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Humanitarian Update: Regional Office for the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, Oct 2008

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Several countries in the Middle East and North Africa region have experienced unprecedented flooding in the past month. At the end of October, floods in the Eastern provinces of Yemen displaced approximately 20-25,000 people, severe floods hit East- and North-Eastern Morocco, and heavy rains and subsequent flooding in Iran have caused significant damage to infrastructure. At the beginning of the month, Algeria also experienced the worst flooding for decades, affecting approximately 11,800 families. The Algerian and Saharawian Red Crescent Societies have issued appeals; for more details, please visit www.reliefweb.int

Plans are underway for a launch of the 2009 Humanitarian Appeal in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The launch will be held under the auspices of HH Sheikh Hamdan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Authority, in partnership with UN OCHA.It is hoped that the launch will raise awareness of and mobilise support for the Consolidated Appeals Process as a tool in identifying and ensuring a coordinated response to humanitarian needs.

Map: Yemen Floods: Situation Map - as of 5 November 2008

The Humanitarian Update is a monthly publication from UN OCHA's Regional Office in Dubai, reporting on the main humanitarian events in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. This update is based on information from UN Agencies, humanitarian partners, donors and media sources. For more information on Iraq or OPT, please visit www.ochairaq.org and www.ochaopt.org

For more information, please contact:

Nadia Evans, OCHA Dubai, 00971 50 2279808

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.