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Spain - Severe weather update (ECHO 21 Jan 2020)
Pubdate: 1/21/2020 11:03:00 AM
  • Heavy snowfall, heavy rain, strong winds, very low temperatures and storm surge (due to the so-called "Storm Gloria") have been affecting northern and eastern Spain mainland as well as the Balearic Islands over the past 48 hours, causing casualties and damage.
  • As of 21 January, media report, four fatalities, of which two in Valencia Province (one in Gandia Municipality and one more in Moixent Municipality), one in Avila Province and one in the Asturias Region. In addition, across the Valencia Province, the airport of Alicante has been temporarily closed, schools in 120 municipalities were suspended and several roads were cut off.
  • Over the next 24 hours, heavy rain and strong winds are forecast over most of the country except western regions, while heavy snowfall is forecast over northern and northeastern regions.
  • According to the Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET), a red warning for snow storm remains in effect over parts of Aragona Region as well as for coastal event over northeastern Spain.

(1/21/2020 11:03:00 AM - 1/22/2020 9:30:00 AM)
Australia - Severe weather (ECHO 21 Jan 2020)
Pubdate: 1/21/2020 11:03:00 AM
  • Hailstorms, dust storms and heavy rain with thunderstorms hit south-eastern Australia, particularly New South Wales and Victoria States over the last few days, leading to casualties and damage.
  • As of 21 January, media report two injuries, transportation disruptions and widespread damage in Canberra as a result of a hailstorm, flash floods and landslides. In addition, 2200 houses remained without power in south Sydney after two storms.
  • For the next 48 hours, more heavy rain is forecast across southern Victoria and south-western New South Wales.
  • The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued severe weather warnings across the aforementioned areas.

(1/21/2020 11:03:00 AM - 1/22/2020 9:30:00 AM)
Indonesia - Flash floods (ECHO 21 Jan 2020)
Pubdate: 1/21/2020 11:03:00 AM
  • Heavy rain has been affecting southern Sumatra Island since 19 January, triggering flash floods and causing casualties and damage.
  • As of 21 January, media report at least nine fatalities in Kaur Regency (western Bengkulu Province) following the collapse of a bridge. In addition, one person is reported missing, while 30 more were rescued after the collapse.
  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate rain is forecast over southwestern Sumatra Islands.

(1/21/2020 11:03:00 AM - 1/22/2020 9:30:00 AM)
Floods and flood warnings during the last 24 hours reported by national services (ECHO 21 Jan 2020)
Pubdate: 1/21/2020 2:00:00 AM
  • United Kingdom:Warning level 2/3 for 1 region in England.

(1/21/2020 2:00:00 AM - 1/22/2020 9:30:00 AM)
Iran - Floods (ECHO 21 Jan 2020)
Pubdate: 1/21/2020 2:00:00 AM
  • Since 11 January, heavy rains and river overflowing have led to widespread floods, affecting especially Sistan and Baluchistan (SB), Hormozgan and Kerman. Depth of water reached 8 metres. New waves of rain are expected.
  • In SB, 13 counties are particularly impacted with thousands of people displaced and living in emergency shelters. 500 roads to villages are blocked, 719 villages damaged as well as agricultural land, livestock, schools, health clinics. First estimates report more than 200 000 people directly affected; 100 000 people have their houses at least partially destroyed. Infrastructure and agriculture losses reach USD 100 million. Telecommunications are cut off. 
  • In Hormozgan, floods have affected villages and infrastructure, including roads and water facilities.
  • Most pressing humanitarian needs are safe drinking water, food, hygiene aid. 
  • First emergency, life-saving relief has been provided by Iranian authorities, the Iranian Red Crescent Society and the Military. There is a raising concern about the risk of communicable waterborne diseases, disruption to schooling and livelihoods. 
  • Some humanitarian partners are supporting the response from their stocks. Funds are requested. A needs assessment field mission is ongoing. 
  • EU Copernicus was activated and provided mapping of affected areas.

(1/21/2020 2:00:00 AM - 1/22/2020 9:30:00 AM)