A new batch of urgently needed medical and relief supplies is leaving to the Ebola-affected region in West Africa today on board of the Dutch ship "Karel Doorman".
For the second time, as part of the coordinated European response to the Ebola outbreak, the Netherlands has offered to transport vital supplies free of charge. The vessel is carrying 1,500 tons of food for the World Food Programme (WFP) in addition to more than 50 vehicles, medical supplies and protective clothing for health personnel offered by Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.
BUDAPEST, Hungary, December 11 (UNHCR) – Standing in their modest apartment in the Hungarian capital, Syrian refugees Yasser and Abeer proudly display the instruments which they are using to build a future and give thanks to the people of their new country.
The couple hold up scissors, combs, curlers, and a hairdryer, the tools of a professional hairdresser, which is the trade Yasser adopted after arriving in Hungary. Yasser hopes one day to run his own beauty salon, working alongside his wife, who is a beautician.
Announced at 2014 United Nations Global South-South Development Expo in Washington Rome, 14 November 2014 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced today a US$2.7 million programme targeting more than 1,000 rural youth and women in Algeria, Egypt, Hungary, Morocco, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. The programme will support small farmers to share their experiences and skills in order to collaborate on possible solutions to save water, cultivate water-efficient crops and breed cattle.
Today the first Ebola aid supplies will be loaded onto the naval ship Karel Doorman, leaving for West Africa tomorrow. Goods will start to come aboard at around midday, including 11 million rubber gloves, a significant number of lorries, ambulances and other vehicles, 1,000 rubber boots, disinfectant, thermometers, generators, mobile laboratories, protective clothing for medical staff and more than 300,000 medical masks for relief workers.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Due to the heavy and unseasonal rainfall, there has been massive river flooding in different parts of Hungary starting from 14 September 2014 onwards. The General Directorate of the Water Management posted red alert on the rivers Dráva, Lajta, Mura, Rába and Zala, in total along 320 kilometres. The floods are affecting 90 villages in 10 Counties of Hungary, namely Vas, Zala, Győr-Moson- Sopron, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Veszprém, Baranya, Bács- Kiskun, Nógrád and Fejér.
• SLOVENIA: In the last few days heavy rains caused floods in parts of Slovenia. The most affected regions are Dolenjska, Pomurje, parts of Stajerska and Koroska. The situation is slowly stabilizing. More than 250 landslides occurred in the last days and the warning is still in place. According to media more than 1 100 buildings have been inundated. On 14 September, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated.
With restricted access to the EU territory for people fleeing war and persecution, and asylum seekers ending up destitute or detained in some European countries, the EU remains an elusive safe haven for refugees.
Local communities in the Tisza River basin have recently been confronted with several serious toxic spills and ecological disasters along the river. Regional scientists, within a NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) project, have therefore started to develop a monitoring system to increase the chances of predicting environmental crises and improving disaster response.
From one disaster to another
HIGHLIGHTS - The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) reached over 79,000 across Ukraine.
The Ukrainian authorities nominated Mr Volodymyr Groysman, Deputy Prime Minister as the coordinator on all IDP matters.
During the last coordination meeting on IDP matters, the authorities decided on the establishment of a registration system and on the drafting of new legislation on IDPs in line with international standards.
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.
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.
05 December 2013 – Foreign Minister János Martonyi of Hungary will undertake an official visit to the Philippines from December 5 to 7 at the invitation of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario. Minister Martonyi’s visit will be the first by a Hungarian Foreign Minister in the country. The two officials had previously met in the multilateral forum of Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).
The EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCP) has been activated to ensure coordinated European relief efforts following the Philippine authorities' request for international assistance to address the colossal needs in the aftermath of the devastating cyclone Haiyan.
Support is being delivered to Bulgaria to help the national authorities cope with the influx of Syrian refugees. The assistance is provided by Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria, and is coordinated by the European Commission. It includes more than 2000 folding beds and mattresses, more than 4200 blankets and other items, such as bedding, towels, kitchen sets and cutlery.
Truckload of material aid to Bulgaria departed today from Hungary. The aid is provided under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, enabled by Bulgaria on 16 October 2013. The donation includes blankets, bedding, hygiene and sanitation materials and other items as requested by Bulgaria. The head of the Bulgarian mission in Budapest Biserka Benisheva thanked on behalf of the Bulgarian government and the citizens of Bulgaria for the quick response of Hungary in this difficult time for us.
■Since the beginning of the year Bulgaria has been put under unprecedented pressure from asylum seekers and illegal immigrants. In result of the conflict in Syria a significant increase of the number of requests for protection is being seen. The number of persons who entered Bulgarian territory illegally this year is 7410 people. The total number of the refugees in Bulgaria as of 14th October 2013 is 6404. Bulgaria has not faced such a crisis for the last 90 years.
CHF 52,487 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 7th June 2013 to support the Hungarian Red Cross Society in strengthening their disaster response preparedness and in delivering assistance to 1,500 families affected by the floods on the river Danube.