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Affected countries: Indonesia
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck off Pidie Jaya district, province of Aceh in Sumatra Island, Indonesia, around 05:00h local time, on 7 December 2016, killing at least 90 people and damaging more than 200 houses. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake was centred 17 kilometres…
Peru A state of emergency was declared for Loreto's provincial municipality of Alto Amazonas on 15 January due to heavy rains and landslides. (RedHum, 16 Jan 2017) On 16 January, the Civil Defense Region Office reported the rain had affected 2,645 people and had damaged 1,122 houses. The…
Affected countries: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
On Tuesday, 29 November 2016, St. Vincent and the Grenadines was impacted by heavy rains, which resulted in flooding and landslides in several communities. Sandy Bay in the north-eastern area of St. Vincent was the most severely affected community; however, the villages of Magum, Orange Hill,…
Affected countries: Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
As of 24 November, Otto was a category 2 hurricane. The authorities in Costa Rica declared a state of emergency on 23 November. A red alert was in effect for several cantones in the Atlantic coast and northern regions and a yellow alert for the rest of the country. The President announced…
Affected countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Since November, rains and winds have hit the town of Gemena, headquarters of the province of Sud-Ubangi...On 9 November 2016, rain and violent winds intensified, causing extensive floods in the Gemena neighbourhoods located on the banks of rivers Mombonga, Sukia and Labo. (IFRC, 25 Nov 2016) The…
Affected countries: Serbia
On 7 November 2016, heavy rainfall affected several areas of Kosovo* for three days with major floods. The situation is critical in the municipalities in Vushtrri, Gjakova, Rahovec, Podujeva and Malisheva. On 11 November 2016, the highest rainfall intensity recorded was 65-90 mm within 24 hours,…
Affected countries: Albania
Since 7 November 2016, heavy rainfall affected Albania, especially the northern regions of the country. River flows have been rapidly increasing and worsened by illegal constructions next to river basins causing streams of water to descend into towns. The heavy rainfall has made the water levels…
Affected countries: Chile
Wild fires started in the central provinces of the country in November 2016 (ONEMI, 8 Nov 2016). By mid-December, 49 wild fires were recorded across the regions of O’Higgins, Maule, Biobío, Valparaíso, y Metropolitana (Gov't of Chile, 16 Dec 2016). Since 15 January 2017, Chile has been…
Affected countries: Dominican Republic
Heavy rains continue to affect the country, causing flooding in several provinces already affected by the rains of last week. On 11 November, an Emergency Declaration for the provinces of Puerto Plata, La Vega, Espaillat and María Trinidad Sánchez was released. 17 provinces are on alert, six of…
Affected countries: Egypt
Heavy rains and flooding affected the Assuit, Red Sea, Sohag, South Sinai and Qena governorates of Egypt in late October and early November. The torrential rains, which began late on Wednesday 26 October 2016, coupled with exceptionally high winds, have forced the authorities to shut four sea…
Affected countries: Ghana
Cholera has erupted in the southern Cape Coast district, with a sudden escalation of cases within days, rising from 36 on 26 October 2016 to 117 by 30 October, notably with no fatality. The cases are originating from communities in the outskirts of Cape Coast Metropolitan. The exponential increase…
On 19 October 2016, the typhoon made landfall in Cagayan in the evening as a category 4 storm.(Gov't of the Philippines, 20 Oct 2016) Eight deaths, all males, including two minors and an infant, have so far been attributed to this storm. These deaths all occurred from landslides in CAR…
Affected countries: China, Philippines, Viet Nam
A weather disturbance which formed earlier this week, in the sea, east of Philippines has intensified to Typhoon Sarika (local name Karen). The national meteorological agency estimates that Sarika will make landfall in the Aurora Quezon area as an equivalent of Category 2 cyclone early Sunday, 16…
Since August 2016 in the Solomon Islands, an unusual increase in dengue-like illness, including the number of NS1 positive cases, has been observed through the National Syndromic Surveillance System of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS). An outbreak of dengue was declared by the…
Affected countries: Yemen
Health authorities in Yemen confirmed a cholera outbreak on 6 October 2016, posing an increased health risk to the population especially children. The Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) announced that a total of 11 out of 25 suspected diarrhea cases have been confirmed as Cholera…
Affected countries: Nigeria
From 4 January to 23 September 2016, a total of 3,905 suspected cases of measles have been reported in four conflict affected states: 846 in Borno, 2,510 in Yobe, 273 in Adamawa and 276 cases in Gombe state. Of these, 129 cases were laboratory confirmed. (Nigeria Health Cluster, 4 Oct 2016)…
As of 1100 EST on 3 October, Category 4 Hurricane Matthew was some 330 km south-east from Kingston (Jamaica) and 440 km south-west from Port-au-Prince (Haiti) in the Caribbean Sea, moving north-west at 9 km/h, with maximum sustained winds of 220 km/h, according to the National Hurricane Center…
Affected countries: Niger
The Ministry of Health, which officially declared the outbreak on 20 September, says 23 people have died from the virus and 60 people have been infected. Nearly all of those infected are pastoralists. There are also reports of significant livestock deaths from the virus, particularly cattle, sheep…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
An estimated 520,000 people across eight provinces (Eastern, North Central, North Western, Northern, Sabaragamuwa, Uva, Central and Western) remain affected by drought as of 13 October 2016. The Government has allocated US$140,000 and 159 water trucks to 22 districts. Some 60 schools have been…
Affected countries: Benin
An initial three cholera cases were reported in So-Ava and an outbreak was declared on 16 August by local government authorities. Reported and verified cases were few in the early weeks and considered manageable by local authorities, but a sharp and heightened spike in the number of confirmed cases…