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9 September 2014: World events

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, MEXICO – Severe weather
• Heavy rainfall affected the south-western United States of America on 8 September, causing flash floods that killed two people in southern Arizona. Floods were also reported in Nevada and southern California. The heavy rains were caused by the remnants of Tropical Cyclone NORBERT that affected parts of western Mexico last few days, killing three people (media).
Sources: GDACS, NOAA, REDLAC, Media (1, 2, 3)

LEBANON – Syrian refugees
• The security situation is deteriorating following the clashes in Ersal and the ISIS' beheading of three Lebanese nationals. The situation is volatile with tensions between the various factions and violence against Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
• The tense situation will increase internal displacement in Lebanon and raises serious protection concerns for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Sources: Media, NGOs

INDIA – Floods • In Jammu & Kashmir the rescue operations continued with 23 500 people rescued as of 9 September (media). The number of people killed has reached 175. Around 20 000 military personnel are involved in the operations.
• On 7-8 September heavy rains stranded also hundreds of people in several villages in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
• In the next three days, heavy rains are expected mainly over western India.
Sources: Media (1, 2, 3, 4), WMO, IMD

PAKISTAN– Floods
• Flood situation is still critical in Punjab, with thousands of people still marooned by the floodwaters and large areas inundated. A second flood wave along the river Chenab in the area of Timmu that will likely persist until 12 September.
• As of 8 September (NDMA), in Punjab, AJK and Gilgit Baltistan there were: 203 dead, 384 people injured, more than 7 000 houses damaged (varying degrees), 465 000 people affected and 217 relief camps established in Punjab.
Sources: NDMA, GDACS

SUDAN – ICRC signs country agreement
• The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has signed a new country agreement with the government of Sudan. ICRC (working in Sudan since 1978) had its activities suspended by Sudanese authorities on 1 February 2014 for "technical reasons". The new country agreement is a positive first step to lift the suspension. However, the concrete practical arrangements for restarting its humanitarian actions in Sudan are still being discussed with authorities.
Sources: ICRC , ECHO

SOUTH SUDAN – Epidemics
• Cholera: continued decline in new cases (6 037 reported cumulative cases, 139 deaths). Most of the new cases are in Eastern Equatoria.
• Kala Azar: Sharp increase in reported cases (2 000 patients). Doubling of people seeking treatment since April (MSF). Most patients are in the most conflict-affected areas.
• Hepatitis E: 100 cumulative cases with four deaths reported in two counties of Lakes State. • An integrated measles, polio and vitamin A campaign is ongoing in Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei States.
Sources: UN, ECHO, MSF