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Australia - Tropical Cyclone KIMI
Pubdate: 1/19/2021 2:00:00 AM
  • Tropical Cyclone KIMI formed over the Coral Sea is moving along the eastern coast of Cape York Peninsula (northern Queensland). On 18 January, its centre was located approximately 100 km south-east of Cairns City, with maximum sustained winds of 102 km/h (tropical storm).
  • KIMI is forecast to move south, along the Cape York Peninsula, making landfall first over Magnetic Island, then over Townsville in the morning of 19 January, with maximum sustained winds up to 111 km/h (tropical storm).
  • Preemptive evacuation operations were carried for Fitzroy Island, while rescue teams have been deployed to Cairns and Townsville, ahead of the passage of Tropical Cyclone KIMI.
  • Red warnings for strong winds have been issued for areas from Innisfail to Ayr Municipalities, including Townsville. Heavy rainfall, and strong winds are forecast over northern Queensland on 18-19 January.

(1/19/2021 2:00:00 AM - 1/20/2021 9:30:00 AM)
Indonesia - Floods and landslides (ECHO 18 Jan 2021)
Pubdate: 1/18/2021 10:59:00 AM
  • Heavy rainfall has been affecting central Indonesia (in particular Kalimantan - the Indonesian part of Borneo Island - Sulawesi Island, and Maluku Islands), over the past few days, triggering flash floods and landslides that have resulted in casualties and damage. The death toll reached 21.
  • The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) reports, as of 18 January, 15 fatalities, 39,549 displaced people and 24,379 damaged houses across the South Kalimantan Province. In addition, 6 fatalities, 500 displaced people and 12 damaged houses were reported in Manado City area (North Sulawesi Province). Furthermore, 1,801 displaced people and 814 damaged houses were reported across North Halmahera Regency (North Maluku Province).
  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate rainfall is forecast over Sulawesi Island, as well as over southern and western Kalimantan. Heavy rainfall is also forecast over Maluku Islands.

(1/18/2021 10:59:00 AM - 1/19/2021 9:30:00 AM)
Indonesia - Earthquake update (ECHO 18 Jan 2021)
Pubdate: 1/18/2021 10:30:00 AM
  • After the strong earthquake of 6.2 M at a depth of 18 km occurred in Majene Regency (West Sulawesi Province, central Indonesia) on the early morning of 15 of January, the number of casualties has increased. The worst affected area  is the neighbouring Mamuju Regency.
  • The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) reports, as of 18 January, 81 fatalities, of which 70 in Mamuju Regency and 11 more in  Majene Regency. The same source reports, 19,435 evacuated people (15,014 in Mamuju, and 4,421 in Majene) across 30 evacuation points (25 in Majene and 5 more in Mamuju). In addition, 932 injured people, 1,150 damaged houses and 15 damaged schools were reported across both Regencies.
  • The Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated in rapid mapping mode () on 15 January at 13:16 UTC, in order to support the damage assessment across affected Regencies. The International Disaster Charter was activated as well on 16 January.
  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate rainfall is forecast over most of Sulawesi Island.

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Humanitarian Action in Urban Crises (ECHO 18 Jan 2021)
Pubdate: 1/18/2021 2:00:00 AM
  • Demographic previsions indicate that by 2050, 70% of the world population will be living in cities, continuing to be affected by forced displacements. The majority of today’s refugees and IDPs are seeking shelter in cities or peri-urban areas.
  • In order to meet the complexity of needs in urban settings, the European Commission promotes a multi-sectoral and collaborative approach to assessments and programming in urban settings and advocates for greater attention to humanitarian needs in urban environments.
  • The European Union plays an active role in the Global Alliance for Urban Crises, a platform set up at the World Humanitarian Summit, which works to address humanitarian and development needs in urban contexts. Through the Enhanced Response Capacity HIP, the Commission also funded the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to develop 'Alternatives to Camps: Enhancing Evidence-Based Programming and Targeting in Outside of Camp Contexts' (including urban areas).

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Floods and flood warnings during the last 24 hours reported by national services (ECHO 18 Jan 2021)
Pubdate: 1/18/2021 2:00:00 AM
  • Poland: threshold level 2/2 at one station on Pisa river.
  • Ukraine: threshold level 2/3 for Latorica river.
  • United Kingdom: warning level 2/3 for Eastern region.

(1/18/2021 2:00:00 AM - 1/19/2021 9:30:00 AM)