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Affected countries: Solomon Islands
On 23 Jul 2014, WHO issued a health alert for a suspected measles outbreak in the Solomon Islands (WHO, 23 Jul 2014). By the end of August, over 600 cases had been reported, including two measles-related deaths. On 1 Sep a mass measles vaccination campaign to target all children aged 6 months to 30…
Affected countries: Kenya
On 10 February the Government declared a national drought emergency, with 23 of 47 counties affected. The number of food insecure people more than doubled – from 1.3 million to 2.7 million. Some 357,285 children and pregnant and lactating mothers are acutely malnourished. The latest nutrition…
Affected countries: Bangladesh
Since 13 Aug 2014, continuous rainfall in north and northeastern Bangladesh, together with the onrush of water from upstream, have caused flash floods in low-lying and densely populated areas. More than 800,000 people have been affected, including 500,000 displaced. As of 25 Aug, humanitarian…
Affected countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo
On 24 Aug 2014, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in the northern Équateur province. As of 27 Aug, 42 suspected cases had been reported, including 13 deaths (five of which were health workers) and six out of eight samples had tested positive…
Affected countries: Ghana
In June 2014, a cholera outbreak was reported in Ghana. As of 18 Aug, 6,018 cases including 47 deaths (case fatality rate of 0.9%) had been reported from 34 districts in five regions. Greater Accra was the most affected region, with 5,558 cases and 45 deaths. As the numbers of cases were increasing…
Affected countries: Niger
Ongoing heavy seasonal rainfall has caused flooding in several parts of Niger in August 2014. As of 21 Aug, more than 36,400 people had been affected according to the Government, and 18 deaths had been reported. Tillabéry was the most affected region, followed by Dosso, Maradi and Tahoua. By this…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
The northeast monsoon, which supplies water for agriculture across the key paddy producing areas of Sri Lanka, received below average rainfall for consecutive months between September 2013 and March 2014, leading to prolonged drought across most of the country. By April 2014, over 728,000 people…
Affected countries: China
On 3 Aug 2014 an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 at a depth of 12 km hit Longtoushan township in Ludian county in China's southwestern Yunnan province. As of 7 Aug, 615 people had been killed, 3,143 had been injured and 114 people were still missing. 230,000 had been relocated. Rescue teams…
Affected countries: India, Nepal
Heavy rain caused massive landslides from the hillside in Jure, Mankhaa Village Development Committee of Sindhupalchowk district in Nepal's Central Region on 2 Aug 2014. The landslide created a high artificial dam across the Saptakoshi River, one of the main tributaries of the Koshi River,…
Affected countries: South Sudan
Starting in July 2014, flooding caused by seasonal rainfall started to worsen living conditions in displacement sites in parts of South Sudan. By 31 Jul, large areas of the Bentiu Protection of Civilian Sites in Unity State were under water. (OCHA, 31 Jul 2014) As of 15 Aug, over 68 per cent of the…
Affected countries: Myanmar
In July 2014, heavy seasonal rains, landslides and strong winds throughout Myanmar, in particular in the lower parts of the country, caused damage, flooding, landslides, and the collapse of riverbanks in several regions. The most affected states/regions are Ayeyarwady, Bago, Kayin, Kachin, Magway,…
Affected countries: Cameroon
In late April 2014, three cases of cholera were reported in the Far North region of Cameroon, and involved a Nigerian family who had crossed into Cameroon to receive treatment. Neighbouring Nigeria has seen an increase in cases since September 2013: 24,683 cholera cases have been reported in…
Affected countries: China, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam
Typhoon Rammasun (locally known as Glenda) made landfall over Lapu-Lapu in Albay province in the eastern Philippines in the late afternoon of 15 Jul 2014. It crossed the Northern Capital Region area the following morning, impacting the Metro Manila area with strong winds and heavy rain, causing…
Affected countries: Guatemala, Mexico
A 6.9-magnitude quake struck the Pacific coast of Mexico's Chiapas state near the border with Guatemala on 7 Jul 2014, killing three people in Mexico and two in Guatemala. In Mexico, 9,000 houses and several roads were damaged in 15 municipalities. (ECHO, 10 Jul 2014) In Guatemala, the…
Affected countries: Sudan
In Sudan, heavy rains from July to September 2014 led to flash flooding, which affected more than 266,000 people in 13 states (OCHA, 9 Sep 2014). According to the Ministry of Health of Sudan (MoH), 39 people were killed and 204 injured. Widespread destruction was caused to people’s homes, crops…
Affected countries: El Salvador
El Salvador is the first country in Central America with a chikungunya outbreak. Several cases appeared in early June 2014 in the municipality of Axutuxtepeque in the Department of San Salvador. Dengue cases have also increased in the country in recent months. On 18 Jun, the Ministry of Health,…
Affected countries: Haiti
The first cases of chikungunya were confirmed in Haiti during the last week of April 2014. The disease was first detected in the Caribbean in December 2013, in St Martin. The Government reported a cumulative total of 39,343 cases between 31 May and 16 Jun 2014 in all 10 departments, with the West…
Affected countries: Philippines
Moderate to heavy rains, which began on 13 Jun 2014, caused flooding in Mindanao, southern Philippines. In Maguindanao province, 17,063 families (85,315 people) were affected across 16 municipalities according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council as of 26 Jun. (OCHA, 30…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
With the arrival of Southwest monsoon, the southern region of Sri Lanka received heavy rainfall with high winds within a short period of time in early June 2014. Kalutara district alone received 378mm of rainfall within six hours on 4 Jun, causing a massive landslide in the area. The floods and…
Affected countries: Somalia
Starting in early February 2014, measles outbreaks were confirmed in several regions of Somalia (OCHA, 20 May 2014). In March and April, there were over 1,350 suspected cases – four times the number seen during the same period in 2013. Nearly 1,000 cases were reported in May alone. (WHO/UNICEF,…