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  27 August 2016
I. International

South Sudan - Humanitarian situation (ECHO, OCHA, UNHCR)

  • Humanitarian access remains challenging in South Sudan. Relief agencies are unable to deliver assistance due to on-going fighting. Armed forces from both sides of the conflict are preventing access to affected civilians considered to be supporting the opposition. This is in direct contravention to their obligations under International Humanitarian Law. In Wau, government forces continue to block and threaten humanitarian agencies from reaching an estimated 30 000 IDPs from the Fertit ethnic groups that fled into the bush with a clear ethnic motive to these obstructions.
  • The implementation of the NGO Act and a general deterioration of operating conditions continue to undermine neutral and impartial humanitarian assistance. This includes government attempts to gain possession of NGO assets and/or direct relief assistance to pro-government areas. At the state level, there have also been cases of expelling NGO workers that attempt to resist this undue pressure.
  • Refugees continue to flee the conflict in South Sudan. Over 90 000 people have now sought refuge in Uganda since the outbreak of violence in Juba, while a similar number is estimated to have fled North to Sudan. In Uganda, new arrivals report widespread looting in areas of origin and serious protection concerns including even abduction of children into armed groups en route. Most new arrivals were forced to walk through the bush away from the main roads for days, often without food. Elderly family members, who were too sick or frail to make the journey, are reported to be left behind. Fighting continues to be reported in several places in Central Equatoria, particularly around the main town of Yei.
  • Malnutrition is rising in Northern Bahr el Ghazal. A recent mass-screening indicates Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates of 23.7 % in Aweil West and 32.3 % GAM rates in Aweil North. At the same time, food prices have risen dramatically, further increasing food insecurity. In Juba, the price of sorghum is now 1 257 percent above the five-year average.
II. Europe

Italy - Earthquake (Italian Civil Protection, GDACS)

  • Following the earthquake that hit the north-eastern province of Rieti on 24 August at 1.36 UTC, with a magnitude of 6.2 m and a depth of 4 km, aftershocks have continued to occur.
  • As of 27 August early morning. national authorities report 281 people dead, of which 221 in Amatrice, 11 in Accumoli and 49 in Arquata del Tronto municipalities. The state of emergency has been declared for a period of 180 days for the Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche and Umbria regions.

Meteoalarm - as of 27 August, 8.08 UTC (EUMETNET Meteoalarm)

  • Extreme high temperature in northern, north-eastern, central and south-western France; Luxembourg; Belgium; southern Montenegro - Orange Alert.
  • Wind in southern Finland - Orange Alert

Forest fires danger forecast (EFFIS)

  • Extreme or very high danger is reported southern and eastern Portugal, central Spain, northern Corsica, the Mediterranean coast and central France, southern Sardinia and parts of western mainland Italy, some parts of the coast of Croatia, the Cyclades islands of Greece, parts of southern Bulgaria, east, central and the west coast of Turkey.
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