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 ECHO Daily Flash of 17 January 2018

I. International

Mauritius, La Reunion - Tropical Cyclone BERGUITTA UPDATE (GDACS, JTWC, Meteo France, MMS, local media)

  • Tropical Cyclone BERGUITTA continued moving south-west over the Indian Ocean. On 17 January at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 360 km north-east of Mauritius island and it had maximum sustained winds speed of 148 km/h. 
  • Over the next 24 hours it is forecast to keep motion toward the south-west, slightly weakening, and it might pass over or near Mauritius on 18 January early morning UTC and La Reunion on 18 January afternoon UTC with maximum sustained winds of approximately 140 km/h (equivalent to a Category 1 in the Saffir-Simpson Scale). Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge may affect the islands of Rodrigues, Mauritius and La Reunion between 17-20 January. 
  • Mauritius Meteorological Services has issued, as of 17 January, a high waves warning for Rodrigues island. They also issued, as of the same date, a Cyclone Warning class III for Mauritius island. Meteo France has also issued, as of 17 January, an orange alert for Cyclone for La Reunion.
  • United Nations reported, as of 16 January, that 40 people were evacuated in Rodrigues island.

Philippines - Volcanic activity UPDATE (PHIVOLCS, National authorities, media)

  • Activity from Mayon Volcano (Albay Province, Bicol Region, south-eastern Luzon Island) has generated more lava flows and ash cloud, which drifted southwestward, over the last 24 hours.
  • According to national authorities, as of 16 January at 18.00 UTC, 38 939 people were temporary evacuated, of which 34 003 to 30 evacuation centers across Albay Province.
  • The Alert Level 3 ("increasing unrest") issued by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) remains in effect as well as the advice to desist from entering the six km-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and the seven km Extended Danger Zone (EDZ).
II. Europe

Reported high discharges/floods warnings during the last 24 hours by National services (European Flood Awareness System - EFAS)

  • Belarus: flood alert for stations in Pripyat basin as reported on 16 January.
  • Belgium: flood alert level 2/3 for one location at river Nete in Flandres.
  • Germany: flood alert level 2/4 for three locations at rivers Aller and Leine in Niedersachsen and for one location at river Aisch in Bavaria.
  • Poland: flood alert level 3/3 at five stations across the North and West Poland.
  • Slovenia: flood alert level on Unica river.
  • Ukraine: flood alert level 2/3 on Latorica river, 2/3 Stokhid and Snov rivers as reported on 16 January.
  • Bulgaria: flood alert level on Fakia and Arda rivers as reported on 16 January.
III. Factsheets

Yemen (DG ECHO)

  • An estimated 22.2 million people - 80% of the population - are in need of humanitarian assistance or protection. This includes 11.3 million deemed to be in acute need; an increase of more than one million people since June 2017.
  • The government is no longer able to deliver basic services to people in need, including basic healthcare, nutrition services, water and electricity supply, and social safety net services. The humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating as a result of spiralling violence between the warring parties and access restrictions imposed by the Saudi-led military coalition in the north since 6 November 2017.
  • During 2015 and 2016, the EU allocated €120 million in humanitarian aid to the Yemen crisis. In 2017, the EU provided €76.7 million in life-saving assistance to the Yemeni populations.

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