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GDACS Daily Newsletter for 8/13/2011

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Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System — Newsletter 8/13/2011

This daily newsletter provides an overview of the natural disasters that happened in the last 24 hours and response measures for ongoing disasters. GDACS currently covers earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones, volcanic eruptions and floods. The color coding (red, orange, green) is related to the estimated humanitarian impact of the event.

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Disaster events in the last 24 hours

GDACS detected the following potential disasters. For up-to-date media coverage, latest maps and ReliefWeb content related to these disasters, please go to GDACS homepage.

Current tropical cyclones (source JRC and Pacific Disaster Center)


Automatic impact report (JRC)
capSIX-11 in Atlantic
PDC—13 Aug 2011new


Tropical Storm SIX-11 affected few people with winds above 39mph (63 km/h) and few people with hurricane wind strengths (74mph or 119 km/h). In addition, few people are living in coastal areas below 5m and can therefore be affected by storm surge.

Discussions in Virtual OSOCC

The GDACS Virtual OSOCC is a forum for emergency managers. If you are involved in an ongoing emergency as a local emergency management authority or as an international responder, please provide your information in the GDACS Virtual OSOCC. The following emergencies are currently open.

Haiti - Tropical Storm Emily 4-Aug-2011 16:23
Puyehue Volcano Eruption - Chile/Argentina 14-Jun-2011 10:33

ReliefWeb Situation Reports

More content on ongoing disasters on ReliefWeb.

Situation humanitaire en Sud- Kivu R. D. Congo - Rapport mensuel, Juillet 2011 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 20:56:44 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  Democratic Republic of the Congo (the), Rwanda

Faits marquants

?? Les cas de cholera persistent mais ont globalement baisse;

?? A cause de la situation de protection restee precaire dans le territoire de Shabunda, la population a continue a se deplacer;

?? Une campagne de vaccination de suivi de la rougeole s?est organisee dans quatre zones de sante.

Pakistan Monsoon Update 12 August 2011 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 19:36:29 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  Pakistan

Situation Overview

Sindh Floods / Rains Situation

Intense rains continue over Lower Sindh across districts of Tharparkar, Badin, Umarkot, Mirpurkhas, Tando Muhammad Khan; Thatta, Hyderabad and Tando Allahyar. Karachi remains vulnerable to urban flooding and rain impact extends till Nawabshah (Benazirabad) and further north.

Protection of Civilians Weekly Report, 03 - 09 August 2011 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 08:27:48 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  occupied Palestinian territory

Key issues

  • As the month of Ramadan begins, the majority of the Muslim population in the oPt remains unable to exercise its right to freedom of worship, due to the Israeli restrictions on access to East Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque.

  • Electricity shortages throughout the Gaza Strip have increased to eight hours a day. This is severely disrupting the functioning of households, including adequate refrigeration of food, as well as the provision of essential services, including water supply, sewage removal and treatment and medical services.

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Crisis Situation Report No. 53 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 08:20:02 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (the), Chad, Egypt, Tunisia

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was prepared by OCHA Libya. It covers the period from 4 to 11August; the next report will be issued on or around 31August.


  • The Secretary-General has called on all parties to exercise extreme caution in their actions, in order to minimise any further loss of civilian life

  • Reports of displacement from the road between Azizia (55 km southwest of Tripoli) and the Nafusa Mountains

  • Immediate need for chemicals to treat water in desalinization plants supplying Sousa and Al-Bayda

  • Over 800,000 conflict-affected people have been reached with food assistance in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt since the start of the crisis

Horn of Africa Drought Crisis Situation Report No. 9 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 00:05:39 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA Eastern Africa. It covers the period from 3 to 10 August. The next report will be issued on or around 17 August.


? ICRC is gradually scaling up its operations in central and southern Somalia from 162,000 food beneficiaries to an additional 1.1 million people ? roughly half of those currently cut off.

? Al-Shabaab announced its withdrawal from Mogadishu on 6 August. However insecurity remains a concern for humanitarian actors in the Somali capital.

? A fourth refugee camp in Ethiopia?s Dollo Ado region, at Hilaweyn, officially opened on 5 August, with the first transfers of refugees from the overcrowded Dollo Ado transit centre.

? About half of food aid beneficiaries in Ethiopia will get an incomplete ration of pulses and Corn Soy Blend in the next round of distributions, due to lack of funding and procurement difficulties.

? Kenya?s food needs for the rest of the year are being assessed by mobiles teams fanned out across the country, as the government sets up a task force to manage all relief food distribution.


See all maps produced by UNOSAT.

image Analysis Summary- IDP Shelter Site Identification within Mogadishu, Somalia (28 July 2011)
UNOSAT  12 Aug 2011 5:48:11 PM newThis summary report presents the preliminary results from a satellite-based assessment of Somali IDP shelter concentrations within the urban extent of the capital city of Mogadishu based on imagery recorded on the morning of 28 July 2011. A total of 186 spatially distinct IDP shelter concentrations were identified within the city, encompassing a total area of approximately 175ha. The two largest IDP concentrations in the city were located in Wadajir (Medina) and Dharkelynley. A detailed shelter count assessment for these two locations indicated a total of over 7,700 separate IDP shelters, which ranged from very small, informal shelters constructed from sticks to large emergency tents provided by international aid agencies. A preliminary projection of the total number of IDP shelters located within the urban extent of Mogadishu (on 28 July 2011) could range from approximately 15,000 to 25,000. Although the vast majority of shelter locations are located in areas under the control of AMISOM and TFG forces, there are a few potential IDP shelter locations within the eastern half of Mogadishu which was until last week under al Shabaab control, most notably a large complex of mixed buildings and structures in Karan district. This summary product will be followed by a more detailed report currently in preparation with additional content including a time-series analysis of the IDP shelter site movement within the city as well as detailed imagery focus maps of significant shelter concentrations. This is a preliminary assessment and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send feedback to UNITAR/UNOSAT at the contact information below.
Satellite Data: QB02 / WV02
Imagery Dates: 15 April, 28 July 2011
Resolution: 0.6 m/0.5 m
Copyright: DigitalGlobe 2011
Source: European Space Imaging
Landcover: UNITAR / UNOSAT
Road Data: Google Map Maker
Admin Boundaries: OCHA
Other Data: USGS, NGA
Coordinate System: UTM Zone 38N
Datum: WGS 1984
Analysis conducted with ArcGIS v10

ReliefWeb Maps

More maps in ReliefWeb Map Centre.

Horn of Africa Crisis: Food Security (Jul - Aug 2011) Fri, 12 Aug 2011 19:41:04 +0000
Source:  ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)

Country:  Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya
Horn of Africa Drought: CERF Support in 2011 (as of 10 Aug 2011) Fri, 12 Aug 2011 19:24:15 +0000
Source:  ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Drought in the Horn of Africa has left 12.4 million people in need of help. While international attention to the emergency has peaked in recent weeks, CERF funds have been addressing the crisis since rainfalls failed at the end of 2010. More than $107 million has been allocated to Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia this year.

Country:  Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya
Location Map (2011) Fri, 12 Aug 2011 13:05:06 +0000
Source:  ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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See all location maps.

Country:  Senegal
Floods (as of 10 Aug 2011) Fri, 12 Aug 2011 12:09:39 +0000
Source:  ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  Myanmar
Key facts and figures for Sudan with a focus on Darfur Fri, 12 Aug 2011 07:30:23 +0000
Source:  UN Country Team in Sudan
Country:  Sudan (the)

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Created on 8/13/2011 8:05:42 AM.