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Papua New Guinea + 5 others
ECHO Factsheet – The Pacific Region – September 2014

Key messages

  • The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural calamities such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in casualties and people affected per inhabitant.

  • Promoting and enabling active participation of both women and men in training, planning and decision-making for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response is crucial for reducing vulnerability to natural calamities in the Pacific.

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Republic of the Marshall Islands: Drought Emergency appeal n° MDRMH001 final report

Period covered by this Final Report: 21 June 2013 – 30 March 2014

Appeal target (current): CHF 409,154

Appeal coverage: 89 %

Appeal history:

  • A revised Emergency Appeal was launched on 20 December 2013, revising down the budget to CHF 409,154 to assist 1,529 beneficiaries in three drought-affected atolls/islands with a time extension of an additional three months (up to March 2014).

  • On 31 August 2013, the first operation update was issued.

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World + 17 others
United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund 2013 Annual Report

In 2013, CERF enabled the UN and NGOs to respond to crises in 45 countries, including high-level emergencies in the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Syria.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Protecting drinking water from drought and sea level rise

Following last year's drought in the Marshall Islands, existing reservoir and catchment systems were updated and can now last 3-4 months in an emergency, up from 3-4 weeks.

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Vanuatu + 8 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 25 - 31 March 2014

In Vanuatu, 11 fatalities have been confirmed after flash floods and landslides. In Sri Lanka, drought affecting 247,000 families prompts preparations for a needs assessment.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Japan funds more water-making equipment for Marshall Islands

Japan is to provide the Marshall Islands with another large grant for water-making equipment.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Marshall Islands + 13 others
Pacific Regional Office Development Operational Report Quarter 3 & 4 2013 (MAA55001)

Key Accomplishments:

o The adoption of the Marshall Island Red Cross Act by parliament heralded the formation of a new Red Cross National Society.

o With the establishment of a sub-regional office in the northern Pacific, the regional office is now better placed to provide closer more tailored support to national societies in Palau, FSM and RMI.

o Completion of the Pacific Governance Enhancement Programme formative evaluation and endorsement from all Pacific members to continue the programme.

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Republic of the Marshall Islands/Pacific: Drought Revised Emergency appeal n° MDRMH001

With this revised emergency appeal, the budget has been revised down from CHF 803,347 to CHF 409,154 in cash, in-kind, or services to support the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to assist 1,529 drought-affected beneficiaries. From the initial plan of assisting six of the total of fifteen affected atolls/islands, the operational focus has been reduced to three. The appeal timeframe has been extended by two months. The operation will therefore end in January 2014, and a final report will be made available by May 2014 (three months after the end of the operation).

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Republic of the Marshall Islands: Drought Fact Sheet #4, Fiscal Year (FY) 2013

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Affected populations continue to recover from drought effects as normal seasonal rainfall remains ongoing

  • USAID partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM) continues to deliver food commodities provided by the U.S. Government (USG) to drought-affected atolls and islands

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Marshall Islands – Drought (ECHO Daily Flash 05/09/2013)

  • DG ECHO allocated EUR 150,000 to assist populations affected by drought in the Marshall Islands. The funding will contribute to the emergency appeal launched by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) of CHF 803,347 (ca. EUR 650,000) to assist over 3.000 people facing serious drinking water shortage and food insecurity.

  • The funding will be used to build an additional 117 water tanks, repair existing rain-water collection systems and provide hygiene promotion information.

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Greater investment needed in risk reduction to support drought hit communities in the Marshall Islands

September 4, 2013 – Majuro. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling on the international community to pledge greater support for risk reduction programmes that help hazard-prone communities in the Marshall Islands to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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Cook Islands + 5 others
NZ announces assistance for five low-lying Pacific countries

Posted at 22:44 on 03 September, 2013 UTC

The New Zealand Government has announced a 3.9 million US dollar initiative to help five low-lying Pacific countries, which are vulnerable to water shortages, to better manage their fresh water resources. The money will be to assist Tuvalu, Tokelau, Kiribati, the Cook Islands and the Marshall Islands.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Republic of Marshall Islands: Drought - Operation Update 1 n° MDRMH001

Period covered by this Ops Update: 19 June to 30 August 2013

Appeal target (current): CHF 803,347.

Appeal coverage: 13 per cent

Appeal history:

This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 19 June 2013 for CHF 803,347; cash, in-kind, or services to support the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to assist 3,409 drought-affected beneficiaries across six atolls/islands of the 15 affected for a period of six months.

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Pacific sounds warning on climate change: Marshalls FM

08/30/2013 04:14 GMT

WELLINGTON, August 30, 2013 (AFP) - The Marshall Islands has warned that the clock is ticking on climate change and the world needs to act urgently to stop low-lying Pacific nations disappearing beneath the waves.

Marshalls Foreign Minister Phillip H. Muller issued a plea for action as he prepares for next week's Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), which includes some of the countries most affected by the rising seas blamed on global warming.

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

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World + 42 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 12 - 19 August

Snapshot 12 – 19 August

In Syria, fighting between governmental forces and opposition groups has been concentrated in Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor, Homs, Lattakia and Rural Damascus this week. Meanwhile, infighting is ongoing within the opposition. As during previous weeks, FSA forces have clashed with Islamist opposition groups on multiple occasions while Kurdish groups continued to fight with Islamist groups in the north of the country. The mass influx of Syrian refugees to neighbouring countries is ongoing. As of 19 August, over 1.9 million Syrians had fled the country.

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World + 41 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 05 - 12 August

Typhoon Utor, locally known as Labuyo, struck the Philippines in the mountainous north of Luzon. While information to date remains limited, some 22 people are reportedly missing and an estimated 935 are affected.