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International (ECHO Daily Flash of 4 March 2016)

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 ECHO Daily Flash of 04 March 2016

I. International

Democratic Republic of Congo – Insecurity (ECHO, OCHA) 

  • On 2 March, armed actors abducted three staff from a humanitarian organisation in Lubero territory. In light of this incident, several organisations suspended their activities in the area.    
  • In the Rutshuru territory, increased inter-community tensions and insecurity (10 people killed and 45 houses burnt down) led to the suspension of activities of two other humanitarian actors (including a vaccination campaign). In Beni, attacks against civilians are still ongoing with 13 people killed last week.     
  • 2015 already saw an increase of 19 percent of security incidents concerning humanitarian NGOs in North Kivu due to organised armed groups and criminal activities, with 12 abductions.

Bolivia - Severe weather (WMO, SENAMHI, Redhum, PAHO, Media) 

  • Heavy rain has been reportedly affecting central Bolivia over the last few days causing floods, landslides and rivers to overflow. Approximately 77 mm of rain in 24 h were recorded in San Borja (southern Beni Department) over 29 February - 1 March.
  • Media report over 1 000 people affected and hundreds of homes damaged due to floods and rivers overflowing in Cochabamba department, as well as several homes damaged in Achocalla, La Paz Department, due to a landslide, as of 4 March early morning (UTC).
  • Over the next 24 h moderate with locally heavy rain may still affect several parts of Bolivia, especially the central areas.

Peru - Severe weather (INDECI, WMO, SENAMHI, Media) 

  • Heavy rain has continued to affect several areas of the country causing more floods, damage and deaths. Approximately 96 mm of rain in 24 h were recorded in Tumbes over 2-3 March.
  • Media report at least five people dead, hundreds evacuated and several homes damaged, as of 3 March.
  • Over the next 24 h more rain may still affect the northern parts of the country.