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Affected countries: Afghanistan
On 25 January, heavy snowfall and freezing weather has killed 27 children in a remote district of northern Afghanistan. (RFE, 26 Jan 2017) A large number of avalanche, snowfall and rain-related disasters were reported around Afghanistan between 4-7 February, with 22 out of 34 provinces reported…
Affected countries: Algeria
Algeria has been suffering from a cold wave that began on 16 January 2017. The falling snow and cold weather in Algeria has affected the Eastern, Central and the high plateau regions. The snow has cut off numerous communities and villages, particularly in the mountainous areas, causing losses to…
Affected countries: Morocco
From mid-January, a cold wave has moved across Morocco affecting most cities. Temperatures have fallen rapidly, reach as low as -13 degrees Celsius in high altitude areas, and between -2 and 0 degrees Celsius in the interior of the country. Regions in the east, north and south have been…
Affected countries: Pakistan
Continuous heavy rains and record-breaking snow fall have caused widespread flooding across three districts in Balochistan, from 17 to 22 January 2017. The government declared an emergency in the most impacted districts and demanded assistance for roughly 60,000 affected people in the province. On…
In the afternoon of 5 January 2016, the western and north-eastern parts of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia were hit by a heavy snowstorm. In the evening, the temperatures decreased to 25 Celsius degrees below zero. The mountain passes through Gostivar, Kicevo, Kriva Palanka – Kustendil…
Affected countries: Belarus
A sharp cold snap (Cyclone Axel) hit Belarus on 5 January 2017, with heavy snowfalls accompanied by frost and strong winds. Temperatures dropped down to 25‐29 degrees Celsius below zero, and in some places even to minus 31‐34 Celsius degrees. The country's meteorological service issued an…
Affected countries: Mongolia
It is expected that dzud may mainly affect the northern parts of the country. Currently, 110 soums (townships) in 13 aimags (provinces), which is around 32 per cent of the total number of soums in country, are starting to experience hardship. (IFRC, 17 Dec 2016) Mongolia’s Deputy Prime Minister…
Affected countries: Morocco
A cold wave has affected Morocco on Saturday 27 February 2016, caused by a polar air mass flow passing from the North Pole to Europe and North Africa, and has generated westerly winds that has brought extreme and exceptionally low temperatures as per the Communications Department at the National…
Affected countries: Mongolia
Mongolia is experiencing very low temperatures and heavy snowfall since early November 2015, locally named Dzud. According to the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), snow has covered 90 per cent of the total territory with conditions getting more severe. Based on the latest assessment…
Affected countries: Peru
Since May 2015 to date, a meteorological phenomenon causing low temperatures, heavy snowfall and frost has affected the Andean regions located above 3,500 metres above sea level; temperatures have dropped below 0°C, and there have been snowstorms and hail. In some places, temperatures reached…
Affected countries: Papua New Guinea
The National Weather Service (NWS) on 7 August 2015 declared the country will be experiencing a severe El Nino event, which is forecasted to continue for 8–10 months with reduced rainfall in all parts of the country. The situation is expected to be the worst since the 1997/98 drought. The…
Affected countries: Afghanistan
As 5 Apr 2015, an estimated 8,827 families had been affected by floods, rain, heavy snow and avalanches in 137 districts in 24 provinces since 1 Feb. A total of 291 people were killed and 96 people were injured. 1,454 houses were completely destroyed and 7,119 houses were damaged. (OCHA, 5 Apr…
Winter storm Huda (called Zeina in Lebanon) started sweeping across the Middle East on 6 Jan 2015, bringing heavy snow and rainfall, high winds and freezing temperatures to tens of thousands of refugees living in camps and makeshift shelters across the region. In Lebanon, the Red Cross estimated…
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: 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: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
In August 2013, heavy snowfall hit five departments in Western Bolivia. Six people have been killed and almost 3,500 families have been affected. (UN CT, 30 Aug 2013) According to official estimates, the compounded effect of severe dry weather earlier in March to June followed by frost in July…
Affected countries: Peru
Starting on 24 Aug 2013, heavy snow occurred in several regions of Peru, mainly in Puno, Cusco, Apurimac, Huancavelica and the Ayacucho highlands. In other regions like Arequipa and Ucayali strong winds occurred while prolonged heavy rains affected the region of Junín. It was the most intense…
Affected countries: Colombia
The first rainy season of 2013 officially began on 15 Mar and will run through mid-June. A total of 137 disaster events were recorded through 31 Mar, led by flooding (49), wind storms (42) and landslides (40). The majority of victims were along the Pacific Coast, particularly in Choco, were flash…
Affected countries: Tajikistan
Temperatures dropping from minus 35 to minus 55 degrees Celsius and heavy snowfall isolated several villages in Murgab District of Badakshan Province of Tajikistan starting on 20 Jan 2013 for several weeks. Blocked roads, power shortages and broken communication lines made it almost impossible to…
Affected countries: Belarus
Freezing weather has already killed four people in Belarus and temperatures are set to drop even further according to weather forecasts. Frosts went down to minus 25 degrees Celsius at night between 25 to 28 January. (IFRC, 25 Jan 2013)