- OCHA: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 20-26 Jan 2015
- UNRWA: Gaza Situation Report 77, 29 Jan 2015
- United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator calls for an immediate halt to demolitions and forced displacement in the West Bank
Latest Funding Information
- UNRWA Emergency Appeal 2015
- oPt Strategic Response Plan 2015
- Humanitarian Response Fund
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:
Who are we?
The International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (the Federation / IFRC) team in Palestine includes a Federation Representative, an Organisational Development delegate for Youth Action and Volunteering Development and a Finance & Administration Officer.
The office is embedded in the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Headquarters located in Ramallah (Al-Bireh), Palestine. The team is part of the MENA Zone business centre.
Who are we?
IFRC’s overall support which includes capacity building and disaster management support to the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) is coordinated from the MENA Zone Office, currently based in Beirut.
What is our mission?
In the implementation of its mission in Lebanon, IFRC closely works and supports the LRC to develop itself as a strong NS with solid and sustainable capacities to provide humanitarian and social development services.
In this issue
- Convoy & mission to Aleppo P.1
- Aid reaches challenging areas P.2
- New crossing point enables dispatch to Al-Hasakeh P.3
- New displacement in Lattakia P.4
- Shelter P.4
- Increase in SGBV reports P.5
- Vulnerable migrants P.5
- Overview of coordinated response P.5
At the request of the State of Palestine and the UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator, a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team for Disaster Preparedness Assessment has just concluded its mission in Palestine to review the national disaster management system. The mission reviewed existing national and local coordination structures, legal frameworks, and capacities for disaster preparedness, response and recovery.