Greeting from Sphere India Welcome to the June-July 2015 issue of Sphere India Newsletter. This issue features response/relief, updates from Sphere India programme unit and a list of upcoming events.
One of the articles showcases Brainstorming on National capacity building strategy for healthcare. The second article is on Nepal Earthquake: Unfolding Uncertainties for Secondary Hazards.
Drought and extreme cold weather since early Jul in remote and inland Papua Province, particularly Lani Jaya and Puncak Jaya Districts, has created acute food insecurity. Eleven people died, including seven children and 20,160 households are reportedly affected.
Local government is providing assistance, including 28 tonnes of food.1
Following days of heavy rain, there was flooding in Aceh Jaya District of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province on 15 Jul. Over 7,900 houses were inundated and 25,750 people affected, including almost 2,300 displaced.
Four persons were killed and a few others went missing Friday when a cloudburst struck near Sonmarg.
Four persons were killed in a series of cloudbursts that struck near Sonamarg, a place enroute to the Amarnath Yatra, forcing temporary suspension of the pilgrimage.
Cause of cloudburst in the valley is due to heavy downpour on Thursday evening.
Natural calamity has damaged many roads and houses. According to Srinagar police, cloudburst occurred in Kullan and Gagangir village.
3 juillet 2015 – Dans de la cadre de la troisième Conférence internationale sur le financement du développement à Addis-Abeba, en Ethiopie, le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, a annoncé lundi le lancement d'un nouveau mécanisme de financement des initiatives visant à mettre fin à la mortalité maternelle et infantile d'ici 2030.
13 July 2015 – The United Nations and its partners today launched a new initiative to help end maternal and child mortality by 2030, as they gathered in Addis Ababa for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.
The Global Financing Facility (GFF) will support Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health and the Sustainable Development Goals that world leaders are expected to adopt in September.
Typhoon Chan-Hom made landfall early on 11 Jul in Zhujiajian Township in the island city of Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, as a category 1 typhoon before being downgraded to a tropical storm on 12 Jul. Chan-Hom is decreasing intensity as it moves northeast. Some 1.9 million people in nine cities were affected by the storm, including more than 1.1 million evacuated as a precaution. No casualties are reported.
1.1 million people evacuated
The Indian Ambassador accredited to Liberia, H. E. Dinesh Bhatia, has donated (300) three hundred pieces of thermometers along with six bilateral scholarships to the Government and people of Liberia. The scholarships are for deserving Liberian students to undergo post-graduate studies in India.
The thermometers are to be distributed among needy institutions, including schools and health facilities, in order to prevent the spread of Ebola virus transmission in the country.
Snapshot 1–7 July 2015
Syria: Civilian deaths made up 81% of the total death toll in June, which was 2,137, bringing the total number of people killed so far in 2015 to 11,000. 705,000 people have been displaced in the first five months of this year: 439,000 were internally displaced, and the vast majority of the rest fled to Turkey.
Heavy rainfall across West Bengal caused landslides killing an estimated 40 people with many still missing.
Continuing rainfall is impeding relief efforts as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) attempts to carry out rescue efforts.
There is a shortage of food and safe drinking water in the affected areas.
40 people dead
The NDRF is working alongside national disaster teams at the landslide sites. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue up to 9 Jul.
USA – Forest Fire
• A forest fire broke out in Chelan County (Washington State) near Wenatchee on 28 June.
• According to media (as of 30 June), the fire burnt nearly 1,200 ha, destroyed 23 houses and injured three firefighters, while an evacuation order is in effect.
INDIA – Floods
• The Upper Assam districts of Sonitpur, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji were hit by new floods on 29 June, that killed two people and affected over 5,500 people in 20 villages. A relief camp has been opened by the district authorities, sheltering 75 people.
Snapshot 24–30 June 2015
Burundi: Turnout at the parliamentary elections was low. Voting stations were targeted and there was a spate of grenade attacks in the capital: several people were injured. Around 1,000 Burundians are leaving the country every day: 62,000 refugees are now in Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, and 10,600 in DRC.
South Sudan: Households in some areas of Unity and Upper Nile states are suspected to be facing Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) food security outcomes. 5–8% of the country’s population are suffering severe acute malnutrition.
A. Situation Report
Heavy rain caused by a deep depression over the Arabian Sea cause more than 30 inch rainfall in last 24 hours reported in the region. Heavy rain and more than 8-12 ft. height water logging observed in the affected area of Amreli district, this causes damage of houses, road and crops. Very heavy soil erosion observed by the famers in the affected areas.
Snapshot 17–23 June 2015
Yemen: 2.3 million more people are food insecure than in March – the total is now at 12.9 million people. 279 children have been killed and 402 injured in the conflict, out of almost 2,600 total deaths and 11,000 injured. 53 health facilities have been damaged. Peace talks have ended with no agreement.
The state is only focused on costly filtration solutions while little is being done to stop contamination at source, which is the cause of physical and mental disabilities especially in children.
(CNS): The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs are a new, universal set of 17 proposed goals, with 169 targets that 193 countries (who are members of the UN) will be expected to use to frame their post-2015 development agendas and policies over the next 15 years, once the MDGs expire at the end of this year.
Snapshot 10–16 June 2015
Ebola in Sierra Leone and Guinea: Weekly Ebola case incidence has risen for two consecutive weeks. Guinea recorded 16 new cases in the week to 7 June, five from unknown chains of transmission. Sierra Leone recorded 15 cases, the highest weekly total since late March. It has extended the state of emergency for 90 days.
Snapshot 3-9 June 2015
Yemen: 20 million people, close to 80% of the population, are estimated to need humanitarian aid. 500,000 people were displaced in May, bringing the total displaced since 26 March to more than 1 million. The escalation in the conflict has meant two million more people are food insecure, and six million more lack access to healthcare, and 9.4 million lack access to safe water.