Tropical Storm Wukong (Quinta) made landfall over the island of Leyte in the Philippines on 26 December, affecting more than 240,000 people.
Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic have halted their advance on the capital to allow for peace talks. The Seleka rebels took up arms against the Government on 10 December and subsequent fighting has led to large scale displacement. Amid worsening fighting, Myanmar’s army has reportedly used air strikes against the Kachin Independency Army in Kachin state. The fighting which re-ignited in June 2011 already displaced more than 100,000 people. The situation in Syria continues to escalate, with unconfirmed reports of the use of chemical weapons by the Government. According to UN analysis, the increasingly sectarian conflict has resulted in more than 60,000 deaths, which is significantly higher than the previously estimated death toll of 45,000.
Pakistan has seen a dramatic increase in measles deaths, from around 60 in 2011 to more than 300 in 2012, due to consecutive years of flooding and a weak immunisation system. Meanwhile, a militant campaign of violence against aid workers is continuing, particularly targeting vaccination- and health workers.