In 2015, ReliefWeb covered 88 natural disasters, with the Nepal earthquakes the most significant. Within minutes of the first quake, on 25 April, photographs and commentary about the disaster were posted on Twitter, providing real-time updates for victims and relief workers alike, in a good example of the potentially life-saving power of social media.
Twitter has just turned ten and has to date clocked up 300 million followers - of whom a large number live in disaster zones and could be potential sources of information should a catastrophe strike. At ReliefWeb, our editors strive to filter through those news items so that our users don't have to, providing only the most vital and accurate updates in the course of a disaster, and that increasingly includes social media.Read more
In 2015, ReliefWeb topped our own record again for the number of site visits and reports and maps published. 2015 saw 14.5 million sessions, a 20% increase from the previous year, by 5.7 million users, almost 16% increase in the same period.
ReliefWeb added 61,287 reports and maps (+11.66% from 2014), 10% of which were on the Syria crisis (more than 5,500 content). We highlighted almost 1,900 reports as headlines. In 19 years of operating, ReliefWeb had archived more than 653,000 pieces of humanitarian content as at the end of 2015.
Our disaster coverage also increased in 2015 to 88 disasters, a 14% increase from the previous year. One of the most devastating in the year, the Nepal earthquake, triggered a record daily usage, with 81,911 sessions on 2 May 2015, one week after the earthquake. Overall, usage from Nepal increased by 152% during the year.Read more
In 2016, millions of vulnerable people globally may be affected by the effects of El Niño, including drought, floods and food insecurity. Already Ethiopia is experiencing its worst El Niño-related drought in 30 years, leaving 10.2 million people in need of emergency food aid. Tens of millions of people across east and southern Africa, the Pacific, South-East Asia and Latin America are also affected. The current El Niño may prove to be the strongest on record.
To keep you informed of the situation and help you easily and quickly find the latest El Niño humanitarian updates, ReliefWeb has created a El Niño topics page. The page contains a wealth of information including response plans, analysis, reports, maps, infographics, monitoring tools, related tweets and videos. It is broken up into the affected regions and contains access to related disasters.Read more
A ReliefWeb account gives you the ability to save your favorite content and subscribe to a range of email subscription services. Now you can log into ReliefWeb with your Humanitarian ID (HID) account.
Humanitarian ID is a contact information management system used by responders during crises or disasters. Being able to use your HID account to log into ReliefWeb not only means that you have one less account to remember, but it also allows you to move seamlessly across OCHA’s range of humanitarian community websites.
For more information about this latest feature, check out the HID blogRead more
More than ever humanitarian workers are seeking timely and reliable information to help them plan and deliver humanitarian responses to disasters and crises that are happening worldwide. As the humanitarian community’s leading source of information, ReliefWeb has been providing humanitarian information services since 1996. In the first half of 2015, ReliefWeb access has grown substantially, with a 19% increase in the sites usage from the same period in 2014.
Three major events have tested the international humanitarian community during this time, demonstrating the need for timely and reliable information systems. The Nepal earthquake, cyclone Pam and the crisis in Yemen, prompted humanitarians worldwide to visit ReliefWeb more than ever before. Here are some of the statistics of how humanitarians have used ReliefWeb during these events.Read more