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19 Jul 2016 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.

19 Jul 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • At least 11 countries across Asia-Pacific experienced severe weather conditions due to El Niño.

  • In February, Tropical Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone recorded in the South Pacific, devastated Fiji.

  • In DPR Korea, 18million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance – 2016 response plan severely underfunded.

  • Tropical Storm Roanu triggers worst flooding in Sri Lanka in 25 years; preparedness actions mitigated loss of life in Bangladesh.

18 Jul 2016 description

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

The impacts of El Niño began in Asia-Pacific in mid-2015 and subsequently affected at least 11 countries in the region. Effects have generally comprised of extended dry spells or drought leading to water shortages, prolonged lean seasons and food shortages.

18 Jul 2016 description

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Increased rainfall has eased the drought situation in most parts of Papua New Guinea, however, severe food and water insecurity persists in remote, isolated and inaccessible areas. Following an inter-agency food security verification exercise, an additional 46,000 people have been assessed as requiring food in Milne Bay province. This brings the current total of people in need of food assistance to 226,000 people. The Government, together with WFP and local churches, are working on a joint plan to respond to needs identified in Milne Bay.

18 Jul 2016 description

By Simon Nianfop, Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society

The Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society has recently given more than 58 staff and volunteers Emergency Response Training, to help them prepare and respond to disasters and emergencies.

Papua New Guinea is prone to floods, landsides during the wet season and armed conflicts between ethnic groups.

14 Jul 2016 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts, floods, storms and extreme temperature fluctuations as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. The 2015/2016 occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998 which killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

13 Jul 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No Updates)

As of 13 June 2016, there were 154 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is higher than the number of cases reported in same period of the previous four years (2012-2015) (Figure 1).

Malaysia

12 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Un rastro de devastación

El Niño, el grave fenómeno meteorológico de 2015 y 2016, ha llegado a su fin, pero sus devastadoras consecuencias, especialmente sobre los niños, están lejos de terminar. En África oriental y meridional, las zonas más afectadas, hay 26,5 millones de niños que necesitan ayuda, incluyendo a más de 1 millón que precisan este año tratamiento contra la desnutrición grave aguda.
Estas cifras alarmantes podrían incluso aumentar aún más como resultado de las sequías y las enfermedades generadas por este poderoso fenómeno meteorológico.

12 Jul 2016 description

A group of armed men have attacked a hotel in the Papua New Guinea capital where 17 refugees from the Manus Island detention centre were awaiting medical treatment.

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09 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

El Niño a pris fin, mais ses conséquences sur les enfants sont destinées à empirer alors que maladies et malnutrition continuent à se répandre

Rien qu’en Afrique de l’Est et en Afrique australe, 26,5 millions d’enfants ont besoin d’aide

08 Jul 2016 description

Members of the Bougainville House of Representatives including the Regional Member for Bougainville and Minister for Bougainville Affairs Hon. Joe Lera, and the Clerk of the Bougainville House of Representatives Mr. Robert Tapi, recently returned from a five-day training organized by the United Nations Development Programme on Parliament and Peacebuilding. The training was held from 20-24 June 2016.

08 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

El Niño is over but its impact on children is set to worsen as disease, malnutrition continue to spread

In Eastern and Southern Africa alone, 26.5 million children are in need of aid

NAIROBI/NEW YORK, July 8 2016 – The 2015-2016 El Niño has ended but its devastating impact on children is worsening, as hunger, malnutrition and disease continue to increase following the severe droughts and floods spawned by the event, one of the strongest on record, UNICEF said today.

07 Jul 2016 description

As part of the overall El Niño response, the UN country team and the Government of PNG are working closely to provide relief and recovery support to the most affected communities in the country. Targeted food and nutrition interventions have been rolled out for the affected communities in Enga and Hela provinces. Food distribution is also expected to start for a number of communities in Milne Bay province.

06 Jul 2016 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts, floods, storms and extreme temperature fluctuations as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. The 2015/2016 occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998 which killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

06 Jul 2016 description

Plus de 60 millions de personnes sont déjà affectées par El Niño et davantage seront probablement très vulnérables aux répercussions de La Niña

6 juillet 2016, Rome - Les gouvernements et la communauté internationale doivent intensifier leurs efforts pour mettre fin à la souffrance des populations, renforcer la résilience et protéger les moyens d'existence suite aux effets dévastateurs du phénomène El Niño dans le monde entier, ont déclaré aujourd'hui les Chefs des agences des Nations Unies basées à Rome.

06 Jul 2016 description

The latest round-up of activities carried out by the ICRC in Papua New Guinea features an update on our work of protecting and providing relief to vulnerable and needy people.

Table of contents:

  • Protecting the vulnerable

  • Giving assistance to the needy

  • Working with PNG Red Cross

  • Awareness of the law

06 Jul 2016 description

Over 60 million people affected by El Niño, many more highly vulnerable to La Niña's likely knock-on effect

6 July 2016, Rome - Combined efforts to prevent further human suffering, strengthen resilience and safeguard livelihoods in the wake of El Niño's devastating effects worldwide must be rapidly ramped-up by governments and the international community, United Nations (UN) leaders said today.