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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…
Affected countries: Chile
On 16 Sep 2015, a catastrophic earthquake hit the coast of Chile, causing some damage to buildings, but much of the impact due to 4.5m waves affecting Coquimbo. A tsunami will extend over the Pacific in the coming hours causing minor issues for some locations. (CEDIM, 17 Sep 2015) About 1 million…
Affected countries: Iraq
The Ministry of Health has declared a cholera outbreak in Iraq with 15 confirmed cases in two governorates as of 15 September. Ten cases originated from Najaf and five cases from Baghdad. All cases are reported to be stable and treatment has been provided. The number of unconfirmed suspected cases…
Affected countries: Sierra Leone
Sustained heavy downpour of rain from the 5 to the 6 September 2015 (48 hours) burst river banks and caused destruction in eight communities in Bo and two in one Chiefdom in Pujehun District in southern Sierra Leone. The overall population in the three chiefdoms in Bo District is 8,695 of which…
In Fiji, many communities are experiencing the effects of an El Niño-induced drought, with farmers losing crops and water supplies drying out and water trucking underway. A drought warning is in place and the Government reports at least 30,000 people are now affected. Other El Niño effects…
Affected countries: Nigeria
Heavy rains, compounded by the breakdown of dams in some states, have caused floods in 11 states across Nigeria in August and September of this year. According to the National Orientation Agency (NOA), a total of 53 people died, and 100,420 have been displaced. The floods have affected 11 States…
Erika, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed on 24 August, 2015. On 27 Aug at 2.00pm Tropical Storm warnings remained in effect for the following countries: Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis. Tropical Storm watches have been issued for the…
Affected countries: Niger
Since late July 2015, floods caused by heavy rains have affected more than 20,000 people in the regions of Agadez, Dosso, Maradi, Niamey, Tillabéry, Tahoua and Zinder. Zinder was the most impacted by the disaster, with 35% of its population affected by the floods. (OCHA, 14 Aug 2015) As of early…
Affected countries: Peru
Since May 2015 to date, a meteorological phenomenon causing low temperatures, heavy snowfall and frost has affected the Andean regions located above 3,500 metres above sea level; temperatures have dropped below 0°C, and there have been snowstorms and hail. In some places, temperatures reached…
Affected countries: Papua New Guinea
The National Weather Service (NWS) on 7 August 2015 declared the country will be experiencing a severe El Nino event, which is forecasted to continue for 8–10 months with reduced rainfall in all parts of the country. The situation is expected to be the worst since the 1997/98 drought. The…
Affected countries: Burkina Faso
On the first week of August 2015, 20,000 people were affected by heavy rains and flooding in and around Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou. More than 3,700 were left homeless, their houses reduced to piles of mud and debris. Making matters worse, more than 64 tonnes of cereal harvests and…
Affected countries: Argentina
On 4 August 2015, intense storms and flooding were monitored in the central and north-eastern parts of Argentina. The intense rainfall and storms continued the following day in the province of Buenos Aires. The rainfall caused river levels to rise, which led to flooding in Lujan, San Antonio de…
The heavy rainfall that affected the western part of Macedonia on 3 August 2015 resulted in the overflow of the water from the river Pena in the city of Tetovo. The heavy rains were disastrous for the mountain villages of Shipkovica (2,826 residents), Dzepciste (4,051 residents), Mala Rechica…
In Viet Nam, the worst drought the country has seen in 90 years has been attributed to the El Niño weather event, with 52 out of 63 provinces having been affected by drought. Coupled with the drought's impacts, saltwater intrusion has extended up to 90 km inland in some coastal areas, leaving…
Between 1 and 5 August 2015, torrential rains have caused floods in several Ri-s (villages) and in the outskirts of cities of south Hwanghae and north and south Hamgyong provinces of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). According to the State Committee on Emergency and Disaster…