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21 Apr 2015 description

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is deeply concerned by the news that on Monday, 13 April, a boat capsized about 120 kilometres south of Lampedusa Island. So far around 140 people have been rescued, but 400 others are still believed missing.

21 Apr 2015 description

Catania, Italy | AFP | 4/21/2015 - 03:09 GMT

by Fanny CARRIER

Italian police have arrested two suspected people traffickers among the survivors of the migrant boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, as the UN said 800 people were killed in the Mediterranean’s worst migrant disaster.

20 Apr 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11866-AFR/3117

SECURITY COUNCIL
PRESS STATEMENT

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Dina Kawar (Jordan):

20 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 20 April 2015 (IRIN) - Every time a migrant boat capsizes, a death toll is estimated by aid agencies and reproduced in media reports. But what about that other number? What about all those who die before ever setting foot on a boat? That number may be far higher.

Some 1,600 migrants have died or are missing after trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, including almost 700 who perished in last weekend’s tragedy off Libya, the worst on record.

20 Apr 2015 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) has immediately responded and will request in the coming days for assistance through International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) international disaster response mechanisms.

The situation

20 Apr 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • IOM assisted the return of nearly 170 Ethiopians from Yemen. IOM evacuated nearly 300 people from more than 20 countries through the humanitarian bridge to Khartoum. Direct flights from Sanaa to Ethiopia are also expected to begin in the coming days.

  • The Government allocated resources to procure 5000MT of maize to cover shortfalls in the first round relief food ration.

20 Apr 2015 description

Wet conditions with moderate to heavy rains are expected to persist in many parts of Juba and Shabelle river basins inside Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands in the coming three days. There remains a high risk of flooding in the middle and lower reaches of the Shabelle River. There is no foreseen risk of flooding along the Juba River. Flash floods are likely to occur in low lying areas within the southern and central parts of the country. The northern parts will remain dry with little or no rains in the next three days.

20 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

NAIROBI, Kenya, 20 April 2015 – Four UNICEF staff members have reportedly been killed in an attack on a vehicle in which they were riding in Garowe, Somalia. Four other UNICEF colleagues are reportedly in a serious condition.

The IED (improvised explosive device) attack occurred when the staff were travelling from their guest house to the office, normally a three minute drive.

UNICEF is currently contacting families of the staff, and airlifting the injured.

20 Apr 2015 description

Mogadishu, 20 April 2015 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, expressed outrage at today’s terrorist attack that resulted in the death of four UNICEF staff and two guards. Several others were injured.

“I am shocked and horrified by what took place today in Garowe. The complete disregard for the lives of people working on the humanitarian and development needs of the people of Somalia is despicable,” said SRSG Kay.

20 Apr 2015 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR OCTOBER 2015

20 Apr 2015 description

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Monday 4/20/2015 - 17:21 GMT

Somalia's Shebab Islamists killed six UN workers on Monday when they set off a huge bomb which ripped through a staff bus in the northeastern town of Garowe.

Four of those killed worked for the UN children's agency UNICEF, while four other UNICEF staff were in a "serious condition", the agency said in a statement.

20 Apr 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Tens of Thousands at Risk in Capital

20 Apr 2015 description

Italy – IOM is calling for swift action from the European Union following the worst tragedy in living memory involving migrants crossing the Mediterranean from north Africa. Up to 700 migrants are missing and feared drowned after the wooden fishing boat on which they were crammed, capsized near Libya as a cargo vessel was coming to its aid. By late Sunday night, one of the survivors was reported to have informed Italian authorities that there may have been up to 950 on board.

20 Apr 2015 description

Key messages

  • The priority of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) in Djibouti is to provide life-saving assistance to refugees and to look for durable solutions to their plight.

  • Djibouti hosts more than 23 700 refugees, mainly from Somalia, who are in need of basic shelter, clean water, and protection services.

20 Apr 2015 description

Key messages

  • Kenya is a disaster-prone country in need of strengthened emergency preparedness and response capacities.

  • The number of food insecure people has increased from 1.3 million in the beginning of 2014, to now 1.5 million. This is due to the two successive poor rain seasons compounded by localised conflict and high food prices.

  • Insecurity and the associated disruption of markets and income earning opportunities are likely to further worsen the food security and nutrition situation.

19 Apr 2015 description

Daily Key messages

Humanitarian partners urgently require US$274 million to meet the immediate life-saving needs of 7.5 million conflict-affected people over the next three months.

Overview

18 Apr 2015 description

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Saturday 4/18/2015 - 12:32 GMT

Somalia's Shebab shot dead a lawmaker in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, the latest in a string of assassinations of politicians in the war-torn country.

Adan Haji Hussein, an MP in the semi-autonomous northern Puntland region, was killed on the streets of the capital Mogadishu, where he was visiting, a Shebab spokesman told AFP.

"Our commandos shot and killed Adan for being a member of the apostate adminstration," Abdulaziz Abu Musab said.

18 Apr 2015 description

"The Yemen crisis is getting totally out of control. We must have a cease-fire and a political process that can end the violence," says NRCs Secretary General, Jan Egeland.

NRC is among the few humanitarian organisations that is still able to continue to work in the country.