Despite a four-day truce which was supposed to come into effect on Friday 26 October, fighting has continued to escalate in Damascus province, Aleppo, Idlib, Daara and Deir Ezzor in Syria manifested by a new wave of airstrikes by the Syrian forces and attacks by the rebels on strategic army checkpoints and air bases.
Hurricane Sandy and its rain-trails caused significant damage to infrastructure, crops and houses in Central and North America. In Cuba alone, 1.1 million people have been affected. In Haiti, heavy torrential rains hit particularly the south of the country with 1.8 million people affected according to UN estimates. Jamaica, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic were also hit by Sandy. On October 29 the hurricane made landfall in New Jersey and has left a trail of destruction, floods, and power outages which continue for 1.5 million of people across 13 states in the United States.
Cyclone “Nilam” struck the north east of Sri Lanka, the south eastern coast of India and the Maldives on Monday 29 October resulting in flooding and displacement. 128,000 were affected in Sri Lanka and 150,000 displaced in Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh state, India.
Between 21,000 and 28,000 people in Somalia were displaced by heavy rains since 26 October and are in need of immediate assistance.
On 29 October, Typhoon Son-Tinh affected over 1.26 million people in China's Hainan Province and 400,000 in Viet Nam.