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 ECHO Daily Flash of 19 February 2019

I. International

Burkina Faso - Forced Displacement (DG ECHO, UN OCHA, INGOs)

  • Insecurity and inter-community violence has triggered a 140% increase in the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in 2019. There are over 101 000 IDPs, with 60 000 newly displaced since January this year. The scale and speed of this displacement is unprecedented in Burkina Faso, resulting in food, shelter, wash, nutrition, protection and education needs.
  • The UN’s CERF (Central Emergency Response Fund) has released USD 4 million to UN agencies to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to 25 000 people in need of life-saving aid. Further financial resources will be needed over the coming months.
  • DG ECHO and its partners are present and responding. With financial support from DG ECHO, the medical NGO ‘LVIA’  re-opened three primary healthcare centres in the Sahel region (Gandafabou, Katcham Ouest, Fadar-Fadar Nord), closed due to insecurity. Over the last eight months, over 8 749 consultations have been provided including to 4 605 children under five. This area also has the highest rate of severe acute malnutrition, at 3.1%.

New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Australia - Tropical Cyclone OMA (GDACS, JTWC, Meteo France Nouvelle-Cal├ędonie, COGIC, media)

  • On 19 February Tropical Cyclone OMA's centre was located approximately 140 km west of Belep Island (northern New Caledonia), with maximum sustained winds of 139 km/h. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge are affecting the northern islands of New Caledonia. One person was injured in Pouébo Town and 3 000 houses are without electricity on the Belep Islands and northern Grand Terre Island.
  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue south-west towards eastern Australia, strengthening. Heavy rains, strong winds and storm surge could continue to affect northern New Caledonia.
  • A level two cyclone alert remains in effect for the northern Grande Terre Island and Belep Islands. The rest of New Caledonia remains under cyclone pre-alert.
II. Europe

Floods and flood warnings during the last 24 hours reported by national services (EFAS)

  • Lithuania: threshold level 2/3 exceeded for Pagegiu and Silutes in the southwest of the country.
III. Factsheets

Somalia - Factsheet (DG ECHO)

  • For decades, Somalia has suffered from extreme weather such as droughts, and conflict. As a result, nearly five million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including the 2.6 million internally displaced Somalis, and 1.5 million need emergency food assistance.
  • The EU has provided humanitarian assistance in Somalia since 1994. In 2018, the EU allocated EUR 89 million to help those most in need.
  • Cash transfers have proven to be an effective way for EU partners to provide humanitarian assistance.

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