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27 January 2014 – World Events

BOLIVIA – Severe weather

• Heavy rainfall continued affecting Bolivia on 25-26 January, adding to the floods, landslides and overflown rivers of the past two weeks.

• As of 26 January, four deaths and seven missing people were reported in the town of Rurrenabaque, close to the Beni river. As of the same day, the number of affected people countrywide had risen to 18 000, mainly in Beni, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and La Paz. (SENAMHI, Bolivian Government)

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Sphere community increasingly active around the world

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From Bolivia to the Philippines and from Vietnam to Nepal, humanitarian practitioners and organisations are developing new activities and strategies to further disseminate Sphere principles and standards.

Bolivia

In Bolivia, the national Sphere Group has just been reactivated. In addition to a range of training and promotional activities, they also carry out advocacy work. Notably, they are striving to incorporate Sphere standards into the Risk and emergencies management law of the Cochabamba department, which is currently under revision.

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Children and Disasters: Understanding Impact and Enabling Agency

Children are highly vulnerable to disasters, in part because of their particular stage of physiological and social development. Powerful forces of nature such as earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis can have serious immediate and long-term impacts on human health, property and livelihoods, which can have devastating consequences for children and their futures. Where children and their families are already vulnerable, for example because of low income, poor housing, or high population density, the impact of these sudden events is more severe.

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Leading Resilient Development - Grassroots Women's Priorities, Practices & Innovations

ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

The women whose works are presented in this publication are teachers, trainers, resource-persons and leaders—disaster recovery and development efforts should not reduce them to mere victims. disaster and development professionals, researchers, scholars and organizations partnering with grassroots women can use these case studies as examples, for ideas or for advocacy efforts.

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UMCOR Hotline 15 Dec 2009: Philippines, Bolivia

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PHILIPPINES: UMCOR EXPANDS TYPHOON RESPONSE

UMCOR Philippines disaster response efforts are providing relief and rehabilitation support to un-reached and underserved communities hardest-hit by Typhoons Ketsana and Parma.

Through an appeal issued by UMCOR's partner Action By Churches Together (ACT), UMCOR Philippines is working with Christian Aid, Lutheran World Relief, and National Council of Churches in the Philippines to coordinate responses and share information about assessments, materials and outputs. UMCOR is providing food relief, shelter materials, livelihood

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Unión Europea apoya proyectos agrícolas del PMA

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La Unión Europea donó hoy más de 30 millones de euros al Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA) para financiar proyectos de apoyo a pequeños agricultores de África, Asia y América Latina.

El PMA señaló que la iniciativa beneficiará a más de 2 millones de personas, entre ellos niños, mujeres y la población adulta más vulnerable.

Entre los países que recibirán fondos para los proyectos del organismo, se encuentran Bolivia, a donde se destinarán casi dos millones de euros; y Guatemala, con más de seis millones de euros.

El PMA indicó que la Unión Europea ha

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EU Food Facility grant to increase farmers' productivity

Brussels - Small-scale farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America are to receive a productivity boost through United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) projects supported by a donation of more than €34 million from the European Union's (EU) Food Facility.

"The European Union has recognised that one of the best ways to make sure people have access to food is to help small farmers increase production. That way, they can feed their families and increase availability of food on their local markets," said Gemmo

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On three continents UN agencies rush aid to hundreds of thousands of flood victims

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The United Nations today stepped up aid to hundreds of thousands of flood victims on three continents, launching a $9.2 million flash appeal for 350,000 Bolivians, rushing in health care to 120,000 Mozambicans, and sending in food for some 6,000 families in the Philippines, where an earlier $48.7 million appeal has barely been funded.

"Bolivia is facing one of its most devastating disasters ever. The international community must show its solidarity,"

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WFP Emergency Report No. 33 of 2006

This week's report covers the following sectors: Agriculture, Coordination and Support Services, Food, Health, Protection / Human Rights / Rule of Law, Refugees and IDPs, Security, Shelter and Non-food Items, Water & Sanitation
(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Lebanon (2) occupied Palestinian territories (3) Russian Federation (Caucasus) (4) Syria

(C) East & Central Africa: (1) Burundi (2) Congo (3) Congo, DR (4) Ethiopia (5) Kenya (6) Rwanda (7) Somalia (8) Sudan (9) Tanzania (10) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Cote d'Ivoire (2) Liberia