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Paraguay – Heatwave

- ECHO Daily flash of 20/01/2022

  • The recent extreme heatwave affecting South America has caused a record number of forest, peri-urban and urban fires across Paraguay.
  • The frequency and gravity of the fires, along with the very high number of COVID-19 cases, prompted the national authorities to consider the activation of the state of emergency in the whole country.
  • Within the last days, 3 757 heat hotspots were recorded. So far, the authorities estimate the loss of agricultural produce to reach the equivalent of 12% of the GDP. It is the small and medium farmers who have been the most severely affected and will need the most support to recover.

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Syria - Cold wave

- ECHO Daily flash of 20/01/2022

  • Heavy snowfall and very low temperatures have been affecting the internally displaced people (IDPs) camps across northern Syria (particularly Aleppo, and Idleb Governorates) since 18 January, causing casualties and damage.
  • UN OCHA and CARE report, as of 19 January, three fatalities, of which one in a camp in Qastal Miqdad Village area (Afrin District, Aleppo Governorate) and two additional in a camp north of Aleppo City. UN OCHA also reports more than 2,100 affected people and 363 damaged tents across a number of camps in the area, with Abraz Camp (Afrin District) the worst affected.
  • Some of the roads to the camps remain blocked due to the snow accumulation. Heating and bread are reported as the most urgent needs. Humanitarian partners are calling for the provision of additional support for winterisation.
  • Over the next 24 hours, more precipitations are forecast over northern Aleppo Governorate, while drier conditions are forecast over Idleb Governorate.

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South Africa - Floods

- ECHO Daily flash of 20/01/2022

  • Recent heavy rainfall has been reported across central and eastern South Africa, causing floods and river overflow, and resulting in casualties.
  • According to media, at least one person has been confirmed dead and dozens of people have been evacuated and relocated to evacuation centres in Ladysmith City (KwaZulu-Natal Province, eastern South Africa). Floodwaters have caused damage to houses and infrastructure across KwaZulu-Natal Province.
  • Evacuation operations have started for a number of people as water has been released from the Bloemhof and Vaal Dam, after the water levels of the Vaal River have increased. As of 20 January, both the Bloemhof Dam and the Vaal Dam are currently at 111% capacity, as reported by the Water and Sanitation Department of South Africa (DWS). 
  • On 20-21 January, drier conditions are expected over South Africa.

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

- ECHO Daily flash of 20/01/2022

  • Lithuania: threshold level 2/3 in one region in the western part of the country.

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Tonga - Volcanic eruption and tsunami, update

- ECHO Daily flash of 19/01/2022

  • According to the United Nations, at least three people have died, and many people are still missing, following the huge volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami waves that affected mostly the archipelago of Tonga on 15 January.
  • At least 90 people have been evacuated in evacuation centres located in the Island of Eua, 17 km south-east of Tongatapu, the most affected island where around 50 houses have been destroyed, and 50 damaged. Many other displaced people fled to the homes of friends and family. Damage has been also reported across the islands of Mango and Fonoi. Furthermore, the affected undersea telecommunications cable connecting Tonga to the rest of the world will take at least a month to be repaired.
  • On 18 January 2022, the Government of Tonga requested assistance from the EU Civil Protection Mechanism through EU Member States/Participating States.
  • The Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service (EMS) was activated in rapid mapping mode (EMSR558) on 15 January, and two maps have been produced so far.


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Yemen - Conflict

- ECHO Daily flash of 19/01/2022

  • Violence in Yemen and the region is escalating.  On 16 January a cross-border attack, claimed by Yemeni movement, Ansar Allah (AA), was carried out against a fuel storage facility in Abu Dhabi and a construction site near Abu Dhabi International Airport. This is the first attack against the United Arab Emirates for which AA claims responsibility.
  • In retaliation, the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) launched air raids on the capital Sana’a on 17 January. According to the media at least 14 people were killed in the deadliest bombardment in the city since 2019.
  • On 18 January, UN Secretary-General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres released a statement deploring the recent SLC airstrikes in Sana’a and repeated calls to conflict parties to protect civilians and civilian structures.
  • DG ECHO continuous to advocates before all parties to the conflict to comply with their obligations under International Humanitarian Law (IHL) to protect civilians during the ongoing hostilities. 

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Indonesia - Floods

- ECHO Daily flash of 19/01/2022

  • On 17-18 January, floods caused by heavy rainfall have been reported across several areas of Indonesia, as reported by the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADINet). 
  • More than 18,870 people have been affected, and about 1,320 houses have been damaged across the Provinces of Aceh, West Kalimantan, East Nusa Tenggara, East Java, Central Java, and West Java. 
  • On 19-20 January, heavy rainfall accompanied by lightning and strong winds are forecast over West Kalimantan, East Nusa Tenggara, East Java, Central Java, and West Java.

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Madagascar - Floods and landslide

- ECHO Daily flash of 19/01/2022

  • Since 17 January, heavy rainfall and thunderstorms have been affecting Analamanga Region, particularly the capital Antananarivo, causing floods, triggering landslides and resulting in casualties and damage.
  • According to media reports, ten people have died, two others have been injured and approximately 500 have been displaced. In addition, widespread damage has been reported in the capital and surrounding areas, including collapsed houses and bridges. The city of Antananarivo has been placed on red alert against "imminent danger” by the city's flood monitoring system. The Urban Commune of Antananarivo (CUA) has activated its contingency plan and has helped evacuate 3,000 people together with the national disaster management authorities (BNGRC).
  • On 19-20 January, moderate rain with thunderstorms is forecast over most parts of Madagascar, particularly central and the whole eastern part of the country.

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Uruguay - Floods

- ECHO Daily flash of 19/01/2022

  • Due to heavy rainfall that was recorded on 17-18 January, several parts of Montevideo Capital City, and Canelones Municipality (southern Uruguay) have been flooded, as reported by national authorities.
  • According to media, at least 160 people were evacuated, while hundreds of persons have been affected, as flood waters have damaged houses and roads. More than 10,000 households experienced electricity outages.
  • The Uruguayan Institute of Meteorology (INUMET) confirmed that on 17 January in few hours, heavy rainfall between 50 and 100 mm was recorded in Montevideo and between 50 and 120 mm in Canelones.
  • National authorities are assisting the affected population with food, water, shelter and relief items.
  • On 19-20 January, heavy rainfall is forecast over central and central-eastern Uruguay.

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Latvia - Severe weather

- ECHO Daily flash of 19/01/2022

  • "Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre" informs about strong winds across Latvia on 17 January and sets highest level warning in Riga City and in the Gulf of Riga with prognosis of 33 m/s. Warnings were set also across the coast and inland territory of Latvia. 
  • Strong winds on 17 January across Latvia resulted in one casualty and damages of buildings, electricity lines and main roads, which most took place in Riga and Jurmala Cities. More than 300 rescue operations were conducted across Latvia, mainly due to damaged buildings, fallen trees, damaged electricity lines and road accidents.
  • Power supplier “Sadales tikls” informs that during 17 January sudden power cut was experienced by 26,000 clients and until the morning of 18 January power supply was renewed to the overall number of 91, 000 clients. Main damage was due to fallen trees or twigs, as well as damaged electricity poles.
  • On 19 January, no strong winds or heavy rainfall is forecast over Latvia.

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