Civilian deaths in Afghanistan in 2015 surpass previous record
UNAMA documents increasing attacks on health facilities and personnel
Increased precipitation in March signals an improved agro-climatic outlook, raises flooding concerns
The 2015-2016 El Niño has passed its peak but it remains strong and will continue to influence the global climate. It is expected to weaken in the coming months and fade away during the second quarter of 2016. The World Meteorological Organization states that models indicate a return to an El Niño neutral state during the second quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, strong El Niño conditions are quite likely through March-April. It is too early to predict if there will then be a swing to La Niña (the opposite of El Niño).
- Earthquake affects 134,000 people; USAID partners lead response
- Humanitarian need increases significantly due to conflict and natural disaster
- IDPs exceed 1 million
Taliban seizes control of Kunduz, exacerbating insecurity
Ongoing attacks on civilians and aid workers hinder humanitarian access
Numbers of IDPs, returnees, and food- insecure households surge
USAID/OFDA commits an additional $16 million to support relief efforts ￼
Renewed fighting displaces more than 20,000 families across five provinces
Targeted attacks on aid workers and foreigners result in 20 aid worker deaths
USAID/OFDA commits additional assistance to support humanitarian coordination and health initiatives
Approximately 48,000 Afghans have returned from Pakistan to date in 2015, reflecting a substantial rise in the daily return rate from 2014.
Severe weather events affect more than 8,800 Afghan households in February and March.
USAID/FFP provides 40,300 metric tons (MT) in emergency food assistance to Afghanistan.
Syria enters its fifth year of conflict
Up to 50,000 people may require assistance after late March clashes in Idlib Governorate
U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Samantha Power announces more than $507.8 million in new humanitarian funding, bringing the total USG contribution to the Syria crisis to nearly $3.7 billion
Humanitarian organizations respond to impacts of severe winter weather in Syria and neighboring countries.
UN Security Council unanimously adopts resolution renewing the mandate to conduct UN cross-border and cross-line humanitarian assistance.
In 2014, Syrians surpass Afghans as the largest refugee population covered under the global mandate of UNHCR.
Humanitarian agencies provide assistance to populations affected by weather-related incidents, including severe cold and floods
USAID/OFDA provides $3 million for countrywide nutrition and WASH support
The U.S. Government (USG) has provided more than $38 million to date in FY 2013
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). 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.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN | FEBRUARY 12, 2012 – International Organizations and aid groups funded by USAID have begun distributing emergency winter aid to vulnerable migrant populations in camps in areas surrounding Kabul. The aid, distributed by a task force led by the U.N. Office for the Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), includes blankets, tarpaulins, clothing, stoves, and fuel. USAID, working through implementing partners Save The Children and the International Organization for Migration, distributed additional supplies to fill any gaps left by OCHA's distribution.
Existe evidencia científica que confirma que el cambio climático ha incrementado la intensidad de las tormentas tropicales y sus efectos sobre la elevación de la temperatura atmosférica y de la superficie del mar. Si este comportamiento continúa agudizándose, en las próximas décadas, los países de la región - particularmente América Central, la Región Andina y el Caribe, estarán expuestas a precipitaciones más fuertes y sequías más severas.
An estimated 2.86 million people are food insecure in 14 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces due to a below-normal wheat crop production following limited rain and snowfall during the winter months, according to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP). Households in northwestern Afghanistan that are dependent on rain-fed wheat crops are expected to experience consumption deficits until the next harvest occurs in the spring of 2012, according to the USAID-supported Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).
- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 2.8 percent to a record 2 180 million tonnes. Most of the increase is in wheat following significant expansion in plantings in all regions. Coarse grains output is expected around the bumper level of last year but lower than earlier anticipated due to severe floods in the United States, the world's largest producer and exporter. Rice is tentatively forecast to increase slightly from last year's good level.
- Despite the anticipated increase in world output, cereal markets will remain tight in 2008/09.