NIGERIA: Food crisis in conflict-affected states
- The results
of the latest "Cadre Harmonisé" rapid multi-agency assessment mission
carried out in the three conflict-affected states of Northeast Nigeria have
been presented. They show a considerable deterioration of the food security
situation, with more than 4.45 million people estimated to be in “crisis” and
“emergency” situations (respectively Phases 3 and 4 of the IPC – Integrated
Food Security Phase Classification). At least 65 000 people are
estimated to be in phase 5, facing famine.
- The current
situation is clearly worse than the projection made in March 2016, which
estimated that 3 million people were facing a food crisis. The majority
of the food insecure population is concentrated in Borno state (70%), the
remaining in Adamawa and Yobe states. These populations are facing high rates
of Severe Acute Malnutrition and mortality but have only very limited access to
health facilities and humanitarian assistance, given the violent context.
Scaling up food and nutrition assistance, in particular for
children under five and pregnant and lactating women, as well as support to
livelihoods is assessed as urgent.
Iraq – Conflict, Forced Displacement, Protection
(ECHO, UN, NGOs)
June 2016, when military operations scaled up in Northern Salah al Din
Governorate, over 77 000 civilians have been displaced from the northern
district of Shirqat
and the southern district of Al Qayyarah,
governorate. Iraqis fleeing the hostilities endure a perilous journey, in many
cases on foot, through desert areas, with very limited access to the basics for
survival. As a result, civilian deaths have been documented by ECHO
partners. Displaced persons go through security screenings by government
affiliated militias, where allegations of abuses and violations continue to
emerge. ECHO partners deliver water and immediate food rations, at various
points of the journey. A reinforced shelter, food, water and health response is
in place at the main end point, Hajaj’s
Silo transit site. With military operations around the major cities
of Shirqat and Qayyarah, the number of
civilians impacted by the conflict and forced to flee is set to
- A rising
number of IDPs has begun to flee towards Kirkuk, ahead of an expected offensive
by authorities to retake Hawidja
district and surrounding areas. An average of 300 individuals have reached the different
Kurdish forces checkpoints into Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk governorate, in last
weeks. The majority remains stranded in uninhabited areas, close to active front-lines. Their access, in addition to front-line security checks, is hampered by
limited transport to evacuate civilians, as well as by overwhelmed
absorption capacity in existing IDP camp sites in Kirkuk governorate. Ongoing
efforts to prepare additional shelter capacity in Kirkuk, with a further 100
tents in Nazrawa
Camp and a new camp under construction in Daquq for 1 000 families, are vital.
- Close to
50 000 individuals have fled Mosul and surrounding areas, since March
2016. During the second half of August, over 1 300 IDPs have arrived in Debaga IDP camp, in the
district. The current camp population is nearly 34 000 with almost 15 000
civilians in dire conditions in the camp’s reception centre, mosque
and school. Urgent increase of camp capacity is been stalled for months,
reportedly, due to the incapacity of regional authorities to reach an agreement
with private land owners in the area.
India - Bihar Floods
(ECHO, Bihar State Disaster Management Department, Local Media)
- The flood situation in the
State of Bihar remains serious with rivers, especially the Ganga, flowing
above the danger levels across the State; 5.5 million people are
- According to the Bihar
Disaster Management Department (DMD), as of 22 August 119 persons have died,
150 000 people have taken shelter in 162 relief camps while 139 330 persons
have been evacuated to safer places.
- National and State Disaster Response Force teams have been
deployed to the affected districts and 1,537 boats are being used to evacuate
the affected people.
- ECHO Partners have completed a Joint Rapid Needs Assessment
and identified immediate needs in WASH, Health, Shelter and Livelihoods. Some
partners have initiated an emergency response.
Japan - Tropical Cyclone MINDULLE UPDATE
(GDACS, JMA, JTWC, Local Media)
- TC MINDULLE after making landfall on 22 August early morning (UTC) in Chiba prefecture (Honshu, Japan) as a Tropical Storm continued moving northeast passing over the eastern prefectures of Fujushima, Miyagi and Iwate, weakening. On 22 August late evening (UTC), it reached Hokkaido as a Tropical Depression, then it continued moving north weakening and dissipating.
- Over the next 24 h, heavy rain may still affect Hokkaido. On 23 early morning (UTC), a Red Warning for heavy rain, floods, storms and high waves is in effect for most of the prefectures in Hokkaido and for central and eastern Honshu prefectures.
- As of 23 August early morning (UTC), it is reported that two people have been killed, 29 have been injured, over 2 700 have been evacuated in Hokkaido, several flights have been cancelled and traffic has been disrupted in several areas along its path.
Japan - Tropical Cyclone LIONROCK - UPDATE
(GDACS, JMA, JTWC, Local Media)
- TC LIONROCK is moving over the north west Pacific Ocean, strengthening. On 23 August at 0.00 UTC, its center was located 540 km east of Tokunoshima island (Amami archipelago, Ryukyu Islands) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 83 m/h (Tropical Storm).
- Over the next 24 h it is forecast to keep moving southwest, over the north west Pacific Ocean, strengthening.
Philippines - Severe weather - UPDATE
(NDRRMC, PAGASA, Local Media)
- Heavy rain and strong winds, due to the passage of a Low Pressure Area and Southwest Monsoon, have been affecting southern Luzon and Visayas, causing floods and landslides.
- Official reports, as of 22 August, mentioned 19 people dead, 12 injured, seven missing, over 8 200 people evacuated, over 400 houses fully or partially damaged in the Regions I,III,VI, CALABARZON, CAR, MIMAROPA and NCR.
- Over the next 24 h more heavy rain may affect Luzon and Visayas.