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Since November 2015, severe weather brought on by El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO,) including heavy rains, floods, flash floods and landslides significantly hit South America. In Venezuela, due to rains in July 2016, 153 homes were affected in the State of Miranda, of which 56 were in…
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: Indonesia
Torrential rains over 12-16 November 2015 caused flooding in several locations in West Java, Central Java, West Sumatra and Jakarta. One person died in Bogor from electrocution and thousands of houses were inundated, although without significant damage. (OCHA, 16 Nov 2015 ) Landslides in Bengkulu…
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. (OCHA, 10 Nov 2015) In Kindu, district of Maniema, torrential rains caused floodings…
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…
According to official contingency planning documents for El Niño 2015-2016, Bolivia's Civil Defense reported that 100,000 households (approx. 500,000 people) may be affected by excess rainfall and/or drought in 109 municipalities of the country (OCHA, 13 Oct 2015). As of 21 December 2015, a…
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
Around 13:40 local time (UTC +4:30) on 26 October 2015, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Badakhshan Province in the north-east region of Afghanistan. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake’s epicentre was 82 km southeast of Feyzabad in the Hindu Kush mountain range and 213 km in…
Affected countries: Algeria, Western Sahara
Mid-October, heavy rains and flooding caused widespread damage to five camps providing shelter to some 90,000 of the most vulnerable Sahrawi refugees in south-west Algeria’s arid Tindouf region. UNHCR and partners begun to assist some 25,000 people (5,000 families) whose homes and food supplies…
Affected countries: Somalia
Parts of northern Somalia and areas along the Juba and Shabelle River basins in Somalia have experienced heavy rains following the start of the Deyr rains on 7 October. Cumulatively, more than 90,000 people have been affected since 23 October. Hereof, an estimated 42,000 people have been displaced…
Affected countries: Belize
On Sunday, 18 October 2015 at 6:00 a.m., NEMO reported that an area of low pressure moved away from Belize, causing heavy rainfall across the country and affecting Belize City in particular, where residents were affected by localized flooding; the heavy rains began on 15 October. This system…
Affected countries: Philippines
In the afternoon of 14 October 2015, Typhoon Koppu (known locally as "Lando") entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility. A total of 72 families, or 219 people, have been pre-emptively evacuated in the Province of Isabela (Govt, 17 Oct 2015). Typhoon Koppu made landfall in Casiguran…
Affected countries: Guatemala
Heavy rains in Guatemala on 6 Jun 2015 resulted in floods and landslides, affecting more than 8,000 people in the departments of Guatemala and Sacatepéquez. (Gov. of Guatemala, 7 Jun 2015) On 13 June, authorities also reported about 1,500 people affected and 109 houses damaged by floods in the…
Affected countries: South Sudan
Based on the IPC South Sudan Technical Working Group results: As of January 2017, 3.8 million were estimated in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5). As of February-April 2017, the number of people estimated in need of humanitarian assistance (IPC phase…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
Continuous heavy rain since mid-September 2015 in the southern regions resulted in floods and landslides, causing eight deaths and nine injuries. Over 7,300 people are affected by adverse weather conditions in 4 districts and 450 houses were partially damaged and 151 houses were fully damaged. A…