By Maherin Ahmed
When Cyclone Roanu hit southern Bangladesh in May it not only endangered poor people’s immediate access to food, but also threatened to derail efforts to help particularly vulnerable women leave extreme poverty behind.
Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati
Climate change poses the most significant moral challenge to the global community and an existential threat to the future of many communities worldwide. With the projected rise in sea levels by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of up to one metre within the century, the most vulnerable coastal communities and low-lying island states — several of which are in Pacific — face the real possibility of their islands and communities being submerged well within the next hundred years.
Residents of Barbados are being urged not to wait until they realise that “galvanise could fly”, or that their refrigerator could be blown away, before recognising the importance of preparing for hurricanes.
And, Hurricane Ivan survivor, Deanzer Roberts, is also urging them to dismiss the notion that “God is a Bajan”, and take all necessary precautions to prepare for the hurricane season.
A new report has spelt out the lessons learnt from Cyclone Pam, urging better warning systems and co-ordination between the Vanuatu government and community groups.
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To date, 20 organizations have started their response, mainly INGOs (14 INGOs: Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid, Christian Aid, Concern World Wide, ACF, Save the Children International, CRS, BRAC, Oxfam, DanChurchAid, Solidarites International, ADRA and World Vision Bangladesh), five (5) local NGOs (Coast Trust, Mukti, YPSA, RIC and Shushilan), the Red Cross-Red Crescent (IFRC/BDRC) and one (1) UN agency (WFP);
On May 28, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement with the Government of the Republic of El Salvador to provide a Japanese ODA loan of up to five billion yen for the Stand-by Loan for Natural Disaster Recovery. This loan will ensure reserve funds in advance so that a quick disbursement for post-disaster reconstruction is secured when there is a financial need. For this purpose, JICA provides very low interest stand-by loan (0.01% / year) to the Government of the Republic of El Salvador.
La Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres, lideró el taller de actualización del protocolo nacional de respuesta ante ciclones tropicales 2016 que busca definir el marco de actuación del nivel nacional para enfrentar emergencias asociadas a ciclones tropicales en los municipios costeros, áreas insulares y jurisdicción marítima del Caribe colombiano.
EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESS RELEASE
Colombo, 22 June 2016 – The European Commission is providing a further € 500 000 (LKR 81 640 000) in humanitarian funding to Sri Lanka to bring emergency assistance to communities affected by Tropical Storm Roanu, which wreaked havoc across large parts of the country last month.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
As of 21 June 2016, 280,444 people are affected by flooding and landslides according to the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre (DMC). 96 deaths have been confirmed, with 4877 people displaced and staying in 65 safe locations. The safe locations are in Colombo, Gampaha, Kegalle, Nuwara-Eliya, Kandy and Matale districts.
99 people remain missing due to a landslide in Aranayake, Kegalle District which devastated 3 villages.
Intensifying the rebuilding effort after Tropical Cyclone Winston and developing enduring climate-change mitigation measures will be the top priorities in a Budget that will also foster a continuation of Fiji’s broad-based growth and target assistance towards the disadvantaged, according to the Attorney General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
The Indian Government yesterday contributed an additional FJD$2, million towards the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief Fund.
India’s High Commissioner to Fiji His Excellency Vishvas Sapkal presented a cheque to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during a meeting at the Prime Minister's office.
H.E Sapkal said this additional donation will assist those Fijians that have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Overview of the Food Security Cluster: Bangladesh Emergency Response
The FSC objective is the provision of food assistance package to the most vulnerable households to cover immediate food security needs for the first two months.
This 2 nd dashboard summarizes the progress made by partner involved in the Tropical Cyclone Roanu and highlights trends regarding the response.
Fiji’s efforts to build its resilience to climate change in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston has been the common focus of talks between the Attorney General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and the envoys of India and the Netherlands.
The new Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency Vishvas Sapkal, said India was willing to step up its assistance to Fiji beyond that already offered in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Winston, which included a $US 1-million donation to be allocated at the Government’s discretion.
What is El Niño?
El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.
By Rajib Bhowmick, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society
Coastal communities in Bangladesh have a bittersweet relationship with the sea. It provides them with a source of income, yet it’s also responsible for their worst woes.
Abu Saleh, 28, is a seasonal fisherman. He knows only too well how dangerous the sea can be especially around the time of a cyclone.
When Cyclone Roanu struck Bangladesh one month ago, it resulted in strong winds, driving rain and a dramatic tidal surge – a change in sea level – of more than two metres.
June 20, 2016 – Dhaka / Kuala Lumpur: One month after Cyclone Roanu struck Bangladesh, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is warning that thousands remain in need of urgent help as the monsoon season hits.