Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic have taken control of several towns and subsequent fighting has led to displacement and a deterioration of the already precarious humanitarian situation in the country.
Government sources claim rebels are continuing their advance on the capital Bangui, despite agreeing to peace talks. 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, displaced more than 100,000 people. The situation in Syria continues to escalate. 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.
On 4 January, Tropical Storm Auring has made landfall in Palawan in the Philippines, affecting more than 10,000 people. In December, two tropical storms already hit the Philippines, Typhoon Bopha and Tropical Storm Wukom, affecting over 6.2 million and 240,000 people respectively.