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Tropical Cyclone Gati - Nov 2020

Sun, 22 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected countries: Somalia, Yemen
Glide: TC-2020-000232-SOM

Tropical Cyclone Gati made landfall on 22 November at around 22:00 hours local time in Puntland’s Bari region. The heavy rains and strong winds triggered flash floods along coastal and inland areas. The hardest hit were 13 villages in Iskushuban district, including Xaafuun, Dul Xaafuun, Dardaare, Garan, Baarmadowe, Hurdiya, Foocaar, Afdhicin, Haluula, Kurduush, Gumbax, Taageer and Xandha. Local authorities report that eight people have been killed and an unknown number injured. In total, an estimated 70,000 people have been affected. In Xaafuun and Hurdiya villages, about 15,000 people have been displaced to higher ground within their neighbourhoods. Massive damage to property and roads is reported. Telecommunication services have also been affected, especially in Xaafuun, Hurdiya and Baarmadowe. In addition, shipping and fishing activities along the coastal areas of Bari and the Gulf of Aden have been disrupted. An estimated 30 fishermen who were at sea before the cyclone alert was issued are yet to be accounted for. (OCHA, 23 Nov 2020)

The tropical storm GATI has weakened further and is moving westwards with a speed of 7KPH. It is expected to dissipate in the next 12 hours. The storm left behind a significant physical and economic damage especially in Bari region. More than 700 houses were destroyed, several boats and fishing gears damaged and loss of a large number of livestock. This has led to loss of livelihood for most families and may take time and huge financial input to replace the loss. There was a reduction of rainfall amounts and wind speeds in the last 24 hours in many areas along the storm path. This trend is expected to continue as the storm gets weaker and the situation will stabilize thereafter. (FAO, 24 Nov 2020)

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Hurricane Iota - Nov 2020

Sun, 15 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected countries: Belize, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua
Glide: TC-2020-000227-NIC

Millions suffering from Eta’s consequences are now on the brink of facing a second major storm in as many weeks, with Hurricane Iota bearing down on Central America’s Caribbean coasts on a path virtually identical to that of Eta and setting up a potentially catastrophic scenario upon its projected landfall as a Category 5 storm. Iota, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season’s 30th named storm, is currently a Category 4 hurricane featuring maximum sustained winds of 245 km/h and is forecast to bring rainfall of up to 400mm in Honduras, northern Nicaragua, Guatemala and southern Belize. These conditions will bring significant, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with landslides in higher elevation areas, risks that are compounded by high soil saturations from Eta. (OCHA, 17 Nov 2020)

Hurricane Iota made landfall over northern Nicaragua early on 17 November as a Category 4 storm, reaching sufficient intensity to qualify as the strongest Atlantic hurricane in 2020, the busiest season ever recorded and the only season ever to see two major hurricanes in November. Although Iota has since degraded to remnants of a tropical depression, persistent rains over areas reeling from Eta's impact have caused added flooding and landslides, increasing official counts of people affected and people in shelters in various countries and growing government-led response efforts to account for the newly affected. (OCHA, 18 Nov 2020)

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Typhoon Vamco - Nov 2020

Tue, 10 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected countries: Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Philippines, Viet Nam
Glide: TC-2020-000225-PHL

Typhoon Vamco/Ulysses lashed the main island of Luzon in the Philippines on 11-12 November, whipping destructive winds and dumping torrential rainfall over a wide area, triggering extensive flooding in several areas, including Metro Manila, and which has led to further displacement and increased the hardship of vulnerable people. Heavy rains affected the Bicol provinces where flooding incidents were reported in 37 municipalities. Catanduanes, which was the worst-hit province by Typhoon Goni, experienced flash floods and landslides. The provincial governor lamented that response efforts are back to zero as house repairs and temporary shelters were again destroyed. (OCHA, 12 Nov 2020)

Typhoon Vamco is the Philippines' 21st tropical cyclone for 2020. Still suffering from Super Typhoon Goni, Bicol was the first to face Typhoon Vamco's winds and rain, as the typhoon triggered floods in parts of the region. The island province of Catanduanes and provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur, that bore the brunt of Typhoon Goni in late October. However, the main impact of the typhoon was to Metro Manila and its adjacent provinces. The densely populated capital region of Metro Manila, though not directly hit by the center of the typhoon, is also affected with floods, fallen trees and power cables down leading to power outages across different cities. Nearby dams are closed to spilling, which could aggravate flooding. Airline flights and mass transit in the capital were suspended while the coast guard stopped port operations. Government work was suspended, and financial markets were shut. Hundreds of residents were forced to flee their homes on Thursday as water in Marikina River surpassed the peak level during the onslaught of Typhoon Vamco. (IFRC, 14 Nov 2020)

In the Philippines, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reports a total of 1,730,458 people affected as of 15 November 2020. A total of 324,363 individuals are displaced in 2,980 evacuation centres. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) confirms 67 deaths, 21 injured and 15 missing persons. More provinces have been increasingly affected. The flood in the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan, and Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon continues to rise as its major river systems have risen above critical levels as of morning of 15 November. Thousands of families in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela remain stranded on top of their houses waiting for rescue. Clearing operations and relief assistance continue to be difficult in Marikina City, Rizal, Laguna, Aurora and Quezon provinces, where Vamco has displaced population since 13 November. The local government units of these areas have asked for immediate life-saving and relief assistance. (ECHO, 15 Nov 2020)

In Viet Nam, VAMCO (Storm No. 13) made landfall on 15 November as a Category 1 storm over Ha Thinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue Provinces with wind speeds of up to 100 kph. According to the National Hydrometeorological Forecast Center (NHFC) as of 15 November it is moving inland in a north-west direction toward the Laos border, and is forecast to reduce intensity to tropical depression. Those provinces affected by TC VAMCO are the same areas already bearing the impact of multiple storms and floods that have struck Viet Nam since the beginning of October. This latest storm will exacerbate the situation further and increase the vulnerabilities and needs of affected communities. (UNCT Viet Nam, 15 Nov 2020) According to the Authorities of Vietnam, five people have been injured (two in Quang Tri Province and three in Quang Nam Province) more than 325,000 people have been evacuated and 55 communes remained without electricity in Quang Binh Province. (ECHO, 16 Nov 2020)

Following the passage of VAMCO over central Luzon (northern Philippines) on 11 November, the number of deaths stands at 67 and more than 2,700,000 people have been affected. 569,047 individuals are displaced, 304,065 (DSWD) are in evacuation centres and 265,001 (DSWD) are staying at relatives. (ECHO, 16 Nov 2020)

As of 23 November, more than 200,000 people remain displaced, of which at least 139,000 people are being served inside 670 evacuation centers while approximately 83,000 people are being served outside evacuation centers. (Govt., of the Philippines, 23 Nov 2020)

As of 26 November, at least 4,288,000 people in 6,717 barangays in Regions I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, NCR, and CAR have been affected. Of which, more than 100,000 people are being served inside 467 evacuation centers while approximately 83,000 persons are being served outside evacuation centers. (Govt., of the Philippines, 26 Nov 2020)

At least 905,000 people are in need of assistance across Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Bicol Region after typhoons Goni and Vamco affected the Philippines in mid-November. According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), more than 367,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed and about 33,300 people remain displaced and are hosted with families or in evacuation centres, as of 25 November. In support of the government-led response, the UN and humanitarian partners released a revised response plan, seeking US$52.6 million to assist 278,000 of the most-affected people in the provinces of Albay, Catanduanes and Cagayan with food, access to clean water, sanitation-hygiene facilities, emergency shelter, livelihood, health and early recovery. (OCHA, 30 Nov 2020)

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Hurricane Eta - Nov 2020

Mon, 02 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected countries: Belize, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama
Glide: TC-2020-000220-HND

Hurricane Eta began affecting north-eastern Nicaragua and parts of northern Honduras in the early hours of 3 November, causing heavy rains and high winds as a Category 4 hurricane. Preliminary reports indicate flooding and wind damage as Eta continues its projected westward path over northern Nicaragua. The United States’ National Hurricane Center (NHC) projects that Eta will cross into central Honduras by midday on 4 November and then reach eastern Guatemala and Belize on 5 November at night, passing over northern El Salvador during this time, before turning north-east back out into the Caribbean Sea by 7 November. (OCHA, 3 Nov 2020)

Eta has downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves into eastern and central Honduras at 11 km/h with windspeeds of 65 km/h. Despite Eta’s decreased intensity and lower windspeeds, Nicaragua continues to take on moderate, but persistent, rainfall throughout much of the country, with meteorological forecasts citing more than 600mm through 8 November. Eta’s slow movement and ongoing impact, coupled with the remote locations of areas along Nicaragua’s north-eastern Caribbean shores that have taken the brunt of Eta’s effects, are limiting full and complete evaluations. Eta is expected to continue weakening as it interacts with mountainous terrain in Nicaragua and Honduras, potentially weakening to a tropical depression by 4 November at night.

Nicaragua’s National Disaster Prevention System (SINAPRED) reports that Eta, now on its way out of Nicaragua, has thus far caused two deaths due to a landslide in the mining area of Bonanza. Preliminary reports cite material damages, uprooted trees, interruptions to power supply, flooding and blocked roads and affected bridges. Official sources report that there are 30,000 people sheltered across 48 installations, including churches, schools, shelters and family homes .

Eta’s rains are also causing flooding, damages and humanitarian impacts in Honduras, with the Permanent Commission for Contingencies (COPECO) reporting more than 3,480 people affected and 1 death as of 12:00am local time 4 November. Honduran Armed Forces report supporting the evacuation of more than 2,500 people, indicating that 1,340 are in shelters. Material damages include nearly 350 affected homes, as well as several road blockages that have cut off 41 communities.

With Eta crossing into Honduras, outer band rains began falling over Guatemala in the past 24 hours, triggering flooding in several areas. Per the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED), the rains and subsequent flooding and landslides have thus far affected 27,770 people across the departments of Alta Verapaz, Petén, Quiché and Sololá.

In El Salvador, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) reports that Eta is causing high winds of up to 30 km/h in parts of the capital of San Salvador that have already led to fallen trees and debris.

The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) anticipates that Eta’s major threat is heavy rainfall and flooding, with some locations across the country already taking on 50mm of rain. NEMO ехресts rainfall to last until 9-11 November, posing a high flood risk across Веlіzе.

In Costa Rica, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) reports that hazardous rains related to Eta have affected 79 communities, mostly in the north-western Pacific coast. CNE, who have deployed response teams to affected areas, adds that there are 500 people in 16 shelters, a number they expect to rise as persistent rainfall continues to affect the country.

The National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) reports that rains related to Eta have damaged some 213 homes in western and central Panama communities. Additionally, landslides in the north-western Ngäbe Buglé indigenous territory have affected about 1,000 people. (OCHA, 4 Nov 2020)

Heavy rain due to the influence of Hurricane ETA affected the southern States of Mexico (particularly Chiapas, Tabasco and Veracruz) over the past few days, causing floods, triggering landslides and leading to casualties and damage. (ECHO, 9 Nov 2020)

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Typhoon Goni - Oct 2020

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected countries: Philippines, Viet Nam
Glide: TC-2020-000214-PHL

Typhoon GONI has made landfall in the Philippines with maximum sustained winds of 225km/h on 1 November at 04:50 local time (19:50 UTC, 31 October). According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) after making landfall over the municipality of Tiwi.

The Bicol Region bore the brunt of the typhoon’s violent winds and torrential rains, blowing away roofs, toppling structures and causing severe flooding and landslides...In a government press briefing today, the [Catanduanes] province’s governor reported via satellite phone that at least 10,000 houses were either destroyed or damaged while 11 towns remain inaccessible. Government and humanitarian teams are currently on the ground assessing the destruction. The Department of Agriculture reports that 16,900 hectares of land are damaged, affecting 18,000 farmers. Initial estimates place production losses at 66,600 metric tons of rice, corn and high-value crops, amounting to US$24 million in value. (OCHA, 2 Nov 2020)

According to the national authorities of the Philippines, 17 people died and 2 have been injured in Bicol and Calabarzon Regions. Approximately 1.6 million people have been affected and more than 333,800 residents were displaced to evacuation centers. Damage has been reported to 50 road sections and 5 bridges. A state of calamity was declared for Cavite Province (Calabarzon), while the aforementioned regions are still recovering from the effects of the recent typhoon, Molave. (ECHO, 3 Nov 2020)

In the Philippines, the number of fatalities caused by the passage of GONI has increased to 20 and 74 people have been injured, 3 are missing across Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Bicol Regions. There are 24,750 damaged houses and 382,708 persons are currently displaced to evacuation centers. In total, approximately 2.08 million people have been affected. (ECHO, 4 Nov 2020)

On 9 November, the Humanitarian Country Team in the Philippines has launched a Humanitarian Needs and Priorities Plan to respond to the needs of 260,000 of the most vulnerable people in provinces affected by Super Typhoon Goni (local name Rolly). The Plan calls for US$45.5 million to deliver and implement humanitarian activities to typhoon-affected people living with poverty prior to the disaster and now requiring urgent humanitarian assistance in 16 prioritized municipalities in Catanduanes and Albay provinces. (OCHA, 9 Nov 2020)

Latest information on the impact of Typhoon Rolly points to 41,200 houses destroyed while 141,100 sustained minor to significant damages. In addition, 67 health facilities and thousands of schools have structural damages. Government estimates that damages to infrastructure amount to over $260 million. The Department of Agriculture reported that the successive typhoons resulted in $156 million losses in rice, corn, high valuecrops, fisheries, livestock, and in equipment and facilities. In Catanduanes, the governor stated that the province stands to lose $3 million in monthly income from its main commodity, abaca fibers, due to damages in farms. Other industries such as capture fishing and rice and coconut farming were also severely affected, thus peoplelost both their main and alternative sources of livelihood. (OCHA, 12 Nov 2020)

Some 82,900 people remain displaced in the provinces affected by Typhoon Goni, of which 38,600 are in 481 evacuation centers while 44,300 are being served outside of formal shelters. At least 25 people have died and more than 390 have been injured while six people remain missing in the aftermath of the super typhoon, according to the Government. (OCHA, 17 Nov 2020)

As of 24 November, more than 2,530,000 people are affected in 5,732 barangays in Regions NCR, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, VIII, and CAR (see Table 1). Of which approximately 11,000 people is currently taking temporary shelter in 181 evacuation centers in Regions NCR, III and V and at least 21,000 people are staying with their relatives and/or friends in Regions V and CAR. (Govt. of the Philippines, 25 Nov 2020)

At least 905,000 people are in need of assistance across Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Bicol Region after typhoons Goni and Vamco affected the Philippines in mid-November. According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), more than 367,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed and about 33,300 people remain displaced and are hosted with families or in evacuation centres, as of 25 November. In support of the government-led response, the UN and humanitarian partners released a revised response plan, seeking US$52.6 million to assist 278,000 of the most-affected people in the provinces of Albay, Catanduanes and Cagayan with food, access to clean water, sanitation-hygiene facilities, emergency shelter, livelihood, health and early recovery. (OCHA, 30 Nov 2020)

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Typhoon Molave - Oct 2020

Sat, 24 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected countries: Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam
Glide: FL-2020-000211-VNM

Tropical Cyclone MOLAVE (QUINTA in the Philippines) made landfall over southern Luzon close to Lagazpi City on 25 October as a typhoon. On 26 October, its centre was 43 km west of Mindoro with maximum sustained wind of 139 km/h. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, more than 9,000 people have been evacuated across the Bicol and CAR regions. One person is reported missing in Batangas Province (Calabarzon region). Floods, landslides, power outages and evacuations have affected different parts of the country. More than 100,000 people were evacuated yesterday from Albay (Bicol region). People were also evacuated from Mimaropa and Calabarzon regions. Local government actors are providing relief assistance. Typhoon MOLAVE is forecast to strengthen as it moves west-northwest and to make landfall over central Vietnam early on 28 October. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge are forecast over most parts the of Calabarzon, Mindoro, Bicol and Central Luzon. Extreme flood warnings have been issued across Eastern Visayas and Bicol. (ECHO, 26 Oct 2020)

Typhoon MOLAVE is moving towards central Vietnam, its centre was 450 km east Qui Nhon City (Dinh Province, central Vietnam) on 27 October at 6.00 UTC with maximum sustained winds of 204 km/h. In the Philippines, National authorities report 1 fatality and 1 missing person in Negros Oriental Province (Central Visayas) following the passage of MOLAVE over the central Philippines. Over 30,100 evacuees are sheltering in 405 centres. At least 109,000 people have been affected in the Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Mimaropa regions. Typhoon MOLAVE is forecast to make landfall over southern Quang Ngai Province (central Vietnam) on 27 October, close to Tropical Storms SAUDEL and LINFA's trajectories and authorities are evacuating up to 1,300,000 people. (ECHO, 27 Oct 2020)

After Typhoon MOLAVE's passage over the central Philippines, nine people have died, six are injured and two are still missing. More than 56,300 people were evacuated and 209,457 affected. (ECHO, 28 Oct 2020)

Typhoon MOLAVE made landfall in the morning of 28 October as Category 1. The Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA) reports 374,600 people evacuated, and forecasts 150-400 mm rainfall between 28-29 October in Hue-Phu Yen and North Central Highlands, 500-700 mm between 28-31 October in South Nghe Anh and Ha Thin, and 200-400mm in Quang Binh and Quang Tri. The army has mobilized troops and vehicles for search and rescue missions. (UNCT Viet Nam, 28 Oct 2020)

Storm Molave, which today battered Viet Nam’s central coastal region, is one of the strongest storms to hit the country in 20 years, according to the country’s meteorological agency. Molave struck areas and populations already suffering from cascading flood events and adding new areas to the list of communities facing emergencies. The storm is causing extreme rainfall in the region which is predicted to continue over the coming days, worsening the already precarious situation faced by many families. A rapid assessment of existing flooded regions, conducted at the end of last week, identified 1.5 million children at risk and this latest storm escalates the numbers at risk to well over 2.5 million children. (UNICEF, 29 Oct 2020)

MOLAVE made landfall on the morning of 28 October between Quang Ngai and Quang Nam provinces (central Vietnam) as a typhoon before dissipating on 29 October. According to media reports, landslides triggered by heavy rain in Quang Nam Province resulted in 15 fatalities, with 40 missing. More than 374,000 people have been evacuated. Millions were left without electricity and 56,000 houses damaged. 26 fishermen are missing after the boats sank. In Cambodia, 121 cities and districts in 20 out of 25 provinces have been affected. At least 44 are dead and 175,872 families affected. In the Philippines, the death toll has risen to 16, with 4 missing. 77,000 people have been evacuated and more than 242,000 affected in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas. Heavy rain will persist over central Vietnam, southern Laos, northern Cambodia and eastern Thailand, with flash flood and landslide warnings for central Vietnam. (ECHO, 29 Oct 2020)

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Somalia: Flash Floods - Oct 2020

Sat, 24 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected country: Somalia
Glide: FF-2020-000221-SOM

The early rains received in northern parts of Somalia since the first week of September continued to spread across the region over the last one week, marking an early start of the Deyr 2020 rainy season. Normally, the Sept/Oct—Dec rainy season is expected to start in late September in the northern parts and mid October in the southern areas of the country. The Ethiopian highlands, which contribute to the Juba and Shabelle river flow, continued to receive moderate rains over the last one week. (FAO, 24 Sep 2020)

The 2020 Deyr rainy season has started with moderate to significantly heavy rains reported in Puntland and central regions of Hiraan, Bakool, Galgaduud, Mudug, Nugaal and southern areas of Sool region. The communities living in the riverine areas along Juba and Shabelle rivers are at high risk of flooding. As heavy rains are expected to continue in November and December, scaling up of livelihoods, improving and supporting health services and WASH facilities is vital in order to prevent further deterioration in food security and escalation of the public health crisis. (OCHA, 14 Oct 2020)

Flash floods triggered by Deyr seasonal rains (October-December) have affected nearly 20,000 people especially in Banadir region especially the capital of Mogadishu, Galmudug, South West and Jubaland states in the last two weeks. The floods have inundated swathes of farmland, damaged property and disrupted livelihoods at a time that Somalia is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and desert locusts in the northern region. (OCHA, 4 Nov 2020)

Hagaa season (June-September) riverine and flash floods have affected over 555,000 people in Hirshabelle, South West, Jubaland states as well as Sanaag and Banadir regions; of whom about 363,000 have been displaced from their homes. Over 85 per cent of the displacement occurred in the two most affected regions in the Shabelle river basin - Lower Shabelle (South West State) and Middle Shabelle (Hirshabelle State). The floods have inundated thousands of hectares of farmland and damaged property, irrigation infrastructure, water points and roads. Livelihoods have been disrupted and cases of acute watery diarrheoa have increased. The floods hit Somalia at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions to mitigate the impact of the pandemic have exacerbated humanitarian needs.Despite operational challenges, humanitarian partners scaled up first line response to flood affected populations, namely food assistance, health services, WASH services and emergency shelter and non-food items. (OCHA, 22 Nov 2020)

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Dengue Outbreak - Oct 2020

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected country: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Glide: EP-2020-000217-VCT

In its latest official bulletin dated 20 October, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment has confirmed an increase in reported cases of dengue infection in the country with 1,155 laboratory confirmed cases of dengue fever recorded and six fatalities. The Hospital Services Programme and the Community Health Services Programme of the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment continue to report increased patients presenting with symptoms consistent with Dengue fever. The last experience in the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) islands was in 2012 when 200 cases were reported. This increase in the number of cases is a clear indicator of a larger imminent outbreak on the island. As such, it is necessary to reduce the number of cases shortly. The direct and indirect costs of dengue illness and vector control programs represent a substantial economic burden on both the health sector and the overall economy of SVG. (IFRC, 2 Nov 2020)

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Syria: Wild Fires - Oct 2020

Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected country: Syrian Arab Republic
Glide: FR-2020-000208-SYR

[L]arge scale fires across the coastal regions in Syria have caused at least three deaths and dozens of injuries, with areas in Al Fakhoura, Al Qirdaha, Jableh and Lattakia districts in Lattakia Governorate and Safita district in Tartous Governorate particularly affected. While assessments are ongoing, local authorities report that up to 28,000 households have been directly impacted, including through casualties or medical conditions, with as many as 80 hospitalized due to smoke inhalation. In addition, significant loss of homes, personal possessions and/or livelihoods assets have been reported in some areas. As many as 25,000 people were reported to have displaced. Further, a significant number of households have been impacted due to disruptions in key public services, such as health, water and power supply. To date, an estimated 5,000 hectares of agricultural land, including orchards, olive trees, and greenhouses, and 4,000 hectares of forested land have been destroyed. (OCHA, 11 Oct 2020)

Between 8 and 12 October 2020, the eastern basin of the Mediterranean Sea has witnessed massdestructive wildfires which is becoming a recurring annual event due to climate change...One of the hardest hit countries is war-torn Syria, where wildfires has killed 3 people and left around 80 injured with breathing complications and skin burns. Most of the rugged mountainous areas were obliterated in western countryside of Homs province, the eastern countryside of Tartus, and the northern countryside of Latakia. These fires caused material and environmental damage, burning homes of residents, agricultural crops, large parts of vegetation, forests, and nature reserves. Through the initial assessment of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) conducted from October 8 to date by local branches in Latakia, Tartus and Homs, the fires had significant damage reported in 179 villages and forestry points, affecting more than 40,000 families through injuries, temporary displacement, loss of houses and assets, and majorly loss of livelihoods (lands, corps, and livestock). (IFRC, 23 Oct 2020)

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Lao PDR: Floods and Landslides - Oct 2020

Wed, 07 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected country: Lao People's Democratic Republic (the)
Glide: FL-2020-000213-LAO

Heavy rain has been affecting southern Laos, and central-eastern Thailand since 6-7 October, due to the passage of tropical storm LINFA on 9-12 October, triggering floods that have resulted in casualties and damage. In Laos, around 900 families were reported affected throughout the southern Province of Savannakhet. (ECHO, 12 Oct 2020)

As of 22 October, in Savannakhet province, 125 villages with nearly 30,000 people, have been affected. In the province’s Sepon district alone, 40 villages with nearly 1,000 households have been flooded. (ECHO, 22 Oct 2020)

As of 20 October 2020, nine districts in three provinces were affected by the floods. The affected provinces are Salawan, Savannakhet and Sekong. As of 20 October 2020, another tropical storm, tropical storm Saudel, is traversing through Philippines and the East Sea following similar path as the previous three weather systems. This tropical storm may cause more rainfall in Lao PDR as well and will possibly exacerbate the floods in the area. 163 villages in the three provinces, with an estimated 10,637 households (69,764 people) were affected. Savannakhet is the worst affected province. There are 135 villages with more than 10,000 households affected in the province. In Sekong province, almost 2,000 people are affected. Salawan province reported less than 300 people affected but had a total of 2 deaths reported in Salawan province. (IFRC, 22 Oct 2020.)

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DR Congo: Floods - Oct 2020

Fri, 02 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Glide: FL-2020-000206-COD

Floods have affected North Kivu Province (eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo) following heavy rain on 2 October. According to media reports, at least 15 people died in Sake Town (Masisi territory) after the overflow of the Mutahyo River. Dozens of people have been displaced, several houses flooded and schools and health centres damaged. More rain is expected across the affected province over the next 24 hours. (ECHO, 5 Oct 2020)

The heavy rains that fell on Thursday, 1 October 2020 at 2 p.m. in the city of Sake and its surroundings in the territory of Masisi, North Kivu province, have caused material damage and loss of life among the population. The city of Sake is located about 25 km from the city of Goma with a population of 108,249 inhabitants. This rain caused erosion, leading to enormous damage with the bridge over the river Kihira, linking the Sake-Masisi road and Sake-Minova washed away. This has caused a breakdown in communication on the one hand, between Goma-Masisi and on the other hand, between Goma and South Kivu. Houses were washed away, schools were flooded, fields and grazing land for cows, sheep and goats were washed away. The affected population (about 3,825 people) is now living with host families. (IFRC, 14 Oct 2020)

Heavy rainfall continues to affect most of the country (particularly the eastern Provinces) over the last few days, causing floods, triggering landslides and resulting in fatalities and damage. According to media reports, 3 people have died in the Kalehe Territory (South Kivu Province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo). Several houses have been damaged and roads blocked. In addition, the death toll in Sake Town area (North Kivu Province) has risen to 6, following flood events on 15 November. For the next 24 hours, heavy rain is expected across the eastern Provinces (including North Kivu and South Kivu) and moderate rain is expected across the rest of the country. (ECHO, 20 Nov 2020)

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Cambodia: Floods - Oct 2020

Thu, 01 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected country: Cambodia
Glide: FL-2020-000212-KHM

Since October 1, Cambodia has experienced heavy rainfall across much of the country. As of October 12, seven provinces have been affected by flash floods, including Pursat, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Pailin, Svay Rieng and Stung Treng. The worst affected are Pursat (8,315 households affected, 1,693 evacuated), Battambang (13,180 households affected, 1,570 evacuated) and Banteay Meanchey (2,661 households affected, 262 evacuated). (Cambodia Humanitarian Response Forum & DCA & WFP, 12 Oct 2020)

Heavy rain has been affecting north-eastern, central, and western Cambodia since 6-7 October, also due to the passage of tropical storm LINFA on 9-12 October, triggering floods that have resulted in casualties and damage. In Cambodia, 11 fatalities, over 700 displaced people, and more than 14,000 affected people were reported across Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang, and Banteay Meanchey Provinces. (ECHO, 12 Oct 2020)

Severe weather caused by the passage of Tropical Storms LINFA and NANGKA has been affecting Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, resulting in at least 48 fatalities, 15 people missing and more than 830,400 affected citizens, as reported by the AHA Centre. In Cambodia, 11 fatalities occurred and about 67,995 households in 19 provinces have been affected by flash floods. The worst affected provinces are Battambang (38,890 households), Pursat (18,365 households), and Banteay Meanchey (7,034 households). (ECHO, 15 Oct 2020)

Tropical storm triggered rains causing floods in 19 of 25 provinces in the country. Flash floods have so far left 18 people dead and forced the evacuation of 25,192 people according to the National Committee for Disaster Management . A total of 53,169 families or 212,676 people have been affected. 51,133 houses, 439 schools, 137,160 hectares of rice fields, 67,490 hectares of subsidiary crops, and many roads, bridges, canals have been flooded and damaged. ECHO, 17 Oct 2020)

As of 19 October, more than 131,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed and over 12,200 households were displaced. The provinces of Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Pursat are the worst affected areas. According to Provincial Committees for Disaster Management, a total of 133,400 households have been affected by the floods, and some 319,000 hectares of agricultural land has been inundated. Joint assessments between the Humanitarian Response Forum and the National Committee for Disaster Management are continuing. The Cambodian Red Cross and humanitarianpartners are providing food, water, emergency shelter, non-food items and emergency cash to affected households. (OCHA, 20 Oct 2020)

As of 21 October, about 156,137 households in 14 provinces, including Phnom Penh, are reported to be affected by flash floods. In these areas, houses, infrastructure (roads, schools, health centres) and agricultural land have been inundated. The worst affected are Battambang (66,088 households affected, 4,592 displaced), Banteay Meanchey (29,225 households affected, 4,567 displaced), and Pursat (28,349 households affected, 1,934 displaced). More rainfall is forecasted this week. (Cambodia Humanitarian Response Forum & DCA & WFP, 21 Oct 2020)

As of 26 October, at least 175,872 households in 14 provinces, including Phnom Penh, are reported to be affected by flash floods. In these areas, houses, infrastructure (roads, schools, health centres) and agricultural land have been inundated. The worst affected provinces are Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, and Pursat. Flood waters have receded in some areas. More rainfall is forecasted from approaching tropical storms Saudel and Molave, which will cross Vietnam this week. (Cambodia Humanitarian Response Forum & DCA & WFP, 26 Oct 2020)

After the passage of Typhoon MOLAVE on October 29, 121 cities and districts in 20 out of 25 provinces have been affected. At least 44 are dead and 175,872 families affected. (ECHO, 29 Oct 2020)

As of 2 November, flash floods have claimed the lives of at least 43 people, according to the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM). More than 792,000 people are affected by flooding and in need of humanitarian assistance, of which over 388,000 people are recognized as poor and vulnerable households. (OCHA, 3 Nov 2020)

After passing through Visayas, Southern Luzon and Mindoro Regions (central Philippines) on 6-8 November, Tropical Storm ETAU was moving westwards over South China Sea, and on 9 November, its center was located approximately 440 km east of Tuy Hoa (Phu Yien, central-south Vietnam), with maximum sustained wind of 65 km/h. Tropical Storm ETAU is expected to reach central-eastern Cambodia on the morning of 10 November. Heavy rainfall is forecast over northern, and western Cambodia on 10-11 November. (ECHO, 9 Nov 2020) The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology announced that the country particularly, the plain, plateau and coastal regions will suffer from the impacts of 2 tropical storms (Etau and Vamco) at least until 17 November. (ECHO, 10 Nov 2020)

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Ecuador: Sangay Volcano - Sep 2020

Sun, 20 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected country: Ecuador
Glide: VO-2020-000205-ECU

In the early hours of 20 September 2020, the Sangay volcano, located in the central Ecuadorian province of Morona Santiago, registered a significant increase in its level of eruptive activity (NationalGeophysical Institute; Special Report no. 4- 2020)...As the hours passed, the ash cloud began to descend over the provinces of Chimborazo, Bolivar, Guayas, Los Rios and part of Santa Elena. The highest impact was registered on 21 September in the cantons of Alausí, Chunchi, Guamote, Cumandá and Pallatanga in Chimborazo province with the primary impacts on agriculture and livestock, and in Chillanes canton in Bolivar where the community water sources were contaminated (Annex I: map of affected area). The affected population in Chillanes canton is estimated at 18,685 people according to data from the 2010 population census and Chillanes plan of development and territorial organization. In the Guayas province, the Guayaquil cantonal authorities ceased activities at the international airport José Joaquín de Olmedo for approximately two hours to clean the runway. Meanwhile, local authorities in the province of Chimborazo installed the emergency operations centre (EOC) with the support of the National Service for Risk and Emergency Management (SNGRE) and the Ministry of the Environment and Water, to take protection and response measures in the affected areas. At the national level, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock assessed the impact and damages caused by this event...The Ecuadorian Red Cross (ERC) activated its Early Action Plan (EAP) for Forecast-based Triggered Action for volcanic ashfall (MDREC015) on 21 September 2020. The Ecuadorian Red Cross has responded with early actions for 1,000 families in the province of Chimborazo. However, the effects of the volcanic ash have affected other areas such as Bolivar province, which requires humanitarian assistance and has not been reached with the activation of the EAP. In the canton of Chillanes in Bolívar province, the ashfall affected sources of water, agriculture, and livestock. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, at least 12,000 hectares of pasture that feeds 10,000 cattle were affected in Chillanes, with a layer of between 2 and 3 millimetres covering the forage. The damage to 1,000 hectares of tree tomato and blackberry crops influences more than 6,000 producers. Although the maize crop is now in the harvest season, no major losses were reported of the 7,000 hectares planted. (IFRC, 5 Oct 2020)

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Viet Nam: Floods and Landslides - Sep 2020

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected country: Viet Nam
Glide: FL-2020-000210-VNM

Tropical Cyclone NOUL made landfall in Viet Nam over the coastal area between Dong Ha and Hue cities (Thua Thien Hue Province) on 18 September, as a tropical storm. According to media, as of 18 September, more than 500,000 people are being evacuated in the central provinces of Vietnam. (ECHO, 18 Sep 2020)

TC Noul caused some damage to the Central provinces of Vietnam. 4 provinces (Quang Tri, Hue, Da Nang and Quang Nam) have evacuated around 16,391 household or about 54,215 people. Houses were severely affected and the agriculture sector will likely be further suffer due to heavy rain following the storm. There were 6 fatalities and 112 injured, the storm caused severe damage to infrastructure. Due to continued heavy rain, the government warned people of flash floods in these provinces. (ECHO, 21 Sep 2020)

On 18-21 September, several landslides triggered by flash floods occurred in the mountainous districts of Quang Nam Province (central Vietnam). Damage was reported to houses, at least 10 schools, several main roads and bridges, leaving many communities isolated. The power infrastructure and water network were damaged as well, affecting many families living in the area. Over the next 24 hours, rain and thunderstorms are expected of Quang Nam Province. (ECHO, 25 Sep 2020)

Since 26 September, heavy rain has been affecting northern Vietnam (particularly the Provinces of Phu Tho, Lao Cai, Ha Giang and Yen Bai) causing floods, triggering landslides and leading to casualties and damage. According to media reports, two people died following a landslide in Ha Hoa District (Phu Tho Province), seven people were injured and three bridges damaged across the same Province. A total of 73 houses have been affected by heavy rain in the Provinces of Phu Tho and Lao Cai. (ECHO, 29 Sep 2020)

Torrential rains have triggered floods and landslides in central Viet Nam. Many areas of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang have been submerged and cut off. Local authorities had to evacuate 3,250 households (10,994 residents) to out of dangerous areas, according to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. At least 37 communes have been submerged due to torrential rains and floods in the central region. The Disaster Management Authority (DMA) of Vietnam reported that at least 8 people have died or are missing after days of heavy rainfall in central parts of the country. (ECHO, 9 Oct 2020)

As of 12 October, media report at least 17 fatalities, 13 people missing, around 31,000 displaced people, and more than 33,000 damaged houses across the central provinces of Da Nang, Ha Tinh, Quang Bình, Quang Nam, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue. Rescue teams are accessing the isolated areas by boats to supply instant noodle to people and evacuate children and elderly. So far, 15,392 households/45,835 people have been evacuated to safe places. (ECHO, 12 Oct 2020)

According to the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority (VDMA), several provinces in central Vietnam reported severe flooding and landslides, which left at least 28 people dead, 12 people missing, and forced over 45,800 people to evacuate their homes. About 131,000 houses have been flooded and more than 380 homes have been completed destroyed. The VDMA and provincial authorities have deployed rescue teams and are evacuating vulnerable people. (OCHA, 14 Oct 2020)

As of 17 October, floods, landslides, storms, and winds in Central Region affected an estimated 682,000 people, 136,000 houses, 10.400 hectares of rice, crops, and aquatic produce, 362 educational institutions, 14.7 km of roads, and the loss of 332,000 livestock (cattle and poultry). There are at least 56 deaths and 12 people missing. (ECHO, 17 Oct 2020)

On 18 October, a landslide occurred in Quang Tri Province (central Vietnam), killing at least 20 people and 27 others are missing. About 147 houses and more than 70 schools have been damaged or destroyed. At least 12,000 residents have been displaced and nearly 45,000 households remain affected in Quang Tri. Almost 1,000 people and 150 vehicles have been deployed to continue with search and rescue operations. (ECHO, 19 Oct 2020)

According to Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA), as of 21 October, the floods, landslides, storms, and winds in Central Viet Nam affected an estimated 801,000 people, 160,000 houses, 112,800 hectares of land damaged or destroyed, 42 commune health stations (Quang Tri: 32; Quang Ngai: 5; Quang Nam: 4; and one regional clinic), 362 educational institutions, 14.7 km of roads, and the loss of 462,000 livestock (cattle and poultry). About 26.3 km of coastal landslide was also reported. Casualties were also reported (111 dead and 22 missing). (AHA Centre, 21 Oct 2020)

On 25 October, Tropical Cyclone SAUDEL made landfall over central Quang Bình Province (central Vietnam) as a tropical depression bringing heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge. 700 families were evacuated in Quang Binh Province. (ECHO, 26 Oct 2020)

Typhoon MOLAVE is forecast to make landfall over southern Quang Ngai Province (central Vietnam) on 27 October, close to Tropical Storms SAUDEL and LINFA's trajectories and authorities are evacuating up to 1,300,000 people. (ECHO, 27 Oct 2020)

Typhoon MOLAVE made landfall in the morning of 28 October as Category 1. The Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA) reports 374,600 people evacuated, and forecasts 150-400 mm rainfall between 28-29 October in Hue-Phu Yen and North Central Highlands, 500-700 mm between 28-31 October in South Nghe Anh and Ha Thin, and 200-400mm in Quang Binh and Quang Tri. The army has mobilized troops and vehicles for search and rescue missions. From 6 October, the Central region of Viet Nam has experienced prolonged, heavy rains, storm surge and strong winds that have caused severe flooding and landslides as a as a result of a combination of numerous weather systems. VNDMA has recorded 174 dead and missing as of 28 October. An estimated 7.7 million people live in the affected areas. As many as 1.5 million people have been directly affected. Of these, an estimated 177,000 people were already considered vulnerable (poor or near-poor) and should be prioritized for urgent humanitarian assistance. (UNCT Viet Nam, 28 Oct 2020)

MOLAVE made landfall on the morning of 28 October between Quang Ngai and Quang Nam provinces (central Vietnam) as a typhoon before dissipating on 29 October. According to media reports, landslides triggered by heavy rain in Quang Nam Province resulted in 15 fatalities, with 40 missing. More than 374,000 people have been evacuated. Millions were left without electricity and 56,000 houses damaged. 26 fishermen are missing after the boats sank. (ECHO, 29 Oct 2020)

As of 2 November, at least 159 people have died and 71 people are still missing due to floods and landslides triggered by storms and heavy rains in central Vietnam. Typhoon Molave damaged around 92,000 houses. A total of 5,000 houses completely collapsed, while over 600 schools and hospitals were damaged. (ECHO, 2 Nov 2020)

Persistent heavy rains, widespread flooding and landslides triggered by a series of storms and typhoons since early October have left more than 270,000 houses flooded and damaged more than 37,500 houses in central Vietnam. About 57,000 people have been evacuated to temporary shelters. Some 159 people lost their lives and 71 others went missing, with millions more affected. (OCHA, 3 Nov 2020)

Typhoon GONI made landfall as a tropical depression over southern Binh Dinh Province. On 6 November, its centre was approximately 9 km to Thon Giang Nam City (Binh Dinh Province, central Vietnam) with maximum sustained wind of 56 km/h. This is the fifth tropical cyclone that hit Vietnam during the last 30 days. More than 13,000 people have been evacuated across the Provinces of Quang Ngai, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Binh Dinh. (ECHO, 6 Nov 2020)

Tropical Storm ETAU is moving westwards over South China Sea, and on 9 November, its center was located approximately 440 km east of Tuy Hoa (Phu Yien, central-south Vietnam), with maximum sustained wind of 65 km/h. ETAU is forecast to strengthen as it makes landfall south of Tuy Hoa in the evening of 9 November, with maximum sustained wind up to 85 km/h. On 9-12 November, heavy to very heavy rainfall and strong wind are expected for central-southern Provinces of Vietnam. (ECHO, 9 Nov 2020)

The storm ETAU weakened into a tropical depression on 10 November, after making landfall over the south central coast of Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen provinces in Vietnam. The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported, that the local authorities of the south central coast planned to evacuate 103,644 households with 403,426 coastal residents and reinforce 1.8 km sea dikes. (ECHO, 10 Nov 2020)

Since early October, more than 230 people have lost their lives and over 350,000 households as well as schools and health centres have been damaged or destroyed by prolonged, widespread floods and landslides as a result of a series of tropical storms. (OCHA, 11 Nov 2020)

According to the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority, the effects of Typhoon GONI have resulted in 2 people killed, one person injured, 9,495 people evacuated, more than 500 people affected and 31 houses damaged or destroyed. (ECHO, 11 Nov 2020)

From 6 October, the Central region of Viet Nam has experienced prolonged, heavy rains, storm surge and strong winds that have caused severe flooding and landslides as a result of a combination of numerous weather systems. As of 11 November, 239 people are reported to have been killed or are missing according to VNDMA. An estimated 7.7 million people live in the flood and storm affected areas, with some 1.5 million people directly affected by the disasters. Of these, an estimated 177,000 people were already considered vulnerable (poor or near-poor) prior to the disaster and have been prioritized for urgent assistance by the humanitarian community. (UNCT Viet Nam, 15 Nov 2020)

In October and November, several Provinces of central Vietnam have been affected by landslides and flooding, caused by the activity of multiple tropical cyclones in the area. UN OCHA reports that as of 20 November, 243 people have died or are missing. At least 1.5 million people have been directly affected by the disasters, and more than 600,000 houses have been flooded, damaged or destroyed. (ECHO, 27 Nov 2020)

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Tunisia: Flash Floods - Sep 2020

Sat, 12 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected country: Tunisia
Glide: FF-2020-000204-TUN

Heavy rainfall began around 12 September when Monastir, a capital of the Monastir Governorate in the center of the country, and many other towns around recorded 47.8 mm of rain in 24 hours, and Sidi Bouzid and many other towns of this governorate 58 mm. During the same period, Mahdia and all belonging localities recorded more than 40 mm of rain in 24 hours during 3 separate days. Kairouan recorded 89 mm of rain. Kef governorate registered similar amounts of rain especially in Sers locality. During that period almost an average of a monthly rain was registered.

Flooding and related fatalities were reported in the governorates of Monastir, Sousse, Mahdia, Sfax and Tunis, according to the country’s Civil Protection Agency. Floods struck several districts of the capital, Tunis. Some areas were under 1 meter of water, leaving roads impassable and buildings damaged. Orthopedic hospital in the governorate of Manouba was flooded; water reaching archives and hospitalization rooms National Institute of Meteorology (Institut national de la météorologie) of Tunisia issued warnings for further heavy rainfall on 13 and 14th of September. Consequently, floodwater surged through many different districts damaging infrastructure, houses, properties, and livelihoods of the community members.

During this period, media reports said at least 6 people have died in floods after days of torrential rainfall in Tunisia, hundreds were rescued and thousands of homes damaged.

More than 40,000 people have been affected by the floods. Some of them fled their homes seeking shelter in neighboring high-ground houses and communities, while other chose to stay in their damaged houses moving to rooftops rather than risking crossing flooded areas to reach evacuation points. Water supply through pipelines is limited, and the water available in some areas is contaminated. Electricity has been cut off in certain districts to avoid risk to people and electrical damage. IFRC, 6 Oct 2020

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Senegal: Floods - Sep 2020

Mon, 07 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected country: Senegal
Glide: FL-2020-000198-SEN

As of 7 September 2020, all regions of Senegal have recorded excess rainfall compared to normal, ranging from 100mm to 1,900mm depending on the geographical area. The regions of Dakar and Thiès recorded 800mm of rainfall mainly in the suburbs in the capital city and in the department of Thiès. The heavy rains affected 11 regions including 25 departments, causing the displacement of nearly 3,285 people representing 365 families in the suburbs of Dakar and the department of Thiès. In these regions, populations were driven from their homes by the floods. We can notice waterlogged streets, entire flooded neighbourhoods and washed-out bridges, enclaving some localities or communities. Due to difficult access, some communities could not be reached by emergency services. This information from field assessments conducted by the Senegalese Red Cross Society (SRCS) teams reveals a critical situation for 16,798 affected people (5,879 men and 10,919 women). Among them 640 children under 5 years old, 216 pregnant/breastfeeding women, 72 people with disabilities, 533 elderly people. (IFRC, 14 Sep 2020)

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Guinea: Floods - Sep 2020

Sun, 06 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected country: Guinea
Glide: FL-2020-000202-GIN

From 6 to 7 September 2020, 26 of the 27 neighbourhoods of the urban commune and 12 sub-prefectures of Kankan experienced heavy rain causing major damage to people and their possessions. Based on the initial assessments, 9,907 households i.e. 49,536 people have been affected including 23,248 men and 26,288 women; 4,371 children aged 0 to 5; 1,145 pregnant women; 1,238 breastfeeding women; 135 disabled people; 946 elderly people; 3,975 children sleeping under mosquito nets; 1,101 pregnant women sleeping under mosquito nets; 47 cases of diarrhoea; 12 injured; 263 houses destroyed; 1,363 displaced people; 551 water points destroyed; 75 host families; and 744 latrines destroyed. (IFRC, 18 Sep 2020)

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Burkina Faso: Floods - Sep 2020

Sat, 05 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected country: Burkina Faso
Glide: FL-2020-000200-BFA

Since 5 September, heavy rain continues to affect central Burkina Faso (particularly the Centre Region, including the area of the capital Ouagadougou, and the Centre-Nord Region), triggering floods that have resulted in casualties and damage. As of 9 September, the government declared a state of national disaster. (ECHO, 10 Sep 2020)

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Southern Africa: Locust Infestation - Sep 2020

Fri, 04 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected countries: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Glide: IN-2020-000223-ZMB

Outbreaks of African Migratory Locust (AML) are threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of people in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned today at the launch of an emergency response effort to control the swarms. Around 7 million people in the four affected countries who are still recovering from the impact of the 2019 drought, and grappling with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, could experience further food and nutrition insecurity. FAO is working with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Red Locust Control Organization for Central and Southern Africa (IRLCO-CSA) to support the governments of the affected countries to control the locusts. (FAO, 4 Sep 2020)

FAO promotes preventive strategies for locust management, which rely on early warning and early reactions. Delaying the response would prove more costly financially, environmentally, socially and economically. The build-up and spread of the pest could exacerbate the impacts of COVID-19 and threaten the next planting season. Urgent actions are needed to identify locust hotspots and ensure the pest is controlled in them. The capacity of countries to monitor the spread of the pest through regular surveillance and mapping should be enhanced in order to increase their ability to take timely and anticipatory action to prevent the pest from causing serious damage to crops and pastures. (FAO, 21 Sep 2020)

Recent outbreaks of African Migratory Locusts (AMLs) across Southern Africa are threatening 2021 production and compounding the existing challenges caused by floods, drought, and impacts of COVID-19. Both AMLs and red locust hoppers were reported in Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (GEOGLAM, 8 Oct 2020)

In Zambia the outbreak of the AML affects parts of Central, Southern and Western Provinces. Affected districts include Shibuyunji, Mumbwa, Itezhi-tezhi, Kazungula, Namwala, Sesheke, Nalolo, Mongu, Mwandi, Kalabo, Senanga and Sioma. The invasion has become very serious in Sesheke, Mwandi and Sioma in Western and Kazungula in Southern Provinces. The outbreak of the locusts has the potential to disrupt the 2020/2021 agricultural season that is due to start in October/November and thereby affect household and national food security. (FAO, 26 Oct 2020)

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Mauritania: Floods - Sep 2020

Tue, 01 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000

Affected country: Mauritania
Glide: FL-2020-000199-MRT

Since September 1, 2020, the wilaya of Hodh Ech Chargui, located in the south-east of the country, on the border with Mali, has experienced torrential rains that have exceeded the 100 mm in some areas, with flooding in the cities of Bassiknou, Adel Bagrou, Amourj and Néma, the capital of the region in south-eastern Mauritania. Until September 8, 2020, the torrential rains that fell in this area caused a heavy toll in the three departments of the region, in particular in the department of Bassiknou leading, on a large scale, to considerable material damage of infrastructure such as roads, bridges, protective dikes, markets, water supply sources, in addition to the destruction of a large part of family food stocks. According to preliminary assessments, the number of people affected to date are up to 9,282 people (1,380 households) and 3 deaths. Since the end of August, Mauritania has been experiencing heavy rains which have resulted in flooding in several parts of the country. (IFRC, 17 Sep 2020)

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