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24 Mar 2017 description

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  • After over three decades of protracted displacement, Iran remains host to almost 1 million documented and over 2 million undocumented Afghans (source: UNHCR, BAFIA). Many face constraints and limitations with regard to livelihoods, health, access to education and other essential services.

23 Mar 2017 description

EU Response

€ 250 000 humanitarian assistance mobilised;
• 1 Humanitarian Aid Expert deployed, soon to be reinforced with 2 additional EU experts;
• Ongoing Disaster Risk Reduction projects for € 2.35 million;
• 1 ERCC Liaison officer deployed;
• 1 UCPM environmental expert (FR) associated to UNDAC;
• 1 EUCPT (11 experts) on stand-by for deployment, including expertise in health, WASH, logistics and coordination.

23 Mar 2017 description

Le Mécanisme Européen de Protection Civile participe au premier exercice de crise "EU Richter Caraïbes 2017" aux Antilles

Cet exercice de solidarité européenne et internationale, cofinancé par l’Union Européenne, a pour objectif de tester les chaînes opérationnelles, organisationnelles et de commandement dans l’Arc antillais, pour répondre aux catastrophes de grande ampleur tels que les tremblements de terre et tsunamis, qui affectent régulièrement cette région.

23 Mar 2017 description

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  • Severe drought has taken hold in parts of the Horn of Africa (HoA) region following a long dry spell. Some affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia were yet to recover from the 2015-16 El Niño- drought when rains failed again. 16.8 million people across the region face food and water shortages and it is predicted that the next rainy season, from March to May, will again disappoint. 10.7 million people need urgent food assistance.

23 Mar 2017 description

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  • Since early 2015, the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region has faced widespread food shortages owing to the worst drought in 35 years which was exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon. Two consecutive failed rainy seasons have left 13.8 million people in need of emergency food assistance.

22 Mar 2017 description

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated and €250 000 has been mobilised for emergency relief to communities affected by floods in Peru.

22 Mar 2017 description
  • Heavy rainfall has been affecting the country since December 2016, causing floods and landslides. Over the past few days, the situation has deteriorated.
  • According to national authorities, as of 22 March at 7.00 UTC, the death toll has reached 78 people. They also reported 263 people injured, over 640 000 people affected, of which more than 100 000 people in need of assistance.
  • The EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated on 19 march to facilitate the deployment of assistance.
22 Mar 2017 description

◾Lebanon is the neighbouring country hit the hardest by the Syria crisis. With more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees, compounded with other refugee communities hosted by the country, Lebanon accounts for the highest refugee per capita rates in the world. Since the beginning of 2015 and with the enforcement of stricter regulations applied by the Government, access to Lebanon by those fleeing the conflict in Syria has become close to impossible.

21 Mar 2017 description
  • Following new armed groups clashes in the Haut-Katanga region, 2 000 households have been displaced in Mitwaba territory. In addition, villages have been looted, houses burnt and 10 people kidnapped. The Rapid Response Mechanism to Population Movement (RRMP), supported by DG ECHO, has been activated to evaluate needs of IDPs and affected populations.

  • Conflict has resumed in the Haut Katanga region between newly created armed groups, following the surrender of the former armed group leader named Gédéon.

21 Mar 2017 description
  • The security situation in northern and central Mali continues to be very difficult. This was illustrated last week by a criminal attack on an international humanitarian organisation in Gao, leaving one aid worker dead and another severely injured. Violence and insecurity, in a context of broad impunity, affect local populations on a permanent basis and are the main reasons why Malian refugees (estimated total: 141 450) do not return.

21 Mar 2017 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting the country over the past days, especially the north-western provinces, causing floods and landslides.

  • Local media reported, as of 21 March at 7.00 UTC, six deaths in Cibitoke and Bujumbura Mairie Provinces, over 160 houses damaged and traffic disruptions throughout the affected areas.

  • Over the next 24 h, moderate to locally heavy rain may still affect the country, including the areas already affected.

21 Mar 2017 description
  • Severe weather has been affecting the country over the past 48 h, causing casualties.
  • Local media reported, as of 20 March at 7.00 UTC, 20 deaths and over 11 injuries due to a fallen tree in the municipality of Kintampo (Brong-Ahafo Region).
  • Over the next 24 h, moderate to locally heavy rain may still affect the country.
21 Mar 2017 description

SITUATION

• Heavy rain has been affecting the country over the past months, causing floods and landslides.

• More than 70 people have been killed and over 263 have been injured in Peru after the worst flooding in two decades. Thousands of people have been made homeless and a state of emergency declared in more than 800 cities.

Sources: Redhum, COGIC, SENAMHI, UNDAC, Media

WEATHER FORECAST

18 Mar 2017 description

SITUATION

  • Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country over the past three days, causing floods.

  • According to local media, as of 17 March at 7.00 UTC, 12 people have died in the region of Lima due to floods and landslides. They also reported that the death toll has reached 62 people since December 2016 and that over 12 000 houses have been damaged.

Sources: COEN, INDECI, Media

WEATHER FORECAST

17 Mar 2017 description

On the occasion of an official visit to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, announced a support package of €165 million to address the multiple crises in the Horn of Africa region.

17 Mar 2017 description

South Sudan faced fresh challenges in 2016. An already fragile peace deal fell apart in July when fighting broke out in Juba, leaving more than 200 dead. The fighting spread to other parts of the country, marking an escalation of untold suffering including claims of torture and widespread rape of women.

By September 2016, refugees fleeing South Sudan into neighbouring countries crossed the one million mark.

16 Mar 2017 description

Joint press release

Ankara, 16 March 2017 - The European Union and UNICEF have launched the largest ever EU humanitarian contribution to Education in Emergencies, valued at EUR 34 million. The Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE) project aims to increase the number of refugee children enrolled in and attending school in Turkey.

16 Mar 2017 description
  • Following a series of attacks that occurred in Laukkai, Kokang Self-Administered Zone of North Shan State on 6 March, at least 30 people, including at least five civilians, are now reported to have been killed. Most of the residents of Laukkai town have been evacuated. An estimated 20 000 people crossed the Chinese border, while others including migrant workers, civil servants, NGO workers from other parts of the country have also left.
16 Mar 2017 description

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  • Burundi is experiencing a multidimensional socio-economic crisis impacting different sectors and aspect of livelihoods, which has led to displacement and food insecurity. The violence that ensued after president Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office in 2015 triggered an exodus. More than 390 000 Burundians have fled the country and another 146 000 are reportedly internally displaced.