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New Caledonia - Earthquake

- ECHO Daily flash of 20/11/2017


  • An earthquake of magnitude 7.0 M, at a depth of 10 km, occurred north-east off the coast of Mare island (Loyalty islands province) on 19 November at 22.43 UTC. USGS PAGER estimates 1 000 people were exposed to a "strong" shaking and 5 000 people to "moderate" shaking. 
  • The earthquake was followed by an aftershock of magnitude 5.8 M at a 10 km depth. A Tsunami Warning was issued minutes after the 7.0 M earthquake but was cancelled about one hour later.
  • COGIC mentioned that no casualties have been reported. The Vanuatu Government has advised the southern islands population to evacuate the coastline.

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Education in Emergencies

- ECHO Daily flash of 20/11/2017


  • According to UNICEF, 75 million children are currently out of school in the world due to emergencies. Among refugees, 50% of primary school-age children and 77% of secondary school-age adolescents are not enrolled.
  • In 2017, the EU dedicates 6% of its annual humanitarian aid budget to education in emergencies, one of the most underfunded sectors of humanitarian aid. In 2018, this amount will increase to 8%.
  • 4.7 million girls and boys in 52 countries have benefited from EU-funded education in emergencies actions between 2012 and 2017.
  • This factsheet is issued today to coincide with the United Nations Universal Children’s Day which was established in 1954. On 20 November 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. On 20 November 1989, the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    http://ec.europa.eu/echo/files/aid/countries/factsheets/thematic/education_in_emergencies_en.pdf


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Reported high discharges/floods warnings during the last 24 hours

- ECHO Daily flash of 20/11/2017


  • Poland: Ongoing flooding is reported for the Obra, Skroda, Zalew Szczecinski, Drweca, Jez. Ros and Jegrznia rivers.
  • Lithuania: The national alert is currently exceeded for the Nyoman and Minija rivers.

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Greece - Severe weather

- ECHO Daily flash of 20/11/2017


  • Local media reports that 20 people have died and two more are missing in West Attica as result of the flash floods over the past few days
  • Assessments of damaged buildings are ongoing for the cities of Mandra, Megara and New Peramos. The General Secretary for Civil Protection of Greece has declared a state of emergency for the areas of Mandra and Nea Peramos.
  • Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated (EMSR257) on 19 November. As of 20 November, two grading maps have been produced. They will be used by the local authorities for recovery and reconstruction planning in the affected area.
  • Over the next 24 hours, thunderstorms and heavy rain are forecast to affect most of the country. The Hellenic National Meteorological Service has declared an orange alert for thunderstorms in East Makedonia, Thraki, North East Aegean Islands and Dodekanisa islands.


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Greece - Heavy rain and flash floods UPDATE

- ECHO Daily flash of 18/11/2017

  • As of 18 November at 13:00 local time, the death toll has reached 19 in West Attica as result of the flash floods over the last few days.
  • Further heavy rain and thunderstorms across parts of Greece are expected within the next 24-30 hours.
  • More benign weather is forecasted for the coming week.

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

- ECHO Daily flash of 18/11/2017

  • Poland: Ongoing flood (national alert level 3 out of 3) is reported in many regions of the country.
  • Italy: The national civil protection issued a warning of 2nd level (out of 3) for Calabria region.

 


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Iran, Iraq - Earthquake UPDATE

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/11/2017

  • As of 17 November, media reported that the death toll of 530 casualties caused by the strong earthquake (magnitude 7.3 M, depth 23 km) that hit Kermanshah Province  in Iran on 12 November, remain unchanged (mainly in Kermanshah). In addition, as of the same date, media reported that the number of injured has mounted to 9 397, more than 12 000 buildings and have been damaged in eight cities and 526 villages were severely affected, mainly in Iran.
  • Relief and rescue operations continue by the Iran National Red Crescent Society and the National Crisis Management Organization through the deployment of personnel (1 000 operational forces), supplies (aid and ambulances), emergency shelters for the affected people and the dispatch of food stuff.
  • Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping was activated (EMSR256) for Iraq by ECHO-ERCC on 13 Nov 2017. As of 17 November, four reference maps and four grading maps have been produced.
  • Over the next 72 h no significant weather phenomena are forecast, with partly cloudy to cloudy conditions. Maximum temperatures reaching 19-21°C (warm hours) dropping locally to 9-11°C (during night and early morning hours).
  • From next 20 November to 24 November, rainy weather conditions are expected to prevail, together with a significant drop in minimum temperatures, from 23 November.
  • Bilateral assistance has been sent by Italy and Turkey. Italy has provided tents, blankets, kitchen kits, tanks and hygiene kit. Turkey has provided  SAR personnel, Medical SAR personnel, Humanitarian Aid Personnel and Operational Personnel with vehicles, as well as tents, blankets, heaters, beds, food items and a kitchen trailer.

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Haiti – Heavy rainfalls, Landslides (OCHA, DG ECHO)

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/11/2017

  • In the Nord-Oeust district, three people died, including a three-year-old girl, in the communes of Saint Louis du Nord and Pointe des Palmistes after being washed away by the stream of a river. Road sections were damaged in several communes including l’Ile de la Tortue, Baie de Henne, Port de Paix and Jean-Rabel. Landslides have been reported by the Community Committees of Civil Protection (CCPC) of Jean Rabel and Saint-Louis du-Nord.
  • In the Sud district, strong rains and floods have affected all the communes and all the rivers in the district are flooded, notably in the communes of Torbeck, Maniche and Les Cayes. Roads have been seriously damaged, including in Les Cayes and secondary roads are no longer used. The road between Tiburon and Les Anglais towns is cut off.
  • On 15 November 2017, the Permanent Secretary for Risk and Disaster Management in conjunction with Haiti Hydro-meteorological Unit declared an Orange level vigilance alert (risk of moderate to high intensity impact) and announced the activation of the National Plan for Risk and Disaster Management (PNGRD) facing the threat of heavy rains with risk of landslides and floods in the country particularly in the districts of Sud-Est, Sud, Grand-Anse, Nippes, Ouest, Artibonite and Nord-Ouest.

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Philippines - Tropical Cyclone TINO

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/11/2017

  • A new Tropical Cyclone, locally named TINO in the Philippines, formed in the Sulu Sea (southwestern Visayas region) on 16 November and started moving north-west as a Tropical Depression toward southern Palawan province. On 17 October at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 135 km east-southeast of Puerto Princesa city, Palawan and it had maximum sustained wind speed of approx. 33 km/h (Tropical depression).
  • Over the next 48 h it is expected to continue moving north-west and its centre may reach the coast of southern Palawan on 18 November early morning (UTC), probably as a Tropical Depression. It is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on 18 November morning (UTC). It may continue moving north-west strengthening heading toward southern Vietnam and making landfall on 18 November evening (UTC) as a Tropical Storm.
  • According to PAGASA, as of 17 November at 8.00 UTC, residents in MIMAROPA, Bicol region and Samar provinces are advised to be alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.

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Greece - Heavy rain and flash floods UPDATE

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/11/2017

  • Heavy rain has been affecting several regions of the country over the last few days, causing flash floods, casualties and damages.
  • Media reported, as of 17 November at 8.00 UTC, that the death toll has reached 16 (12 of them in Mandra area, western outskirts of Athens), six people are still missing and 23 were injured in West Attica (Attica region). In addition, media reported, as of the same date, more than 500 homes damaged (in northern Greece, in Attica Region and in Symi island).
  • Over the next 24 h heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast for most of the country mainland. As of 17 November at 8.00 UTC, a Gale Warning issued by the Hellenic National Meteorological Service is in effect in many areas of the country.

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