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Affected countries: China - Taiwan Province
Following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that affected the city of Tainan near Kaohsiung city, Taiwan, the Taiwan Red Cross Organization (TRCO) has mounted an emergency response in support of ongoing efforts of the authorities. The shallow quake – with a depth of 10 kilometres – struck at 03:57h…
Affected countries: United Republic of Tanzania
From 17 – 18 January 2016, the Dodoma Municipality of Tanzania and Bahi district in Dodoma region experienced significant flooding as a result of heavy rain accompanied by strong winds. Five localities in the outskirts of the Dodoma Municipality were worst hit by the flood, which affected 546…
Affected countries: Benin, Nigeria
As of 23 January, 82 people were reported to have died of Lassa fever. Of the total, 34 have already been confirmed to be due to the viral haemorrhagic fever, according to Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control. The disease, which first broke out in November, has spread to 10 states. Lassa fever is…
Affected countries: Mongolia
Mongolia is experiencing very low temperatures and heavy snowfall since early November 2015, locally named Dzud. According to the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), snow has covered 90 per cent of the total territory with conditions getting more severe. Based on the latest assessment…
Affected countries: Philippines
On 18 December, a tropical system entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and made landfall over the municipality of Manay in Davao Oriental province, eastern Mindanao. It weakened into a low pressure area (LPA) after landfall but continued to bring rains, including in areas that were…
Affected countries: Philippines
More than 700,000 people in the central Philippines fled to safer areas for fear of giant waves, floods or landslides as Typhoon Melor slammed into the archipelago nation Monday, officials said. Melor crossed the central Burias Island late Monday, with authorities warning that traditional thatched…
WHO issued an Epidemiological Alert warning about the Zika virus in the Americas. According to the alert nine countries had confirmed the presence of the Zika virus as of 1 December: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela. (WHO, 1 Dec 2015) As of…
Affected countries: Tajikistan
As the result of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Gorno-Badakhshan on December 7, at least two people have been trapped and killed under the rock falls, and more than 14 have been injured. (RAPID, 9 Dec 2015) According to figures from the Committee of Emergency Situations, the number of…
Around 7,500 people have been evacuated in Asuncion, Paraguay, due to the overflow of the Paraguay river, which has now reached 5.97 meters and flooded slums located nearby. A total of 57 emergency shelters have been set up for the majority of affected people. In addition to the…
Affected countries: Kyrgyzstan
An earthquake with 6.7 magnitude struck the Osh Province/Oblast of Kyrgyzstan on 17 November 2015, causing a wide range of damage in six districts of the province – Kara-Suu, Alay, Ozgon, Kara-Kulja, Aravan and Chong-Alay. The epicenter was registered in the Alai District. According to the…
Affected countries: Cameroon
A measles epidemic that has been increasing and spreading across Cameroon, with 858 cases recorded mid-November, is now posing significant risk to remote and hard-to-reach communities. Over the past six weeks, the epidemic has gained momentum in the northern areas of the country which are currently…
Affected countries: Kenya
Heavy rainfall was received in most parts the County; Busia, Homabay, Nandi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Bomet, Nyandarua, Turkana, Kericho, Nairobi and Narok Counties are amongst them. Average rainfall was witnessed in Malindi, Nyeri, Baringo, Mombasa, and Samburu Counties. Light showers were recorded in…
Affected countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo
On 28 October, heavy rains struck the territory of Kalehe in South Kivu, particularly affecting the village of Bushushu. The floods left 3 people missing, more than 50 houses destroyed, and dozens others damaged. Access to the village is impeded as the bridge is flooded (OCHA, 10 Nov 2015) In…
Affected countries: Somalia, Yemen
On 6 Nov 2015 Tropical Cyclone MEGH is moving west over the Arabian Sea, strengthening. At 6.00 UTC, it had max. sustained wind speed of 83 km/h and its centre was located approx. 800 km east of Socotra island. (ECHO, 6 Nov 2015) Tropical Cyclone Megh passed over Socotra on 8 Nov 12.00hrs local…
Affected countries: Burundi
The current rainy season has been causing severe damages to housing due the El Niño climate event since November 2015, and is expected to continue until May 2016. Until mid-January 2016, heavy rains and floods resulted in the damage and/or the destruction of 5,068 houses in Burundi, affecting…
Affected countries: Oman, Somalia, Yemen
Tropical Cyclone Chapala made landfall on mainland Yemen on 3 November and early reports point to substantial flooding, including in the country’s fifth largest city, Mukalla. Based on current projections the estimated number of people that may be affected by Cyclone Chapala is 1.1 million or…
Affected countries: Iraq
Heavy rains in late October have caused flooding in and around Baghdad, as surface drainage is minimal. Sewer systems have overflowed and caused open sewage to mix with floodwaters. The floods also contributed to increased power outages as many power stations were flooded and authorities have…
In Bolivia, authorities declared an emergency in the municipality of Omereque de Cochabamba in Bolivia on 5 October 2015 due to the drought that threatens the agricultural production. (Gov. of Bolivia, 5 Oct 2015). Around 400 farming households (approx. 2,000 people) do not have water for…
Affected countries: Ethiopia
Since the beginning of bega season, incidents of flooding were reported in East Imey, Mustahil and Kelafo woredas of Shebelle zone in Somali region due to the overflow of the Wabe Shebelle River (East Imey) and flash flood. Evacuation of at-risk population to safer/higher grounds was undertaken in…
Affected countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan
A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked parts of South Asia on 26 October 2015. It was centred near Jurm in northeast Afghanistan, 250 kilometres (160 miles) from the capital Kabul and at a depth of 213.5 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said. (AFP, 26 Oct 2015) Pakistan's confirmed…