Deteriorating access for Gaza patients needing referral for health care outside Gaza
Decline in the number of referral decisions by the Ministry of Health for Gaza patients: the lowest number since WHO started to monitor referrals in 2009 and 80% lower than the monthly average for 2016
Since 6 June 2017, conflict between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been ongoing across Ar-Raqqa city, comprising a ground advancement within the city as well as airstrikes in and around the area. Since the start of the fighting, the SDF has taken control of the outer neighbourhoods of the city, recently entering neighbourhoods in Ar-Raqqa’s Old City.
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Description of the disaster
In the beginning of January 2017, temperatures dropped down to 25‐29 degrees Celsius below zero, and in some places even to minus 31‐34 degrees. A sharp cold snap (Cyclone Axel) hit Belarus on 5 January, with heavy snowfalls accompanied by frost and strong wind. The country's meteorological service issued an orange weather warning. Invasion of cold arctic air masses from the north of European Russia followed on 6 January.
By Nora Peter, IFRC
Communities hit by wildfires in Portugal are beginning to recover, one month after the blazes claimed more than 60 lives and forced hundreds from their homes.
Leiria and Coimbra districts were among those badly affected by the worst fires in Portugal’s history.
The Portuguese Red Cross has been on the ground supporting people since the day of the tragedy and its work continues.
More than 300 people are reported to have died in the floods and landslides in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. According to reports, 3,000 people have been made homeless. With a presence in Sierra Leone for the past 21 years, Handicap International is on the ground, providing support to the most vulnerable individuals.
At least 312 people were killed and hundreds reported missing, including many children, after 13 communities in and around Freetown were devastated by floods and mudslides on Monday.
• Insecurity and poor rains threaten harvests from the current cropping season.
• Food insecurity reported in Mvolo, many people surviving on wild food.
• Youth hard hit by the South Sudan violence and humanitarian crisis.
• Fighting and insecurity disrupt provision of humanitarian assistance and displace thousands in Upper Nile.
• Looting of humanitarian compounds and supplies increased in July.
In this issue
A. Situation Analysis
Description of the Disaster
Senior chief in Angola’s Lunda Norte province speaks about refugee crisis in his country
“I feel honoured by the government´s decision to host the refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in my area” says Francisco Muhangenu (50), a senior chief of Lunda Norte Province, Angola, standing between his fellow chiefs during a traditional ritual for blessing the refugee camp site. “We are the same people despite the border line which has separated us.”
Since the end of April 2017, Yemen has been experiencing its worst recorded outbreak of suspected cholera in a single year. By mid-August, more than 500,000 cases were recorded. More than two years of war have devastated large parts of Yemen’s infrastructure and left the majority of the population lacking basic services such as clean water or enough to eat. Levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are high, and make people even more vulnerable and susceptible to disease. Governorates with high levels of food insecurity are among those worst affected by cholera.
Evolving security environment increases needs
Water supply interruptions become a new normal
Winter looms, as key clusters advance in winterization plans
Protection concerns are widespread, impacting the most vulnerable
Underfunding may further degrade situation of millions of people depending on aid
Fighting lingers despite renewed ceasefire