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26 Mar 2015 description

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

What's inside

  • Vanuatu – Are we communicating with cyclone affected communities?

  • Myanmar – Rakhine State community focus group discussions.

  • Philippines - Facebook goes free-of-charge with Smart Communications.

25 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Outbreak of fighting in Kokang displaces tens of thousands into China and other parts of Myanmar

  • Urgent need for measures to ensure safety of people in IDP camps in Rakhine that are at high risk of flooding in the monsoon season

  • New measures to strengthen the emergency medical referral system in Rakhine

  • MSF Holland has restarted health activities in some parts of Rakhine State

Key FIGURES

People displaced in Rakhine State 139,000

09 Mar 2015 description

PHILIPPINES

As of 5 Mar over 82,000 people are displaced due to continuing insecurity in the provinces of North Cotabato and Maguindanao in Central Mindanao. This is an increase of about 12,100 people over the previous three days, according to the authorities of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). As of 4 Mar, over 64,000 people were staying in 48 evacuation centres across 12 municipalities, while others were hosted by relatives and friends. The situation along the border of the two provinces has stabilised.

06 Mar 2015 description

The dry season is an important time for humanitarian organizations in Myanmar’s Kachin and northern Shan States. When the rains arrive in May, the unpaved roads make it difficult to reach many of the remote camps and communities that are home to 98,000 people still displaced by the conflict that has gripped this area since 2011. Unfortunately, the dry season is also the time when fighting between government forces and different armed groups is at its worse.

05 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over 1,000 people displaced following renewed clashes in the Hpakan area of Kachin

  • IRC provides support for KMSS health clinics in IDP camps in northern Shan

  • Government vaccination campaign aims to reach millions of children with support from UN and INGOs

  • Fire in Rakhine IDP camp leaves 450 people without shelter

KEY FIGURES

People displaced in Rakhine State 139,000

People displaced in Kachin and northern Shan states 100,000

03 Mar 2015 description

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

What's inside

02 Mar 2015 description

INDONESIA

Whirlwinds in East Java, East and West Nusa Tenggara and Yogyakarta provinces have caused considerable damage to houses and three casualties - one in Lumajang (East Java), one in Sumba (East Nusa Tenggara) and one in Yogyakarta. Over 115 houses in East Java, 85 houses in West Nusa Tenggara and three houses in Yogyakarta were damaged. Local authorities removed debris and provided construction material for home repairs. The Indonesian Red Cross provided relief items to affected families in East Java.1

3 people killed

23 Feb 2015 description

MYANMAR

Fighting that broke out on 9 Feb between the Government of Myanmar Army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and other armed groups has continued in the Kokang self-administered zone, northeast Shan State.

18 Feb 2015 description

(Yangon, 18 February 2015): “I am saddened to hear of the attack on a Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) convoy en route between Laukkai and Chin Schwe Haw in northern Shan State on 17 February. Two MRCS volunteers were wounded in the attack. The convoy was carrying civilians from the conflict area in the Kokang self-administered zone to safe areas.

16 Feb 2015 description

INDONESIA

On 9 - 12 Feb heavy rainfall fell on the island of Java, including the capital Jakarta. Local authorities have reported four casualties and temporary displacement of almost 7,100 people. All IDPs returned to their homes by 13 Feb. Government agencies, Indonesia Red Cross, NGOs, military and police provided search and rescue support and relief to the displaced.

4 people killed

7,100 people evacuated

PHILIPPINES

11 Feb 2015 description

NATURAL DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

FEWER LIVES LOST

In 2014, Asia and the Pacific experienced 126 natural disasters, which affected a total of 85 million people. Significantly, casualties were a quarter of what they were in 2013, with nearly 4,000 people killed by disasters in the region. Floods and landslides were the primary causes of death according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).

09 Feb 2015 description

BANGLADESH

Political instability in Bangladesh has led to incidents of violence and vandalism in several areas of the country including the capital. On 5 Feb, a truck was firebombed in the northern city of Bogra, killing the driver and a passenger, as activists enforced a month-long nationwide blockade of roads, railways and waterways ordered by former premier Khaleda Zia in pursuit of a general election. The fresh wave of violence has resulted in the deaths of at least 42 people. This instability is currently disrupting working modalities for UN staff.