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27 Nov 2014 description

IERAPETRA, Grèce | AFP | Wednesday 11/26/2014 - 15:21 GMT

Around 700 migrants aboard a freighter that had been drifting in the Aegean Sea for two days began disembarking on the Greek island of Crete on Thursday, local officials said.

The migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, include "a lot of women and children", said Theodosis Kalantzakis, the mayor of Ierapetra.

The Kiribati-flagged freighter Baris was towed to the seaside town of Ierapetra after suffering engine failure on Tuesday.

20 Nov 2014 description

KABUL, Afghanistan, November 20 (UNHCR) – The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 25 years ago today to protect children like Hasanat, Aisha and Safia.

The three, aged between seven and 13, have all returned to a homeland, Afghanistan, that they had heard much about but never visited. Half of Afghanistan's 5 million returnees since 2002 were born in exile, mostly in Iran or Pakistan, which together still shelter 2.5 million Afghans.

13 Nov 2014 description

The first heavy snow of the season in Iran covered 11 provinces in a thick white coat, forcing more than 2,500 people to evacuate their homes with the help of the volunteers of the Red Crescent of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRCS) while movement inside and in between cities was prevented due to the extreme weather conditions that rendered the roads unsafe for travelling.

12 Nov 2014 description

Iran - Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, Iranian Seismological Centre, Local Media, Iranian Red Crescent)

■An earthquake of magnitude 5.4M, at a depth of 10km, occurred in the province of Hormozgan, southern Iran, on 10 November, 13.52 UTC. The epicentre was located approximately 28km north-west of the city of Fin. As of 11 November early morning, the Iranian Red Crescent Society reports 45 houses damaged in the village of Sirmand. Local media do not report any injuries or further damage.

06 Nov 2014 description

Situation Générale en octobre 2014 Prévision jusqu'à’mi-décembre 2014

Une résurgence s’est développée en octobre au Soudan où des opérations intensives de lutte aérienne et terrestre ont été menées contre des bandes larvaires et des groupes d’ailés.

05 Nov 2014 description

Dr. Naser Charkhsaz, Deputy Head for Relief and Rescue of the Iranian Red Crescent stated that rescuers of Red Crescent relief and rescue posts have provided services to those who are in need following the impact of snow and blizzard in 11 provinces of the country during the last week. “Eleven provinces in the country including Eastern Azerbaijan and Western Azerbaijan, Isfahan, Ardabil, Zanjan, Mazandaran, Qazvin, Kurdistan, Semnan, Golestan, and Gilan were affected by snow and blizzard,” he also said.

04 Nov 2014 description

UN-SPIDER at a glance

UN-SPIDER works with partners on Earth observation for disaster risk reduction
UN-SPIDER participates in 3rd High Level Forum of UN Committee of Experts on Geospatial Information
UNGA Fourth Committee discusses UN-SPIDER programme
Bhutan: Project for stronger disaster response and recovery preparedness
Data application of the month

October Data application of the month: Measuring soil moisture
News from our Regional Support Offices

02 Nov 2014 description

After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.

29 Oct 2014 description

Tehran, Oct 29, IRNA - The preparedness of Iranian families in facing natural disasters is only eight percent, said Dr. Ali Ardalan, caretaker of the Health Ministry’s Office for Reducing Risk of Natural Disasters.

Ardalan called for more televised educational programs to teach people how to take care of themselves during natural disasters,'wrote Wednesday's edition of 'Iran Daily

Ardalan said non-resistant buildings are the main cause of fatalities in earthquakes.

29 Oct 2014 description

Earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 on the Richter scale rocked the counties of Ghir and Karzin at 9:45 local time in the province of Shiraz, the fifth most populous city in southern Iran.

After the occurrence of the quake, assessment teams from the Iranian Red Crescent provincial branch in Fars immediately despatched to the site to provide humanitarian assistance to those who are in need.

Reportedly, the situation in 7 villages has been assessed that 5 housing units in rural areas of Shaldan, Afifieh and Rikan, Semnan were damaged. The quake was no loss of life.

27 Oct 2014 description

VOLUNTARY RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN

1 – 30 September 2014: In September 2014, a total of 1,719 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan.
Of this, 1,253 came from Pakistan, 447 from Iran, 9 from Tajikistan, 9 from Kazakstan and 1 from the Russian Federation.

23 Oct 2014 description

Hossein Derakhshan, the spokesperson of the Iranian Red Crescent Relief and Rescue Organisation announced that downpour in nine provinces of the country triggered flooding in 27 cities and 65 villages over two recent days.

Derakhshan stated that 27 cities and 65 villages in East Azerbaijan, West Azerbaijan, Zanjan, Kermanshah, Gilan, Lorestan, Mazandaran, Qazvin, and Hamedan provinces were influenced by heavy rainfall and 1,500 people were affected by the flood in these provinces.

23 Oct 2014 description

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake, once more, rocked Mormouri region in the Iranian western province of Ilam at 17: 05 local time on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014. After the earthquake, 8 teams from the Iranian Red Crescent including 24 relief and rescue workers were immediately despatched to the scene to assess the situation and help needy people.

20 Oct 2014 description

Findings showed that social uncertainty and confusion occurs as a result of negligence of some important social aspects in process of returning to the normal life. This issue, in turn, can greatly interrupt the normal developmental processes. Understanding the challenges of life recovery after disasters will help policy makers consider social rehabilitation as a key factor in facilitation of return to normal life process after earthquakes

20 Oct 2014 description

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MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

October 2014: modification n°4

15 Oct 2014 description

10/15/2014 - 19:30 GMT

A strong 5.6 earthquake rocked two cities in western Iran Wednesday, injuring at least 16 people but causing only minor damage to homes, US and Iranian sources said.

The quake occurred just after 5:00 pm (1330 GMT), with the epicentre 51 kilometres (32 miles) east of Dehloran in Ilam province, close to the border with Iraq, according to the US Geological Survey.

It hit at the relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres.

15 Oct 2014 description

Head of Red Crescent Relief and Rescue Organisation, Dr. Pir Hossein Koulivand, announced the development of new relief and rescue equipments of the Iranian Red Crescent commensurate with the latest scientific changes and modern technology.

14 Oct 2014 description

GAWILAN is a temporary camp in Duhok Governorate, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). It opened on September 29, 2013 in response to the influx of refugees from Syria. As of August 26, 2014, it hosts 2,534 Syrian refugees. The camp is located 85 km north west of Erbil city and is managed by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) through the Development and Modification Centre (DMC)

09 Oct 2014 description

Biannual FAO Food Outlook report and new Food Price Index released

9 October 2014, Rome - Food markets are more stable and prices for most agricultural commodities are sharply lower than they have been in recent years, according to the latest edition of FAO's biannual Food Outlook report and a new update to the Organization's monthly Food Price Index, both out today.

09 Oct 2014 description
report War Child UK

Thousands of Afghan nationals, many of them unaccompanied children, make the arduous journey to Iran in search of work every year.

Most of them are forced to do so by a lack of economic opportunity.

The jobs that the children get are often dangerous, difficult, and illegal. Those caught working illegally are deported back to Afghanistan.

Children at risk

Deported children often find themselves housed in temporary transit camps along the border, alongside other unaccompanied children who've been displaced by insecurity.