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Affected countries: Burundi, United Republic of Tanzania
On 13 May 2015, 15 cases of acute diarrhoeal disease among Burundian refugees in Tanzania were reportedly negative for cholera. However, on 16 May, two samples from the Nyarugusu camp in Kigoma region tested positive, and the number of acute diarrhoea diseases cases rapidly climbed to over 1,000…
Between 2-4 May 2015, an unusual phenomenon produced waves two meters above sea level that left behind dozens of victims, evacuees and damage to infrastructure on the Pacific Ocean side of Latin America. The El Salvadoran coast was among the hardest hit, with damage across the entire coastal line…
Affected countries: Tajikistan
Prolonged torrential rains caused a number of floods and mudslides between 11 and 13 May 2015 in Khatlon province and Hoit administrative center of the Rasht valley of Tajikistan. According to the rapid assessment results received from the Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense and the…
Affected countries: Central African Republic
On 24 Apr 2015, continuous storms resulted in extensive flooding, destruction of houses and loss of household belongings in several districts of Berbérati in south-western Central African Republic. According to a rapid assessment carried out by the local committee of the Red Cross, 210 households…
Affected countries: Colombia
Flooding, windstorms and landslides affected more than 20,000 people in Colombia in April 2015. The rainy season in the southern and western departments had a particularly strong impact in the Amazonas department near the Peruvian and Brazilian border. In this remote area, where information access…
Affected countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal
A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck 77 kilometres (48 miles) northwest of Nepal's capital Kathmandu at 0611 GMT on 25 Apr 2015, toppling office blocks and towers and killing thousands of people. More than two dozen people were also reported killed in neighbouring India, China and…
Affected countries: Russian Federation
Between 12-15 April 2015, due to the extremely dry weather, high air temperatures and heavy wind in the territory of Republic of Khakassia located in the South Siberian part of Russia, a massive forest fire covered a large territory of 38 settlements. 30 people were killed and 5,000 affected; about…
Affected countries: Argentina, Chile
Calbuco volcano, located in the province of Llanquihue, state of Los Lagos, southern Chile, erupted on 22 Apr 2015. Seismic activity had increased during only approximately one hour before the explosion. Volcanic ash reached a height greater than 15 km and the pyroclastic dispersal has mainly been…
Affected countries: Rwanda
On 3 April 2015, heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslides in Nyamasheke and Rubavu districts in Rwanda's Western Province. The Rwanda Red Cross Society estimated that 3,425 people (685 households) had been affected; and were being accommodated in nearby communities after their homes were…
Affected countries: Kazakhstan
A sudden rise of temperature in central and eastern Kazakhstan resulted in the fast melting of snow that caused floods on 8-9 Apr 2015. A state of emergency was declared in the regions of Akmola, Karaganda and Pavlodar, situated in the eastern and northern parts of Kazakhstan. The floods destroyed…
Affected countries: Somalia
Starting on 15 Apr 2015, heavy downpour affected many parts of the Juba and Shabelle River basins both in Somalia and in the Ethiopian Highlands. Flash floods have been reported in some areas including Belet Weyne and Mogadishu. Following the heavy rains, the river levels have increased drastically…
Affected countries: Haiti
Heavy rainfall over the weekend of 4-5 Apr 2015 affected almost 9,000 families in Haiti: 8,413 families in the West department (89 per cent in Cité Soleil and 8 per cent in Tabarre) and 449 families in Grande Anse. Six people died in flooding in Port-au-Prince, including five children. A total of…
Affected countries: Paraguay
On 4 Apr 2015, a severe storm hit several towns in the department of Concepción in northern Paraguay, affecting houses, crops and farm animals. Authorities estimate that 5,000 people were affected and have begun the response by providing roofing material, food and medical attention. OCHA is…
Affected countries: Niger
Niger's Ministry of Public Health officially declared measles and meningitis outbreaks on 1 Apr 2015 (OCHA, 14 Apr 2015). As of 18 Apr, the meningitis outbreak had affected all regions except Diffa, with 905 cases recorded since the beginning of the year and a fatality rate of 9,39 per cent…
Affected countries: Burundi
On 29 Mar 2015, heavy rains caused floods and landslides in Muhuta, a commune of Bujumbura Rural Province, in Western Burundi on the edge of Lake Tanganyika, destroying 349 houses, a health center and two schools. The displaced population found refuge in the houses of their relatives and neighbors,…
Typhoon Maysak made landfall on Micronesia's Chuuk islands on 29 Mar 2015 and on Yap islands on 20 Mar and 1 Apr, causing substantial damages and prompting both Governors and the President to declare a state of emergency.(Govt, 2 Apr 2015) Following rapid needs assessments in Chuuk's state…
Affected countries: Chile
Heavy rainfall and consequent river overflow, flash floods and landslides affected the Atacama and Antofagasta regions in the north of Chile over 24-25 Mar 2015. (ECHO, 27 Mar 2015) The Government asked the United Nations system to support the coordination of the emergency response and delivery of…
Affected countries: Argentina
The heaviest rain in decades pounded much of central and western Argentina at the beginning of March 2015, triggering flooding and prompting evacuations (AFP, 3 Mar 2015). More than 4,400 people were evacuated in the provinces of Cordoba, Santa Fe, San Luis, Catamarca and Santiago del Estero). The…
Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu as an extremely destructive category 5 cyclone on the evening of 13 Mar 2015, causing serious damage to infrastructure and leaving debris strewn across the capital. (OCHA, 15 Mar 2015) As of 26 Mar, the storm had affected around 166,000 people on 22…
Affected countries: Sudan
In December 2014, an outbreak of measles started in Sudan's Gedarif and Kassala States. A localized response vaccination campaign was implemented. However, clustered measles cases started to be reported from additional 13 localities in 10 states. By the beginning of March 2015, more than 1,600…