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Europe - Floods

- ECHO Daily flash of 18/05/2024

  • According to Aristotle services, heavy rain and thunderstorms are foreseen throughout the weekend in Western Germany, north-east of France, and eastern Belgium.
  • In Germany, possibility of flash floods has been discarded for now, however this will be dependent on the water flow of the Moselle river. Last night's precipitation may influence the water levels in the regions of  Rhine around Koblenz. Germany activated Copernicus (EMSR722) for floods affecting Saarland region.
  • French authorities report as affected departments Moselle, des Vosges, de la Meurthe-et-Moselle and du Bas-Rhin, with accumulated precipitation up to 100 mm. In Moselle department, some people have been evacuated, however official numbers cannot be confirmed at this point in time.
  • Since early this week heavy rain has been reported in Northern Italy, with some evacuations being performed in the Veneto region, mainly in basements in the city of Vicenza.
  • While the precipitation was high during the night, with several Red Alerts in MeteoAlarm, the weather situation seems to have improved in the morning hours with Red Alert in France remaining.

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

- ECHO Daily flash of 18/05/2024

  • Belgium: warning level 3/3 for several stations in the Limburg and Oost Brabant regions. Warning level 2/3 for several other stations in the Flanders region. Warning level 2/2 for the Vesdre and Lower Meuse regions.
  • Croatia: threshold level 2/4 on the Sutla river.
  • Finland: warning level 2/3 for Kittilä (Ounasjoki River).
  • France: Warning level 3/3 for Nieds river.
  • Germany: warning level 4/4 at several regions in Rheinland-Pfalz. Warning level 2/4 at several regions in Baden-Württemberg and Hessen.
  • Italy: warning level 3/3 for Veneto region.
  • Sweden: warning level 2/3 for Eastern Västerbotten region and river Lower Kalixälven.
  • Switzerland: warning level 2/4 at two regions in the south.
  • Ukraine: threshold level 2/3 on the Desna and Dnipro rivers.

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Iran - Floods

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/05/2024

  • Heavy rainfall has been affecting north-eastern Iran, in particular the Razavi Khorasan province, bordering with Turkmenistan and Afghanistan since 15 May, causing floods and flash floods that have resulted in casualties and damage.
  • Media report, as of 17 May, seven fatalities, 12 people still missing, approximately 250 displaced families and around 150 damaged houses across the area of the Mashhad city, the second largest city of the country. More flooded houses were also reported in eight villages across the Razavi Khorasan province.
  • Over the next 72 hours, more heavy rainfall with locally heavy rainfall is still forecasted over the already affected north-eastern Iran and also over northern Iran.
  • Since the beginning of the year Iran has been hit by floods in several locations. DG ECHO partners have been responding to needs through previously allocated and new emergency funding for shelter, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and multi-purpose cash assistance.

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Nicaragua - Volcanic eruption

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/05/2024

  • On 17 May around 14:00, local time, the Volcano Concepción, Ometepe Island erupted.
    The magnitude of the eruption was categorised as low to medium. The communities in proximity to the volcano are affected by gases and ash.
  • The eruption was followed by small residual tremors associated with the explosion.
  • The Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) stated that the event on the island “does not imply greater danger.”

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Indonesia - Volcanic unrest

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/05/2024

  • In the last few days, increased volcanic activity, characterised by explosive eruptions and ash plumes of around 5,000 m, has been observed for Mount Ibu volcano. This volcano is located in North Maluku province, on the north-western coast of Halmahera island, eastern Indonesia.
  • According to the National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure (BNPB), the volcanic alert level changed from Level III to Level IV on 16 May. In response to this, at least 263 people have been displaced, of whom 130 from Duono village, 61 from Sangaji Nyeku village and 72 people from Goin village, and sheltered in Gam Ici Village evacuation centre.
  • National and local authorities are providing assistance to the affected people and are monitoring the volcano activity. 

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Uruguay - Floods

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/05/2024

  • Following the heavy rainfall and floods that have been affecting nine departments in Uruguay, the number of displaced people has increased.
  • As of 14 May, according to the government of Uruguay, 3,352 people have been displaced, of whom 1,569 in Paysandú department, 934 in Durazno, 594 in Salto, 106 in Artigas, 40 in Rocha, 39 in Soriano, 25 in Cerro Largo, 25 in Treinta y Tres and 19 in Tacuarembó departments.
  • On 18-19 May, drier conditions are expected across the country.

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Brazil - Floods and landslides, update

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/05/2024

  • The number of casualties and the damage are still increasing following the heavy rainfall that has been affecting the Rio Grande do Sul state since early May, causing floods and triggering landslides and mudslides.
  • The Civil Defense of Rio Grande do Sul reports, as of 16 May, 151 fatalities, 104 people still missing, 806 injured people, nearly 540,200 displaced people - of which around 77,200 evacuated in several shelters -  and a total of approximately 2,282,000 affected people across 461 municipalities throughout the state. The same source reports over 76,600 rescued people across the affected municipalities.
  • The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMSR720) was activated in rapid mapping mode on 3 May to provide the damage assessment, producing 17 maps so far. 
  • Over the next 72 hours, heavy rainfall with locally very heavy rainfall is still forecasted over northern Rio Grande do Sul state.

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USA - Severe weather

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/05/2024

  • Heavy rainfall, strong wind and thunderstorms have been affecting southern Texas in the last few days, causing severe weather-related incidents that have resulted in casualties and damage.
  • According to media, as of 17 May, four people died in Houston City due to severe weather-related incidents. More than 900,000 homes have been affected by power outages in Harris County, schools are closed in Houston City and several roads have been flooded.
  • For the next 24 hours, more heavy rainfall is expected over Texas, with very heavy rainfall in the eastern and southern parts of the state.

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Italy - Floods

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/05/2024

  • Persistent rainfalls and heavy thunderstorms, with associated hailstorms have been affecting northern and north-eastern Italy, in particular Lombardy, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions over the past 48 hours, causing floods and rivers overflow that have resulted in many damages. There are no fatalities reported as of 17 May, 9.52 a.m.
  • Media report, as of 17 May, one person still missing in the Cantù municipality, Como province, Lombardy region due to floods. In addition, media also report three damaged bridges, of which two in Milano province, Lombardy region and one more in Vicenza province, Veneto region and a number of flooded houses across the Treviso and Verona provinces, Veneto region and in Milano and Mantova provinces, Lombardy region.
  • The Copernicus EMS was activated in rapid mapping (EMSR721) on 16 May for the Lombardy region.
  • Over the next 24 hours, no major rainfall is forecasted over northern and north-eastern Italy. The Italian Civil Protection issued a red alert on 17 May for hydraulic and hydrogeological risk over central and southern Veneto region.

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Floods and flood warnings during the last 24 hours

- ECHO Daily flash of 17/05/2024

  • Belgium: warning level 2/3 for several river basins in the East Flanders region.
  • Croatia: threshold level 2/4 on the Sutla river.
  • Finland: warning level 2/3 for Kittilä (Ounasjoki River).
  • Germany: warning level 2/4 at several regions in Baden-Württemberg, and Rheinland-Pfalz.
  • Italy: warning level 3/3 for Veneto region and 2/3 for Lombardia and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions.
  • Slovenia: threshold level 1/1 on the Drava, Dravinja, Loznica, Mestinjscica, Pesnica and Rogatnica rivers.
  • Sweden: warning level 2/3 for Eastern Västerbotten region and river Bodträskån.
  • Switzerland: warning level 3/4 at two regions in the south.
  • Ukraine: threshold level 2/3 on the Desna and Dnipro rivers as reported on 16 May.

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