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01 Apr 2015 description

Saudi National Campaign to Support Brothers in Syria has dispatched its 28th convoy for displaced civilians in southern Syria. The Campaign's Regional Director Dr. Badr Al-Samhan said that the aid convoy consists of 10 trucks containing 41.6 tons of relief supplies valued at $512,000. The aid convoy is expected to enter Syria across the Jordanian border under the umbrella of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2191.

01 Apr 2015 description

Saudi Arabia and the High Commissioner of the United Nations for Refugees (UNHCR) signed a cooperation agreement under which the Kingdom will contribute $5 million to help the displaced Syrians. This came on the sidelines of the 3rd International Pledging Humanitarian Conference for Syria held in Kuwait today in the presence of the Minister of Finance Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf. The agreement was signed by Saudi Fund for Development representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

01 Apr 2015 description

Feed the Future is helping farmers in Nepal adapt new tools and systems to increase water security. In Nepal, over 70 percent of the population works in the agriculture sector and water is one of the most abundant natural resources in the region. Yet, Nepali farmers face water scarcity as they experience unpredictable rainfall patterns and increased frequency of extreme floods. Rapid melting of glaciers in the Himalayas has also reduced the amount of freshwater available to farmers.

01 Apr 2015 description

Consistent access to water can make all the difference in the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Investments to improve water access technologies and infrastructure in Tanzania have opened the door to year-round crop production, resulting in a big payoff for smallholder farmers.

01 Apr 2015 description

Baghdad, 1 April 2015 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 997 Iraqis were killed and another 2,172 were injured in acts of terrorism and violence in March*.

The number of civilians killed was 729 (including 42 civilian police), and the number of civilians injured was 1,785 (including 98 civilian police).

A further 665 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army / Not including casualties from Anbar Operations) were killed and 387 were injured.

01 Apr 2015 description

In February 2015, President of Haiti Michel Martelly inaugurated a new water diversion system along the flood-prone Rivière Grise in Haiti’s Cul-de-Sac corridor. The U.S. Agency for International Development has been working in partnership with the Government of Haiti under Feed the Future to sustainably improve irrigation water access in this region while reducing the risk of floods and increasing agricultural productivity.

01 Apr 2015 description

At the international donor conference for Syria held today in Kuwait, the Danish Minister for Trade and Development, Mr. Mogens Jensen, will publish Denmark’s new commitment of 250 million DKK in 2015 for the victims of the crisis of Syria. Denmark's commitment is 50 million DKK higher than last year.

01 Apr 2015 description

Sanaa, Yemen | | Wednesday 4/1/2015 - 10:33 GMT

by Jamal al-Jabiri

Dozens of civilians were reported dead Wednesday after a dairy plant was bombed in Yemen, as aid groups warned of a brewing humanitarian crisis from Saudi-led strikes on Shiite rebels.

Rights groups have voiced growing alarm about civilian casualties from the nearly week-old air war aimed at preventing the fall of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

01 Apr 2015 description

33,000 families to benefit from new agricultural production rehabilitation programme - World Bank supporting activities

1 April 2015, Bamako/Rome - The government of Mali and FAO have launched the implementation phase of a $5 million project aimed at restoring the livelihoods of households affected by the armed conflicts and climate change in the northern part of the country.

The move was announced by Mali's Minister for Rural Development, Bokary Treta, and FAO-Director-General José Graziano da Silva during an official visit here.

01 Apr 2015 description

On March 28, 2015, the Jordanian Government, in collaboration with the United Nations, launched the Jordan Resilience Fund. The Fund aims to ensure coherence, aid effectiveness and coordinated assistance to the 2015 Jordan Response Plan. The fund seeks to aid in channeling catalytic financial support for the estimated $2.9 billion necessary to carry out the initial one-year Jordan Response Plan.

01 Apr 2015 description

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, 31 March (UNHCR) – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees told an international conference of donors on Tuesday the Syrian war had reached a dangerous tipping point, with increasing desperation among refugees and in host communities and a widening gap between humanitarian needs and available funding. .

01 Apr 2015 description

By Sam Bolitho

Tropical Cyclone Pam was one of the worst cyclones on record but there were very few casualties

Aid agencies have described Tropical Cyclone Pam as one of the worst disasters to ever hit the Pacific region.

Packing winds of up to 250 kilometres per hour, the category-five system caused widespread devastation in Vanuatu's southern provinces of Shefa and Tafea.

Around 75,000 people were left in need of emergency shelter, and 96 per cent of food crops were destroyed.

01 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 31 March 2015 – “The successful conclusion of a National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) between the Government of Myanmar and representatives of 16 ethnic armed groups is welcome news for children in Myanmar, who have suffered from some of the longest-running civil conflicts in the world.

01 Apr 2015 description
report UN Democracy Fund

For Nepal's Chepang people, an indigenous group living in the Himalaya foothills, poverty and marginalization remain a daily reality. Chepang women are further marginalized by lower literacy rates, lack of access to health services, and scarce economic and political influence in a traditionally male-dominated environment. This is why UNDEF funds a project implemented by Development Exchange Centre Nepal, a local NGO, to empower Chepang women to become change agents in local governance processes, promoting pro-poor and gender responsive decision-making.

01 Apr 2015 description

Frontline health workers are vaccinating children and changing attitudes family by family in the most hard to reach areas of Pakistan

01 Apr 2015 description

By Ann Weru

FUKUSHIMA, 31 March 2015 – The fishing industry along the eastern coast of Japan is still reeling from the twin earthquake and tsunami that rocked the region four years ago, demonstrating starkly how disasters can strain key economic sectors and test resilience.

Fukushima has become synonymous with the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11 March 2011. The 9.0-magnitude quake triggered a massive wave that pushed several kilometres inland, causing death and destruction.

01 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Fiji

The Fiji Response Team operating from Port Vila in Vanuatu has sent a team of health officials to assist local health practitioners in Tanna Island in the province of Tafea.

Led by Dr. Luke Nasedra and Dr. Mark Rokobuili of the Ministry of Health, the team will assist in meeting a high demand for health services in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam.

01 Apr 2015 description
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March 29' 2015 Typhoon Maysak Declaration of Disaster Emergency for Chuuk State

On March 30, 2015, Governor Johnson Elimo declared a state of emergency due to damage by Typhoon Maysak, including 5 deaths, extensive damage to private and public properties including schools, health facilities, public utilities, private residences, and the sinking of several fishing, passenger and dive ships. Typhoon Maysak is currently a category 2 storm while going through the outer islands of Chuuk and is expected to rise to category 3 tomorrow.

01 Apr 2015 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, March 31 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Civil Affairs has sent 1,000 tents, 2,000 sleeping bags, 2,000 folding beds and 1,000 sets of folding desks and chairs to Jianhe County in southwestern Guizhou Province after it was hit by a 5.5-magnitude earthquake on Monday morning.

No deaths have been reported, though the quake was Guizhou's biggest in terms of magnitude since 1949. More than 23,000 people have been affected and 2,536 relocated.

01 Apr 2015 description
report Xinhua

GUIYANG, March 31 (Xinhua) -- A 5.5-magnitude earthquake that struck southwest China's Guizhou Province on Monday has affected 23,000 people, local authorities said on Tuesday.

According to the provincial civil affairs department, as of noon on Tuesday, the number of people affected by the quake in seven townships of Jianhe County stood at 23,018, 10,000 more than the department reported on Monday afternoon.