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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot, 18 - 25 February 2013

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Tropical Depression “Crising” made landfall on the southern tip of Davao del Sur, Philippines, on 19 February moving northwest towards southern Palawan and affecting 262,880 people.

The south-west coast of Madagascar was hit by Tropical Cyclone “Haruna” on 22 February as a Category 2 Tropical Cyclone with wind speeds of 154 km/h to 177 km/h and heavy rains. According to OCHA, as of 23 February 7,330 people were displaced and 10 people were killed. Initial assessments indicate severe damage to houses and infrastructure.

In Syria, clashes continued across Syria with bombings in Aleppo, Daraa and Damascus. The number of Syrian refugees continued to rise, amounting to a total of 907,100 as of 21 February compared to 830,675 last week.

This week marked the largest number of casualties since the French-led military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali began on 11 January. Although humanitarian access in central regions and parts of the north continues to improve and aid is increasing in the accessible parts, security remains a serious threat in parts of the north due to the on-going military operations, threat of mines by armed groups, recent intra-military clashes and suicide bombings.

Some 350,000 people, 23% of the total population, are affected by food insecurity in northern Cameroon as of 22 February, according to FAO.

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