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Affected countries: Philippines
Tropical Storm Jangmi, locally named Seniang, made landfall on the Philippines' main southern island of Mindanao on 29 Dec 2014 and then crossed to the central islands, causing floods and landslides. The storm weakened into a low pressure area on 31 Dec and excited the Philippines on 2 Jan…
On 28 December 2014, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was hit by heavy snowfalls that resulted in snow drifts, two meters high in some places, limiting the movement of all types of vehicles on many highways and mountain corridors, cutting the communication with a number of mountain…
Affected countries: Malaysia, Thailand
Heavy seasonal rains and strong winds have affected most parts of Malaysia since mid-December 2014 and are expected to continue until early January 2015. The rains caused severe flooding in the East Coast – Terengganu, Pahang, and Kelantan states. In addition to the three most affected states,…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
By 5 Jan 2015, an estimated 1.1 million people had been affected by floods, landslides and high winds since 19 Dec 2014 in 22 of 25 districts; 39 deaths had been reported. More than 30,000 people were staying in 230 safety centres in 17 districts. Over 6,400 houses were reportedly destroyed and an…
Affected countries: Maldives
On 4 Dec 2014, a fire broke out in the Maldives Water and Sewerage (MWSC) Company Generator Unit in the capital Malé, causing severe damage to the unit and forcing MWSC – the sole provider of clean desalinated water in the capital – had to suspend all water supply. The Government declared a…
Affected countries: Palau, Philippines, Viet Nam
Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) made its first landfall in the Philippines' Eastern Samar province as a category 2 at 9:15 p.m. on 6 Dec 2014 (Manila time) with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h and gusts of up to 210 km/h. The storm made a second landfall in the morning of 7 Dec in…
Affected countries: Morocco
Violent storms starting on 24 Nov 2014 caused widespread flooding in large parts of southern Morocco, killing 47 people. Thousands of adobe houses were destroyed and more than 100 roads were cut by the flood waters. A cold wave struck the affected communities from the first week of December and…
Affected countries: Cabo Verde
A volcano eruption in Fogo Island, Cabo Verde, began on 23 Nov 2014, affecting the people living in Chã das Caldeiras, the volcano crater area. An estimated 1,000 people have been evacuated from the area, of which 838 have been relocated in temporary accommodation centres and in houses built in…
Affected countries: Haiti
Heavy rainfall starting at the beginning of November 2014 caused flooding and landslides in Northern Haiti, killing 17 people. More than 15,000 houses were flooded, 90 were destroyed and 800 were severely damaged. Over 6,500 people were temporarily housed in emergency shelters. The floods also…
Affected countries: Indonesia
Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam was hardest hit by floods in Indonesia in November and December 2014. At least 120,000 people were temporarily displaced and 40,000 hectares of fishponds and 6,000 hectares of agricultural land were damaged. The Governor of Aceh declared a provincial flooding emergency for…
Affected countries: Colombia
According to Colombia's Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies, a second rainy season started at the end of September 2014. In October, more than 52,000 people were affected and 24 were killed by events associated with increased rainfalls, such as floods, landslides and…
Affected countries: Niger
Starting in September 2014, cholera cases began to increase drastically in southern Niger. Of 1,365 cases reported between the beginning of the year and 7 Oct, 739 were reported in September. Tahoua region was the most affected, with 776 cases as of 7 Oct, followed by neighboring Maradi with 353…
Affected countries: Somalia
In October 2014, heavy rains in south-central Somalia and in upper parts of the Shabelle basin in the Somali-Ethiopian border, caused flooding along both the Shabelle and Juba Rivers. The worst-hit areas were along the Shabelle River: Beledweyne in Hiraan region, and in the Middle Shabelle region,…
Affected countries: Ethiopia
Heavy rains starting in September 2014 caused flooding in Ethiopia's Afar, SNNP and Somali regions (OCHA, 20 Oct 2014). By 28 Oct, some 72,680 people had been affected and more than 50,000 people had been displaced, having partially or totally lost their homes and livelihoods. (OCHA, 28 Oct…
Affected countries: India
On 12 Oct 2014, Tropical Cyclone Hudhud made landfall on India's coast of Andhra Pradesh, near the city of Visakhapatnam, as a category 3 storm. Visakhapatnam was heavily damaged, including the airport, a number of buildings, electrical and telecommunications supplies and roads. Similarly,…
Affected countries: China - Taiwan Province, Philippines
Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (known as Mario in the Philippines) made landfall on 19 Sep 2014 morning, over the northern tip of Cagayan Province of the Philippines' Luzon Island. Its effects enhanced heavy rains that brought flooding in low lying areas of Luzon, including Metro Manila and the…
Affected countries: South Sudan
Starting in mid-2014, Kala-azar (Visceral Leishmaniasis) cases started to increase considerably in South Sudan. Kala-azar is endemic in Upper Nile, Unity, Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria states, and the peak season usually starts during or shortly after the rainy season. In 2014, the peak season…
Affected countries: Cameroon
Starting on 21 Aug 2014, heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in Bibemi Subdivision in Cameroon's North Region. Many villages were swept away by flood waters, with houses and farms destroyed, animals killed and nearly 700 families (about 3,500 people) affected, including more than 270 families…
Affected countries: Pakistan
In the first week of September 2014, heavy monsoon rains and floods in the catchment areas of India's eastern rivers of Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, and Jhelum, resulted in flash floods in Punjab, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K). The floods killed 367 people and affected more…
Affected countries: India
Seasonal monsoon rains starting at the end of June 2014 triggered river overflows in India's north-eastern State of Assam, causing damage and evacuations (ECHO, 26 Jun 2014). Starting in mid-July, flooding in eastern India killed three people and forced thousands of families from their homes…