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18 Aug 2017 description

A distraught mother stands at the entrance of the morgue at Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She is looking for her son, who is missing, feared dead after devastating mudslides, caused by torrential rain ripped through the capital on Monday.

Thousands of Freetown residents queue here, trying their best to deal with the grim reality that in a matter of hours or maybe minutes, they could be identifying the body of a loved one. Many of these people will find themselves the only surviving member of their family.

17 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tripartite Commission assembles to discuss implementation of Tripartite Agreement

  • Nigerian military forcibly enters UN compound in northeastern Nigeria, prompting UN to suspend operations

  • Nearly 6,700 Nigeriens flee to Chad due to fear of attacks by armed groups

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

17 Aug 2017 description

Kuala Lumpur/New Delhi/Kathmandu/Dhaka/Geneva, 18 August 2017 — A humanitarian crisis is unfolding across large areas in South Asia, with more than 16 million people affected by monsoon floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India.

“This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these devastating floods,” said Martin Faller, Deputy Regional Director for Asia Pacific, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

17 Aug 2017 description

Situation overview

The Government and the UN system through the Resident Coordinator have requested international support. A deployment of a UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team should take place within 48 hours to support the ongoing assessments, coordination and reporting efforts.

17 Aug 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12598

SECURITY COUNCIL
8026TH MEETING (AM)

Government Collaborating with United Nations, but Opposes Proposed Independent Probe of Killings, Stresses Vice-Prime Minister

17 Aug 2017 description
report UN News Service

17 August 2017 – In the midst of the cholera outbreak in Yemen, where an average 5,000 people fall sick every day, the United Nations population agency is warning about the dangers to pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women, especially those who are malnourished], are particularly vulnerable. An estimated 1.1 million malnourished pregnant women are at risk, requiring immediate care,” the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) recently said.

17 Aug 2017 description

Since 2013, acute insecurity in northeastern Nigeria has uprooted Nigerian families and generated immense humanitarian needs. In cooperation with the Nigerian government, and in light of significantly improved access to people in need, the humanitarian community has worked quickly to launch a large-scale emergency response since 2016. However, conditions remain particularly fragile in eastern Borno State, where ongoing insecurity continues to restrict access to basic services and impede relief operations.

17 Aug 2017 description

A collaborative Anabaptist response will soon reach some of the 1.4 million people displaced by armed conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) with food, household items and shelter supplies.

The response, shaped and implemented by Congolese Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren church-based relief committees and coordinated by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), is supported by global and Canada- and U.S.-based Anabaptist organizations.

17 Aug 2017 description

by Patricia Mace and Vera Dimoplon

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is facing the largest refugee crisis since its inception. The agency, which was created to respond to the overwhelming number of refugees after World War II, has seen its mandate expand while its resources have stayed flat. A funding reform that gives the agency the autonomy and ability it needs to deal with intense difficulties could not come at a more important moment.

17 Aug 2017 description

The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) is a field-wide effort to address the unique challenges of measuring results and learning from peacebuilding programs. The consortium includes the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP), CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, Mercy Corps, and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The PEC convenes donors, scholars, policymakers, local and international practitioners, and evaluation experts in unprecedented open dialogue, exchange, and joint learning.

17 Aug 2017 description

Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announces that it has a new structure that will strengthen the institution.

17 Aug 2017 description

Plan to include clear economic benefits with a focus on water, agriculture, gender equality and capacity building

Lebanon, August 2017 – Lebanon kicked off its National Adaptation Plan process in a stakeholder consultation meeting held this July 4 and 5 in Beirut.

The meeting was tailored to provide a platform to discuss priority areas for climate change adaptation in Lebanon, and identify next steps in the formulation, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP).

17 Aug 2017 description

by Saint Lucia Met. Service

A low pressure system east of the Lesser Antilles is becoming better organized as it approaches the region at about 15 to 20 miles per hour or 24 to 31 kilometers per hour.

Regardless of development, this system is expected to produce adverse weather conditions over Saint Lucia beginning tonight, Aug 17.

17 Aug 2017 description

Every day, aid workers save lives in conflicts and disasters, braving tremendous dangers and difficulties to deliver assistance to people who need it the most. On World Humanitarian Day (19 August), we remember and pay tribute to those heroic colleagues who lost their lives in humanitarian service.

17 Aug 2017 description

Synopsis: Lingering moisture and instability associated with a tropical wave exiting the area could generate some unsettled conditions across the islands. A flash flood advisory is in effect until midday. A flood advisory means minor flooding is occurring, likely or imminent. A flash flood advisory can be upgraded to a flash flood watch at short notice.

Weather today: Occasionally cloudy with a likely chance of showers and a moderate chance of thunderstorms.

Weather tonight: Partly cloudy with a moderate chance of showers

17 Aug 2017 description

Created: 17 August 2017

The Barbados Meteorological Services and the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services are currently monitoring the progress of a series of low pressure systems over the Atlantic.

Of immediate interest is the system closest to the region, which was centered about 800 miles east of the Lesser Antilles at 2:00 p.m on Wednesday 16th August, 2017.