28.04.2013
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DMIS: Nepal – Fire : Fire incidents

Brief description of the situation
The fire incidents occurred in different parts of the country since January 2013 however the magnitude of the problem increased rapidly since early March 2013 and caused huge devastation both loss of lives and properties in 19 districts namely Saptari, Siraha, Bara, Routahat, Morang, Sunsari, Parsa, Dang, Bardia and Makawanpur, Sindhuli, Jhapa, Rolpa, Tanahu, Parbat, Bhaktapur, Dhankuta, Okhaldhunga, Taplejung, Sankhuwasava and Banke. Weiter →

26.04.2013
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DMIS: Afghanistan – Earthquake : Earthquake

Brief description of the situation
An earthquake registering 5.6 on the Richter scale occurred at 13.55 hours on 24 April in the eastern region of Afghanistan causing extensive damage to property and the loss of life in Nangahar and Kunar provinces. This was the strongest earthquake recorded in 30 years. Weiter →

25.04.2013
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DMIS: Afghanistan – Flash floods : Flash floods

Brief description of the situation
Flash flood s occurred in Balkh province in northern Afghanistan on 23 April affecting the districts of Keshendeh, Sholgar, Zarea, Charkent and the villages of camp Sakhi, Karta-e-Parsa, Karta-e-Habib, Camp Mohajerin Ali Chopan, Mazar International Airport, Mehrab Abad, Karta-e-Ishani, Karta-e-Amani, and Sajjadai in the eastern part of Mazar city. Weiter →

24.04.2013
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DMIS: Bangladesh – Other : Building collapsed Update

Brief description of the situation
A eight storied building in Savar nearby the capital city collapsed this morning. So far 85 dead body has been recovered while more than 800 is injured and feared to be trapped inside the rubble. Locals said around 6,000 workers used to work in the four factories located in the building, although it is unclear how many were in the building when it collapsed. A massive rescue mission is now under way by the Bangladesh army, Fire service & civil Defense, Bangladesh police in association with Bangladesh Red Crescent Society(BDRCS), Bangladesh Scout. Border Guard Bangladesh has joined the rescue operation in afternoon. Injured people are being transported to the hospital nearby. Hundreds of people are still trapped in the rubble. A private TV channel reported that 25 people are trapped under a beam in the 2nd floor of the collapsed structure. According to the Government source, rescue operation is likely to continue for three days. So far the Enam medical college Hospital has already treated more than 800 people. The dead bodies are being shifted and kept to the Enam medical college hospital. BDRCS sent 92 body bags in the morning while ICRC sent additional 200 body bags in the afternoon.
The rescue operation is hampered due to dense mob in 2 km areas of the incident place. Weiter →

24.04.2013
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DMIS: Bangladesh – Other : Building collapsed

Brief description of the situation
A eight storied building in Savar nearby the capital city collapsed this morning. So far 80 dead body has been recovered while more than 800 is injured and feared to be trapped inside the rubble. The building contained a clothing factories, a bank and several other shops. Bangladesh Army and Fire service, Civil Defense and police are conducting the rescue and evacuation operation. A team of BDRCS trained volunteers is on the ground and assisting the rescue and evacuation operation. Ten team from the Ministry of Health has been deployed on the spot. Injured people are being shifted to the hospital if required. However, thousand of crowd hampering the response operation in terms of reaching the spot as well as shifting the injured persons to the hospital.
Army has established mobile treatment tent/camp for providing primary health service.
Personnel of Enam Medical College reported that more than 450 people had been admitted to the hospital with injuries. A further 350 people, most of them garment workers, received first aid at the hospital without being formally admitted.
Currently water bottles have been supplied to the collapsed structure for the injured and trapped people. Weiter →

23.04.2013
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DMIS: Nigeria – Other : Attacks on Baga in Borno

Brief description of the situation
There is an unconfirmed report of the killing of 180 civilians in the town of Baga, 93 kilometres north of Maiduguri the capital of Borno state in North-east Nigeria. Most of the deaths recorded is said to be as a result of the ensuing fire that broke out and damaged homes and properties. However, the number of those killed is said to be much higher than is being quoted in the media. The local Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) branch in Borno reported that the incident occured on Saturday 20 April 2013. Security concerns could not allow a preliminary assessment of the situation. So far 187 dead have been buried while 77 are on admission in the hospital Over 300 houses burnt down
According to sources, unknown gunmen attacked a military formation in Baga reportedly killing two soliders. Soldiers then retaliated with shoot-at-sight despite civilians reportedly being used as shields. The Military has cordorned-off the entire area denying access to all responders. NRCS staff and volunteers have requested security clearance to access the area but this has as yet not been provided.
In a related development, there is a report from NRCS Biu division that another group of unknown gunmen have attacked a Police Barracks in Biu town on Monday (22nd April, 2013) around 7:00am. Biu is about 200 Kms to the south of Maiduguri the Borno state capital Weiter →

22.04.2013
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DMIS: China – Earthquake : Sichuan Ya’an earthquake update

Brief description of the situation

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit south China’s Sichuan province at 8.02 a.m Beijing time on 20 April, had its epicenter near Lushan county, Ya’an City at a depth of 13 km. A large number of aftershocks continue to shake the affected area with several of them being above magnitude 5.
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20.04.2013
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DMIS: China – Earthquake : Death toll rising after M7.0 EQ in SW China

Brief description of the situation

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county of Ya’an city in south China’s Sichuan Province at 8:02 a.m.Beijing Time on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

More than 600 aftershocks have been reported with strongest one being a 5.3-magnitude earthquake that jolted the border areas between the counties of Lushan and Tianquan at about 11:34 a.m. About 120,000 people are currently waiting for settlement. More affected victims are under the hot weather and in urgent need of tents, drinking water, shelters, mobile power supply, ponchos, dry food, instant noodles and other supplies. Weiter →

20.04.2013
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DMIS: China – Earthquake : M7.0 Earthquake hit Southwest China Sichuan

Brief description of the situation

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county of Ya’an city in south China’s Sichuan Province at 8:02 a.m. Saturday Beijing Time. The epicenter, with a depth of 13 km, was monitored at 30.3 degrees north latitude and 103.0 degrees east longitude. Several aftershocks are reported, with the biggest one at magnitude 5.1. Roads and tele-communication at Lushan County have been blocked.

Yaan city is 120 kilometers from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, with a total of 1.2 million population. Weiter →

20.04.2013
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DMIS: Argentina – Floods : Inundaciones locales en Argentina

Brief description of the situation

Paulatinamente las familias van retomando sus actividades cotidianas. A 17 dias de la inundación, varios barrios céntricos o con caracteristicas urbanas de “clase media” (Tolosa, La Loma, Gonnet, etc) parecen acelerar su recuperación, aunque las necesidades de contención y apoyo psicosocial siguen vigentes. Pero en el resto de los barrios (Ringuelet, San Carlos, Los Hornos, Altos de San Lorenzo y Villa Elvira), la situación aún sigue comprometida, asociado también a las condiciones de vulnerabilidad estructural pre existente a las lluvias. Gran cantidad de casillas precarias todavía no estan habitables (y sus familias siguen conviviendo con familiares o amigos), los entornos continúan con amplia acumulación de basura que la propia gente ha empezado a quemar, ya que los camiones municipales no pueden acceder totalmente. Esto, sumado a los zanjones todavía anegados que bordean los caminos, van ocasionando la proliferación de ratas y mosquitos. Si bien la gente va lentamente estableciendo mecanismos informales de organización local, no se percibe una organización comunitaria consolidada y previa a las inundaciones.

19.04.2013
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DMIS: Dominica – Collapse : 2 Dead, 1 injured after road collapse

Brief description of the situation

The passage of a low pressure trough which dumped 13″ of rain over the past 72 hours on the northeast of the island resulted in the collapse of an area of road leading to the main airport and opening up a 40′ deep chasm. A vehicle conveying three members of the National Football Team to the airport plunged into this chasm at 5.30 a.m. One team member was able to exit the mangled vehicle to safety but the other two occupants remained trapped and were pronounced dead on-site.

Meanwhile several communities in the north and east of the island have experienced flooding and landslides. The airport was temporarily closed this morning when the river running alongside the airport surged over the river retaining wall, flooding sections of the compound. Schools were closed for the day due to the high risk of landslides occurring. Rainfall ceased around mid-morning and since then water levels have been subsiding. Weiter →

18.04.2013
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DMIS: Sierra Leone – Storm surge : Storm Disasters

Brief description of the situation

Since 9th April 2013 several storm disasters have occured in Koinadugu, Kono and Kailahun districts affecting over 6,000 person in Bummpeh,Yengema,Nyanmondu,chanjadu.Futingaya ,Old Yengema road Koidu Town( Old yengema Road) Kensay,Karpetteh,Penduma,Small Sefadu all in Kono district and Kafogo and Segbwema in Koinadugu and Kailahun districts respectively.

No deaths reported but 412 houses destroyed with 1,236 familes affected as was reported in a joint assessment with the local Red Cross and the government Office of National Security-Disaster Management Department (ONS-DMD). Weiter →

17.04.2013
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DMIS: Somalia – Floods : Floods in Somaliland region Update

Brief description of the situation

In 2013, the Gu’ rains started in the middle of one of the hottest, hardest and harshest times that have been experienced in the Sool region, Somaliland. On Thursday, 21st March 2013, heavy rains were experienced in some parts of the region including the capital town of Lasanod bringing much relief to the community. Several districts of the region like the Hawd area (Ogo), Nugal Valley, the Sool Plateau known for water scarcity received good rains resulting in the filling of empty Berkeds (water reservoir) .Plenty of water is also visible in the dams, gullies and natural swamps. Fresh grass and pastures have grown vastly in the affected areas as the livestock and other animals begin to nourish again after undergoing long semi – drought conditions. Unlike the previous rains received in the region, this season the rains have intensified, have bigger droplets and produced more water with in short period of time. in Lasanod district alone, the rain gauge indicated; 230mm in 45 min, 110mm in 15 min and 100mm in 7 min. This is one of the highest rates recorded from the area in recent years. One person was killed by lightening strike in Farxaskulle, Lasanod district, together with his 80 goats and sheep. 450 households in Lafaweyne village, Huddun district were affected by floods with 5 of them being washed away. Household properties were also destroyed by the raging floods.

16.04.2013
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DMIS: Pakistan – Earthquake : 7.8 earthquake hits near Iran-Pakistan Border Update

Brief description of the situation

A powerful earthquake struck border area of southeast Iran on Tuesday 16th of April 2013 killing at least 35 people in neighboring Pakistan, destroying hundreds of houses and shaking buildings as far away as India and Gulf Arab states. Government officials said at least 30 people were killed and 150 injured in the town of Mashkeel in the southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan, which borders Iran. According to initial reports from PRCS Balochistan Branch; Nine peoples are died and more then 100 are injuerd, thousend of houses also destroyed in the area of Tehsil Maskhel. Wiener Zeitung

16.04.2013
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DMIS: Pakistan – Earthquake : 7.8 earthquake hits near Iran-Pakistan Border

Brief description of the situation

Tremors were felt across Pakistan around 15:44 PST on Tuesday. The US Geological Survey said it had measured the earthquake at magnitude 7.8 and gave its location as 50 miles east-south-east of the town of Khash, in Iran. According to the initial media reports, at least 5 people have been reportedly dead and 35 other injured in Pakistan Panjgore area around 1000 houses collapsed in the town of Mushkil near border of Iran.

16.04.2013
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DMIS: Somalia – Floods : Floods in South Central

Brief description of the situation

Spring “ Gu” rainy season has already started in all regions of the country. In most parts of regions have received good rains while, in other parts reports indicate that they have received light to moderate rains. The following are the reports sent by SRCS branches across the country.

In Gedo region, there have been heavy to moderate rains in most districts such as Bardera, Fafahdhun, Elwaq, Dolow, Luq and Burdhubo for almost a week. Jubba river is close to overflowing, if the rains continue in this way for some more days, it is more likely to overflow and result in heavy flooding leading to massive destruction of properties and lives. For that reason, most farmers have started to dismantle their irrigation engines to avoid being washed away by the potential floods. In rain-fed regions of Bakol and Bay, rains have been received in almost all districts including Baidoa, Burhakaba, Berdale, Huddur, Tieglow, Elgaras, and Rabdhure. Most farmers have already started planting the seeds. Weiter →

15.04.2013
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DMIS: Ghana | Storm surge | More rainstorms wreak havoc on parts of Ghana

Brief description of the situation

On 12/04/13 a severe storm hit Bole township, the capital of Bole district, and destroyed 30 houses, rendered over 200 hundred people homeless and injured about 200 sustaining injuries. The are now being hosted by friends and relatives. Another storm hit Agona East district in the Central region and affected 23 communities ripping off the roofs of 401 houses and displacing 984 people. Several schools have also been ripped off. Seventeen districts have suffered from severe rainstorms rendering hundreds of of people homeless and ripping off so many rooms since the beginning of March.