By Raman Letchumanan
The smoke haze crisis in Southeast Asia has come back with a vengeance, threatening the lives and health of millions. No one seems to know how best to deal with it or how long it will last this time.
Access closures along the Nepal-India border and ongoing political unrest in the Terai region has constrained delivery of daily supplies and winterization materials. An estimated 81,000 households living in high altitude areas are at risk if winterization goods are not delivered within the next few weeks. In 120 displacement sites hosting some 59,000 people, about 85% of shelter, are not suitable for the coming winter. Fuel rationing has limited operations and aid.
28e séance plénière - Matin
COUVERTURE DES RÉUNIONS
La situation en Syrie et l’ampleur inédite des migrations qu’elle suscite, en conjonction avec les autres crises au Moyen-Orient ou en Afrique, ont dominé les six jours de débat général de la soixante-dixième session de l’Assemblée générale, cette semaine à New York.
28th Meeting (AM)
In addressing the world’s enormous challenges — serving waves of refugees in the Mediterranean, brokering necessary peace in the Middle East and managing the “existential” threat of climate change — speakers in the General Assembly today called on the United Nations to invoke the spirit that had underpinned its historic founding 70 years ago: one of compassion and dignity.
September 2015 – Trends
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen
Colombia, Guatemala, Macedonia
October 2015 – Watchlist
Conflict risk alerts
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic
Conflict resolution opportunities
On this edition:
- One ASEAN One Response Roadshow held in Thailand
- 7th DELSA Project Steering Committee Meeting
- Up close and personal with Ms Agustina Tnunay on 'The Other Side' and many more
A West Papuan human rights campaigner says a 17-year-old high school student was shot dead on Monday in Timika in the Indonesian province.
Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International
Islamic Relief Worldwide has today published its annual report for 2014, which gives details of income and expenditure – and the positive impact achieved for millions of vulnerable people.
In 2014, our total global income reached £182 million – a growth of £62 million since 2012 – and voluntary income rose to a record high of 79 per cent of our total income. This year saw even more spending carried out directly through our field offices worldwide.
From the director
2014 was a devastating year with record numbers of people living in internal displacement induced by conflict, violence, disasters and natural hazards. Meeting the immense needs generated by these calamities remains one of the most challenging humanitarian tasks faced by the international community in modern times. To address these serious situations, IDMC in 2014 published 20 country overviews, 2 global reports, 8 thematic/technical reports, 32 blogs, 8 briefing/discussion papers, 22 submissions to human rights bodies.
Super El Niño and climate change cause crop failures putting millions at risk of hunger
At least ten million poor people face hunger this year and next due to both droughts and erratic rains influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.
Central America - Food Insecurity
• Guatemala - a food insecure population of 1 to 2.49 million people from February until next main harvest in August 2016.
• Honduras, many poor households will have very limited maize reserves after the 2015 drought and will be facing a food crisis by March.
• El Salvador & Nicaragua - the number of people affected is lower but still of concern with critical numbers being reached from March 2016.
thejakartapost.com, Jakarta | National | Mon, September 28 2015, 2:31 PM
Oxfam and the Bima administration, with the support of the Australian Government Aid Agency (AusAID) on Monday launched it as a role model of a disaster resilient city.
First launched in 2012, the Disaster Resilient City project has continued under cooperation between Oxfam and its local partner,Institute for the Development of Democratic Participation and the People's Economy (LP2DER), with the support of the Australia Indonesia Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (AIFDR).
Ina Parlina, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Sat, September 26 2015, 5:13 PM - See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/09/26/food-stocks-enough-bear-el-ni-o-peak.html#sthash.BynxzZAL.dpuf
Current rice stocks were sufficient to weather the peak of the El Niño weather phenomenon, the government announced on Friday.
Syamsul Huda M.Suhari, thejakartapost.com, Gorontalo | Archipelago | Tue, September 29 2015, 6:51 PM
Local residents of Bubalango village in East Sumalata district, North Gorontalo regency, are fortunate enough to still have safe drinking water although their wells have begun to dry up as a result of the drought, which has been ongoing for more than three months.
From January to August 2015, there have been 1,160 disaster events. Some parts of Indonesia have experienced drought, as well as forest and land fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan. These fires started to disrupt activities. Smoke has reached the highest danger level, monitored through the Air Pollution Standard Index. BNPB reported that in August 2015 alone, 34 disasters occurred with whirlwind being the most frequent followed by landslide.
MANOKWARI: A 6.8-magnitude quake hit West Papua province on Thursday evening, injuring at least 62 people and damaging 200 buildings.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) website reported that the quake took place on Thursday at 10:53 p.m. local time.
Its epicenter was located 31 kilometers northeast of Sorong and 68 km northeast of Raja Ampat, at a depth of 10 km.
The Sorong Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) and the Raja Ampat BPBD, as of Friday, recorded that 17 people had suffered serious injuries and 45 others minor injuries following the quake.
CHINA / JAPAN
Tropical Cyclone Dujuan is currently a Category 4 storm about 200km east of Taiwan province of China.
The China Meteorological Administration issued warnings for the powerful typhoon which is scheduled to make landfall on 29 Sep. Given that there are public holidays in China, the government is working to ensure the safety of tourists visiting seaside areas.
In Japan, warnings for heavy rain, flood, storm, high waves and storm surge are in place for Ishigakijima and Yonagunijima. Flights and ships to/from these islands are cancelled.
Sorong, Indonesia | AFP | Friday 9/25/2015 - 02:28 GMT
More than 60 people were injured and 200 houses damaged Friday when a powerful earthquake rocked remote eastern Indonesia, a disaster agency official said, and warned the number of victims could rise.
People were woken up and ran screaming out of their homes when the 6.6-magnitude undersea quake struck in the Papua region at about 1:00 am (1600 GMT), not far from the coastal city of Sorong.
El nuevo informe de la Federación solicita un mayor reconocimiento y apoyo a los actores humanitarios locales
Publicado: 24 septiembre 2015 Los actores locales muchas veces son los más eficaces en la ejecución de operaciones humanitarias. No obstante, a pesar de desempeñar un papel crítico, deben luchar por atraer los fondos y el apoyo que precisan.