AT A GLANCE
- 16 million people affected
- 10,000 homes destroyed and 100 schools closed in Nepal
- Nearly 3,000 villages underwater in Assam state, India
- More than 600,000 people forced to flee their homes in Bangladesh
- Tearfund’s local partners on the ground now
Hundreds of people have been killed and millions left without shelter by extensive flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Disaster preparedness methods and prevention infrastructure have been proven to mitigate the impacts of catastrophes on citizens around the world. As shown in the infographic by the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF), every euro spent on disaster prevention efforts is predicted to result in €4 savings that would go towards response efforts.
US$ 5 million pledge will support INFUSE initiative, started in 2016 to help modernise vaccine delivery systems
Geneva, 21 August 2017 – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has committed US$ 5 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to support its Innovation for Uptake, Scale and Equity in Immunisation (INFUSE) initiative. Launched at the 2016 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, INFUSE helps developing countries accelerate the introduction of tried and tested technology which will modernise their immunisation systems.
Heavy monsoon rains have caused landslides and floods affecting more than 16 million people across northern India, southern Nepal and Bangladesh. Hundreds of people have been killed and millions have been displaced from their homes which have been destroyed or damaged. Agricultural lands have been submerged resulting in lost livelihoods for many communities. In all three countries people are facing severe food shortages and disease caused by polluted flood waters.
Next month, the Commission of Enquiry on Burundi, established by the UN Human Rights Council, is due to deliver its final report on abuses in the central African state and to make a judgement as to whether these abuses, including killings, torture, and abduction, amount to international crimes.
August 21, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s commissioner of refugees Hamad al-Gizouli Monday has expressed concern over the growing number of refugees in his country, especially those coming from South Sudan.
“There is a steady increase in the number of refugees, and the country now hosts 2,000,000 refugees, including 1,300,000 refugees from South Sudan,” al-Gizouli told reporters at a press conference in Khartoum.
Christian Aid today welcomed Pope Francis’ call for more to be done for the massive numbers of people who have been forced to leave their homes due to persecution, violence, natural disasters and the scourge of poverty. But the charity said it was telling that Governments have so far ignored the Pope’s call to include the largest group of people forced to flee –the forgotten 40 million people displaced within their own countries, which make up the majority the 65 million people fleeing their homes.
“What are your plans in Rome?” “I am waiting for the police to come to the camp, arrest me and bring me and my friends in the prefecture. This way I’ll be able to get access to the procedures for relocation. Being in a group is better, we can help each other to communicate with the police.”
Geneva/Kuala Lumpur, 22 August 2017 — Fears are rising for hundreds of villages stranded by flood waters in large areas of Nepal, Bangladesh and India.
“This is the worst flooding that parts of South Asia have seen in decades. Entire communities have been cut off. The only way to get aid to some of these villages is by boat and many are running out of food,” said Jagan Chapagain, Under Secretary General for Programmes and Operations, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Flood waters sweeping through Nepal, India, and Bangladesh have affected up to 16 million people, with many people forced from their homes and taking refuge on rooftops or higher ground. In Bangladesh, CARE’s country director Zia Choudhury said:
"The country’s situation is unprecedented, perhaps the worst in over 100 years. Food, safe drinking water and medicine have become critical needs."
The numbers associated with South Sudan’s violence reveal the level of brutality being carried out against civilians. Of the country’s population of 12 million, one in three residents has been displaced, while one in two is severely hungry and in need of food assistance.
In an effort to assist residents harmed by warfare, the ICRC on Aug. 10-11 distributed an emergency food supply to 1,000 families – or about 6,000 people -- in the village of Deim Zubeir, located in the northwest South Sudan.
PAPEETE, 21 août 2017 - Le bureau de surveillance et de veille sanitaire recense 137 nouveaux cas de grippe durant la première quinzaine d’août, en Polynésie française. La phase épidémique est toujours qualifiée d'élevée. Des cas de dengue, de diarrhée, de leptospirose sont également recensé en nombre, tandis que les services sanitaires mettent en garde contre une possible introduction de la fièvre jaune en Polynésie.
Aperçu humanitaire du 14 au 20 août 2017
Préfecture de Nana-Gribizi / Sous-préfecture de Kaga-Bandoro / Kaga-Bandoro
La famille des Nations Unies et ses partenaires humanitaires à Genève ont célébré ce lundi au Palais des Nations la Journée mondiale de l'aide humanitaire. A cette occasion, l'ONU a organisé un débat de haut niveau sur le thème « La violence à l'encontre du système de santé, ses conséquences sur les populations affectées et sur l'aide et les travailleurs humanitaires ».
A complete and utter disaster on an apocalyptic scale could is destined to occur in Afder, the Somali region in the south east of Ethiopia.
According to recent reports from the United Nations before the year is out some 10.5 million people will not have regular access to safe drinking water, 8.5 million people will require emergency food assistance and 376,000 children will become severely acutely malnourished.
Since the beginning of 2017, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching more than 730,200 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas with dire humanitarian needs. A total of 31 inter-agency convoys have been undertaken, including one to Khan Elshih in which UNRWA and UN agencies reached 5,000 Palestine Refugees and 1,000 Syrian Nationals respectively. In addition, during 2017, 131 WFP-led airdrops dispatched 2,708.5 metric tons of food supplies for the besieged parts of Deir-ez-Zor city.
- WFP assisted 4.2 million people since the beginning of the year. This is the highest number of people served by WFP in South Sudan. In July alone, WFP served 2.9 million people.
- As a response to growing food insecurity in Greater Mvolo region, WFP is scaling up its assistance to reach total of 69,500 people.
Food and Nutrition Assistance