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18 May 2007 description

Pledges & contributions

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of nine new contributions totalling $138,956,623.78 as of 2 May. The contributions were made by Antigua and Barbuda ($5,000), Azerbaijan ($20,000), France ($1,263,800), Liechtenstein ($123,243.78), Netherlands ($53,300,000), Portugal ($268,540), South Africa ($240,000), Sri Lanka ($10,000) and the United Kingdom ($83,726,040). Furthermore, Pakistan pledged 20,000 for 2007.

18 May 2007 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.

17 May 2007 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 185 countries.

In Brief

This Bulletin (no. 01/2007) is being issued for information only, and reflects the status of the situation and information available at this time.

17 May 2007 description

General Situation:

Damage, Loss and Casualty Report

(Source: Deputy Commissioner, Cox's Bazar)

Chokoria Upazila: Not much damage caused.

Cox's Bazar Sadar Upazila: over 800 houses and one educational institution were damaged.

Ramu Upazila: Over 600 houses, 19 educational institutions and 410 batel-leaf farms were partially damaged.

Pekua Upazila: The embankment of Water Development Board partially broke and in Amin Bazar tidal water entered in high speed through the sluice-gate and created damage in the embankment.

Kutubdia Upazila: 20 houses were fully damaged …

15 May 2007 description

HAKA, May 15 (Reuters) - A tidal surge triggered by a storm in the Bay of Bengal swept through coastal districts of Bangladesh and Myanmar on Tuesday, killing at least one fisherman and damaging hundreds of homes, officials said.

Weather officials said the storm, with winds of up to 80 kph (50 mph), crossed the Bangladesh coast at dawn, heading east towards Myanmar.

Crops and shrimp farms were washed away in the 4-foot (1.2 metre) high surge in the wake of the storm, but it did not cause as much damage as initially feared, the officials said.

Meteorologists in Myanmar, who …

15 May 2007 description
report Xinhua

DHAKA, May 15, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Some 40 fishermen were reportedly missing in islands of St. Martin and Maheshkhali in southeastern Bangladesh as a cyclonic storm crossed the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar coast Tuesday morning, local news agency UNB reported.

Initial reports said the cyclone code named "Akash" swept over the St. Martin Island in the Bay of Bengal with a wind speed of 150 kms Monday night.

According to UNB, at least 12 fishing boats were caught in the storm Monday night.

15 May 2007 description
report NIRAPAD

According to Bangladesh Meteorology Department, the Cyclonic Storm "AKASH" has crossed Chittagong-Cox'sbazar coast this morning (at 09 a.m, 15 May 2007) without causing any significant damages to lives and properties.

All three maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox'sbazar and Mongla have been advised to hoisted local cautionary signal number three (3).

As the sea will be rough and high all along the coastal belt the fishermen have been warned not to venture out till mid-night today and then afterwards may proceed with caution.

There is no possibility of causing …

08 May 2007 description

This report covers the period of 01/01/06 to 31/12/06 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Programme Summary:

20 Apr 2007 description

KITCHENER, Canada, April 20 (UNHCR) - Shofique Ahmed sits swathed in layers of clothing under his anorak. Decades ago he was a farm labourer in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state. It's early spring, but looking out at the blowing snow he must wonder at the effort it takes to grow anything in the southwestern Ontario town of Kitchener.

Ahmed, his wife Hamida, and their six children are among 23 Rohingya refugees - a de facto stateless Muslim minority from Myanmar - that Canada accepted for resettlement from camps in Cox's Bazar in the the southern tip of Bangladesh.

27 Mar 2007 description
report Human Rights Watch

Thailand Also Forcing Asylum Seekers Back into Burma

(New York, March 27, 2007) - Rohingya refugees from Burma living in Bangladesh face an increased risk of mistreatment and are being denied access to necessary humanitarian aid by the Bangladeshi authorities, endangering thousands of civilians and compelling many to seek refuge in nearby countries, Human Rights Watch said today.

"The Bangladeshi government is ignoring its obligations to protect Rohingya refugees and permit international relief agencies to assist with the humanitarian needs of Rohingya refugees," said Brad …

22 Mar 2007 description

KUTUPALONG CAMP, Bangladesh, March 22 (UNHCR) - When no other refugees were willing to move out of their ramshackle, dilapidated huts, Sokhina Khatun took the chance and was rewarded with what is - by Bangladesh refugee camp standards - a spacious, sturdy, light and airy new home.

Surprisingly, after the government of Bangladesh recently built 20 new shelters in this camp south of Cox's Bazar, refugees were reluctant to occupy them because of a false rumour that residents of the new shelters would not be eligible for much-sought-after resettlement in Canada.

"Nobody wanted …

07 Mar 2007 description

TEKNAF, Bangladesh, March 7 (UNHCR) - All over Bangladesh these days, bulldozers are razing shanty towns and tearing down illegal shops and roadside billboards in a clean-up drive instituted by the caretaker government as part of its state of emergency.

Now the crackdown on illegal structures threatens the miserable shacks of some 6,000 Muslim refugees from Myanmar, whose riverbed settlement perches perilously beside a busy road in Teknaf, 75 kilometres south of Cox's Bazar in south-east Bangladesh.

A threat to demolish the refugees' tattered homes was averted on Wednesday, …

16 Feb 2007 description

First round of 2007 grants for underfunded emergencies

On 7 February, the Acting United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) announced the countries selected to receive CERF grants in the first round of allocations for underfunded emergencies in 2007.

15 Feb 2007 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.

07 Feb 2007 description

(New York: 7 February 2007): The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today announced that just under $85 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will be used to fund life-saving programmes in 15 countries, in the first of two annual rounds of allocations for underfunded emergencies.

"While each of these allocations represents but a fraction of the overall requirements in the individual emergencies, as a whole they help us pursue principled humanitarian action in which those who require aid the most are identified based strictly …

01 Feb 2007 description

HAARLEM, the Netherlands, February 1 (UNHCR) - Holland's National Postcode Lottery (NPL) has awarded 4.4 million euros to the "Safe in Southern Sudan" project run by UNHCR and three of its partners.

At a ceremony in the Dutch city of Haarlem on Wednesday, the main charity lottery in the Netherlands also donated 1.3 million euros in unearmarked funds to the UN refugee agency.