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Affected countries: Chile
Heavy rainfall and consequent river overflow, flash floods and landslides affected the area of Atacama desert in the north of Chile over 24-25 Mar 2015, leading the Government to declare a state of emergency in Atacama and Antofagasta. As of 27 Mar, there are nine dead, 19 missing, 5,576 people in…
Affected countries: Ecuador
Heavy rainfall affected several areas of Ecuador starting in mid-March 2015, triggering river overflow and landslides in several provinces. As of 23 Mar, damage to houses and infrastructure as well as casualties had been reported in most provinces, with at least seven people killed and another five…
Affected countries: Costa Rica
On 12 Mar 2015, Costa Rica's Turrialba Volcano, which is located in the Canton of Turrialba in Cartago Province, commenced eruptive activity characterized by ash expulsions, which formed a dispersion cloud that covered most of the northern Central Valley sector. The volcano has been active…
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: Papua New Guinea
Heavy rainfall on 3 Mar 2015 caused river overflows in Papua New Guinea's provinces of Western Highlands, Central Highlands, Southern Highlands and Jiwaka. As of 4 Mar, local authorities and local media report six people killed in the village of Polga in Jiwaka province, while a number of…
Affected countries: United Republic of Tanzania
On 3 Mar 2015, hail storms accompanied by strong winds and heavy rainfall hit the villages of Mwakata, Magung’unhwa and Nhumbi in Msalala district, in Tanzania's northwestern Shinyanga region, killing 47 people. According to the Tanzania Red Cross Society, up to 5,000 people have been…
Affected countries: Afghanistan
Since 1 February, an estimated 8,176 families have been affected by floods, rain, heavy snow and avalanches in 133 districts in 24 provinces. A total of 281 people were killed and 81 people were injured. 1,429 houses were completely destroyed and 6,357 houses were damaged. (OCHA, 24 Mar 2015)
Affected countries: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
A cholera outbreak in Mozambique started on 25 Dec 2014 and was officially declared on 27 Jan 2015 (IFRC, 20 Feb 2015). The outbreak was exacerbated by extensive flooding starting in January 2015. As of 22 Feb, a total of 3,478 cholera cases had been recorded, with a death toll of 37. New cases…
Affected countries: Kenya
On 3 Feb 2015, the Director of Medical Services in Kenya issued a cholera outbreak alert following an increase in cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) in several counties in the country. Cholera outbreaks were confirmed in Homa Bay, Migori and Nairobi counties. As of 16 Feb, a total of 805 cases…
Heavy rainfall since the beginning of February 2015 caused major flooding in the southern and south-eastern parts of Albania. Some 42,000 people have been affected, and houses have been damaged, around 3,500 heads of livestock killed, and 17,000 acres of farm land flooded. The Albanian Government…
Affected countries: Peru
Beginning in September 2014, floods, heavy rains, hail and landslides affected several parts of Peru including Arequipa, Loreto, Cusco, Amazonas, and San Martin. As of the beginning of February 2015, various districts of the forest areas were under a state of emergency as a result of weeks of…
Affected countries: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
At the beginning of February 2015, rains, floods and hailstorms had affected 54 municipalities, of which 30 had declared a state of emergency, in six departments in Bolivia, affecting 75,000 people (about 15,000 families); 21 people had been killed. Since the rainy season began in October 2014, an…
Affected countries: Madagascar
From 5 Jan 2015 onward, pressure from the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone caused continuous rainfall, leading to flooding across Madagascar, with the capital city of Antananarivo (in Grand Tana) among the areas that have been worst affected. Tropical storm Chedza made landfall over Madagascar on 16…
Affected countries: Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Heavy seasonal rainfall starting in December 2014 has caused flooding in Southern Africa. As of 16 Jan 2015, 135,000 people had been affected in Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and Zimbabwe. (OCHA, 16 Jan 2015) In Malawi, the floods caused extensive damage to crops, livestock and infrastructure…
Winter storm Huda (called Zeina in Lebanon) started sweeping across the Middle East on 6 Jan 2015, bringing heavy snow and rainfall, high winds and freezing temperatures to tens of thousands of refugees living in camps and makeshift shelters across the region. In Lebanon, the Red Cross estimated…
Affected countries: Philippines
Tropical Storm Jangmi, locally named Seniang, made landfall on the Philippines' main southern island of Mindanao on 29 Dec 2014 and then crossed to the central islands, causing floods and landslides. The storm weakened into a low pressure area on 31 Dec and excited the Philippines on 2 Jan…
On 28 December 2014, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was hit by heavy snowfalls that resulted in snow drifts, two meters high in some places, limiting the movement of all types of vehicles on many highways and mountain corridors, cutting the communication with a number of mountain…
Affected countries: Malaysia, Thailand
Heavy seasonal rains and strong winds have affected most parts of Malaysia since mid-December 2014 and are expected to continue until early January 2015. The rains caused severe flooding in the East Coast – Terengganu, Pahang, and Kelantan states. In addition to the three most affected states,…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
By 5 Jan 2015, an estimated 1.1 million people had been affected by floods, landslides and high winds since 19 Dec 2014 in 22 of 25 districts; 39 deaths had been reported. More than 30,000 people were staying in 230 safety centres in 17 districts. Over 6,400 houses were reportedly destroyed and an…