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 ECHO Daily Flash of 26 November 2014

I. International

China - Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, Chinese Government, Media)

  • An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 M at a depth of 9 km hit Kangding county in the south-western province of Sichuan on 25 November at 15.19 UTC. USGS-PAGER indicates shaking up to “Strong" for 7 000 people.
  • There were three people reported injured.
  • Only few days ago, on 22 November, a 5.9 M earthquake hit the same area, killing five people and injuring at least 60 people. 

Philippines - Tropical Depression QUEENIE-14 (PAGASA, NDRRMC, JTWC)

  • Tropical Depression QUEENIE-14 formed off the coast of eastern Mindanao (southern Philippines) on 25 November.
  • On 26 November at 02.00 UTC it was located approx. 210 km east of Hinatuan (Surigao del Sur, Mindanao).
  • In the next 24 h it is forecast to move west and reach the coast of the province of Surigao del Sur, then cross northern Mindanao. Heavy rains and winds may affect several areas of Mindanao and southern Visayas on 26-27 November.
  • As of today National Authorities have issued a Public Storm Warning Signal for several areas of Mindanao, as well as parts of southern Visayas.
II. Europe

Europe - Severe weather (COGIC, MeteoFrance, Italian Civil Protection, Copernicus EMS, WMO, Media)

  • In the last 24 h, heavy rain started affecting southern and south-eastern France, as well as north-western Italy.
  • In south-eastern France in the last 24h, approx. 102 mm of rain were registered in Cap Cepet, as well as 64 mm in Nice. Several people were evacuated in Hyères (Var department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region) and 700 people were without electricity in Saint André de Roquelongue (Aude department, Languedoc-Roussillon region). As of 26 November morning, an Orange Alert for rain and floods was on in the department of Var.
  • In Italy, approx. 66 mm of rain in 24 h were registered in Genova / Sestri (Liguria, north-western Italy). Heavy rains have already affected Liguria in the last two weeks, causing landslides and floods. The Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated on 25 November by the Italian Civil Protection, following the heavy rain that began on 10 November and caused floods, landslides and damaged the hydrological paths in Liguria. 

MeteoAlarm - as of 26 November, 7.45 UTC (EUMETNET - MeteoAlarm)

  • Heavy rain in Tarragona (Spain); Var (France); Liguria, Tuscany and Campania (Italy) - Orange Alert
  • Thunderstorms in Liguria, Tuscany and Campania (Italy) - Orange Alert
  • Flood risk in Var (France) Orange Alert
  • Snow / Ice in Gospic region (Croatia); south-eastern Slovenia - Orange Alert 
  • Fog in Ireland; along the northern coast of Poland - Orange Alert
  • Coastal event in parts of Madeira (Portugal) - Orange Alert

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

  • United Kingdom: the Environment Agency has flood warnings active for the Anglian region.
  • France: the Service de Prévision des Crues has flood warnings, orange level, active for Méditerranée Est, department of Var.
III. Factsheets

Factsheet on Nigeria (ECHO)

  • The militant Islamist group Boko Haram has intensified its violent campaign in the North-East of Nigeria.
  • Up to 1.5 million people are believed to be internally displaced in the north as a result of the conflict and over 180 000 have fled to neighbouring countries. Urgent action is needed to coordinate and mobilize assistance to cover the basic needs of the most vulnerable among the displaced, particularly those who have settled in informal camps.
  • In 2014, the European Commission has allocated €12.5 million to help the people affected by the conflict in the North-East, to provide emergency food assistance and support the community management of malnutrition.

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