Families returned this week: 1,161
Families returned in 2017: 5,992
Families returned total: 236,160
Families remaining in displacement: 38,011
Since the beginning of 2017, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching over 285,000 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas with dire humanitarian needs. A total of three inter-agency convoys have been undertaken. In addition, during 2017, 20 WFP-led airdrops dispatched 413.1 metric tons of food supplies for the besieged parts of Deir-ez-Zor city. The fourth round of food distribution for 93,500 people was completed on 10 January.
By the end of December 2016, more than 3.2 million people had been forced out of their homes, including more than 1.85 million internally displaced and 1.4 million seeking refuge in countries neighbouring South Sudan.
In January, the State Border Guards Service (SBGS) recorded some 586,000 individual and 100,000 vehicle crossings of the ‘contact line’ in both directions, representing a 17 per cent decrease compared with December. The decline was observed during the New Year holidays and at the end of January, coinciding with a sharp spike of insecurity along the ‘contact line’. In 2016, SBGS registered nearly 8.5 million individual crossings.
In January 2017, there was a reduction in the number of humanitarian access incidents reported (64) compared with December 2016 (77). However, the impact on humanitarian operations was substantial, due to relocations of aid workers and suspension of operations in multiple locations. About 53 per cent of incidents reported involved violence against humanitarian personnel or assets. During the month, there were nine incidents involving restrictions of movement within the county, representing a significant increase from December 2016 when there were three cases.
La communauté humanitaire a apporté une assistance à 1,5 m de personnes l’assistance a été apporté dans huit secteurs. Tout cela a été réalisé alors que seulement 53% des financements ont été obtenus.
Durant l’année 2016, 68 incidents d’accès ont été enregistrés dans les régions nord du Mali. 59% des cas recueillis ont eu lieu dans la région de Gao, suivi de Tombouctou (26%) et Kidal (15%). Les attaques contre les personnels, les biens et infrastructures humanitaires représentent 88% des incidents.
Malgré les contraintes d’accès, les humanitaires continuent à porter assistance aux populations dans le besoin en adaptant leurs opérations aux contraintes observées sur le terrain.
To bring life-saving assistance to scattered people affected by Hurricane Matthew, humanitarian organizations have to navigate a complex access situation. The very diverse geography, patchy road network, uneven damage to infrastructure caused by the hurricane and sometimes unpredictable security situation have forced aid agencies to use a variety of means to deliver relief. Cut-off communities in hard-to-reach mountainous areas are proving the most difficult to assist.
In January 2017, renewed fighting in Upper Nile and the Equatorias displaced thousands of civilians. In all, over 58,000 South Sudanese sought refuge in neighbouring Uganda in January alone, mainly from Yei, Morobo, Lainya and Kajo-Keji. In Western Equatoria, about 4,000 people fled to Yambio town and another 3,000 displaced to Makpandu, Rimenze Church and Kasia Boma following attacks on Bazungua, Bazumburo, Bodo, Gitikiri and Rimenze villages, north of Yambio town.
The drought situation in Somalia is rapidly deteriorating. Over 6.2 million people, more than half of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. Some 3 million people now need urgent life-saving assistance, compared to 1.1 million in September 2016. Without a massive and urgent scale up of humanitarian assistance, famine could soon be a reality in the worst drought-affected areas.
The Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) mobilises resources for partners to respond to the critical humanitarian needs in Myanmar. It provides funding to both national and international humanitarian organizations for activities that are in line with the United Nations and Partners Humanitarian Response Plan. In 2016, a total of US$ 5.6 million has been allocated, to 22 projects targeting 185,300 people in need in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States.
At 10:03 p.m. on 10 February 2017, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake with a depth of ten kilometres and an epicenter located near Surigao City caused loss of lives and damage to properties in the Caraga region, particularly in Surigao del Norte province. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported no tsunami threat but they predict aftershocks will continue for several weeks. A Red Alert status has been raised by Caraga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Operation Center. Surigao City declared state of calamity.