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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Volcanic eruption (ECHO 12 Apr 2021)
Pubdate: 4/12/2021 4:27:00 PM
  • La Soufrière volcano on Saint Vincent Island continues its activity which started on 9 April. Episodes of tremor associated with periods of explosive activity or enhanced venting of the volcano have been recorded as of 11 April. Ash fall was reported over most parts of Saint Vincent and in neighbouring islands of the Grenadines, Barbados and Saint Lucia.
  • According to the UN OCHA and media reports, approximately 16,000 – 20,000 people are likely to be displaced, approximately 30 villages evacuated and 85 shelters had been activated in Saint Vincent. A massive power outage, following an explosive event, occurred on the island on 11 April.
  • Approximately 137 active COVID-19 cases have been notified, vaccinations are underway for evacuees. Health Care Facilities in the red and orange zones have been evacuated.
  • Furthermore, airports in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were temporarily closed. According to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC), the aviation colour stands red.
  • The European Commission's Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated on 9 April to provide satellite maps .

(4/12/2021 4:27:00 PM - 4/13/2021 9:30:00 AM)
India - Forest fire (ECHO 12 Apr 2021)
Pubdate: 4/12/2021 4:27:00 PM
  • Several forest fires, fuelled by high temperature, have been affecting Uttarakhand State (northern India), resulting in fatalities.
  • According to media, at least seven people have died, including two firefighters, since the beginning of the fire season. Staring January 2021, over 1,290 ha of forest land have been affected, whilst about 1,500 fire incidents occurred in the state so far this year.
  • Smoke from forest fires has been impacting visibility and air quality across much of Uttarakhand.
  • According to the JRC Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS), the fire danger forecast is from very high to extreme danger over most of southern Uttarakhand on 12-14 April.
  • Light rain is forecast over Uttarakhand on 12-14 April.

(4/12/2021 4:27:00 PM - 4/13/2021 9:30:00 AM)
USA - Severe weather (ECHO 12 Apr 2021)
Pubdate: 4/12/2021 4:27:00 PM
  • On 9-11 April, severe weather, including heavy rain and strong wind have been reported across southern USA, leading to casualties. 
  • According to media reports, two people died and at least seven others were injured after tornado events that occurred on 9 April in Louisiana. Several houses and electrical grids have been damaged by strong wind across Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports up to 10 tornado events recorded across southern USA. 
  • Flood warnings have been issued for the southern USA, including Louisiana and Mississippi and moderate rain is forecast from Texas to Mississippi over the next 48 hours.

(4/12/2021 4:27:00 PM - 4/13/2021 9:30:00 AM)
Australia - Tropical Cyclone SEROJA-21 (ECHO 12 Apr 2021)
Pubdate: 4/12/2021 4:27:00 PM
  • Tropical Cyclone SEROJA-21 made landfall over the western coast of Western Australia on 11 April between Kalbarri and Northampton Towns and crossed southwestern Western Australia.
  • According to media reports, several buildings have been damaged across coastal towns of Western Australia, particularly Kalbarri Town where 70% of buildings have been affected.
  • Strong wind and heavy rain are forecast for western and southern Western Australia. Strong wind warnings are in effect in the Perth area and southern coast of Western Australia.
  • TC SEROJA-21 is forecast to move south-east offshore and will dissipate on the late morning of 12 April.    

(4/12/2021 4:27:00 PM - 4/13/2021 9:30:00 AM)
Floods and flood warnings during the last 24 hours reported by national services (ECHO 12 Apr 2021)
Pubdate: 4/12/2021 4:27:00 PM
  • Belarus: threshold level 1/1 for two stations in Prypyat and Sozh basin (as reported on 2021-04-09).
  • Finland:threshold level 2/3 for Kuotesjärvi station.
  • Italy: warning level 2/3 for Liguria region.
  • Ukraine: threshold level 2/3 for Stokhid river.

(4/12/2021 4:27:00 PM - 4/13/2021 9:30:00 AM)