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I. International

Iraq - Humanitarian situation (UN, NGOs)

  • The Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) prepared by the Iraq Humanitarian Country Team estimates that 5.2 million Iraqis are in need of urgent assistance; of whom 1.5 million are currently reached by humanitarian actors. The overview highlights that there are millions of people in need of assistance and protection living in areas beyond the reach of the Government of Iraq. The intensity of the conflict, and bureaucratic procedures, significantly impede humanitarian access to more than 3 million people.
  • The overview ranks vulnerability by governorate according to assessments of food security, protection, health and shelter, among other indicators. The most vulnerable of Iraq’s 18 governorates are Anbar and Dohuk, followed by Diyala, Erbil, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salah al-Din.
  • The HNO calls for the approval of the Iraqi federal budget and the release of funds allocated for the humanitarian emergency, as well as provision of social services, to enable regional and provincial governments to support those in need. The resumption of the procurement of medical supplies through the central system and of food distribution through the Public Distribution System (PDS) across the country would considerably reduce the overall needs identified in the HNO.

Syria/Southern Turkey – Humanitarian situation and conflict (UN, NGOs, Media)

  • International airstrikes continue targeting areas under the control of ISIL in northern and eastern Syria. In recent days, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) new raids in rural Aleppo have taken place in the Manjib area, some 97 km northeast of Aleppo city,  near a grain storage facility. Other raids against ISIL positions took place near the governorate capital of Ar-Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor governorate in eastern Syria along the border with Iraq. At the same time, ISIL groups reportedly continued advancing towards the town of Ain Al-Arab/Kobane on the border with Turkey.
  • UNHCR reports that more than 140 000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Turkey since 19 September. Since March 2011, more than 847 000 Syrian refugees have been registered in the country, of whom 220 000 are accommodated in camps across the southern Turkish provinces. Turkish authorities estimate that 1.35 million Syrian refugees are now residing in Turkey.

U.S. Northern Mariana Islands - Tropical Cyclone PHANFONE (GDACS, NOAA, Local Media)

  • On 30 September, 3.00 UTC, PHANFONE (previously known as EIGHTEEN), was a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 80 km/h. Its centre was located over water, approximately 220 km north-east of Saipan. In the following 24 h, it is forecast to move north-west, passing through the far Northern Mariana Islands later on 30 September, while gaining in intensity.
  • Strong winds with heavy rainfall and probable flash floods, are expected to affect Saipan in the next 24 h. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Saipan and Tinian and a Typhoon Watch for the far Northern Mariana Islands.
II. Europe

France - Floods (COGIC)

  • Heavy rain affected South and South West of France on 28 and 29 September causing floods. 1 030 Fire Fighters have been deployed in the operations.
  • Approximately 4 000 people including 1 600 children are affected. 300 people have been evacuated from the flooded streets in the department of Herault, 400 people were blocked in Montpelier airport and 2 000 blocked in the several railway stations.
  • The situation is improving. On 30 September, 07.00 UTC, operations are ongoing in four departments.

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

  • France: High water levels are reported and the Service de Prévisions des Crues has a severe flood warning active for the river Lez in the surrounding of Montpellier in the region Méditerranée Ouest. Several flood warnings are active in the same region and in the upper part of the Garonne-Lot region.

Meteoalarm - as of 30 September, 6.10 UTC (EUMETNET Meteoalarm)

  • Rain/Floods in part of south-central France (department of Hérault) - Red Alert
  • Rain/Floods in south-central France - Orange Alert

Forest fires danger forecast (EFFIS)

  • Extreme or very high danger in parts of Sardinia (Italy); the Cyclades islands and some parts of coastal mainland Greece.
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