9 February 2015: World Events
IRAQ – Population Displacement
• The situation keeps deteriorating due to an increasing number of IDPs at the Arbat IDP camp in Sulaymaniyah, currently sheltering almost 2 800 families (16 500 persons), exceeding its total number by more than double, nearly tripling of its original capacity. Access to basic services becomes of utter concern. Urgent humanitarian assistance is needed.
• The security situation in Kirkuk remains tense due to increased military actions in villages around the governorate’s capital. IDPs fled from armed conflicts to IS controlled areas, while endured long and risky travels, but being denied access to safer ground in the Kurdish Region of Iraq.
Preliminary protection monitoring reports note that IDPs are been harassed in Kirkuk city, attributed to an increasing negative perception of local communities towards the mainly Sunni Arab IDP population.
• Access to basic services in areas outside the control of governmental forces remains a critical concern. Food supply is a priority for over 142 000 families in the accessible districts of Anbar, Salah al-Din, Diyala and Bagdad city. WFP, together with ECHO amongst others, distributed food parcels through a local partner organization in the districts of Khalidya (Habbaniya), Fallujah (A'miriyat El-Faluja), and Rutba (Nekhaib) of Anbar governorate.
Sources: ECHO, UN
INDONESIA – FLOODS
• Heavy rain has caused flooding in 12 villages in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, as the rainy season is reaching its peak, according to the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD). No casualties have been reported.
• Public transportation was severely affected. Bus and train service have suspended operations in many of their lines and stations.
• Electricity supply was shut down as a precautionary measure in several areas of Jakarta.
Sources: BPBD, Media
GREECE - FLOODS
• Floods continue affecting the region of Evros in north-eastern Greece due to the overflowing of the homonym river according to local authorities quoted in media, as of 8 February.
Evacuations in the village of Lagyna were still in effect.
• Severe weather conditions, including heavy snowfall and rainfall and strong winds, are forecast for most areas of the country on 9 February and the Hellenic National Meteorological Service has issued corresponding Red and Orange Alerts.
Sources: ECHO, Hellenic NMS, Local Media
• Damage and casualties assessment in Malawi continues, with the official death toll having increased to 104 people, and 172 missing, as of 7 February.
Temporary shelters in all 15 districts, that are currently in a State of Disaster, host approximately 230 000 displaced people, most of which are in the southern districts of Zomba,
Blantyre and Mulanje.
Sources: Malawian Government, UN
• The official death toll due the passage of Tropical Cyclone CHEDZA over Madagascar on 16-17 January has reached 80, with nine people still missing as of 7 February. Over 40 000 people are in evacuation centres, 4 430 houses were destroyed, nearly 2 000 of which are in the south-eastern Region of Vatovavy Fitovinany. Based on the number of affected people, worst hit are the Regions of Vatovavy Fitovinany and Analamanga, the latter of which includes the capital Antananarivo.
• Over 6-8 February, Tropical Storm FUNDI crossed the Channel of Mozambique west of southern Madagascar, without making landfall, and continued its way towards open waters in the southern Indian Ocean. Heavy rainfall affected western Madagascar, with 108 mm measured in 24h in Tulear over 7-8 February.
Sources: Madagascan Government, GDACS, WMO, Meteo France - La Reunion