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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…
In Haiti, about 200,000 families (1 million people) have been affected by drought conditions since the beginning of 2015, especially in Sud-Est, Nord-Ouest and Artibonite regions. These prolonged conditions are aggravating the situation of 3.8 million food-insecure people in the country. (ACAPS, 21…
Affected countries: Myanmar
Heavy rains caused floods and landslides in several parts of Myanmar since June 2015. On 30 July, Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh, bringing strong winds and additional heavy rains to the country, which resulted in widespread flooding across 12 of the country’s 14 states and regions…
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: Philippines
About 800 people remain displaced in South Cotobato and Sultan Kudarat, in the southern Philippines, due to floods caused by heavy rains over 24-25 June. Over 1,900 hectares of agricultural farms have been damaged. The Province of Sultan Kudarat declared a state of calamity. The heavy rainfall is…
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 2015, 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…
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. (WHO, 12 Jun…
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…
Affected countries: India
Since the last week of July and into early August 2015, heavy rainfall at several places has resulted in extensive flooding and displacement of people. The flooding has thus far claimed around 293 lives across the country, with one million people seeking shelter in relief camps. Over 13.7 million…
Affected countries: Ethiopia
While Ethiopia battles the residual needs arising from the El Niño-induced drought, below average rains in the southern and eastern parts of the country caused by the negative Indian Ocean Dipole and La Niña have led to new symptoms of drought. Livestock deaths and water shortages are already…
Early warning signs provide alarming indications of looming significant food supply shortages that are likely to impact on the next marketing season. The rains experienced in late March and early April provided some relief to livestock farmers, but arrived too late for both staple foods and cash…
Affected countries: Somalia
The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon had a severe impact on vulnerable people in Somalia - it worsened an already widespread drought in Puntland and Somaliland with a devastating impact on communities and their livelihoods, increasing food insecurity, cash shortages and resulting in out-migration and…
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 45 people. (DAWN, 28 Apr 2015) Heavy rainfall starting on 3 Jun resulted in flash floods in Khuzdar District,…
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 the main growing areas of DPR Korea affected the plantings and yield potential of food crops for the rest of the year. (FAO, 17 Jun 2015) About US$6.3 million was allocated from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to respond to urgent…
Affected countries: Burundi, United Republic of Tanzania
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…
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…