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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot, 10 - 17 December 2012

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Tropical cyclone Evan hit Samoa and Fiji on 13 and 16 December. As a category 4 storm, Evan caused significant damage to homes and infrastructure on both islands. 3,500 people were evacuated to emergency shelters in Fiji. In Samoa 1,500 were evacuated and 2 killed.Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) made landfall in the southern Philippines on 4 December, carrying winds of up to 160 kilometres an hour. More than 6.2 million people have been affected in nine provinces, according to Government estimates.The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, with heavy fighting southwest of Damascus and in the Yarmouk district of Damascus, which hosts more than 112,000 Palestinian refugees, following a major operation launched by the Government to prevent rebels from advancing on the capital. The security situation in South Sudan was tense in Western Bahr al Ghazal, Northern Bahr al Ghazal and Jonglei States due to the eruption of localised violence and clashes of the South Sudanese army and armed groups.In West Darfur, Sudan, the Ministry of Health announced the outbreak of Hepatitis D in addition to a yellow fever outbreak which has caused 788 suspected cases and 166 deaths in Darfur since 29 October.

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