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17 Oct 2018 description


In the southern African region, maize prices continue to show mixed trends. In countries such as Malawi and South Africa, national average maize prices have been on an upward trend, while in others, such as Tanzania and Zambia, they have remained relatively stable. In Zambia, however, this belies price increases in pockets of areas which experienced a poor harvest. A look at the Alert for Price Spikes (ALPS) shows more markets in Zambia experiencing stress earlier this year.

17 Oct 2018 description

SARC’s volunteers distributed relief non-food items to 300 families in Otaia town in Eastern Ghouta on 14-15/10/2018. The items consisted of 1345 blankets and 550 mattresses provided by the UNHCR.

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17 Oct 2018 description

At least 10 people have been killed and many more wounded in a bomb explosion at a college in Crimea that one witness told local television also involved an attack by armed gunmen.

The Russian national anti-terrorism committee, a government body, said the explosion at a polytechnic was caused by an “unidentified explosive device”, according to Russia’s Tass state news agency.

The bomb blast took place in the city of Kerch, which is the entry point for a new 19km bridge linking Crimea to mainland Russia.

17 Oct 2018 description

By Iris van Deinse, IFRC

It has been three weeks since the deadly tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi swept away her house. Every time she thinks about that day, her eyes get wet. “Everyone thought I died,” says Nursiah, while she tries to find valuables and clothes in the debris. Only the blue roof in the rubble reminds her of a place that used to be home.

17 Oct 2018 description

Urbanization is exacerbating global warming and cities like Hong Kong are heating up fast. And the most vulnerable, such as elderly people, are paying the higher price of hotter weather.

17 Oct 2018 description

The need to accelerate climate change adaptation and improve multi-hazard early warning systems to increase resilience to extreme weather took centre-stage at WMO’s Regional Association for Asia and the Pacific (RAV), hosted by Tonga from 15-17 October.

17 Oct 2018 description

Pacific countries presented the status of progress in the development of their early warning systems as part of a three-year project entitled “Strengthening Hydro-meteorological and Early Warning Services in the Pacific”.

Representatives from Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu provided updates at a session in Tonga on progress and priorities.

17 Oct 2018 description

This dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends affecting people in need. The Protection Sector in Lebanon aims to achieve the following results: OUTCOME 1: Persons displaced from Syria have their basic rights (incl.

17 Oct 2018 description


SO1: Contribute to the protection of newly displaced people and those affected by natural hazards. (NFIs, ESKs)

SO2: Improve the living conditions of the protracted internally displaced persons (Transitional shelters, NFIs)

SO3: Facilitate access to durable solutions for IDPs that are willing to locally integrate or return (Permanent shelters)


17 Oct 2018 description
report Trócaire

By Ciaran Gallagher

The UN has warned that Yemen is facing potentially “the worst famine in the world in 100 years”.

More than five million people are at immediate risk of starvation with the UN estimating that an additional 8 million are at risk in the short to medium term.

Lise Grande of the UN this week said: “We predict that we could be looking at 12 to 13 million innocent civilians who are at risk of dying from the lack of food.”

End the war

17 Oct 2018 description

The debate surrounding cash assistance in conflict is back on the agenda this week, as Cash Week 2018 gets under way in London.

17 Oct 2018 description

The dependence of many African economies on a few mineral commodities exposes them to a number of risks, including economic instability, conflict and damaging environmental effects.
Structural, institutional and regulatory reforms are needed to break the mineral dependence and promote economic diversification.

George Adu and John Bosco Dramani, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

17 Oct 2018 description

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the OCHA Yemen office. The next report will be issued when additional information on the emergency becomes available.

I. Situation Overview


17 Oct 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight



13 August 2018: In Ngo-Ketunjia division, Northwest province, an arson attack of unknown origin completely destroyed the administrative building of the Government Bilingual High School Ndop. Source: Cameroon-Info

Ivory Coast

27 August 2018: In Sikensi town, Lagunes district, a group of men armed with Kalashnikovs and dressed in military fatigues attacked and looted a school before tying up and beating a member of staff.
Source: ACLED