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 ECHO Daily Flash of 21 March 2018

I. International

Dominican Republic - Flash floods (ONAMET, Media)

  • Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country (especially the north) over the past week, causing flash floods.
  • According to media, as of 21 March at 8.00 UTC, 500 homes and businesses have been damaged and three hospitals have been flooded in Puerto Plata province. They also reported that Montellano, Sosua, Playa Oeste, Aguas Negras and Rescate Ambar in the northern Dominican Republic were the areas most affected by floods and flash floods.
  • Over the next 24 hours, more locally thunderstorms with locally heavy rain and strong winds may continue to affect the northwest, north, northeast and southeast parts of the country.
II. Europe

Floods and flood warnings during the last 24 hours reported by national services (EFAS)

  • Albania: alert warning 3/3 for Shkoder region and 2/3 for Kukes region (as reported on 2018-03-20).
  • Belarus: alert level 1/1 on Pripyat and Usha rivers.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: alert level 2/2 on Sava river.
  • Bulgaria: alert level 1/2 on many stations across the whole territory (as reported on 2018-03-20).
  • Croatia: alert level 4/4 on Lika, Odra and Sava rivers, 3/4 on Vransko jezero, Cesma, Una rivers and alert level 2/4 on several stations across the country.
  • Hungary: alert level 2/3 on river Kraszna and 3/3 on Sió river.
  • Poland: alert level 3/3 on Jez. Ros river.
  • Slovenia: alert level on Ljubljanica river.
  • Ukraine: alert level 2/3 on Latorica and Stokhid rivers.

Meteoalarm - As of 21 March, 7:30 UTC (EUMETNET)

  • On 21 March: red alert for avalanches in central and central eastern Norway and for strong wind in central-northern coastal regions of Croatia
  • On 22 March: red alert for strong wind in central-northern coastal regions of Croatia.
III. Factsheets

Asfghanistan (DG ECHO)

  • Persistent insecurity and intensified conflict continue to cause large-scale suffering and displacement of people throughout Afghanistan and into the neighbouring region.
  • According to the United Nations, over 10 400 civilians were killed or injured in 2017; more than 30% were children. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that at least 479 000 people have become newly displaced since January 2017, requiring humanitarian assistance and protection from violence. They urgently need basic services such as health care, water and shelter.
  • The European Commission has funded humanitarian operations in Afghanistan since 1994, providing in excess of EUR 775 million to date. Funds are allocated strictly on the basis of the humanitarian principles of independence, impartiality and neutrality to ensure access to those in need.

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