Geneva, 19 October 2016 – The World Meteorological Organization is forecasting that the weather over large parts of the world will be influenced by cool-neutral to weak La Niña conditions over the coming few months.
In Indonesia I joined the official opening of the 3rd of 5 group homes CWS organizes for unaccompanied and separated (refugee) children. The Jakarta neighborhood where we are renting the house for 40 Afghan and Somali boys has been quite welcoming, which is great for the boys who have left so much, including their families, behind in search of better lives. As I was leaving the house, the boy in the yellow shirt was arriving by a complicated route from Afghanistan to join the others in making the rented house into their new home … for now. Join me in wishing them well!
In Indonesia and Timor-Leste, the ICRC is enhancing emergency-response capabilities, supporting medical care in remote parts of Indonesia, promoting IHL and law-enforcement standards, maintaining a dialogue on humanitarian topics across South-East Asia and restoring family links. In Timor-Leste we are developing the capability of the authorities to identify people who died during the 1975-1999 conflict and training the Timor Leste Red Cross in community engagement, restoring family links and the management of dead bodies during emergencies.
Eight districts in West Aceh are inundated amid heavy rains in the last five days. Floodwater levels range from 30 centimeters to 1 meter in people’s homes.
“Rain is still pouring,” Teuku Syahluna Polem, head of the West Aceh Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said on Tuesday as quoted by tempo.co.
Teuku said flooding had hit 54 villages in eight districts. He said no fatalities had been reported and residents had either remained in their homes or taken shelter in the homes of relatives.
In Indonesia, the ICRC is:
helping the Indonesian Red Cross, the authorities and ASEAN to develop their emergency response; working with the Indonesian Red Cross and local NGOs to support medical care for cataract patients and the victims of sexual violence in remote areas of Indonesia;
promoting IHL, focusing on such regional priorities as maritime security;
A l'occasion de la Journée internationale de prévention des catastrophes célébrée chaque année le 13 octobre, le Secrétariat de la Stratégie internationale de prévention des catastrophes des Nations Unies (UNISDR) a présenté mercredi, à Genève, un nouveau rapport sur l'impact des catastrophes naturelles dans le monde. Le document est alarmiste en raison du nombre de victimes de plus en plus importantes constatées depuis 1995, principalement dans les pays en développement, lesquels ne disposent pas de moyens suffisants, explique le Secrétariat, pour répondre à ces catastrophes.
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The threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) might become a growing challenge to international peace and security as the military operations against the group continued to make progress, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs told the Security Council today.
Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) remains at the forefront of the humanitarian community’s shelter and settlements (S&S) activities, which focus on a common goal: the expeditious and appropriate provision of covered living space to adequately shelter displaced populations, while also promoting safer, healthier settlements that link emergency S&S assistance to longer-term recovery efforts.
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MOH) have opened the Department of Cardiology & Cardiac Catheterization and the Department of Radiology at the Al-Shefaa Medical Complex's Specialist Surgery Building in Gaza, at a total cost of $9,446,000.
The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), QRCS mission in Gaza, national health facilities, MOH, and Jordan's Field Hospital in Gaza.
On this edition:
The signing of the Declaration on One ASEAN One Response
9th DELSA PSC Meeting
Interview with Ms Adelina Kamal on The Other Side many more
By Ganug Nugroho Adi - The Jakarta Post
Following extended heavy rainfall, floods have started to inundate roads and houses in Surakarta.Water reached up to 50 centimeters above the ground in several areas of the city on Sunday evening.
Flooded roads include Jl. Yosodipuro, Jl. Juanda, Jl. Adi Sucipto and Jl. Slamet Riyadi. Sumber subdistrict, the location of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s relatives’ houses, was also affected by the flood. Jokowi’s relatives’ houses were not flooded, but dozens of other houses nearby were inundated.
30 September 2016 – The United Nations health agency today urged countries across the South-East Asia region to continue to take decisive action to prevent, detect and respond to Zika virus, following news that Thailand has confirmed two cases of Zika-related microcephaly.
By Paulus Enggal, IFRC
As heavy rains continued through the night, 52-year-old E’en was cleaning her house in the village of Haurpanggung, West Java, while her husband and children slept. She never imagined that she would lose her home that night.
“I’ve lived here for 40 years, and this was the first time we experienced flash floods in this village,” she explained. “I heard shouting outside and when I opened the door to investigate, water rushed in. Thankfully, we were rescued and no one in my family was hurt.”
By Jonathan Fowler
BUCHAREST, 28 September 2016 – Scientists and disaster risk experts from the Mediterranean and beyond have vowed to step up efforts to raise awareness among the general public of how to react to the threat of tsunamis.
“Public awareness is one of the most important activities,” said Professor Ahmet Cevdet Yalciner of Turkey’s Middle East Technical University, who chairs the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the Northeastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (ICG/NEAMTWS).
Jakarta, Indonesia | AFP | Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 03:54 GMT
Rescuers in Indonesia were dispatched Wednesday to evacuate nearly 400 tourists, most of them foreigners, after a volcano erupted at one of the country's most popular hiking destinations, an official said.
Mount Barujani began erupting late Tuesday afternoon, sending columns of ash and smoke shooting 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) into the sky over Lombok island, a tourist hotspot to the immediate east of Bali.
Jakarta, Indonesia | AFP | Thursday 9/22/2016 - 03:05 GMT
The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in Indonesia has risen to 26, an official said Thursday, with hopes fading for 19 others still missing.
Aid has begun pouring into Garut in the west of Indonesia's main island of Java, where 23 people died and 18 remain missing after torrential rain and fast-rising floods swept through the region, the national disaster agency said.
YOGYAKARTA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the official establishment of the first-ever provincial logistics cluster in Indonesia by the Governor of Yogyakarta.
“The Governor of Yogyakarta and head of the provincial disaster management agency BPBD have shown tremendous foresight by establishing this provincial logistics cluster, which will help ensure that relief items are dispatched as quickly and smoothly as possible during a disaster,” said Anthea Webb, Representative of WFP in Indonesia.