Since December 2012, Kyrgyzstan has been experiencing unusually cold weather with heavy snowfall. The temperatures are the lowest in 76 years, with minus 30-35 degrees Celsius in the northern part of the country. On 18 Dec, a state of emergency was declared in Bishkek city. 16 people have died and 50 were injured in the extreme winter conditions. Preliminary weather forecasts for the upcoming two months indicate that the temperatures will remain extremely low until the end of February 2013. (IFRC, 22 Dec 2012)
CHF 172,477 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) in December 2012 to support the Kyrgyz Red Crescent Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,000 families (approximately 4,000 beneficiaries).
In Syria, fighting between the Government and opposition groups continued in all governorates apart from Tartous and As-Sweida. Following a large scale offensive by the Government initiated on 26 April, heavy fighting has been reported in and around Damascus. Clashes in Eastern Ghouta forced the closure of Damascus international airport. Approximately 6.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the country while some 4.25 million people are displaced and over 1.4 million people have fled into neighbouring countries.
Donors give US$4.4 million in multilateral aid to the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Countries in the Caucasus give $155,000 in aid also through multilateral channels.
IFRC allocates DREF funding to respond to small-scale emergencies in Kazakhstan and Georgia.
Tajikistan Consolidated winter assistance plan for earthquake-affected populations 2012 seriously underfunded.
When Zamira Suyunalieva adopted new-born Ariet who was left at her door, she was already struggling to feed her own children. But on a cold, sunny day in the small village of Kyrk-Kazyk no one seemed happier than Zamira as she brought home a ration of food staples. She knew that her six children will stay fed and healthy throughout the freezing winter.
Kyrk-Kazyk, KYRGYZSTAN – Zamira, thin and worn out from a lifetime of hardship, was overjoyed after receiving such critical relief only a few months after making the life-changing decision of taking in Ariet.
17 January, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – UNHCR has distributed warm clothing to more than 25,000 vulnerable people from across Kyrgyzstan this season. Almost 30 tons of clothes were distributed to children and adults. State social departments helped UNHCR distribute more than 87,000 items of UNIQLO warm clothes donated by Japan Relief Clothing Centre.
The distribution was organized to provide support for those most at risk who are unable to buy warm clothes, including older people, children, and those with disabilities or chronic illnesses made worse in cold weather.
Prefacio del Director Ejecutivo
Acción Humanitaria para la Infancia 2013
A primera vista, Fatima aparentaba tener unos 4 o 5 meses. Pero, en realidad, acababa de cumplir su primer año de vida. Estaba entre los 126.000 niños con desnutrición aguda grave tratados en uno de los 425 centros nutricionales establecidos por el Ministerio de Salud de Chad en 2012 como parte de la expansión de la atención en todo el Sahel. Se llegó a cientos de miles de niños con la atención necesaria para salvar sus vidas. Tristemente, no se pudo llegar a otros muchos.
** Il faut 1,4 milliard de dollars É.-U. maintenant pour les enfants qui vivent dans des situations de crise humanitaire, affirme l’UNICEF**
US$1.4 billion needed now for children in humanitarian crisis says UNICEF
GENEVA, 25 January 2013 – UNICEF appealed today for almost US$1.4 billion to meet the immediate, life-saving needs of children in 45 countries and regions gripped by conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies this year. Funds raised by the annual appeal will also go towards improving disaster preparedness, and to strengthening the resilience of communities to withstand and minimize the impact of new shocks.
This week severe monsoon rains caused major flooding in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, affecting 250,000 people and displacing 18,000.
According to UNAMID, the tribal clashes which erupted on 9 January in North Darfur, Sudan, led to the displacement of a total of 70,000 people.
In Syria the conflict continues to affect large parts of the country with escalating tensions in Homs, Aleppo, Idlib and Damascus provinces.
The ground offensive against Islamist rebels in Mali continued on 21 January with French forces entering the central Malian town of Diabaly.
Last week a cold front with historically low temperatures and extreme weather conditions such as torrential rains and flash floods affected Asia and the Middle East. 420,000 people in China’s southwest Guizhou province, 10,000 in India, 2 million in Bangladesh as well as vulnerable populations in Nepal and Kyrgyzstan were affected by cold temperatures.
Frequent small- to mediumscale disasters occurred throughout the region in 2012.
Humanitarian partners in Tajikistan seek $492,969 to help Rasht Valley earthquake-affected people.
Kyrgyzstan at risk of food and energy crisis.
Over 7,000 ethnic Armenians fled Syria in 2012, but not all are seeking refugee status.
Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic have taken control of several towns and subsequent fighting has led to displacement and a deterioration of the already precarious humanitarian situation in the country.
Tropical Storm Wukong (Quinta) made landfall over the island of Leyte in the Philippines on 26 December, affecting more than 240,000 people.
Since December 2012, Kyrgyzstan is experiencing unusually cold winter with heavy snowfalls and high precipitation level. According to the data obtained from the National Hydro-meteorological service, current temperatures are the lowest for last 76 years (since 1936). In the northern part of the country temperatures reached minus 30-35 degree Celsius. The National Hydro-meteorological forecast service predicts freezing cold weather in January 2013 and February 2013.