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On 27 August 2015 tropical storm Erika took aim at the Caribbean and storm warnings went up in Puerto Rico and in several other islands in anticipation of heavy rains. several islands were due for extremely heavy rain that could spark flash floods, especially in mountainous areas in drought-parched…
Affected countries: Ecuador
Ecuador's President declared a state of emergency on 15 August, 2015. Officials ordered precautionary evacuations in villages near the volcano (400 people), warning residents of potential landslides of volcanic debris, or lahars. Residents in towns and river settlements in Cotopaxi province,…
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: 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…
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 Management…
Affected countries: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar
The monsoon depression over the northeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh coast intensified into a cyclonic storm named ‘Komen’ on 29 July 2015, threatening to cause further downpours in regions already affected by recent two-phased flash floods and landslides which started since end of…
Affected countries: Viet Nam
At least 14 people have been killed in the worst flooding in more than 40 years in Vietnam's northern Quang Ninh province. Many residential areas in Halong City were under water after the province was hit by more than 500 millimetres (20 inches) of rain on 26 July. Thousands of soldiers have…
Affected countries: Guinea
Between 24 July and 3 August 2015, it rained heavily in the capital of Guinea, Conakry and in several areas of the country (Télimelé, Macenta, Siguiri, Beyla, Forécariah and Coyah) causing serious floods with loss of human lives as well as significant material damage. According to the initial…
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…
Affected countries: Myanmar
Heavy seasonal rains caused flooding in Rakhine State and other parts of the country at the end of June. At the beginning of July, the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) in Nay Pyi Taw reported that close to 14,800 people had been affected by floods throughout the country, with over 13,000 of…
Affected countries: 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 Jul 2015)…
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, 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 to…
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: Nepal
Landslides triggered by heavy rains on 11 Jun 2015 left at least 21 dead and dozens missing in northeastern Nepal, prompting officials to evacuate villagers living in the riskiest areas. (AFP, 11 Jun 2015) The monsoon season has led to the expected increase in landslides, particularly across the…