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27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

29 Dec 2015 description
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Humanitarian actors involved in the response to the outflow of civilians from Yemen due to the current conflict are committed to providing life-saving assistance and protection to those fleeing Yemen, pending durable solutions.

KEY FIGURES AS OF AS OF 1 DECEMBER 2015

168,129 Total out of Yemen

77,249 Arrivals in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan.

23,741 Total evacuated (as of 29 October, IOM)

Recent developments:

07 Dec 2015 description

This report sets out the risks to food security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from climate change, and how these vulnerabilities interact with other key trends and sources of risk, including population growth, urbanisation, and conflict.

27 Nov 2015 description

Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.

24 Nov 2015 description
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Humanitarian actors involved in the response to the outflow of civilians from Yemen due to the current conflict are committed to providing life-saving assistance and protection to those fleeing Yemen, pending durable solutions.

KEY FIGURES AS OF 29 OCTOBER 2015

166,658 Total out of Yemen

75,778 Arrivals in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan.

23,594 Total evacuated (as of 29 October, IOM)

Recent developments:

18 Nov 2015 description

OVERVIEW

The Sultanate of Oman is located in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, with a population of 4 million and an economy predominantly dependent on oil. The country is one of the most water scarce in the world and climate change is likely to worsen drought and desertification, threaten water security and disrupt agricultural production. Rising temperatures increase the risk of heat-related morbidity and mortality. Furthermore, the incidence and severity of natural disasters, such as the cyclones experienced in recent years, are expected to rise.

11 Nov 2015 description
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Ports in Yemen and Oman for logistical planning and coordination

09 Nov 2015 description

Tropical cyclone Chapala - estimated precipitation (2-3 November 2015)

Based on rainfall estimates, several years worth of rain probably fell during two days along the southern coast of Yemen near Mukallah and in the interior governorates of Shabwah and Hadramaut. Thereafter, the cyclone decayed and dissipated as it moved inland towards Shabwah and Marib. (source: OCHA/UNOSAT/UNITAR)

05 Nov 2015 description
  • After hitting Socotra and the coastal areas of Hadramaut and Shabwa, cyclone Chapala has decreased in force and moved further into Yemen. Five years’ worth of rain of at least 300 mm fell within 48 hours causing massive flooding in the three most-affected governorates.

04 Nov 2015 description

Aden, Yemen | AFP | Wednesday 11/4/2015 - 12:05 GMT

Relief aid started to be flown in to Yemen on Wednesday as a rare tropical cyclone eased into a depression after wreaking havoc in parts of the war-torn country.

Cyclone Chapala weakened after making landfall Tuesday in mainland Yemen, triggering heavy flash floods after severely striking the country's Arabian Sea island of Socotra.

A fisherman drowned on Wednesday as the storm generated high waves off the southern port city of Aden and flooded its seafront Abyan Road, his union said.

02 Nov 2015 description
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Muscat, Nov 2 (ONA) --- The Internal Committee for the Management of Adverse Climate Conditions headed by Dr. Mohammed bin Nasser al-Za’abi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) studied the latest developments and analysis of weather charts. Therefore, the Committee announced that there is no possibilities of any direct impact over the Sultanate from the tropical cyclone (Chapala) that passed over the Arabian Sea.

02 Nov 2015 description

A very rare and potentially high-impact tropical cyclone called Chapala has formed in the Arabian sea and has intensified very rapidly.

31 Oct 2015 description

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP | Saturday 10/31/2015 - 13:47 GMT |

Authorities in war-hit Yemen and in Oman on Saturday urged residents to evacuate coastal areas as a severe cyclone brewing in the Arabian Sea approached the shores.

The UN's weather agency said on Friday that the "super cyclonic storm" named Chapala was expected to make landfall around midnight Monday in Yemen and Oman.

31 Oct 2015 description

◾Tropical Cyclone CHAPALA is moving over the Arabian Sea, significantly intensifying. On 31 October at 07.59 UTC it had max. sustained winds of 213 km/h.

◾It is currently predicted to make landfall around 06.00 UTC on 2 November in the Hadhramaut coastal region in the east of Yemen.

◾According to this forecast the Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is likely to be approx. 85 000 in eastern Yemen and Western Oman.

31 Oct 2015 description

Highlights

Yemen:

  • The Office of Education under the Ministry of Education now officially considers the school in Kharaz refugee camp as a centre for ministerial exams for Grade 9 (transitional level exams). Exams began in the camp school on 17 October for over 200 students.
30 Oct 2015 description

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Friday 10/30/2015 - 13:33 GMT

The UN's weather agency warned Friday a "super cyclonic storm" was heading towards Oman and war-ravaged Yemen, where it could strike with hurricane force and dump torrential rain that may trigger landslides.

Named Chapala, the storm is brewing in the Arabian Sea and is expected to make landfall in northern Yemen and the adjoining Oman coast around midnight Monday, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said.