For immediate release: October 24, 2016
By Rocio Diaz-Agero Roman
NEW YORK, 24 October 2016 – The future of Fukushima Prefecture dramatically changed on 11 March 2011. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake off Japan’s eastern seaboard unleashed a powerful tsunami that triggered a devastating nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant.
Speaking at an event ‘Fukushima After 2049 Days: Current revitalization on the ground’ at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, Mr. Masao Uchibori, underscored that the region’s clocks did not stop that day.
On 19 October, Category 4 Typhoon Haima (locally named Lawin) made landfall in Cagayan province. After landfall, the storm left a broad path of debris, causing flooding and landslides, and damaging about 46,000 houses. As of 24 October, authorities have confirmed eight fatalities and approximately 159,000 people remain displaced (38,000 people are staying inside evacuation centres and 121,000 people outside of evacuation centres). The Government is leading the humanitarian response and has declined an offer of international assistance.
On October 21, the Government of Japan decided to implement Emergency Grant Aid of 3 million US dollars through United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) response to damages caused by Hurricane “Matthew” in the Republic of Haiti.
The CO is still facing a total lack of funding for food assistance for assets interventions under the Country Programme (CP).
The Country Office has received confirmation of a USD 1.26 million in-kind contribution from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan for school meals activities.
In September WFP assisted 25,447 people through nutrition activities.
Emblematic megacities address the threats of climate change to their water-related needs
[JTWC] Summary: SUPER TYPHOON 25W (HAIMA), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 301 NM EAST-NORTHEAST OF MANILA, PHILIPPINES, HAS TRACKED WESTWARD AT 14 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 190000Z IS 40 FEET. NEXT WARNINGS AT 190900Z, 191500Z, 192100Z AND 200300Z.
UNRWA has distributed ‘Dream Bags’ to dozens of Palestine refugee students all across Gaza, thanks to a generous contribution from RKK- a Japanese organization. The bags were distributed to 6,550 students from grades one to nine, in 267 schools across the Gaza Strip. This activity targets some of the most vulnerable students in UNRWA schools.
The distribution, which took place from 9 to 13 October 2016, is part of a project that aims at strengthening the relationship between Palestinian and Japanese children.
Iraq - IOM in Iraq is providing emergency shelter and camp coordination and camp management (CCCM) support for more than 12,900 internally displaced Iraqis living in camps in Fallujah district, Anbar governorate. These activities are made possible by a USD 1 million donation from the Government of Japan.
Many of the families in Amiriyat Al-Fallujah camps were displaced in May and June 2016, when more than 85,300 individuals fled from the city of Fallujah as a result of military operations to retake the city.
Baghdad, 13 October 2016: The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) held a certification ceremony for thirteen senior officials from the Iraqi Directorate of Mine Action (DMA), the Ministry of Health and Environment, following their completion of an intensive risk education and victim assistance management course funded by the Government of Japan to support humanitarian mine action in Iraq. The course aimed at enhancing capacities to manage comprehensive risk education and victim assistance programmes across Iraq.
KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$2.5 million from the Government of Japan, intended for boosting the nutrition of 50,000 infants, mothers and pregnant women in Karamoja to prevent child stunting.
“WFP is extremely grateful that Japan appreciates the critical importance of good nutrition in Uganda’s poorest region, Karamoja, and has chosen to support us in nourishing the futures of vulnerable children,” said WFP Acting Country Director Mike Sackett.
On the occasion of World Teacher Day 2016, and under the theme of “empowered teachers and sustainable societies”, UNRWA celebrates the progress achieved to date in the Education Reform Strategy, particularly in terms of improved academic achievements of students and staff performance. The strategy, which was launched in 2011 across all five fields of operation, aims at providing quality education to Palestine refugees with a focus on three key roles: students, teachers and school principals.
Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
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