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Mauritius, La Reunion - Tropical Cyclone BERGUITTA UPDATE

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/01/2018

  • Tropical Cyclone BERGUITTA continued moving south-west over the Indian Ocean. On 17 January at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 360 km north-east of Mauritius island and it had maximum sustained winds speed of 148 km/h. 
  • Over the next 24 hours it is forecast to keep motion toward the south-west, slightly weakening, and it might pass over or near Mauritius on 18 January early morning UTC and La Reunion on 18 January afternoon UTC with maximum sustained winds of approximately 140 km/h (equivalent to a Category 1 in the Saffir-Simpson Scale). Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge may affect the islands of Rodrigues, Mauritius and La Reunion between 17-20 January. 
  • Mauritius Meteorological Services has issued, as of 17 January, a high waves warning for Rodrigues island. They also issued, as of the same date, a Cyclone Warning class III for Mauritius island. Meteo France has also issued, as of 17 January, an orange alert for Cyclone for La Reunion.
  • United Nations reported, as of 16 January, that 40 people were evacuated in Rodrigues island.


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Philippines - Volcanic activity UPDATE

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/01/2018

  • Activity from Mayon Volcano (Albay Province, Bicol Region, south-eastern Luzon Island) has generated more lava flows and ash cloud, which drifted southwestward, over the last 24 hours.
  • According to national authorities, as of 16 January at 18.00 UTC, 38 939 people were temporary evacuated, of which 34 003 to 30 evacuation centers across Albay Province.
  • The Alert Level 3 ("increasing unrest") issued by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) remains in effect as well as the advice to desist from entering the six km-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and the seven km Extended Danger Zone (EDZ).

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Yemen

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/01/2018

  • An estimated 22.2 million people - 80% of the population - are in need of humanitarian assistance or protection. This includes 11.3 million deemed to be in acute need; an increase of more than one million people since June 2017.
  • The government is no longer able to deliver basic services to people in need, including basic healthcare, nutrition services, water and electricity supply, and social safety net services. The humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating as a result of spiralling violence between the warring parties and access restrictions imposed by the Saudi-led military coalition in the north since 6 November 2017.
  • During 2015 and 2016, the EU allocated €120 million in humanitarian aid to the Yemen crisis. In 2017, the EU provided €76.7 million in life-saving assistance to the Yemeni populations.

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

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

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/01/2018

  • Belarus: flood alert for stations in Pripyat basin as reported on 16 January.
  • Belgium: flood alert level 2/3 for one location at river Nete in Flandres.
  • Germany: flood alert level 2/4 for three locations at rivers Aller and Leine in Niedersachsen and for one location at river Aisch in Bavaria.
  • Poland: flood alert level 3/3 at five stations across the North and West Poland.
  • Slovenia: flood alert level on Unica river.
  • Ukraine: flood alert level 2/3 on Latorica river, 2/3 Stokhid and Snov rivers as reported on 16 January.
  • Bulgaria: flood alert level on Fakia and Arda rivers as reported on 16 January.

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Mauritius, La Reunion - Tropical Cyclone BERGUITTA UPDATE

- ECHO Daily flash of 16/01/2018

      • Tropical Cyclone BERGUITTA continued moving south-west over the Indian Ocean, strengthening. On 16 January at 06.00 UTC its centre was located 480 km north-east (distance not confirmed) of Mauritius island and it had maximum sustained winds (measured over a 10 minutes window) speed of 150 km/h.
      • Over the next 24 hours it is forecast to keep moving toward the south-west, weakening, and it might pass over or near Mauritius on 17 January afternoon UTC with maximum sustained winds of approximately 140 km/h (equivalent to a Category 1 in the Saffir-Simpson Scale). Heavy rain, strong winds and a storm surge may affect the islands of Rodrigues, Maurice and La Reunion between 16-19 January.
      • Mauritius Meteorological Services have issued, as of 16 January, a torrential rain, strong winds and high waves warning for Rodrigues island. They also issued, as of the same date, a Cyclone Warning class II for Mauritius island.
      • Meanwhile a Tropical Depression formed on 15 January over the Mozambique channel and started moving west over north-eastern Mozambique. Over the next 24 hours it is expected to continue moving over land as a Tropical Depression. Heavy rain might affect several areas of Mozambique and northern Madagascar between 16-18 January.

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Philippines - Volcanic activity UPDATE

- ECHO Daily flash of 16/01/2018

    • Activity from Mayon Volcano (Albay Province, Bicol Region, south-eastern Luzon Island) has generated lava flows over the past 24 hours.
    • According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in the Philippines, as of 16 January, 21 823 people from 25 barangays/municipalities in the Albay Province have been evacuated to 18 evacuation centres across the same Province.
    • The local authorities and provincial government of Albay are attending to the needs of the IDPs and, as confirmed by ECHO experts in the field, for now this crisis is still manageable using local capacity.
    • The Alert Level 3 ("increasing unrest") issued by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) remains in effect as well as the advice to desist from entering the six km-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).
    • ECHO Field experts are closely monitoring the situation in order to have all necessary information available for immediate action by ECHO if this is necessary.

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Philippines - Landslides

- ECHO Daily flash of 16/01/2018

  • Heavy rain has been affecting southern Philippines in the last few days, causing floods and triggering landslides. 
  • According to national authorities, as of 16 January at 7.30 UTC, a landslide occurred on 14 January at 1.30 UTC in the town of Tandik (Maragusan municipality, Compostela Valley Province, Davao Region), killing four people and leaving 269 people displaced. The displaced have been sheltered in five evacuation centers located in the nearby town of Nabunturan. 
  • Over the next 24 hours, more heavy rain could impact the already affected area.

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Libya - Abduction of humanitarian aid workers

- ECHO Daily flash of 16/01/2018

  • An armed group kidnapped four humanitarian workers on 12 January in the outskirts of Sabba (Southern Libya). The driver was recovered by security forces on 13 January, and two national staff were released the following day. A Spanish aid worker held hostage seems to have been released. 
  • Severe security constraints largely prevent assistance from being delivered to conflict-affected populations as well as asylum seekers and migrants in southern Libya.

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Libya - Conflict

- ECHO Daily flash of 16/01/2018

  • Heavy fighting broke out in Tripoli, near the international airport and the Metiga prison, on 15 January. The fighting involved armed groups both pro and contra the Government of National Accord. Militias reportedly used tanks and heavy weaponry in a densely populated area. Clashes have meanwhile halted but tension spread to neighbouring Souq El Jumma and Tajoura districts.
  • The Ministry of Health reports 23 deaths and 60 war-wounded. The Ministry of Education ordered the evacuation of schools in eastern and north-eastern Tripoli. The conflict is hampering aid delivery and is likely to cause new population displacement.

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Tunisia - Social tensions

- ECHO Daily flash of 16/01/2018

  • Seven years after the civil uprising that ousted Ben Ali’s regime, Tunisians took to the street to protest against corruption and inflation for the fifth consecutive day. Sporadic clashes occurred between youths and security forces across Tunisia.
  • No humanitarian consequences of the tensions are reported so far.

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