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Hungary: Floods - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - DREF n° MDRHU003

A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster

Due to the heavy and unseasonal rainfall, there has been massive river flooding in different parts of Hungary starting from 14 September 2014 onwards. The General Directorate of the Water Management posted red alert on the rivers Dráva, Lajta, Mura, Rába and Zala, in total along 320 kilometres. The floods are affecting 90 villages in 10 Counties of Hungary, namely Vas, Zala, Győr-Moson- Sopron, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Veszprém, Baranya, Bács- Kiskun, Nógrád and Fejér.

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Serbia + 4 others
16 September 2014: Eastern Europe – Floods


SLOVENIA: In the last few days heavy rains caused floods in parts of Slovenia. The most affected regions are Dolenjska, Pomurje, parts of Stajerska and Koroska. The situation is slowly stabilizing. More than 250 landslides occurred in the last days and the warning is still in place. According to media more than 1 100 buildings have been inundated. On 14 September, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated.

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World + 16 others
Mind the Gap: An NGO Perspective on Challenges to Accessing Protection in the Common European Asylum System - Annual Report 2013|2014

With restricted access to the EU territory for people fleeing war and persecution, and asylum seekers ending up destitute or detained in some European countries, the EU remains an elusive safe haven for refugees.

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Romania + 4 others
Making the Tisza River basin a safer place

Local communities in the Tisza River basin have recently been confronted with several serious toxic spills and ecological disasters along the river. Regional scientists, within a NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) project, have therefore started to develop a monitoring system to increase the chances of predicting environmental crises and improving disaster response.

From one disaster to another

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Ukraine + 7 others
Ukraine UNHCR external update on the situation of displaced persons, 10 July 2014

IDPs from eastern Ukraine report that they have left home due to security concerns. Cases of extortion and harassment are also being reported, as well as risks of being caught in crossfire.

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Romania + 10 others
31 January 2014: Eastern / Central Europe – Severe Weather


In the last few days severe weather conditions (heavy snowfalls, low temperatures, rainfall) have hit parts of central and eastern Europe, in particular Romania and Bulgaria, causing power outages and transportation problems.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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Philippines + 1 other
Hungarian Foreign Minister Undertakes Historic Visit to the Philippines

05 December 2013 – Foreign Minister János Martonyi of Hungary will undertake an official visit to the Philippines from December 5 to 7 at the invitation of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario. Minister Martonyi’s visit will be the first by a Hungarian Foreign Minister in the country. The two officials had previously met in the multilateral forum of Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

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Philippines + 6 others
The EU responds to Haiyan disaster with coordinated relief efforts

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCP) has been activated to ensure coordinated European relief efforts following the Philippine authorities' request for international assistance to address the colossal needs in the aftermath of the devastating cyclone Haiyan.

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Bulgaria + 5 others
European assistance to help Bulgaria face the refugee crisis

Support is being delivered to Bulgaria to help the national authorities cope with the influx of Syrian refugees. The assistance is provided by Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria, and is coordinated by the European Commission. It includes more than 2000 folding beds and mattresses, more than 4200 blankets and other items, such as bedding, towels, kitchen sets and cutlery.

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Bulgaria + 2 others
EU countries provide aid for the refugees in Bulgaria

Truckload of material aid to Bulgaria departed today from Hungary. The aid is provided under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, enabled by Bulgaria on 16 October 2013. The donation includes blankets, bedding, hygiene and sanitation materials and other items as requested by Bulgaria. The head of the Bulgarian mission in Budapest Biserka Benisheva thanked on behalf of the Bulgarian government and the citizens of Bulgaria for the quick response of Hungary in this difficult time for us.

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Bulgaria + 4 others
Bulgaria – Request for assistance for refugee assistance (ECHO Daily Flash, 21 October 2013)

■Since the beginning of the year Bulgaria has been put under unprecedented pressure from asylum seekers and illegal immigrants. In result of the conflict in Syria a significant increase of the number of requests for protection is being seen. The number of persons who entered Bulgarian territory illegally this year is 7410 people. The total number of the refugees in Bulgaria as of 14th October 2013 is 6404. Bulgaria has not faced such a crisis for the last 90 years.

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Hungary: Floods Preparedness - DREF operation n° MDRHU002

CHF 52,487 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 7th June 2013 to support the Hungarian Red Cross Society in strengthening their disaster response preparedness and in delivering assistance to 1,500 families affected by the floods on the river Danube.


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Fact sheet: Solutions for Syrian refugees

UNHCR has been working closely with states to provide resettlement or humanitarian admission as part of the broader protection response to refugees who have fled from Syria to neighbouring countries. These interventions are critical for refugees who are in urgent need of protection.

They are above all an expression of solidarity with countries in the region currently hosting more than two million Syrian refugees.

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Hungary: Snow Storm - DREF operation n° MDRHU001 - final report


The unexpected and belated severe winter weather in March paralysed almost half of Hungary for several days. The authorities issued a red alert for seven counties, and an orange alert for many others.

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Hungary: Location Map (2013)

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Romania + 7 others
More disasters but reduced losses in Europe

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, 18 September 2013 - European Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva this week told European parliamentarians that significant progress has been made in reducing disaster impacts across Europe over the last nine years of the Hyogo Framework for Action, the global agreement monitored by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Ukraine + 17 others
Europe Zone Office Consolidated Development Operational Report January - June 2013 MAA65001

1. Executive summary

The economic crisis in Europe continues to hit headlines. According to the last EU figures, 43.6 million of EU citizens find difficulties in accessing food on a daily basis, and trends show that the need for food assistance is likely to increase in the near future.

Over 26 millions of people were unemployed across the EU in April 2013, by 1.7 million more than in April 2012. Youth unemployment figures are particularly alarming, with peaks of 56 per cent in Spain and 62.5 per cent in Greece.