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  28 May 2020
I. International

Iran – Locust plague (DG ECHO, FAO, Humanitarian partners)

  • Iran is facing the worst desert locust outbreak for the past 50 years for the second year in a row.
  • FAO’s updated locust appeal for Iran requests USD 17.5 million to control 800,000 ha of lands, so far funded with USD 1 million (FAO_Appeal). FAO’s appeal for the whole South West Asia requests USD 30 million to control 1 million ha of lands (FAO_SouthWestAsia_Appeal). In Iran so far 260,000 ha have been treated. More vehicles, ULV pesticides and sprayers are required.
  • Based on agricultural calendar there is a window of opportunity to scale up operations by the end of July, to reduce harvest damage. This is also key to minimize locusts’ migration to Pakistan and India.
  • Locusts may move from the Horn of Africa to the Iran/Pakistan border this summer, in Iran it is important to prepare for those returning in November.
  • Although FAO’s appeal extends until the end of December, immediate support is needed for both the immediate scale up until the end of July and to preposition equipment for when locusts return in November. It is imperative to successfully control the desert locust infestation in Iran, particularly, as the country is also significantly affected by the impact of US sanctions, coronavirus and floods.

Honduras - Floods and landslides (SMN, NOAA, media)

  • Over the last 48 hours, heavy rain has been affecting central Honduras (in particular Comayagua, Olancho, and Francisco Morazan Departments, including the capital Tegucigalpa area), triggering floods and landslides that have resulted in casualties and damage.
  • Media report, as of 28 May, 2 fatalities, of which one in Tegucigalpa, and one more in Esquías Municipality (Comayagua Department). In addition, media report more than 60 damaged houses across Catacamas Municipality (Olancho Department).
  • Over the next 24 hours, heavy rain is forecast over most of the country, with locally very heavy rain over north-west Departments.

Central African Republic - Floods (NOAA, media)

  • On 24 May, torrential rain affected the area of Bangui Capital City (39 mm of rain in 24 hours), causing floods and resulting in casualties and damage.
  • According to media, 3 people died, several houses collapsed and roads have been flooded.
  • On 28-29 May, heavy rain with isolated thunderstorms are expected over Bangui area, and moderate to heavy rain is forecasted across the central and southern parts of the country.

United Arab Emirates - Floods (NCM, media)

  • On 26 May,widespread floods triggered by heavy rain affected the Emirate of Sharjah, resulting in fatalities.
  • According to media reports, 4 people died and 2 have been injured due to a flash flood close to Wadi Al Helo town.
  • Drier conditions are expected across the country on 28-29 May. 
II. Europe

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

Finland: Threshold level 3/3 exceeded at 6 stations and level 2/3 exceeded at 31 stations in the central and northern parts of the country.
Georgia: Threshold level 2/2 exceeded for Tskhenisckali - Ludji station.
Sweden: Threshold level 2/3 exceeded for one area in northern Sweden. 


Spain - Floods (CENEM, AEMET, media)

  • Heavy rainfall has been affecting central Spain (particularly the Guadalajara Province, Castilla–La Mancha Autonomous Community) over 25-27 May, causing the river Badiel to overflow and triggering floods.
  • Media report, as of 28 May, five displaced people across Hita Municipality as well as some slightly damaged houses, a number of flooded roads, and interruptions of water supply across Azuqueca de Henares, Alovera, Cabanillas del Campo, Torija, and Trijueque y Gascueña Municipalities.
  • Over the next 24 hours, no more heavy rainfall is forecast over Castilla–La Mancha Autonomous Community.
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