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02 May 2016 description

GENEVA (26 April 2016) – United Nations human rights experts Mónica Pinto and Juan E. Méndez will carry out a visit to Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May 2016 to assess recent developments and identify challenges related to the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and to the independence of the justice system.

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Media release

2 May 2016

Australia is continuing to lead efforts to assist our Pacific Island neighbours to access additional financing to address the impacts of climate change.

Today I announce Australia’s $2.3 million partnership with Germany’s aid agency, GIZ, to assist Pacific Island countries to better access and manage global climate finance, with a focus on the Green Climate Fund.

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Tunis, 1 May 2016 – From 1 April to 30 April 2016, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) documented 47 civilian casualties, including 33 deaths and 14 injuries, during the conduct of hostilities across Libya. Victims included 2 children injured, 18 men killed and 5 injured, 4 women injured, and 15 adults killed and 3 injured where the sex was not identified.

02 May 2016 description
report Al Jazeera

Humanitarian organisations and volunteers advocate for the use of drones technology to locate refugees at sea.

Rosie Scammell

After being stranded in the Mediterranean for three days, fear had overcome Alou Sango. "I thought that we would all die, because there was nothing left, the petrol had finished," he says of his journey from Libya.

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02 May 2016 description
report Al Jazeera

A psychological support centre in Aleppo runs after-school programmes to help children cope with the ongoing war.

Adam Lucente and Zouhir Al Shimale

Aleppo, Syria - As the Syrian government continues its military offensive against rebel-held areas in Aleppo and the civilian death toll mounts, thousands of the city's children have been left traumatised by the harrowing conflict surrounding them.

02 May 2016 description
report UN News Service

1 May 2016 – Despite the positive atmosphere of the Yemeni peace talks which prevailed during the past few days, the United Nations envoy for Yemen announced today that the Government's delegation suspended its participation in the plenary sessions because of reports received from Amran governorate.

“We understand the reasons that lead to this decision; however we urge all the parties to engage in good faith and demonstrate wisdom in their participation in the talks, Yemenis are counting on them,” said UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in a statement.

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Suva, 28 April 2016

As momentum builds ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Fiji businesses have agreed to join forces with the Government, United Nations and civil society organizations to establish the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council.

“Tropical Cyclone Winston has clearly demonstrated that businesses are both an integral part of communities impacted by disaster and are major contributors to response and recovery in those communities,” Howard Politini, Vice Chair of the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation, said.

02 May 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Presidential Contenders Respond to Human Rights Watch Survey

02 May 2016 description

NEW YORK, APRIL 29, 2016 -- The United States military today released its investigative report on the attack on the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on 3 October 2015. The attack killed 42 people, including 14 MSF staff members, and wounded dozens more.

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report Project HOPE

Millwood, Va., April 25, 2016

Project Hope's humanitarian aid continues in Nepal one year after earthquakes. Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization, says it is standing by Nepal on the first anniversary of the earthquake to improve access to health services for communities in need.

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2016 DS The Climate Land Statement FINAL.

DS ROUNDTABLE ADOPTS ‘THE CLIMATE LAND STATMEMENT’

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report Redhum

República Dominicana, 01 de Mayo 2016
Fuente: El Caribe

El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias (COE) informó este domingo que suben a 18 las provincias que se encuentran bajo alerta, por posibles inundaciones urbanas y repentinas, desbordamiento de ríos arroyos y cañadas, así como deslizamientos de tierra, debido a la presencia de una vaguada.

El organismo de socorro indicó que por dichos aguaceros, los operativos estarán más concentrados hacia la llanura costera del Caribe, cordillera Central, Los Haitises y algunas localidades de la región noreste.

02 May 2016 description
report Redhum

República Dominicana, 01 de Mayo 2016
Fuente: Diario Libre

SANTO DOMINGO. El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias (COE) informó que 5,425 personas están fuera de sus hogares en casas de familiares y amigos por las lluvias de los últimos días.

Asimismo cuatro casas fueron destruidas, otras 1,081 fueron afectadas, 21 comunidades se encuentran incomunicadas y cinco puentes sufrieron daños.

02 May 2016 description
report Redhum

República Dominicana, 01 de Mayo 2016
Fuente: El Nuevo Diario

EL NUEVO DIARIO, SANTO DOMINGO.- El jefe del gabinete del Ministerio de Obras Públicas Ramón Pepín, junto a los generales Juan Manuel Méndez García, director del COE y Estanislao Gonell Regalado, de la Comisión Militar y Policial adscrita a Obras Públicas, realizó un recorrido para evaluar los daños ocasionados por las lluvias registradas en los últimos días.

02 May 2016 description
report El Universo

El albergue, denominado exaeropuerto, acoge a 1.300 personas en la antigua terminal aérea Reales Tamarindos. Estas personas están en 150 carpas, pero “existen 50 carpas desocupadas, por lo que invitamos a los afectados que estén en refugios temporales que vengan acá, porque esto no es un albergue, es un campamento transformado en una pequeña ciudad”, señala el coronel Fabricio Varela, militar a cargo.

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report Bangkok Post

Post-rain humidity ideal to seed clouds

2 May 2016 at 04:30 NEWSPAPER SECTION: NEWS | WRITER: POST REPORTERS

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to produce artificial rain to ensure there is sufficient water in the dams for tap water production.

Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Sunday that Royal Rain Making Operations Centres nationwide are preparing rainmaking operations in response to Gen Prayut's directive. He did not elaborate on when operations will start.

02 May 2016 description
report Redhum

América del Sur,Caribe, 30 de Abril 2016
Fuente: Listin Diario - La República

La Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) advirtió hoy del riesgo de enfermedades diarreicas y de propagación de los virus del zika, dengue y chikunguña tras el terremoto ocurrido en el noroeste de Ecuador, pero indicó que existen medidas para prevenirlas.

02 May 2016 description
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Ecuador, 30 de Abril 2016
Fuente: ANDINA - PE

Embajador destaca que peruanos han tenido respuesta muy generosa

Aproximadamente a 500 toneladas asciende la ayuda humanitaria que el Perú ha enviado hasta el momento a Ecuador para ayudar a los damnificados por el terremoto que sacudió ese país, estimó hoy el embajador ecuatoriano en Lima, José Sandoval.

02 May 2016 description
report Redhum

República Dominicana, 30 de Abril 2016
Fuente: Listin Diario - La República

Sobre el país seguirán registrándose aguaceros por la incidencia de dos vaguadas, una en superficie y la otra en altura que continúan generando inestabilidad, según la Oficina Nacional de Meteorología.

Estas lluvias van a seguir en las próximas 36 horas.