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02 May 2016 description

The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.

02 May 2016 description

MYANMAR According to the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD), over 58,000 people have been affected and 21 people killed by strong winds, hail and heavy rains in various parts of the country since 19 April. The severe weather destroyed 1,900 houses and damaged a further 20,000 homes. Authorities are continuing to validate the impact of the disaster. The RRD is providing cash assistance and relief items to households whose homes were destroyed or damaged.

02 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • 32 of 81 provinces in the Philippines are suffering drought.

  • Small-scale farmers hit by the drought in parts of Mindanao are exhausting coping strategies while local authorities work to deliver assistance.

  • 23,000 people remain displaced in Zamboanga City two and half years after the September 2013 conflict.

  • The Philippines seeks international classification for its search and rescue teams.

  • Philippine private sector gears up disaster preparedness ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.

02 May 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Presidential Contenders Respond to Human Rights Watch Survey

28 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • 105,000 people in Luzon and Mindanao were provided with food and cash assistance in March to improve their food security.

  • WFP has been providing technical support to the Government in conducting the Emergency Food Security Assessment to assess the impact of El Niño in Mindanao.

  • Ongoing military operation against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Mindanao triggers sporadic armed encounters which impact WFP operations in the area.

WFP Assistance

27 Apr 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

Résumé

Le présent rapport, qui porte sur la période allant de janvier à décembre 2015, est soumis en application de la résolution 63/282 de l’Assemblée générale, dans laquelle celle-ci a prié le Secrétaire général de lui présenter chaque année un rapport sur le Fonds pour la consolidation de la paix.

27 Apr 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

Summary

The present report, which covers the period from January to December 2015, is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 63/282, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit an annual report on the Peacebuilding Fund.

19 Apr 2016 description
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South East Asia and the Pacific - version 3
Technical Annex - version 3

AMOUNT: EUR 21 400 000

  1. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

Second modification as from 08.03.2016: Fiji - Tropical Cyclone Winston:

Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji on 20 February, causing loss of lives and significant damage to shelter, agriculture and infrastructure across its path. The Fiji Government estimates that close to 350 000 people living in the cyclone’s path were affected; 42 people have been confirmed dead and close to 40 000 people remain in evacuation centres.

15 Apr 2016 description

Around 13,000 people in Maguindanao province in central Mindanao who have been displaced for over two months, owing to the armed clashes between government forces and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), received half-month food rations to help them meet their needs.

The ICRC, together with its partner the Philippine Red Cross, delivered food supplies to evacuation centres in Datu Saudi Ampatuan and Datu Salibo municipalities yesterday to augment the assistance provided by the government since the hostilities began in February.

13 Apr 2016 description

Crisis Overview

The Philippines has been affected by a strong El Niño-related dry spell since December 2015, which has hit food production. El Niño peaked between December and February, and drought affected 40% of the country, and is expected to persist in 2015.

04 Apr 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• 31,500 people remain displaced by continuous armed clashes in Maguindanao province since 5 February.

• CERF-funded emergency health project helps 212,000 most vulnerable people among those hit by Typhoon Koppu in October 2015.

• Inter-agency Cash Working Group applies lessons of cash-transfer programming in Typhoon Haiyan response to disaster preparedness.

Displacement – a way of life in Maguindanao

31,500 people remain displaced by clashes in Maguindanao

23 Mar 2016 description
report Oxfam

As humanitarians we can never take over the role of the state, but we do have a complementary part to play, remaining accountable to the people we seek to support. That can involve coordinating, supporting, capacity building and advocating with the relevant authorities to uphold their protection responsibilities towards people at risk.

22 Mar 2016 description

In the marshlands of Barangay Butilen, Datu Salibo municipality, Maguindanao, in southern Philippines, about 2,000 people are taking refuge due to renewed fighting between government forces and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Finding access to water and sanitation, among other basic necessities, is often difficult for displaced people. But the displaced families in Butilen better cope with their situation, thanks to a project that anticipated their needs.

22 Mar 2016 description

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) joined other stakeholders in promoting awareness on the global water crisis and the importance of handwashing for children who usually fall prey to water-related diseases, during the Presidential Conference on WASH in Schools, organized by Rotary International last March 18-19, 2016 at the Marriot Hotel in Pasay City.

14 Mar 2016 description

FIJI

As of 11 March, some 14,800 people affected by Typhoon Winston remain in 476 evacuation centres. All evacuation centres in Central Division have closed and only three remain open in Northern Division. In Eastern Division, however, 7,800 people remain in the centres including people from the most severely affected islands including Koro.

09 Mar 2016 description

The 2015-2016 El Niño has passed its peak but it remains strong and will continue to influence the global climate. It is expected to weaken in the coming months and fade away during the second quarter of 2016. The World Meteorological Organization states that models indicate a return to an El Niño neutral state during the second quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, strong El Niño conditions are quite likely through March-April. It is too early to predict if there will then be a swing to La Niña (the opposite of El Niño).

07 Mar 2016 description

FIJI

On 4 March, the Government of Fiji and humanitarian partners jointly launched a Flash Appeal seeking US$38.6 million to respond to the life-saving and protection needs of 350,000 people affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. To enable partners to provide urgent humanitarian assistance, US$8 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund was allocated for the Fiji response. Nearly 18,500 houses have been damaged or destroyed by the cyclone and more than 18,000 people remain in evacuation centres.

04 Mar 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • About 16,100 people displaced in transition sites of Zamboanga struggle to cope with water shortages.

  • Over 56,000 people are displaced by clashes between the military and armed groups in central Mindanao.

  • Local civil society steps up efforts to engage the elderly and disabled people in crises.

  • Philippine Congress passes the first bill in Asia to protect children in emergencies.

Drought hits Zamboanga IDPs

04 Mar 2016 description

Successive clashes between the Government forces and armed groups in Maguindanao province have displaced over 5,000 families (25,000 people) as of 25 February.

Fighting began on 5 February in the municipality of Datu Salibo and spread to the neighbouring Datu Saudi Ampatuan and Sharif Aguak municipalities. The majority (4,300 families or 21,500 people) of the displaced people are staying in nine evacuation sites in these municipalities while the rest are staying with relatives and friends. Five civilians were wounded including a boy and a girl.

03 Mar 2016 description

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided a total of P1,980,000 worth of relief assistance to families in Lanao del Sur affected by the armed clashes that started on February 20 between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and an insurgent group in the area.