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  19 August 2017
I. International

Sierra Leone - Floods and landslides (DG ECHO, OCHA)

  • Five days after the fatal floods and landslides in the Freetown area, rainfall continues. Meanwhile a further district - Bo - has been affected by floods.
  • So far, 409 bodies have been removed from the rubble in 13 communities. 300 of them were buried in a mass burial on 18 August. 330 people are reported injured and 810 missing.
  • DG ECHO expert is on the ground. An UNDAC team will arrive this weekend.

Central African Republic - Conflict (DG ECHO, MINUSCA, NGOs)

  • On 17 August, new clashes between armed groups took place in the town of Zemio, 1 000 km East of Bangui. The operational base of a NGO and the hospital of Zemio, supported by MSF, were looted, forcing some 5 000 displaced people to flee in the bush or cross the border to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • The Rapid Response Mechanism has been activated in order to assess the needs of the affected populations.
II. Europe

Portugal - Forest fires (Portuguese CP)

  • Situation in Portugal remains without significant changes. As of  18 August there were 126 active fires, with 3 104 personnel and 797 vehicles deployed. All national suitable and available aerial forest firefighting assets are engaged.
  • One of the ground forest firefighting modules (ERICAM – Madrid) provided by Spain left the country on 18 August.
  • On 18 August Spanish FIREGRUS buffer capacity module performed 20 drops on two fires (Mação and Gavião) and the two Canadairs from Spain were engaged in major fire near Mação.
  • Beside assistance provided by Spain through UCPM, Morocco maintains under bilateral agreement one Canadair which is currently operating in the country.

Albania - Fores fires (Albanian CP)

  • On 18 August, Albania issued a request for assistance for one Canadair or a helicopter to respond to a major fire near Voskopoje municipality in the south of the country.
  • Response to the request is pending.

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

  • Germany: One flood warning of level 2 of 3 for the river Eider (location Voorde) in Schleswig-Holstein, one flood warning of level 2 of 2 for Erft river (location Glesh/Bergheim) in Northrhein-Westfalen.
  • Poland: Hydrological service reports exceedance of the highest level (out of 3) on the Orla river and 2nd alert levels (out of 3) on Kuroch, Obra, Notec and Radunia rivers.

Meteoalarm - As of 19 August, 8:30 UTC (EUMETNET)

  • On 19 August: no Red Alert issued
  • On 20 August: Red Alert for wind in Croatia, Velebit channel region

Forest Fires danger forecast (EFFIS)

  • Extreme or very high danger in southern and central Portugal; parts of the Canary Islands, southern and central Spain; the eastern Mediterranean coast of France; Sardinia, Sicily, central-west and south-eastern coastal Italy; parts of northern Serbia; most of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; south-west Romania; southern and eastern Bulgaria; southern and western mainland Greece and the Cyclades and Dodecanese islands; parts of south-east, central and west Turkey.
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