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 ECHO Daily Flash of 27 January 2015

I. International

Nigeria – ECHO partners meeting (ECHO)

  • An ECHO partners meeting took place yesterday where the increasing humanitarian crisis due to the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria was discussed. In order to respond to the needs of the estimated 1.5 million people displaced within Nigeria and the 200 000 refugees in the neighbouring countries, ECHO encouraged additional funding and increased presence of humanitarian organizations in the country, while advocating increased involvement of the Nigerian government in provision of humanitarian aid.

Indonesia - Severe Weather (BNPB, AHA Centre)

  • Heavy rainfall triggered flash floods in the province of West Sumatra over 23-25 January, affecting 21 villages in five districts, according to the BNPB. As of 25 January, one person has reportedly died and one is missing, while infrastructure, crop fields and over 2 600 houses have been damaged. Most of the initially 7 836 displaced people have already returned to their residence.

Indonesia - Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, BNKG)

  • An earthquake of magnitude 5.7M, at a depth of 13 km, occurred on the island of Nias, west of north Sumatra, on 27 January, at 0.53 UTC. The epicentre was located approx. 5 km east of the village of Lahewa. USGS PAGER estimates 43 000 people were exposed to Strong shaking.
  • As of 27 January early morning, no damage has been reported in the media.

U.S.A. - Severe Weather (NOAA, Local Authorities, Media)

  • Heavy snowfall and strong winds (gusts up to 80 km/h) are expected to affect the southern part of New England region and Long Island in north-eastern United States on 27 January. As of the same day, NOAA has Blizzard and Winter Storm Warnings in effect and media report more than 7 700 flights cancelled to and from the potentially affected area. In New York City and on Long Island, public transportation has been suspended and a travel ban has been imposed on all streets by the local authorities.
II. Europe

Ukraine - Conflict (ECHO)

  • Intensive attacks in the eastern Ukraine, including the deadly attacks in Mariupol have caused 5 000 casualties since the beginning of the conflict. Humanitarian needs are also increasing; over 900 000 IDPs and 600 000 refugees to neighbouring countries, mainly to Russia have been reported.
  • During his mission in Ukraine from 26 to 28 January together with DG Claus Sorensen, Commissioner Christos Stylianides announced an additional humanitarian assistance of EUR 15 million for 2015 to address the needs of the affected population, including in the combat zones. In addition, ECHO is coordinating today the direct delivery of 85 tons of relief items from the EU, together with the Member States, that arrive today by 3 planes and several trucks in Dnepropetrovsk. This assistance includes tents, plastic sheets, blankets and warm clothing; the distribution of the assistance to those most in need will be conducted by ECHO humanitarian partners.

Meteoalarm - as of 27 January, 7.30 UTC (EUMETNET Meteoalarm)

  • Wind in part of north-eastern Spain - Orange Alert
  • Coastal Events in Menorca and in the north-eastern Mediterranean coast of Spain - Orange Alert
  • Rain in most of the Aegean islands, Dodecanese and Crete in Greece; in Sicily, Italy - Orange Alert
  • Thunderstorms in Sicily, Italy - Orange Alert

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

  • Germany: Ongoing high discharges in Schleswig-Holstein, alert level 2 in river Schwentine.
III. Factsheets

Factsheet on Ukraine

  • To help the most vulnerable of those affected by the conflict, the Commission is pledging to give EUR 15 million in humanitarian aid in 2015, bringing its total humanitarian assistance for the crisis to over EUR 26 million. The funds are used to provide shelter, health care, food, water, non-food items, sanitation and other emergency aid.
  • A joint EU humanitarian action is being carried out by the European Commission, a number of the Member States (Germany, Poland, Austria, Finland, Denmark, France, Latvia, Estonia, Croatia, Lithuania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia), UNHCR, UNICEF and Ukrainian Red Cross. 85 tonnes of humanitarian supplies are being sent to Ukraine on January 27 in this concerted EU operation that will provide much needed relief to the people affected by conflict and harsh winter in eastern Ukraine.
  • The combined funding from EU institutions and Member States amounts to EUR 95 million.

Factsheet on Refugees in Thailand

  • Almost 30 years on, the situation of refugees from Myanmar/Burma in Thailand has become one of the world's most protracted refugee crises.
  • ECHO has provided funding for humanitarian assistance in the refugee camps since 1992. There is a need for better information to refugees on conditions for their potential return, which should be strictly voluntary.
  • For the past two years, ECHO has also been allocating funds to support Rohingya and Bangladeshi nationals under detention in Thailand.

Factsheet on Democratic People's Republic of Korea

  • The European Commission has been responding to humanitarian needs in North Korea – Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) since 1995, with over EUR 135 million in total.
  • Chronic undernutrition remains a public health concern, which might create emergency humanitarian needs at any given moment.
  • ECHO experts regularly assess the situation in North Korea so that the most urgent humanitarian needs are met effectively and efficiently.

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