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Firefighters from USA visit Tacloban and other parts of Leyte and Samar to distribute donations

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, March 9 (PIA) - Firefighters from San Jose Fire Department, a group called Los Bomberos of Northern California USA, visited the Region recently, to distribute firefighters uniforms and corrugated sheets in Tacloban City and several municipalities of Leyte and Samar.

Los Bomberos is composed of eight firefighters, four of who are Filipinos. Two of the Filipinos can speak Tagalog while the remaining two can understand waray. Of the two who can understand Waray, one could also speark Waray in the person of James Darrel Poblete.

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Thailand + 1 other
Mae Hong Son launches fire preventive measures in four refugee camps

MAE HONG SON, 5 March 2514 (NNT) -- Authorities in Mae Hong Son have held a meetiong to discuss fire preventive measures for four refugee camps in the province.

According to Mae Hong Son Governor Surapon Panas-Ampon, local and UNHRC officials met on Tuesday to devise measures to prevent Mae Surin blaze from repeating itself.

The inferno that razed Ban Mae Surin refugee camp to the ground in 2013 killed 37 people and destroyed homes for 2,000 displaced inhabitants.

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Fire in Islamic Centre destroys 13 houses in South Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

GIREIDA (25 Feb.) -

A fire that broke out in an Islamic Centre in Gireida, South Darfur, on Sunday, wounded three women, and burned 13 houses to ashes.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, an eyewitness reported that on Sunday fire broke out in the Islamic Centre of Sheikh Ahmaday in Gireida. Three women were injured, two of them seriously.

The fire also destroyed stores and stables. 250 large sacks of sorghum and 180 sheep were lost.

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Fires in West and South Darfur affect more than 40 families

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Radio Dabanga

DARFUR (18 Feb.) -

A massive fire on Sunday in the town of Tullus, South Darfur, led to the burning of 40 houses. In West Darfur nine houses were destroyed by fire on Monday.

One of the victims in Tullus told Radio Dabanga that the fire broke out in a thatched hut and spread from there to burn about 40 houses. The losses are estimated at SDG700,000 ($122,000). He appealed to humanitarian organisations and the authorities to help the affected.

Murnei camp

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Thailand + 1 other
Fire destroys homes in Umphien refugee camp

Eleven homes were set ablaze in a fire at Umphein refugee camp on the Thai border on Monday. Residents were forced to dismantle a further 50 homes to prevent the fire spreading, according to the camp’s security coordinator, who said the fire had been sparked by a child playing with matches.

A temporary shelter was erected to house the 60 people affected by the complete destruction of nine homes and damage to a further two. No residents were injured.

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Fire in South Darfur camp destroys 100 shelters

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Radio Dabanga

NYALA (3 Feb.) -

An extensive fire broke out at Otash camp for the displaced in Nyala, South Darfur, on Monday. About 100 shelters were destroyed and ten sheep were killed.

A resident told Radio Dabanga that at about 3pm, a fire broke out at Centre 11 of the camp where 30,000 newly displaced were housed. He explained that it was difficult to control the fire quickly owing to a lack of water and sand.

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Nepal Monthly Update covering period of 1-31 January 2014

This report is issued by the UN RCO with inputs from its UN Field Coordination Offices and other partners and sources. The report covers January 2014. The next report will be issued the first week of March 2014.

CONTEXT

Political update

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Myanmar + 2 others
Burma – Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1 (FY) 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The U.N. calls for a full investigation amid reports that communal violence in Rakhine State resulted in more than 40 deaths in mid-January

  • Violence displaces approximately 3,500 people in Mansi Township, Kachin State

  • Fires in Burmese refugee camps in Thailand result in one death, increase pressure on refugees to return

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Shops destroyed in Zamzam camp market fire, North Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

ZAMZAM (20 Jan.) - On Sunday a fire that broke out at the market of the Zamzam camp for the displaced near El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, burned eight shops and 20 shelters.

One of the butchers told Radio Dabanga that a fire broke out at the market of Zamzam camp at about 10pm. Four shops and 20 sun shelters for butchers selling meat burned to ashes, four other shops were partially destroyed.

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Thailand + 1 other
Update: Mae La and Ban Mai Nai Soi fires, 08 Jan 2014

The coordinated response to the December 27 in Mae La and December 28 in Ban Mai Nai Soi (Site 1) refugee camps has been ongoing and site clearance and/or reconstruction is underway in both camps.

It is anticipated that a majority, if not all, of the reconstruction will be completed by the end of January.

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Four Years After Haiti’s Earthquake, Still Waiting for a Roof

By Jane Regan and Milo Milfort

Carrefour, HAITI, Jan 20 2014 (IPS) - Mimose Gérard sits in her tent at Gaston Margron camp, surrounded by large bags filled with plastic bottles. She earns just pennies for each, but that’s better than nothing.

“I’ve lived in the camp since Jan. 13, 2010, when I was set up with a tent. It’s been a painful existence,” she tells IPS. “I’m just a regular person on this piece of land. I have nowhere to go.”

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How long will impunity continue for attacks against people displaced by the 2010 earthquake?

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Amnesty

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT

Index AI: AMR 36/004/2014

17 January 2014

A thorough and impartial investigation must be immediately initiated into the causes of the 11 January fire which tore through the displacement camp known as “Comité du peuple progressiste” in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, Amnesty International has said.

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Thailand + 1 other
The Border Consortium E-Letter: Issue 23, December 2013

Camp Fires and Emergency Response

December 27 Fire in Mae La camp

On Friday December 27, a fire broke out in section C3A of Mae La camp at about 1:30pm. With weather conditions cold but dry, the fire quickly spread and engulfed a school, an adjoining boarding school, and over 100 households.

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Myanmar + 1 other
The Border Consortium Programme Report - July to December 2013

Executive Summary

This report describes the activities, programmes, and key achievements of TBC during the period of July to December 31, 2013. This six-month report analyses programme outputs and results as they pertain toTBC’s Strategic Directions and Strategic Plan 2013-2017.  

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Nepal Disaster Report 2013

The Nepal Disaster Report 2013... Focus on Participation and Inclusion is a resource fo understanding and analyzing national disaster risk today and in the future. Large and small disasters, ranging from the Seti flood of Kaksi district in May 2012 to the cold waves in the Terai, continued to demonstrate the intimate relationship between disasters and poverty.

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Thailand + 1 other
Outbreak of fire in Mae La camp, 29 Dec 13

Update on Sitrep from 27 December 2013

In the immediate response to the fire on Friday, 27 December, Ministry of Interior (MOI) local officials, the Royal Thai Army and Thai fire trucks responded quickly to control the fire and bring it under control around 16:00. An emergency response coordination meeting was held in the Mae La Camp Commander’s office with MOI (Province of Tak Deputy Governor, Chief of District Office Tha Song Yang), Royal Thai Army, UNHCR, Karen Refugee Committee representatives (KRC), Camp Committee Management personnel (CMP) and NGOs at around 16:30.

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Thailand + 1 other
Outbreak of fire in Mae La camp, 27 Dec 13

At around 14:00 on Friday 27 December, TBC was notified of a fire in Mae La camp. Staff from the TBC Mae Sot office immediately proceeded to the camp to provide support and make an initial assessment of the situation.

Information so far is that approximately 100 houses in Section C3A have been destroyed or badly damaged by the fire, affecting between 500 to 600 people. Information at the time of writing is that 3 people have been injured.

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Thailand + 1 other
Outbreak of fire in Ban Mai Nai Soi camp, 29 Dec 13

At around 13:00 on Saturday 28 December, TBC was notified of a fire in Ban Mai Nai Soi camp in Mae Hong Son Province. Staff from the TBC Mae Hong Son office entered the camp later that afternoon to provide support and make an initial assessment of the situation.

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Thailand + 1 other
120 homes destroyed in Mae La refugee camp fire

About 120 homes were destroyed and two people were injured on Friday in a blaze that devastated the Mae La refugee camp, about 60km north of Mae Sot on the Thai side of the border with Burma.

Naw Day Day Poe, secretary of the refugee camp, said the fire broke out in the camp’s Zone C-3 around 2pm and left 120 wooden houses destroyed while 40 others were dissembled by the camp’s residents to prevent the fire from spreading.