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GDACS Daily Newsletter for 11/17/2011

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Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System — Newsletter 11/17/2011

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.

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.

Earthquake in the Van Province, Turkey 23-Oct-2011 14:21
Central America region - floods 20-Oct-2011 19:17
Nicaragua - floods 18-Oct-2011 23:45
Southeast Asia: Flooding 13-Oct-2011 16:45
6.8M Earthquake - Sikkim, INDIA 18-Sep-2011 18:39
Bahamas - Hurricane Irene 27-Aug-2011 16:55

ReliefWeb Situation Reports

More content on ongoing disasters on ReliefWeb.

El Salvador: Food Security situation after Tropical Depression 12 E in Central America Wed, 16 Nov 2011 22:02:28 +0000
Source:  CARE, Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, World Food Programme, World Vision
Country:  El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua

Appropriate natural resources management can mitigate impact of extreme weather related events


Central America is the second most vulnerable region in the world for cl risks. Due to the high vulnerability of the smallholders, subsistence farmers, daily laborers (agricultural and non-agricultural), vulnerable households depending from instable livelihoods and the environment, the region has to consider risk reduction as a priority; it needs to be thoroughly mainstreamed in development efforts and budget planning.

Although Central American countries are in the middle income group, the region presents disparity in terms of wealth distribution. More than 70 percent of the rural population lives below the poverty level. There is a high prevalence of chronic undernutrition, which reaches up to 57 percent in Guatemala, often with a higher prevalence at the sub-national level.

Prevalence of chronic undernutrition among children under 5 is significantly worse in rural and indigenous areas where rates are often more than double those in urban areas.
Chronic undernutrition is also very high in these areas.

Between 10 - 20 October 2011, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua were under the destructive influence of Tropical Depression 12E (TD 12E) and the ensuing atmospheric instability led to several days of extremely intensive rainfall, causing great damage to productive sectors in these countries. Initial estimates from the four governments indicate that overall up to 800,000 people have been affected by TD 12E and at least 90 deaths were reported. From this population, more than 30,000 persons were still living in temporary shelters at the beginning of November.

Between 200 and 300 thousand farming families are seeing their harvest decreased by 30 to up to 100 percent after their crops were flooded or washed away and the soil was completely saturated by water during several weeks. The total value for the subsistence production losses has been initially estimated at least US$ 300 to 400 million for the region in terms of staple crops.

Beyond these numbers and statistics, decision makers have to keep in mind the individual family catastrophe for those who have lost their main livelihoods in just a few days.

Households whose main livelihoods are subsistence farming and have lost part or all of their crops will not be able to recuperate their basic productive capacity until the next harvest. While immediate assistance has been quickly organized to shelter displaced families, bring food assistance and health services, a serious concern remains for the rehabilitation of basic livelihoods for thousands of subsistence farmer households and vulnerable rural households that in general depend on instable livelihoods will be facing a prolonged hunger gap period until August/September 2012.

Kenya: Somalia Famine & Drought - Situation Report No. 22 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:04:47 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  Somalia, Kenya

This report is produced by OCHA Somalia in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA in New York. It covers the period from 9 to 15 November. The next report will be issued on 22 November 2011.


? In October, 2.6 million people were reached with food interventions, a 15 per cent increase from those reached in September.

? There has been a 47 per cent decrease in the number of measles cases in south and central regions between mid-September and the end of October due to mass vaccination campaigns.

? The Kenyan incursion coupled with insecurity and heavy rains in the Juba regions continues to impede access to the population in need.

Democratic Republic of the Congo (the): Situation humanitaire en RDC au 11 novembre 2011 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 16:08:35 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  Democratic Republic of the Congo (the)


? NORD-KIVU : L?eruption du Nyamulagira pourrait entrainer une eruption du Nyiragongo dans les mois a venir

? SUD-KIVU : Des hommes armes ont arrete un vehicule loue par une ONG internationale et vole les medicaments destines a approvisionner le centre hospitalier de Lulimba

? ORIENTALE : La faible prise en charge des nombreux militaires dans la zone d?Opienge poussent ces derniers a se servir sur la population civile qui subit des exactions

? KATANGA : De fortes pluies ont provoque l?ecroulement des deux batiments d?une ecole a Taba Congo et blesse 157 eleves dont 94 grievement

? EQUATEUR : De nombreux axes routiers fortement degrades empechent l?acces des humanitaires a leurs beneficiaires

? KINSHASA : Le nombre important de cas de cholera dans les camps militaires et de police inquietent les humanitaires en ce moment de fortes pluies

Democratic Republic of the Congo (the): Action humanitaire en Province Orientale - Rapport mensuel octobre 2011 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 14:59:21 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  Democratic Republic of the Congo (the)

Faits saillants

A. 21 incidents securitaires rapportes dans les Uele au mois d?octobre dont 9 attribues aux presumes LRA

B. Des hommes armes accuses d?exactions contre les populations civiles

C. La malnutrition est devenue la seconde cause de mortalite chez les enfants de moins de 5 ans apres le paludisme

D. Lancement des travaux de rehabilitation de la route Dungu-Niangara long de 98 km

Democratic Republic of the Congo (the): Bulletin d'information Humanitaire - Province du Sud-Kivu - N? 44/11 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 09:35:27 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  Democratic Republic of the Congo (the)

Faits saillants:

  • Plus de 1 000 maisons detruites selon le bilan definitif des inondations a Sange, Territoire d?Uvira

  • Trois agents humanitaires pris en otage puis liberes dans le Territoire de Fizi

  • 200 jeunes beneficieront du ? Programme d?education des jeunes ? de l?ONG NRC


See all maps produced by UNOSAT.

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ReliefWeb Maps

More maps in ReliefWeb Map Centre.

Burundi: Climate Prediction Center?s Africa Hazards Outlook For USAID / FEWS-NET - November 17 ? November 23, 2011 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 22:45:17 +0000

Note: Map in 2 pages

Country:  Kenya, Burundi, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania (the), Zimbabwe
Source:  Famine Early Warning System Network, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Agency for International Development
Somalia: Somalia Rainfall Forecast - Issued: 16th November, 2011 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 16:52:51 +0000

Note: Map in 2 pages

Country:  Somalia
Source:  Food and Agriculture Organization

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Created on 11/17/2011 8:00:35 AM.