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Philippines - Volcanic Eruption update (ECHO 18 Jan 2020)
Pubdate: 1/18/2020 2:00:00 AM
  • The Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) have warned again that hazardous eruption could take place within hours or days: fissures are getting wider, larger; steady steam from the crater, weak explosions have started to resume; 32 volcanic earthquakes in the last 24 hours.
  • The Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management office (PDRRMO) has now put 14 areas in lockdown status: 11 municipalities in total lockdown: Agoncillo (population 38 059), Alitagtag 25 300, Balete 22 661, Cuenca 81 859, Laurel 39 444, Lemery 93 157, Malvar 56 270, San Nicolas 22 623, Santa Teresita 21 127, Taal 56 327, and Talisay 45 301. Some portions of Lipa, Mataas na Kahoy, and Tanauan. For the 11 towns of total lockdown alone, the combined population is 502 578, as of 2015 census.
  • The Department of Education (DepEd) reports, 73 000 school age children displaced and 78 schools abandoned.
  • Aside from growing needs on food, water, fresh clothes, sleeping mats, the IDPs are also starting to suffer from anxiety and depression.
  • The European Commission EMS was activated on 13 January in rapid mapping mode (EMSR 418) and 3 satellite maps have been produced.

(1/18/2020 2:00:00 AM - 1/19/2020 9:30:00 AM)
Floods and flood warnings during the last 24 hours reported by national services (ECHO 18 Jan 2020)
Pubdate: 1/18/2020 2:00:00 AM

United Kingdom:Warning level 2/3 for regions in England and 1 region in Wales

(1/18/2020 2:00:00 AM - 1/19/2020 9:30:00 AM)
Fiji, Tonga, Wallis and Futuna - Tropical Cyclone TINO (ECHO 17 Jan 2020)
Pubdate: 1/17/2020 11:05:00 AM
  • A new Tropical Cyclone named TINO, formed in the Southwest Pacific Ocean on 16 January and started moving towards Fiji Islands. On 17 January at 0.00, its centre was located approximately 178 km north-west of Labasa Town (Vanua Levu Island) with maximum sustained winds of 83 km/h.
  • TINO is forecast to strengthen as it approaches Fiji midday of 17 January and further moving close to Tongatapu Island (southern Tonga) on 18 January morning bringing heavy rain, strong wind and storm surge.
  • Media report that evacuation centres have been opened in several parts of north Fiji and all schools in northern and eastern divisions have been closed.
  • According to the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS), storm, gale and strong wind warnings are in effect, while storm, heavy rain and flash flood warnings are in force for Tonga according to Tonga Meteorological Service (MEIDECC).

(1/17/2020 11:05:00 AM - 1/18/2020 9:30:00 AM)
Pakistan - Severe weather update (ECHO 17 Jan 2020)
Pubdate: 1/17/2020 11:05:00 AM
  • Heavy snow and low temperatures continue to affect the Provinces of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan, leading to an increasing number of deaths.
  • According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), as of 17 January, 104 people died, 77 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), 20 in Balochistan, 5 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 2 in Gilgit-Baltistan. At least 96 people have been injured, 236 houses have been damaged and several roads have been blocked by snow avalanches.
  • National Authorities continue to provide food and non-food relief items and efforts are in hand to clear the affected roads.
  • For the next 24 hours, very low temperatures are expected in north Balochistan while moderate rain and snow are forecast across Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

(1/17/2020 11:05:00 AM - 1/18/2020 9:30:00 AM)
Bolivia - Severe weather (ECHO 17 Jan 2020)
Pubdate: 1/17/2020 11:05:00 AM
  • On 14 January, severe weather, including heavy rain and lightning was reported across Bolivia, resulting in fatalities.
  • According to media 6 people died due to lightning, floods and landslides. Several districts in Sucre City (Chuquisaca Department) were flooded by the overflow of the Quirpinchaca river, leaving 60 families affected. Floods have been reported in La Paz, where Guanay, Mapiri, and Sorata municiaplities have declared a state of emergency. Several roads in Mapiri and Sorata are impassible due to landslides.
  • The water levels of several rivers have increased and a red alert has been issued for Secure River.
  • Rain and lightning are forecast over most part of the country on 17-18 January.

(1/17/2020 11:05:00 AM - 1/18/2020 9:30:00 AM)