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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 Pacific region is frequently hit by natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, droughts and earthquakes. Pacific countries rank among the highest in the world in terms of numbers of casualties and people affected. The European Commission provides humanitarian assistance to the region both in terms of disaster preparedness and emergency relief when major disasters strike.
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 , and in particular Article 2, Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,
Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,
• 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.
The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in the world in terms of casualties and people affected per number of inhabitants. The European Commission provides humanitarian assistance to the region both in terms of disaster preparedness and emergency relief when major disasters strike.
As the climatic phenomenon commonly known as El Niño disturbs weather patterns across the Pacific and much of Asia, the European Commission has partnered with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to enhance the resilience of the most populated country in the Pacific, Papua New Guinea – where the impact has been the most severe so far.
The El Niño phenomenon is a disruption of the Pacific Ocean’s atmosphere system, characterised by unusually warm temperatures which severely change weather patterns. It can cause extreme phenomena such as massive floods, extreme droughts with catastrophic consequences around the globe.
Experts believe that this year El Niño will be stronger than ever, with an impact similar to the 1997-98 episode which caused a number of deadly disasters in Latin America, the Caribbean and across the world, affecting millions.
0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
As funds for this HIP had been completely allocated, an additional amount of EUR 800,000 has been added to enable response to valid and urgent funding proposals submitted to DG ECHO under this HIP.
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