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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…
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: 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,…
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: 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: 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…
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 Feb 2015, an estimated 8,827 families have been affected by floods, rain, heavy snow and avalanches in 137 districts in 24 provinces. A total of 291 people were killed and 96 people were injured. 1,454 houses were completely destroyed and 7,119 houses were damaged. (OCHA, 5 Apr 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…