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Affected countries: Kenya
Torrential rainfall since early April has triggered localized flooding, livestock losses, displacement of thousands of people, and fatalities in parts of southern Kenya. Average to above-average rains forecast for the next week may worsen ground conditions.(FEWS NET) Nearly 1,500 people have been…
Affected countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal
A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck 77 kilometres (48 miles) northwest of Nepal's capital Kathmandu at 0611 GMT on 25 Apr 2015, toppling office blocks and towers and killing hundreds of people. More than two dozen people were also reported killed in neighbouring India, China and…
Affected countries: Argentina, Chile
Calbuco volcano, located in the province of Llanquihue, state of Los Lagos, southern Chile, erupted on 22 Apr 2015. Seismic activity had increased during only approximately one hour before the explosion. Volcanic ash reached a height greater than 15 km and the pyroclastic dispersal has mainly been…
Affected countries: Kazakhstan
A sudden rise of temperature in central and eastern Kazakhstan resulted in the fast melting of snow that caused floods on 8-9 Apr 2015. A state of emergency was declared in the regions of Akmola, Karaganda and Pavlodar, situated in the eastern and northern parts of Kazakhstan. The floods destroyed…
Affected countries: Somalia
Starting on 15 Apr 2015, heavy downpour affected many parts of the Juba and Shabelle River basins both in Somalia and in the Ethiopian Highlands. Flash floods have been reported in some areas including Belet Weyne and Mogadishu. Following the heavy rains, the river levels have increased drastically…
Affected countries: Haiti
Heavy rainfall over the weekend of 4-5 Apr 2015 affected almost 9,000 families in Haiti: 8,413 families in the West department (89 per cent in Cité Soleil and 8 per cent in Tabarre) and 449 families in Grande Anse. Six people died in flooding in Port-au-Prince, including five children. A total of…
Affected countries: Paraguay
On 4 Apr 2015, a severe storm hit several towns in the department of Concepción in northern Paraguay, affecting houses, crops and farm animals. Authorities estimate that 5,000 people were affected and have begun the response by providing roofing material, food and medical attention. OCHA is…
Affected countries: Niger
Niger's Ministry of Public Health officially declared measles and meningitis outbreaks on 1 Apr 2015 (OCHA, 14 Apr 2015). As of 18 Apr, the meningitis outbreak had affected all regions except Diffa, with 905 cases recorded since the beginning of the year and a fatality rate of 9,39 per cent…
Affected countries: Burundi
On 29 Mar 2015, heavy rains caused floods and landslides in Muhuta, a commune of Bujumbura Rural Province, in Western Burundi on the edge of Lake Tanganyika, destroying 349 houses, a health center and two schools. The displaced population found refuge in the houses of their relatives and neighbors,…
Typhoon Maysak made landfall on Micronesia's Chuuk islands on 29 Mar 2015 and on Yap islands on 20 Mar and 1 Apr, causing substantial damages and prompting both Governors and the President to declare a state of emergency.(Govt, 2 Apr 2015) Following rapid needs assessments in Chuuk's state…
Affected countries: Chile
Heavy rainfall and consequent river overflow, flash floods and landslides affected the Atacama and Antofagasta regions in the north of Chile over 24-25 Mar 2015. (ECHO, 27 Mar 2015) The Government asked the United Nations system to support the coordination of the emergency response and delivery of…
Affected countries: Ecuador
Heavy rainfall affected several areas of Ecuador starting in mid-March 2015, triggering river overflow and landslides in several provinces. As of 23 Mar, damage to houses and infrastructure as well as casualties had been reported in most provinces, with at least seven people killed and another five…
Affected countries: Argentina
The heaviest rain in decades pounded much of central and western Argentina at the beginning of March 2015, triggering flooding and prompting evacuations (AFP, 3 Mar 2015). More than 4,400 people were evacuated in the provinces of Cordoba, Santa Fe, San Luis, Catamarca and Santiago del Estero). The…
Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu as an extremely destructive category 5 cyclone on the evening of 13 Mar 2015, causing serious damage to infrastructure and leaving debris strewn across the capital. (OCHA, 15 Mar 2015) As of 26 Mar, the storm had affected around 166,000 people on 22…
Affected countries: Sudan
In December 2014, an outbreak of measles started in Sudan's Gedarif and Kassala States. A localized response vaccination campaign was implemented. However, clustered measles cases started to be reported from additional 13 localities in 10 states. By the beginning of March 2015, more than 1,600…
Affected countries: Papua New Guinea
Heavy rainfall on 3 Mar 2015 caused river overflows in Papua New Guinea's provinces of Western Highlands, Central Highlands, Southern Highlands and Jiwaka. As of 4 Mar, local authorities and local media report six people killed in the village of Polga in Jiwaka province, while a number of…
Affected countries: United Republic of Tanzania
On 3 Mar 2015, hail storms accompanied by strong winds and heavy rainfall hit the villages of Mwakata, Magung’unhwa and Nhumbi in Msalala district, in Tanzania's northwestern Shinyanga region, killing 47 people. According to the Tanzania Red Cross Society, up to 5,000 people have been…
Affected countries: Afghanistan
Since 1 Feb 2015, an estimated 8,827 families have been affected by floods, rain, heavy snow and avalanches in 137 districts in 24 provinces. A total of 291 people were killed and 96 people were injured. 1,454 houses were completely destroyed and 7,119 houses were damaged. (OCHA, 5 Apr 2015)…
Affected countries: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
A cholera outbreak in Mozambique started on 25 Dec 2014 and was officially declared on 27 Jan 2015 (IFRC, 20 Feb 2015). The outbreak was exacerbated by extensive flooding starting in January 2015. As of 22 Feb, a total of 3,478 cholera cases had been recorded, with a death toll of 37. New cases…
Affected countries: Kenya
On 3 Feb 2015, the Director of Medical Services in Kenya issued a cholera outbreak alert following an increase in cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) in several counties in the country. Cholera outbreaks were confirmed in Homa Bay, Migori and Nairobi counties. As of 16 Feb, a total of 805 cases…