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UN relief chief urges immediate funding as 'deplorable, man-made catastrophe' escalates in Yemen

Source: UN Security Council Country: Yemen Despite his best efforts In the last two years, he had been unable to make any significant improvement in the war-torn country, Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council.SC/12961 SECURITY COUNCIL 8027TH MEETING Iran-backed Rebels Blocking Aid Delivery, ...

Over 10,000 women and girls reached in disaster-affected Peru - UNFPA

Source: UN Population Fund Country: Peru Mobile health brigades, protection kits to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, and the provision of medical equipment all help to strengthen the community and build resilience.PIURA, Peru – Flooding and heavy rains on the northern coast of Peru ...

CARE highlights critical needs after floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh

Source: CARE Country: Bangladesh, India, Nepal As water moves downstream from India and Nepal, more districts are expected to be flooded in the coming days, with food, water, medicine and special care for pregnant and lactating women urgently needed. CARE teams provide relief in Nepal, India, and ...

Record violence targeting aid workers and civilians in West and Central Africa

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, World So far, in 2017, crises across the region have recorded more than half of all violent incidents against aid ...

Cities across Africa face threat of landslides like Sierra Leone

Source: Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation Country: Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda, World Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by ...

More than 355,000 children vaccinated against polio in hard to reach areas of Syria

Source: World Health Organization, UN Children's Fund Country: Syrian Arab Republic UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and partners have completed the first round of a vaccination campaign in response to the recent outbreak of vaccine-derived polio in Syria. DAMASCUS, 18 August 2017 – UNICEF, ...

Plan International launches multi-country response following devastating floods

Source: Plan Country: Bangladesh, India, Nepal This response aims to support families in India, Bangladesh and Nepal who have lost their livelihoods following weeks of heavy, torrential monsoon rains in the South Asian countries. BANGKOK – Global child rights organization Plan International is ...

Monsoon floods affect more than 16 million in Nepal, India and Bangladesh

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Bangladesh, India, Nepal One of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years is unfolding. Millions of people across large areas face food shortages and diseases, IFRC warned.Kuala ...

Monsoon floods affect more than 16 million in Nepal, India and Bangladesh

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Bangladesh, India, Nepal One of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years is unfolding. Millions of people across large areas face food shortages and diseases, IFRC warned.Kuala Lumpur/New ...

Housing and environmental failures behind shocking scale of mudslide deaths in Sierra Leone

Source: Amnesty International Country: Sierra Leone The terrible aftermath of the mudslides, which have left more than 3000 people homeless, grimly illustrates the human cost of the government's failure to implement housing and land policies, said Amnesty.The terrible aftermath of the mudslides in ...

In 2016, 288 aid workers were victims of violence

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: World Over two thirds of the attacks against aid workers took place in South Sudan, Afghanistan, Syria, DRC, and Somalia. More figures to consider ahead of World Humanitarian Day, to be celebrated on 19 August. Every day, aid ...

Displacement and insecurity aggravate food insecurity in Mauritania

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Mauritania Rainfall deficits have greatly affected the situation of crops. IFRC operations will assist the populations of Brakna and Gorgol who currently have high percentages in malnutrition cases. A. Analysis of the ...

Revised Central African Republic appeal seeks $497 million

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Central African Republic A sharp deterioration of the security situation necessitated a revision of the appeal. Between January and July 2017, the number of IDPs increased from 402,240 to 600,000. Bangui, 17 August 2017 – The ...

Funding urgently needed to ensure life-saving health services in north-east Syria

Source: World Health Organization Country: Syrian Arab Republic WHO urgently requires US$ 20 million to scale up its response in north-east Syria and meet the critical health needs of civilians remaining in Ar-Raqqa and displaced populations in all locations.WHO urgently requires US$ 20 ...

MSF alerta de la falta de atención psicológica frente a la persistente violencia en Colombia

Source: Médecins Sans Frontières Country: Colombia La violencia en Colombia sigue siendo uno de los mayores problemas para una gran parte de la población, a pesar del fin del conflicto con las FARC-EP, según un nuevo informe de la ONG. Alertamos de la falta de atención psicológica frente la ...

Colombia: People suffer high levels of violence despite peace process - MSF

Source: Médecins Sans Frontières Country: Colombia Exposure to violent events or the risk of violence has led to intense mental suffering among the general population. The response to people's mental health needs is largely inadequate. Colombia: People suffer high levels of violence despite peace ...

One million South Sudanese have fled to Uganda since 2013

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council Country: South Sudan, Uganda Resources for refugees are becoming strained, as a worsening security situation continues to fuel the world's 'fastest-growing refugee crisis', according to the NRC.One million South Sudanese have fled for their lives across Uganda's ...

Access challenges hamper Nepal flood response

Source: UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal Country: Nepal Search and rescue teams have reached more than 100,000 people, but a key airport is closed and vital transport routes, communications, electricity and drinking water supplies are disrupted. This report is produced by Office of ...

Reopened schools in Syria battle against attacks, lost teachers and book shortages

Source: Theirworld Country: Syrian Arab Republic As schools reopen, the situation remains dire due to a shortage of teachers and textbooks. Despite best efforts, some 1.75 million children still remain out of school in the war-torn nation.A UNICEF Syria education specialist tells of the agency's ...

WFP delivers food assistance to thousands hit by mudslides in Sierra Leone

Source: World Food Programme Country: Sierra Leone Hours after the mudslides around Freetown, WFP began distributing initial two-week rations of rice, pulses, vegetable oil and salt to some 7,500 people in the hardest-hit communities.FREETOWN – The United Nations World Food Programme is ...

More than 9 million people already displaced globally in 2017

Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Central African Republic, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, India, Iraq, Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, ...

WHO and Somali government call for urgent support to scale up response and address measles outbreak

Source: World Health Organization Country: Somalia WHO urgently requires US$ 6.8 million to scale up its response activities in Somalia and conduct a measles immunization campaign for 4.2 million children in November 2017.WHO urgently requires US$ 6.8 million to scale up its response ...

WFP begins food distributions for thousands displaced by conflict in Kasai Region of DRC

Source: World Food Programme Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo Where safe access is possible, WFP plans to assist 25,000 displaced persons in Kasai Central and 17,000 people in the Kasai province in the coming days.TSHILUMBA – The United Nations World Food Programme and its partner World ...

Sierra Leone Mudslide: At least 400 people dead and 3,000 left homeless

Source: Assessment Capacities Project, Start Network Country: Sierra Leone More rain is likely to fall until the end of the rainy season in November, which could lead to further flooding. The risk of waterborne diseases is high, and compounded by a poor health system. Crisis overview Rains in ...

Attacks increasingly targeting displaced people in northeast Nigeria

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council Country: Nigeria 190 security incidents involving civilians were reported in July in northeast Nigeria. Of note was an increase in the number of attacks on sites sheltering displaced civilians.Dozens of people where killed yesterday when multiple suicide bombers ...

Flooding affects an estimated 1.7 million people in Bangladesh

Source: UN Resident Coordinator for Bangladesh Country: Bangladesh This is the second round of monsoon floods to hit the country this year. Affected communities require shelter, access to food and safe drinking water, as well as emergency medical services.August 16, 2017: An estimated 1.7 million ...

Monsoon rains displace thousands in Nepal's southern plains

Source: Plan Country: Nepal Flash floods and landslides triggered by weeks of continuous heavy rainfall have forced families from their homes, leaving them in desperate need of food, water, sanitation and shelter.Plan International is responding to the immediate needs of children in Rautahat ...

Thousands of CAR asylum seekers arriving in DR Congo

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo The new 10,000 arrivals add to some 65,000 asylum seekers in DRC since mid-May 2017, and 103,000 registered refugees who arrived since the beginning of the crisis in CAR in 2013.KINSHASA – ...

'Dramatic increase' in violence in the Central African Republic - UNICEF

Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Central African Republic These past months and weeks have seen horrendous reports on children's rights violations, UNICEF says. Armed groups control two-thirds of the country, attacking civilian populations.This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF spokesperson ...

'Dramatic increase ' in violence in the Central African Republic - UNICEF

Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Central African Republic These past months and weeks have seen horrendous reports on children's rights violations, UNICEF says. Armed groups controls two-thirds of the country, attacking civilian populations.This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF ...

Thousands of displaced Iraqis living with psychological toll of conflict

Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Iraq IOM has been offering support to IDPs since November 2016 – virtually since the start of the Mosul crisis – by providing integrated psychosocial services to 24,399 displaced Iraqis. Mosul – Weeks after the retaking of Mosul city, ...

Thousands missing as search continues for survivors of Sierra Leone mudslide

Source: The Guardian Country: Sierra Leone A national emergency has been called after the city suffered heavy flooding, thought to be the worst in Africa over the past two decades.The hunt for survivors of a devastating mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital has continued, with 270 ...

Vital early warnings saved lives in Jiuzhaigou earthquake

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: China The evacuation of over 30,000 tourists and thousands of local people out of harm's way was done in a timely and disciplined manner, said the head of the IFRC Country Cluster Support Team.By Maude Froberg, IFRC ...

UNHCR starts relocating Congolese refugees from Angolan border sites

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo More than 33,000 Congolese refugees are being moved from overcrowded reception centers in northern Angola to a newly established settlement in Lóvua – some 100 km further inland.This is a summary of what ...

Latest humanitarian snapshot highlights flooding in Nepal and Bangladesh

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal Heavy rainfall in Nepal has caused severe flooding and landslides. As of 14 August, 66 people have died and 35 are missing. In Bangladesh, floods have affected an estimated ...

Worst rains in 15 years strike Nepal

Source: UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal Country: Nepal The rains have triggered widespread flooding and landslides in 27 of the country's 75 districts. Search and rescue efforts have been initiated. This report is produced by the Office of the Resident Coordinator in Nepal in ...

Chile acogerá a 60 refugiados sirios

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Chile, Syrian Arab Republic Macul y Villa Alemana serán las comunas donde serán reasentadas las familias durante la primera etapa del Programa de Reasentamiento de Refugiados Sirios.El Programa de Reasentamiento de Refugiados Sirios es llevado a ...

In Turkey, country-wide vaccinations help Syrian refugee children stay healthy

Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey The Ministry of Health led a team of 5,000 people, supported by UNICEF and WHO, to vaccinate more than 120,000 refugee and migrant children under the age of five.By Donatella Lorch Gaziantep, Turkey, 9 August 2017 – A crowd of ...

FAO seeks $20 mln to save livestock-based livelihoods and respond to fall armyworm outbreaks in Ethiopia

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ethiopia As of August 2017, the overall number of people requiring emergency food assistance between August and December 2017 is 8.5 million of which 3.3 million reside in the Somali region. Overview Humanitarian needs have ...

More than 200 killed in Sierra Leone as mudslide sweeps away homes

Source: Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation Country: Sierra Leone The Red Cross said at least 205 bodies have been taken to the central morgue in Freetown. Police and military personnel were at the scene in the mountain town of Regent searching for people trapped in the debris.'The disaster is so ...

In Turkey, country-wide vaccinations help Syrian refugee children stay healthy

Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey The Ministry of Health led a team of 5,000 people, supported by UNICEF and WHO, to give the missing vaccine doses to more than 120,000 refugee and migrant children under the age of five.By Donatella Lorch Gaziantep, Turkey, 9 August ...

Food insecurity soars in conflict-ridden Democratic Republic of Congo

Source: World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo Between June 2016 and June 2017, the number of people in emergency' and crisis' levels of food insecurity – which precede famine' levels – and requiring urgent food aid ...

Number of Yemen cholera cases reaches half a million

Source: World Health Organization Country: Yemen Suspected cases of the deadly waterborne disease continue to rage across the country, infecting an estimated 5,000 people per day; 2,000 people have died since April.14 AUGUST 2017 | GENEVA - The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this ...

Ukrainians face uncertain future as conflict enters fourth year

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ukraine Nearly 1.6 million internally displaced Ukrainians struggle to find safety, adequate housing and access to employment. Safety and security remain major concerns for nearly 800,000 people living near the Line of Contact.This is a summary of ...

Flooding devastates Nepal's prime farming region

Source: Heifer International Country: Nepal Flash floods have hit more than 15,000 farming families in southern Nepal. The disaster is threatening to cause a serious food shortage in the South Asian nation.Severe flooding is devastating Nepal's main food-producing region, swamping farm fields, ...

About 2,000 people affected by forest fires in Tunisia

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Tunisia A fire outbreak in Jendouba Governorate was extended to affect considerably the region of Bizerte. Most of the 500 affected families are being sheltered within the local community, staying with relatives and ...

UN rights expert urges restraint in security operation in Rakhine State

Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: Myanmar A UN human rights expert has expressed alarm over reports that an army battalion has flown into Rakhine State in western Myanmar to help local authorities boost security in the region.GENEVA – A United Nations human rights expert has expressed alarm ...

Worsening humanitarian situation in Somalia due to drought

Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Kenya, Somalia The projected number of children who are, or will be, acutely malnourished has increased by 50 per cent since the beginning of the year to 1.4 million. The drought is also uprooting people, with 766,000 displaced since November 2016. Highlights ...

Drought-stricken herders in Ethiopia need urgent support

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ethiopia Hunger is on the rise and with up to 2 million animals lost so far, FAO is focusing on providing emergency livestock support to the most vulnerable pastoralist communities.Pastoralist communities are facing huge losses ...

Over 600,000 displaced Syrians returned home in first 7 months of 2017

Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Syrian Arab Republic Findings indicate that the vast majority of the returnees had been displaced within Syria. The next highest number of people returned from Turkey, followed by Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.Geneva – Between January and July ...