Asia Pacific Shows Progress in Water Security, But Challenges Remain – ADB
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Water security in Asia and Pacific has progressed overall in the past 5 years, but major challenges remain, including overexploited groundwater, demand from rising populations, and climate variability, according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
New 3 million CAD grant will strengthen health sector’s disaster and emergency preparedness and increase resilience to climate change
Bridgetown, Barbados, 29 August 2016 (PAHO/WHO) — The Government of Canada has announced a grant of 3 million Canadian dollars (CAD) to help the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and its Member States in the Caribbean reduce the health consequences of emergencies and disasters by improving preparedness and making the health sector more resilient to climate change.
A United Nations Development Programme-commissioned project to build a 500-metre-long seawall is underway on the Tuvalu atoll of Nukufetau.
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Drought / Food Insecurity As of March 2016, 2.5 million people are food insecure in Central America (1.15 million in IPC Phase 3). Availability/access to staple foods and opportunities to generate income are very limited.
Tzu Chi’s humanitarian aid to the survivors after typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in Philippines) has lasted for almost 3 years from 2013 until now. Relief projects includes food distributions, cash for relief, housing projects, vocational training programs, rebuilding projects, environmental projects, medical services, volunteer training programs, etc. Though Tacloban city, the most damaged area in the typhoon, is far away form Manila, there is no distance too far that it cannot be reached to a loving heart.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Floods have negatively affected localized areas of central and southern parts, but overall impact on 2016 cereal crops expected to be limited
Cereal production in 2016 forecast to decrease marginally
Cereal imports in 2016/17 forecast sharply down from 2015/16 record level
Prices of rice and wheat were stable in July
Cereal production in 2016 forecast to decrease marginally
26 August 2016
Research released today on World Humanitarian Day shows that skilled Australian volunteers play a unique and important role in responding to overseas humanitarian crises.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Friday, 26 of August, began delivering vital aid to thousands of residents in Belize including acutely vulnerable asylum-seekers struggling to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Earl earlier this month.
“We are working with our UN sister agencies, our national partner Help for Progress and others in support of the admirable efforts by the Government of Belize to ensure effective help reaches those who need it most,” said Soufiane Adjali, the UNHCR representative in Belize.
By Pacific affairs reporter Liam Fox
Victims of Cyclone Winston in Fiji struggle to rebuild their lives six months after the category five storm devastated large parts of the country.
Victims of Cyclone Winston in Fiji are struggling to rebuild their lives six months after the category five storm devastated large parts of the country.
Villages along the north coast of Fiji's main island Viti Levu were hit hard by Winston, but a shortage of building materials means people have been unable to repair their houses.
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La tormenta tropical Lester, en el Océano Pacífico, ocasionará tormentas fuertes en Baja California Sur.
Vientos fuertes con rachas de 50 a 60 km/h, se estiman en Coahuila, Nuevo León y Tamaulipas.
After the emergency relief aid to the survivors of Typhoon Nepartak in Taiwan, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation continuously cooperates with Tzu Chi Hospital to provide free medical care for them.
Operation no. MDRDM002
Date of Issue: 23 August 2016
Glide number: TC-2015-000119-DMA
Date of disaster: 27 August 2015
Operation start date: 10 September 2015
Operation end date: 10 April 2016
Host National Society: Dominica Red Cross Society
Operation budget: 889,493 Swiss francs (CHF)
Number of people affected: 28,000
The development objective of the Infrastructure Reconstruction and Improvement Project for Vanuatu is to reconstruct and/or improve the disaster and climate resilience of selected public sector assets in provinces impacted by Tropical Cyclone (TC) Pam, and to provide immediate and effective response to an Eligible Crisis or Emergency.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 22, 2016 – On August 18, CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) made a payout of US$261,073 to the Government of Belize under its excess rainfall insurance policy, as a result of heavy rains that affected the country on August 4 & 5 during Hurricane Earl. CCRIF’s prompt payment to the Government demonstrated its commitment to provide policy payouts within two weeks after a qualifying hazard event.
Pacific women's voices crucial for disaster management.
The region is often hit by natural disasters with major cyclones devastating Vanuatu and Fiji in the past 18 months.
Aleta Miller of the UN Women's Fiji office says women are more affected than men in the aftermath and should be included in disaster management planning.
But she said aid agencies often cast women as victims first and risk ignoring what is truly needed.
By Corinne Ambler, IFRC
Sam Naborokia has experienced many cyclones in his 83 years, but none as destructive as Tropical Cyclone Winston. When Winston struck his village on 20 February this year, the wheelchair-bound grandfather feared the worst.
“My grandchildren came and carried me and put me under the bed. Then as the storm got stronger they put me under the house. I felt so alone under there and when the morning came I crawled out and saw that there was no house,” he said.
Children in primary schools around the country will soon receive psychosocial support resource materials to help them overcome the trauma they experienced following Tropical Cyclone Winston earlier this year.
This follows the launch of resource materials by the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy today at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.
The materials, mostly books with true local stories that children can relate to, were developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
Australia has offered to assist Fiji establish a network of civilian disaster response teams to improve its ability to deal with events such as Tropical Cyclone Winston.
The issue was raised at a meeting in Suva today when the Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, gave a briefing on the cyclone relief effort to the visiting Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
Fiji's Red Cross says the country's rebuild is being hindered by problems accessing building supplies.
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The Australian Government will rebuild several schools in Ra and on Koro Island as part of its contribution to Fiji’s recovery and reconstruction following Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, made the announcement today while visiting Vatukacevaceva Village School with Fiji’s Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Dr Mahendra Reddy. Vatukacevaceva Village School, located just outside Rakiraki in Ra Province, is one of the schools that will be rebuilt.