Nicaragua/Pakistan/India/Mexico/Greece/Serbia/Croatia/Hungary/Romania- Floods (ECHO Daily Flash 17/06/2013)
Nicaragua – Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, SINAPRED, Local Media)
A strong 6.5M earthquake at a depth of 35km hit in the Pacific Ocean, ca. 40km off the coasts of Leon province, Nicaragua on 15 June at 17:34 UTC. USGS indicates 80,000 people exposed to "Strong" shaking, Local media report one person dead and light damage in the capital Managua and in the provinces of Chinandega and Leon.
Pakistan – Severe weather (Pakistan Government, Local Media)
Heavy rains have been affecting northern Pakistan in the past three days. As of early on 17 June, local media report a total of 19 people killed across the country, with 10 of them in Lahore, north-eastern Pakistan. Peshawar district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was also particularly affected, with six people killed; 15 camps have reportedly been established in the flood-affected villages of this district.
The flows of two major rivers in KP, Indus River at Tarbela dam and Kabul river at Nowshera had also risen to 2-3 times the mean values as of 14 June, according to the Water Management Authority of Pakistan.
Satellite observations on 13-14 June by the Dartmouth Flood Observatory indicate some flooding along the Indus, particularly in the region of Isakhel.
India – Severe Weather (BBC, Local Media, Indian Government)
Heavy rains affected the northern state of Uttarakhand causing flash floods and landslides that killed at least 10 people, according to international and local media reports. Another 50 people are reported missing as of early on 17 June.
Heavy rainfall has also been affecting Punjab and Haryana in northern India. Rising waters of the river Yamuna in Haryana have stranded a number of people in villages along the river.
A warning for heavy to very heavy rainfall locally in the next 48h in northern and western India including Uttarakhand is in place as of 16 June.
Mexico – Severe weather (Mexican Government, Local Media)
Very heavy rainfall (495mm in 24h, according to the government) affected the state of Coahuila in northern Mexico on 15 June. Around 1,000 people were evacuated in the municipality of Piedras Negras. Local media report one person killed, ca. 10,000 houses damaged and 40,000 people affected by the heavy rainfall.
Greece – Earthquakes (GDACS, Greek Geodynamic Institute, Local Media)
A strong 6.2M earthquake at a shallow depth of 10 km hit in the Mediterranean Sea, ca. 70km off the southern coasts of Crete, on 15 June at 16:10 UTC. Although widely felt in the island, Greek media reported no damage or casualties and shaking was only up to "Light". There was no tsunami threat.
On 16 June at 23:39 UTC another strong earthquake of 5.9M at a depth of 12km hit in the same area. As of early on 17 June, no damage was reported by this earthquake either.
Serbia – Floods (Serbian Government, Serbian Meteo)
As of 16 June, Serbia was still under flood threat by the rising waters of the Danube and extraordinary preparations were undertaken. Some flooding was reported near the Croatian border and the road Novisad – Beocin was closed to traffic. Relief items were distributed in some vulnerable communities near Beocin.
The flood peak was expected at Novi Sad on 16/17 June. The level of Sava River in Belgrade is also above the regular flood level.
Croatia – Floods (National Authorities)
As of 16 June, flood protection measures were being undertaken in the counties of Osjecko-Baranjska and Vukovarsko-Srijemska; the situation there is reported under control and water levels in decline. The flood wave was expected to leave Croatia on 16 June.
Hungary – Floods (Hungarian Disaster Management)
As of 16 June in the afternoon flood defences were being taken down in a number of places along the Danube in the north of the country. An Orange Alert for a second flood wave issued at 16 June midday for Nograd, Pest and Budapest was lifted later in the day.
Clean-up work is under way in most flood-affected towns, 102 km of roads sections have been returned to traffic and all displaced residents have been allowed to return home.
Romania – Floods (Ministry of Environment and Forestry, National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management, Local Media)
As of 14 June, according to the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the flow of Danube entering the country at Bazias (south-western Romania) was increased and is expected to continue increasing, compared to the monthly average for June.
According to the National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management, as of 16 June, risk of floods and rapid increase of the water level is noted for the Danube section between Portile de Fier (south-western Romania) and Zimnicea (southern Romania) and a yellow code is issued to hold until 23 June.