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Romania + 10 others
31 January 2014: Eastern / Central Europe – Severe Weather


In the last few days severe weather conditions (heavy snowfalls, low temperatures, rainfall) have hit parts of central and eastern Europe, in particular Romania and Bulgaria, causing power outages and transportation problems.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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Czech Republic: Floods DREF operation n° MDRCZ002 Final report

Summary: CHF 165,608 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 19 June 2013 to support the Czech Red Cross (CzRC) Society in delivering assistance to people affected by floods in the central parts, also called Bohemia, of the Czech Republic.

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Philippines + 19 others
Typhoon Haiyan - Philippines: ECHO factsheet (as of 17 November 2013)

Key messages

• The European Commission has provided €20 million to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): €10 million in humanitarian aid to support emergency relief operations and €10 million to assist with recovery and rehabilitation.

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Philippines + 1 other
Humanitarian Assistance for the Philippines

On November 12, the Minister for Foreign Affairs has approved emergency humanitarian assistance worth CZK 4 million. for the Philippines in the aftermath of the typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

The assistance will be provided through the Philippine Red Cross which is able to operate across the affected areas of the country. The Czech Republic will follow closely the needs of the affected population and will consider offering further assistance during the subsequent recovery and reconstruction.

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Humanitarian Aid for Palestinian Refugees in the Middle East

Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Jan Kohout approved on 1st November, 2013 humanitarian assistance worth 2.5 mio. CZK for Palestinian refugees in the Middle East.

The Czech contribution will be used to support the Social Safety Net Programme of UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Rrefugees in the Near East), in particular its food aid component, which secures basic food needs (rise, wheat flour, sugar, sunflower oil and milk powder) for 300 000 vulnerable beneficiares.

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World + 19 others
Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine Issue 2 - 2013: Wiping polio off the face of the planet

The world has a unique chance to eradicate polio. With billions of dollars of support and coordinated efforts by governments and international health organizations, it could be the biggest public health victory since the eradication of smallpox. Also in this issue: Fundamental Principles, humanity first; Conflict in northern Mali, shifting sands; Refugees, unexpected guests.

See online edition and previous issues.

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PIN’s Flood Committee Allocated First Grants to the Flooded; Material Assistance worth 1.3m CZK Sent to Municipalities

People in Need

Prague (1st July 2013) – People in Need’s Flood Committee took a decision on the contributions towards renovating the households of the first 39 families and has distributed 690,000 CZK from the SOS Floods 2013 fundraising campaign. The first grants are channelled to the most afflicted households in 14 municipalities in Ústí nad Labem, Mělník, Kolín and Litoměřice districts and it is assumed that the people will obtain them in the next weeks.

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Czech Republic: Location Map (2013)

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World + 23 others
Forced Migration Review No. 44: Detention, alternatives to detention, and deportation

Asylum seekers and refugees – men, women and even children – are increasingly detained and interned around the world, as are numbers of other migrants. Sometimes detained indefinitely and often in appalling conditions, they may suffer not only deprivation of their liberty but other abuses of their human rights too. Detention may appear to be a convenient solution to states’ political quest to manage migration (often as a precursor to deportation) but it is an expensive option and has lasting effects on those detained.

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Humanitarian Aid for Central African Republic

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Jan Kohout, approved on 19 September 2013 urgent humanitarian aid worth 2 million Czech Crowns for the Central African Republic.

The assistance will be implemented by the local Caritas organization in the area of Bozoum. Around 3 000 IDP children will get education together with basic health and nutrition care. Around 200 000 people have been displaced by an internal conflict in the course of this year. The population is still facing abuses perpetrated by the Seleka armed groups.

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Czech Republic: Floods DREF operation n° MDRCZ002 Update n° 1

165,608 CHF was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 19 June 2013 to support the Czech Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 3,400 beneficiaries (850 households). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

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Romania + 7 others
More disasters but reduced losses in Europe

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, 18 September 2013 - European Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva this week told European parliamentarians that significant progress has been made in reducing disaster impacts across Europe over the last nine years of the Hyogo Framework for Action, the global agreement monitored by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Jordan + 2 others
Minister Kohout Approved Additional Humanitarian Aid for Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Jan Kohout met representatives of Czech humanitarian NGOs, which in cooperation with their local partners provide humanitarian assistance to refugees from Syria in Jordan. After the meeting, Minister Jan Kohout approved additional grants for this assistance.

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Ukraine + 17 others
Europe Zone Office Consolidated Development Operational Report January - June 2013 MAA65001

1. Executive summary

The economic crisis in Europe continues to hit headlines. According to the last EU figures, 43.6 million of EU citizens find difficulties in accessing food on a daily basis, and trends show that the need for food assistance is likely to increase in the near future.

Over 26 millions of people were unemployed across the EU in April 2013, by 1.7 million more than in April 2012. Youth unemployment figures are particularly alarming, with peaks of 56 per cent in Spain and 62.5 per cent in Greece.

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Syria crisis - ECHO factsheet

Factsheet on Syria:

The number of people affected by this protracted crisis is estimated to be 6.8 million people.

Around 4.25 million people are reported to be displaced within Syria.

The number of refugees has now reached 1 683 901, with over 550 thousand in Lebanon alone..

The total humanitarian funding committed to the crisis is €682 million: €265 million from the EU and €417 from the Member States which includes in-kind contributions.

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Czech Republic: Floods DREF operation n° MDRCZ002

165,608 CHF has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Czech Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 3,400 beneficiaries (850 households). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

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Hungary + 2 others
Europe: Floods Are Here to Stay

BUDAPEST, Jun 15 2013 (IPS) - Record floods in Central and Eastern Europe have highlighted some of the challenges of climate change for the continent, as well as the floods’ potential to spur populist politics.

An extraordinarily long winter followed by weeks of intense rains has saturated soils and caused large rivers, such as the Danube and the Elbe, to overflow. The floods have wreaked havoc in the region, killing 21 people and forcing the evacuation of several tens of thousands.