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Capiceños gear towards disaster preparedness

By: Jemin B. Guillermo

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, July 24 (PIA6) – Capiceños are becoming more alert, prepared and cautious to mitigate the impacts of disaster.

Capiz Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs) head Ramil Atando said that the people here have become more proactive against disaster such as fire, flood and earthquake.

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Bulletin d'Information Humanitaire - Province Orientale N° 11/14, 26 mars 2014

Faits saillants

 Territoire de Bafwasende : Environ 20 000 personnes auraient trouvé refuge dans la brousse à Opienge suite à des incendies des maisons.

 Plus de 11 000 personnes déplacées et retournées dans la zone d’Aveba sans assistance faute d’accès suite à l’insécurité.

 Risques des tensions communautaires entre les autochtones et les éleveurs peuls dans le District du Haut-Uele.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Firefighters from USA visit Tacloban and other parts of Leyte and Samar to distribute donations

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, March 9 (PIA) - Firefighters from San Jose Fire Department, a group called Los Bomberos of Northern California USA, visited the Region recently, to distribute firefighters uniforms and corrugated sheets in Tacloban City and several municipalities of Leyte and Samar.

Los Bomberos is composed of eight firefighters, four of who are Filipinos. Two of the Filipinos can speak Tagalog while the remaining two can understand waray. Of the two who can understand Waray, one could also speark Waray in the person of James Darrel Poblete.

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Thailand + 1 other
Mae Hong Son launches fire preventive measures in four refugee camps

MAE HONG SON, 5 March 2514 (NNT) -- Authorities in Mae Hong Son have held a meetiong to discuss fire preventive measures for four refugee camps in the province.

According to Mae Hong Son Governor Surapon Panas-Ampon, local and UNHRC officials met on Tuesday to devise measures to prevent Mae Surin blaze from repeating itself.

The inferno that razed Ban Mae Surin refugee camp to the ground in 2013 killed 37 people and destroyed homes for 2,000 displaced inhabitants.

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Fire in Islamic Centre destroys 13 houses in South Darfur

Radio Dabanga

GIREIDA (25 Feb.) -

A fire that broke out in an Islamic Centre in Gireida, South Darfur, on Sunday, wounded three women, and burned 13 houses to ashes.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, an eyewitness reported that on Sunday fire broke out in the Islamic Centre of Sheikh Ahmaday in Gireida. Three women were injured, two of them seriously.

The fire also destroyed stores and stables. 250 large sacks of sorghum and 180 sheep were lost.

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République du Bénin : Analyse globale de la vulnérabilité et de la sécurité alimentaire (AGVSA), janvier 2014

Data were collected for the Benin Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) in February and March 2013. The analysis was based on two surveys – a household-level survey of 15,000 households and a key informants survey of 750 villages. Results are reliable at national, department and commune levels and they are indicative of the situation in the pre-lean season period. Nationally, 1,1 million people were found to be food insecure (representing 11% of all households). A third of households (34%) were classified as being marginally food secure.

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Fires in West and South Darfur affect more than 40 families

Radio Dabanga

DARFUR (18 Feb.) -

A massive fire on Sunday in the town of Tullus, South Darfur, led to the burning of 40 houses. In West Darfur nine houses were destroyed by fire on Monday.

One of the victims in Tullus told Radio Dabanga that the fire broke out in a thatched hut and spread from there to burn about 40 houses. The losses are estimated at SDG700,000 ($122,000). He appealed to humanitarian organisations and the authorities to help the affected.

Murnei camp

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Thailand + 1 other
Fire destroys homes in Umphien refugee camp

Eleven homes were set ablaze in a fire at Umphein refugee camp on the Thai border on Monday. Residents were forced to dismantle a further 50 homes to prevent the fire spreading, according to the camp’s security coordinator, who said the fire had been sparked by a child playing with matches.

A temporary shelter was erected to house the 60 people affected by the complete destruction of nine homes and damage to a further two. No residents were injured.

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Fire in South Darfur camp destroys 100 shelters

Radio Dabanga

NYALA (3 Feb.) -

An extensive fire broke out at Otash camp for the displaced in Nyala, South Darfur, on Monday. About 100 shelters were destroyed and ten sheep were killed.

A resident told Radio Dabanga that at about 3pm, a fire broke out at Centre 11 of the camp where 30,000 newly displaced were housed. He explained that it was difficult to control the fire quickly owing to a lack of water and sand.

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Nepal Monthly Update covering period of 1-31 January 2014

This report is issued by the UN RCO with inputs from its UN Field Coordination Offices and other partners and sources. The report covers January 2014. The next report will be issued the first week of March 2014.


Political update

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Myanmar + 2 others
Burma – Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1 (FY) 2014


  • The U.N. calls for a full investigation amid reports that communal violence in Rakhine State resulted in more than 40 deaths in mid-January

  • Violence displaces approximately 3,500 people in Mansi Township, Kachin State

  • Fires in Burmese refugee camps in Thailand result in one death, increase pressure on refugees to return

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Toujours dans l’attente d’un toit, quatre ans après le tremblement de terre

Jane Regan et Milo Milfort

CARREFOUR, Haïti, 22 jan (IPS) - Mimose Gérard est assise dans sa tente au camp de Gaston Margron, entourée de grands sacs remplis de bouteilles plastiques. Elle gagne juste quelques pence pour chaque bouteille, mais c'est mieux que rien.

"Je vis dans le camp depuis le 13 janvier 2010, lorsque j'ai été installée avec une tente. Cela a été une existence douloureuse", déclare-t-elle à IPS. "Je suis juste une personne ordinaire sur cette portion de terre. Je n'ai nulle part où aller".

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Shops destroyed in Zamzam camp market fire, North Darfur

Radio Dabanga

ZAMZAM (20 Jan.) - On Sunday a fire that broke out at the market of the Zamzam camp for the displaced near El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, burned eight shops and 20 shelters.

One of the butchers told Radio Dabanga that a fire broke out at the market of Zamzam camp at about 10pm. Four shops and 20 sun shelters for butchers selling meat burned to ashes, four other shops were partially destroyed.

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Haïti-Logement : 108 familles à la rue, plus de huit jours après un incendie meurtrier


P-au-P, 20 janv. 2014 [AlterPresse] --- Plus de huit jours, après l’incendie qui a dévasté le « kan pèp pogresis dèyè lòj » à Delmas, 108 familles dorment à la belle étoile sans aucune garantie de relogement des autorités, suivant les informations recueillies par AlterPresse.

Ce lundi 20 janvier 2014, une unité de la Croix rouge (dont l’insigne n’a pas été précisée) a distribué des kits hygiéniques, mais certains sinistrés n’en n’ont pas reçu, informe la présidente du comité de ce camp, Ruth Calixte.

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Thailand + 1 other
Update: Mae La and Ban Mai Nai Soi fires, 08 Jan 2014

The coordinated response to the December 27 in Mae La and December 28 in Ban Mai Nai Soi (Site 1) refugee camps has been ongoing and site clearance and/or reconstruction is underway in both camps.

It is anticipated that a majority, if not all, of the reconstruction will be completed by the end of January.