Madagascar: Tropical Storm Chedza - Jan 2015
GLIDE number: TC-2015-000004-MDG
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Madagascar
Tropical storm Chedza made landfall over Madagascar on 16 Jan 2015 and weakened into a tropical depression as it crossed the island. According to preliminary information, 13 people have been killed, 51,341 affected and 9,412 displaced by Tropical Storm Chedza. The western region of Menabe was hardest hit, as well as the eastern districts of Manakara, Mananjary, Nosy Varika (Vatovavy-Fitovinany) and Farafangana (Atsimo Atsinanana). Antananarivo was also impacted by the associated heavy rains, where 23,655 people are affected and 6,683 displaced. Search and rescue operations, as well as other support measures, are being undertaken, and assessments are continuing. The Government has mobilized US$1.3 million for the response, and partners continue to support the provision of assistance. More rains are expected over the island, including over Antananarivo. (OCHA, 19 Jan 2015)
Date: 15 Jan 2015
Malawi: Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
GLIDE number: FL-2015-000006-MWI
Disaster type: Flood
Affected countries: Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Heavy seasonal rainfall starting in December 2014 has caused flooding in Southern Africa. As of 16 Jan 2015, 135,000 people had been affected in Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and Zimbabwe. (OCHA, 16 Jan 2015)
In Malawi, the floods caused extensive damage to crops, livestock and infrastructure. The southern districts of Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe and Zomba were the most affected. In response, the President of the Republic of Malawi declared a State of Disaster in the 15 affected districts (out of a total of 28 districts) on 13 Jan 2015. (UN RC, 15 Jan 2015) On 21 Jan, a Preliminary Response Plan was presented to the Office of the Vice President, which seeks $81 million to address the immediate needs of up to 638,000 people who have been affected by floods.
In Mozambique, as of 22 Jan, 144,330 people (32,285 families) had been affected, and an estimated 11,000 houses were destroyed, with Zambézia province the worst hit, with 119,564 people (24,278 families) affected, of which 50,481 people (11,662 families) were hosted in 49 accommodation centers (UNCT, 22 Jan 2015).
Zimbabwe reports widespread flooding across the country, with the worst affected provinces including Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West and Midlands. According to preliminary assessments, approximately 6,000 people (1,200 households) have been affected, of which 2,500 people (500 households) are in urgent need of assistance. The flood-affected population has moved to higher ground, with some seeking refuge in schools. (IFRC, 13 Jan 2015)
In Madagascar, weeks of heavy rainfall had already caused high river levels and soil saturation when Tropical Storm Chedza crossed the island on 16 Jan. Continuing rainfall not only exacerbated the impact of Chedza, but also caused flood conditions over the north of the country. (OCHA, 21 Jan 2015)
Date: 13 Jan 2015
Lebanon: Middle East: Cold Wave - Jan 2015
GLIDE number: CW-2015-000002-LBN
Disaster type: Cold Wave
Affected countries: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey
Winter storm Huda (called Zeina in Lebanon) started sweeping across the Middle East on 6 Jan 2015, bringing heavy snow and rainfall, high winds and freezing temperatures to tens of thousands of refugees living in camps and makeshift shelters across the region. In Lebanon, the Red Cross estimated that close to 1,000,000 people were affected and around 2,000 people would need EMS and search and rescue services (IFRC, 12 Jan 2015). In Syria, at least 10 people had died of freezing temperatures as of 12 Jan (AFP, 12 Jan 2014). In Jordan's Za'atari camp the extreme weather flooded homes, collapsed tents and forced hundreds to wait out the storms in emergency shelters or with neighbours and relatives (UNHCR, 9 Jan 2015).
On 16 Jan, the Syria Humanitarian Coordinator called on the international community to urgently fund winter response, as the winterization plan, which was launched in October 2014 and targets 3.3 million people inside Syria, remained underfunded by $70 million (OCHA, 16 Jan 2015).
Date: 12 Jan 2015