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 ECHO Daily Flash of 28 July 2015

I. International

China - Severe Weather (Chinese Government, CMA, Local Media)

  • Severe weather, including heavy rainfall and winds, as well as consequent floods, have affected south-eastern China, including Anhui and Fujian provinces, since 20 July. 
  • In Anhui, five people were killed, 136 000 were displaced and over 2 million affected. Another 12 people died in Fujian, where the displaced reached 170 000 and over 400 000 people were affected. In total, 3 800 houses collapsed in both provinces. 
  • A national emergency response level IV was initiated on 27 July for Anhui and Fujian, while rainfall is still forecast for south-eastern China over 28-29 July.

India - Severe Weather (IMD, Indian Government, Local Media)

  • Heavy rainfall affected central and north-western India over the past few days, with 59mm observed in Guna, Madhya Pradesh, over 25-26 July and 210mm in Bhuj, Gujarat, on 27 July (24h periods).
  • The state of Rajasthan has been worst affected as of 27 July, with overflown rivers and floods in 13 districts. Hundreds have been reportedly displaced and several roads have been closed. Four people have died, while most of the damage has been reported from Jhalawar, Bundi and Kota districts, according to local media.
  • In the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh, at least six districts have been affected and two people died, as of 25 July.
  • Further heavy rainfall is forecast for western India over the next 24h and the IMD has issued Red and Orange Warnings for the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa.

Indonesia - Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, BNPB, PTWC, Media)

  • An earthquake of magnitude 7M, at 48km depth, occurred in the province of Papua, on New Guinea island, on 27 July, at 21.41 UTC. The epicentre was on land, located in Mamberamo Raya Regency, approximately 25km north-east of Dabra.
  • USGS PAGER estimates that 38 000 people were exposed to strong shaking. No tsunami was triggered by the earthquake.
  • As of 28 July, building damage in Mamberamo Raya has been reported and an assessment by the local authorities is still ongoing. International media suggest that one person is missing and houses have been damaged, particularly in the town of Sarmi, 93km north of the epicentre.

Cameroon/Nigeria - New suspected Boko Haram attacks (ECHO)

  • For the second time in a week, suspected Boko Haram attacks have hit the capital of the Far North Region, Maroua.
  • In a new suicide attack, on the evening of 25 July, a woman blew herself up at a bar in a popular neighbourhood, killing at least 25 people and leaving 80 injured.
  • The quick deterioration of the security situation in the Far North of Cameroon further hinders humanitarian assistance to the 74 000 Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon and to the 81 700 IDPs in the Far North Region.
  • In North-Eastern Nigeria, there was also a new attack on 26 July, when a girl aged about 10 carried out a suicide bombing in the Sunday market of Damaturu, the Yobe State Capital, killing at least 16 people and leaving 47 injured.
II. Europe

Forest fires danger forecast (EFFIS)

  • High or extreme danger in central, southern and north-eastern Spain; southern and central Portugal; southern France; some parts of Sardinia, Sicily and south-eastern Italy; parts of southern Romania; most of Turkey apart from the northern coast.

MeteoAlarm - as of 28 July, 6.40 UTC (EUMETNET - MeteoAlarm)

  • Extreme High Temperature in some areas of central, southern and south-western Spain; throughout Montenegro - Orange Alert

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

  • Finland: The national service reports high water levels (alert level 2) at the lakes in the northeastern part of the country.
III. Factsheets

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