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22 Dec 2014 description

But more needs to be done to further enhance resilience

22 December 2014, Bangkok/Rome - Ten years after the world's worst natural disaster in living memory roared across the shorelines of South and Southeast Asia, countries in the region are better prepared to deal with tragedies like the Indian Ocean Tsunami, but there is still room for improvement, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

18 Dec 2014 description

The unprecedented £392m donated by the generous UK public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Tsunami Earthquake Appeal ten years ago not only provided homes for tens of thousands of people, it helped change the way humanitarian agencies respond to large-scale disasters, the DEC said today.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Oxfam

Ten years on and Tsunami response changed lives for good

The humanitarian response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami saved lives and gave people the means to rebuild their futures, Oxfam says today.

The tsunami on Boxing Day ten years ago was unprecedented. It hit 14 countries and affected 5 million people, killing an estimated 230,000 people and making 1.7 million homeless.

01 Dec 2014 description

The newsletter provides updates on SWALIM water and land information management activities such as:

· SWALIM Completes Mapping Riverbank Breakages on Juba and Shabelle rivers

· Over 100 Partners Trained in SWALIM Information Management Tools

· Somali Water Sources Information Goes Live

· SWALIM - 10 Years of Sustained EU Funding

· Expansion of the Weather Monitoring Network in South and Central Somalia

· SWALIM Conducts Partner Capacity Needs Assessment

22 Nov 2014 description

Mogadishu, Somalia —The Government of Somalia, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is set to begin an innovative project enhancing climate resilience of vulnerable communities and ecosystems through a US$8 million initiative.

The financing will be used to support ministries, districts, non-for-profit organizations and community based organizations (CBOs) to integrate climate change risks in Natural Resource Management and disaster preparedness.

19 Nov 2014 description

The African Water Facility (AWF) announced on Wednesday, November 19 that it has offered a €3-million grant to the Republic of Somalia to support a project designed to build resilience to climate change and reduce water stress in Somaliland. The project is expected to improve the management of water resources and attract investments to build water infrastructure and improve water services. Around 3.5 million rural and urban people stand to benefit from the project, as well as 2 million nomadic pastoralists.

21 Oct 2014 description

REGIONAL SUMMARY

USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is responding to humanitarian needs in countries in East and Central Africa (ECA)2 that are experiencing complex emergencies characterized by widespread violence and internal displacement, as well as helping countries to address chronic or recurrent challenges, including acute food insecurity, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity.

17 Oct 2014 description

Conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the ECA region. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

15 Sep 2014 description

KEY EVENTS

  • On 9 September, the Federal Flood Task Force revised the Flood Alert which was first issued on 18 August to urge Government and humanitarian actors to implement flood prevention and preparedness measures in at-risk communities.

  • Despite on-going reports of a deteriorating food security in Somalia, there was no major change in the Somali refugee arrival trend in eastern Ethiopia so far.

20 Aug 2014 description

The newsletter provides updates on SWALIM water and land information management activities such as:

· SWALIM Completes Survey of Irrigated Agricultural Areas in Puntland

· SWALIM Capacity Building Efforts lead to a Presidential Award in Somaliland

· SWALIM Establishes Land Degradation Monitoring Systems in Somaliland

· The Water and Land Intervention Information Sharing Platform (WALISP)

· A Feature Article: Groundwater Monitoring in Somalia

· Among others

05 Aug 2014 description
report Tufts University

On July 20, 2011, the UN declared a famine in South Central Somalia, which killed some 260,000 people (Checchi and Robinson 2013). Though Somalia was the worst affected country, the crisis was region-wide in its impact. This Desk Review covers the contents of some 180 documents on the crisis that were reviewed in detail, out of a total of over 500 documents initially screened. These include reports, evaluations, assessments, and in some cases, peer-reviewed journal articles and books.

01 Aug 2014 description
Horn of Africa - version 2
Technical Annex - version 4

AMOUNT: EUR 94 000 000

0. MAJOR CHANGE SINCE THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

In Somalia, the humanitarian situation today shows many parallels to the period ahead of the devastating 2011 drought that triggered a declaration of famine, which caused the excess deaths of 258 000 people the majority of them being children under five.

25 Jul 2014 description
report UNOSAT

25 July 2014, Nairobi, Kenya. 14 technical experts working at the IGAD Secretariat and its specialized programmes including the Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), the Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) and IGAD-Somalia, completes successfully a one week specialised refresher training on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing applications delivered by UNOSAT trainers.

24 Jul 2014 description

Somalia: eight warnings of catastrophe so far, and still no action

Early warnings need to result in early action in Somalia

Last week marked three years since the UN declared famine in Somalia. The catastrophe facing the Somali people three years ago ended in at least 260,000 people dying, half of them children.

14 Jul 2014 description

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.

11 Jul 2014 description

Geneva, 11 July 2014 (WMO) - Weather, climate and water-related disasters are on the rise worldwide, causing loss of life and setting back economic and social development by years, if not decades. From 1970 to 2012, 8 835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths, and US$ 2.4 trillion of economic losses were reported globally as a result of hazards such as droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, tropical cyclones and related health epidemics, according to a new report.

01 Jul 2014 description

This report covers the period: 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013

26 Jun 2014 description

Summary: This 6 months summary update covers the actions on part of Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) supported by IFRC in response to the tropical cyclone disaster that hit eastern coastal parts of the Puntland State of Somalia on 10 November 2013. Heavy rainfall and flash floods followed the tropical cyclone and caused loss of human lives and the destruction of assets including livestock and fishing boats, destroying numerous settlements, service centres, roads, schools, communications and electrical installations.