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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) supports disaster response and preparedness activities in 20 countries by working closely with Humanitarian Coordinator’s (HC)/Resident Coordinator’s (RC) offices, OCHA Country Offices and Humanitarian Advisory Teams (HATs).
SITUATION OVERVIEW as of 2 March
An intense cold outbreak with very low temperatures and locally intense precipitation (rainfalls/snowfalls) affected most of Europe during last week, causing at least 50 deaths. The cold Arctic air has gradually started retreating initially from western and then from the eastern areas. In the meantime, an intense low-pressure system (Storm Emma) has already started affecting the western European areas.
• The UN reports that 41% of the country’s herder population is seriously affected by the dzud (225 000 people). Most affected were the provinces in the eastern and western parts of the country.
• The HCT updates the Dzud Response and Preparedness plan on 25 April for 12 months.
• Several UN agencies, international and national NGOs and the Red Cross are assisting the government’s response efforts.