Unidad de Investigación en Emergencia y Desastre (UIED)

21 de septiembre de 2017
Erasmus Mundus Master in Public Health in Disasters

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Unidad de Investigación en Emergencia y Desastre (UIED)

Desastres activos

Mexico: Mexico: Earthquake - Sep 2017

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

At least 120 people were killed by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico on 19 September. The earthquake occurred in central Mexico and it affected five states. National civil protection authorities are evaluating the necessity of an international request for assistance. Two million people in Mexico City, which was one of the hardest hit areas, are without power. At least 29 buildings in the city have collapsed, according to initial reports. (OCHA, 19 Sep 2017)

El día 19 de septiembre de 2017 el Servicio Sismológico Nacional (SSN) reportó un sismo con magnitud 7.1 localizado en el límite estatal entre los estados Puebla y Morelos, a 12 km al sureste de Axochiapan, Morelos y a 120 km de la Ciudad de México. (Gov't of Mexico, 19 Sep 2017)

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Date: 19 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 119 000 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)


Date: 19 Sep 2017
Status: Alert

Antigua and Barbuda: 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), 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), United States Virgin Islands

Tropical Storm Maria has been upgraded to a category 3 hurricane as of Monday 18 September. TS Maria constitutes a potential threat to the area previously affected by Hurricane Irma. (ECHO, 17 Sep 2017)

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. It may then cross the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic on 21 September. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge could also affect Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas over 21-24 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)

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Date: 18 Sep 2017
Status: Alert

Mexico: Mexico/Guatemala: Earthquake - Sep 2017

GLIDE number: EQ-2017-000128-MEX
Disaster type: Earthquake
Affected countries: Guatemala, Mexico

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)

Guatemala

According to a report from Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake shook various departments in the country at 22:49 local time (04:49 GMT) for 1 and 33 seconds; the earthquake’s epicentre was 203 km to the west of San Marcos, with a profundity of 10 km. (IFRC, 8 Sep 2017)

Ongoing floods in Guatemala and recent mudslides in Mexico create additional vulnerabilities. (ACAPS, 11 Sep 2017)

The Government of Guatemala stated that the damage assessments and needs analysis of affected areas continue and that identified 18,810 people as affected by the disaster and damages to 2,570 houses for now. The assessments were developed by entities that are part of the System of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED). (Gov't of Guatemala, 12 Sep 2017)

The department of San Marcos has been declared on red alert to be of service to the more than 10,600 affected by the 7.7 Richter scale earthquake that was registered in Guatemala. According to Conred's report, there were 205 incidents in San Marcos, which left 4 injured, 10,615 people affected, 1,752 victims, 714 homes with severe damage, of which 94 houses, 21 schools, 4 highways, 10 buildings and 5 churches affected. (Gov't of Guatemala, 13 Sep 2017)


Date: 08 Sep 2017
Status: Ongoing

Antigua and Barbuda: Hurricane Irma - Sep 2017

GLIDE number: TC-2017-000125-DOM
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, 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 Martin (France), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (The Netherlands), Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands

As of 1 September, [NOAA]’s National Hurricane Centre (NHC), stated that Hurricane Irma’s centre was located near latitude 18.8 north, longitude 39.1 west at 5 PM Atlantic Standard Time (AST) (2100 [UTC]). Irma was moving toward the west at around 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the west-south-west was expected by 2 September 2017. Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, as maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h), with higher gusts; while fluctuations in strength (up or down) are possible over the next few days, Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through the weekend. (IFRC, 1 Sep 2017)

Irma made landfall on northeast Caribbean islands during the early hours of 6 September, affecting Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, St Barthélemy, St. Martin, the Virgin Islands and other islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Thousands of people have been evacuated from at-risk areas. Irma is predicted to hit Puerto Rico in the night, before continuing to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas. There is continued risk of catastrophic damage from hurricane force winds, storm surge, and flooding in areas on Irma’s trajectory. Hurricane Irma is being slowly trailed by Hurricane Jose, which is moving very slowly in the Atlantic Ocean and is anticipated to affect the northern Leeward Islands. 49​ ​million people directly in Irma’s projected path. (OCHA, 6 Sep 2017)

As of 13 September, OCHA reported that Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, St Martin/St Maarten, the British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos are the most affected islands and that critical needs in supplies and support were being addressed around the clock. In the Dominican Republic and Haiti, local authorities are managing response and restoration to normal activities in the affected areas with local resources. Cuba withstood damage to 13 of its 15 provinces, reporting 10 deaths and damage to agriculture, water supply, and telecommunications. Humanitarian partners continue to work and coordination with regional organizations and local governments throughout the affected countries as needs assessments continue to reveal the range and depth of the needs caused by Irma. (OCHA, 13 Sep 2017)

On 15 September, the Regional Response Plan for the Caribbean Region seeking US$15.1 million was launched. (OCHA, 15 Sep 2017)

On 19 September, the UN System in Cuba (UNS) presented a US$55.8 million Action Plan to address the urgent needs of 2.15 million people. (Office of UN Resident Coordinator, 19 Sep 2017)

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  • Hurricane Irma: Regional Response Plan for the Caribbean Region (Sep - Dec 2017)
  • Cuba Plan de acción - Septiembre 2017 SP / EN

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Date: 04 Sep 2017
Status: Ongoing

Pakistan: Pakistan: Dengue Outbreak - Sep 2017

GLIDE number: EP-2017-000133-PAK
Disaster type: Epidemic
Affected countries: Pakistan

The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination in Pakistan has recently reported a high number of dengue fever cases in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). A total of 1,279 laboratory confirmed cases were reported during the months of July and August 2017. (WHO, 3 Sep 2017)

According to the provincial Health Department in Peshawar, as of September 14, the death toll from dengue, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), reached 25. So far, 12,552 people have been tested for Dengue and out of these 2492 people have been found positive for Dengue. Although 781 people have been discharged after treatment, 2,907 are still being treated in the government hospitals as the majority of them suffer from high grade fever, headache and muscular pain i.e. the symptoms close to dengue fever. It is estimated that there is an increasing trend of dengue cases as well as spread of Dengue to other areas as the cases have started to come from areas adjoining those from where initial cases were reported, thus the Commissioner of Peshawar has sent a request on September 13, requesting Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to provide assistance in raising awareness, printing materials and setting up medical camps in the Peshawar. (IFRC, 18 Sep 2017)


Date: 03 Sep 2017
Status: Ongoing

Central African Republic: Central African Republic: Floods - Aug 2017

GLIDE number: FL-2017-000134-CAF
Disaster type: Flood
Affected countries: Central African Republic

The city of Kouango, located 415 km from Bangui (the capital of the CAR), has been flooded since the 23rd of August. These floods caused significant material and human damages. The provisional record shows 350 households, or 1,750 people affected by this tragedy. At least 276 houses are completely destroyed and 74 houses partially destroyed. Some people found shelters in host families and others are in the farm fields. (IFRC, 16 Sep 2015)


Date: 23 Aug 2017
Status: Ongoing

Democratic Republic of the Congo: DR Congo: Landslide - Aug 2017

GLIDE number: LS-2017-000118-COD
Disaster type: Land Slide
Affected countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo

At least 150 people are believed to have died and an estimated 70 houses were destroyed following a landslide that ravaged the fishing village of Tara, Ituri Province, during the night of 15-16 August. (OCHA, 23 Aug 2017)

More than 10 days after a landslide ravaged the village of Tara in Ituri Province, in the north-east of the country, national authorities have revised the toll to 174 people presumed dead. So far, 33 bodies have been recovered and buried. There are 57 survivors, and 10 injured still receiving care at the hospital. Around 280 children have been orphaned. A response and recovery plan developed by the provincial authorities will be shared with humanitarian actors. (OCHA, 29 Aug 2017)


Date: 15 Aug 2017
Status: Ongoing

Chad: Chad: Cholera Outbreak - Aug 2017

GLIDE number: EP-2017-000129-TCD
Disaster type: Epidemic
Affected countries: Chad

On 15 August 2017, the Ministry of Health of Chad notified WHO of a suspected cholera outbreak in Koukou District, Sila Region in the south-east of the country (bordering Sudan). The outbreak first emerged on 14-15 August 2017 when the local health facility (Tioro Health Centre) reported a cluster of 50 cases of acute watery diarrhoea including 13 deaths (case fatality rate 26%) from Marena, a remote village in Koukou District. Subsequently, suspected cases have been reported by the Dogdoré Health Centre (receiving cases from Dabanalaye and Hilé Hussein villages) since 19 August 2017, and most recently from the GozAmir and Koukou Urbain (Quartier Habilé) health centres since 4 September 2017. As of 5 September 2017, 206 cholera cases including 25 deaths (case fatality rate 12.1%) have been reported across Koukou district. Marena (133 cases) and Dogdoré (64 cases) are currently the worst affected regions. The situation in Goz-Amir (2 cases) and Koukou Urbain (1 case) are also being monitored closely. (WHO, 8 Sep 2017)

MSF’s emergency response team in Chad was quick to arrive in Koukou to investigate the first suspected cases. Cholera treatment units were then established in two of the villages with the most cases. The team has also set up an epidemiological surveillance system, hygiene awareness-raising and water treatment activities. The possible threat of cholera spreading to other villages and to the Goz Amir refugee camp, where 33,000 Sudanese are living, remains a cause for concern....The MSF-supported cholera treatment unit in Marena village was the first to treat patients affected by the disease. Despite the decrease in case numbers, there is still a regular stream of patients. The situation is more precarious in a second treatment centre in Dogdoré. Before MSF arrived, patients in this unit were taken care of by the only nurse in the health centre in Dogdoré. Access to Dogdoré has been slowed down by wadis (rivers and streams), which have overflowed due to torrential rains. The flooding has several times prevented teams from accessing the site of the health centre with their equipment.n. (MSF, 15 Sep 2017)


Date: 15 Aug 2017
Status: Ongoing

Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone: Mudslides - Aug 2017

GLIDE number: MS-2017-000109-SLE
Disaster type: Flood, Mud Slide
Affected countries: Sierra Leone

Three days of heavy rains triggered flash floods and a massive landslide in and around the capital Freetown on 14 August. The most severe disaster occurred in Regent and Lumley districts with a massive 6 kilometres mudslide submerging and wiping out over 300 houses along the banks of the Juba river. Flash floods also affected at least four other communities in other parts of Freetown.(OCHA, 15 Aug 2017)

The IFRC has...released more than [CHF]270,000...from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to bolster initial search and rescue and recovery efforts. These emergency funds will enable volunteers to assist more than 9,000 people with search and rescue, first aid, health care, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion and emergency food. (IFRC, 15 Aug 2017)

On 17 August, the IFRC launched an Emergency Appeal for [CHF]4,637,689...to assist 4,800 people for 10 months. (IFRC, 17 Aug 2017)

At least 500 bodies have been recovered. However, several hundreds are still missing, An estimated 5,900 or more people are believed to have lost their homes or have been directly impacted and are in immediate need of emergency assistance and shelter. Nine response pillars are coordinating their response efforts with the Office of National Security who has the overall lead. Humanitarian partners are providing emergency WASH, health, shelter and protection assistance to those in temporary holding centres and those in host families. (OCHA/UNORC, 22 Aug 2017)

On the night between...26 [and] 27 August, new flooding appeared in downtown Freetown, and has flooded a health centre, the bridge and a school at Kroo Bay. One person is reported dead and two injured. The WHO team has assessed the damage to Kroo Bay Health Facility where flooding waters destroyed health records, drugs and supplies, mosquito net stock piles and medical equipment. (OCHA/UNORC, 29 Aug 2017)

As of 31 August, the total number of confirmed deaths is slightly above 500 and the number of missing persons at 810. With 616 households (93 percent) verified, the results show that a total of 5,951 people reported being affected by the mudslide and floods, of which 969 are children under the age of five and 393 are pregnant and nursing women. (UNDAC/UNORC, 31 Aug 2017)

As of 5 September, the distributions of food and non-food items have reached over 85% of flood and landslide affected people. (UNDAC/UNORC, 5 Sep 2017)

Following emergency response to the landslide and floods in and around Freetown on 14 August 2017, the UN system in Sierra Leone is now supporting national recovery. The UN Country Team has designated UNDP and the World Bank as co-leads of the effort. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has underscored that a national recovery strategy should address both the needs of those directly affected, and a plan to tackle the longer-term issues including environmental; climate and disaster risks; and settlement and urban development. (UNDP/UNORC, 12 Sep 2017)

Sierra Leone’s first ever Oral Cholera Vaccination (OCV) campaign kicked off on 15 September. The emergency campaign targets communities affected by Western Area’s recent floods and landslides. WHO, UNICEF, Gavi, UKaid, MSF and other health partners are working with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to implement the campaign, which aims to reach a total of 500,000 people. (Gov't of Sierra Leone/UNICEF/WHO, 15 Sep 2017)


Date: 14 Aug 2017
Status: Ongoing

Nigeria: Nigeria: Floods - Aug 2017

GLIDE number: FL-2017-000126-NGA
Disaster type: Flood
Affected countries: Nigeria

Flooding in various localities in the north-east region has cut off roads and made helicopter landings impossible. Aid convoys by road to Rann, a remote location in Borno sate which hosts some 43,000 displaced people, has become extremely difficult. Some 800 metric tons of food, nutrition, health, WASH and shelter supplies are awaiting delivery. The logistics sector and WFP are exploring the possibilities of bringing in relief from Cameroon (OCHA, 11 Aug 2017)

The rainy season has greatly reduced access to places that are in severe need of immediate sector interventions. LGAs like Gwoza, Ngala, kaga balge, Dikwa, Damboa, and Bama among other locations have IDPS and returnees living in deteriorated shelter conditions, while emergency shelter interventions have been delayed due to lack of response capacities, security, access, land availability and logistics needed to set up appropriate sites (IOM, UNHCR, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster, 21 Aug 2017)

As the rainy season approaches in Nigeria, floods are expected to affect many sites situated in flood-vulnerable locations in Borno state. The flood vulnerability mapping indicates that about 59 camps could be exposed to flooding hazards, as they are located along or close to water flow accumulation areas. Paired with the continuous influx of IDPs to existing sites and to Local Government Areas, overstretching capacities on the ground, and the level of congestion in IDP sites, this will increase health and sanitation concerns. In addition to the risk associated with access and sanitation, the preparation to the rainy season requires urgent interventions in terms of NFI and retrofitting of unsafe shelter units, through the provision of emergency shelter materials to reinforce the structures against strong winds and rains (IOM, UNHCR, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster, 5 Sep 2017)

On 4 September, heavy rains have led to flash floods, discharges and river overflowing in Benue State, centre-east Nigeria. Almost 250,000 people are reportedly affected in 21 Local Government Areas. Hundreds of houses have been destroyed and crop fields damaged. The State Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are setting up two camps in Makurdi, for people who have lost their homes. The Nigerian Red Cross is providing immediate response in terms of food and non-food items. NEMA has requested technical assistance from the international community. UNICEF has carried out a quick assessment and is increasing access to drinking water in the two camps. These floods are considered the most severe since 2012. (OCHA, 6 Sep 2017)

According to the Executive Secretary of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Boniface Ortese, there are over 110,000 persons who have been displaced by the floods in 21 local government areas (LGAs). (WHO, 7 Sep 2017)


Date: 11 Aug 2017
Status: Ongoing

Mexico: Tropical Cyclone Franklin - Aug 2017

GLIDE number: TC-2017-000105-MEX
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico

Tropical Storm Franklin hit at 22:45 local time on Monday 7 August (03:45 GMT Tuesday) near the town of Pulticub, in the south-eastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan Peninsula, according to the National Weather Service of Mexico (SMN for its Spanish acronym).

On Tuesday 8 August, the Government issued an Early Warning through the Early Warning System Portal (SIAT for its Spanish acronym). The centre of the storm hit land with maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometres per hour, according to the SMN report issued at 01:15 local time (06:15 GMT) on Tuesday. At midnight, the centre of the tropical storm was located approximately 25 kilometres south of Punta Herrero, 105 kilometres northeast of Chetumal, and 125 kilometres south of Tulum, all of Quintana Roo's populations.

The system moved through the Gulf of Mexico and become a Category 1 hurricane. The SMN, in coordination with the National Hurricane Center of the United States, maintained a hurricane monitoring zone from the coasts of Veracruz to Río Panuco, Veracruz state, as the rains continue until Friday, 11 August. (IFRC, 9 Aug 2017)

On 10 August Franklin was downgraded to tropical storm but heavy rains are expected in most of the Mexican territory including San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, Hidalgo, Puebla, Veracruz, Guerrero, Michoacán and Colima, Tlaxcala, Estado de México, Guanajuato, Jalisco y Nayarit, Tabasco, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Morelos, Mexico City, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas and the south of Durango y Sinaloa; (Gov't of Mexico, 10 Aug 2017) later on, The National Coordinator of Civil Protection led the Liaison and Coordination Mission (ECO) in the state of Puebla, where 24 temporary shelters were activated, with a total of 1,562 people. (Gov't of Mexico, 10 Aug 2017)
On 14 August 2017, The Ministry of Interior declared state of emergency for 66 municipalities of the Sate of Puebla (Gov't of Mexico, 14 Aug 2017)


Date: 08 Aug 2017
Status: Past disaster

Cameroon: Cameroon: Flash Floods - Aug 2017

GLIDE number: FF-2017-000122-CMR
Disaster type: Flash Flood, Mud Slide
Affected countries: Cameroon

Since 04 August 2017, the Menoua Division, in the West Region of Cameroon, has been experiencing heavy rainfalls, causing a significant rise of water levels and mudslides to settlements. Resulting from this situation, severe flooding has ensued in the area, causing extensive material damage and loss of life. As of 07 August 2017, four (04) main localities had been assessed and as at now, information gathered reports that 12,890 people are affected. (IFRC, 28 Aug 2017)

On 6 September, it was reported that for water and sanitation, some of the 6,000 inhabitants of Nkolbikok, a neighbourhood in Cameroon's capital, carry out daily trash pickups and monthly cleanups of the swampy area's once trash-choked wetlands and blocked drains, a measure they decided on themselves after failing to get outside help to solve the problem. (Thomson Reuters Foundation, 6 September 2017)


Date: 04 Aug 2017
Status: Ongoing

Tunisia: Tunisia: Forest Fires - Aug 2017

GLIDE number: WF-2017-000106-TUN
Disaster type: Wild Fire
Affected countries: Tunisia

On the 31st of July, a fire outbreak in Jendouba Governorate (North-West region of the country) the delegations of Ain Draham and Fernana resulted in the destruction of houses displacing around 500 persons, with the families currently being in a very vulnerable situation without any shelter. From that date forest fires extended to other Governorates in Tunisia, particularly in Bizerte. (IFRC, 10 Aug 2017)
On 5 August, Tunisia requested assistance from the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) consisting of two aerial firefighting assets. (ECHO, 5 Aug 2017)
On 9 August, according to Tunisian Red Crescent (TRC) team in site, the fire was extended to affect considerably the region of Bizerte (North region of the country) in Sejnane and Ghezala delegations. More than 120 families have been evacuated and placed in a transitional shelter managed by TRC. The situation worsens and an emergency operation is in progress. (IFRC, 10 Aug 2017)


Date: 31 Jul 2017
Status: Ongoing

Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka: Dengue Outbreak - Jul 2017

GLIDE number: EP-2017-000086-LKA
Disaster type: Epidemic
Affected countries: Sri Lanka

There is an increase in the number of dengue cases in Sri Lanka this year. Since January until 7 July 2017, as many as 82,543 dengue cases, including 250 deaths, have been reported by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. The number of cases this year is three-and-a-half times more than the average number of cases for the same period between 2010 and 2016. Based on surveillance data, dengue cases peaked in June 2017, coinciding with the South-West monsoon rains which commenced in late May. Approximately 43% of cases were reported from the Western Province. The most affected areas are the Colombo district, 18,761 cases; Gampaha, 12,121 cases; Kurunegala, 5,065 cases; Kalutara, 4,589 cases and Kandy, 4,209 cases. The current dengue outbreak follows heavy rains and subsequent flooding and landslides, which affected 600 000 people in 15 of the 25 districts in the country. (WHO, 11 Jul 2017)

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health reported this week that more than 87,600 suspected cases of the mosquito-borne infection have been reported in 2017, causing over 230 deaths. Dengue is endemic in Sri Lanka, but the number of infections this year is already about 38 per cent higher than 2016, when 55,150 people were diagnosed with dengue and 97 died. (IFRC, 14 Jul 2017)

From 1 January to 28 July 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine (MoH) reported 110,372 cases of dengue. Approximately 44.5% of cases and 53% of deaths were reported from the Western province. The most affected areas are Colombo district (23,574 cases) followed by Gampaha (19,046), Ratnapura (6,583), Kalutara (6,525) and Kandy (6,475). The highest numbers of dengue cases thus far was reported from 30 June – 7 July. (WHO, 28 Jul 2017)

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Date: 11 Jul 2017
Status: Ongoing

Sudan: Sudan: Cholera Outbreak - Jul 2017

GLIDE number: EP-2017-000124-SDN
Disaster type: Epidemic
Affected countries: Sudan

A cholera outbreak that started in Blue Nile state in August 2016 began to spread rapidly as of April this year. Conservative estimates suggest a minimum of between 15,000-23,000 people infected, with 280-820 deaths. It is currently affecting Gedarif, White Nile, Khartoum, Sennar, River Nile, North Kordofan, and Gezira states. White Nile is host to a large South Sudanese refugee population and has had the highest number of cases so far. A state of emergency has not yet been declared and response has been limited. An underfunded health system and poor WASH facilities have contributed to the spread of infection. (ACAPS, 16 Jun 2017)

In Sudan, cases of acute watery diarrhoea have appeared for the first time in camps hosting internally displaced Sudanese in Darfur. (WHO, 10 Jul 2017)

According to the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and [WHO] as of 18 August 2017, 30,762 cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)—including 657 related deaths—have been reported in the 18 states in the country since August 2016. Based on the attack rate projections another 36,000 to 40,000 cases are expected over the next six to nine months, according to the FMoH and WHO. The AWD is affecting all demographics, with females constituting 54 per cent of the cases and children under five years of age accounting for 8.1 per cent. ( OCHA, 27 Aug 2017)


Date: 10 Jul 2017
Status: Ongoing

Ghana: Ghana: Floods - Jul 2017

GLIDE number: FL-2017-000095-GHA
Disaster type: Flood
Affected countries: Ghana

Since April 2017, Ghana has experienced a sharp alteration in its weather that has recently resulted in widespread flooding currently reported in over five regions of which four are heavily affected. The floods have caused devastating impact to people's health, safety and destruction to properties and livelihood. The reported flooding across the country is likely to cause devastation that communities and government is unable to cope and or even recover from it as farmers are losing their investments in production, communities are helplessly being displaced and infrastructure such as roads and buildings are collapsing. According to the Ghana Meteorological Agency the country will experience torrential rains' year at least until September 2017.
On 10 July 2017, Greater Accra, Central Region, Western Region and Eastern Region were declared as flood emergencies and/or under threat of floods with potential to cause devastation. There is an urgent need to conduct an in-depth assessment to have a better overview of the situation. (IFRC, 21 Jul 2017)


Date: 10 Jul 2017
Status: Ongoing

Philippines: Philippines: Earthquakes - Jul 2017

GLIDE number: EQ-2017-000080-PHL
Disaster type: Earthquake
Affected countries: Philippines

On 6 July 2017, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines. The earthquake had a depth of 6.49 kilometres; it had an epicentre located three kilometres north-northeast of Masarayao, Leyte. An estimated 371,680 people live within 15 kilometres of the epicentre. (WFP, 06 Jul 2017)

As of 7 July, there were 72 injured people in Kananga, Ormoc City and Carigara, while a landslide was also reported in Jaro, Leyte following the earthquake. The national, regional and provincial authorities have conducted assessments and provided assistance, including search and rescue and emergency medical aid. Provincial authorities are leading the earthquake response with support from national agencies. The response to the earthquake is well within the capacity of the Government of the Philippines. (ASEAN, 07 Jul 2017)

As of 19 July, nearly 1,000 aftershocks have been occurred, including several over 4.0 in magnitude and a 5.8-magnitude quake on 10 July. Three deaths and 448 injuries have been reported. (OCHA, 19 Jul 2017)

As of 29 July, a total of 4,130 families or 16,052 persons have reportedly been affected in 27 barangays in the Province of Leyte (Region VIII) of which 2,070 families/8,439 persons are being served in 20 evacuation centers. While, 1,954 families/7,426 persons are currently staying outside the ECs with either their family or friends. (Gov't Philippines, 29 Jul 2017)

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Date: 06 Jul 2017
Status: Past disaster

Myanmar: Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2017

GLIDE number: FL-2017-000091-MMR
Disaster type: Flash Flood, Flood, Land Slide
Affected countries: Myanmar

Monsoon rains and increased water levels in major rivers have caused seasonal floods in Magway and Sagaing regions since the beginning of July. In addition, Ayeyarwady, Bago and Mandalay regions, as well as Kayin State, have been affected by floods since the second week of July due to continuous heavy rains. According to the Government of Myanmar’s Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) in Nay Pyi Taw, as of 21 July more than 91,000 people across 29 townships in Magway, Sagaing, Bago and Ayeyarwady regions, as well as in Kayin State, have been temporarily displaced/evacuated since early July and at least two people have died due to floods and landslides...Magway is the most severely affected region with almost 63,000 people, who have been temporarily displaced/evacuated across 12 townships. Pokkoku and Yesagyo are the most affected townships with 34,000 and 13,000 people temporarily displaced, respectively. In both townships, RRD has built evacuation sites with support from civil society organizations. (OCHA, 21 Jul 2017)

As of 25 July, the cumulative number of people who had been temporarily displaced/evacuated since the beginning of July in flood-affected states and regions was reported to be almost 140,000, according to [RRD]...Magway remains the most severely affected region with over 92,000 people reported to have been temporarily displaced across 12 townships, with Pokkoku, Yesagyo and Yenanchaung townships the worst affected, according to RRD. (OCHA, 27 Jul 2017)

As of the end of July, the seasonal floods reached across five states and six regions, including the Union Territory, which includes the country's administrative capital, Nay Pyi Taw. According to the Government of Myanmar’s Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) in Nay Pyi Taw, the total cumulative number of people who were temporarily displaced/evacuated in Magway, Ayeyarwady, Sagaing, Bago, Tanintharyi and Yangon regions as well as in Mon, Kayin and Rakhine states and the Union Territory between 1 and 30 July, was reported to be more than 200,000. At least three people are reported to have died due to flooding. As of 1 August, more than 74,000 people remained displaced in 53 evacuation centres in five states and regions. (OCHA, 3 Aug 2017)

As of 16 August, over 74,000 people remained temporarily displaced in 49 evacuation sites in Sagaing, and Ayeyarwady regions, and in Kachin and Mon states in Myanmar due to seasonal floods. The cumulative number of people who have been temporarily displaced/evacuated between 1 July and 16 August is over 214,000, although most have since returned to their homes. In Sagaing Region, six townships are experiencing floods for a second time this monsoon season, while three townships in Kachin are newly affected by floods. (OCHA, 21 Aug 2017)

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Date: 05 Jul 2017
Status: Ongoing

Guinea: Guinea: Floods - Jul 2017

GLIDE number: FL-2017-000083-GIN
Disaster type: Flood
Affected countries: Guinea

On 4 July 2017, heavy rainfall hit the forest region of Guinea in the Prefecture of Nzerekore causing serious property damages. Areas which suffered considerable damages are all located in the urban district area of Nzerekore and they include: Quartier commercial, Kwitiapolou, Wessoua, Dorota 1, Horaya, Gbanghana, Belle-Vue and Nyeh. The assessment has reportedly found out that there are currently 13 injured persons and 55 families pushed to seek shelter in public infrastructures. 2 cases of diarrhoea and 13 cases of fever are equally recorded amongst the displaced persons.
According to the joint Red Cross - government assessments 3,274 people were affected (i.e. 545 households) of which 1,038 men; 1,089 women; and 1,147 children. All affected areas had suffered from the previous Ebola crisis in 2014 -2015 and the poor health situation prevailing in the country. (IFRC, 18 Jul 2017)

On 1 September, FEWS stated that rainfall in September may trigger addional flooding throughout parts of Guinea. (FEWS, 1 Sep 2017)


Date: 04 Jul 2017
Status: Ongoing
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