1 Executive Summary
Policymakers, humanitarian professionals and scholars have increasingly acknowledged the ‘game changing’ potential of humanitarian technology.1 In Syria, it is a clear feature of humanitarian service delivery. Smartphones, WhatsApp, Facebook and Gmail provide Syrians in country and Syrian refugees with a link to family, news of the conflict and humanitarian support. For humanitarians and their organisations, internet-capable mobile hardware and abundant applications provide critical communication, monitoring and data collection tools.
A Policy Forum was held to wrap up Mobile Learning Week which took place in Paris from 20 to 24 March. The Forum examined the role policies play in facilitating the acquisition of e-skills, particularly for disadvantaged and displaced populations. It brought together ministers of education and ministers of ICT to talk about the changing skills required in societies that are increasingly dependent on digital technologies.
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
- 391 Individuals arrived from Yemen
- 581 Refugee children enrolled in schools
- 671 Refugees supported with health care assistance
- 718 Refugee households provided with cash assistance
- 91 Refugees provided with transport allowance
• On 23 March 2017. humanitarian partners in Madagascar and the Government jointly launched a Flash Appeal for $20 million to provide support to 250,000 vulnerable people affected by Cyclone Enawo.
• Response activities are building momentum, with supplies. additional humanitarian organizations and staff arriving in the most-affected areas of north-eastern Madagascar.
Intense Tropical Cyclone Enawo, a category 4 cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson scale, made landfall in north-eastern Madagascar’s Sava region on 7 March and moved through the centre of the country as a tropical depression, exiting in the south-east on the morning of 10 March 2017. Strong winds ands floods damaged crops, infrastructure, schools and houses, temporarily displacing 247,000 people and injuring 253 people with 81 deaths.
This report is issued by the Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes (BNGRC) and the Humanitarian Country Team in Madagascar. It covers the period from 17 to 24 March. The next report will be issued early in April 2017, and will be published every two weeks thereafter.
On 23 March 2017, humanitarian partners in Madagascar and the Government jointly launched a Flash Appeal for $20 million to provide support to 250,000 vulnerable people affected by Cyclone Enawo.
28 March 2017 – Several initiatives to improve learning through mobile technologies were presented during the Mobile Learning Week 2017, a recently-concluded five-day event held at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
• According to the latest Cadre Harmonisé (CH) report released in March, more than 50,000 people could experience famine-like conditions across the three most affected states of the North-East region from June to August;
• While humanitarian partners have scaled up emergency response in all sectors, gaps remain and new needs continue to emerge in outlying areas due to population movements and returns;
The floods in Peru continue to put the lives of thousands of children in danger. UNICEF Peru is responding to the crisis and is actively supporting the Government to protect those affected.
With heavy rains continuing in Peru the extent of the emergency is still unfolding, affecting directly at least 285,000 children.
Urban areas are reported to be more severely impacted by the disaster, with the northern town of Piura suffering severe flooding.
Entrega de ese monto es condicionada a ejecución de primera partida, afirma ministra de Justicia
21:22. Lima, mar. 27. Las municipalidades de la región Áncash recibirán una partida adicional del Ejecutivo de 100,000 soles para tareas inmediatas de emergencia a raíz de los desastres naturales, anunció hoy la ministra de Justicia y Derechos Humanos, María Soledad Pérez Tello.
Downpours due to the Tropical cyclone Dineo resulted in flooding in additional areas. Recently, the Met services alerted that rains will continue and the water in rivers will further increase, which would result in overflooding and therefore affecting new areas in addition to the ones affected by the cyclone. Gaza province (the districts of Chibuto, Guja and Chokwe) is the most affected where 1,743 households have been reported affected and 1,313 houses destroyed.
The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) continues to provide Internet connectivity services for humanitarians in Qayyarah: at the Mercy Hands office in town, and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Danish Refugee Council (DRC) office in Qayyarah Airstrip camp.
The ETC together with its partner on the ground, Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) carried out a needs assessment mission to Hammam Al Alil camp.
Preparedness saves lives and money during disasters and crises. Adequate preparedness by national actors can also significantly improve first response at the local and national level, and reduce the need for international mobilization. This goal focuses on supporting the national logistics capacity of identified disaster prone countries.
Goal 1: PREPARE
Strengthen the immediate response capacity of national actors in disaster-prone countries and identify the best capacities for response.