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29 May 2017 description

by Reuters
Monday, 29 May 2017 13:09 GMT

Floods reached roof level and cut off access to many rural Sri Lankan villages, disrupting life for half a million people

  • Sri Lanka sees worst disaster from torrential rains since 2003

  • Bangladesh still recovering from flash floods in April

  • Storm likely to hit Bangladesh coast Tuesday morning

By Ruma Paul and Dinuka Liyanawatte

29 May 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone MORA formed over the central Bay of Bengal on 27 May. It then moved north toward Bangladesh, intensifying. On 29 May at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 500 km south-west of Cox's Bazar town (Chittagong division, Bangladesh) and had max. sustained wind speed of 93 km/h (Tropical Storm).
29 May 2017 description
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  • Critical shelter, protection and livelihoods needs continue in northern Rakhine despite improvements in humanitarian access

  • Muslim fishermen face new restrictions in Rakhine

  • Closure of three IDP camps in Rakhine has mixed results

  • Government Minister announces that IDP camps in Rakhine will be closed within five years

  • Intense fighting in parts of Kachin and Shan in the recent months has led to new displacement in a number of areas

29 May 2017 description

Philipines - This week, (22-23/5), the UN Migration Agency, IOM and ten Colombo Process (CP) member States met in Manila, the Philippines, to discuss practical approaches to protecting their nationals abroad during crises.

The CP, which is also known as the Ministerial Consultation on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin in Asia is currently chaired by Nepal. Countries represented at the meeting included Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

29 May 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 60,521 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 24 May, with over 80 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 193,333 arrivals across the region through 21 May 2016.

IOM Rome reported that, through 24 May this year, 50,267 migrants or refugees have landed in Italy (See chart below), however that does not include all the men, women and children who are believed to have been rescued over the past 48 hours.

29 May 2017 description

6.8 M required for 2017

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6.8 M funding gap for the Bay Of Bengal Situation

All figures are displayed in USD

28 May 2017 description
report IHH

In 25th anniversary of its establishment IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, launched its 2017 Ramadan campaign with “They are Waiting for You” slogan. Throughout Ramadan IHH is going to deliver aid to 1 million people.

IHH, which has been delivering food hampers and food aid packages to help the poor break fast in abundance, is geared up to put a smile on the faces of orphans and needy.

28 May 2017 description
report IHH

Before the upcoming month of Ramadan IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation delivered food aid to 12.000 Rohingya Muslims who fled persecution in Myanmar and took refuge in Bangladesh.

26 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • The WFP Country Strategic Plan came into effect as of 1 April 2017. It replaces both the Country Programme and the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation.

  • WFP continues to be steadily engaged in Cox’s Bazar, where the delivery of the integrated package comprising prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition, school feeding and women’s social and economic empowerment, as well as general food assistance is being delivered to refugees and equally impoverished host communities.

26 May 2017 description

Outbreaks of Tilapia lake virus (TiLV) threaten the livelihoods and food security of millions of people dependent on tilapia farming

Highlights

  • Tilapia lake virus (TiLV) poses a great threat to the tilapia sector. Tilapias are farmed globally and are the second most important aquaculture species in terms of volumes produced, providing a key source of affordable animal protein, income to fishfarmers and fishers, and domestic and export earnings.

26 May 2017 description

WHY A REGIONAL FOCUS MODEL?

A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

26 May 2017 description

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293 Virologic monitoring of poliovirus type 2 after OPV2 withdrawal in April 2016: an important advance in eradicating poliomyelitis and eliminating live oral poliovirus vaccines worldwide, 2016–2017

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293 Surveillance virologique des poliovirus de type 2 après le retrait du VPO2 en avril 2016: une avancée importante vers l’éradication de la poliomyélite et l’élimination des vaccins antipoliomyélitiques oraux vivants à l’échelle mondiale, 2016-2017

25 May 2017 description

by Reuters
Thursday, 25 May 2017 11:39 GMT

Local rice prices have reached record highs and state reserves are at six-year lows in the wake of April flooding that wiped out crops

  • Plans to import 600,000 T of rice soon amid low stocks

  • To keep tariffs on private imports to protect farmers

  • Vietnamese prices hit 13 month high on export hopes

By Ruma Paul

25 May 2017 description

The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), supported by the ICRC, kicked off yet another round of food distribution to 3,200 families (19,000 people), who fled from Rakhine State in Myanmar and are residing with host communities in Bangladesh.

The second round of distribution, which is considered the biggest since the opening of the permanent mission in Dhaka in 2006, should provide the families with essential food items for two months and was timed to take place a week before the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

25 May 2017 description
  1. May. 2017 by Mirco Kreibich Johanna Goetz Alice Muthoni Murage

Against the backdrop of persistent ethnic tensions, the second round of the peace conference of Burmese government, army (Tatmadaw) and ethnic minorities begins on 24 May in Myanmar. The political internal climate and the relationship of Aung San Suu Kyi to the international community projected its shadows ahead.

24 May 2017 description
report ActionAid

Women are crucial and necessary leaders in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and humanitarian response. However, a key challenge to realising women’s leadership of and participation in DRR is recognising and reducing the burden of unpaid care work, and understanding the barrier that this places on women’s ability to engage as leaders and decision-makers.

23 May 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 59,135 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 21 May, with over 80 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 190,977 arrivals across the region through 21 May 2016.

Mediterranean Developments

IOM Rome reported that, through 21 May this year, 50,041 migrants or refugees have landed in Italy (See chart below).

23 May 2017 description

Carbon taxes for using fossil fuels are one of the simplest, most market-friendly ways of driving climate action, experts say.

By Syful Islam

DHAKA, May 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bangladesh is set to impose its own carbon tax on fuel next month – despite the hugely climate-vulnerable country producing relatively tiny per capita emissions.