By Lovasoa Rabary
NAIROBI, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Madagascar's government appealed for international aid on Wednesday after a tropical storm earlier this month devastated large swathes of the Indian Ocean island, causing damage worth around $40 million.
Sixty-eight people were killed and 130,000 displaced when the tropical storm Chedza hit Madagascar on Jan. 16, the National Bureau of Risk Management and Disaster said.
By David Tereshchuk*
January 27, 2015—Severe weather continues to take a tough toll on life in the Philippines. Even Pope Francis’ January visit there had to be curtailed in the Tacloban area, as Tropical Storm Mekkhal, with torrential rains and winds of up to 80 miles an hour, approached. The pope was there to visit survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which decimated the area in 2013.
Funding proposals for flood response being finalized
Since the declaration of a red alert on 12 January, heavy rains and floods have affected 157,172 people (32,711 households) in Mozambique and the death toll currently stands at 120. The Prime Minister visited the hardest hit province of Zambézia this week, where 96 people have died and over 38,200 ha of crops were lost due to the storms and floods.
Source: Reuters - Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:32 GMT
GENEVA, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Plague has killed 57 people out of 213 known cases in Madagascar and more deaths are feared after recent flooding forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and set rats on the run, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.
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Antananarivo, Madagascar | AFP | Tuesday 27/1/2015 - 18:02 GMT
Sixty eight people were killed in the tropical storm that battered Madagascar over a week ago, according to new figures released Tuesday ahead of a national day of mourning.
"The flag is to be at half-mast on Wednesday.... All festive activities are suspended," the government said.
The hardest hit area of the Indian Ocean island saw 25 deaths, with the majority killed by landslides unleashed by the tropical storm known as Chedza on January 16 and 17.
Posted by Alex Jacobs, Plan International Director of Programme Quality
How can aid agencies be more accountable to people? Alex Jacobs, Director of Programme Quality at Plan International, shares lessons from Typhoon Haiyan.
Snapshot 21-27 January
Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.
Bilan de la tempête tropicale Chedza et des intempéries au 26/01/2015 à 16h
Après l'appel à la solidarité nationale lancé par le BNGRC le 19 Janvier dernier, nombre de donateurs ont répondu à l'appel. En parallèle, les actions d'assistance et de distribution de dons (vivres et non vivres) sont effectuées dans toutes les zones touchées par les intempéries de ces derniers jours.
Vous pouvez télécharger l'intégralité du rapport de situation de ce 26 janvier 2015 à 16h.
La terminal de contenedores del Puerto “Guillermón Moncada” en Santiago de Cuba quedará iluminada con una donación del Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA). La instalación de este nuevo sistema de luminarias forma parte del proyecto que se lleva a cabo para la recuperación de esta importante instalación portuaria, severamente dañada tras el paso del huracán Sandy.
The report covers results achieved in 36 countries and territories in the Asia and Pacific region. It illustrates UNDP’s support to poverty reduction and conservation of natural resources, strengthening democratic governance, building resilience and responding to crisis. UNDP assisted people in strengthening livelihoods and empowering themselves.
Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has recently signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) to enhance cooperation and coordination in relation to QRC's humanitarian activities in favor of the drought- and typhoon-affected communities throughout Somalia, particularly in health, water, capacity-building, and community resilience.
DHAKA, January 26, 2014 – The Government of Bangladesh today signed a $375 million financing agreement with the International Development Association (IDA) for the Multipurpose Disaster Shelter Project. IDA is the World Bank’s concessional arm that helps the world’s poorest countries.
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, REACH assessments of damage to water and sanitation infrastructure informed emergency response and early recovery planning, including the rehabilitation of water systems and latrines in the most affected areas. More than one year on, the focus has shifted from emergency interventions to sustainable development, and there is a critical opportunity to address long-term sanitation challenges such as open defecation, which remains a major problem in the Philippines.
Report by the Director-General to the Executive Board at its 136th Session Geneva, Switzerland 26 January 2015
Mister Chairman, distinguished members of the Executive Board, Excellencies, colleagues in the UN system, ladies and gentlemen,
Between mid-Dec and mid-Jan, heavy seasonal rains and strong winds affected large parts of Malaysia causing severe and extensive flooding in Terengganu, Pahang, and Kelantan. In addition to the three most affected states, four other states in Peninsular Malaysia (Perak, Johor,
Selangor and Perlis States) and one state in East Malaysia (Sabah) also experienced floods due to the heavy rainfalls.
Storm Mekkhala affected Region V, VII and VIII. The government has evacuated 114,591 people as pre-emptive measures. As of now, only 420 people are still served inside evacuation centre.
The incident also claimed for 2 deaths.
Nong Ruea District in Khon Kaen Province experienced drought. The government supplied clean water to help 500 families in the area.
El Salvador, 24 de Enero 2015
Fuente: La Prensa Gráfica
Las familias de Santa Catarina Masahuat y Salcoatitán vivían como colonos en fincas, pero con la erupción y el huracán de 2005 quedaron sin residencia
Unas 133 familias residentes en los municipios de Santa Catarina Masahuat y Salcoatitán, en Sonsonate, fueron beneficiadas ayer al recibir del Viceministerio de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano títulos de propiedad de sus parcelas habitadas desde hace varios años.
More than 1,000 households and 30 commercial and government offices on Ha ‘apai in the Kingdom of Tonga, will benefit from more efficient energy networks thanks to a TOP 2.3 million (€1 million) grant from the European Union. The funds will be released to the Government of Tonga as part of cyclone rehabilitation efforts.The island of Ha'apai sustained serious damage and significant power losses following Cyclone Ian in early 2014 when its energy grid was badly affected after 90 percent of the power lines on the island were damaged.