In 2016, there were verified reports of over 2,300 grave violations against children by armed forces and groups throughout Syria. Of these, killing and maiming of children and recruitment and use of children were the most prevalent violations. The actual numbers are likely to be much higher.
On 18 January 2017, a 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck the central regions of Italy. Around one hour after, a second and a third quake followed with a magnitude of 5 in the same area. A fourth quake of 5.1 magnitude hit the same region in the same afternoon. During the night from 18 to 19 January 2017, some 80 additional quakes hit the region, the two strongest having a magnitude of 3.5.
Heavy and torrential rainfall has been forecast for Thailand’s southern provinces over the next 48 hours, adding to the challenges faced by more than 1.1 million people already affected by the deadly flooding that started almost two months ago.
Thailand’s Meteorological Department issued the warning today, saying there was a risk of flash flooding, landslides and storm surges up until Wednesday night. Waves of up to three metres are predicted in the lower Gulf of Thailand, with all ships warned to take caution.
Since early July, fighting across Greater Equatoria has displaced hundreds of thousands, disrupted market activity, and denied humanitarian services to people in need. Due to the fluid nature of the conflict, humanitarian access has become a major problem, and, as of October 2016, Torit in Eastern Equatoria is the only major town with a substantial humanitarian presence. Insecurity has made road travel outside of town dangerous, and humanitarians are unable safely access surrounding rural areas.
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has announced the return of 3250 displaced people to their homes after the stability of their areas inside Mosul City.
The IRCS has reported in a statement “3250 displaced people have left the camps of Hasan Al-Sham and Khazer and returned to their homes at Samah, Entisar and Kokjalil neighborhoods after it has witnessed a stabilized security”.
On the other hand, the IRCS has received more than 770 displaced inside the neighborhoods of Mosul City, they have been sheltered at Hasan Al-Sham and Khazer camps.
A period of exceptionally cold and snowy winter weather occurred in the first half of January 2017 in Eastern, Central and Southern Europe, including Turkey and Greece.
Homeless people, asylum seekers, refugees in camps and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) have been among the most vulnerable.
In Greece and the Balkans, teams are assisting both the local population (homeless, vulnerable people, stranded motorists) and asylum seekers and refugees who have already endured months in harsh conditions.
Details of Response
Emergency: Winterization support to refugees/migrants in Serbia
Date of Emergency: 17 January 2017
ACT Requesting Member(s): EHO – Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation Novi Sad Philanthropy, Charitable Foundation of the Serbian Orthodox Church
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DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY
After providing urgent medical care, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launches a building materials distribution campaign to benefit 10,000 families living in the remote mountains of Sud-Ouest, the island region most severely affected by Hurricane Matthew.
By Silvia Sinibaldi, Humanitarian Director, Caritas Europa
Winter time clearly highlights the vulnerable situation of people who struggle to deal with extreme weather conditions. This is particularly true for migrants and refugees. And this year this is truer than ever as the situation in Greece and Serbia shows.
IDPs in Northern Syria camps suffer from bad living conditions especially with the advent of winter season. On the other hand, the increased IDPs’ numbers make the provided aid by humanitarian organizations insufficient and does not cover all IDPs’ needs. It is worth noting that late humanitarian response and delay in sending emergency materials delayed the humanitarian Implementation of winter projects and negatively affected IDPs.
The IDP camps in Northern Syria witnessed several tragic accidents during the month of December. On 25 December, 2016 a tent containing a family of 6 members was burned within Bab Al Salameh Border Camp due to the misuse of a coal oil heater, resulting in dying two girls under 5 years old and transforming the rest of the family to a hospital inside Turkish lands whose situation is critical. On 22 December two newly born infants died in Al Anfal camp within Atma cluster within Dana sub-district in Idleb because of bitter cold and the lack of heating during the last snow storm.
Al Zaatari – 4 Years of Displacement
As of 17 January, an estimated 644,000 people across eight provinces have been affected by drought and salt water intrusion over the past four months. Batticaloa District in Eastern province is the worst affected with 302,000 people experiencing the effects of drought.
The Government has initiated water trucking in Batticaloa and taken measures to import additional rice in the event the prolonged drought has significant impact on food supplies. The President of Sri Lanka has established a Task Force to coordinate the response.
160,260 Internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Mosul and surrounding areas since the military offensive began on 17 October
17,865 UNHCR kits of core relief items (CRIs) distributed to families in camps, assisting some 104,000 IDPs from Mosul and surrounding areas
10,105 Family plots (for some 54,000 people) in UNHCR built camps are ready to receive IDPs displaced from Mosul corridor, of which 5,970 (59%) are currently occupied
3 million IDPs since January 2014
During 2016 there were 2,342 disaster events, caused 522 deaths, 3.05 million displaced, 69 287 houses damaged and destroyed 2,311 units of public facilities, floods being the most common disasters and landslides the deadliest ones.
1,224 Congolese asylum-seekers crossed into Tanzania in December 2016.
316 Burundian new arrivals recorded per day in December 2016.
8,873 Refugees have departed to resettlement countries since the beginning of 2016.
5,852 Transitional shelters completed by end of December 2016.
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