Sea arrivals to Greece reduced to an average of 13,500 per week in January, from 22,500 in December. Numbers fluctuate from 0-5,000 per day. Service provision becomes inadequate when high numbers of migrants arrive and when onward transport to the mainland is disrupted causing temporary build ups to occur. Similar issues occur at Idomeni, where there are recurrent border closures.
The conditions migrants find in Greece are still mostly inadequate, whilst conditions further along the route have improved.
8 February 2016 – Facing a series of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named Jane Holl Lute, an American official with wide-ranging United Nations experience, to coordinate efforts to curb the scourge.
Graziano da Silva stresses need to promote human safety and protect the food chain
9 February 2016, Rome - Under the lead of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations system is mobilizing a coordinated response to Zika aimed at minimizing the threat in affected countries and reducing the risk of further international spread.
Syria: The military offensive in Aleppo governorate has displaced more than 40,000 people since late January, and the number of displaced is reported to be increasing. There is concern that a siege of opposition-held areas of Aleppo city is imminent. An estimated 20,000 newly displaced Syrians are stuck at the Bab al Salam crossing along the Syria–Turkey border, as Turkey has denied them entry into Turkish territory.
AGENDA FOR HUMANITY
With operational responses to all major humanitarian crises worldwide, Nutrition Cluster partners have distinct access to information about the impact and the response to crises that can –and should- be used to inform and influence major stakeholders at national, regional and international level to ensure nutrition impact in emergencies, identifying gaps and bottlenecks and proposing solutions to problems that programs alone cannot solve.
Food Security Clusters coordinate the food security response in humanitarian emergencies by addressing the issues of food availability, access and utilization.
Greece - IOM estimates that over 76,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe by sea through the first six weeks of 2016. The daily average of nearly 2,000 arrivals is nearly ten times the daily average of a year ago.
Through 8 February, IOM has recorded 409 fatalities on Mediterranean routes: 319 of the dead or missing were on the Eastern Mediterranean route connecting Turkey to Greece and 90 on the Central Mediterranean route between North Africa and Italy.
08 de febrero, 2016 — La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) emitió hoy su primer informe de situación acerca del virus del Zika después de que la semana pasada declarara una emergencia de salud pública de alcance internacional.
Hasta la fecha, un total de 33 países han reportado tener casos de circulación nativa y hay evidencias indirectas de transmisión local en 6 adicionales.
USAID/OFDA responde a inundaciones en Paraguay
En diciembre, Argentina, el sur de Brasil, Paraguay y Uruguay sufrieron algunas de las lluvias más fuertes e inundaciones en décadas. Paraguay fue especialmente golpeado por las lluvias por encima del promedio, provocadas por el fenómeno del Niño, que exacerbaron los efectos de la estación lluviosa en el país.
Los niveles de agua del Río Paraguay –que fl uye por la capital,
Asunción– subieron más de cuatro metros sobre el promedio para esa época del año, alcanzando alturas récord de más de 20 años.
By Jamie Dettmer
ONCUPINAR, TURKEY— More than 25,000 Syrian civilians have become the unwitting victims of a standoff between Turkey and Western relief agencies.
The Turkish government refuses to admit the refugees, the first in a wave of civilians fleeing an offensive by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the northern Aleppo countryside. Turkish officials say their country has reached the limit on the number of Syrian refugees it can admit.
A delegation of EU lawmakers was told Monday that the border will remain closed.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been monitoring forecasts for the current El Niño since early 2015. It is using early warning information to design and implement early actions knowing that anticipatory action can mitigate or even prevent disasters from happening.
What is El Niño?
El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific. While the main threats to food production are reduced rainfall and drought in some regions, El Niño can also cause heavy rains and flooding in others.
by Gracie Cook
by Neža Kogovšek Šalamon
In the fall of 2015 Slovenia faced an unprecedented influx of refugees and migrants, many of whom wanted only one thing: to cross through the country and get to Western Europe.
At first, the Slovenian authorities planned to treat the migrants according to standard border control protocols: they would allow only those applying for asylum in Slovenia to enter the country. Those simply using Slovenia as a “transit country” to get to Western Europe would be denied entry and promptly returned to neighboring Croatia.
Source: Reuters - Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:16 GMT
ATHENS, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Greece said on Monday it would have migrant registration centres running by next week, under pressure from EU partners threatening to sideline it from passport-free travel unless it does more to contain refugees.
Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet.
Top 10 Facts on Water and Sanitation
650 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one out of every 10 people on the planet.
Twice the population of the United States does not have access to safe water.
2.4 billion people have no safe sanitation facilities or latrines. That’s one out of every three people worldwide.
Only 3 percent of the world’s water is fresh water, and two-thirds of that is tucked away in frozen glaciers or otherwise unavailable for our use.