Disasters

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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: Congo
On 4 Mar 2012 a fire caused a series of explosions in the arms depot of the Congolese National Army in Brazzaville resulting in the devastation of the surrounding neighbourhoods and 246 deaths, up to 2,200 people injured, and the displacement of an estimated 13,800 people (IFRC, 26 Mar 2012)…
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…
Affected countries: Japan
On 11 Mar 2011, a massive tsunami was triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in northeast Japan, causing widespread destruction. The tsunami was up to 30 meters high and inundated 433,000 square kilometers of land. 492,000 people were evacuated, 11,600 were killed and 16,450 were reported missing…
Affected countries: Hungary
In October 2010, a wall of toxic chemical sludge up to two metres deep in places swamped Kolontár and five other villages, causing the government to declare a state of emergency in three regions. Residents were forced to climb onto rooftops to escape the toxic tide as houses were inundated with…
Affected countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo
In April 2008, a Hewa Bora Airlines DC-9 airplane caught fire shortly after take off and crashed into the commercial district of Birere, Goma in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some 90 passengers and crew members were on board the aircraft. Several residents from the Birere…
Affected countries: Côte d'Ivoire
According to various sources, hazardous substances were dumped from the vessel, 'Probo Koala' on or about 19 Aug 2006 at a number of sites in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Initially six people were reported to have died and several thousand sought health care through fear of contamination or…