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 ECHO Daily Flash of 18 June 2019

I. International
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South Sudan - Food insecurity (IPC, UN, DG ECHO)

  • Food insecurity is reaching unprecedented levels in South Sudan despite the signature of the latest Peace Deal and a decrease in hostilities throughout the country.
  • According to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC report), the proportion and number of food insecure people during the lean season is the highest ever with nearly 7 million South Sudanese (61% of the population) in crisis, acute food insecurity, emergency or catastrophic conditions.This proportion is even higher in Jonglei state where 73% of the population is severely food insecure.
  • The situation is driven by household food shortages that are typical of a lean season, but have been exacerbated by delayed rainfall, the persistent macro-economic crisis, population displacement, additional needs from returnees, prolonged years of asset depletion, and eroded livelihoods following years of conflict. The estimates take into account the massive humanitarian food and nutrition assistance delivered throughout the country.
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Series of attacks against civilians in Lake Chad Basin (DG ECHO, INGOs, UN)

  • On 15 June two vehicles belonging to an International NGO were attacked near Maine Soroa in the Diffa region (Niger) by a group of armed men. Two people were killed, including one humanitarian worker. 
  • On 16 June at least 30 people were killed and more than 40 injured by a bomb attack in Mandarari, in the Borno State of Nigeria. One local community volunteer from an international non-governmental organisation was killed during the attack.
  • The security situation in the Lake Chad region has seriously deteriorated in recent months and the crisis is now in its tenth year. The impact on civilians has expanded from Nigeria across the Lake Chad region to Niger, Chad and Cameroon. They continue to bear the brunt of a conflict that has led to forced displacement of more than 2.5 million people and violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. Since the start of the conflict, more than 35,000 people have been killed and thousands of women and girls abducted.
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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – Escalating conflict (UN, DG ECHO, media, INGOs)

  • Several conflicts are ongoing since mid-May 2019 in the province of Ituri in north-east DRC, particularly in the territories of Djugu and Mahagi. Intense fighting between the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) and non-state armed actors, as well as continued clashes between the communities of Herma (herders) and Lendu (farmers), are the main concern. 161 people have been killed “in a span of a few days”, according to the United Nations. An estimated 300,000 people (old and new caseload) are displaced.
  • Attacks on villages are reportedly ongoing with villagers fleeing to military bases of the UN Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO). Some internally displaced have reached the town of Bunia. 4,561 Congolese asylum seekers arrived in neighboring Uganda.
  • Humanitarian access is very difficult in Djugu, limiting the capacity to provide assistance. Further rapid assessments and enhanced civil-military coordination activities are being set-up.
  • Ituri Province is also affected by an ongoing Ebola outbreak.
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China -Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, CEA, CMA, media)

  • An earthquake of 5.8 M at a depth of 10 km occurred in south-eastern Sichuan Province (south-eastern China) on 17 June at 14.55 UTC. The epicentre was approximately 40 km south-east of Yibin City  and 50 km south-west of Luzhou City. Up to 52,000 people were exposed to very strong shaking and up to 362,000 people to strong shaking.
  • As of 18 June at 0.30 UTC, a total of 17 aftershocks of at least 3.0 M were recorded in the same area.
  • Initial reports are that 12 people have died (nine in Changning County and three in Qixian County) and 134 have been injured. At least 10,000 buildings have been damaged and several major roads have been blocked by landslides. More than 100,000 people across Changning county (mainly in Yibin City) have been affected by the event.
  • Search and rescue operations are ongoing and the Ministry of Emergency Management has activated its emergency response for the affected area.
  • Light to moderate rainfall is forecast over Sichuan Province on 18-19 June.
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Philippines - Floods (DSWD, DROMIC, PAGASA, media)

  • Heavy rainfall has been affecting Maguindanao Province (Mindanao Island, southern Philippines) since 6 June, resulting in flooding in Datu Salibo and Sultan sa Barongis municipalities.
  • At least 45,000 people have been displaced according to the national authorities. The Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) is providing emergency assistance to the affected families.
  • For the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy rain with thunderstorms is forecast over Mindanao Island.
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India - Heatwave (IMD, media)

  • As of 18 June, media report 78 deaths as a result of the heatwave in Bihar State. Aurangabad (33 deaths) Gaya (31 deaths), Nawada (12 deaths) and Jamui (2 deaths) districts are among the worst affected. 150 people have been hospitalised.
  • The administration in Gaya has ordered the public to stay indoors.
  • Higher than normal maximum temperatures (5.1°C or more) were recorded over Bihar, Telangana, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, and Yanam district. A red warning for severe heatwave conditions has been issued for Bihar State. 
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Mongolia - Flood update (NEMA, ICC, media)

  • The number of fatalities following recent floods across central and northern Mongolia has increased to 12, according to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on 18 June.
  • Several rivers have increased water levels and roads connecting the capital city Ulaanbaatar to rural districts are blocked by flood water.
  • Moderate rainfall is forecast across central and northern districts on 18-19 June.
II. Europe
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Forest fires danger forecast (European Forest Fire Information System - EFFIS)

Very high or extreme danger in southern Portugal; Spain; southern France; Sicily, Sardinia and parts of south-eastern mainland of Italy; Malta; central-eastern and southern Greece; south-eastern Turkey; western Poland; north-eastern Ukraine.
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Floods and flood warnings during the last 24 hours reported by national services (European Flood Awareness System - EFAS)

  • Georgia: threshold level 2/2 for Tskhenisckali river.
  • Romania: warning level 2/3 for the Danube river. 
  • Switzerland: warning level 3/5 for the Bodensee.
  • United Kingdom: warning level 2/3 for 6 locations in the Midlands in England.
  • Ukraine: threshold level 2/3 on the Stokhid river.
III. Factsheets
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