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31 May 2016 description

Cyclone Roanu, which hit Sri Lanka on May 15, caused severe flooding and landslides, killed over 100 people, and affected 300,000 more. Handicap International is preparing to launch a response in aid of the disaster’s victims.

Strong winds damaged more than 5,000 homes and floods swamped entire villages. More than 21,000 people have been displaced and are currently living in temporary shelters.

31 May 2016 description

HelpAge International has welcomed the WHO’s new action plan on ageing and health, calling on countries to promote healthy lives for older people.

The Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health, endorsed by UN Member States at the World Health Assembly in Geneva last week, outlines the actions needed to ensure people everywhere can live long and healthy lives.

30 May 2016 description

The current Burundi refugee situation in Tanzania began late April 2015. The months that followed saw significantly high number of persons of concern arrivng in Tanzania, mainly through Kagunga, a tiny border village along Lake Tanganyika and other entry points in Kigoma region. The population was relocated to Nyarugusu camp, which was already host to 65,000 persons of concern, mainly DR Congolese. The camp quickly ran out of capacity to host the new population, prompting the opening of a new camp, Nduta, in Kibondo district on 07-Oct-2015. Nduta's capacity has been put at 60,000.

28 May 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

Acute malnutrition has reportedly caused the death of a number of children and elderly people from Blue Nile, in a refugee camp in South Sudan during the past week. UNHCR has relocated the first Sudanese refugees from Yida camp.

Other children are suffering from the shortage of food and nutritients, a camp coordinator in Yusuf Batil told Radio Dabanga.

“There is a severe shortage of food and medicines in the camp. Hopefully humanitarian organisations will speed up the delivery of aid and medicines,” the coordinator said.

27 May 2016 description

Summary

Bentiu protection of civilian site (PoC) was established in December 2013 with currently over 98,000 people seeking protection in the site. Humanitarian partners and UNMISS are working together with the community to improve the living condition in the PoC area.

26 May 2016 description

GENEVA--Delegates at the World Health Assembly today agreed to implement two new health strategies that are closely aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. One relates to women’s children’s and adolescents’ health; the other to healthy ageing.

Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

26 May 2016 description

Ethiopia has been enduring its worst drought in decades. The adverse weather conditions brought about by El Niño has led to two consecutive rainy seasons failing.

Harvests have yielded little and water sources dried up. Subsequent food shortages are putting millions of Ethiopians at risk of malnutrition, while poor access to water is leading to hygiene and sanitation issues - a grave threat to public health.

Older people's needs

26 May 2016 description

The current Burundi refugee situation in Tanzania began late April 2015. The months that followed saw significantly high number of persons of concern arrivng in Tanzania, mainly through Kagunga, a tiny border village along Lake Tanganyika and other entry points in Kigoma region. The population was relocated to Nyarugusu camp, which was already host to 65,000 persons of concern, mainly DR Congolese. The camp quickly ran out of capacity to host the new population, prompting the opening of a new camp, Nduta, in Kibondo district on 07-Oct-2015. Nduta's capacity has been put at 60,000.

26 May 2016 description

Background

El Niño is an abnormal weather pattern caused when warm water from the western Pacific Ocean flows eastward. It results from variations in ocean temperatures in the Pacific around the equator and occurs on average every two to seven years. Cambodia is currently experiencing the effects of an El Niño event, which includes significantly less rainfall patterns, warmer weather and delayed or shorter monsoon rains. The 2015-16 El Niño is projected to be the worst on record in recent years, or of a similar scale to that of 1997-98.

25 May 2016 description

OBJECTIVE

The Borno PSWG Rapid Protection Assessment Report compiles information from both data collection in IDP sites around Maiduguri (Part I) as well as in recently liberated satellite camps of Damboa and Dikwa (Part II).

The assessment of displacement sites around Maiduguri Metropolis (MMC, Jere, Konduga) was conducted in order to obtain a full picture of protection issues and severity in all sites around Maiduguri in order to prioritize the most pressing issues and severe sites, for targeted rapid interventions.

25 May 2016 description
report Save the Children

Food supplies and medicine is running out, leaving sick children an the elderly at particular risk.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 - 12:16pm

Save the Children is increasingly concerned about the fate of up to 50,000 civilians prevented from escaping the new military offensive around the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah, and calls for safe routes to be urgently established to allow children and their families to flee.

24 May 2016 description

IN NUMBERS

60 MILLION people affected globally at present.

32 MILLION people food insecure in Southern Africa.

10.2 MILLION people in Ethiopia need emergency food assistance.

50 PERCENT crop losses in Haiti due to El Niño-influenced drought.

HIGHLIGHTS

24 May 2016 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On the evening of 29 October 2015, explosions were triggered by a fire at an ammunition depot in the town of Svatovo, Luhansk Region, with a population of 19,700 people and in the nearby village of Milovatka with 2,300 residents.

24 May 2016 description

Executive Summary

For the seventh decade, UNRWA Health programme continues to deliver comprehensive preventive and curative primary health care (PHC) services to Palestine refugees through a network of 143 primary health care facilities, and helps them access secondary and tertiary health care services. The total number of registered Palestine refugees has reached some 5.7 million, out of whom; about 3.5 million are served at our health centres.

23 May 2016 description

On 21 May, around midday local time (0600 GMT), Tropical Cyclone Roanu made landfall along the southern coastal districts of Bangladesh, bringing heavy rain, winds of up to 88km/h, and storm surges of up to 2m (AFP 21/05/2016).