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Burkina Faso - Forced Displacement

- ECHO Daily flash of 19/02/2019

  • 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%.

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New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Australia - Tropical Cyclone OMA

- ECHO Daily flash of 19/02/2019

  • 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.

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Somalia - Factsheet

- ECHO Daily flash of 19/02/2019

  • 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.

https://ec.europa.eu/echo/where/africa/somalia_en


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

- ECHO Daily flash of 19/02/2019

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

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Southern Madagascar - Food insecurity

- ECHO Daily flash of 18/02/2019

  • The nutritional status of the population in districts of southern Madagascar remains precarious with a prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) above emergency threshold in 22 out of 146 communes. In the last quarter of 2018, almost 45% of the population, or 890 000 people were in Food Security Phase 4 (Emergency) and in Phase 3 (Crisis), of which 256 000 in Emergency phase as reported in the Flash Appeal launched in December 2018.
  • According to the World Food Progrmame (WFP), 40% of the 300 000 primary school children in Anosy, Androy and Atsimo Andrefana regions have had to go without a daily hot meal from WFP since the start of the academic year last November, aggravating low enrolment and high dropout rates. Although Madagascar has the world’s fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition – 47% – a mere 7% of its children receive meals at school.
  • Southern Madagascar’s long running food insecurity crisis derives from its susceptibility to natural disasters, including drought and floods, which are set to become more frequent and severe. 

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Kashmir/India - Violence against Kashmiris

- ECHO Daily flash of 18/02/2019

  • In the aftermath of the attack in Pulwama district on 14 February, where 43 security personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed, Kashmiris in Jammu and in other parts of the country were targeted by angry mobs with threats, assaults or forced to vacate their residences.
  • According to media reports, a series of violent incidents resulted in damage to at least 50 Kashmiri-owned vehicles. Following nthe incidents, the Jammu administration imposed a curfew, which was in place for the fourth consecutive day on 18 February.
  • Kashmir and parts of Chenab Valley observed a complete shutdown on 17 February following the mob attacks. The shutdown was called by the Kashmir economic alliance (KEA), Kashmir traders and manufacturers federation (KTMF) and other trade bodies.
  • Following the incident, the state government of Jammu & Kashmir issued orders to withdraw security of five separatist leaders - including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi and Shabir Shah.

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Cuba – Tornado update

- ECHO Daily flash of 18/02/2019

  • According to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs's (UN OCHA) latest situation report, more than 9 900 people are sheltered, 1 045 of which are accommodated in centres set up by the Government in the affected areas. 7 872 houses are damaged, 730 have totally collapsed and 931 have partially collapsed. Damage to educational infrastructure is significant. Recovery efforts are focused on repairing the 19 affected health facilities.
  • The UN Humanitarian Action Plan of 13 February for an amount of USD 14.4 million aims to respond to the urgent needs of 253 682 people affected by the tornado. The primary humanitarian needs are in the sectors of health, water sanitation and hygiene, food security, education, early recovery and housing.

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New Caledonia, Vanuatu - Tropical cyclone OMA

- ECHO Daily flash of 18/02/2019

  • Tropical cyclone OMA continued south towards northern New Caledonia, weakening. Heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge are affecting central islands of Vanuatu. According to media reports, 30 houses were destroyed in Espiritu Santo Island.
  • On 18 February at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 260 km north of Belep Islands (north of Grand Terre Island, New Caledonia), with maximum sustained winds of 93 km/h (tropical storm).
  • It is forecast to continue south-southwest toward northern New Caledonia, slighty strenghtening but remaining a tropical storm. OMA could pass far off the coast of northern Grand Terre on 19-20 February, strenghthening, with maximum sustained winds up to 130 km/h.
  • Over the next 24 hours, heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge will continue to affect central islands of Vanuatu as well as over northern New Caledonia.
  • As of 18 February, a level two cyclone alert has been issued for the northern Grande Terre Island and Belep Islands, with the rest of New Caledonia under pre-alert. Emergency shelters have already been opened and schools shut.

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Nigeria - Factsheet

- ECHO Daily flash of 18/02/2019

  • More than 26 500 people have been killed and more than 2 million people internally displaced in the ten years of ongoing conflict in northeast Nigeria. Insecurity continues to seriously hamper access and the delivery of assistance.
  • In 2018, more than 7 million people required humanitarian assistance. In the three most affected states, it is estimated that nearly 3 million people do not have enough to eat and up to 940 000 children suffer from acute malnutrition.
  • Since 2014, the EU has allocated more than EUR 215.2 million in humanitarian assistance for Nigeria. In 2018 alone, it contributed a total of EUR 59.3 million to cover basic humanitarian needs.

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

- ECHO Daily flash of 18/02/2019

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

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