Uganda is now facing the world's fastest growing refugee crisis, due to a continuous and unprecedented influx of people fleeing conflict in neighbouring South Sudan among others. The country is now hosting over 1.27 million refugees and asylum seekers.
- Heavy rain has continued to affect several areas of the country over the last week, causing floods and landslides. Approximately 131 mm of rain in 24 h were recorded in Flores city (Peten department) over 20-21 June.
- National authorities reported, as of 22 June at 7.00 UTC, that 14 people have been killed, 1 060 people have been evacuated, 644 houses have been damaged and 57 460 people have been affected in the departments of Peten and Huehutenango. A landslide occurred on 20 June in San Pedro Soloma, Huehutenango Department. Search and rescue efforts are underway.
Today the European Union (EU) formally takes over the leadership of the global initiative 'Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies', from Sweden, at a handover event organised at the 2017 ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment in Geneva.
- Forest fires continue to burn in the Central Region, mainly in the districts of Coimbra and Leiria. As of 21 June at 9.00 UTC two major forest fires are still active; one in Pedrogao Grande (Leiria district) and another in Gois (Coimbra district).
- Local media reported, as of 21 June at 7.00 UTC, that 64 people have died and 150 people were injured in Leiria district over 18-19 June. Hundreds of people were evacuated in several villages of Gois municipality on 20 June.
Following heavy rain over the last week, a landslide occurred on 20 June in San Pedro Soloma, Huehutenango Department (Guatemala). Search and rescue efforts are underway. Eleven deaths have already been reported.
The Executive Secretariat of the National Platform for disasters risk reduction (CONRED), relief bodies and other relevant institutions have been mobilized for response actions. Emergency services are working with the local authorities to provide assistance and to establish the exact number of people affected and houses damaged.
KAMPALA, 21 June 2017 - The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has contributed 2 million Euros – 8 billion Uganda shillings - to UNICEF’s emergency nutrition and education response to the South Sudanese refugee crisis in Uganda.
“With over 2,000 South Sudanese refugees arriving in Uganda every day since July 2016, Uganda is now host to the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world,” said Isabelle D'Haudt, ECHO’s Humanitarian Advisor for Uganda.
European Commission - Statement
Brussels, 20 June 2017
"The fighting in Mosul, Iraq is in its final stage, reaching now the town's densely populated Old City. The European Union supports humanitarian organisations to deliver lifesaving aid for the most in need. These organisations are currently doing all they can to give emergency assistance to the families who manage to flee the city. They provide medical assistance to wounded, protection and education for children, water and food to people weakened by months of deprivation.
On the occasion of World Refugee Day, Frans Timmermans, First Vice President, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, and Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, made the following statement:
Each year millions of people are forced to leave their homes and seek refuge from conflicts, violence, human rights violations, persecution or natural disasters. The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people) has continued to rise in 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide. The majority of today's refugees live in the developing world, which means that they flee to countries already struggling with poverty and hardship.
Forest fires continue to burn in the Portuguese districts of Coimbra, Leiria and Castelo Branco. The death toll has reached 64 people, as of 20 June at 7.00 UTC.
According to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), the fire danger forecast risk is expected to remain "high" on 20 June. For the next 24 hours, high temperatures, moderate to strong winds, cloudy conditions with high probability of thunderstorms during the warm hours of the day are expected over Pedrogao Grande.
Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country over the past few days, causing floods and landslides.
According to national authorities, as of 20 June at 7.00 (UTC), four people have been killed and three have been injured in the departments of Cuscatlán, La Paz, Cabañas and Ahuachapán. 288 people are displaced, according to civil protection authorities. They also reported that 211 houses were damaged and 45 landslides were triggered by heavy rain.
At least five more people have died in fresh landslides, raising the death toll to 164. Many more are injured, in need of life saving assistance or still missing. More than 6 000 people are taking refuge in 42 shelters.
The rain has also caused severe flooding in low-lying areas, with significant damage to road and communications infrastructure. Some remote communities remain cut off since 13 June.
The grant will help strengthen services for children in Dadaab and Kakuma Refugee Camps
NAIROBI, Kenya, 20 June 2017 - The European Union has committed €800,000 for UNICEF’s humanitarian response programmes to help refugee children in Kenya. The funding will support humanitarian child protection and education services for children in Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee Camps.
As of 17 June, 158 960 suspected cholera cases and 1 100 deaths (Case Fatality Rate: 0.7%) have been reported in 20 of the 23 governorates and 83% of the districts. The four most affected governorates are Amanat Al Asimah (Sana’a city), Al Hudaydah, Amran and Hajjah with 49.6% of the cases reported since 27 April.
Several social media are circulating a message from the Ministry of Health denying that any vaccination campaign for cholera is taking place in Aden, following reports of people claiming to be MoH staff and providing vaccination against cholera.
Severe weather, including heavy rain and thunderstorms, has been affecting the central and southern Chile, causing casualties and damages.
According to national authorities, four people died, 3 076 people have been affected and at least 774 buildings have been damaged.
Over the next 24 hours, no more heavy rain and storms are forecast.
Brussels, 18 June 2017
The European Commission has responded swiftly to Portugal's request for assistance in order to tackle the deadly forest fires.
This morning President Juncker and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides immediately offered the EU's full readiness and capacity to do all possible to help and expressed their condolences to all those affected.