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 ECHO Daily Flash of 31 October 2014

I. International

Boko Haram attacks, cholera (ECHO)

  • In an attack on 30 October Boko Haram took control of the cities of Hong, Uba and Mubi and surroundings areas in Adamawa state and has blocked the main road to Yola, leaving heading to Cameroons border, the only way out of Mubi.
  • IRC team from an ECHO funded project - including 3 expatriates, 10 nationals and 3 dependants – are among the people fleeing the attack, having left their office early this morning on foot, joining a vast crowd heading towards Cameroon for safety. Large numbers of people are presumed to be hiding in the bush in critical condition, without food or water.
  • Additional 30 teenagers were kidnapped last weekend in Borno adding to over 500 women and girls who have been abducted since the beginning of the crises.
  • A cholera outbreak is ongoing in Maiduguri, Borno state with 3641 cases, 40% of which are IDPs. MSF is currently providing assistance. ECHOs involvement may be needed if the outbreak spreads further.

Sri Lanka - Landslide - UPDATE (DMC, Media)

  • Heavy rains continued affecting parts of Sri Lanka on 30 October. Over 120 mm of rain in 24 h were observed in Ratnapura (Sabaragamuwa Province) on 30 October.
  • As of 30 October (Media, DMC), due to the landslide that occurred in Meeriyabedda area near Haldummulla (Badulla district, Uva Province) on 29 October, more than 100 people were still missing. On 30 October, the search was temporary suspended, due to the heavy rains that continued affecting the area of the landslide.

South Sudan - Conflict (UN, ECHO)

  • The level of conflict between government and opposition forces increased to heavy fighting in and around Bentiu, state capital of Unity, since 29 October.
  • Relief flights to Bentiu, as well as to Yida, have been cancelled. 
  • Nearly 50 000 internally displaced persons are in the protection-of-civilian area at the UN base in Bentiu, assisted by 144 relief workers. MSF provides health services and services related to water, sanitation and hygiene are continuing.

Costa Rica - Volcanic Activity (CNE, Media)

  • Turrialba volcano, located approx. 35 km east of the Costa Rica capital San Jose, erupted on 30 October, spewing ash that reached the capital.
  • According to media (as of early 31 October), the Costa Rica authorities declared a Yellow Alert, ordered the closure of the national park around the volcano and nearby residents were evacuated to temporary shelters. As of early 31 October, there were no reports of injuries or damage.

India, Pakistan - Tropical Cyclone NILOFAR - UPDATE (GDACS, JTWC, IMD, NASA, Media)

  • On 30 October NILOFAR moved over the north-eastern Arabian Sea, towards south-eastern Pakistan and western India, weakening. On 30 October at 21.00 UTC it had max. sustained winds of 64 km/h and its center was located 380 km south-west of the border area between Gujarat (India) and Sindh (Pakistan).
  • In the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue moving north-east over the Arabian Sea, weakening into a Low Pressure Area off the coast of Gujarat State (India) and Sindh (Pakistan). On 31 October - 1 November locally heavy rains may affect parts of Gujarat (India) and Sindh (Pakistan).
II. Europe

Flood Warnings during the last 24 hours by National services (EFAS)

  • HR: Ongoing high discharges on Sava river - Second lowest alert level, water levels are slightly decreasing.
  • UK: On the National webpage is only one Flood Alert in place in Northwest England for a part of the Upper Derwen.
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