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23 May 2015 description

GENEVA – 13 May - Delegates at the World Health Assembly made a series of decisions stemming from the 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak. These give the WHO Secretariat the go-ahead to carry out structural reforms so it can prepare for and respond rapidly, flexibly and effectively to emergencies and disease outbreaks.

Preparing for and responding to emergencies

23 May 2015 description

Tunis, Tunisia | AFP | Saturday 5/23/2015 - 11:10 GMT

The bodies of five Tunisian migrants trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa were recovered from the sea Saturday while 49 others were rescued, Tunisia's coast guard said.

The coast guard station in Teboulba said the five migrants who had drowned were recovered and the others rescued in the night off the town's coast.

The migrants, most of them in their mid-20s, had set off on Friday night on board two boats which had quickly taken on water.

23 May 2015 description

Les corps de cinq migrants tunisiens qui tentaient de rejoindre l'île italienne de Lampedusa ont été repêchés samedi au large de la Tunisie, ont indiqué à l'AFP les gardes-côtes, précisant que 49 autres personnes avaient été secourues.

"Les gardes-côtes ont repêché vers 02H00 locales les corps de cinq migrants tunisiens, morts noyés, et secouru 49 autres au large de Téboulba", ville côtière au centre-est de la Tunisie, a précisé à l'AFP un responsable des gardes-côtes de cette ville.

23 May 2015 description
report Ayuda en Acción


Un nuevo programa de desarrollo, en los municipios de Puna y Ckochas del departamento de Potosí fue puesto en marcha este año por la Fundación Ayuda en Acción, junto el Instuto Poli- técnico Tomas Katari (IPTK) gracias a la voluntad solidaria de las familias españolas que han de- cido ser parte del desarrollo de esta región y poner su granito de arena en el compromiso de construir un mundo mejor.

23 May 2015 description
report Redhum

Nicaragua, 22 de Mayo 2015
Fuente: El Pueblo Presidente

El Gobierno Sandinista se encuentra vigilante ante las nuevas explosiones que está registrando el Volcán Telica, manifestó este medio día la Coordinadora del Consejo de Comunicación y Ciudadanía, Compañera Rosario Murillo.

En comunicación a través de los Medios del Poder de las Familias y Comunidades, Rosario afirmó que estas explosiones se han registrado desde el medio día del miércoles.

23 May 2015 description
report Redhum

Colombia, 22 de Mayo 2015
Fuente: Prensa Latina

Equipos de socorristas prosiguen hoy las tareas de búsqueda y rescate con pocas esperanzas ya de hallar sobrevivientes tras la descomunal avalancha de agua, piedra y lodo que devastó al municipio colombiano de Salgar.(PLRadio)

Debido al tiempo transcurrido y a la magnitud del fenómeno, es poco probable que encontremos personas con vida entre los escombros o a la deriva en el río, manifestó a la prensa el director de la Unidad Nacional de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres, Carlos Iván Márquez.

23 May 2015 description

AFSC and Quaker Peace Network stand in solidarity with the Burundian people to promote nonviolence in upcoming 2015 elections


American Friends Service Committee: The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Our work is based on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends, the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

23 May 2015 description

Baghdad, Iraq | AFP | Saturday 5/23/2015 - 09:03 GMT

Iraqi forces retook territory from the Islamic State group east of Ramadi Saturday, in their first counterattack since the fall of the Anbar provincial capital a week ago, commanders said.

The offensive targeted the Euphrates Valley town of Husaybah, an essential stepping stone for any assault on Ramadi.

"Military operations to liberate Husaybah, seven kilometres (4.5 miles) east of Ramadi, have begun," a police colonel told AFP from the front.

23 May 2015 description

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP | Saturday 5/23/2015 - 09:45 GMT

by Esdras NDIKUMANA / Aymeric VINCENOT

Burundian anti-government protesters began a two-day truce Saturday after almost a month of deadly violence triggered by the president's bid for a third term culminating in a deadly grenade attack Friday.

23 May 2015 description
report Government of Nepal

The Embassy of Nepal in Dhaka dispatched a consignment of 27,128 blankets and 3,900 tarpaulins to Nepal as humanitarian relief assistance for the earthquake victims today. Fifteen trucks with the relief goods reached Kakarbhitta, Jhapa via the Banglabanddh-Fulbari-Panitanki land route this evening. Today’s dispatch constitutes the second consignment of humanitarian assistance provided by the central bank, the Bangladesh Bank for the quake victims of Nepal. In the first consignment, nine trucks with 27,730 blankets and 1607 tents were dispatched to Nepal on 14 May 2015.

23 May 2015 description

I am pleased to announce that Australia will provide additional support to the long-term recovery of Vanuatu from Tropical Cyclone Pam, the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in Vanuatu.

Cyclone Pam caused severe damage to housing, health centres, schools and other critical infrastructure in affected areas, and to Vanuatu’s key industries of tourism and agriculture.

Australia provided an early life-saving package of more than $10 million, including deployment of disaster response, medical and search and rescue teams.

23 May 2015 description

Yangon, Myanmar | AFP | Saturday 5/23/2015 - 09:06 GMT

by Hla-Hla HTAY

A group of migrants recently rescued by Myanmar will be deported to Bangladesh, officials confirmed Saturday, as the United Nations chief called on regional nations to prioritise saving the lives of those still stranded at sea.

Southeast Asia is currently battling an exodus of boat people fleeing persecution and poverty, with up to 2,000 vulnerable migrants thought to be stranded in the Bay of Bengal, many at the mercy of ruthless people smugglers.

23 May 2015 description

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP | samedi 23/05/2015 - 08:48 GMT

Au terme d'une nouvelle semaine de manifestations, marquée par toujours plus de répression, et une alarmante escalade de la violence, Bujumbura connaissait samedi une trêve décrétée par les leaders du mouvement anti-troisième mandat qui ont entamé un "dialogue" avec le gouvernement.

23 May 2015 description

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Saturday 5/23/2015 - 07:26 GMT

Rights groups said elections on Sunday in Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous country, would not be free or fair due to a clampdown on freedom of speech.

Ethiopia on Sunday holds its first general election since the death of long-time strongman Meles Zenawi whose successor, Hailemariam Desalegn, is almost certain to stay in office.

23 May 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.

23 May 2015 description

Nairobi/Geneva 23 May 2015 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is deeply concerned about the current situation in Burundi and its humanitarian consequences in the country and region.

Pre-election tension and violence have intensified in recent weeks in Burundi, resulting in a number of casualties in the capital of Bujumbura. More than 100,000 Burundians have fled across the country's borders into neighbouring Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania.

23 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Antoni Slodkowski and Tim McLaughlin

SITTWE, Myanmar/YANGON, May 22 (Reuters) - The head of the Myanmar state from which thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing denied that persecution had prompted the exodus after the United States called on the country to deal with its root causes.

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23 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Relocation plan to respond to emergency in Italy, Greece

  • Additional resettlement plan for 20,000 migrants

  • Quota system has proven controversial

By Francesco Guarascio

BRUSSELS, May 22 (Reuters) - The European Commission is set to propose next week that 40,000 asylum seekers who have arrived by boat in Italy and Greece should be relocated across the continent in response to what it considers an emergency situation in both countries.

23 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Several ships waiting clearance to deliver goods

  • Aid groups say hunger growing

By Jonathan Saul

LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) - A trickle of aid, medicine and commercial food cargoes is reaching Yemen yet the process remains slow as more ships await clearance to discharge at ports and logistical chains buckle due to fuel shortages and war.

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23 May 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 5/22/2015 - 10:53 GMT

by Rita Daou

Every few weeks for the past year, Lebanon's parliament has met, exchanged pleasantries, and made the same announcement: that it has again been unable to elect a president.

Pluralistic but divided Lebanon has now been without a head of state for 12 months, the longest time the post has been vacant since the devastating civil war ended in 1990.