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Affected countries: Kazakhstan
Freezing temperatures reaching minus 40-46 degrees Centigrade hit Kazakhstan in December 2012: a cold spell covered the northern, eastern and central parts of the country. As a result of low temperatures and heavy snowfall there were power supply and hot-water supply cuts in various localities of…
Affected countries: Bangladesh
A cold wave struck the northern districts of the sub-Himalayan regions of Bangladesh, claiming more than 72 lives since mid-December 2012. The number of pneumonia and diarrhoeal patients, mostly older population and children, continues to increase. The cold wave has also caused crop and other…
Affected countries: Philippines
Tropical Storm Wukong (Quinta) made landfall over Leyte in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines on 26 Dec 2012 and subsequently weakened to a tropical depression. As of 31 Dec, 20 deaths were reported and over 240,000 people were affected. Almost 58,000 people were served in 60 evacuation…
Affected countries: Kyrgyzstan
Since December 2012, Kyrgyzstan has been experiencing unusually cold weather with heavy snowfall. The temperatures are the lowest in 76 years, with minus 30-35 degrees Celsius in the northern part of the country. On 18 Dec, a state of emergency was declared in Bishkek city. 16 people have died and…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
Heavy rains have battered Sri Lanka since the middle of December 2012, causing floods and landslides, which killed 36 people and affected over 300,000 (Govt, 27 Dec 2012). As of 21 Dec, over 56,000 people sheltered in 171 evacuation centers; almost 1,500 houses were destroyed and more than 4,800…
Affected countries: Fiji, Samoa, Wallis and Futuna (France)
Tropical Cyclone Evan (TD04F) passed over Samoa as a Category 2 tropical cyclone on 13-14 Dec 2012, damaging almost 1,000 houses and destroying almost 700. As of 3 Jan 2013, only 810 people remained in evacuation centers, down from over 7,000 immediate after the storm. (OCHA, 3 Jan 2013) A…
Affected countries: Palau, Philippines
Typhoon Bopha passed to the south of the larger islands in the Palau archipelago in the early morning of 3 Dec 2012 with winds of up to 250 km per hour, damaging and destroying buildings and infrastructure. The President declared a state of emergency. (OCHA, 5 Dec 2012) In the Philippines, the…
Affected countries: Moldova
In 2012, Moldova suffered the combined impacts of poor rainfall and extremely high temperatures, which resulted in major losses in the national crop production. The 2012 drought was part of a regional phenomenon, which affected large parts of the Black Sea region, the Balkans and Central Europe…
Affected countries: Panama
Heavy precipitation at the end of November 2012 in Panama caused floods, landslides and damage to livelihoods and communications in the western provinces of Colón and Panama, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency. Five people were killed and 6,500 families were affected; 2,570…
Affected countries: Congo
On the night of 17-18 Nov 2012, heavy rains hit Pointe Noire, the second largest city in the Republic of Congo, causing severe flooding of unprecedented magnitude during the last ten years. Five people were killed and over 2,000 displaced. (IFRC, 30 Nov 2012) Widespread destruction of the drainage…
Affected countries: Myanmar
On 11 Nov 2012, an earthquake registering 6.8 on the Richter scale struck 50 kilometers north of Shwebo Township in Sagaing Region, 115 kilometers north of Mandalay, killing at least seven people. So far, 122 houses, 48 departmental buildings, 21 religious buildings and four schools have been…
Affected countries: Haiti
Heavy rains during the night of 8-9 Nov 2012 in the Nord, Nord-est, Nord-ouest and Nippes departments of Haiti resulted in flooding, damage to homes and 10 deaths in Cap Haitien. More than 1,500 people were housed in 14 shelters. (Govt. of Haiti, 9 Nov 2012)
Affected countries: Guatemala
A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala on 07 Nov 2012, killing 44 people and harming more than 25,000 (OCHA, 14 Nov 2012). The preliminary damage and needs assessment carried-out by government authorities revealed that 127 municipalities in 11 departments had been…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
By the end of October 2012, drought had affected an estimated 1.8 million people in Sri Lanka according. Since December 2011, for the second consecutive season, rainfall had been scanty. As a result, many of the water reservoirs dried up, and people living in the worst-hit remote rural areas…
Affected countries: Sudan
On 29 October 2012, Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) notified WHO of a possible yellow fever outbreak in 17 localities in Central and South Darfur (WHO, 10 Jan 2013). During that time, a total of 98 suspected cases were reported, including 42 deaths. New cases continued to emerge with…
Affected countries: China, Philippines, Viet Nam
Son-Tinh (Ofel) made landfall as a tropical storm in the Philippines on 25 Oct 2012, killing 27 people and destroying almost 200 houses (Govt., 29 Oct 2012). On 27 Oct, more than 15,000 people stayed in 97 evacuation centers (Govt., 27 Oct 2012). After gaining typhoon strength, Son-Tinh hit Viet…
The eye of Hurricane Sandy made landfall near Kingston on Jamaica on 24 Oct 2012 and struck Cuba the next day. In Cuba, over 194,767 homes were damaged and another 32,521 were destroyed, leaving thousands of people in need of shelter solutions. 11 people were killed. (IFRC, 12 Apr 2013) In…
Affected countries: Benin
On 23 Oct 2012, the municipality of Comé (Department of Mono) in the south west of Benin reported the first confirmed cases of cholera. Shortly after, the local authorities issued an official declaration of the outbreak. A total of 65 cases were reported throughout November 2012. Through the joint…
Affected countries: Colombia
In October 2012, about 2,000 families were affected by floods, landslides, avalanches in Colombia in the year's second rainy season. The most affected departments are Bolivar (1,500 families), Cordoba (350 families), North of Santander, Huila and Atlantico. More than 1,600 houses were damaged,…
Affected countries: Uganda
On 19 Oct 2012, the Uganda Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever. As of 29 Oct, a total of 19 cases and nine deaths had been reported from five districts: Kabale district, in south-western Uganda, Kampala (the capital city), Ibanda, Mbarara and Kabarole. (WHO, 31 Oct…