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28 Nov 2016 description

More than a fortnight after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit central New Zealand, thousands of people remain cut off and in need of basic supplies.

New Zealand Red Cross has been on the ground in the worst-affected areas since the earthquake hit on 14 November. It killed two people, injured 58, destroyed 41 houses and buildings, and massively disrupted road, rail, water and sewerage networks.

25 Nov 2016 description

Thousands of people in earthquake-affected Kaikoura still don't have safe running water and must queue for portaloos.

Although water supplies have been restored in some parts of Kaikoura, sewerage infrastructure was heavily damaged in the earthquake that shook New Zealand on 14 November.  

Tap water must still be boiled for three minutes or chlorinated before use. Many households are still relying on portaloos.  

23 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

Instances of internal displacement caused by conflict, violence and disasters

conflict and violence

  • Iraq: 68,000 new displacements, 17 October - 23 November

  • India and Pakistan: At least 33,000 new displacements, 21 October - 6 November

  • Myanmar: Up to 30,000 new displacements, 9 October - 14 November

  • Afghanistan: 17,000 returns from Iran and Pakistan, 3 - 16 November

Disasters

17 Nov 2016 description

Another delivery of kiwifruit is being made to schools in Fiji where fruit has been in short supply in some areas following Cyclone Winston.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

17 Nov 2016 description

New Zealand's Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says this country will extend ratification of both the Climate Change Convention and the Paris Agreement to include Tokelau.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

15 Nov 2016 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation. The New Zealand Red Cross will, however, accept direct assistance to provide support to the affected population.

The situation

15 Nov 2016 description

By Corinne Ambler - IFRC

Red Cross teams from all over New Zealand are responding after a series of massive earthquakes struck the centre of the country in the early hours of Monday morning. The main 7.5 magnitude earthquake near Hanmer Springs was 15km deep and felt widely throughout the country. Two people were killed and the town of Kaikoura has been cut off.

14 Nov 2016 description

SITUATION

• An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 M at a depth of 23 km occurred in the area north of Christchurch, in the South Island of New Zealand on 13 November at 11.02 UTC. The epicentre was located 53 km north-northeast of Amberley (Hurunui district). USGS PAGER indicated a shaking up to "Very Strong" for 240 000 people. Several strong aftershocks have been recorded in the area, with a maximum magnitude of 6.5 M.

14 Nov 2016 description

NEW ZEALAND

On 14 November, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck northeast of Christchurch on South Island at a depth of 15 km. The media reported at least two people were killed. Following the earthquake, a two meter tsunami was recorded in Kaikoura. The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) immediately issued a tsunami land warning for the East Cape to Southland, including Wellington and the Chatham Islands but has since been cancelled. A state of emergency was declared in Kaikoura.

08 Nov 2016 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 30 September 2016, there were 1454 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1203 in immigration detention on the mainland and 251 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 608 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 26,842 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

31 Oct 2016 description

Red Cross is preparing to welcome Colombian families to Nelson for the first time under the refugee quota.

Around 15 Colombians, four families or so, will arrive at the start of December after a six week orientation at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre.

“This is exciting for Nelson,” says Red Cross Community Services Manager, Chris Stuart.

“The community has a long and proud history of successful resettlement that has enjoyed strong community support.”

31 Oct 2016 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 31 October 2016, there were 1403 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1150 in immigration detention on the mainland and 253 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 557 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 26,642 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

26 Oct 2016 description

SUVA, 26 October 2016 – Pacific countries have pledged to step up efforts to deal with the challenge posed by climate change and the threat of disasters, in order to ensure that their development is sustainable.

In a joint declaration wrapping up the three-day Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management, hosted by Fiji, the 17 countries reaffirmed their commitment to build a stronger and more resilient region in the face of rising climate impacts.

26 Oct 2016 description

Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne have announced that the NZ Fire Service will provide training support to the Syrian White Helmets civil defence organisation.

“The Syrian Civil Defence Organisation, known as the White Helmets, have helped save thousands of people affected by the ongoing violence in Syria,” Mr McCully says.

18 Oct 2016 description

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that New Zealand will provide $1 million to help meet the humanitarian needs of people affected by the military campaign to liberate Mosul from ISIL control. This funding will be provided through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

New Zealand will also support the United Nations’ work to coordinate the humanitarian response in Mosul, by funding an information management and mapping specialist to help track the flows of internally displaced persons.

12 Oct 2016 description

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.

07 Oct 2016 description

Content

The Guidance Note on Recovery: Private Sector draws from the wider body of knowledge on private sector recovery and from documented experiences of past and present disaster planning and recovery e orts. Materials have been collected through desk review and direct consultations with relevant experts. These experiences and lessons learned are classi ed into the following four major issues:

  1. The Disaster Recovery Role of the Private Sector

  2. Engaging the Private Sector in Disaster Recovery

03 Oct 2016 description

The latest Caritas State of the Environment Report for Oceania has found widespread hunger and thirst across the Pacific in 2015/2016. The report Hungry for justice, thirsty for change shows extreme weather events, combined with ongoing climatic changes, are contributing to a severe loss of food and water supplies in the region.

29 Sep 2016 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 31 August 2016, there were 1602 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1355 in immigration detention on the mainland and 247 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 619 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 27,453 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

The table below reflects figures based on records in Department of Immigration and Border Protection systems.