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09 Dec 2018 description


The Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) has been a gamechanger for WHO. It allows WHO to respond rapidly to disease outbreaks and health emergencies - often in 24 hours or less. This saves lives and helps prevent unnecessary suffering. Furthermore, a quick response dramatically reduces the costs of controlling outbreaks and emergencies, as well as the wider social and economic impacts.

07 Dec 2018 description


The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is like tango, it takes two — the ocean and the atmosphere — to complete. This year, despite widespread above-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the equatorial Pacific Ocean, the atmosphere has not yet responded. Therefore, only “ENSO-neutral” conditions have prevailed in the region so far.

Although the stage is set for the tango, ENSO may or may not materialize, or just slightly influence some parts of the region.

07 Dec 2018 description

At today’s high-level pledging event for the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), 41 donors announced record pledges of US$439 million for 2019 and additional contributions for 2018, ensuring a record level of funding of $554 million to CERF for this year.

07 Dec 2018 description

Summary of modifications from revised Emergency Plan of Action

This 12-month operations update provides an overview of consolidated achievements delivered through the operation in Dominica. The operation has been extended by 3 months (with a new end date of 31 March 2019) to complete the DRR activities funded by the appeal.

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

1) The operation was extended from 15 to 18 months; the new operation end date is 31 March 2019.

07 Dec 2018 description

The humanitarian crisis in Somalia continues to be driven by conflict, recurrent climatic shocks, and political and socioeconomic challenges. Access to basic services remains restricted and protection risks high. An estimated 2.6 million people are displaced. One third of Somalis (4.2 million) will require humanitarian assistance and protection in 2019. Some 1.5 million people are acutely food insecure in Emergency (IPC4) or Crisis (IPC Phase 3); and some 2 million in Stress (IPC 2).

06 Dec 2018 description

The objective of this report is to make recommendations for the Government of Saint Lucia (GoSL) for the formulation of a country-specific comprehensive disaster risk finance (DRF) strategy, based on the assessment of the legislative, financial management, fiscal, and insurance market environment in Saint Lucia.

06 Dec 2018 description

Release Number: 307

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA has awarded more than $64 million to Puerto Rico to cover costs related to Hurricane Maria.

These awards bring to $4.6 billion the amount of funds obligated under FEMA’s Public Assistance program.

The latest grants approved are as follows:

  • More than $44 million to the Puerto Rico Department of Education for debris removal and emergency protective measures.

06 Dec 2018 description

The aid will directly benefit 17 500 people in the worst-hit districts of Nagapattinam,
Thiruvarur and Thanjavur.

New Delhi, 6 December 2018 – In response to cyclone Gaja, which wreaked havoc across large parts of Tamil Nadu in mid-November, the European Commission is allocating EUR 105 000 to provide emergency assistance to the most affected communities. The aid will directly benefit 17 500 people in the worst-hit districts of Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur and Thanjavur.

06 Dec 2018 description

The Northern Marianas chapter of the Red Cross says it has given out over $US1.4 million in financial assistance to people suffering from the impact of October's Typhoon Yutu.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

06 Dec 2018 description

Up to 63 percent of power has now been restored on Saipan, more than a month after Typhoon Yutu hit the Northern Marianas.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

05 Dec 2018 description


Humanitarian organisations operating in Cox’s Bazar, in support of the government- led response, currently target 1.3 million people for humanitarian assistance, including Rohingya refugees and host communities.
Since the start of its operation in Bangladesh, the Logistics Sector has supported humanitarian organisations by addressing critical logistics gaps and constraints within Cox’s Bazar and Bangladesh through coordination, information management and the facilitation of access to common logistics services.


05 Dec 2018 description
report Germanwatch

Who suffers Most from Extreme Weather Events? Weather-related Loss Events in 2017 and 1998 to 2017

The Global Climate Risk Index 2019 analyses to what extent countries and regions have been affected by impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.). The most recent data available — for 2017 and from 1998 to 2017 — were taken into account.

The countries and territories affected most in 2017 were Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka as well as Dominica. For the period from 1998 to 2017 Puerto Rico, Honduras and Myanmar rank highest.

05 Dec 2018 description

About a quarter of schools damaged by Cyclone Winston still need to be repaired nearly three years after the massive storm hit Fiji.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

04 Dec 2018 description
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Somali version

Highlights - Deyr seasonal rains have underperformed so far.

  • Over 4.2 million people will need assistance in 2019.

  • Lughaye, six months after Cyclone Sagar.

  • IDP woman attains self-reliance.

  • Sustained humanitarian funding leads to reduced needs.

Deyr season records poor rains

Seasonal rains have underperformed so far

04 Dec 2018 description

Global trends and challenges

More than 1 per cent of people across the planet right now are caught up in major humanitarian crises. The international humanitarian system is more effective than ever at meeting their needs – but global trends including poverty, population growth and climate change are leaving more people than ever vulnerable to the devastating impacts of conflicts and disasters.

04 Dec 2018 description


At around 8:00 AM today, Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) received initial information thru phone call from our Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) staff with regards to the landslide in Barangay Magsaysay, Jipapad, Eastern Samar which happened around 12:00 AM today. Families affected were forced to evacuate for their safety considering the area is not safe anymore for a living.

Source: DSWD Field Office VIII


I. Status of Affected Families / Persons

04 Dec 2018 description

Some of the worst affected survivors of Typhoon Yutu in the Northern Marianas are being offered free return-tickets to anywhere in the United States.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

03 Dec 2018 description

Regional Summary of Week 48, and Outlook for Week 49

  1. In Week 48, hydro-meteorological disasters are still dominating. Rainy season had started in the Southern ASEAN Region with heavy rainfall mostly in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam and southern end of Philippines.

  2. Over the past week for geophysical hazards, 5 earthquakes of more than M5.0 were reported in the region. There was also increased activity reported for Mt Mayon, Mt Kanlaon and Mt Anak Krakatau.