USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission and U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv are investing in Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) grants. These grants bring together Israelis and Palestinians to work on issues of common concern and to promote peaceful coexistence.
99 Grants Managed by USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission and U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv from 2004 to 2014
40,000 Israelis and Palestinians Participated from 2012 to 2014 - 72% of these participants talk about a Positive Change in their perception.
50% of these participants were Women.
Belgium - Maritime collision
• On 6 October, 02.10 UTC a merchant vessel Flinterstar (NL) collided with liquid natural gas carrier Al Oraiq (Marshall Islands) approximately 5 NM North West of Zeebrugge. As a result Flinterstar remains aground leaking heavy crude oil.
• On 6 October, Belgium requested assistance from the Netherlands and initiated a joint rescue operation.
• The Dutch National Crisis centre has reported that Rijkwaterstaat has deployed two ships to assist with the oil clean up.Belgian authorities report that the spill is controlled.
CPHC Summary: AT 500 AM HST (1500 UTC)THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM OHO WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 14.1 NORTH, LONGITUDE 154.6 WEST. OHO IS MOVING SLOWLY TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHEAST NEAR 2 MPH(4 KM/H) BUT IT IS EXPECTED TO TURN TOWARD THE NORTHEAST LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT. OHO IS FORECAST TO MOVE AT A FASTER FORWARD SPEED TOWARD THE NORTHEAST FROM TUESDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 50 MPH (85 KM/H) WITH HIGHER GUSTS. GRADUAL INTENSIFICATION IS EXPECTED THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 115 MILES (185 KM) FROM THE CENTER.
NHC Summary: AT 500 AM HST(1500 UTC). THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM OHO WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 13.5 NORTH,LONGITUDE 155.2 WEST. OHO IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 7 MPH (11 KM/H). OHO IS FORECAST TO TURN TOWARD THE NORTHWEST LATER TODAY AND TOWARD THE NORTH TONIGHT. BUT CONTINUE TO MOVE RATHER SLOWLY. A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHEAST AND AN INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS FORECAST FOR MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 40 MPH(65 KM/H) WITH HIGHER GUSTS.
Caribbean - Tropical Cyclone ERIKA
• ERIKA continues moving north-west as a Tropical Storm. On 27 August, at 9.00 UTC, its centre was located between Grand Terre of Guadeloupe and the island of Antigua.
• Over the next 24h, ERIKA’s intensity may slightly increase, but will remain a Tropical Storm. Its centre is forecast to pass near or over portions of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands on 27 August and near or north of Puerto Rico early on 28 August UTC.
USA – Forest Fire
• A forest fire broke out in Chelan County (Washington State) near Wenatchee on 28 June.
• According to media (as of 30 June), the fire burnt nearly 1,200 ha, destroyed 23 houses and injured three firefighters, while an evacuation order is in effect.
INDIA – Floods
• The Upper Assam districts of Sonitpur, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji were hit by new floods on 29 June, that killed two people and affected over 5,500 people in 20 villages. A relief camp has been opened by the district authorities, sheltering 75 people.
U.S.A. - Severe weather
• Severe weather, including thunderstorms, strong winds, heavy rain, hail and tornadoes affected several areas of Midwest and Mid-Atlantic United States on 21-23 June. Several tornadoes were reported in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Michigan on 22 June.
• According to media (as of 23 June), seven people were injured and several damages occurred, mostly in the area of Coal City in northern Illinois.
U.S.A. – Tropical Cyclone BILL
• BILL is reaching the coast of Texas, the area south-west of Houston, as a Tropical Storm.
• After the landfall it is forecast to move inland, weakening into a Tropical Depression.
• On 16-18 June heavy rains, winds and storm surge may affect eastern Texas; heavy rains may also affect eastern Oklahoma. As of 16 June, 12.00 UTC, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Baffin Bay to High Island.
MEXICO – Tropical Cyclone CARLOS
• Heatwave conditions continue to prevail in the central, eastern and northern Indian states, causing deaths in a number of states.
• The death toll has exceeded 1 400, including 1 020 and 340 people dead in the worst affected states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana respectively.
• High temperatures are forecast to continue in the affected states over the next two-three days. The temperatures may start decreasing on 31 May (see Red/Orange Warnings, IMD, in the inset maps).
Haiti - Drought
• Due to below-average rainfall, Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) "Crisis" level has been reached in parts of Haiti, severely affecting 180 000 people. Between 60% and 80% loss of the main local crops and vegetables in these areas has been confirmed. • Difficulties in accessing water results in the reduction of daily meals or leads to community conflicts. • Livestock has been severely affected and pressure has been put on alternative food resources (fishery).
1) USA, MEXICO - Severe weather
• Heavy rains, winds and tornadoes are still affecting central and southern USA (mostly Oklahoma and Texas), as well as north-eastern Mexico, causing damage and deaths.
• In USA: media reported four dead in Oklahoma and three in Texas, with another 12 missing in Texas.
Hundreds of homes and roads have been destroyed in these two states. A Disaster Declaration has been issued for several counties in Texas over the last three weeks (see map).
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
7 PER CENT DECLINE IN IDP FIGURES IN BANGUI
Internal displacement figures continue to decline with an estimated 62,579 IDPs living in 35 sites in Bangui as of 23 September – a seven per cent decrease since last month. According to WFP, the rainy season is causing logistical constraints that, coupled with insecurity, are delaying and/or impeding food distributions.
U.S.A. – Wildfires
• Over 36 000ha have been burnt by an active wildfire (named “King Fire”) near Sacramento, northern California, while it has also destroyed 68 structures, including 12 houses, as of 24 September. Evacuations are still in effect.
• A second large wildfire, “Happy Camp Complex”, has burnt over 53 000ha in Siskiyou County. It is currently 86% contained. (NICC, USDA)
Ukraine/Russia – Severe Weather