The Indonesian island of Lombok was struck by two large earthquakes yesterday, including a magnitude 6.9 tremor in the island’s north east late last night, hampering relief efforts and causing additional distress for those already reeling from the August 5 quake that killed more than 450 people.
JUBA (20 August 2018) – Members of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan will today begin their fifth field mission to South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia. The mission will take place from 20 to 31 August 2018.
A local aid agency supported by Islamic Relief is on the ground in flood-ravaged Kerala, distributing food to families affected by the worst floods in the southern Indian state since 1924.
The past week’s devastating floods have already claimed 325 lives. We are working with a local partner who have started food distributions in Wayanad, one of the most-affected districts. An additional emergency flood response team, with many years’ experience of dealing with floods in India, is on its way.
Sana’a, 15 August 2018 – UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund welcomed the generous contribution of $4.2 million from the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund to assist the most vulnerable women and girls displaced from the recent escalation in fighting in Hodeidah and western coastal areas of the country.
The funding will help to reach more than 200,000 women, girls and their families with life-saving reproductive health services, and transit kits containing hygiene items for those who are either on the move, displaced or stranded between frontlines.
246,600 individuals (est.) / 57,424 HH at risk of landslide or flooding
41,751 ind. / 9,660 HH at highest risk of landslide prioritized for relocation**
incl. 24,126 ind. / 5,636 HH at highest risk of landslide in Kutupalong-Balukhali
As of 19 August, the worst flooding since 1924 in Kerala state has caused 361 deaths with 725,000 people displaced to relief camps. More than 233,179 people were evacuated and damage caused by the floods may total over US$2.84 billion. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) sent a total of 59 teams to rescue marooned people, the largest deployment by the NDRF in a single state. Helicopters have been dropping emergency food and water supplies across Kerala, while special trains carrying drinking water and rice have been sent to the state.
This is a live document and is only intended to display tentative transportation plans, based on the best information available at the time of publication. It may be revised or updated (without notice) as the situation changes and new information becomes available.
TEHRAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a new US$2.2 million multi-year contribution from the Republic of Korea to support 30,000 of the most vulnerable Afghan refugees living in settlements in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
WFP will use the funds to provide both cash and food assistance to meet refugee families’ most pressing needs, and promote girls’ education and women’s livelihoods, in 20 settlements in 13 provinces across the country.
Tajikistan is Central Asia’s least connected, most isolated country. Tajikistan has only limited regional and international connectivity and transportation by road is often the only option, given the country’s alpine topography and small rail network.
During last week (12 – 18 August 2018), 294 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan (191 from Pakistan, 100 from Iran and 3 from other countries). 11,334 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan in 2018, out of which 10,159 from Pakistan, 1,064 from Iran and 111 from other countries (as of 18 August 2018). This is 75% less compared to the same period in 2017, when 46,047 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan.
Tokyo/Geneva – Speaking today at a meeting of parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Tokyo, Japan, Dr Helen Durham, Head of Law and Policy for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), highlighted ICRC's concerns with the growing gap between words and actions in the global trade of arms.
2.98 million Estimated population in Idleb, western Aleppo, Northern Hama and Eastern Lattakia
2.1 million Estimated people-in-need, including an estimated 1.38 million people displaced
200,000 - 700,000 People who may be newly displaced
For an already vulnerable population, many of whom have been displaced multiple times, health risks are severe:
Increased gaps in essential health service provision for patients with noncommunicable diseases.
20 August 2018 – As the conflict in northwest Syria escalates, WHO is appealing for US$ 11 million to provide life-saving health care to people in parts of Aleppo, Hama, Idleb and Lattakia governorates.
Hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom have been previously displaced, may be displaced yet again as they flee growing insecurity and violence. The situation in Idleb is particularly dire; more than half a million people have been displaced to and within the governorate since January 2017.
Tokyo/Genève – S'exprimant aujourd'hui à une réunion des États parties au Traité sur le commerce des armes (TCA) à Tokyo, Helen Durham, directrice du droit international et des politiques humanitaires au Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR), n'a pas caché que le CICR était préoccupé par l'écart toujours croissant que l'on constate entre les paroles et les actes dans le commerce mondial des armes.
Keynotes and Events of Public Health Significance
• A total of 100 suspected cases of immediately reportable disease and events including 24 deaths were reported
• Completeness and timeliness of health facility reports were 65% and 61% respectively
• One confirmed case of shigellosis reported from Gbarpolu County
• Ongoing measles outbreak in Todee district, Montserrado County
Regional Summary of Week 33 and Outlook for Week 34
1) In Week 33, the AHA Centre observed drought reports in southern part of ASEAN region, effect of Tropical Storm (TS) Bebinca, and increased earthquake & volcano activities.
2) Drought events have been reported in several locations of Borneo and Java.
3) TS Bebinca brought torrential rain, and consequently floods and landslides in Viet Nam, Lao PDR, and Thailand. Thousands of people remain displaced due to flooding in effect of southwest monsoon in Philippines (NDRRMC, DSWD).
Kabul - UNAMA welcomes the announcement by the Government of a conditional ceasefire for the upcoming Eid and calls on the parties to the conflict to seize this opportunity to put an end to violence.
“A mutual ceasefire would further the prospects for talks to take place between the parties to the conflict to find a political settlement,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.