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I. International

Palestine - Conflict (ECHO, media, OCHA)

  • The Palestinian health services have reported that 29 people were killed by Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip on Thursday 21 Aug. That brings the number of fatalities since the cease-fire collapsed last Tuesday to 58 people. Some 2,078 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the campaign began in early July. The number of wounded currently exceeds 10 300. (media).
  • The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) into the Gaza Strip has risen to 458 000, including an increase by 23 000 IDPs in these last hours, seeking shelter in UNRWA’s schools and in the seven PA schools which it supports. This number is expected to increase further with the resumption of hostilities.(OCHA)

Georgia - Landslide

  • On 20 August a landslide hit Dariali gorge which closed road Georgia - Russia and damaged a gas pipeline.
  • The landslide struck the same area which was hit on 17 May 2014.
  • Two people are missing. Kazbegi - Larsi border cossing to Russia has been flooded.
  • According to the government of Georgia the damage is significantly larger than it was in previous landslide on 17 May this year.

Cambodia - Floods (Local Media, NMS)

  • Floods have been affecting Cambodia since July, due to an early onset of the rainy season, according to local media quoting the National Committee for Disaster Management. As of 19 August, the death toll has reached 45, while over 11 500 families had to evacuate their homes. Water levels are currently declining across the country.

Japan - Severe Weather (Japan Meteorological Agency, Local Media)

  • Although the official death toll due to the landslides in the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima remains at 39, the number of missing people has increased sharply, reaching at least 52, as of 22 August. Local media report dozens of houses destroyed and over 4 000 people ordered to evacuate their homes, as rain is expected to continue affecting the area.
  • As of 22 August, the JMA has Warnings for heavy rain in parts of Hiroshima prefecture, as well as for heavy rain and floods in parts of northern Honshu and southern Hokkaido.
II. Europe

Sweden - Floods (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, MSB)

  • As of 22 August, the SMHI has downgraded the warning level for floods in Halland county to Class 2, while it maintained a Class 2 Warning for Värmland and Västra Götaland counties. The situation in Getinge, Halland, is improving.
  • In Värmland, flood waters affected mostly the town of Kristinehamn, blocking roads and railway. An alert for affected drinking water quality has also been broadcasted in the Kristinehamn area.
  • Rain is expected to continue over central and south-western Sweden in the next 24h, according to the SMHI.

Meteoalarm - as of 22 August, 6.10 UTC (EUMETNET Meteoalarm)

  • Rain in north-eastern Spain - Orange Alert
  • Thunderstorms in part of north-eastern Spain - Orange Alert
  • Wind in coastal Montenegro - Orange Alert
  • Flood in parts of central and south-western Sweden - Orange Alert

Forest fire danger forecast (EFFIS)

  • Extreme or very high danger in central and southern Spain and Portugal; Sicily, northern Sardinia and southern mainland Italy; southern France near Cannes; eastern and southern Aegean islands, most of mainland Greece; most of Turkey; central and southern Ukraine; part of south-western Russia closed to the sea of Azov.
III. Factsheets

Factsheet on Ebola in West Africa (ECHO)

  • Ebola epidemic is taking a devastating toll in the four affected countries: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. As of 18 August there are 2 473 reported cases of infected with the virus and close to 1 350 deaths.
  • According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), this is the largest recorded outbreak in terms of cases, deaths and geographical coverage. The WHO has declared the epidemic a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), calling for a coordinated international response.
  • The European Commission is increasingly concerned by the continuing spread of the disease. It has continuously scale up its response since March 2014 and has pledged a total of EUR 11.9 million for humanitarian aid.
  • In addition humanitarian experts have been deployed in the region, monitoring the situation and liaising with partners and local authorities.
  • The European Commission is closely following the situation through its Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC).



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