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19 Apr 2010 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

- BRAZIL: Heavy rains during the past weeks in Rio de Janeiro state killed at least 251 people.

- HAITI: To date 96 percent of the target population have received some emergency shelter items

- HONDURAS: The World Food Programme has launched two new projects in cooperation with the Government.

30 Mar 2010 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 30 March 2010 (IRIN) - The hapless people flooding ports and airport terminals in developed countries are occasionally seen as "environmental migrants" or even "environmentally induced migrants", fleeing natural disasters in their part of the world.

Now, some countries have begun turning this displacement into a positive learning experience by providing such migrants with temporary work permits to help them earn an income and acquire skills, making them more resilient when they return home.

"Extending work visas or granting temporary visas to …

30 Sep 2009 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

22 Sep 2009 description

Bogotá, 22 sep (SP). Durante 2009 y 2010, al finalizar cada mes, las cajas de compensación familiar de los departamentos del país y aquellas con jurisdicción nacional, apropiarán el 12 por ciento de los dineros del Fondo de Vivienda de Interés Social (Fovis), en el componente de vivienda de interés social.

El objetivo es atender a familias afectadas por situaciones de desastres, calamidad o emergencia de origen natural, acontecidas y declaradas durante 2008 y 2009, incluidas en los censos de la Dirección Nacional de Atención y Prevención de Desastres.

Esta medida, que se …

21 Aug 2009 description

Glide No. FL-2008-000197-COL

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies.

27 May 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/08 to 31/12/08

In brief

Programme purpose: Support the ten National Societies in the South American Region to effectively operationalize the Inter American Plan 2007 - 2011.

Programme summary:

2008 was a transition year for the Federation Secretariat in South America.

24 Apr 2009 description

SG/SM/12206

Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks at the Tsunami Lessons Learned event in New York, 24 April:

Helen Clark, our new UNDP [United Nations Development Programme] Administrator. Welcome to the UN family. We are happy to have you on board. I count on your leadership and commitment.

Ambassador Natalegawa,

Your Excellency Mangkusubroto,

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Of all policy challenges, crisis response might seem to offer the least space for reflection. Disaster strikes. Lives hang in the balance.

20 Apr 2009 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

ARGENTINA: Officials report 12,875 cases of dengue and 355 suspected cases. Figures are disputed by civil organizations.

COLOMBIA: A red alert was declared in the region of Timana, located in the south side of the Huila Department, due to a landslide caused by a geological failure. 450 families have been evacuated so far.

DENGUE OUTBREAK

ARGENTINA: The Ministry of Health reported last week 12,875 cases of dengue and 355 suspected cases.

07 Apr 2009 description

New funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has allowed IOM to deliver industrial ovens, kitchen equipment, mattresses and water storage tanks to vulnerable flood-affected Afro-Colombian communities living in the southwestern department of Nariño.

The six tonnes of emergency assistance were delivered by road to the Local Disaster Management and Prevention Team (CLOPAD, by its Spanish acronym), in the municipality of Tumaco, whose residents have been severely affected by the overflow of the Mira River due to incessant heavy rains.

The floods have …

07 Apr 2009 description

Gracias a los nuevos fondos proporcionados por la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), la OIM ha podido distribuir hornos industriales, equipo de cocina, colchones y depósitos de agua entre las comunidades afro-colombianas vulnerables, víctimas de las inundaciones, en el departamento de Nariño, al sudeste de Colombia.

Las seis toneladas de ayuda de emergencia se trasladaron por carretera y fueron entregadas al Comité Local para la Prevención y Atención de Desastres (CLOPAD) en el municipio de Tumaco, cuyos habitantes se han visto seriamente afectados …

26 Mar 2009 description

Security incidents in Colombia

The situation is tense in the eastern department of Arauca. A major illegal armed group has issued threats of random attacks towards civilians and military objectives in the hope of securing the release of some of its ringleaders captured by the police and to commemorate the decease of a major rebel leader one year ago. The Colombian Defense Minister informed that some of the threats were also directed towards some politicians in the department.

26 Mar 2009 description

Bogotá, 25 mar (SP). La población afectada en Candelillas, Tumaco, Nariño, el pasado mes de febrero, por las inundaciones causadas por el desbordamiento de los ríos Mira y Telembí, recibieron 53 refugios donados por la ONG inglesa Shelterbox.

Así lo anunció la Dirección de Gestión de Riesgo para la Prevención y Atención de Desastres del Ministerio del Interior y de Justicia, al señalar que esta donación ya fue entregada a las familias.

Los refugios constan de una carpa con capacidad para 10 personas, utensilios de cocina, toldillos, cobillas, sacos de dormir, herramientas, …

26 Mar 2009 description

Period covered by this Operations Update: 11 March to 26 March 2009.

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,110,665 (USD 957,924 or EUR 757,518)

Appeal coverage: 28%;

Appeal history:

This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 11 March 2009 for CHF 1,110,665 (USD 957,924 or EUR 757,518) for six months to assist 25,000 beneficiaries.

Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF): CHF 177,000 (USD 152,369 or EUR 118,932) was initially allocated from the Federation's DREF on 26 February 2009, to support the Colombian Red Cross Society …

25 Mar 2009 description

Después de un mes de haberse presentado el desastre en el municipio de San Andrés de Tumaco - Nariño, por el desbordamiento del río Mira la Armada Nacional, junto con la Cruz Roja y la administración municipal, contin=FAa liderando las labores de apoyo a los damnificados.

Desde Buenaventura partió hace algunos días el buque ARC "Bahía Solano", con destino a Tumaco con todas las ayudas humanitarias que la Armada Nacional, la Cruz Roja y representantes de la administración municipal gestionaron a través de las diferentes instituciones p=FAblicas y privadas en …

24 Mar 2009 description
report ShelterBox

ShelterBox has delivered a consignment of much needed aid to people left homeless by February's devastating floods in southern Colombia in South America.

ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) volunteers Andrew Holland and Peter Hill distributed 50 boxes in the town of Cadellias in Narino Province on 23 March where 500 people made homeless in the disaster had been sheltering in a local college building.

"We carefully assessed the area damaged by the flooding and identified which towns and villages had been worst affected when the rivers broke their banks," says Andrew …

19 Mar 2009 description
  • Habitantes de más de 200 veredas de Tumaco, recibieron donaciones de ACCIÓN SOCIAL.

    - Estas ayudas, que superaron los 200 millones de pesos, se suman a los 467 millones de pesos, que ya fueron entregadas a varias de las familias afectadas.

    - En los próximos días se realizarán más donaciones en otras veredas aledañas de acuerdo con la programación establecida.

    Tumaco, 19 de marzo de 2009. Los habitantes de más de 200 veredas de Tumaco, en el departamento de Nariño, que se vieron afectadas por las inundaciones causadas por el desbordamiento del río Mira, recibieron …

15 Mar 2009 description

"La afectación más grave está en el tema de vías, en la recuperación de las viviendas averiadas y en el tema de cultivos, porque van de la mano con la reactivación económica de la zona", reportó la Oficina de Atención y Prevención de Desastres del Ministerio del Interior.

Suárez, Cauca, 15 mar (SP). Las 400 familias afectadas por el invierno en el municipio de Suárez (Cauca), han recibido ayuda humanitaria consistente en mercados, colchonetas frazadas, paquetes de aseo, paquetes de cocina y botellones de agua, informó la Directora de la Oficina de Prevención y Atención …

14 Mar 2009 description

Los recursos, que en total ascienden a 40 mil millones de pesos, se comenzarán a distribuir en la primera quincena de abril, seg=FAn informes del Ministerio de Agricultura.