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  17 August 2018
I. International

Afghanistan – Bomb Attack (DG ECHO)

  • On 15 August, 48 people were killed and 67 wounded in a suicide bomb attack against an education centre in Kabul city. The attack, allegedly claimed by Islamic State, is likely to have targeted the Shia community.
  • This is the second attack on educational facilities in the last weeks, after an attack on a midwife school in Jalalabad on 28 July, which left eight civilians dead.
  • The number of direct attacks against schools in 2018 now stands at 133, against 63 attacks in 2017. According to the Ministry of Education, 870 education-related incidents were reported, including threats, intimidation and ground engagement in the vicinity. 460 000 children are affected by school closures.

Niger - Cholera (DG ECHO, MSP, NGOs, IFRC)

  • The cholera outbreak is spreading with 342 new cases reported over the last five days in the region of Maradi. As of 15 August, 1 449 cases have been confirmed by the Ministry of Public Health. There have been 26 deaths since the first case was identified early July.
  • The cholera outbreak requires a comprehensive response. New cases are rising fast in densely populated areas and close to the Nigerian border where population movements may amplify the spread of the disease.
  • DG ECHO is closely coordinating with humanitarian actors, encouraging the scaling up of the response in most affected areas.

Indonesia - Earthquake Update (DG ECHO, National Disaster Management Authority)

  • As of 15 August, the series of earthquakes and aftershocks in Lombok Island have caused 460 deaths, 7 733 injured and 417 259 displaced people, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB).
  • West Nusa Tenggara Governor has extended the emergency response period until 25 August in order to be able to further evacuate affected people from areas at risk and prevent collateral disasters.
  • Assessments of economic damage and loss are ongoing: potential economic impact are now estimated at USD 510 million, but this figure may increase in the next days or weeks. An initial damage assessment to infrastructure reports 32 016 houses severely damaged, 3 173 moderately damaged, 36 773 slightly damaged as well as 52 health facilities, 128 religious facilities and 6 bridges damaged.
  • While the Government of Indonesia reiterated that international assistance is not required, humanitarian assessments suggest the need for protection and immediate access to proper temporary shelter in North, West, East Lombok Regencies and Mataram city.
  • DG ECHO has contributed with EUR 650 000 to the emergency appeal of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in support of the relief operations of its Indonesian Society (PMI).

Japan, China, Vietnam - Tropical Cyclones RUMBIA, BEBINCA and SOULIK (GDACS, JTWC, CMA, JMA)

  • Tropical Cyclone RUMBIA continued moving north-west over the East China Sea as as tropical storm. Over the next 48 hours, it is forecast to cross the Chinese provinces of  Shanghai and Anhui, weakening and dissipating. Heavy rain and strong winds may continue to affect Shanghai, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces over 17-18 August. 
  • Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone BEBINCA continued moving over the South China Sea and made landfall close to Hai Nhan (Tinh Gia district, Thanh Hoa, Vietnam) on 16 August evening UTC as tropical storm. Over the next 48 hours, it may head southwest-west over the Vietnamese province of Cao Bang, northern Lao PDR and northwestern Thailand, weakening and dissipating. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect these regions over 17-19 August.
  • A new Tropical Cyclone named SOULIK formed over the North West Pacific Ocean on 15 August, close to Guam. Over the next 48 hours, it is forecast to continue moving north-northwest towards Osumi islands and southern Kyushu island (Japan), strengthening.

Myanmar – Earthquake (DG ECHO)

  • The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology has reported that an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale hit 90 km south of Yangon on 16 August 2018 at 13.19. Tremors were felt in Yangon, however there have been no reports of damage.
  • This is the second earthquake to hit Myanmar in 24 hours. The first was 4.0 in magnitude and hit 15 km west of Mongyawang, Shan State at 00.55. No damages were reported in Shan State either.



II. Europe

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

  • None

Ireland - Post-Tropical Cyclone ERNESTO (GDACS, NOAA, Local media)

  • Subtropical depression ERNESTO formed over the Central Atlantic Ocean on 15 August and started moving north-east, strengthening. On 17 August at 3.00 UTC, its centre was located 2 260 km south-east of Ireland and 1 205 northwest of the Azores. It had maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h. 
  • Over the next 48 hours, ERNESTO is expected to continue heading toward the north-east and may become a post-tropical cyclone. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect several areas of Ireland and the United Kingdom over 18-20 August.

Forest fires danger forecast (European Forest Fire Information System – EFFIS)

  • Very high or extreme danger in parts of central Spain; central, south-east and western Turkey.
III. Factsheets

Factsheet (N/A)

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