On Thursday, 17 August 2017 at 12:30 am, a suicide bomber blew himself up at one of the security posts in the border city of Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. The 20-year-old attacker and a security officer were killed, and a number of other security personnel were injured.
- WFP’s ability to maintain assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and the vulnerable local populations in drought-affected and urban areas continues to be undermined by limited funding.
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All EU Member States have ratified the four Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols.
196 states, including all UN Member States, have ratified the 4th Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilians in Time of War, which equals universal acceptance.
August 22, 2017 (WAU) - The number of people killed by hunger in Besillia county in South Sudan’s Wau state has hit 27, an official said.
The county commissioner, Francis Ibrahim said the humanitarian situation has worsened especially in Mboro payam where over 100 fled to Wau town last week.
“My people are dying while in my capacity as a county commissioner, I have nothing to help them with despite the fact that the president’s aid arrived in Wau. My county has not received any support from the donation,” he told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.
WFP finalised its emergency operation for the populations assisted by hurricane Matthew in eastern Cuba, benefitting 182,000 people.
WFP is working with government counterparts to promote nutrition for vulnerable groups and support behavioral change and nutrition education in schools.
WFP supports the strengthening of agricultural value chains by organizing service fairs to bring together producers and service providers.
- The flood situation in the States of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal remains serious, while in Assam the situation is slowly improving. Overall, 31.4 million people have been affected in the four states. The death toll has reached 682 (304 in Bihar; 154 in Assam; 152 in West Bengal; 72 in Uttar Pradesh).
- Media reports indicate that in Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, as many as 1.15 million people have been displaced.
Miguel Barreto, the WFP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, visited Bolivia on 25–27 July. He met government representatives to keep them abreast of the latest Country Strategic Plan (CSP) progress.
A USD 55,000 contribution from Fundación Probitas (Probitas Foundation) will enable WFP to connect smallholder farmers in Oruro with schools: they will be providing their products for the preparation of School Meals.
- Heavy rains have been affecting the northern part of Venezuela, causing casualties and rivers to overflow.
- According to national authorities, as of 23 August at 7:00 UTC, four people have been killed and several have gone missing in Girardot municipality (state of Aragua).
- Over the next 24 hours, moderate to locally heavy rain could affect the area.
On 7th July, the National Assembly approved the 2017-2022 Programme of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, which establishes the strategic framework for the next five years across all sectors.
The Minister of Finance approved the 2017-2019 midterm Expenditures Framework, which includes School Feeding with two additional provinces to be taken on by the Government.
- A Cholera outbreak has been confirmed in three localities in the region of Sila, close to the Sudanese border. There are currently 90 registered cases, including 15 deaths. MSF and WHO are present in the area, and a response plan is being prepared.
Hato is first category 10 storm to hit Hong Kong since typhoon Vicente in 2012
Destructive winds, waves batter Hong Kong, South China
Power blackout, flooding in Macau
Financial markets, schools, businesses closed
Hundreds of flights cancelled in HK and mainland China
Worst storm in five years
By James Pomfret and Anne Marie Roantree
"When residents see a group of immigrants, their first reaction is to stay away, but their attitudes change when they understand what they're doing"
By Vera Haller
FLORENCE, Italy, Aug 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a hot summer morning, 20 young African men donned black gloves and bright orange vests before spreading out along a section of the Arno to collect bottles, food wrappers, and a lone abandoned shoe that littered the river's south bank.
August 23rd, 2017 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) has sent a relief mission to Nepal in response to the recent floods, with funding from Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD). The intervention is coordinated with the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS).
QRCS's Disaster Information Management Center (DIMC) was activated to monitor the situation and receive updates. Also, $250,000 was allocated from the Contingency Fund for initial response.
The digital revolution is already having many effects on our society.
Mobile apps and other resources abound with convenient solutions for improving people’s lives – from ordering food to finding a date. But technological advances are also playing a big role in far more crucial ways – helping organisations deliver quality, targeted humanitarian action and developmental assistance where it is needed.
Tigray has managed to improve soil and water conservation, and closed off 1.2 mln hectares of land to allow plants to regrow
By Alex Whiting
ROME, Aug 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A major project to restore land in Ethiopia's Tigray Region to boost millions of people's ability to grow food won gold on Tuesday in a U.N.-backed award for the world's best policies to combat desertification and improve fertility of drylands.
- The ministry statement urged the Khartoum State residents living along the Nile banks to be wary of massive floods in the next two days.
- The 2013 floods were particularly severe, with more than 15,000 homes reported destroyed.
By MOHAMMED AMIN
The Sudan government has warned of possible worst floods in 100 years in Khartoum and the surrounding areas.
A statement from the Irrigation ministry on Tuesday said the disaster was expected to strike within two days, following heavy rains in Ethiopia.
On 21 August 2017, a 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Ischia as well as the near territorial Flegrea coast of Campania, in the province of Naples. The quake struck at 20:57 (18:57 GMT), at depth of 5 kilometres with epicentre five kilometres north-west of Monte di Procida. 31 aftershocks have been registered since then, all of them below 4.0 Richter magnitude. The origin of the earthquake is volcanic.
By Jeff Seldin
Top U.S. defense officials are pushing back against allegations of a significant spike in the number of civilian casualties in the Syrian city of Raqqa.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 100 civilians have been killed in coalition airstrikes over the past 48 hours. That number includes at least 42 people, 19 of them children, killed Monday when strikes destroyed buildings sheltering families.
Bern, 23.08.2017 - The Federal Council has approved a budget of CHF 57 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) for the period from 2017 to 2019. As host country and one of the founding members, Switzerland has been an important partner for the Global Fund since it was created in 2002. Over the past 15 years, the Global Fund has helped save millions of lives and made great strides in combating these diseases. As ongoing pandemics, however, they still pose a major public health problem in middle and low-income countries.