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  20 November 2018
I. International

USA - Forest fires and wildfires update (AFMP, CalFire, JRC GWIS, media)

  •  As of 20 November at 8.00 UTC, the Camp Fire (Butte County) which has burnt an area of 61 108 hectares is said to be 70% contained. According to national authorities, the death toll has reached 79 and 15 850 structures have been destroyed.
  • Over the next 24 hours, the fire danger forecast will remain moderate to high across northern California, according to the European Commission's Joint Research Centre Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS).


Guatemala - Volcanic eruption (DG ECHO, CONRED, INSIVUMEH, OCHA, media)

  • Volcan de Fuego erupted again on 18 November, at 10.10 am local time, emanating lava and pyroclastic flows. Ash columns reached 5.2 km above sea level. On 19 November, ash continued to fall in the communities of PanimachĂ© I and II, Santa Sofia, Sangre de Cristo, Palo Verde Farm, San Pedro Yepocapa, San Juan Alotenango, Antigua Guatemala and may reach the capital.
  • 76 145 people are affected according to CONRED, 2 502 sought shelter and 3 925 were evacuated overnight. No fatalities or injuries reported. Red Alert for Escuintla department and Yellow Alert in Chimaltenango and SacatepĂ©quez.
  • Guatemala Red Cross has deployed 54 staff in the Escuintla operation, including volunteers and teams already involved in the response to the 12 June 2018 eruption which killed 194 people, left 234 missing and affected around 1.7 million people.

Philippines, Vietnam - Tropical cyclone THIRTYTHREE (SAMUEL) (GDACS, JTWC, PAGASA, WMO, JMA)

  • A new tropical cyclone THIRTYTHREE (SAMUEL in the Philippines) formed over the Philippine Sea on 18 November and started moving north-west toward the central Philippines. On 20 November at 0:00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 265 km east-north-east of Surigao City (northern Mindanao Island) and 315 km east-south-east of Abuyog Town (Leyte Province, Eastern Visayas Region) with maximum sustained winds of 56 km/h (tropical depression).
  • SAMUEL could make landfall over southern Leyte Province on 20 November as a tropical depression, before possibly moving west over Visayas Islands on 20-21 November and on to Palawan Island (Mimaropa Region) as a tropical storm. It may reach coastal areas of south-east Vietnam on 24 November.
  • Over the next 24 hours, heavy rain could affect Visayas Islands and northern Mindanao.
  • As of 20 November at 8:00 UTC, a tropical cyclone warning Signal number 1 is in effect for Visayas Islands, northern Mindanao and southern Luzon.
II. Europe

Floods and flood warnings during the last 24 hours reported by national services (European Flood Awareness System - EFAS)

  • Italy: Warning level 2/3 for the regions of Calabria, Sicilia, Abruzzo, Basilicata, Lazio, Molise, Campania.
  • United Kingdom: Warning level 2/3 for two locations in Yorkshire for coastal flooding.

Meteoalarm - As of 20 November, 8:00 UTC (EUMETNET)

  • On 20 November: Red Alert for strong winds in northern coastal regions of Croatia and for snow/ice in northern Croatia; Red Alert for heavy rain in southern Montenegro.
  • On 21 November: no Red Alert issued.
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