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 ECHO Daily Flash of 20 April 2018

I. International

Iran - Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, IRSC, Media)

  • An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 M at a depth of 10 km hit southern Iran on 19 April at 6.34 UTC. The epicentre was located 100 km south-east of Bandar Bushehr and approximately 110 km from Bushehr nuclear plant facility. USGS PAGER indicated shaking up to "strong" for 15 000 people and up to "moderate" for 7 000 people.
  • According to media, as of 20 April at 8.00 UTC, there are no reports of casualties, injuries or damages in the area affected by the earthquake. National authorities reported that the quake did not affect routine operations at Bushehr nuclear plant.

Ukraine - Water supply along the line of contact (DG ECHO)

  • Despite the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, regular violations of the Minsk agreements, including shelling of critical civilian infrastructure, continue. On 17 April, buses carrying civilian employees of the local water supply company Voda Donbasa were fired upon in an area considered as a safety zone. Five persons were wounded.
  • As a consequence, Voda Donbasa has stopped the work of the Donetsk Filter Station (DFS) in order to evacuate staff. The activity will remain suspended until guarantees for the safety of staff are given. DFS provides water for almost 345 000 Ukrainians living on both sides of the line of contact, whose water supply is getting at risk.
II. Europe

Floods and flood warnings during the last 24 hours reported by national services (European Flood Awareness System - EFAS)

  • Belarus: alert level 1/1 on Pripyat and Sozha basins (as reported on 2018-04-19).
  • Bulgaria: alert level 1/2 on many stations across the whole territory (as reported on 2018-04-19 08:00).
  • Croatia: alert level 2/4 on Vransko lake.
  • Finland: alert level 2/3 at 11 stations in the southern part of the country.
  • Poland: alert level 2/2 at Maldanin in the eastern part of Poland.
  • Romania: warning level 2/3 on lower part of Danube river (as reported on 2018-04-17).
  • Spain: alert level 2/3 on Segre river (2 stations).
  • Ukraine: alert level 2/3 on Danube, Pripyat, Stochid and Siverskij Donec rivers.
  • Sweden: alert level 2/3 in the mid eastern part of the country.

Meteoalarm - As of 20 April, 8.30 UTC (EUMETNET)

  • On 20 April: Red Alert for avalanches in central-northern Norway. 
  • On 21 April: Red Alert for avalanches in central-northern Norway.
III. Factsheets

Senegal (DG ECHO)

  • Senegal is marked by chronic vulnerabilities and seasonal risks, particularly in the north and east, where food insecurity is high and acute malnutrition rates regularly exceed emergency thresholds.
  • The latest Cadre Harmonisé, a tool used by the governments and humanitarian agencies in West Africa to assess population needs, shows that 320 000 people are currently in crisis phase in terms of food insecurity. This figure could rise to 750 000 during the peak of the lean season.
  • In Senegal, the Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) supports the treatment of 20 400 severely undernourished children under 5 years of age, equivalent to 17% of children affected by the most severe and life-threatening form of malnutrition.

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