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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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Somalia: ICRC Bulletin No. 01/2009 - ICRC boosts aid

Drought, floods and the effects of 17 years of armed violence and lawlessness have driven much of the Somali population into destitution. The ICRC has been providing hundreds of thousands of Somalis with food, water and other aid.

General situation

The ICRC is one of the few organizations that can reach conflict-affected communities in remote areas. In partnership with the Somali Red Crescent Society and in coordination with other aid agencies, the ICRC has been increasing its emergency humanitarian aid to respond to the urgent need for food and other essentials such as shelter.

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Kenya + 1 other
UNHCR appeals for $92 million to assist Somali refugees in Kenya

GENEVA -- UNHCR is seeking $92 million to ease the plight of nearly 250,000 Somalis in one of the world's oldest, largest and most congested refugee sites amid growing fears of even more arrivals as the situation in Somalia deteriorates. The emergency assistance to Somali refugees in Dadaab, Kenya, focuses on relieving dramatic overcrowding in three adjacent camps that are now three times their initial capacity, with thousands more people continuing to arrive each month. The 17-year-old Dadaab camp complex
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Hunger's global hotspots: 17 Dec 2008

Rome, 17 December 2008 - Facts, figures and the latest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.


- Negotiations to resolve the conflict, between delegations from both the DRC Government and the Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple (CNDP), which started on 8 December 2008 in Nairobi under the mediation of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for eastern DRC, Olusegun Obasanjo and former Tanzanian president, Benjamin Mkapa, will resume again on 17 December 2008. The SRSG remains optimistic concerning the outcome.


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Somalia Humanitarian Overview Vol. 1 Issue 11 - Nov - 15 Dec 2008

Main Developments

- The latest nutrition surveys conducted by the UN Food Security Analysis Unit (FSAU) in October and November confirm the continuing humanitarian crisis, particularly in Central Somalia where some levels of severe malnutrition are nearly 6% compared to 3% in May 2008. The emergency threshold is 4%. FSAU highlighted the urgent need for livelihood and humanitarian interventions to save lives and livelihoods.

- In the Shabelle regions, however, the nutrition situation including among the displaced populations has improved and is now below the emergency threshold.

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Ethiopia + 3 others
Aid chief warns of famine in Ethiopia

POZNAN, Poland, Dec 4, 2008 (AFP) - The food crisis in Ethiopia and other countries in the Horn of Africa region is severe and could rapidly turn into famine, the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies warned Thursday.

Calling the crisis "the worst ... in 10 years", IFRC secretary general Bekele Geleta said: "After March, it could be a famine situation".

"Usually, people start responding when they see emaciated children on their screens. If assistance is not

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Chad + 5 others
FEWS NET Executive Overview of Food Security 25 Nov 2008

CHAD: Civil insecurity has increased in the east following the end of the rainy season, impeding humanitarian assistance. Localized flooding, dryness, and pest attacks may increase food insecurity in other areas. Cereal prices remain high due to flooding in produc tion areas, the retention of food stocks, poor road access, and high trader demand, preventing improvements in livestock/cereal terms of trade. Additional assistance is needed to ensure adequate sup plies through the next rainy season, beginning in June 2009.

ETHIOPIA: Increased humanitarian

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Congo + 5 others
Flood affected areas in Central and East Africa (as of 24 Nov 2008)

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Somalia: Situation Report No. 46 - 21 Nov 2008

Key Overall Developments

FAO's Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM) reported that the threats of floods in the riverine areas of South Somalia are diminishing in the upper river reaches of Juba River. However, river levels are still high in the mid-and lower reaches. Consequently, there is still the possibility of reduced moderate flooding in the lower reaches of the Juba for the coming week. River levels for the Shabelle have been rising and raising concerns especially near Jowhar, in Middle Shabelle region, and surrounding areas where uncontrolled irrigation

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Ethiopia + 2 others
Somalia: Food Security and Nutrition Quarterly Brief 21 Nov 2008 - Focus on post Deyr season early warning

Overall, Deyr rains are considered to be normal, resulting in regeneration of pasture, normal crop establishment and improved water availability. The outlook for the Deyr season is expected to be normal in most of the central and south. Pasture, and water availability has improved and migration patterns are resuming to normal in most areas. Cereal crop establishment and development is good in main producing areas of the south. While the rapid increase in price of food commodities over the last 12 months has slowed down, prices are still significantly higher
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Somalia: Crops destroyed, families displaced as Shabelle bursts banks

NAIROBI, 19 November 2008 (IRIN) - At least 8,000 hectares of farmland in southern Somalia's Lower Shabelle region have been destroyed after the Shabelle river burst its banks, displacing thousands of people, officials said.

The flooding occurred around the town of Kurtunwarey, 140km south of Mogadishu.

"In Afgoye Yarey alone, the population of some 1,750 families [about 10,500 people], were affected. Not a single resident is there now," Sidow Hassan Arkey, an elder, told IRIN on 19 November.

"We were about to harvest [crops]


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Somalia: Situation Report No. 45 - 14 Nov 2008

Key Overall Developments

During the week, Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM) raised the flood alert from moderate to high on the Shabelle and Juba Rivers following significant rainfall in parts of South Somalia and the Ethiopian highlands where the two rivers originate. According to SWALIM, river levels have increased dramatically with massive waters seen at Doolow, Luuq and Baardheere in Gedo region raising serious concerns of flooding in the lower reaches of the Juba River. The rainfall forecast for the coming days is light to moderate rains in

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Somalia: Assessment report for sanitation and hygiene in Warsheik, Adale, Aden Yabal, Mahaday and Balad districts of M/Shabelle region


In these five Districts of M/Shabelle Region namely: Warsheik, Adale, Aden Yabaal, Mahaday and Balad the Sanitation and Hygiene conditions were very poor after the collapse of previous regime. People have inadequate of access getting of safe drinking water, people are eating contaminated food.

As result of these conditions many people died, malnourished and got sick especially marginalized women and children and Aged people who can not cope the effects of poor sanitation and hygiene.

There were high influx of IDPs fled from

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FEWS Somalia Food Security Update, October 2008

Food Security Summary:

- Due to the combined effects of drought, conflict and inflation, the food security condition in many parts of Somalia, especially in south and central regions, continues to deteriorate. Over 3 million people, or 43 percent of the country’s population, require humanitarian assistance.

- More than 44,000 refugees from Somalia have been registered in Dadaab camps, in northeastern Kenya, since January 2008 due to civil insecurity and increased destitution. As of September, an average of 5,000 people/month have been arriving at the camps. With