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27 Mar 2015 description

Dry spells since February to reduce crop yields in southern and eastern Zambia

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27 Mar 2015 description

Poor rainfall performance suggests below-average crop production likely

Key Messages

27 Mar 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Generally poor rains since December 2014 have lowered production prospects for 2015 cereal crop

  • Imports of maize declined in 2014/15, reflecting a recovery in 2014 cereal output from previous year’s drought-reduced level

  • Food security conditions expected to be stressed in some areas in 2015, due to anticipated decrease in cereal production. This follows generally improved conditions in 2014

27 Mar 2015 description

2014 IN REVIEW

This Annual Report sets out the collective achievements of over 155 actors - including host governments, UN agencies, NGOs, IOM, foundations and donors - to respond to the protection and assistance needs of refugees from Syria and impacted local communities under the Regional Response Plan (RRP6) in 2014.

27 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • On 26 March, Government food packages were dispatched to Aneityum utilising four Australian Blackhawk helicopters.

  • The Australian Naval Logistics/Supply Ship HMAS Tobruk is currently off the coast of Tanna. Once docked, HMAS Tobruk will unload stores and commence operation of its water purification unit.

  • New Zealand Defence Force Logistic/Supply vessel HMNZS Canterbury was loaded with relief supplies on 26 March in Port Vila and departed for Epi.

27 Mar 2015 description
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Erromango - acquired March 17, 2015
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Erromango - acquired January 28, 2015
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Tanna - acquired March 17, 2015
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Tanna - acquired January 28, 2015

When category 5 cyclone Pam swept over the island nation of Vanuatu in March 2015, two of the hardest hit islands were Tanna and Erromango. While Erromango is home to just a few thousand people, about 30,000 people live on Tanna. On March 17, 2015,—three days after the storm hit the islands—the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8 acquired imagery revealing the widespread effects of the storm.

27 Mar 2015 description

ABDUL SALAM

BANNU: A jirga of tribal elders on Thursday expressed reservations over the draft of an agreement provided to them by the political administration in North Waziristan Agency, proposing several restrictions as well as responsibilities for them for maintaining peace in the once militants-dominated tribal agency.

The administration is seeking an undertaking from local tribes to ensure peace in the area.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Mail and Guardian

LAUREN CLIFFORD-HOLMES

A refugee camp in Chad has provided temporary sanctuary for thousands of fleeing Nigerians.

“I saw Boko Haram with my own eyes and I saw the bodies. If I think about the corpses, I will cry.”

These are the words of 12-year-old Tahiru Abakhar whose family was attacked by Boko Haram in Baga and again hounded by the Islamist group in other towns until they fled to neighbouring Chad.

27 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Nellie is dwarfed by the pile of tree branches she is dutifully carrying as part of community clean-up efforts on Ifira Island, one of more than 22 islands in the Vanuatu archipelago badly damaged by Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

March 25, 15 (BOR) – The only hospital in Jonglei state’s Twic East county was destroyed on Tuesday after a fire broke out.

The local population remained helpless as the fire consumed the building, with blackened walls now the only thing left standing among the charred debris.

“There was [a] fire outbreak inside the hospital. The fire appeared from the room where the staff were trying to refuel [an] EPI (extended program immunisation) fridge that used the paraffin,” Twic East county commissioner Dau Akoi told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

27 Mar 2015 description

KEY POINTS

  • Response partners launch several social mobilization initiatives in Guinea and Sierra Leone

  • Government authorities and response partners focus on cross border prevention measures Liberian authorities review Resilient Health System Investment Plan

Key Political and Economic Developments

  1. NSTR

Response Efforts and Health

27 Mar 2015 description

SOHAIL SHABBIR

KARACHI: At least two persons were killed and 13 others wounded in an explosion near Murghi Khana bus stop in Karachi's Quaidabad area on Friday morning.

Most of the victims were policemen.

The explosives, which were planted on a motorcycle, detonated as a bus of the Sindh Police's Special Security Unit passed by, according to Station House Officer of Quaidabad police station.

Around 50 police personnel were travelling in the vehicle at the time of the blast.

27 Mar 2015 description

ISLAMABAD: After Sindh and Balochistan, alarm bells have begun to sound in Punjab also as the province realises that the poliovirus could spread in the remote parts of the province.

Punjab Chief Minister’s Adviser on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique suggested that the priority list of high-risk districts for 2015 should be revised and that Rahim Yar Khan, D.G. Khan and Rajanpur should be designated as the most at-risk districts.

27 Mar 2015 description

Jerusalem, 25 March 2015 - The Government of Sweden and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a USD 3.8 million (SEK 33,000,000) agreement to fund shelter assistance packages for non-refugees as part of their on-going support to early recovery efforts in the Gaza Strip. Through the new contribution, 2,529 non-refugee families will receive rental subsidies to support their accommodation need.

The additional resources will bring the total Swedish contribution to the UNDP cash assistance programme to atleast USD 6.9 million.

27 Mar 2015 description

(Fiji) - Remote island communities in Fiji’s Yasawa Islands will be better prepared to have food supplies in times of disaster, even if their crops are destroyed.

A new Food Bank project will help villages have a ready supply of food and water, with risk-resilient crops and farming techniques being introduced to help the communities become more resilient to climate change and disasters.

27 Mar 2015 description
report New Era

WINDHOEK – The Federal Government of Nigeria last week donated 300 tonnes of rice, 700 tonnes of maize and three tonnes of fish fillets to Namibia as part of a food consignment to help drought-stricken families.

Namibia has yet to make an official appeal for drought assistance to the international donor community though it could yet face a devastating drought because of erratic rains in the current rainy season, which would end in April.

27 Mar 2015 description
report UN Women

On the last leg of her three-day visit to Sierra Leone, on 24 March UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka launched the UN Women-supported Mano River Union First Ladies Initiative on Maternal and Reproductive Health Services at the Kenema District Government Hospital. The initiative aims to put essential services back on track and rebrand Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services to restore confidence in their use, eroded in the wake of Ebola Virus Disease.