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Affected countries: Cabo Verde
Cabo Verde's Fogo volcano began erupting on 23 Nov 2014, and an emergency was declared for the islands of Fogo and neighboring Brava. The lava front has effectively cut road access to several communities, halting all evacuation effort by motorized vehicles. The lava has also claimed large…
Affected countries: Haiti
Heavy rainfall starting at the beginning of November 2014 caused flooding and landslides in Northern Haiti, killing 17 people. More than 15,000 houses were flooded, 90 were destroyed and 800 were severely damaged. Over 6,500 people were temporarily housed in emergency shelters. The floods also…
Affected countries: Niger
Starting in September 2014, cholera cases began to increase drastically in southern Niger. Of 1,365 cases reported between the beginning of the year and 7 Oct, 739 were reported in September. Tahoua region was the most affected, with 776 cases as of 7 Oct, followed by neighboring Maradi with 353…
Affected countries: Somalia
Starting in October 2014, heavy rains in south-central Somalia and in upper parts of the Shabelle basin in the Somali-Ethiopian border, have caused flooding along both the Shabelle and Juba Rivers. The worst-hit areas are along the Shabelle River: Beledweyne in Hiraan region, and in the Middle…
Affected countries: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
In October 2014, an assessment carried out by authorities identified six municipalities in Bolivia's eastern Santa Cruz department impacted by drought. An estimated 10,236 families are affected (about 51,180 people) as well as 20,344 hectares - 90 per cent of which is corn crops. So far, 12…
Affected countries: Colombia, Ecuador
Since 20 Oct 2014, the Chiles and Cerro Negro volcanoes on the border between Ecuador and Colombia have shown increased volcanic activity causing several earthquakes and tremors. Ecuador's cantons of Tulcán and Espejo are the most affected, putting approximately 15,000 people at risk. On 22…
Affected countries: Ethiopia
Heavy rains starting in September 2014 caused flooding in Ethiopia's Afar, SNNP and Somali regions (OCHA, 20 Oct 2014). By 28 Oct, some 72,680 people had been affected and more than 50,000 people had been displaced, having partially or totally lost their homes and livelihoods. The forecasted…
Affected countries: India
On 12 Oct 2014, Tropical Cyclone Hudhud made landfall on India's coast of Andhra Pradesh, near the city of Visakhapatnam, as a category 3 storm. Visakhapatnam was heavily damaged, including the airport, a number of buildings, electrical and telecommunications supplies and roads. Similarly,…
Affected countries: Honduras
On 9 Jul 2014, the Government of Honduras declared an emergency for drought in the dry corridor (Govt, 9 Jul 2014). In August, FEWS NET issued a Food Security Alert for Central America, noting that a typical mid-season dry spell had extended beyond the usual 15 days, negatively impacting crops…
Affected countries: China - Taiwan Province, Philippines
Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (known as Mario in the Philippines) made landfall on 19 Sep 2014 morning, over the northern tip of Cagayan Province of the Philippines' Luzon Island. Its effects enhanced heavy rains that brought flooding in low lying areas of Luzon, including Metro Manila and the…
Affected countries: Philippines
On 15 Sep 2014, the Philippines raised Alert Level 3 for the Mayon Volcano, indicating that the volcano is exhibiting relatively high unrest and that a hazardous eruption is possible within weeks (Govt, 15 Sep 2014). More than 50,000 people were identified within the permanent danger and high-risk…
Affected countries: Pakistan
Heavy monsoon rains and floods across Pakistan during the first week of September 2014 killed at least 193 people. The rivers Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, and Jhelum overflowed and brought flash floods, which caused homes to collapse in the Punjab, Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK)…
Affected countries: India
Seasonal monsoon rains starting at the end of June 2014 triggered river overflows in India's north-eastern State of Assam, causing damage and evacuations (ECHO, 26 Jun 2014). Starting in mid-July, flooding in eastern India killed three people and forced thousands of families from their homes…
Affected countries: Cameroon
Starting on 21 Aug 2014, heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in Bibemi Subdivision in Cameroon's North Region. Many villages were swept away by flood waters, with houses and farms destroyed, animals killed and nearly 700 families (about 3,500 people) affected, including more than 270 families…
Affected countries: Solomon Islands
On 23 Jul 2014, WHO issued a health alert for a suspected measles outbreak in the Solomon Islands (WHO, 23 Jul 2014). By the end of August, over 600 cases had been reported, including two measles-related deaths. On 1 Sep a mass measles vaccination campaign to target all children aged 6 months to 30…
Affected countries: Kenya
In January 2014, the Government of Kenya declared an impending drought with an estimated 1.6 million people affected. After a poor performance of the long rains between March and May 2014 in the arid and semi-arid zones, the drought situation continued to affect both pastoral and marginal…
Affected countries: Bangladesh
Since 13 Aug 2014, continuous rainfall in north and northeastern Bangladesh, together with the onrush of water from upstream, have caused flash floods in low-lying and densely populated areas. More than 800,000 people have been affected, including 500,000 displaced. As of 25 Aug, humanitarian…
Affected countries: Ghana
In June 2014, a cholera outbreak was reported in Ghana. As of 18 Aug, 6,018 cases including 47 deaths (case fatality rate of 0.9%) had been reported from 34 districts in five regions. Greater Accra was the most affected region, with 5,558 cases and 45 deaths. As the numbers of cases were increasing…
Affected countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo
On 24 Aug 2014, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in the northern Équateur province. As of 27 Aug, 42 suspected cases had been reported, including 13 deaths (five of which were health workers) and six out of eight samples had tested positive…
Affected countries: Niger
Ongoing heavy seasonal rainfall has caused flooding in several parts of Niger in August 2014. As of 21 Aug, more than 36,400 people had been affected according to the Government, and 18 deaths had been reported. Tillabéry was the most affected region, followed by Dosso, Maradi and Tahoua. By this…