in delivering assistance to some 2,000 beneficiaries and to replenish its disaster preparedness stocks.