- OCHA: Fragmented Lives: Humanitarian Overview 2014
- UNRWA Gaza Situation Report 85, 26 Mar 2015
- OCHA: Humanitarian Bulletin Monthly Report February 2015
Latest Funding Information
- oPt Strategic Response Plan 2015
- UNRWA Emergency Appeal 2015
- Humanitarian Response Fund
Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather, affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA)1. In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Protracted conflict and limited governmental disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.
Every year, the 22,700 residents of Qabatia, in the West Bank, face the same challenge – rainwater flooding. Just two years ago, Qabatia and its surrounding area suffered 50 million shekels (more than $13 million) in losses from water damage to private and public property, with 300 homes damaged. The flooding impacted everyday life, preventing children from reaching schools and patients from reaching clinics and hospitals.
1. Enhance protection by promoting respect for IHL and IHRL, pursuing accountability, and preventing and mitigating the impact of violations.
2. Respond to immediate needs following shocks and increase the resilience of those at risk of forcible displacement.
3. Respond to food insecurity and promote resilient livelihoods.
4./ Ensure people in areas with limited services and restricted access, have access to essential services.
Timeframe covered by this update: October and November 2014
The Syrian conflict, now in its fourth year, has resulted in more than 150,000 deaths according to UNOCHA of which nearly 11,000 are women and children. As at 4 September 2014, there were 10.8 million people in need in Syria and 6.45 million of them internally displaced. Also, UNHCR reports that there are over 3 million Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries.
Why this bulletin?
Winter storm, Alexa, which is considered to be one of the strongest storms in decades, hit the occupied Palestinian territories on December 11 until December 14. Its wind velocity exceeded 80 km/hr. it was also featured with a prolific snowfall that reached more than two meters in some areas. Rain intensity has reached 27 centimeters, along with exceptional low temperatures. Water has flooded low areas in various parts of Gaza, which led 10,000 to evacuate their homes temporarily, as well as damages that affected 21,000 houses.
In this issue: The health response to the crises in the Gaza Strip, the Syrian Arab Republic and Iraq, the adoption of the Western Pacific Regional Framework for Action for Disaster Risk Management and the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction
This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 18,644,090 to enable the IFRC to support the Lebanese Red Cross and Palestinian Red Crescent Society – Lebanon branch to deliver assistance to some 415,000 people with a main focus on relief and winterization to ensure effective and efficient outreach to those affected by the Syria Crisis.
(Ramallah- 30/10/2014): PRCS concluded the ten day training camp held in the Bani Na’im wilderness (South of Hebron) to train its National Disaster Response Team. 68 volunteers at the Society’s Disaster Management Unit from the West Bank, including Jerusalem, participated in the camp, receiving intensive theoretical and practical disaster management training.
The number of Palestinian child casualties from the recent Gaza war continues to rise, as children with serious injuries are still being treated in hospitals, and as further verification of earlier incidents is ongoing. Between 8 July and 26 August, at least 538 Palestinian children were reported killed during the hostilities in Gaza.
As part of the Australian Government’s Humanitarian Partnership Agreement (HPA), Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s agency for international aid and development, has been allocated $500,000 for key activities that will reduce risks to disasters for vulnerable communities.
The funds allocated will enable Caritas Australia and its partners to reach the most marginalised women, men and children in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Gaza, Kenya and in the Pacific.
By Denis McClean
SHARM EL SHEIKH, 16 September 2014 - Agricultural drought and climate change are changing the landscape of the Arab region with enormous implications for food security, rural-urban migration and social stability, an expert told the 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction yesterday.
Tehran, Aug 17, IRNA – The UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos on Sunday announced that the UN favors cooperation with Iran in sharing information on crisis management as the country ranks sixth worldwide in term of being prone to natural disasters.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with IRNA, Amos said there is a lot of experience available to Iran that are important to share.
From the director
I had the pleasure of joining the IDMC team in 2013, taking the helm from Kate Halff, who after four years of the excellent work and dedicated service, left the organisation in May.
2013 was another year of turmoil for many. Conflicts and disasters worldwide forced millions of people to flee their homes, leaving many stuck in limbo within the borders of their own country.
This revised regional Appeal seeks a total of CHF 49.2m to support the Lebanese Red Cross, Palestine Red Crescent – Lebanon Branch, Jordan Red Crescent, and Iraq Red Crescent in delivering assistance to over 479,350 people in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. With some CHF 12m of multilateral contributions received, and CHF 9.9m that reflects the value of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) bi-lateral component, the net request amounts to a total of CHF 27.2 Mil.
• PRS facing problems entering Lebanon
• Worse than normal water scarcity in Lebanon
• Successful Polio vaccination campaign
• Affected Lebanese receive more comprehensive support
In this Issue
Dynamics in Syria affect Lebanon P.1
People in Need P.2
Humanitarian Response P.3
Humanitarian Access P.4
Khodr’s Story P.5
Period covered by this update:
10 December 2013 to 10 February 2014.
CHF150,817 CHF was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 16th of December 2013 to support the Palestine Red Crescent Society(PRCS)in delivering assistance to some 6,000 beneficiaries, and to replenish the used contingency stocks.
Who are we?
The MENA Zone consists of three regions (North Africa, Middle East and the Gulf). IFRC has Regional Representations for North Africa (based in Tunis) and for the Gulf (based in Amman), as well as Country Representations currently in Yemen, Iraq, Palestine, and Syria.
The Zone Office is based in Beirut.
What is our mission?
At all levels, the support the MENA Zone will provide to the NSs aims to achieve two overarching objectives: