Paraguay: Drought - Sep 2013
Approximately 15,000 families in 246 communities have been strongly affected by drought in the Paraguayan Chaco region since early May 2013, with a direct impact on their livelihoods. The lack of rain during the first months of the year prevented families from getting the water needed to fill their reserve tanks, while frosts in July and August caused further loss in agriculture, livestock and dairy production. The government declared a state of emergency on 11 Sep to address the consequences of both events. (IFRC, 11 Oct 2013)
Around 15,000 families in 246 communities were severely affected by drought in the Chaco region of Paraguay since early May 2013. This situation had a direct impact on water collection for human consumption and use in livelihoods. In support to the food security and livelihood activities completed by the government of Paraguay, the National Society has been working to meet the needs of access to water and sanitation of 16 communities, one of them in Mariscal Estigarribia and 15 in Filadelfia municipality, Department of Boquerón
This report covers the period 01 January 2014 to 31 December 2014
GLIDE n° DR-2013-000128-PRY
Period covered by this operation update: 9 October to 30 April 2014 (initial six months of the operation). This update represents a six-month summary of the operation (cumulative narrative and financial).
Appeal target (current): This emergency appeal seeks 260,743 Swiss francs in cash, kind or services, to support the Paraguayan Red Cross (PRC) to assist some 4,500 beneficiaries that have been affected by drought now.
This report covers the period 01 January 2013 to 31 December 2013 Overview Paraguayan Red Cross Annual Report 2013 ￼￼The Zone for the Americas has a long-term plan (LTPF) from 2012 to 2015. In 2013 there was an adjustment, redefining and simplifying some of the results and indicators. The present document informs about the year 2013, but due to the fact there was a long-term reformulation (more in form than in content) and in order to follow up the goals achieved, the 2012 indicators and results have been taken into account.
OPERACIONES EN CURSO
Un llamamiento de emergencia de 1,446,937 francos suizos fue lanzado para apoyar los esfuerzos de la Cruz Roja Chilena luego del terremoto de magnitud 8.2 que ocurrió en el norte del país. Actualmente el llamamiento cuenta con una cobertura aproximada de 18% entre aportaciones oficiales y en proceso.
This revised emergency appeal seeks 260,743 Swiss francs in cash, kind or services, to support the Paraguayan Red Cross (PRC) to assist some 4,500 beneficiaries that have been affected by drought now.
This revision is based on new field assessments and is designed as a continuation and extension of the existing appeal. This operation will be completed by the end of June 2014.
Appeal coverage: 87% or 227,348 Swiss francs (260, 541 US dollars, 187,348 euros). Further contributions to cover the gap in funding are encouraged.
Snapshot 28 January – 04 February
Snapshot 21 – 28 January
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.
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.
South Sudan: Ethnic violence which erupted in mid-December in the capital Juba has now spread northwards and is ongoing in several parts of the country. Three weeks of fighting have left at least 1,000 people dead and displaced over 200,000. As government troops advanced on rebel-held cities in the northeast, peace talks between the Government of South Sudan and a delegation representing former Vice-President Machar, have started in Ethiopia. Meanwhile, discussions between Khartoum and Juba regarding the protection of the oil fields in southern South Sudan are also underway.
In Syria, government military aircraft targeted rebel-held districts in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 15 people according to opposition activists. In parallel, Damascus announced that it had retaken control of the key Damascus – Homs supply highway after gaining ground in the battle for the strategic Qalamoun region. London and Washington decided to suspend all non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition fearing that military equipment may fall under the control of Islamic radical groups.
Snapshot 3 - 10 December
In Syria, the conflict has been going on for over 1,000 days, and to date, the war has displaced 6.5 million people internally and forced 2.3 million to cross into neighbouring countries. Meanwhile, Washington indicated that it has been in talks with Islamist opposition factions non-linked to Al-Qaeda, in order to push for a negotiated settlement to the crisis.
In Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that an estimated 126,000 people have died during the conflict, more than a third of them civilians. Meanwhile, Turkey and Iran, which support opposing sides within the crisis, jointly called for a ceasefire before the beginning of the peace talks, set for 22 January in Geneva.
In Syria, government forces fully control the town of Qara after almost a week of heavy fighting which caused over 15,000 Syrian refugees to cross into Lebanon. Meanwhile, the UN stated that it has brokered an agreement allowing for the Government of Syria and opposition negotiators to meet for peace talks in Geneva on January 22. The opposition reaffirmed the conditions of its participation: the release of prisoners, humanitarian assistance for besieged towns, and the exclusion of President Assad from the new transitional government.
Snapshot 12 – 19 November
El Gobierno Nacional presenció este viernes en la ciudad de Horqueta, Departamento de Concepción, la entrega de 4.500 kits de alimentos de subsistencia y de semillas para siembras de consumo, en el marco del programa “Sembrando Oportunidades”, el acto de entrega oficial, se llevó a cabo en la sede de la Intendencia Municipal de dicha ciudad.
La Secretaría de Emergencia Nacional (SEN), articula la entrega de los alimentos que en esta ocasión representa más de 171.000 kilos de comestibles, además de simientes.
Snapshot 5 – 12 November
In Syria, the opposition agreed to participate in international peace talks in Geneva under the condition that President al-Assad is excluded from any transitional government, which constitutes a major obstacle to the initiation of the process as the Government stated it will not enter discussion if this demand is upheld. The peace dialogue has been repeatedly postponed and will not go ahead as planned in November. To date, the overall number of Syrian refugees is over 2.2 million and the number of people in need in the country stands at 9.3 million.
Snapshot 29 October – 5 November
In Syria, the opposition remains divided over their participation to proposed peace talks in Geneva, with a decision being expected by 9 November. In Damascus, the Government repeated that it will not enter discussions if President al-Assad is forced to resign. While the overall number of Syrian refugees went over 2.2 million, revised estimates indicated that the number of people in need in Syria has increased from 6.8 million in April to 9.3 million in late October. An estimated 6.5 million are internally displaced.