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Affected countries: El Salvador
El Salvador's Chaparrastique volcano erupted on 29 Dec 2013, spewing a column of ash that rose more than 5 km above the volcano. Falling ash affected the population living on the volcano's western side, where 2,300 people were relocated to 16 collective centers set up by the authorities…
Severe rains and high winds due to a low level trough system caused floods and landslides in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Dominica from 23-25 Dec 2013. St. Vincent and the Grenadines reported nine deaths and over five hundred persons affected, of which 237 were provided with…
Affected countries: Brazil
Heavy seasonal rainfall started to affect parts of eastern Brazil on 7 Dec 2013, causing floods and landslides. By 16 Dec, 15 people had been killed in the southeastern states of Río de Janeiro and Bahía (OCHA, 16 Dec 2013). By 23 Dec, an emergency had been declared in the southeastern State of…
Affected countries: occupied Palestinian territory
The announced heavy rain fall and snow storms hit the West Bank and Gaza on 10 December 2013 and are still affecting the Palestinian population in West Bank and Palestine. The heavy rain and snow has generated floods in several parts of Palestine and thousands of families have been evacuated from…
Affected countries: Indonesia
After a prolonged 2012-2013 wet season that continued into August, Indonesia experienced a brief dry season which transitioned into the 2013-2014 wet season in most parts of the country by the end of October. Floods and landslides killed 35 people in November and affected almost 20,000. (OCHA, 30…
Affected countries: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck in Iran's southeastern Bushehr province on 28 Nov 2013, killing seven people and injuring 203. 200 houses were damaged in Borazjan town and Dehghayd village. 1,520 people were sheltered in 20 camps. (Iranian Red Crescent, 28 Nov 2013)
Affected countries: Sudan
An outbreak of yellow fever was reported in West and South Kordofan states between 3 October and 13 November 2013. By 24 November 2013, the Ministry of Health (MoH) reported 44 suspected cases of yellow fever with 14 deaths. (WHO/Govt, 7 Nov 2013) Between 03 October to 14 December 2013, a total of…
Affected countries: Nigeria
Since the 2010 cholera epidemic which recorded 41,787 cases and 1,716 deaths, Nigeria has experienced recurrent outbreaks of cholera. In 2014, according to the Cholera Regional Platform, Nigeria was the most affected country by cholera in west and central Africa – with 35,996 cases reported,…
Affected countries: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea
In October 2013, wild poliovirus type 1 was confirmed in Cameroon for the first time since 2009. Two patients in the West Region developed paralysis on 1 Oct and 19 Oct. (WHO, 21 Nov 2013) Three additional cases were reported with onset of paralysis on 6, 25, and 31 Jan 2014 from three new regions…
Affected countries: Somalia
Seasonal rains started at the end of September 2013 across Somalia, contributing to flooding, especially in and around Jowhar town in Middle Shabelle region, where flooding had already started in mid-August due to rains in the Ethiopian highlands, the source of the Shabelle River. Heavy downpours…
Affected countries: Viet Nam
On the evening of 14 Nov, the tropical storm 15 weakens into tropical depression and hit the south-central provinces of Viet Nam, bringing heavy rainfall and strong winds. From 14 November at 7 PM to 17 November at 7 PM, the coastal areas from Quang Tri to Ninh Thuan and the Central Highlands have…
Affected countries: Somalia
The State of Puntland in the North Eastern part of Somalia was hit by a tropical cyclone on 10 Nov 2013. The cyclone and the subsequent flash floods caused massive destruction resulting in the deaths of 162 people, displacement of tens of hundreds of nomads, decimation of approximately 1 million…
Tropical Storm Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines) initially formed in Micronesia, then gained strength, continued west and made its first landfall at 4:40 a.m. on 8 Nov 2013 in Guiuan municipality of the Philippines' Eastern Samar province. (OCHA, 8 Nov 2013) Initial reports estimated…
Affected countries: Togo
A cholera epidemic was declared in Togo on 30 Aug 2013. The first cases were reported in a village in Lomé, from the outbreak subsequently spread to the entire Maritime and the Central regions. Six of the seven regions in the Maritime region were affected. Between August and December, 168 cases,…
On 28 Oct 2013, the Minister of Health of the Syrian Arab Republic announced that, after a 15-year absence, polio had returned to the Middle East. Thirteen cases were confirmed from Syria's Deir Al Zour province. The occurrence of an outbreak reflects declining immunization rates due to the…
Affected countries: Thailand
From July 2013, Thailand faced sporadic flooding, mainly in the north and north-eastern provinces. In late September, seasonal rainfall was further exacerbated by the combined impact of several tropical storms resulting in climatic depressions over Thailand that led to heavy rainfall in many…
Affected countries: Pakistan
More than 7,000 people tested positive for dengue fever in Swat District of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province since September 2013 and as of 15 Oct at least 26 people had died from the disease. (OCHA, 15 Oct 2013). By 20 Oct, the number of cases stood at 8,546 and 33 deaths had been…
Affected countries: Philippines
The 7.2 magnitude earthquake on 15 October 2013 was the strongest to hit the Philippines' Bohol island province in nearly 25 years, and occurred on a previously unknown fault line. Municipalities in the northwest of Bohol were hardest hit. The total number of affected people has been adjusted…
Affected countries: India
Cyclone Phailin was rated as a very severe cyclone that hit India in October 2013. Over 1.1 million residents in Odisha state, which has a population of 41.9 million, were evacuated before the storm and due to the floods that followed. An estimated 13.23 million people were affected; 47 people were…
Affected countries: Philippines, Viet Nam
Typhoon Nari (locally known as Santi) hit the northern Philippines early on 12 Oct 2013, killing 13 people and affecting more than 200,000. More than 43,000 people (or 9,000 families) were displaced, some living with host families and others in evacuation centres. More than 16,500 homes were…