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Romania: Flash Floods - DREF Operation n° MDRRO004 - Final Report

Summary: Due to heavy rainfalls in Romania that started on 12 September 2013 and lasted for more than 48 hours, many villages in several municipalities from the counties of Galati, Tulcea and Vaslui were flooded.

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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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World + 3 others
Save the Children and UNICEF Receive $13.6 million from IKEA Soft Toy Campaign for Education Programs in Africa, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe

Thank You IKEA Customers and Co-workers! IKEA US Soft Toy Campaign Raised Over $1 Million

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Eileen Burke 203.216.0718

WESTPORT, Conn. (Jan. 30, 2014) — IKEA customers and co-workers have partnered with the IKEA Foundation on a $13.6 million (€10.1 million) gift for UNICEF and Save the Children projects to help realize every child's right to a quality education.

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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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Romania: Location Map (2013)

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ACT Alliance Rapid Response Fund: Floods in South-East Romania

ACT Alliance

Funds Sent To: Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania - AIDRom Amount Sent: US 49,917 Date: 23 September 2013

Details of Response

Emergency: Relief Support to Flood Affected in Romania Date of Emergency: From mid September 2013 onwards ACT Requesting Member: Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania - AIDRom



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Bulgaria + 7 others
Headed Somewhere in Europe, Somehow

By Apostolis Fotiadis

ATHENS, Sep 20 2013 (IPS) - While the relentless war in Syria continuously adds to the number of refugees travelling west to Europe, Greece is fast becoming a nation they are choosing to avoid.

The majority of Syrians, and also others fleeing their countries, are now trying to reach northern Europe through other routes. And the tough Balkans is emerging as one such alternative.

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Member organizations of the Working Group on Humanitarian Assistance of the Romanian NGDO Platform FOND show their solidarity with the disaster situation caused by the floods in Galati

Following severe flooding in recent days produced in 39 villages in Galaţi County, the Romanian organizations ADRA Romania, CARITAS Romania, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Maltese Relief Service in Romania and World Vision Romania, members of the Working Group on Humanitarian Assistance (WGHA) within the Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND, express their solidarity with the people in the affected areas, by emergency and post-floods interventions.

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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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ACT Alliance Alert: Floods in South-East Romania

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1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

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Romania: Flash Floods - DREF Operation n° MDRRO004

CHF 185,736 has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Romanian Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 900 families (3,600 beneficiaries), mobilizing its branches in the affected territories and with the help of other stakeholders. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

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Flash floods kill nine in Romania, thousands evacuated

09/15/2013 12:22 GMT

BUCHAREST, September 15, 2013 (AFP) - Flash floods have killed nine people and forced thousands to flee their homes in eastern Romania in the last four days, the authorities said Sunday.

Eugen Chirita, an emergency services spokesman for the Galati region, said: "The toll since Thursday is nine dead, 6,900 evacuated and 1,735 homes flooded."

Torrential downpours caused the water level to rise rapidly on Thursday. Among those who died was an eight-year-old girl swept away from her father's arms.

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Romania - Floods (ECHO Daily Flash 13/09/2013)

On 11 September, heavy rain in Galati County namely 140 l/m2 in six hours, created flash floods which affected 21 localities. Nine casualties, 559 people evacuated, 335 houses damaged and 1 709 buildings flooded.

On 12 September, 743 professionals and volunteers and 93 operational means were involved in the effort. The Romanian authorities are coping with the situation and international assistance is not required at this stage.

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Safety for a family that fled war in Sudan only to end up in Syria

TIMISOARA, Romania, 26 August, (UNHCR) – After escaping war in Sudan only to get caught up in the Syrian conflict, Mohamed* exudes relief and celebration as he pushes his two children on swings in the playground of their refuge in Romania.

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Romania + 4 others
A facility in Romania provides refugees with a gateway to a new life

TIMISOARA, Romania, 19 August (UNHCR) – After almost two years in a harsh desert camp on the Egyptian-Libyan border, Mohamed arrived in Timisoara's Emergency Transit Centre. Although the ETC is only a temporary stop while Mohamed, a 28-year-old Sudanese, and other refugees await moves to new homes in other countries, it is a welcome santuary.

"I was so happy to get here," said Mohamed, a former veterinary student forced to leave his family behind in the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan. "I felt safe! There is water, food and a peaceful place to sleep."

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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.

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Romania + 1 other
33 Syrians fleeing to Europe held in Romania

07/07/2013 10:14 GMT

BUCHAREST, July 7, 2013 (AFP) - Thirty-three Syrians, including seven children, have been stopped by the Romanian coastguard as they were attempting to reach Europe, authorities said on Sunday.

Their sailing boat was spotted seven miles (11 kilometres) off Romania's Black Sea coast with eight women, seven children and 18 men on board, the coastguard said in a statement.

There were two Turkish guides on the vessels, who were also detained by authorities.

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Syria crisis - ECHO factsheet

Factsheet on Syria:

The number of people affected by this protracted crisis is estimated to be 6.8 million people.

Around 4.25 million people are reported to be displaced within Syria.

The number of refugees has now reached 1 683 901, with over 550 thousand in Lebanon alone..

The total humanitarian funding committed to the crisis is €682 million: €265 million from the EU and €417 from the Member States which includes in-kind contributions.

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Croatia + 8 others
Nicaragua/Pakistan/India/Mexico/Greece/Serbia/Croatia/Hungary/Romania- Floods (ECHO Daily Flash 17/06/2013)

Nicaragua – Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, SINAPRED, Local Media)

A strong 6.5M earthquake at a depth of 35km hit in the Pacific Ocean, ca. 40km off the coasts of Leon province, Nicaragua on 15 June at 17:34 UTC. USGS indicates 80,000 people exposed to "Strong" shaking, Local media report one person dead and light damage in the capital Managua and in the provinces of Chinandega and Leon.

Pakistan – Severe weather (Pakistan Government, Local Media)