Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.
• An estimated 17,000 families seek assistance as conflict induced displaced persons
• Humanitarian flights deliver aid to affected families in remote Badakhshan
• 2015 HRP first quarter report says 40 per cent of 1.5 million affected people have received emergency assistance
• CHF supports lifesaving action for vulnerable Afghan with $21.5 million
Report 3 Contributors:
Six months after the National Unity Government came to power, Afghanistan remains in political, military, and economic transition. Intensified conflict has caused large scale displacement and increased civilian casualties. As of 31 March, 20,000 individuals were displaced due to conflict this year alone, including 5,000 displaced in Helmand due to military operations.
Africa Weather Hazards
Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.
Seasonally above-average rainfall, combined with heavy rainfall forecast across eastern Ethiopia and Somalia, is expected to increasethe risk for localized flooding along the Jubba and Shabelle River basins in Somalia.
Drought continues in central and northern Ethiopia, with abnormal dryness in Djibouti and Eritrea
Africa Weather Hazards
Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since mid March, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.
Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Tuesday 4/28/2015 - 12:59 GMT
At least 52 people, mostly women and children, are feared dead after a landslide swept through a village in Afghanistan's remote mountainous northeast Tuesday, the latest natural disaster in the war-torn nation, officials said.
The disaster, which buried dozens of houses in Badakhshan province, comes nearly a year after another landslide triggered by heavy rains killed at least 300 people in the isolated region.
1 Seismological Information (and Aftershocks)
The earthquake occurred on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 11:56 local time (ca. 6.11 UTC) with moment magnitude 7.7-8.0 (preferred solution Mw7.8). The epicentral location: 28.15 N 84.71 E (roughly between Pokhara and Kathmandu) is densely populated and the earthquake had a hypocentral depth of 10-15km.
4/27/2015 - 06:02 GMT
by Paavan MATHEMA
Tens of thousands of frightened Nepalese huddled in tents desperate for help Monday, two days after a quake killed more than 3,200 people, as international rescue teams with sniffer dogs raced to find survivors buried in the rubble.
Teams equipped with heavy cutting gear and relief supplies were landing round the clock at the country's only international airport on the outskirts of Kathmandu, which has been devastated by Saturday's 7.8 magnitude quake.
Anticipated scope and scale
Given the shallow depth of the earthquake, aftershocks are expected to continue for some time. Aftershocks are expected to cause further damage and debilitate already weak infrastructure.
The number of casualties is expected to increase into the thousands.
Kathmandu Valley (population: 2.5 million) is a densely populated area; many people live in buildings that cannot withstand a significant seismic event. 6.6 million people live within the affected areas.
April 25, 2015 by Jim Stipe
Catholic Relief Services is responding to the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has caused severe damage in Nepal and affected neighboring areas in surrounding countries, especially India.
The epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake was 50 miles from Nepal and it is feared that villages near there suffered devastation.
Kathmandu, Nepal | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 15:01 GMT
UPDATES TOLL, ADDS CREMATIONS, INDIA AID
by Paavan MATHEMA / with Ammu Kannampilly at Mount Everest
Powerful aftershocks rocked Nepal Sunday, panicking survivors of a quake that killed more than 2,500 and triggering new avalanches at Everest base camp, as mass cremations were held in the devastated capital Kathmandu.