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Affected countries: Maldives
On 4 Dec 2014, a fire broke out in the Maldives Water and Sewerage (MWSC) Company Generator Unit in the capital Malé, causing severe damage to the unit and forcing MWSC – the sole provider of clean desalinated water in the capital – had to suspend all water supply. The Government declared a…
Affected countries: Palau, Philippines, Viet Nam
Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) made its first landfall in the Philippines' Eastern Samar province as a category 2 at 9:15 p.m. on 6 Dec 2014 (Manila time) with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h and gusts of up to 210 km/h. The storm made a second landfall in the morning of 7 Dec in…
Affected countries: Morocco
Heavy rainfall starting on 21 Nov 2014 has caused widespread flooding in Morocco. As of 28 Nov, 117,000 people were affected and 36 deaths had been reported. At least 140 houses built of adobe were destroyed and 100 roads were cut off. (IFRC, 28 Nov 2014) Further rainfall between 28-30 Nov caused…
Affected countries: Cabo Verde
A volcano eruption in Fogo Island, Cabo Verde, began on 23 Nov 2014, affecting the people living in Chã das Caldeiras, the volcano crater area. An estimated 1,000 people have been evacuated from the area, of which 838 have been relocated in temporary accommodation centres and in houses built in…
Affected countries: Haiti
Heavy rainfall starting at the beginning of November 2014 caused flooding and landslides in Northern Haiti, killing 17 people. More than 15,000 houses were flooded, 90 were destroyed and 800 were severely damaged. Over 6,500 people were temporarily housed in emergency shelters. The floods also…
Affected countries: Indonesia
From 1-3 November, continued flooding occurred in Aceh, northern Sumatra. In Aceh Barat Daya more than 46,100 people were affected and about 6,900 people were affected in Aceh Jaya. The floods inundated almost 3,650 houses in Aceh Selatan and more than 6,600 houses in Nagan Raya District. The…
Affected countries: Niger
Starting in September 2014, cholera cases began to increase drastically in southern Niger. Of 1,365 cases reported between the beginning of the year and 7 Oct, 739 were reported in September. Tahoua region was the most affected, with 776 cases as of 7 Oct, followed by neighboring Maradi with 353…
Affected countries: Colombia
According to Colombia's Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies, a second rainy season started at the end of September 2014. In October, more than 52,000 people were affected and 24 were killed by events associated with increased rainfalls, such as floods, landslides and…
Affected countries: Somalia
Starting in October 2014, heavy rains in south-central Somalia and in upper parts of the Shabelle basin in the Somali-Ethiopian border, have caused flooding along both the Shabelle and Juba Rivers. The worst-hit areas are along the Shabelle River: Beledweyne in Hiraan region, and in the Middle…
Affected countries: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
In October 2014, an assessment carried out by authorities identified six municipalities in Bolivia's eastern Santa Cruz department impacted by drought. An estimated 10,236 families are affected (about 51,180 people) as well as 20,344 hectares - 90 per cent of which is corn crops. So far, 12…
Affected countries: Colombia, Ecuador
Since 20 Oct 2014, the Chiles and Cerro Negro volcanoes on the border between Ecuador and Colombia have shown increased volcanic activity causing several earthquakes and tremors. Ecuador's cantons of Tulcán and Espejo are the most affected, putting approximately 15,000 people at risk. On 22…
Affected countries: Ethiopia
Heavy rains starting in September 2014 caused flooding in Ethiopia's Afar, SNNP and Somali regions (OCHA, 20 Oct 2014). By 28 Oct, some 72,680 people had been affected and more than 50,000 people had been displaced, having partially or totally lost their homes and livelihoods. The forecasted…
Affected countries: India
On 12 Oct 2014, Tropical Cyclone Hudhud made landfall on India's coast of Andhra Pradesh, near the city of Visakhapatnam, as a category 3 storm. Visakhapatnam was heavily damaged, including the airport, a number of buildings, electrical and telecommunications supplies and roads. Similarly,…
Affected countries: China - Taiwan Province, Philippines
Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (known as Mario in the Philippines) made landfall on 19 Sep 2014 morning, over the northern tip of Cagayan Province of the Philippines' Luzon Island. Its effects enhanced heavy rains that brought flooding in low lying areas of Luzon, including Metro Manila and the…
Affected countries: Philippines
On 15 Sep 2014, the Philippines raised Alert Level 3 for the Mayon Volcano, indicating that the volcano is exhibiting relatively high unrest and that a hazardous eruption is possible within weeks (Govt, 15 Sep 2014). More than 50,000 people were identified within the permanent danger and high-risk…
Affected countries: Pakistan
Heavy monsoon rains and floods across Pakistan during the first week of September 2014 killed at least 193 people. The rivers Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, and Jhelum overflowed and brought flash floods, which caused homes to collapse in the Punjab, Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK)…
Affected countries: India
Seasonal monsoon rains starting at the end of June 2014 triggered river overflows in India's north-eastern State of Assam, causing damage and evacuations (ECHO, 26 Jun 2014). Starting in mid-July, flooding in eastern India killed three people and forced thousands of families from their homes…
Affected countries: Cameroon
Starting on 21 Aug 2014, heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in Bibemi Subdivision in Cameroon's North Region. Many villages were swept away by flood waters, with houses and farms destroyed, animals killed and nearly 700 families (about 3,500 people) affected, including more than 270 families…
Affected countries: Solomon Islands
On 23 Jul 2014, WHO issued a health alert for a suspected measles outbreak in the Solomon Islands (WHO, 23 Jul 2014). By the end of August, over 600 cases had been reported, including two measles-related deaths. On 1 Sep a mass measles vaccination campaign to target all children aged 6 months to 30…
Affected countries: Kenya
In January 2014, the Government of Kenya declared an impending drought with an estimated 1.6 million people affected. After a poor performance of the long rains between March and May 2014 in the arid and semi-arid zones, the drought situation continued to affect both pastoral and marginal…