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Affected countries: Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
As of 24 November, Otto was a category 2 hurricane. The authorities in Costa Rica declared a state of emergency on 23 November. A red alert was in effect for several cantones in the Atlantic coast and northern regions and a yellow alert for the rest of the country. The President announced…
Affected countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Since November, rains and winds have hit the town of Gemena, headquarters of the province of Sud-Ubangi. Gemena town is located 3 hours by air (979 Km) from the town of Kinshasa. with a total population of 350,511 people (source: Provincial Mayor). On 9 November 2016, rain and violent winds…
Affected countries: Serbia
On 7 November 2016, heavy rainfall affected several areas of Kosovo* for three days with major floods. The situation is critical in the municipalities in Vushtrri, Gjakova, Rahovec, Podujeva and Malisheva. The rainfall intensity was approximately between 20 -25 mm/3h, or from 60-75 mm/24 hours. On…
Affected countries: Albania
Since 7 November 2016, heavy rainfall affected Albania, especially the northern regions of the country. River flows have been rapidly increasing and worsened by illegal constructions next to river basins causing streams of water to descend into towns. The heavy rainfall has made the water levels of…
Affected countries: Dominican Republic
Heavy rains continue to affect the country, causing flooding in several provinces already affected by the rains of last week. On 11 November, an Emergency Declaration for the provinces of Puerto Plata, La Vega, Espaillat and María Trinidad Sánchez was released. 17 provinces are on alert, six of…
Affected countries: Egypt
Heavy rains and flooding affected the Upper Egypt and the Red Sea coast, affecting more than 6,500 families at the governorates of South Sinai, Red Sea, Sohag, Qena, and Assuit. According to official estimates as of 29 October 2016, 26 people have been killed and 72 injured as a result of intense…
Affected countries: Ghana
Cholera has erupted in the southern Cape Coast district, with a sudden escalation of cases within days, rising from 36 on 26 October 2016 to 117 by 30 October, notably with no fatality. The cases are originating from communities in the outskirts of Cape Coast Metropolitan. The exponential increase…
On 19 October 2016, the typhoon made landfall in Cagayan in the evening as a category 4 storm.(Gov't of the Philippines, 20 Oct 2016) Eight deaths, all males, including two minors and an infant, have so far been attributed to this storm. These deaths all occurred from landslides in CAR…
Affected countries: China, Philippines, Viet Nam
A weather disturbance which formed earlier this week, in the sea, east of Philippines has intensified to Typhoon Sarika (local name Karen). The national meteorological agency estimates that Sarika will make landfall in the Aurora Quezon area as an equivalent of Category 2 cyclone early Sunday, 16…
Affected countries: Solomon Islands
Since August 2016, an unusual increase in dengue-like illness, including the number of NS1 positive cases, has been observed through the National Syndromic Surveillance System of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS). An outbreak of dengue was declared by the Government of Solomon…
Affected countries: Yemen
Health authorities in Yemen confirmed a cholera outbreak on 6 October 2016, posing an increased health risk to the population especially children. The Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) announced that a total of 11 out of 25 suspected diarrhea cases have been confirmed as Cholera…
As of 1100 EST on 3 October, Category 4 Hurricane Matthew was some 330 km south-east from Kingston (Jamaica) and 440 km south-west from Port-au-Prince (Haiti) in the Caribbean Sea, moving north-west at 9 km/h, with maximum sustained winds of 220 km/h, according to the National Hurricane Center…
Affected countries: Niger
The Ministry of Health, which officially declared the outbreak on 20 September, says 23 people have died from the virus and 60 people have been infected. Nearly all of those infected are pastoralists. There are also reports of significant livestock deaths from the virus, particularly cattle, sheep…
Affected countries: Benin
An initial three cholera cases were reported in So-Ava and an outbreak was declared on 16 August by local government authorities. Reported and verified cases were few in the early weeks and considered manageable by local authorities, but a sharp and heightened spike in the number of confirmed cases…
Affected countries: Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania
An earthquake of 5.9 magnitude hit North West Tanzania on Saturday 10th September, 2016, about 44 km from Bukoba town, on the western shore of Lake Victoria. Based on initial reports, the quake was shallow, occurring at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles). Shallow quakes generally tend to be more…
Affected countries: Senegal
On the nights of September 4 and 5, 2016, a heavy rain accompanied by strong winds caused significant material and human damage with a large number of affected people. In the area of St. Louis, it was estimated that there were about 1,313 affected families; especially in the department of Dagana…
From 29 August to 31 August 2016, heavy rains fell in North Hamgyong Province, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). More than 300mm of rain were reported in just two days, causing flooding of the Tumen River and its branches in this region around the Chinese-DPRK border. (IFRC, 3 Sep…
Following the recent detection of wild poliovirus in Nigeria, Ministers of Health from Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger and Nigeria have declared the polio outbreak in Nigeria as a public health emergency for countries of the Lake Chad basin. The declaration, coming out of the 66th…
Affected countries: Peru
On 14 August, a 5.4 earthquake shook department of Arequipa, killing four people. Some 1,564 families are affected, 1,074 houses are inhabitable and 383 houses have collapsed. National and regional authorities are assisting affected people. The Government declared a 60-day state of emergency for…
Torrential rain from 11 to 12 August has triggered flood and flash flood in the northern provinces of Lao PDR. As reported by the Social Welfare Department (SWD), Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the flood has submerged several villages in Xayabuly, Oudomxay and Luangprabang Provinces…