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 ECHO Daily Flash of 27 August 2015

I. International

West Africa - Ebola Outbreak (ECHO, OCHA, WHO)

  • The Ebola test result of the last patient in Sierra Leone has been confirmed negative for second time, and she was officially discharged on 24 August. On 25 August, the Sierra Leonean government started the 42 days countdown to Ebola-free status.
  • Three new cases have been reported in Guinea this week and no new cases were reported in Liberia for 21 days.
  • Major organisations continue their calls to remain vigilant as there are still considerable efforts needed to detect and interrupt all remaining transmission chains, and to manage the residual risks also in Ebola-free areas.

Kenya – Cholera Outbreak (ECHO, OCHA)

  • The cholera outbreak in Kenya continues spreading fast. Since end of December 2014, a total of 20 counties out of 47 have been affected by cholera outbreak. The counties affected by cholera also include non-traditional cholera affected areas.
  • Cholera is spreading to areas where communities and staff awareness and preparedness is low. In addition, in counties of North-Eastern Kenya, the difficult security situation hinders access of health workers.
  • A total of 5 625 cases and 117 deaths have been so far reported nationally.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea - Severe Weather (IFRC, WMO, NOAA, Media)

  • Heavy rain, due to the passage of Tropical Cyclone GONI off the coast of the Korean peninsula, affected north-eastern Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the last few days causing floods and landslides. Approx. 218 mm of rain in 24 hrs were observed in Sinpo, 180 mm in Samjiyon and 120 mm in Chongjin over 25-26 August.
  • As of 26 August, media report 40 people dead, over 11 000 people affected, 153 homes destroyed and over 800 damaged in Rason city and north Hamgyong province.
  • Over the next 48 hrs, moderate to heavy rain may affect north and north-eastern DPRK.

Caribbean - Tropical Cyclone ERIKA (GDACS, NOAA, Media)

  • Tropical Storm ERIKA continued moving west-northwest over the northern Atlantic Ocean towards the Leeward Islands. On 27 August at 3.00 UTC its centre was located approximately 175km east-southeast of Antigua and it had maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h.
  • Over the next 24 hrs it is forecast to continue moving northwest as a Tropical Storm. Its centre is forecast to pass very close or over Antigua and Barbuda islands in the morning of 27 August (UTC) and then move very close or over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico late on 27 August (UTC). It is then forecast to move near or just north of the northern coast of the Dominican Republic on 28 August.
  • As of 27 August, NOAA has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevisis, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands. A Tropical Storm Watch is in place for Guadeloupe, north coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Cabo Frances Viejo, southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos islands. Rainfall (up to 200 mm) may affect many of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on 28 August, as well as winds (Tropical Storm force) over 27-28 August.

USA - Tropical Cyclone IGNACIO (GDACS, NOAA)

  • Tropical cyclone IGNACIO continued moving north-west over the Pacific Ocean strengthening into a Hurricane. On 27 August at 3.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 2 055 km east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii (USA) and it had maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h (Category 1 Hurricane).
  • Over the next 72 h it is forecast to move west-northwest over the Pacific Ocean, strengthening.
  • As of 27 August  there were no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
II. Europe

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia – Refugee migration crisis (ECHO)

  • As the influx of refugees and migrants via Turkey and Greece continues at a rate of over 1 000 daily arrivals, ECHO has allocated €1.5 million in humanitarian funding to alleviate the plight of refugees and to respond to their basic protection needs while in transit through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. The adoption of strict controls at the Hungarian/Serbian border is likely to result in prolonged periods of stay in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia.
  • ECHO funding will contribute to the provision of essential assistance (food, water, hygiene, non-food items) at places of concentration of refugees and support the presence of international agencies at borders and registration points.

Forest fires danger forecast (EFFIS)

  • Very high or extreme forest fire danger is forecast for parts of central and western Spain; parts of Sardinia (Italy); some parts of central Poland; most of the islands of Greece; parts of southern Ukraine; central and south-western Turkey.

Meteoalarm - as of 27 August, 6.20 UTC (EUMETNET Meteoalarm)

  • Extreme high temperatures in south-eastern Poland - Red Alert.
  • Extreme high temperatures in south-western and central Poland; Montenegro - Orange Alert.
  • Heavy rain in western Azores (Portugal) - Orange Alert.

Reported high discharges/floods warnings during the last 24 hours by National services (EFAS)

  • None
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