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Affected countries: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka
On 15 May 2016, Sri Lanka was hit by a severe tropical storm that caused widespread flooding and landslides in 22 districts of the country, destroying homes and submerging entire villages. At least 84 people are known to have died as a result of Tropical Storm Roanu and a further 116 people are…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
4,186 families living in 10 districts are affected due to the inclement weather conditions across Sri Lanka in the past 24hrs, that saw over 300 mm of rain for some areas of Sri Lanka. According to the Disaster Management Centre, no major incidents were reported. Mainly flash floods and minor…
Affected countries: Indonesia
Between 10 to 13 May, floods and flash floods occurred in the provinces of South, West and Central Kalimantan, Bengkulu and Gorontalo. The incidents flooded 3,550 houses for several days. In Kotabaru District (South Kalimantan), flash floods killed three people with one still missing. The monsoon…
Affected countries: Tajikistan
The 9 May 2016 mudflows that killed at least four people in Sughd Province continued throughout 11-12 May and affected an additional eight districts countrywide. The most affected districts as a result of mudflows over the period of 9-12 May remain Panjekent (Sughd Province) and Rudaki (Direct…
Affected countries: Somalia
River levels have been increasing since mid April due to heavy rains received within the basins. Currently, the levels are above the normal at this time of the year at all monitoring stations along the two rivers. Given the rainfall forecast and the rising river levels there is a foreseen high risk…
Affected countries: Kenya
The Kenya Meteorological department (KMD) released an early warning on 25th April 2016, warning of heavy rains and storm surges (80% probability) that were expected to affect different parts of the country in the immediate period. (Kenya Red Cross, 30 Apr 2016) Heavy rainfall has been observed in…
Affected countries: Ecuador
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Ecuador at 6:58 pm local time on 16 April 2016. According to the latest report from Ecuador’s National Secretariat for Risk Management (SNDGR), there have been 443 deaths, 4027 injures, 20,503 people have sought shelter in emergency collective centres,…
Affected countries: Yemen
Flash floods caused by heavy rains on 13 and 14 April have inundated a number of districts in seven governorates in Yemen – Al Hudaydah, Amran, Hajjah, Sana'a, Al Mahwit, Aden, and Marib affecting an estimated 4,000 families (24,000 people). While estimations of deaths are still being…
Affected countries: Ethiopia
Localized heavy rains in the past weeks caused torrential flooding in riverine areas in Afar (Megale and Dallol woredas, Zone 2), Amhara (Woldia woreda, North Wollo zone), and Somali (Jijiga) regions. More than 15 people reportedly died, eight people went missing and many more injured. Houses and…
Affected countries: Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu
Tropical Disturbance TD15F lies just southwest of Fiji and is moving southeastwards. Tropical Disturbance TD14F near Vanuatu is also moving southeastwards. Active trough associated with both TD14F and TD15F are expected to affect the country till Wednesday(6 April) night.(Govt, 4 Apr 2016)…
Affected countries: Pakistan
Pakistan Meteorological Department has issued the Seasonal Outlook for Spring and Early Summer 2016 which states that “Prevailing oceanic, atmospheric and surface climatic conditions suggest that uncertainties in Pakistan’s weather pattern will persist towards the early Summer till the El Nino…
Affected countries: Niger
414 cases of meningitis, including 33 deaths, have been registered in Niger in January and February 2016. This exceeds significantly the number of cases recorded during the same period in 2015 (95 cases). Most of the cases are registered in the districts of Niamey, Tahoua, Tillabery and Dosso…
Affected countries: Serbia
On 7 March, due to heavy rainfalls and flooding threats, an emergency situation has been declared for 14 cities and municipalities in central and western parts of Serbia. As of 8 March, 118 persons were evacuated by fire and rescue units of the Ministry of Interior. Additionally 710 households have…
Affected countries: Morocco
A cold wave has affected Morocco on Saturday 27 February 2016, caused by a polar air mass flow passing from the North Pole to Europe and North Africa, and has generated westerly winds that has brought extreme and exceptionally low temperatures as per the Communications Department at the National…
Affected countries: Papua New Guinea
At least six people in Papua New Guinea are reported to have died as a result of landslides and flooding caused by heavy rains in recent weeks. 200 homes have been destroyed, and bridges have been swept away in Oro and West New Britain provinces. Disaster authorities and humanitarian organisations…
Affected countries: Fiji, Niue (New Zealand), Tonga, Vanuatu
On 20 and 21 February Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji. The Fiji Government estimates almost 350,000 people living in the cyclone’s path could have been affected (180,000 men and 170,000 women). The Fiji Government is leading the response to this…
Affected countries: China - Taiwan Province
Following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that affected the city of Tainan near Kaohsiung city, Taiwan, the Taiwan Red Cross Organization (TRCO) has mounted an emergency response in support of ongoing efforts of the authorities. The shallow quake – with a depth of 10 kilometres – struck at 03:57h…
Affected countries: Zambia
Since 5 February, 567 cumulative cases of cholera have been reported in Zambia; 481 in Lusaka City and 1 in Rufunsa district in Lusaka Province; 23 in Chibombo in Central province, 61 in Nsama in Northern Province and 1 in Ndola in Copperbelt Province. One hundred and fifty six (156) of these cases…
In January 2016, Tonga experienced an increase in the number of suspected zika cases. Two out of nine samples sent to the LabPlus NZ, were RT-PCR positive for Zika virus (WHO, 29 Jan 2016). On 1 February 2016, the WHO declared the Zika Virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern due…
Affected countries: Togo
The meningitis outbreak in Ghana has spread to Togo, starting in the Kara region, in the district of Dankpen before moving on to the western border district of Bassar. As of 15 February, the district of Dankpen reported a total of 219 cases and 12 deaths (case fatality rate (CFR): 5.5%) and the…