19 February 2014: World Events

LESSER ANTILLES – Earthquake • On 18 February, at 09.27 UTC an earthquake of 6.5 M, at a depth of 16.9 km, occurred approx. 200 km off the coast of the Lesser Antilles.

• USGS-PAGER: shaking up to “light” for 489 000 people. No significant tsunami risk, no deaths or damage (as of 19 February).

IRAQ – Conflict / Displacement

• The crisis in Al-Anbar governorate is in its seventh week, with insecurity spreading into neighbouring governorates of Ninewah, Diyala and Salah-al-Din over the past few days. Population displacements continue as a result. Most recent estimates (Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration) indicate: more than 300 000 persons displaced within A Anbar and other parts of the country.

• Humanitarian access is challenging due to volatile conditions, security restrictions by Iraqi forces and impediments by armed groups.

• Numbers of IDPs are expected to continue rising as fighting in the Ramadi-Fallujah area continues and related insecurity affects other Iraqi governorates.

Mozambique Channel Tropical Cyclone GUITO

• GUITO formed on 18 February near the coast of northern Mozambique and started moving south over the Mozambique Channel. On 19 February, 00.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 300km south-east of the Zambezia province. In the next 48h, it is forecast to continue moving over the Mozambique Channel, strengthening.

• In the past few days, heavy rainfall affected northern and central Mozambique. As of 19 February (local media): three dead, two injured and 206 homes destroyed in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Sofala. Floods have been reported in the basin of the Licungo river in Zambezia province.
GDACS, Meteo France–La Reunion, Local Media (1, 2, 3)