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CrisisInSight Weekly Picks, 6 February 2020

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Since 17 January heavy rain has affected the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, in south-eastern Brazil, triggering floods and landslides. Around 53,000 people have been displaced, 68 have been injured, and 58 have died. In the state of Espírito Santo, the worst affected municipalities are reported to be Iconha, Alfredo Chaves, and Vargem Alta. Orange warnings are still in effect for Espírito Santo and northern Rio de Janeiro. In the state of Minas Gerais, a state of emergency has been declared in 196 municipalities and an emergency level 3 is still in effect for 3 dams. More rain is expected in the area in the coming days.

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Following the killing of 3 teachers by al-Shabaab militants in Garissa county in January, the Teacher Service Commission has decided to transfer all teachers who are not local to the North Eastern region to other parts of the country. That includes teachers working in Garissa, Mandera, and Wajir counties. As of 6 February, no schools have been closed. The decision to transfer non-local teachers is a reflection of the growing insecurity in the region due to the increased activity of al-Shabaab. According to the local MP in Ijara, the transfers have resulted in a shortage of teachers for some schools. It is not clear if the transfers are to be permanent, but it will likely have implications for the education sector in the region. In 2018, around 900 non-local teachers were transferred following an al-Shabaab attack in Wajir, which led to the closure of more than 250 schools.

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On 31 January, UNHCR announced the suspension of activities at the Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in Tripoli, one year after the inauguration of activities due to safety concerns and overcrowding. The GDF accommodated up to 1,200 refugees and asylum seekers before resettlement, repatriation, or evacuation. As the conflict intensified more people entered the centre, until in November 2019 UNHCR could no longer guarantee protection. Shelling and the training of Libyan soldiers have occurred close to the facility and the centre has also become unsanitary. The closure has increased the workload of other facilities such as a community centre in the capital that provides humanitarian and medical services. After the closure, less than 700 refugees and asylum seekers remained in the facility and their situation is still unclear.

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