- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 6 | 1 June – 3 July 2015
- Resolving post-disaster displacement: Insights from the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
- Foreign Medical Teams in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan 2013 – Who Were They, When Did They Arrive and What Did They Do?
Appeals & Funding
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre recently released their annual Global Estimates of People Displaced by Disasters, which reports that almost 20 million people were newly displaced by sudden-onset disasters in 100 countries in 2014. Since 2008, an average of 26.4 million people have been displaced by disasters every year—equivalent to one person every second.
Snapshot 22–28 July 2015
Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.
Persons with disabilities often experience discrimination and exclusion, despite the adoption of an increasingly rights-based approach to humanitarian assistance. The past three decades have witnessed a growing awareness of disability issues and the emergence and spread of disabled people’s organisations.
The growing awareness must be accompanied by practical measures to identify and reduce the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in an emergency situation.
Snapshot 15–21 July 2015
Iraq: More than 74,440 people have been displaced from Saqlawiyah in Falluja district since 8 July, and tens of thousands reportedly remain trapped in Falluja and Ramadi districts. There are now more than 3.1 million IDPs across 3,613 locations in Iraq; 300,000 people have been displaced from and within Anbar since military operations began in April.
19.3 million displaced by disasters but "mother nature not to blame"
In the last seven years, an estimated one person every second has been displaced by a disaster, with 19.3 million people forced to flee their homes in 2014 alone. Disaster displacement is on the rise, and as policy leaders worldwide advance towards the adoption of a post-2015 global agenda, the time has never been better to address it.
Despite ongoing efforts to bring an end to decades of conflict in Mindanao, sporadic outbursts of violence have caused displacements of communities in this part of the Philippines. Over 30 000 people remain displaced in the area, after fighting erupted in early 2015. The European Commission allocated €300 000 to fund emergency humanitarian assistance for people affected by the armed conflict in April 2015.
WFP’s life-saving mission is to end global hunger. Universal access to food is the starting point for freedom, justice and peace for all.
WFP provides food assistance in emergencies and works together with governments, UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), companies and private individuals, to tackle the underlying factors causing hunger, to build self-reliance and improve food security.
In 2014, WFP provided food assistance to more than 80 million people in 82 countries.
GENEVA (16 July 2015) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani will carry out an official visit to the Philippines from 21 to 31 July 2015 to assess the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in different regions of the country caused by natural disasters, conflict and development projects.
Snapshot 8–14 July 2015
Yemen: More than 1,500 civilians have been killed since conflict began to escalate in March, and airstrikes and fighting continue despite the agreement to a six-day humanitarian pause over 11–17 July. There are now 1.26 million IDPs in the country – a 24% increase since mid-June. Only 20% of the fuel needed is available in the country, which is impacting upon all basic needs.
The 2014 International Annual Report of SOS Children's Villages, published today, presents risk factors for family breakdown and positive impacts of family strengthening, along with programme statistics and financial results.
In 2014, SOS Children’s Villages International provided sustained care for more than 439,000 children, young people and adults through its Family Strengthening and Family Based Care programmes.
SOS kindergartens, schools, vocational training centres and social centres provided education and learning opportunities for over 206,000 people.
Typhoon Chan-Hom made landfall early on 11 Jul in Zhujiajian Township in the island city of Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, as a category 1 typhoon before being downgraded to a tropical storm on 12 Jul. Chan-Hom is decreasing intensity as it moves northeast. Some 1.9 million people in nine cities were affected by the storm, including more than 1.1 million evacuated as a precaution. No casualties are reported.
1.1 million people evacuated
ZAMBOANGA CITY – A global humanitarian agency in the Philippines have stepped up their program by providing cash-based interventions to over a thousand families displaced by urban conflict in 2013 in this southern city of Zamboanga.
Snapshot 1–7 July 2015
Syria: Civilian deaths made up 81% of the total death toll in June, which was 2,137, bringing the total number of people killed so far in 2015 to 11,000. 705,000 people have been displaced in the first five months of this year: 439,000 were internally displaced, and the vast majority of the rest fled to Turkey.
With rates of internal displacement in South Asia reaching over 3 million, Sara Woodward discusses the plight of IDPs in the Philippines and efforts to tackle their problems.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) defines internal displacement as the movement of individuals seeking sanctuary within the confines of their own home countries.
Heavy rainfall across West Bengal caused landslides killing an estimated 40 people with many still missing.
Continuing rainfall is impeding relief efforts as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) attempts to carry out rescue efforts.
There is a shortage of food and safe drinking water in the affected areas.
40 people dead
The NDRF is working alongside national disaster teams at the landslide sites. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue up to 9 Jul.
Zamboanga Communications Working Group readies over 28,000 remaining IDPs for durable solutions.
Back-to-school campaign benefits conflict-affected children in Mamasapano.
Communication, accountability and community participation prompted for better humanitarian response and preparedness.
Carpenters build resilience in communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Iraq - Conflict
• Lack of access to safety remains a grave concern as internally displaced persons (IDPs) from AlAnbar governorate are being prevented from leaving insecure areas.
• Threats of forced evictions, displacement and return movements in central Iraq are multiplying.
• Residents of Al Riyadh sub-district, in southwest Kirkuk, were requested by ISF to leave their village on 2 July.