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GDACS Daily Newsletter for 12/16/2011

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Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System — Newsletter 12/16/2011

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.

Earthquakes (source JRC, USGS and EMSC)


Automatic impact report (JRC)
capOff-shore area, (M 6.3, depth 34.1km, unpopulated)
NEIC—Thursday, December 15, 2011 10:10:00 AM UTC


Documents from other organisations

USGS Shakemap

6.3 - SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS Thu, 15 Dec 2011 10:28:08 +0000
shakemapDate: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 10:10:08 UTC
Lat/Lon: -32.6037/-179.104
Depth: 34.1

Current tropical cyclones (source JRC and Pacific Disaster Center)


Automatic impact report (JRC)
capWASHI-11 in NWPacific
PDC—16 Dec 2011new


Tropical Storm WASHI-11 affected 569 thousand 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.

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

ReliefWeb Situation Reports

More content on ongoing disasters on ReliefWeb.

Somalia: Famine & Drought Situation Report No. 26 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:07:04 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  Somalia


? The fiercest fighting in more than three months took place in Mogadishu on 8 December when Al Shabaab forces launched an attack against TFG/AMISOM. Targeted explosions are also increasing in Mogadishu.

? Large increases were reported in the number of measles and malaria cases in southern and central Somalia in November.

? The 2012 Humanitarian Appeal for Somalia was launched on 13 December in Nairobi. US$1.5 billion is required to address the needs of four million people.

Colombia: Colombia: Inundaciones 2011 - Informe de situacion No. 4 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 21:30:32 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  Colombia


? Desde el 1 de septiembre hasta el 12 de diciembre de 2011, las lluvias afectaron a 663.739 personas y causaron 145 muertos. Para el periodo de este informe 44.363 personas resultaron afectadas. ? Los departamentos del Magdalena, Cesar, Choco y Cordoba registran una doble afectacion por la emergencia invernal y por las consecuencias humanitarias del conflicto armado.

? El 13 de diciembre el IDEAM informo que existen condiciones propicias para la conformacion del Fenomeno de la Nina 2011-2012.

? Durante las dos ultimas semanas los niveles de los embalses han sobrepasado su capacidad de almacenamiento, siete de 21 embalses ya superaron los niveles de cabida.

? El Grupo Intercluster priorizo zonas para la identificacion de necesidades y brechas humanitarias para la respuesta a la actual Ola Invernal.

occupied Palestinian territory: The Monthly Humanitarian Monitor, November 2011 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 19:46:35 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  occupied Palestinian territory

November overview

The events of November continued to underscore the extreme vulnerability of certain segments of the Palestinian population in the oPt. Bedouin communities located in Area C of the West Bank are among the most vulnerable groups. More than 90 percent of this month?s 40 demolitions targeted such communities, primarily in the Jordan Valley and in areas surrounding Jerusalem. Because of the Israeli-implemented zoning and planning regime, these communities? development has been curtailed for decades, their access to basic services as well as natural resources remains highly restricted, and the threat of demolitions of their homes is ever-present. Since the beginning of 2011, more than twice as many people were displaced in Area C due to the demolition of their homes compared to the same period in 2010.

Sudan (the): Sudan: Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin 2 ? 11 December 2011 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:59:52 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  Sudan (the), Ethiopia, South Sudan (Republic of)

Key Points

? Fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People?s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) continued in South Kordofan with heavy clashes reported in the disputed border area of Jaw/White Lake.

? UNHCR reports that some 50,000 refugees have arrived in South Sudan from South Kordofan and Blue Nile since the beginning of the crises. This includes some 20,000 from South Kordofan and some 30,000 from Blue Nile. In addition, UNHCR reports that 33,000 Sudanese refugees from Blue Nile State have arrived in Ethiopia.

? Over 12,600 returnees are now at the Kosti way-station, waiting to return to South Sudan.

? Increasing numbers of people displaced from the Abyei area are returning to, or visiting, villages north of the Bahr al Arab/Kiir River.

? HAC reports that some 3,900 people (780 families) have returned to Toma and El Manara, North Darfur, from South Darfur.

Democratic Republic of the Congo (the): Bulletin d'information Humanitaire - Province du Nord-Kivu - N? 50/11 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:21:40 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  Democratic Republic of the Congo (the)

Faits saillants

  • Poursuite d?affrontements entre miliciens d?autodefenses et FDLR a Walikale.

  • Besoins de latrines et fosses a ordures dans les camps CCCM de Masisi et Rutshuru.

  • Risque de reduction d?acces a Rutshuru et Walikale.

Colombia: Desplazamiento y confinamiento de comunidades indigenas y afrocolombianas - Medio Baudo (Choco), Nota de Seguimiento No. 1 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 08:21:57 +0000
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country:  Colombia


? Como consecuencia de enfrentamientos entre grupos armados post-desmovilizacion, mas de 180 personas de comunidades afrocolombianas e indigenas de los rios Pepe y Sierve en zona rural del municipio de Medio Baudo se han desplazado desde el 9 de noviembre.

? Al menos 90 familias habrian enfrentado restricciones a la movilidad.

? Se reportan dificultades para garantizar la asistencia humanitaria.

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ReliefWeb Maps

More maps in ReliefWeb Map Centre.

Somalia: Somalia: Food Security (as of 14 Dec 2011) - Location Map Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:38:43 +0000
Country:  Somalia
Source:  ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Central African Republic (the): West and Central Africa: Main Coordinating Mechanism for Health Response at National Level and at Regional Level (as of 06 Dec 2011) Thu, 15 Dec 2011 15:50:39 +0000
Country:  Central African Republic (the), Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Congo (the), Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo (the), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia (the), Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger (the), Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, United Republic of Tanzania (the)
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Niger (the): West Africa and Sahel: CAP 2011 - Food security & Nutrition funding (As of 26 October 2011) Thu, 15 Dec 2011 15:37:42 +0000
Country:  Niger (the), Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia (the), Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Niger (the): The Sahel: Vulnerability to food insecurity (as of 08 December 2011) Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:47:12 +0000

The Sahel is characterized by long standing chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, poverty and extreme vulnerability to drought. The localized deficit recorded for the agropastoral season 2011/2012 and increasing cereals prices in Mali and Niger could bring millions of people at risk of food insecurity.

Throughout the Sahel, acute malnutrition in children reaches its annual peak during the hunger season. Children under two years of age have the highest risk of becoming sick or dying during this period. Malnutrition is caused by inadequate food quality and quantity, inadequate care, as well as unhealthy household environment and lack of health services.

The prevalence of global acute malnutrition met or exceeded the critical threshold of 10% in all of the surveys conducted in the hunger season of 2011 (from May to August). If food security significantly deteriorates in 2012, the nutrition conditions for children could surpass emergency levels throughout the Sahel region.

Note: Map in 2 pages

Country:  Niger (the), Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal
Source:  UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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Created on 12/16/2011 8:01:29 AM.