Migrants and refugees are facing life-threatening conditions after snow and arctic cold blanketed Greece, Serbia and south-eastern Europe.
Temperatures at night have dropped below minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 Fahrenheit) in some areas. Thousands of migrants are sleeping either outside, in camps or abandoned buildings. The temperatures are well below freezing inside.
On 12 December 2016, Tamil Nadu was gutted by a severe cyclonic storm Vardah, with wind speed up to 140 km per hour, making it the strongest storm to hit India since Cyclone Hudhud in 2014. Many homes – especially which were makeshift or poorly constructed were razed to the ground making them uninhabitable. Cut in water supply and access to food created conditions of compromised hygiene and health risks, particularly for adolescent girls and (pregnant and lactating) women.
“We are back to the stone age”. That’s what a Syrian in Damascus would tell you if you ask him about the situation. The Syrian capital suffers from long electricity cuts and gas and oil shortages. People have no means of heating during these cold winter days. What makes the situation catastrophic however is a water crisis.
This winter will likely see vast swathes of the Mongolian steppe hit by the extreme weather phenomenon known as a “dzud”. Fears are growing of a devastating humanitarian crisis.
Temperatures have dropped to -50C and pasture is covered with 90 cm of snow. Some of the main roads have been closed due to the snowfall. The cold is likely to get worse say meteorologists.
Estas entidades expresan su dolor por los sucesos ocurridos el 1 de enero en la frontera de Ceuta
Miércoles, 4 de enero de 2017.- Las entidades de acción social de la Iglesia en España —Cáritas, CONFER y Justicia y Paz— que integramos la red intraeclesial “Migrantes con Derechos” y que estamos presentes en ambos lados de la frontera de Ceuta expresamos nuestro dolor por los sucesos ocurridos en la madrugada del 1 de enero en el perímetro de la valla fronteriza entre la Ciudad Autónoma de Ceuta y Marruecos.