17 July 2014: World - ECHO Flash Events

Gaza - Israel – Conflict

• Both parties agreed to respect a humanitarian pause of 5 hours after 9 days of fighting. This must allow safe access for humanitarian assistance.

• Since the start of Operation “Protective Edge” on 7 July 2014, over 200 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and more than thousand have been injured.

Syria – Humanitarian access / assistance

• As of 16 July, UN agencies and NGO partners are organizing the delivery of assistance through designated border points to reach up to 2.9 million more people.

• The World Food Program is putting in place the UN monitoring mechanism mandated in the relevant resolution. UNICEF has already positioned supplies ready for the first cross-border convoys.

West Africa – Ebola Virus Disease outbreak

• As the number of Ebola cases and deaths in Guinea and, in particular, Sierra Leone and Liberia continues to mount (964 cases and 603 deaths), WHO has established the core team of its new regional coordination centre in Conakry. Ebola cases have now been detected in Freetown and Bo, the capital and second city of Sierra Leone.

• A convoy of 392 Ivorian refugees from Nimba town in Liberia was stopped by the Ivoirian authorities at the border and asked to return to their camps in Liberia, in the context of local administrative preventive measures against the spread of the Ebola epidemic. UNHCR is closely monitoring the situation and has engaged the relevant national authorities. WHO has not recommended border closures.

Philippines, China, Vietnam – Tropical Cyclone RAMMASUN

• Typhoon RAMMASUN (named “GLENDA” in The Philippines) made landfall overnight 15-16 July (local time) in Albay and Quezon. On 17 July, 6.00 UTC, its centre was located over the South China Sea, approx. 500km south-east of Hainan (China), and it was moving north-west, towards south-eastern China and northern Vietnam. In the next 24h, it is forecast to continue in the same direction, intensifying.
It is expected to approach Hainan and Guangdong on 18 July and the Chinese authorities have issued an Orange Warning for Typhoon.

• Due to the damage caused in the Philippines by Typhoon RAMMASUN, a State of Calamity has been declared in the provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur, as well as in Naga City.

• DG ECHO and partner organisations are continuously monitoring the situation.