occupied Palestinian territory: Cold Wave - Dec 2013
The announced heavy rain fall and snow storms hit the West Bank and Gaza on 10 December 2013 and are still affecting the Palestinian population in West Bank and Palestine. The heavy rain and snow has generated floods in several parts of Palestine and thousands of families have been evacuated from their houses. The extreme weather conditions has also caused several deaths, including a baby in Gaza who was reported dead, as the family’s home was inundated. (IFRC, 16 Dec 2013)
Most read reports
- Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 10 – 17 December
- Middle East and North Africa: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 11 | November - December 2013 [EN/AR]
- Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 17 December – 07 January
- More than 5,000 evacuated from Gaza "disaster area" floods
- Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 28 January – 04 February
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Period covered by this final report: December 16, 2013 to February 16, 2014.
CHF 150,814 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on December 16, 2013 to support the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in planning to deliver assistance to 6,000 families1, and to replenish the used contingency stocks; nevertheless 7,562 families (49,971 people) were reached.
Appeal Target: US$ 485,966.
Period covered by this update:
10 December 2013 to 10 February 2014.
CHF150,817 CHF was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 16th of December 2013 to support the Palestine Red Crescent Society(PRCS)in delivering assistance to some 6,000 beneficiaries, and to replenish the used contingency stocks.
This is the third year that ANERA has distributed new TOMS Shoes to thousands of refugee children in Gaza, but this time was even more special. ANERA was able to incorporate the delivery into this year’s de-worming program as a way to help protect children from soil-transmitted parasites.
Feb 26, 2014 - 08:15 -
WAM Abu Dhabi, 26th Feb. 2014 (WAM) - The Red Crescent Authority (RCA) has set aside AED 50.5 million for its seasonal humanitarian programmes abroad.
The oversees budget was approved in a meeting of the foreign assistance committee chaired by Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, RCA Secretary General, who said the committee had answered requests and appeals for help from international relief organizations and official entities.
In Syria, violence is ongoing with government bombardments on Aleppo and infighting between rival rebel factions in Deir-ez-Zor and Al-Hasakeh. Between 07-11 February, a temporary ceasefire in the city of Homs allowed for the evacuation of over 1,200 people and the entry of humanitarian convoys into the Old City for the first time in two years. To date, at least 242,000 people are trapped in besieged areas across the country. Meanwhile, the second round of the Geneva II peace talks began, with expectations regarding aid deliveries and the release of prisoners.
Gaza: The office of the UAE Red Crescent Authority in the Gaza Strip has started to distribute Dh two million worth of food baskets to Palestinian families affected by floods that recently swept the Palestinian territories.
During a ceremony held on the occasion, Emad Abu Laban, Director of the Red Crescent Authority, said that five thousand Palestinian families benefited from the distribution of assistance. Each basket is valued at Dh 440 and in addition to basic foodstuffs also contains school bags and blankets.
Five-year-old Majed could hardly contain his glee when he tried on the warm jacket he received during ANERA’s distribution of clothing appropriate for cold weather. “It makes me warm. I’m going to wear it to school tomorrow.”
Jackets, along with sweaters, hats, gloves, socks and woolen neck scarves have been distributed to Gaza families who had to evacuate their homes during the December floods. UMCOR funded this post-disaster program, though which ANERA was able to distribute warm clothing to more than 1,400 children, aged 5 to 12.
Snapshot 28 January – 04 February
Snapshot 21 – 28 January
By Mina Remy
The occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) faced one of the worst winter storms seen in decades last month. The West Bank experienced record snow fall, which municipalities were ill-equipped to handle. While Gaza was spared much of the snow, the Strip received a devastating wintry mix of freezing rain, strong winds, and bitter cold that paralyzed an area considered a humanitarian crisis long before the storm.
By Sajy Elmughanni
Following severe flooding in Gaza, UNICEF is supporting relief efforts for thousands of families who were driven from their homes and lost their possessions.
GAZA, State of Palestine, 21 January 2014 – In December, powerful thunderstorms and four days of torrential rain hit Gaza. Hundreds of families were stranded in their homes, inundated by rising waters, while others were forced to abandon their houses and seek safety on higher ground.
●The winter storm that strike the oPt in December exacerbated already fragile living conditions and livelihoods among large segments of the Palestinian population.
●Low-lying areas across the Gaza Strip were flooded, resulting in the temporary evacuation of some 10,000 people, alongside damage to around 21,000 homes.
●Five planning schemes for Palestinian communities in Area C were advanced to the final approval stage; yet, the vast majority of Area C remains off limits for Palestinian development
Recent floods in Gaza drove thousands of people from their homes in the harshest winter in years. But outgoing Oxfam media officer Karl Schembri, in his final blog at the end of four years in Gaza, finds that hope is still alive and people just want to provide a future for their families.
As my colleague Alhasan, an Oxfam public health worker, showed me his photos of the recent storm, there was one that felt like a stab to the heart. It showed a public garden – empty of people and completely flooded - that Oxfam built for the neglected Gaza neighbourhood of Al Zarqa.
Central African Republic: While the capital Bangui remains relatively calm, the security situation in the northwest of the country remains highly volatile with several clashes reported between ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka factions. An estimated 902,000 people are now internally displaced as a result of the ongoing violence - half of them in the capital, and over 246,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries. Meanwhile, the European Union has approved the six-month deployment of a joint contingent of up to 1,000 soldiers to support French and African Union forces.
Severe floods hit the Gaza Strip last December and provoked the emergency evacuation of over 4000 people. On Saturday 14 December, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) stated that "large swathes of northern Gaza are a disaster area with water as far as the eye can see," after the Gaza Strip witnessed four severe days of torrential rain.
South Sudan: Ethnic violence which erupted in mid-December continues, with heavy fighting reported in the states of Jonglei and Unity, and sporadic clashes reported in Upper Nile and Central Equatoria. While numbers cannot be verified due to limited access, thousands of people have been killed or injured and reports indicate that civilians are being targeted in attacks, forcing an estimated 400,000 to flee, mostly internally.