Communication is a form of humanitarian assistance that is as important as water, food and shelter. Without access to information, disaster survivors cannot access the help they need, make informed decisions or be effective leaders in their own recovery. In the aftermath of a disaster, survival for the most vulnerable people depends on knowing the answers to questions such as:
Where can I find safe drinking water, food or shelter?
Where can I go for medical attention?
Where are my family and friends?
This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.
To meet immediate needs of vulnerable population in the severely flood affected areas.
Coordinate joint sectoral response to support people living in hard-to-reach locations.
Provide appropriate support through ensuring common and standard assistance packages.
Parameters of the response
Mount Ontake erupted on 27 Sep, spewing large plumes of ash and gas high into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area in ash. More than 500 rescue workers have been mobilised including the local police, fire department and the Japanese Self-Defense Force.
As of 29 Sep there are four confirmed deaths with a further 27 feared to be dead and 37 injured. According to authorities, similar small scale explosions may occur in future. However, there are no indications of a large scale eruption.
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NATURAL DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC
RISING NUMBER OF STORMS
More than one million people in 17 districts are affected by floods. The Joint Needs Assessment reports that communities across nine of these districts identified the priority sectors as food, sanitation and livelihoods. Humanitarian organizations are complementing relief efforts of the Government. The Directorate general of Health Services deployed over 500 medical teams to tackle a variety of flood related health problems in the affected areas.
1 million people affected
17 flooded districts
As of 20 Aug, heavy seasonal rain causing flooding along the major river systems has killed at least 45 people and affected over 16,000 families. International NGOs and the Cambodian Red Cross have distributed relief items to the affected families. Water levels are already receding.
Q2 2014 SUMMARY
Bringing CERF’s total allocations for 2014 to US$204.3 million*, the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) allocated $103.6 million from CERF to support aid agencies responding to crises in 22 countries during the second quarter of 2014.
Five-year old Ehsam (not his real name) had suffered from a debilitating inguinal hernia since he was six months old. Funding from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) helped get him the life-saving treatment he needed.
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According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of 18 Jul, Typhoon Rammasun affected 882,300 people in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VIII, and NCR.
A total of 54 people were reported dead, 100 were injured and three are still missing. Around 525,800 people were displaced and seeking shelter in 1,200 evacuation centres. Approximately 7,000 houses were totally damaged and 19,250 were partially damaged. The Humanitarian Country Team is on standby to support the Government.
On 24 Jun, a tornado hit Satkhira district, in the south-west part of the country, injuring 15 people. Heavy floods and the high risk of landslides prompted local authorities to evacuate 590 families in the district of Chittagong. The local authorities have provided the necessary assistance to those in need and no external support was requested.
Following flash floods and landslides due to heavy rain that occurred in southwest Sri Lanka at the beginning of June 2014, the Government has reported that 24 people died, 10 people were injured, and 1 person is missing, while nearly 120,000 people have been affected. The National Disaster Relief Services Centre is currently providing emergency relief assistance to disaster-affected communities who are currently staying in welfare centres.
Source: Disaster Management Centre, OCHA
A severe storm swept through northern Netrokona district on 28 Apr leaving at least nine people dead and about 1,000 homeless. The full extent of the storm's destruction is not yet known.
Source: OCHA ROAP
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NATURAL DISASTERS IN ASIA-PACIFIC 2013