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*ACTIVE Emergencies ECHO DAILY Flash

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 ECHO Daily Flash of 20 November 2017

I. International

New Caledonia - Earthquake (GDACS, PTWC, USGS, COGIC)

  • An earthquake of magnitude 7.0 M, at a depth of 10 km, occurred north-east off the coast of Mare island (Loyalty islands province) on 19 November at 22.43 UTC. USGS PAGER estimates 1 000 people were exposed to a "strong" shaking and 5 000 people to "moderate" shaking. 
  • The earthquake was followed by an aftershock of magnitude 5.8 M at a 10 km depth. A Tsunami Warning was issued minutes after the 7.0 M earthquake but was cancelled about one hour later.
  • COGIC mentioned that no casualties have been reported. The Vanuatu Government has advised the southern islands population to evacuate the coastline.
II. Europe

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

  • Poland: Ongoing flooding is reported for the Obra, Skroda, Zalew Szczecinski, Drweca, Jez. Ros and Jegrznia rivers.
  • Lithuania: The national alert is currently exceeded for the Nyoman and Minija rivers.

Greece - Severe weather (HNMS, Local media, Copernicus EMS Mapping, )


  • Local media reports that 20 people have died and two more are missing in West Attica as result of the flash floods over the past few days
  • Assessments of damaged buildings are ongoing for the cities of Mandra, Megara and New Peramos. The General Secretary for Civil Protection of Greece has declared a state of emergency for the areas of Mandra and Nea Peramos.
  • Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated (EMSR257) on 19 November. As of 20 November, two grading maps have been produced. They will be used by the local authorities for recovery and reconstruction planning in the affected area.
  • Over the next 24 hours, thunderstorms and heavy rain are forecast to affect most of the country. The Hellenic National Meteorological Service has declared an orange alert for thunderstorms in East Makedonia, Thraki, North East Aegean Islands and Dodekanisa islands.

III. Factsheets

Education in Emergencies (DG ECHO)

  • According to UNICEF, 75 million children are currently out of school in the world due to emergencies. Among refugees, 50% of primary school-age children and 77% of secondary school-age adolescents are not enrolled.
  • In 2017, the EU dedicates 6% of its annual humanitarian aid budget to education in emergencies, one of the most underfunded sectors of humanitarian aid. In 2018, this amount will increase to 8%.
  • 4.7 million girls and boys in 52 countries have benefited from EU-funded education in emergencies actions between 2012 and 2017.
  • This factsheet is issued today to coincide with the United Nations Universal Children’s Day which was established in 1954. On 20 November 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. On 20 November 1989, the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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