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Tropical Cyclone Soudelor formed in the north-west Pacific Ocean, north-west of Enewetak Atoll of the Marshall Islands, on 30 July. Through 3 August, it moved north-west, crossing the Northern Mariana Islands, with its centre passing over Saipan with Typhoon intensity, in the afternoon of 2 August…
Affected countries: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
On Sunday July 19, 2015, a severe thunderstorm brought strong winds, heavy rainfall and flash floods to northern Iran. Based on initial assessment reports from the relief and rescue organisation; the Iranian Red Crescent, at least 11 people have been killed, 30 injured and 12 people listed as…
Affected countries: Guyana
Heavy rainfall along Guyana’s coastal regions during the period of 15 July and 16 July 2015 has resulted in increased water levels in rivers and canals. Region 3, Essequibo Islands, West Demerara and Region 4, Demerara-Mahaica are the most affected with flooding in several communities, in yards…
Affected countries: Myanmar
Heavy seasonal rains caused flooding in Rakhine State and other parts of the country at the end of June. At the beginning of July, the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) in Nay Pyi Taw reported that close to 14,800 people had been affected by floods throughout the country, with over 13,000 of…
Since 29 June 2015, heavy rainfalls in the south and southwest of Venezuela have caused river overflows and subsequent floodings, including in the states of Apure, Táchira, Mérida and Zulia. More than 40,000 people have been affected (UNCT, 7 Jul 2015). On 9 July the overflow of the Bocono river…
Affected countries: Costa Rica
Since late June 2015 heavy and constant rains have affected various locations in central and eastern Costa Rica, causing damage and forcing evacuations in the provinces of Limón, Heredia and Cartago. On 27 June 2015, the government of Costa Rica declared a Red Alert for the Costa Rican Caribbean…
Affected countries: South Sudan
On 23 Jun, the Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of cholera in Juba County. Following the declaration, the national cholera taskforce was mandated to initiate concrete interventions for cholera prevention and control. (WHO/Govt, 22 Jun 2015) By 27 Jun, the number of cases had increased to…
Affected countries: Georgia
On 7 June 2015 heavy rains and hails caused flooding in the eastern part of Georgia affecting 8,800 people. On 13 Jun, the situation in the country escalated further when repeated heavy rains caused mud flow and flash flooding of the rivers Vere and Mtkvari, seriously affecting different central…
Affected countries: Yemen
Starting in 2000, Yemen faced repeated outbreaks of severe dengue. In 2015, an upsurge was reported after over 1 million people had been internally displaced and health systems had been disrupted. More than 3,000 suspected cases and three deaths were recorded between 27 Mar and 4 Jun. However,…
Affected countries: Bangladesh
Since 24 June, torrential rains have set off flash floods and landslides in the low-lying areas in the south-eastern districts of Cox’ Bazar, Bandarban and Chittagong. The floods drowned hundreds of villages and killed at least 19 people, stranding over 200,000 according to the situation report…
Early warning signs provide alarming indications of looming significant food supply shortages that are likely to impact on the next marketing season starting from July 2015. The rains experienced in late March and early April provided some relief to livestock farmers, but arrived too late for both…
Affected countries: Pakistan
Unseasonably early rainfall has been affecting parts of Pakistan since late February 2015. On 26 Apr, a severe storm in northwest Pakistan, dubbed a "mini-cyclone", killed 44 people and injured more than 200 (AFP, 27 Apr 2015). Heavy rainfall starting on 3 Jun resulted in flash floods…
Affected countries: Ghana
Torrential rains started on 3 Jun 2015 and continued until the next day, impacting many parts of Ghana's Greater Accra region. The floods resulted in the displacement, loss of over 200 lives and loss of property and livelihoods. Red Cross assessment figures indicated that up to 46,370 people…
A prolonged dry spell from April to early June 2015 in main growing areas of DPR Korea affected plantings and yield potential of the 2015 food crops. More rains are urgently needed to avoid a significant decrease in 2015 cereal production. Should drought conditions persist, the food security…
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…