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31 Dec 2017 description

Situation Overview

On 12 December 2017, the monitored Low Pressure Area east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has developed into a Tropical Depression and was named “Urduja” (international name: Kai-tak). It exited Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 19 December 2017.

Source: NDRRMC

Status of Affected Families / Persons

444,607 families or 1,861,252 persons are affected in 2,583 barangays in Regions V, VI, VII, VIII, MIMAROPA and CARAGA (see Table 1; details in Annex A).

31 Dec 2017 description

Situation Overview

On 22 December 2017, the monitored Low Pressure Area east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has developed into a Severe Tropical Storm and was named “Vinta” (international name: Tembin). It exited Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 24 December 2017.

Status of Affected Families / Persons

168,081 families or 794,613 persons are affected in 1,151 barangays in Regions MIMAROPA, VII, IX, X, XI, XII, ARMM and CARAGA (see Table 1; details in Annex A).

31 Dec 2017 description

HEADLINES

  • SARC participated in RCRC Statutory meeting "Power of Humanity"

  • SARC Received the 1st batch of the Rice provided by China

  • SARC warehouses burned out in Qunaitera city

  • More humanitarian relief aid reaches DeirEzzour

  • Relief aid to Al-Mayadeen and Buqrous in rural of Deir Ezzour

  • Children of Aleppo visit the Citadel with SARC

  • Humanitarian aid to Eastern Ghouta

31 Dec 2017 description

More than 119,000 came to Italy by boat this year after a record 181,000 made the crossing in 2016

By Steve Scherer

ROME, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Migrant arrivals to Italy by sea fell by a third in 2017 compared to a year earlier, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday, as Libyan authorities helped to slow departures during the second half of the year.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

31 Dec 2017 description

Summary: October 2017

  • More than 45% of patients unsuccessful in obtaining security permits from Israeli authorities: Of 2,017 patient applications for a permit to exit Gaza through Erez checkpoint for hospital appointments in October 2017, 55% were approved; 2% were denied including three children and two elderly patients; and 43% were pending and lost their hospital appointments including 164 children and 82 elderly.

31 Dec 2017 description

Highlights

  • The continued 18–20-hour power cuts are placing an increasing burden on health facilities in Gaza. With funding from the Central Emergency Relief Fund and other donors, life-saving services have been maintained. However, these funds are only enough to sustain the health services until the end of February 2018.

31 Dec 2017 description

Overview: The occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is affected by a protracted crisis and chronic humanitarian needs where Palestinians are suffering from prolonged occupation, blockade of the Gaza Strip and longstanding restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza. Since April 2017, the health sector in Gaza is facing a severe fuel & electricity crisis, compounded by aggravating pharmaceutical shortages, which impacts Gaza’s 2 million population and is life-threatening for vulnerable patients.

31 Dec 2017 description
infographic World Health Organization

Highlights

  • During the month of November 2017, the Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen reported a total 73,086 cholera cases including 33 associated deaths (CFR-0.05%).

31 Dec 2017 description
infographic World Health Organization

Highlights

  • During the month of November 2017, 435 cholera cases, with no death, were reported across the country as compared to 567 cases, with no death, reported in October 2017.

  • The cumulative number of cholera cases reported from January to November 2017 is 78 784 including 1 159 associated deaths with a case fatality rate of 1.47 % reported in 52 districts of the country.

31 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Daniel Salazar

SAN JOSE, Dec 31 2017 (IPS) - Jazziel Baca lives in the municipality of Esquías, in western Honduras, one of the areas hardest hit by the southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis), which damaged almost 500,000 hectares of forest in that Central American country between 2013 and 2015.

31 Dec 2017 description

A. Situation Analysis

Description of the Situation

In November 2015, a group of more than 1,000 Cuban nationals were reported in the border area between Costa Rica and Panama in the community of Paso Canoas, Corredores Canton. Since these people did not meet the migration requirements to enter Costa Rica, a significant build-up of migrants occurred on the Panamanian side of the border as they began to settle in the streets, waiting on a solution to their legal immigration status.

31 Dec 2017 description
report UN News Service

31 décembre 2017 – Le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, António Guterres, a lancé dimanche un appel à l'unité dans un message d'alerte à l'intention du monde entier alors que s'ouvre l'année 2018.

« Lorsque je suis entré en fonctions, il y a un an, j'ai lancé un appel pour faire de 2017 une année de paix. C'est malheureusement – et radicalement – l'inverse qui s'est pro-duit », a noté M. Guterres dans ce message vidéo.

31 Dec 2017 description

ODPM updates the public on the status of incidents due to inclement weather conditions

31 Dec 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

31 Dec 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

31 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Faits saillants :

Tchad : L’épidémie est maintenant sous contrôle. Les derniers cas suspects ont été enregistrés en semaine 48 dans la délégation sanitaire régionale du Salamat. Malgré de nombreux challenges tous les acteurs se sont largement mobilisés pour répondre avec succès à cette épidémie.

31 Dec 2017 description
  • Announced by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallon, at the Oslo Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region in February 2017, the NHF became operational on 17 May 2017 when the first Advisory Board was convened.

  • By the end of November, US$24 million had been channelled to support urgent and life-saving humanitarian response through 22 partners for 37 projects in north-east Nigeria, primarily in Borno.

31 Dec 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Griffins Manguro, PhD candidate, Ghent University