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I. International

Pakistan - Floods (NDMA/OCHA, Media, ECHO)

  • According to the report of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of 16 September, at least 2.2 million people have been affected by high flood levels of the rivers Jehlum, Chenab and Indus.
  • Access is gradually improving across northeast and central Punjab province, with a gradual decrease in the flood water levels. However, in southern Punjab, high water levels continue to hamper access.
  • The response focuses on evacuation of the flood vulnerable population and the provision of emergency assistance. Reports from humanitarian organisations and media indicate gaps in the response.
  • The Sindh Provincial Disaster Management Authority has issued three flood and evacuation alerts to district administrations in the six northern riverine districts.
  • The number of the affected population is expected to rise as waters are reaching Northern Sindh province, where the river Indus at Guddu and Sukkur is expected to attain medium to high flood levels by 18 September.
  • OCHA has launched a Multi-cluster Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) assessment in five districts of Punjab to complement preliminary assessments by other organizations.

China, Vietnam, Philippines - Tropical Cyclone KALMAEGI - UPDATE (GDACS, CMA, NCHMF, NDRRMC, Media)

  • KALMAEGI reached the coast of northern Vietnam on 16 September, making landfall in Quang Ninh province at 16.00 UTC as a Typhoon, after having passed the Chinese provinces of Hainan and Guandgdong. A few hours before the landfall, at 12.00 UTC, it was a Typhoon with max. sustained winds of 130 km/h. After the landfall it moved inland over northern Vietnam weakening.
  • In the next 24h it is forecast to continue moving north-west, weakening.
  • On 16-17 September heavy rains, strong winds and storm surge affected the Chinese provinces of Hainan, Guangdong and Guangxi, as well as northern Vietnam. According to media, approx. 20 000 people were evacuated in Lingao County (Hainan, China) and several people were also evacuated in the northern province of Hai Phong City and Quang Ninh (Vietnam).
  • In the Philippines (as of 17 September, NDRRMC), due to its passage there were four dead; 371 394 people affected and displaced in 51 evacuation centers in seven regions of northern Philippines.

Mexico - Tropical Cyclone ODILE (GDACS, NOAA, CONAGUA, Media)

  • On 15-16 September ODILE moved over the Baja California Peninsula, weakening. On 17 September 6.00 UTC it was a Tropical Storm (85 km/h max. sustained winds) and its center was located over the the Gulf of California, approx. 145 km south of Puerto Penasco (Mexico).
  • In the next 24 h it is forecast to move north-northeast, moving over the Gulf of California and reach mainland Mexico, weakening. Heavy rains (150-300 mm, up to 450 mm) may still affect parts of Baja California Peninsula and north-western Mexico on 17-18 September. Heavy rains may also affect parts of south-western USA on 18-19 September.
  • According to media (as of early 17 September), 135 people were slightly injured in Baja California; there were no reports fatalities so far.

Philippines - Volcano Mayon - UPDATE (NDRRMC)

  • As of 16 September, the Mayon Volcano was still on Alert Level 3. According to NDRMMC (as of 16 September), 51 625 people are identified within 6-km Permanent Danger Zone and 6.5-8 km extended high-risk zone; the evacuation of this population started on 16 September.

Guam - Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, PTWC)

  • On 17 September at 6.14 UTC an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 M at a large depth (137 km) struck off the coast of Guam. The epicenter was located under sea approx. 44 km north-west of Pity (Guam). USGS-PAGER indicates shaking up to “Moderate” for 102 000 people. No dangerous tsunami threat was posed by this earthquake.
II. Europe

Meteoalarm - as of 17 September, 5.40 UTC (EUMETNET - Metoalarm )

  • Heavy rain in parts of southern France, and north-western Portugal - Orange Alert
  • Thunderstorms in most of central-western and northern parts of Greece - Orange Alert

Reported high discharges/floods during the last 24 hours by National services (EFAS)

  • HR: Ongoing high discharges of highest alert level on Mura (decreasing), Kupa and Odra (culminating); of second highest alert level on Drava (rising), Sava, Cesma (decreasing); of second lowest alert level on lower Sava and Lower Drava (rising).
  • SI: Ongoing high discharges of 3rd alert level (the highest) on Krka river (decreasing).
  • HU: Ongoing high discharges of 3rd alert level on Leitha/Lajta, Drava, Raba (slight rising or culminate), and Mura river (decreasing).

Forest fires danger forecast (EFFIS)

  • Extreme or very high danger in central and southern Spain; parts of Sicily (Italy); parts of mainland Greece; southern Ukraine; parts of south-eastern Romania; parts of western, central and south-eastern Turkey.
III. Factsheets

Factsheet on Djibouti (ECHO)

  • Djibouti hosts more than 23 700 refugees, mainly from Somalia, who are in need of basic shelter, clean water, and protection services. 
  • The number of people at risk of hunger in Djibouti has increased since the 2011 drought.
  • For 2014, ECHO has allocated €1 million for humanitarian programmes in Djibouti mainly for providing life-saving assistance to the refugees.
  • ECHO also supports integrated livelihoods, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience programmes whose aim is to improve food security and nutrition.


Factsheet on Humanitarian Air Services (ECHO)

  • Humanitarian air services are a lifeline for millions of vulnerable people in humanitarian crisis where quick and safe access is critical in order to save lives.
  • On top of transporting humanitarian supplies and workers, humanitarian air services perform medical and security evacuations.
  • ECHO operates its own air service - ECHO Flight - with hubs in Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and Chad. It ferried over 20 000 passengers and 480 tonnes of cargo in 2013.
  • ECHO also funds other humanitarian air services in a bid to improve the speed and safety of the delivery of humanitarian aid and organises ad-hoc airlifts from Europe in major emergencies.
  • The Commission also co-finances the transport of humanitarian aid and relief material through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/files/aid/countries/factsheets/thematic /humanitarian_air_services_en.pdf

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