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ECHO Daily Map of 25 May 2018

  • Tropical Cyclone MEKUNU continued moving north-west over the Southwest Arabian Sea, strengthening and passing east of Socotra Island on 23 May evening UTC. On 25 May at 0.00 UTC, it was located 200 km south-east of Salalah city (Oman) and it had maximum sustained winds of 157 km/h. 
  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue moving northwestwards toward northeastern Yemen and southwestern Oman, strengthening. Its centre may approach the southwestern coast of Oman, near Salalah city on 25 May afternoon/evening UTC, possibly with maximum sustained winds of 160-170 km/h (equivalent to a Category 2 in the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Scale). Very heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge may affect southwestern Oman, especially the area of Salalah, and eastern Yemen over the 3 days. Heavy rain could still affect Socotra Archipelago from 25-26 May.
  • According to media, as of 24 May, seven people have been killed, ten more have been reported missing and hundreds of others have been evacuated in Socotra Island (Yemen).

ECHO Daily Map of 24 May 2018

Democratic Republic of the Congo – Ebola outbreak
  • There are now 68 reported cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including 30 confirmed cases. The epidemic has so far killed 30 people. The number of cases is increasing.
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) is responsible for the overall coordination of the response and is working closely with the Congolese Ministry of Health and other international partners such as Médecins sans Frontières and UNICEF.
  • Two Ebola Treatment Centres (ETCs) are running in Bikoro and Mbandaka, two isolation areas have been set up in Mbandaka and Bikoro hospitals and two mobile laboratories are running in these two locations. One ETC is being set up in Iboko. Following the arrival of Vaccine doses in the country, vaccinations have started in Mbandaka and will start in Bikoro on 26 May.
  • The EU's response so far includes EUR 1.63 million of humanitarian aid funding to support WHO and the Congolese Red Cross. ECHO flight is providing transportation from Kinshasa and Mbandaka. France and Norway have offered capacities (medical team and Ebola isolation shuttle to transport patients) through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism. The Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre is closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with all partners.

ECHO Daily Map of 23 May 2018

Yemen, Oman, Somalia - Tropical Cyclone MEKUNU
  • Tropical Cyclone MEKUNU continued moving north-west over the Southwest Arabian Sea, strengthening. On 23 May at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located 240 km south-east of Socotra Island (Socotra Archipelago, Yemen) and had maximum sustained wind speed of 102 km/h. 
  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue moving toward northeastern Yemen and southwestern Oman, strengthening. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge may affect several areas of Socotra Archipelago, northeastern Somalia, northeastern Yemen and southwestern Oman over 23-28 May.

ECHO Daily Map of 22 May 2018

Colombia - Flash Floods and Dam Failure
  • Heavy rain over the last weeks has affected several areas of the country, including the area of Ituano (department of Antioquia), causing landslides and increasing the water level of several rivers. The Ituango Dam (Antioquia Department) which is fed by Cauca River is currently at high risk of failure. 
  • On 17 May, the Minister of Environment of Colombia requested technical assistance to UN Environment. On 18 May, the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) activated the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) following a request for assistance from UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit. On the same day, the ERCC requested the support of JRC in order to provide the deployed team of experts with the analysis of the technical aspects of the potential dam break scenarios.
  • On 21 May two experts nominated from France have been deployed via the UCPM to join the UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit for a two-week assessment mission.
  • According to media reports, as of 22 May, national authorities have implemented a state of maximum alert at locations downstream with over 120 000 people possibly affected and pre-emptive evacuations ongoing. As of the same date, over 8 000 people were evacuated between the municipalities of Taraza, Caceres, and Caucasia.
  • Over the next 24 hours, more heavy rain and thunderstorms could still locally affect the are of Ituango. As of 22 May at 7.30 UTC, a number of Red Alerts for landslides and flash floods have been issued by the Colombian Meteorological authorities for the Antioquia department, including the areas already affected.

ECHO Daily Map of 18 May 2018

Democratic Republic of the Congo – Ebola outbreak
  • An Ebola outbreak was officially declared on 8 May 2018, affecting the western province of Equateur. As of 17 May 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reported 45 cases. Of these, 14 cases have been positively confirmed as Ebola by laboratory testing.
  • The epicentre of the outbreak is the remote area of Bikoro. One case has been confirmed in the capital of Equateur province, Mbandaka, which must be considered a worrying development. The city has an estimated population of around one million people and a port on the Congo river.
  • The response to the Ebola outbreak is led by the Congolese Ministry of Health in strong collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO). A number of aid organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and UNICEF have been deploying medical staff and emergency experts, equipment and materials. An air bridge has been set-up between the DRC's capital Kinshasa, Mbandaka and Bikoro. The Red Cross is communicating with affected communities on risks, behaviour etc. Psycho-social support needs to be provided, as well as preparations for safe and dignified burials (as Ebola victims remain infectious after death).
  • The EU Ebola Coordinator, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, has immediately offered support to contain the Ebola outbreak. An initial EUR 1.5 million will provide logistics support to the WHO and a further EUR 130 000 has been offered to the International Federation of the Red Cross for life-saving interventions by the Congolese Red Cross. Moreover, the Commission's humanitarian air service 'ECHO Flight' is due to transport medical experts and emergency staff as well as equipment to the affected areas. Commission experts are in constant contact with the relevant actors on the ground and fully involved in the coordination. The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) is closely monitoring the situation. 

ECHO Daily Map of 17 May



ECHO Daily Map of 16 May 2018

Somalia - Floods
  • Heavy rain has been affecting the central and southern regions of the country since the beginning of April. 
  • According to United Nations reports, as of 16 May, 718 000 people have resulted directly affected and 220 000 people have been displaced because of the floods. So far, the worst affected regions are Hiraan, Gedo and Lower Juba in which more than 204 000 people have been displaced. They also reported, as of the same date, that the floods have also impacted crops, shelters, and critical infrastructure, including water, health, nutrition and education facilities. The WASH Cluster reports that 550 000 people are in critical need of emergency WASH support.
  • A low pressure area formed over the southwest Arabian Sea on 14 May. In the next 48 hours, it is forecast to move west-northwestwards towards the Gulf of Aden, strengthening. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect several areas of the coast of Yemen, northern Somalia, and southeastern Ethiopia over 16-21 May.

ECHO Daily Map of 15 May 2018



ECHO Daily Map of 14 May 2018

Kenya - Dam burst and floods UPDATE
  • The death toll after the Patel dam burst on 9 May continues to rise; as of 14 May, 48 people have been reported dead with 40 missing, and over 500 homes affected. The death toll is expected to increase. Search and rescue operations are ongoing with the support of Kenya Red Cross.
  • Kenya has been facing ongoing floods since the beginning of March 2018. As of 14 May, over 170 have been killed and more than 300 000 have been displaced.
  • Over the next 24 hours, more thunderstorms could affect most of the western areas of the country, including the ones already affected.
  • The European Commission has released €1.5 million in emergency humanitarian funding to assist the most affected people.

ECHO Daily Map of Tuesday 08 May 2018


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