• The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the northwestern part of Ecuador in the evening of 16 April 2016 is currently considered the biggest disaster to hit the Latin American region since the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 (OCHA).
• UNICEF and humanitarian partners require US$23 million for their response as part of the $72.7 million appeal launched by the UN and partners targeting 350,000 affected people.
§ An estimated 1.42 million people are affected (including 756,000 children) by the drought, including 800,000 people food insecure in the provinces of Cunene, Namibe and Huila. There are an estimated 95,877 Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) caseloads in the 7 most affected provinces, with 44,511 cases of SAM registered in the Provinces of Huila, Cunene and Namibe.
Nationally, 7,058 children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) have been admitted to therapeutic treatment programmes since December 2015. Almost 17% (1,162) of these admissions took place in emergency response districts where active nutrition screening is taking place. In these same districts the number of children admitted for SAM treatment has more than doubled from 364 during the period January 2015 to March 2015 to 834 during the period January 2016 to March 2016 (these figures exclude referrals and transfers).
The security situation continued to deteriorate throughout March with intense armed clashes in Donetsk, Horlivka and Mariupol areas in particular. This had a negative impact on the water and electricity supply to vulnerable people in eastern Ukraine; the number of causalities has also increased.
In March, 7 incidents were registered in Diffa region with 22 casualties (16 civilians), including 3 girls between ages 12-15 with explosive belts who were killed by security forces before they were able to detonate their explosives.
· More than one million people – 20 percent of them children under the age of 5 – have now received life-saving assistance from UNICEF, WFP and their partners in South Sudan through 82 joint emergency missions to communities hardest-hit by conflict. As the long rainy season begins, UNICEF and WFP will continue to reach remote communities. The agencies are also working to establish or reopen, wherever possible, permanent humanitarian services to communities who are without access to food, healthcare, nutrition, education and clean water.
JUBA - More than one million people – 20 percent of them children under the age of 5 – have now received life-saving assistance from UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and their partners in South Sudan through 82 joint emergency missions to communities hardest-hit by conflict.
An earthquake of 7.8 magnitude hit in the Northwest part of Ecuador in the evening of April 16th, 2016.
Six most affected provinces have been declared in emergency and remain under red alert: Manabí, Esmeraldas,
Guayas, Santa Elena, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos, with Manabí being the hardest hit.
The worst hit Canton of Pedernales has been declared "disaster zone".
Heavy rainfall from Tropical Depressions and Cyclone Zena caused extensive flooding in the Northern and Western Divisions, including Nadi and many of the areas previously hit by Cyclone Winston, disrupting relief efforts and destroying agriculture rehabilitation
The Official ‘State of Natural Disaster’ after Cyclone Winston, that began on 20 February, ended on 19 April 2016
As of 16 March there were 3.4 million displaced individuals in Iraq, at least 47 percent of which are children under 18 years old.
· An earthquake (16.04.16 at 6:58 p.m. local time) of 7.8 at 19 km deep (USGC) impacted northwest of Pedernales, or 27 km (17 miles) southeast of Muisne.
· Six provinces have been most affected: Manabí, Esmeraldas, Guayas, Santa Elena, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos, whereof the first three have the higher impact.
· Government has declared the Emergency State (State of Exception).
· Pedernales has been declared "disaster zone".
An estimated 1.42 million people are affected (including 756,000 children) by the drought, including 800,000 people food insecure in the provinces of Cunene, Namibe and Huila. There are an estimated 95,877 Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) caseloads in the 7 most affected provinces, with 44,511 cases of SAM registered in the Provinces of Huila, Cunene and Namibe.
UNICEF has deployed 100 water trucks, in all six drought affected regions of Afar, Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Somali and Tigray. These trucks are providing water to an estimated 300,000 people.
Newly elected Central African President Faustin Archange Touadera was officially sworn into office on March 30, and named his former campaign director as his Prime Minister. The second round of legislative elections was conducted peacefully on March 31 with only a few minor incidents reported across the country.
The Population Movement Commission (CMP) set the total number of IDPs at 421,283 at the end of February 2016 as compared to 435,165 the previous month, or a decrease of 13,882 people (3%).
In the last two weeks, 54,945 curative consultations were conducted bringing the total number of health consultations with UNICEF’s support to 366,028 in 2016. These consultations have been carried out in both static health facilities and through RRM missions, and include health facilities supported in Malakal PoC (pictured above).
Sudan signed an Action Plan with the UN committing to prevent the recruitment and use of children by government security forces in Sudan. It was the last remaining Government whose forces were listed in the SG’s Report on Children and Armed Conflict and had not yet entered into such an agreement.
All 234 unaccompanied and separated children identified amongst the newly displaced from Jebel Marra in Tawilla, North Darfur, have been successfully reunified with their immediate families.
• One year after the internationalization of the conflict in Yemen, on 26 March 2015, Yemen continues to be pushed to the brink with children paying the highest price. Almost 10 million children are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Despite violence, access restrictions and funding shortages, UNICEF continues to deliver integrated response across the country.
Heavy rainfall has caused extensive flooding in the Northern and Western Divisions, including Nadi and many of the areas worst affected by Cyclone Winston.
Category 2 Cyclone Zena is expected to pass west and south of Viti Levu Island and across Kadavu Island in Fiji late on 6-7 April; possibly heading towards Tonga
On 4 April, integrated mobile outreach activities (health and nutrition) for hard-to-reach communities were launched and outreach teams oriented.
Interactive PDF demonstrating 1) how severely each district in Ibb and Taizz is affected by the conflict and how high the child protection needs are, 2) the level of access CP actors currently have, and 3) current CP partners’ capacity and presence to deliver. as of March 2016.
*Please note that this map is based on estimation of CP actors currently on the ground in Ibb and Taizz, and not based on quantitative data
Nationally, admissions of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) have increased from 1,607 in January to 1,734 in February 2016. In the four districts where active nutrition screening is taking place, the number of children admitted for treatment of SAM has more than doubled from 322 to 730 during the period December 2015 to February 2016.