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Timor-Leste + 3 others
WHO's unique health emergency fund gets a boost from Timor-Leste

Dili, 8 September 2009: Timor-Leste, the South-East Asia Region's youngest nation, has announced that it will make a contribution to the World Health Organization s (WHO) unique million-dollar health emergency fund, whose fast and flexible disbursement mechanism has already allowed it to make a difference to more than 200 000 people affected by various humanitarian crises in the Region.

Timor-Leste s contribution of US$10, 000 to the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF) will add to the fund's pool of US$1 million provided by the WHO Regional Office

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Myanmar + 53 others
International cooperation on humanitarian assistance in the field of natural disasters, from relief to development - Report of the UN SG (A/64/331)

Sixty-fourth session
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination
of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations


The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 63/141 of 10 March 2009, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to continue to improve the international response to natural disasters and to report thereon to the

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Benin + 37 others
Coopération internationale en matière d'aide humanitaire à la suite de catastrophes naturelles : de la phase des secours à celle de l'aide au développement - Rapport du Secrétaire général (A/64/331)

Soixante-quatrième session
Point 72 a) de l'ordre du jour provisoire*
Renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies,
y compris l'assistance économique spéciale :
renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies


Le présent rapport a été établi en application de la résolution 63/141 du 10 mars 2009 de l'Assemblée générale, dans laquelle

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Sri Lanka: Grant aid of Japanese yen 630.314 million from Japan for improvement of meteorological and disaster information network - Department of Meteorology

Department of Meteorology (DoM), Sri Lanka is responsible for providing weather forecasts, advisories and warnings to the general public as well as to other concerned agencies during periods of bad weather. Even though the department continues to carry out its responsibilities with a lot of dedication, its observation network and the communication system has been inadequate.

The government of Japan has provided a Grant Aid of Japanese Yen 630.314 million for the improvement of meteorological observation network in Sri Lanka. The genesis of this project can be traced

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Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP): Appeal 2009 for Sri Lanka


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Sri Lanka: 250,000 people in war zone need food

Despite very limited access to the displaced people in the northern Vanni region, WFP has organized 11 convoys since September and is now looking for other innovative solutions.

ROME -- Around 250,000 people are in need of food assistance in the northern Vanni region of Sri Lanka due to conflict and crop failure caused by flooding.

People have been forced to flee their homes in the region since the upsurge in conflict between Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tiger rebel movement.

Livelihoods have been almost completely

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Sri Lanka: ICRC Bulletin No. 01 / 2009 - Massive displacement of civilians amid escalating conflict

Ever more civilians have been leaving areas held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and entering government-controlled territory in recent weeks. The ICRC has been helping them to maintain acceptable levels of hygiene, to keep in touch with relatives and to maintain hope.

Fighting has prevented relief supplies from reaching the population in the Vanni for the past five days. "Civilians in the Vanni are weary from the conflict. Repeated displacements, often involving the loss of their personal belongings, have taken a toll on them.

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RCA delivers assistance to flood-victims in Sri Lanka

The UAE Red Crescent has carried out a humanitarian programme to relieve population in regions affected by recent flash floods in Sri Lanka.

Consignments of assistance were delivered to the First Lady of Sri Lanka, Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapakse, at her residency by UAE Ambassador in Sri Lanka Mahmoud Mohammed Al Mahmoud in the presence of Sri Lanka's Petroleum Minister A.H.M. Fowzie.

The Sri Lankan First Lady lauded the humanitarian initiatives launched by the UAE for assisting the people of Sri Lanka.

The UAE envoy said the RCA relief supplies

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Afghanistan + 32 others
Crop prospects and food situation - No. 5, Dec 2008

Highlights of a new FAO report

- As the year draws to a close, FAO's latest estimates confirm that a new record high level of global cereal production was achieved in 2008, sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2008/09 and also allow for a moderate replenishment of world reserves.

- Most of the increase in production this year has been among the developed countries, with that in the developing countries rising just marginally. In the developing group, outputs rose somewhat more among the Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries, especially in

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Sri Lanka: Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts Situation Report # 155

27 November - 04 December 2008

IDP situation as reported this week by GAs
Displacement after April 2006

Number of
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Sri Lanka: Torrential rains in southern region

Torrential rains were reported from Matara, Galle, Hiniduma, Kukuleganga and Kalutara causing flash floods in a number of areas in these districts yesterday (12), sources said.

According to reports 118mm rain was recorded at Kukuleganga, 100 at Hiniduma and 83 at Galle on Thursday (11).

The Department of Meteorology warns the public of scattered thunder showers during the next few days too in the Northern, Eastern, Uva, Central, Sabaragamuwa and Western Provinces and Galle and Matara Districts.

Conditions for the North East monsoon were developing.

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Sri Lanka: ICRC distributes aid in the Vanni, assists Jaffna flood victims

In the wake of renewed fighting in the Vanni region and severe flooding in and around Jaffna, the ICRC has been distributing aid, restoring clean water supplies and pressing ahead with its other activities for conflict victims.

Humanitarian aid donated by the Indian government reaches Vanni civilians

Displaced families in the Vanni region, which has been the scene of recent fighting, have begun receiving relief goods provided by the Indian government. The donation of 80,000 family parcels containing assorted food, hygiene items, bedding and clothing was

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Heavy fighting in northern Sri Lanka as troops capture rebel town

Colombo_(dpa) _ Heavy fighting raged between government troops and Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka as soldiers inched their way into rebel-controlled areas amidst mounting casualties on both sides, reports from the area said, officials and rebel sources said Thursday.

Tamil rebels claimed they killed 89 soldiers in fighting outside Kilinochchi town, 360 kilometres north of the capital, on Wednesday, but the military claimed they lost only 20 soldiers in the fighting and killed at least 27 rebels.

Though there were no immediate independent

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Sri Lanka: Doctors return to work in North and East

The doctors from the hospitals in the North and East who had stayed away from work from November 17, reported to work today (04), Minister of Healthcare and Nutrition; Nimal Siripala de Silva told this morning (04).

The Ministry has taken steps to redress all problems articulated by these doctors, particularly with respect to their security.

He stated that all the doctors are now provided transport to travel to these two provinces from Colombo.

The union action came on the heels of

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Monsoon floods affect 370,000 in Sri Lanka: UN

GENEVA, Dec 2, 2008 (AFP) - Monsoon floods in the north of Sri Lanka have affected more than 370,000 people, with 71,000 being displaced, the United Nations said Tuesday.

"The number of affected population has increased as some areas were previously inaccessible and new information is now being received," said Elisabeth Byrs of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Hardest hit is Jaffna, with 62,000 people displaced and 5,900 houses damaged, she added.

Officials in Sri Lanka said Thursday

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Sri Lanka: US Government donates $100,000 for flood relief

Colombo, December 2, 2008 - The United States Government will provide $100,000 for emergency relief to assist people affected by the flooding in the North and the East. This action comes in response to a request for assistance to USAID from the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre.

The US donation will be used for non-food relief items and targeted to victims in Jaffna and in the Vanni, where particularly serious flooding has occurred in recent days. UNICEF will administer the donation in coordination with local authorities. Ambassador