Unidad de Investigación en Emergencia y Desastre (UIED)

21 de enero de 2018
Erasmus Mundus Master in Public Health in Disasters


Unidad de Investigación en Emergencia y Desastre (UIED)

Desastres activos

Mauritius: Tropical Cyclone Berguitta - Jan 2018

GLIDE number: TC-2018-000007-MUS
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion (France)

Tropical Cyclone Berguitta is strengthening in the southern Indian Ocean and moving south-west. On 15 January, its centre was located north of Rodrigues Island, in Mauritius. Berguitta continues to approach Mauritius and represents a potential threat to the island. The system is expected to pass over or north of Mauritius on 17 January. Therefore, a cyclone warning class II by Mauritian authorities remains in force in the country. The authorities have advised the public to maintain all preliminary precautions. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge may affect the islands of Rodrigues and Mauritius, as well as La Reunion in the coming days. Authorities in La Reunion issued a cyclone pre-alert on 15 January. According to the Mauritian Red Cross, at least 40 people have been evacuated following a strong tropical storm in Rodrigues Island. Parts of La Reunion were inundated by over 400 millimetres of rain due to tropical moisture from Tropical Cyclone Ava that passed through the area recently. (OCHA, 16 Jan 2018)

Mauritius and La Réunion are on high alert as Tropical Cyclone Berguitta moves towards southern Indian Ocean this week. Red Cross disaster response teams are readying response plans in anticipation of the cyclone’s landfall. All Red Cross branches in Mauritius have been put on high alert. In La Réunion, the Red Cross Indian Ocean Regional Intervention Platform (PIROI) has activated its disaster response plan and volunteers are on standby to distribute relief items and provide support to communities affected by the storm. (IFRC, 16 Jan 2018)

Date: 16 Jan 2018
Status: Alert

Papua New Guinea: Papua New Guinea: Kadovar Volcano - Jan 2018

GLIDE number: VO-2018-000002-PNG
Disaster type: Volcano
Affected countries: Papua New Guinea

The remote Kadovar Island volcano became active on 5 January 2018 with mild volcanic activity on the south-eastern side of the island. The aerial assessment estimated 50-60 percent of the island covered in lava. The entire population (591 people) has been relocated to Blup Blup island. Rabaul Volcanological Observatory (RVO) has assessed that there is a possibility for Kadovar to explode which could trigger similar explosions on near by volcanic islands of Blup Blup and Biem. This may also trigger a tsunami due to landslides. (IFRC, 9 Jan 2018)

As of 15 January 2018, there is an immediate need for food, water, shelter and clothing due to the evacuation of entire population of Kadovar Island to Brup Brup Island (population 1,400). The Prime Minister’s Office is supporting the provincial government to provide 2,000 people with food and water. Meanwhile, the Provincial Government is planning to evacuate the entire population of Kadovar, Brup Brup and Biem islands (up to 4,000 people) to a site on mainland East Sepik due to risk of tsunami, and the potential for a further eruption on neighbouring Biem Island (OCHA, 15 Jan 2018)

Date: 05 Jan 2018
Status: Ongoing

Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone Ava - Jan 2018

GLIDE number: TC-2018-000001-MDG
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Madagascar, Réunion (France)

Madagascar is on alert following the identification of a low weather pressure system off the north-east coast of the country, which is expected to strengthen in the southwestern Indian Ocean basin. The weather system is already causing weather disturbances in northern Madagascar and on the islands of Réunion and Mauritius. It is expected to gain strength during the week as it tracks westward, prior to making landfall on Madagascar on 4 or 5 January 2018 (OCHA, 3 Jan 2018)

Tropical Cyclone AVA reached Madagascar’s northeast coast in the afternoon of 5 January. Heavy rains associated with AVA have been recorded in the north, north-east and east of the country since 3 January. Rising water levels have been observed in the Alaotra Mangoro and Analanjirofo regions, while flooding, interruptions to communications networks and power cuts have been reported in Fokontany Ambinany (Soanierana Ivongo). Preventive evacuations began in Brickaville on 4 January. The Malagasy authorities have issued a red alert (imminent threat) for the regions of Analanjirofo, Atsinanana and Alaotra Mangoro for 4 to 5 January, and Vatovavy Fitovinany for 5 to 6 January. In addition, several districts remain on yellow and green alert.(OCHA, 5 Jan 2018)

Tropical cyclone AVA continued moving south along the eastern coast of the country as Tropical Storm. On 8 January at 0.00 UTC its centre was located off the eastern coast of Madagascar, 200 km north-east of Taolagnaro city (Madagascar) and 800 km south-west of La Reunion island, and it had maximum sustained winds speed of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm). Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to keep moving, heading south away from Madagascar and weakening. Heavy rain, strong winds and a storm surge could still affect southern and eastern regions of Madagascar. (ECHO, 8 Jan 2018)

According to the Malagasy authorities, as of 9 January, about 123,000 people had been directly or indirectly impacted by Tropical Cyclone Ava, with 24,800 people evacuated, 33 dead and 22 missing. The cyclone damaged 19 health centres and affected 141 schools, including 77 classrooms used as shelter for displaced people. About 34,640 children are out of school.
Road access to some south-eastern and southwestern parts of the country has been cut off. River levels have started to moderately decrease in Antananarivo and in the south-eastern coast.
However, evacuated people are still staying in several temporary sites. Remaining displaced people are mainly in Antananarivo and in the south-eastern coast; while almost all displaced people in Brickaville and Toamasina have already returned to their homes. It is common that the number of displaced people reduces in the days following a cyclone, as people return home if there are no floods or landslide threat. (OCHA, 8 Jan 2018)

Date: 04 Jan 2018
Status: Ongoing

Viet Nam: Tropical Cyclone Tembin - Dec 2017

GLIDE number: TC-2017-000182-PHL
Disaster type: Flood, Land Slide, Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Philippines, Viet Nam

On 20 Dec 2017, Tropical Depression "Vinta" (local name) has intensified into a tropical storm as it continues to track westward with maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kph. Scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains is expected over Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Davao Region within 24 hours. The storm is expected to make landfall over Caraga - Davao Region area between Thursday (December 21) evening and Friday (December 22) morning. (Govt. of Philippines, 21 Dec 2017)

Tropical Storm Tembin crossed the Sulu Sea in the morning of 23 December, having passed across the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. The storm triggered mudslides and flooding causing more than 200 fatalities according to local media. 172 people are reported missing as well. According to International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), 70 000 people have been displaced. The most affected areas are in three of the regions in Mindanao. Northern Mindanao is the most affected with the massive flooding in Lanao Del Norte and in Cagayan De Oro City. (ECHO, 24 Dec 2017)

Several provinces in the island of Mindanao, Philippines, are reeling from the effects of Tropical Storm Tembin (local name: Vinta), which made landfall on Friday 22 December and exited Philippine landmass on Saturday 23 December 2017. The tropical storm has left a trail of destruction, including killing more than 170 people, displacing thousands, damaging houses and livelihoods, and disrupting normal lives of people mainly in northern and central parts of Mindanao. According to the seventh Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) report issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the storm has affected at least 313,498 people in 998 barangays in regions MMAROPA, VII, IX, X, XI, XII, ARMM and CARAGA. (IFRC, 25 Dec 2017)

As of 27 December 2017, almost 112,000 people from regions MIMAROPA, IX, X, XI, XII, CARAGA and ARMM​ have been registered as IDPs staying in 231 evacuation centers. A further 30,000 people from regions IX, X, XI, and XII are known to be staying with family and friends. (Govt. of Philippines, 27 Dec 2017

As of 28 December, in total, 138,745 people are displaced, 112,553 of whom are staying in 204 evacuation centres. The remaining 26,192 displaced are hosted by friends and family. The regions hosting the highest number of displaced in evacuation centres are Region IX (17,367), Region X (29,776 including 18,460 in Lanao del Norte) and Region XI (51,415). In ARMM, 8,500 displaced people are currently staying in evacuation centres, including 1,025 in Lanao del Sur. About 66% of the displaced staying with family and friends (17,295) are located in Region XII (DSWD 28/12/2017).) (ACAPS, 28 Dec 2017)

According to DSWD, a total of 168,081 families (794,613 persons) 1,151 barangays were affected by the storm as of 1 Jan 2018. Currently 17,318 families (84,766 persons) are staying in 92 evacuation centers while 5,584 families (27,369 persons) are staying with family / friends. Over 3,500 houses are totally damaged. (Govt. of Philippines, 1 Jan 2018)

As of 2 January, 2018, over 77,000 people are staying in 72 evacuation centres in affected areas, while over 27,000 people are being hosted by friends and relatives. The NDRRMC has reported the deaths of the deaths of 165 persons, with the numbers expected to rise as search and rescue teams attempt to locate 163 missing persons believed to be buried in mud or swept away by flood waters (OCHA, 4 Jan 2018)

Date: 20 Dec 2017
Status: Ongoing

Philippines: Tropical Storm Kai-Tak - Dec 2017

GLIDE number: TC-2017-000180-PHL
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Philippines

A new Tropical Cyclone KAI-TAK (named URDUJA in the Philippines) formed over the south west Pacific Ocean on 13 December and started moving west-northwest toward Eastern Samar province (Eastern Visayas region, Philippines). On 14 December at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 200 km south-east of Borongan city (Eastern Samar province) and it had maximum sustained wind speed of 56 km/h (Tropical Depression). (ECHO, 14 Dec 2017)

On 16 December, Tropical Storm Kai-tak (local name Urduja) made landfall over San Policarpio, Eastern Samar province. As a result of Kai-tak, two months of rain fell in 48 hours, triggering severe flooding. As of 18 December, an estimated 249,000 people in five regions (Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Caraga) are affected, with 92,600 people in evacuation centres. Northern Samar Province, Tacloban and Ormoc cities declared a state of calamity. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) activated the national response clusters to closely monitor the situation and assist local authorities in the affected areas to coordinate the response. There is no request for international assistance.(OCHA, 18 Dec 2017)

According to the NDRRMC, a total of 244,121 families (1,015,817 persons) have been affected in 1,669 barangays. As of 19 December, 19 persons have been injured and two are missing, with multiple reports of flooding and landslides. Around PHP 543 million worth of damages have been sustained on national roads, while agricultural crops have incurred around PHP 3.75 million worth of damages. (NDRRMC, 19 Dec 2017)

As of 18 December 2017, less than half of the evacuation centres are still open. Meanwhile, the Philippines’ weather bureau is currently monitoring another tropical depression outside the south-east of the Philippines. Said depression has been downgraded into a low-pressure area but is still likely to bring more rain to the Kai-tak affected areas. (IFRC, 19 Dec 2017)

As of 20 December 2017, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), more than 280,000 families were affected in Region IV-B (MIMAROPA), Region-V (Bicol Region), Region VI (Western Visayas), Region VII (Central Visayas), Region VIII (Eastern Visayas) and CARAGA. Of the affected, more than 267,000 families were from Region VIII and more than 7,500 from Region V. Moreover, some 11,000 families, mostly from Northern and Western Samar province are still housed in 205 evacuation centres. (IFRC, 22 Dec 2017)

As of 24 December 2017, NDRRMC reported 425,996 families (1,780,163 persons) have been affected in 2,471 barangays in Regions MIMAPOPA, V, VI, VII, VIII, and CARAGA. A total of 45 persons were reported dead. Currently 810 families (3,473 persons) are displaced. (NDRRMC, 24 Dec 2017)

As of 1 Jan 2018, the storm affected over 1,800,000 people in 2,591 barangays. Total of 47 persons were reported dead, and over 30,000 houses were destroyed. (Govt. of Philippines, 1 Jan 2018)

Date: 13 Dec 2017
Status: Ongoing

Bangladesh: Bangladesh: Diphtheria Outbreak - Dec 2017

GLIDE number: EP-2017-000177-BGD
Disaster type: Epidemic
Affected countries: Bangladesh

Diphtheria is rapidly spreading among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, WHO warned on 6 December 2017. More than 110 suspected cases, including 6 deaths, have been clinically diagnosed by health partners, including [MSF] and [IFRC]. (WHO, 6 Dec 2017)

The Government of Bangladesh, with the support of UNICEF, [WGO] and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, today launched a vaccination campaign against diphtheria and other preventable diseases for all Rohingya children aged 6 weeks to 6 years living in 12 camps and temporary settlements near the Myanmar border. Accelerated immunization will cover nearly 255 000 children in Ukhiya and Teknaf sub-districts in Cox’s Bazar, while the Government and health partners continue to increase support for diphtheria treatment and prevention. (WHO, 12 Dec 2017)

From 3 November 2017 through 12 December 2017, a total of 804 suspected diphtheria cases including 15 deaths were reported among the displaced Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar. The first suspected case was reported on 10 November 2017 by a clinic of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Cox’s Bazar.

Of the suspected cases, 73% are younger than 15 years of age and 60% females (the sex for one percent cases was not reported). Fourteen of 15 deaths reported among suspected diphtheria cases were children younger than 15 years of age. To date, no cases of diphtheria have been reported from local communities. (WHO, 13 Dec 2017)

WHO has released US$1.5 million from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to help finance scaling up of health operations in Cox’s Bazar over the next six months, in efforts to respond to an outbreak that has seen more than 1,500 probable cases, including 21 deaths. (WHO, 19 Dec 2017)

As of 19 December, some 1,841 suspected cases of diphtheria have been reported, with 22 deaths. (WHO, 20 Dec 2017)

As of 26 December 2017, a total of 2,526 cases suspected with diphtheria have been reported with 27 deaths recorded. Over 220,000 children under the age of 15 has been vaccinated. (WHO, 27 Dec 2017)

As of 31 December, 28 deaths and 3,014 suspected cases of diphtheria have been reported from Cox’s Bazar. Nearly 10,594 contacts of these suspected cases have been put on diphtheria preventive medication. (WHO, 2 Jan 2018)

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Date: 06 Dec 2017
Status: Ongoing

Albania: Albania: Floods - Nov 2017

GLIDE number: FL-2017-000174-ALB
Disaster type: Flood
Affected countries: Albania

Heavy rainfall affected the territory of Albania since 30 November 2017. In some areas the density of rain was 130 mm for two uninterrupted hours... The populated areas most affected by the rivers overflowed are the following: Fushë- Krujë, Ura e Gjoles, Murqine, Vore, Kamez, Laprake, Darzeze, Jaru, Bishtan, Ferras, Kashisht, Martin, Novosele, Bishan, Mifol, Fitore, Ure Vajgurore, Korce, and Gjirokaster...Official figures provided by the governmental structures shows that 3,340 houses are flooded, 65 bridges are collapsed, and 56 public schools are damaged, while 15,000 ha land is under water. In some areas, the water was not suitable for drinking; while the electricity is cut off in same of the affected areas.
According to the preliminary information provided by the 18 Red Cross branches which are operating in the flooded areas, approximately 4,700 families or approximately 21,0000 people have been affected by the floods, however, according to the updated assessment, about 2,000 families have been identified as severely affected with considerable losses. The affected families have lost mostly their winter food reserves and partly their livestock, home furniture and electro-domestic devices. (IFRC, 11 Dec 2017)

Date: 30 Nov 2017
Status: Ongoing

Yemen: Yemen: Diphtheria Outbreak - Nov 2017

GLIDE number: EP-2017-000175-YEM
Disaster type: Epidemic
Affected countries: Yemen

Diphtheria is making an alarming comeback in the war torn country, with 189 clinically diagnosed cases and 20 deaths – mostly children and young adults – in the last three months. Most diphtheria cases and deaths have been reported in Ibb governorate but the outbreak is spreading fast, already affecting 13 governorates. The closest points of entry to Ibb are in Sana’a and Hodeida, making it crucial that Sana’a airport and the port of Hodeida remain open. (WHO, 27 Nov 2017)

By 4 December, 318 suspected cases of diphtheria and 28 deaths had been reported in 15 of Yemen’s 20 governorates. Half the suspected cases are children between the ages of 5 and 14, and nearly 95% of deaths are children under 15. Nearly 70% of all suspected cases are in Ibb governorate. (MSF, 12 Dec 2017)

312 suspected cases of diphtheria have been reported in Yemen between mid-August and 20 December. The outbreak has resulted in 35 deaths reported. At 11%, the case fatality rate (CFR) is high. 18 out of Yemen’s 22 governorates are affected, with Ibb having the majority of cases. (ACAPS, 22 Dec 2017)

As per the diphtheria report dated 24 December from the MoPHP, the suspected diphtheria cases are 381, including 38 associated deaths--the outbreak is currently affecting 18 governorates. As of week, 51--the vast majority of cases were reported from Ibb governorates (211) cases specifically from (Assadah, Yareem and Rural Ibb districts), followed by Al Hudaydah (38) cases, Aden (29) cases and Dhamar (19). Most of deaths cases were reported from Ibb (13 deaths) followed by Al Hudaydah (8 deaths), 3 deaths from Amran and Dhamar (2), Abyan (2) Aden (2), Taiz (3) and Hajjah (2), Aljawf (1) and, Sa'adah (1). Reported cases have made the first peak on week 38 (21 cases) and on week 44 (28 cases) onwards continued with more or less 20 cases, but started a sharp increase on week 48 (51 cases) followed by a decline to 38 cases on week 49. (WHO/UNICEF 24 Dec 2017)

Date: 27 Nov 2017
Status: Alert

Iran (Islamic Republic of): Iran/Iraq: Earthquake - Nov 2017

GLIDE number: EQ-2017-000165-IRN
Disaster type: Earthquake
Affected countries: Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Kermanshah Province, western Iran, on [12 October 2017], has so far claimed at least 407 lives and injured over 6,700 others. The epicenter of the quake was registered at 34.86 degrees latitude and 45.9 degrees longitude, at the depth of 11km, a shallow depth that can cause tremendous damage, in Ozgoleh region in Kermanshah Province. The huge jolt, which rocked western provinces of Iran and areas in the eastern Iraq, was also felt as far as Persian Gulf states Qatar and Kuwait in the south, the Occupied Palestine in the west, and Turkey in the north of the quake-stricken Iran and Iraq. It caused the biggest damage in Kermanshah, Qasr-e Shirin and Sarpol-e Zahab (about 15km from the Iraqi border) cities. (IRNA, 13 Nov 2017)

The deaths toll of the quake in the western part of Iran on Sunday Nov.12, 2017 remains the same as 436 with 7,817 injured. Sheltering emergency phase has been totally completed in affected cities and villages. So far, 664 aftershocks in Kermanshah have been registered, the biggest of which is 4.7 on the Richter scale. (Iranian Red Crescent, 19 Nov 2017)

As of 10 Dec, the Iranian Red Crescent Society has provided nearly 21,000 health, medical and rehabilitation services to the earthquake victims in the province of Kermanshah. These services, estimated at about 20,997 cases, include patient visits, medical emergencies, pregnancy services to pregnant women, physiotherapy and technical orthopedics. (Iranian Red Crescent, 10 Dec 2017)

On 12 November 2017 at 21:18 local time (18:18 UTC) northeast Iraq experienced an earthquake in the magnitude of approximately 7.2 – 7.5, according to European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The epicenter of this earthquake is located 32kms from the city of Halabja...There have been six reported fatalities and over 500 people injured in Iraq as a result of the earthquake. According to reports, four fatalities and approximately 80 injuries have occurred in Darbandikhan, including two critical injuries. Initial reports suggest the Darbandikhan area has been most severely impacted...The Mosul Dam is reportedly undamaged. However, the Darbandikhan Dam, a multi-purpose embankment on the Diyala river, is being assessed for damage today by the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), as local sources report that the dam was impacted by the landslides that that pushed heavy rocks and rubble onto the dam’s spillway. (OCHA, 13 Nov 2017)

According to national authorities, close to 10,000 people were injured, including 550 in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), as a result of the earthquake. In KRI, all critical cases were referred to Sulaymaniyah hospital, which is functioning. Humanitarian partners immediately sent medical staff, material, tents, and ambulances to support local capacity onsite. A joint damage and needs assessment mission was conducted by humanitarian partners including UNHCR on the day after in order to inform provision of assistance to the most vulnerable families in Sulaymaniyah. The KRG reports that the situation is now stable. The government is providing food, shelter and medical assistance, with the support of humanitarian actors. Approximately 1,840,000 people live with within 100 kilometres of the epicentre in both Iraq and Iran. (UNHCR, 20 Nov 2017)

In Iraq, a total of 108 school buildings were damaged, six of them badly. UNICEF will deliver 52 temporary learning spaces to affected communities to support continuation of education for over 3,800 students while more comprehensive repairs commence. Immediate WASH needs in affected areas are being met by the government, with UNICEF and WASH partners on standby. (UNICEF, 30 Nov 2017)

Date: 12 Nov 2017
Status: Ongoing

Viet Nam: Typhoon Damrey - Nov 2017

GLIDE number: TC-2017-000159-VNM
Disaster type: Flood, Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Viet Nam

As of 5 November, Typhoon Damrey caused 29 deaths, destroyed 600 houses and damaged nearly 40,000 houses after hitting 10 provinces and the city of Danang on 4 November. National authorities have instructed all central and provincial agencies to scale up search and rescue and relief operations and to quickly restore damaged infrastructures. (OCHA, 4 Nov 2017)

According to the latest information from National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (NCDPC), as of 7 November 2017, 69 people died and 30 people missing. The typhoon has destroyed nearly 1,500 houses and around 120,000 houses are partially damaged. More than 36,000 people in the coastal Can Gio district of Ho Chi Min city were evacuated. Up to 1,300 transport and fishing boats were damaged and sunk. The storm submerged 5,296 hectares of paddy and nearly 15,000 hectares of vegetables and fruits. The hardest hit regions include the south-central provinces of Khánh Hoa, Phú Yên, and Binh Định, the Central Highlands provinces of Đăk Lắk, Gia Lai, Đăk Nông and Lâm Đông, and the central provinces of Quảng Nam and Quảng Ngai. All of Phú Yên Province and Khánh Hoa Province except for Nha Trang City; and all of Binh Định Province other than Tam Quan District suffered from total blackouts. Parts of Đắk Lắk, Kon Tum, Đắk Nông and Quảng Ngãi provinces shared the same North to South. According to the Chief of Office of the National Search and Rescue Committee, Typhoon Damrey was the strongest storm to make landfall in Khánh Hòa Province and the south-central region in the last 20 years. The recorded danger level of Damrey was higher than that of Typhoon Doksuri which pummelled the central region in September this year. (IFRC, 7 Nov 2017)

On 8 November, the Government issued a request for international humanitarian support from UN agencies, INGOs and Development Partners...As of 11 November 2017, more than 35,000 people have been evacuated, 104 people have been killed, including 28 women, and 19 more are still missing. The most affected provinces, including in the South-Central regions (Khánh Hòa, Phú Yên, Bình Ðịnh, and Quảng Ngãi) and Central regions (Thừa Thiên-Huế, Quảng Nam, and Da Nang), show high numbers of deaths and missing people, seriously damaged infrastructure, collapsed/roofless/broken houses, and destruction of 33,153 hectares of crops, including 9,163 hectares of rice, 20,783 hectares of vegetables, and 69,900 agriculture cages. (UNCT, 11 Nov 2017)

As of 14 November 2017, approximately 395,000 people are thought to require assistance across Viet Nam following disruption by Typhoon Damrey. (ASEAN, 14 Nov 2017)

The Viet Nam Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported that Typhoon Damrey has caused 104 deaths and destroyed or damaged an estimated 141,100 houses as of 14 November. Joint Government, UN and NGO teams completed damage assessments on 16 November. Damrey is estimated to have caused a total damage of around US$600 million. (OCHA, 20 Nov 2017)

On 28 November 2017, the UN approved an additional allocation of US$4.21 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide assistance to 150,000 people, including 46,973 children, in six affected provinces. The UN estimates that Typhoon Damrey affected an estimated 4.33 million people, including 400,000 who require humanitarian assistance. (UNCT, 28 Nov 2017)

On 4 December 2017, the UN in Viet Nam launched a Flooding Response Plan, identifying financial needs of US$ 54.0 million to cover humanitarian needs. As of 13 December, the Response Plan is 30 percent funded. Early recovery funding needs, as estimated by the Government of Viet Nam, add up to a total of US$ 142 million. (UNCT, 13 Dec 2017)

On 14 December, 2017, the Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (CCNDPC) is to launch the Call for supports to help affected provinces in the Central region overcome aftermaths of Damrey Typhoon and other natural disasters in 2017 and stabilize their lives. The CCNDPC has invited all international partners in the country to attend this launch. (IFRC, 19 Dec 2017)


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Date: 04 Nov 2017
Status: Ongoing

Honduras: Honduras: Floods - Oct 2017

GLIDE number: FL-2017-000160-HND
Disaster type: Flood
Affected countries: Honduras

A cold weather system in late October 2017 has brought heavy rainfall to Honduras, causing rivers and gorges to flood. As of 29 October 2017, a red alert was in effect for the departments Gracias a Dios, Yoro, Islas de la Bahía, Cortés, Atlántida and Colón. A yellow alert was in place for departments Olancho, Santa Bárbara and Francisco Morazán and a green alert for the departments of Copán, Comayagua, La Paz, Valle, Choluteca, Lempira, Ocotepeque, Intibucá and El Paraíso.
According to official data provided by COPECO, the country's disaster management agency, the flooding has affected 9,515 families, including necessitating the evacuation of 8,872 families, or 26,701 people. The affected families are in urgent need of food, shelter, first aid, psychosocial support, water and sanitation support, and livelihood restoration. (IFRC, 8 Nov 2017)

After a month of the emergency there are still unmet needs among the affected population. ACT Honduras Forum through its local member Mennonite Social Action Commission (CASM) by it´ Spanish acronym, are responding to this crisis by providing Food security. 700 households will be benefited by this intervention. The ACT Secretariat have approved the use of 35,257.00 USD towards the budget from its Rapid Response, to provide humanitarian relief. (ACT Alliance, 30 Nov 2017)

On 18 December, ACT Alliance launched the Floods HND171 Appeal requiring US$ 109,875.04

Date: 23 Oct 2017
Status: Past disaster

Zambia: Zambia: Cholera Outbreak - Oct 2017

GLIDE number: EP-2017-000178-ZMB
Disaster type: Epidemic
Affected countries: Zambia

On 6 October 2017, the Minister of Health declared an outbreak of cholera in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. From 28 September through 7 December 2017, 547 cases including 15 deaths (case fatality rate = 1.8%), have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak. The initial outbreak period was from 28 September through 20 October. From 21 October through 4 November 2017 there were less than five cases reported each week. However, from 5 November 2017 an increase in the number of cases was observed with a total of 136 cases reported in the week beginning 26 November...The cholera outbreak initially started in the Chipata sub-district and spread to Kanyama sub-district around 9 October 2017. The outbreak has spread from the peri-urban townships on the Western side of Lusaka City to the Eastern Side with a new case reported in Chelstone sub-district. As of 7 December, the affected sub-districts include Chipata, Kanyama, Chawama, Matero, Chilenje and Chelston. Sixty-two cases are currently receiving treatment in Cholera Treatment Centres in Chipata, Kanyama, Matero and Bauleni. One third of the cases are children under five years old and two thirds are persons five years and older. (WHO, 11 Dec 2017)

The cholera outbreak in Zambia continues to evolve, especially in Lusaka District where there is high transmission intensity. Since our last report on 8 December 2017 (Weekly Bulletin 49), a total of 162 new suspected cases, with five deaths (case fatality rate 3.1%), have been reported. On 12 December 2017, 38 new suspected cases were registered and there were 48 patients undergoing treatment at different cholera treatment centres (CTCs). As 12 December 2017, a cumulative total of 709 suspected cholera cases, including 21 deaths (case fatality rate 3%), were reported in the country, since the onset of the outbreak on 4 October 2017. Most, 99%, of the cases originate from 21 townships of Lusaka District. The cumulative number of cases and deaths from Lusaka District is 699 and 20, respectively (case fatality rate 2.9%), with an attack rate of 29/100 000 populations. By 11 December 2017, a total of 362 biological samples and 420 environmental samples were received at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) bacteriology laboratory and the Food and Drug Laboratory, respectively. Of the specimens tested at UTH, 84 were positive for Vibrio cholerae, four for Salmonella spp and five for Shigella spp. Of the samples tested at the Food and Drug Lab, 206 were positive for faecal coliforms and 42 were positive for V. cholerae.(WHO, 15 Dec 2017)

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Date: 04 Oct 2017
Status: Ongoing

Nicaragua: Tropical Storm Nate - Oct 2017

GLIDE number: TC-2017-000148-NIC
Disaster type: Flood, Severe Local Storm, Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama

On 4 October 2017, according to the National Hurricane Center, life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are possible over portions of Central America from the Tropical Depression 16. Forecasts indicate the depression should be nearing the coast of Nicaragua early Thursday, then across northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras late Thursday and later emerging into the northwestern Caribbean Sea on Friday, 6 October 2017. As Tropical storm warning is in effect for Sandy Bay Sirpi Nicaragua to Punta Castilla in Honduras. Other possible areas to monitor are the Bay Islands in Honduras, western Cuba, and the Yucatan Peninsula. (IFRC, 4 Oct 2017)

As of October 6th, the number of casualties rose to 28 and with 14 people reportedly missing. National Civil Protection systems were triggered and are responding with local coordination mechanisms. Tropical storm Nate will continue its trajectory towards the north-eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula on the evening of October 6th as it makes its way to the US Gulf Coast, where it is projected to make landfall as a hurricane. According to data provided by the National Civil Protection Systems, the damage reported is as follow:
1. Nicaragua: 11 deaths; Government has provided food supplies for more than 1,600 affected households; 11 departments/31 municipalities affected; More than 30,000 people affected. 5,953 damaged houses.
2. Guatemala: 5 deaths, 3 missing; 2,749 people affected; 413 people rendered homeless.
3. Costa Rica: 8 deaths, 11 missing; 3,921 people evacuated to 94 shelters; 419,868 people without water.
4. Honduras: 3 deaths; 16 provinces on yellow alert; 143 affected people.
5. Panama: 1 death; 150 affected homes; 750 people affected.

In Costa Rica, landslides caused significant damage to roads and villages, cutting off some areas. A highway that connects the south of the country was washed away in Casa Mata. At least 5,000 residents fled to emergency shelters there, according to The Associated Press. The Costa Rican government declared a state of emergency, and President Luis Guillermo Solís appealed to the international community for support.
Given the level of damages so far, the Costa Rica Forum through its local member ILCO (Lutheran Church in Costa Rica) is planning on submitting a funding proposal to provide Food aid, non-Food Items, WASH, Psychosocial Support. the Nicaragua Forum is assessing the situation in order to decide if they are going to respond.(ACT Alliance, 9 Oct 2017)

On 12 October, the IFRC issued an Emergency Appeal for 1,523,001 Swiss francs and allocated 316,177 Swiss francs from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Costa Rica Red Cross to assist 24,000 people for six months. (IFRC, 12 Oct 2017) 

As of 14 October, 874 isolated people were reported, 12 communities without access, 7 sheltered established, 87 sheltered communities, 40 communities without water, 1 community without electricity, 2,160 of food kits distributed, and 900 food kits and 8,760 liters of water in stock.
According to data from the Acosta Municipal Emergency Commission, the storm most severely affected the canton of Acosta, which suffered flooding, the destruction of public roads, bridge collapses and landslides in the highlands; additionally, the storm destroyed houses and damaged to the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers and Rural Aqueducts (ASADAS)’s distribution system; three aqueducts are still out of service.
On 23 October, CNE’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) of declared a yellow alert for the zones of Valle Central, Pacifica Central, Pacifico Sur and Pacifico Norte due to increased rainfall along the Pacific Rim; furthermore, the heavy rainfall is expected to continue in the coming weeks, leading the CRRC to place the branches in the Pacific Rim area under alert and pre-position relief items in this zone. To date, 15 people have been evacuated in Upala canton. (IFRC, 3 Nov 2017)

On 3 November, ACT alliance launched appeal for Costa Rica, targeting 164,546.04 USD to contribute to the recovery of households affected by Tropical Storm, through emergency relief assistance.

According to the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA), aqueduct infrastructure was the most affected. The AyA and the Aqueduct and Sewerage Association (ASADAS) have temporarily restored service to more than 482,000 people in different parts of the country, and they continue working on rehabilitating other aqueducts. To date, 22 AyA systems that serve 63,000 people and 160 ASADAS systems that serve 147,000 people remain out of operation. Many ASADAS lost part of or their entire systems. (IFRC, 15 Dec 2017)

In Nicaragua, The Nicaraguan Red Cross has had difficulties in procuring water and sanitation items, including cleaning and disinfecting kits for water wells, delaying the start of the activities outlined in the Water and Sanitation component of this Emergency Plan of Action. The IFRC logistics unit in Panama is supporting the procurement of these items. Additionally, heavy rains continue to affect the regions delaying further activities. An additional month is needed to complete the procurement of items and provide potable water to the targeted families. (IFRC, 5 Dec 2017)

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Date: 04 Oct 2017
Status: Ongoing

Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso: Dengue Outbreak - Sep 2017

GLIDE number: EP-2017-000162-BFA
Disaster type: Epidemic
Affected countries: Burkina Faso

Following an outbreak in late 2016, Burkina Faso experienced sporadic cases of dengue fever at the beginning of the year until week 10 of 2017, when cases eventually ceased. However, from week 31 (week ending 6 August 2017), there has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of dengue fever in the country, especially around the districts of Ouagadougou, the capital city. On 28 September 2017, the Ministry of Health formally declared the outbreak. During week 40 (week ending 8 October 2017), 525 suspected cases including two deaths (case fatality rate 0.4%) were reported. Of these, 329 cases were classified as probable. The majority of the new suspected cases were from Bogodogo (276) and Nogr-massom (115) districts, respectively (WHO, 13 Oct 2017)

The incidence of dengue fever in Burkina Faso continues to increase exponentially, particularly in the Central Region of the country, around the capital city, Ougadougou. During week 43 (week ending 29 October 2017), a total of 2,566 new suspected cases and two deaths (case fatality rate 0.1%) were reported in the country, compared with 2,232 cases with two deaths reported in week 42. Fifty-five percent (1,417) of the new suspected cases and the two deaths were from the Central Region, with an attack rate of 52 cases per 100,000 population. (WHO, 3 Nov 2017)

In week 46 (week ending 19 November 2017), 971 new suspected dengue fever cases (with no deaths) have been reported, compared to 1 502 cases reported in week 45. During the reporting week, the attack rate in the Central Region fell from 35 cases per 100 000 people in week 45 to 22 cases per 100 000 people (in week 46) – a 50% reduction. Meanwhile, the attack rate for the whole country reduced from eight cases per 100 000 people in week 45 to 5 cases per 100 000 people in week 46. (WHO, 1 Dec 2017)

Weekly case counts have decreased since week 44. The majority (62%) of cases have been reported in the central region, notably in Ouagadougou (the capital). Dengue virus serotypes 1, 2, and 3 are circulating, with serotype 2 predominating (72%). (WHO, 5 Jan 2018)

Date: 28 Sep 2017
Status: Ongoing

Togo: Togo: Floods - Sep 2017

GLIDE number: FL-2017-000149-TGO
Disaster type: Flood
Affected countries: Togo

As at 28 September, a total of 602 households or 3,612 people have been affected by the overflow of the Nangbéto dam. Among the villages bordering the Mono river 10 villages (Agbanakin, Atchamé, Togbavi, Togbagan, Azimé-Dossou, Adamé, Gbandi, Gbandidi, Agbetiko and Handivi) have been flooded directly affecting more than 213 households (1,278 people). Another 389 households (2,334 people) in Agbanakin, have been marooned in their village. (IFRC, 09 Oct 2017)

Date: 25 Sep 2017
Status: Past disaster

Indonesia: Indonesia: Mt Agung Volcano - Sep 2017

GLIDE number: VO-2017-000141-IDN
Disaster type: Volcano
Affected countries: Indonesia

The increasing unrest in the Agung Volcano in Bali, Indonesia, since 10 August 2017 has led the authorities to raise the alert at the highest level. Evacuations have taken place in an area of up to 12 km around the volcano. (ECHO, 24 Sep 2017)

As of 24 September, nearly 35,000 people have been evacuated from their homes near active Mt Agung Volcano in Bali and dispersed across 238 locations in seven districts in Bali...On 24 September, the national disaster management agency (BNPB) sent 14 tons of assistance to the island and is providing over IDR 1 billion (US$ 75,000) to Karangasem District to operationalize the Command Post there and is preparing ready-to-use budget for emergency response activities. (OCHA, 25 Sep 2017)

On 22 September 2017 at 20.30, Indonesian Authorities (PVMBG) increased the status of Mount Agung in Bali from Level Three (High Alert: Orange/Ready to erupt) to Level Four (Red alert/Danger), the highest level for a volcano and the third consecutive rise in a week...As of 20:00 on 25 September, [BNPB] evacuated more than 63,000 people from their homes, however the number keeps steadily rising. The evacuees are dispersed across 9 districts in more than 300 locations, with the majority of evacuees in Karangasem, Klungkung and Buleleng. More than 21,000 are in Karangasem, the 523 square kilometres district surrounding the volcano. (IFRC, 27 Sep 2017.)

As of 13 October, there were around 138,000 evacuees dispersed across 9 districts in more than 350 locations. The majority are in Karangasem, Klungkung and Buleleng. More than 50,000 are in Karangasem. (IFRC, 13 Oct 2017)

On 29 October, [PVMBG] lowered the alert level of Mt. Agung...from Level IV (Dangerous) to Level III (Alert). Evacuees who lived outside the no activity zone are beginning to return home but advised by authorities to remain cautious. The emergency response period for handling evacuees remain in effect until 9 November. Over 140,000 people evacuated following the increase in the alert level issued on 29 September. (OCHA, 30 Oct 2017)

Mount Agung...erupted again on [25 November 2017] at 5:30 pm Bali time. Grayish-black medium pressure ash columns were observed to reach a height of 1.500 m above the peak. Eruption was visually observed from the Culik and Batulompeh areas to the West-Southwest. This is the second eruption with a higher ashes column than the previous one. The first eruption occurred on [21 November 2017] at 5:05 pm Bali time. (Gov't of Indonesia, 26 Nov 2017)

The Indonesian authorities have raised the state of Mount Agung in Bali to its highest level (Level IV), since 06:00 ICST. [BNPB] explained there have been continuous ash clouds, sometimes accompanied by explosive eruptions and weak sound of 'boom'. The rays of fire are increasingly observed at night, which indicate that larger potential eruption is imminent. AirNav Indonesia Operational Director, Wisnu Darjono, stated that the volcanic ashes have hampered Denpasar's airspace, to ensure the aviation safety, the airspace needs to be temporary closed. The main airport in Bali, I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport is closed temporarily from Monday morning (27/11) at 07:15 ICST to Tuesday morning (28/11) at 07.:00 ICST. (Gov't of Indonesia, 27 Nov 2017)

On 23 and 24 December, a series of new eruptions from Mt. Agung on Bali island were recorded, with no major impact. An estimated 71,000 affected people remain in 239 evacuation sites. The central government maintained a high level of attention on the Mt. Agung emergency response. (OCHA, 26 Dec 2017)

The Centre of Volcanology and Geological Hazan Mitigation lowered the radius of estimated danger zone around Mt Agung to six kilometres from the crater, permitting thousands of people to return to their homes. Meanwhile, the alert status remains at Level IV (Danger), and 70,610 people still staying in 240 evacuation sites. (OCHA, 8 Jan 2018)

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Date: 22 Sep 2017
Status: Ongoing

South Sudan: South Sudan: Floods - Sep 2017

GLIDE number: FL-2017-000137-SSD
Disaster type: Flood
Affected countries: South Sudan

According to the State Ministry of Health, it is estimated that over 11, 000 people have been affected by flooding caused by heavy rainfall in 11 payams of Aweil North and Aweil West of former Northern Bahr el Ghazal State. More flooding also caused some deaths and injuries and has deeply affected the daily lives of over 650 households in eight villages of Bunj payam, Maban County, Upper Nile State. (WHO, 18 Sep 2017)

Heavy rains and floods have affected several parts of South Sudan, including Aweil North, Aweil East, Raja, and Maban counties; and parts of Eastern and western Equatoria. Thousands of people have been displaced while several roads have been washed away, making transport difficult. In addition, farmlands have been destroyed, which is likely to impact on the expected harvest, worsening the food security situation next year. (WHO, 28 Sep 2017)

In September, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Jonglei states experienced flooding as a result of heavy rains. UNICEF together with partners responded to over 20,000 households affected by the flooding in Northern Bahr el Ghazal with provision of supplies, including household water treatment products and water containers. However, the WASH sector continues to face a significant funding gap (54 per cent). (UNICEF, 30 Sep 2017)

Torrential rain has caused major damage across the region with the combination of a stream bursting its banks and the overflow from the Kengen, Lothila and Kubal rivers causing massive floods across Pibor. More than 2000 households are now in need of urgent assistance. The situation remains particularly volatile for eight counties located along the river. Latilak, Babuzen, Vertek, Likuangole, Pochalla, Ajwara, Pibor North and South Counties have seen their farms wiped out and children are unable to get to school...If water continues to rise, access to the area via the Pibor airstrip could be affected. The state legislative assembly has been damaged and many government officials have been cut off from their offices. The acting Governor of Boma, Omot Ogul Abai, is appealing for urgent assistance. (UNMISS, 13 Oct 2017)

Date: 19 Sep 2017
Status: Past disaster

Mexico: Mexico: Earthquakes - Sep 2017

GLIDE number: EQ-2017-000138-MEX
Disaster type: Earthquake
Affected countries: Guatemala, Mexico

According to the [BBC], an 8.1-magnitude earthquake on the Richter Scale struck off the Pacific Coast of Mexico--around 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan--at 23:50 local time on Thursday, 7 September 2017 (04:50 [GMT] Friday). A tsunami warning was issued for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras; however, it was later lifted. An estimated 50 million Mexicans felt the tremor per the Mexican government. (IFRC, 8 Sep 2017)

Search and rescue operations continue and the death toll, according to national authorities, has now reached 90, of which 71 are in the state of Oaxaca, 15 in the state of Chiapas and 4 in the state of Tabasco. According to media, as of 11 September at 6.30 UTC, thousands of houses have been damaged and over 2 million people have been affected in the country. (ECHO, 11 Sep 2017)

Shelter destruction and damage to health and education infrastructure is most notable. However, there are also risks of food shortages in Oaxaca in Mexico as stores remain closed and prices are increasing. (ACAPS, 11 Sep 2017)

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central and southern Mexico [on 19 September], killing more than 200 people, according to the government. Buildings in Mexico City and Puebla, near the quake’s epicentre, have collapsed, and there are reports of severe damage to infrastructure, including collapsed bridges. The Mexican Red Cross has deployed dozens of doctors and nurses, alongside more than 90 ambulances and its urban rescue unit. (IFRC, 20 Sep 2017)

UNICEF´s response plan on child protection has begun implementation in Oaxaca and Puebla. Chiapas and Morelos will start next week with the installation of child-friendly spaces. In spite of Government efforts and investment plans to help families recover from the earthquakes, in terms of social protection, there are no clearly targeted compensation plans for affected families. Financial subsidies will be given only to those who are classified to be under ‘patrimonial’ poverty, wherein they could receive up to USD$600 per household. UNICEF foresees the increase in the number of poor families, especially those which have lost their properties and other assets. Research, communication and advocacy efforts will be increased to propose targeted cash transfers in emergencies for families with children under 5 and for female-headed households (UNICEF, 29 Sep 2017)

The Ministry of Finance has confirmed the activation of the $150M Catastrophic Bonus by the World Bank, which will be transferred to the National Disaster Fund (FONDEN), for health, education and roads infrastructure/reconstruction purposes. The fund is approved following verifications conducted by the US Geological Survey. (UNICEF, 13 Oct 2017)

Reports from the Office of the President show an updated number of 184,000 households, 175 health facilities and 16,000 schools damaged by the 7 and 19 September earthquakes. Reconstruction has started in 4,000 schools, which means that 75% of severely damaged schools are yet to start demolition and rebuilding. More than 73,000 families in Chiapas and Oaxaca have received support for house reconstruction. (UNICEF, 10 Nov 2017)

In November, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in Mexico City, Mexico State, Puebla, Oaxaca and Morelos concluded the medical, mental health and heath promotions activities that were launched in response to the emergency situations created by two major earthquakes in September.
MSF provided 1,544 medical care consultations and 1,450 mental health consultations, while our health promotion activities reached 6,000 people. The organisation distributed nearly 150 tarpaulins for shelter and 200 kits containing basic tools for cooking, hygiene, cover and, in some cases, specific products for babies and toddlers. MSF also donated about 20 tents in some of the most affected communities. (MSF, 8 Dec 2017)

Three months after the earthquakes, most children living in the most affected municipalities in the five states have gradually returned to school and to their normal lives. (UNICEF, 19 Dec 2017)

The Mexican Red Cross has sent more than 4,507 tons of humanitarian aid for the September earthquakes to the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, Morelos, Guerrero, CDMX, Estado de México and Tlaxcala, which has benefited more than one million 126 a thousand people. This humanitarian aid has been distributed among 661 communities that were affected. (Mexican Red Cross, 21 Dec 2017)

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Date: 19 Sep 2017
Status: Ongoing

Dominica: Hurricane Maria - Sep 2017

GLIDE number: TC-2017-000136-ATG
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba (The Netherlands), British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe (France), Haiti, Martinique (France), Montserrat, Puerto Rico (The United States of America), Saint Barthélemy (France), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (The Netherlands), Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands

Hurricane MARIA continued moving west-northwest over the Caribbean Sea, strengthening. Its center passed south of St. Croix island (US Virgin islands) early in the morning of 20 September. It then continued moving towards Puerto Rico as a category 5 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 270 km/h. MARIA is forecast to make landfall along Puerto Rico, near Yabucoa city at around 12 UTC on 20 September....Official reports mentioned that, as of 20 September, at least two people were killed in Guadeloupe island, while hundreds of people have been evacuated and hundreds of houses destroyed in Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique islands. (ECHO, 20 Sep 2017)

At least 14 people have died in Dominica, with the number of fatalities expected to rise as large areas of the island remain inaccessible after category 5 Hurricane Maria decimated the island’s east coast, according to initial reports from the ground. At least 80 per cent of the island’s population has been affected and needs support with shelter and water, according to CDEMA. (OCHA, 21 Sep 2017)

As of 19 September, hundreds of people were evacuated in Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for more than 11,900 people in Puerto Rico (ECHO 19/09/2017). Maria made landfall in Dominica on September 19 and in Puerto Rico on 20 September. As of October 10, at least 96 people are confirmed to have been killed: 51 in Puerto Rico, 30 in Dominica, five in the Dominican Republic, four in the contiguous United States, three in Haiti, two in Guadeloupe, and one in the US Virgin Islands. 39,000 children are in need of assistance in countries affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria, more than a quarter of them are under five (UNICEF 18/10/2017) (ACAPS, 2 Nov 2017)

On 29 September, UN and partners launched a Flash Appeal for $31.1 million to support relief and early recovery efforts in Dominica till the end of 2017. The UN has allocated US$3 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to address the urgent needs of Dominica’s people. There is a steady flow of food into the country. More than 15.5 metric ton of food and 190,000 litres water has been delivered. Supermarkets are expected to open this week. Government expects to have access to all parts of the country later this week. Provision of potable water to the west coast to be prioritized following serious concerns over communicable diseases. (UN, 2 Oct 2017)

As of 14 November, in Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Dominica, approximately 70 per cent of the population has access to restored water services, while power services coverage ranges from 70 per cent in Turk and Caicos Islands (TCI) to 10 percent in Dominica. There has also been a notable reduction in the number of displaced people living in official shelters in BVI and Dominica. In Dominica, this includes a 60 per cent decrease over the last few weeks.
The majority of children in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, and Turk and Caicos Islands have now gone back to school, with all public schools reopening. However, in Dominica just around a third of national schools were open as of 10 November, and 87 per cent of children living in collective shelters still do not have access to any type of education, and are missing out on valuable months of their schooling, which could have implications on the quality of their education. (UNICEF, 14 Nov 2017)

Although Dominica continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, several challenges remain. Water supply has been restored to 70 per cent, but is often interrupted as repair work continues. IOM teams are interviewing people leaving Dominica; 25 per cent say they will not return, 22 per cent say they are leaving in search of employment abroad. (OCHA, 30 Nov 2017)

As of 13 December 2017, most schools in all hurricane-impacted Eastern Caribbean countries have reopened, bringing an increasing number of children back to school. However, while in Dominica 94 per cent of publicowned or funded schools have reopened, attendance is only at 68 per cent, possibly highlighting the impact of outward migration in the aftermath of the hurricane. (UNICEF, 19 Dec 2017)

Appeals & Funding

  • Dominica Flash Appeal 2017: Hurricane Maria (Sep - Dec 2017)

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Date: 18 Sep 2017
Status: Ongoing

Rwanda: Rwanda: Severe Local Storms - Sep 2017

GLIDE number: ST-2017-000143-RWA
Disaster type: Flood, Severe Local Storm
Affected countries: Rwanda

On 17 September 2017, at around 15:30 local time, the districts of Rusizi, Nyamasheke, Huye and Bugesera, Gicumbi, Ngoma, Kirehe, Rubavu and Nyabihu experienced heavy rainfall associated with heavy storms, which resulted in destruction of houses and community farm lands. The affected areas are mostly in five districts; two located in western province (Rusizi and Nyamasheke), two located in Eastern province (Ngoma and Bugesera), and one in the Southern Province (Huye). According to data from a rapid assessment conducted by Rwanda Red Cross staff and volunteers, it is estimated that 5,850 people from 1,170 households have been affected by heavy winds and out of them 640 families are now homeless and classified as most vulnerable. The disaster caused three deaths and 24 people were injured. (IFRC, 3 Oct 2017)

Date: 17 Sep 2017
Status: Past disaster