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Affected countries: Chile
On 29 Dec 2011, a forest fire was reported in the Biobío region, affecting the communes of Quillón and Florida, province of Ñuble. The fire rapidly spread due to high temperatures and favourable wind conditions. More than 500 persons were evacuated from the area as the fires consumed more than…
Affected countries: India
Cyclone Thane made landfall near Chennai on the Tamil Nadu coast in India on 30 Dec 2011, leaving a trail of destruction and killing at least 18 people. Heavy rainfall is forecast for the next 12-24 hours. (Times of India, 30 Dec 2011)
Affected countries: Philippines
Heavy rainfall in several regions has caused flooding and landslides since the end of December. Over 171,800 persons were affected and more than 72,000 were evacuated (Government, 30 Dec 2011). On 5 Jan 2012, a landslide killed 42 people in Pantukan in the Compostela Valley province on Mindanao…
Affected countries: Nepal
Since the last week of December 2011, the temperature in most of the areas affected by last September’s earthquake significantly dropped to close to freezing at night combined with intense snowfall in many parts of the districts. Of the total 7,746 families displaced by the earthquake across 12…
Affected countries: Angola
More than 100 cases of cholera were registered during the first fortnight of December, in the district of Lucapa, north-eastern Lunda Norte province, claiming various lives (Government, 23 Dec 2011).
Affected countries: Philippines
Tropical Storm Washi, known locally as Sendong, swept across the Mindanao region from 16 to 18 Dec 2011, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that caused massive flooding, flash floods and landslides. As of 16 Jan, more than 1,250 people had been killed, over 6,000 had been injured and almost…
Affected countries: Mexico
1,106 houses were damaged by the earthquake that struck the state of Guerrero on Dec 10, affecting 3,371 people (Government, 5 Jan 2012).
Affected countries: Angola
About 5,000 people are affected by serious flooding near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (Church World Service, 7 Dec 2011). Heavy rains have also caused destruction in the south-eastern Kuando Kubango province (Government, 12 Dec 2011).
Affected countries: Indonesia
On 4 Dec 2011, Mt. Gamalama erupted and spewed lava and ash on the island Ternate in eastern Indonesia. Since then, several eruptions have taken place. On 27 Dec, a flood of cold lava killed three and injured five. 2,368 people were displaced as of 15 Dec. (HOPE, 24 Dec 2011; Jakarta Post, 28 Dec…
Affected countries: United Republic of Tanzania
Nine people were killed and more than 6,776 were left homeless after heavy rains caused floods and landslides in Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Mbeya regions (ACT Alliance, 5 Dec 2011 ). Dar es Salaam city was subjected to massive flooding following unprecedented downpours which started on 20 December…
Affected countries: Mexico
The state of emergency has been declared in the states of Durango, Zacatecas and Veracruz where 71 municipalities are affected by a cold wave (Government, 7 Dec 2011).
Affected countries: Indonesia
Four people were killed in West Sumatra and widespread flooding occurred in several other areas a the end of November 2011 (OCHA, 30 Nov 2011). Flooding affected several parts of Indonesia during December: Southeast Sulawesi and Central Java on 3 Dec; East Nusa Tenggara on 17 Dec; Aceh on 19 Dec…
Affected countries: Guatemala
Thousands of people were accommodated in shelters due to freezing temperatures that started mid-November, particularly affecting the departments of Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Jalapa, Quetzaltenango, Quiché, Sacatepéquez, San Marcos and Sololá (Government, 5 Dec 2011). Useful Links Coordinadora…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
A storm packing heavy rain and gusty winds lashed southern Sri Lanka, killing 20 and displacing more than 6,000 persons. The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said that 66,286 people of 16,837 families have been affected, with 20 still reported missing. Most of the missing persons are reported to be…
Affected countries: Mexico
Drought is affecting at least 1,500 communities in northern States (including Zacatecas, Durango, Aguascalientes, Coahuila and Chihuahua) with 2,5 million people suffering from lack of potable water (Government, 26 Nov 2011).
Affected countries: Ghana
As of 18 Nov 2011, three regions (Upper west, Northern and Greater Accra) were affected by yellow fever, with eight cases and one recorded death (IFRC, 6 Dec 2011). On 20 Dec 2011, the Ministry of Health of Ghana declared a yellow fever outbreak in the country. The cases were recorded in three…
Affected countries: Colombia
Since 12 Nov 2011, an oil spill from a pipeline has been polluting rivers in the Roberto Payán and Barbacoas municipalities in western Colombia. At least 880 families along the Saundé and Guelmambí rivers have no access to safe water and had to suspend their fishing activities. (OCHA, 21 Dec…
Heavy rains caused the overflowing of rivers, affecting 260 families (1.045 people) in Aragua State (December 1st) and 296 families in the district of Cabimas (November 11th).
Affected countries: Panama
Heavy rains caused floods and landslides in the Colón Province, affecting around 2,000 people (Government, 10 Nov 2011).
Affected countries: Peru
The La Niña phenomenon caused an increase in precipitation levels during the 2011/2012 rainy season in Peru, starting in November 2011. Floods, landslides and mudslides affected 18 of the 24 departments of the country. The National Administration declared a state of emergency on 29 Mar 2012 and…