Iraq: Floods - Nov 2009
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) supports disaster response and preparedness activities in 20 countries by working closely with Humanitarian Coordinator’s (HC)/Resident Coordinator’s (RC) offices, OCHA Country Offices and Humanitarian Advisory Teams (HATs).
World rice prices dropped during 2010
Bangkok - FAO's estimate of global rice paddy production in 2009 now stands at 680 million tones, 1 percent below the 2008 outstanding harvest, with much of the reduction being on account of Asia, where crops were impaired by erratic monsoon rains and the resurgence of El Niño conditions.
The last situation report was dated September 30, 2009.
The February 2006 bombing of the Al-Askari mosque in Samarra and ensuing sectarian violence resulted in the most significant wave of displacement in Iraq's history, prompting more than 1.6 million people to flee their homes and bringing the post-2003 internally displaced population to more than 2.8 million people. Improved security conditions and patterns of community homogenization in 2008 slowed displacement and led to a limited number of returns to places of origin, a trend that continues in 2010.
Foreword from the Chief of Mission
As a new year begins in Iraq, it is time to reflect on past achievements and future goals.
This past year saw IOM Iraq continue its mission to support the Iraqi people to stabilize and rebuild their communities and their country.
- UNHCR, on first of November, organised in Erbil a Strategic meeting with all partners Iraq wide. The meeting aimed at discussing 2009 "lessons learnt/recommendations" as well as a plan on "way forward" for 2010. New budget framework together with time lines for 2010 preparations were introduced to Partners with emphasis on internal controls. 78 participants attended the two day meeting - 43 Partners and 35 UNHCR staff.
This report was issued by OCHA Iraq country office and UNAMI. It covers the period from1 to 8 Nov 2009. The next report will be issued on or around Sunday, 15 Nov 2009.
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
- In the Erbil and Dahuk Governorates over 3,000 persons (500 families) across ten locations in the mountainous districts of Mergasur, Rawanduz, Choman, Zhakho, Sumel, Aqra were affected by flash flooding following heavy rains and winds on 1 Nov 2009.
Note: Document is 2 pages; page 1 reflects flooded areas and page 2 reflects needs