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19 Jan 2018 description

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners, conducted a biometric registration (BMR) exercise in Koch town between 4 and 10 December 2017. WFP was last able to conduct a registration in early 2016 at which time 12,496 individuals in the area were identified to receive food assistance.

19 Jan 2018 description

The African Development Bank is fully engaged in ensuring efficient and sustainable agricultural production projects in its regional member countries. This can drive economic growth and poverty reduction as well as fulfil both domestic and global demand for agricultural products.

19 Jan 2018 description
report IRIN

Experts say the General Data Protection Regulation will force the sector to overhaul its approach

Sweeping European privacy regulations are forcing the humanitarian sector to radically rethink how it handles data on tens of millions of people, interviews with experts and aid industry insiders reveal.

Aid agencies in Europe will have to change the way they fundraise at home and gather data abroad to comply with strict new EU data protection regulations that come into force in May.

19 Jan 2018 description

On 17 and 18 January 2018, UNAMID’s Community Outreach Unit (COU), in partnership with the Students Activity Directorate at the Ministry of Education, North Darfur, conducted three school visits to Al Fajr Secondary School for Boys, Al Faroug and Al Raheeg Al Makhtoum Basic School for Boys and Girls, respectively.

19 Jan 2018 description
  • Total Assessments 571
  • Verified Return Villages 226
  • Refugee Villages of Origin 352

Background information

Since June 2013, UNHCR has been piloting a system to assess spontaneous returns in the Southeast of Myanmar, a process that may start in the absence of an organized Voluntary Repatriation operation.

19 Jan 2018 description

Executive summary


The 2016/2017 yellow fever outbreak in Brazil was declared over in September 2017, yet the upsurge of human cases since December 2017 and non-human primate epizootics since September 2017 indicate a resurgence of yellow fever virus circulation in Brazil, particularly in São Paulo state.

19 Jan 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

In the afternoon of Friday the 5 January 2018, the region of Atsinanana in Madagascar, was affected by the tropical cyclone Ava with a maximum wind speed of 150 kph alternated by gusts of 205 km/h in a radius of 37 km around its center. The tropical storm hit the Island country off South-eastern on Friday and Saturday killing at least 29 people nationwide and forcing more than 17,000 from their homes. According to the Statement from the National Bureau for Risk and Catastrophe Management or BNGRC, 22 people are still missing. Overall, Ava affected more than 83,000 people.

19 Jan 2018 description

Mayon Volcano generated steam driven eruptions on 13-14 January, that ejected ash and sulphur fumes accompanied by rumbling sounds. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert to level-3 due to a relatively high level of unrest and the increasing possibility of a hazardous eruption within weeks or even days. On 15 January, rock falls, lava and pyroclastic flows along two kilometers of the volcano’s gullies are results of the lava dome collapsing.

19 Jan 2018 description


On 13 January 2018 at 4:21 PM, Mayon Volcano generated a phreatic eruption (steam-driven) that propelled a grayish steam and ash plume approximately 2500 m high that was drifted to the southwest. Based on seismic records the activity lasted approximately 1 hour and 47 minutes.

Source: PHILVOCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology)

Status of Affected Families / Persons

9,656 families or 38,357 persons in 38 barangays in Albay are affected by the phreatic explosion of Mount Mayon (see Table 1).

19 Jan 2018 description

Islamabad: Federal Minister for National Health Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarrar and Prime Minister’s Focal person for Polio Eradication, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq have strongly condemned the cowardly attack on innocent polio worker in Balochistan in which two front line workers have been martyred by the terrorists.

19 Jan 2018 description



A. Pre-Emptive Evacuation

a. A tota of 3,904 families were pre-emptivelt evacuated in Region V due to Mt. Mayon phreatic eruption.

B. Affected Population

19 Jan 2018 description
report United Nations

The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Ivan Simonovic express concern at the devastating impact of escalating hostilities in Eastern Ghouta and Idlib in Syria on civilians.

19 Jan 2018 description

More than 20,000 have died attempting the crossing to Italy in the past four years, the International Organization for Migration estimates

ROME, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Some 1,400 migrants were plucked from overcrowded boats off the coast of Libya on Tuesday, Italy's coastguard said, and two bodies were recovered.

Vessels belonging to the Italian coastguard and finance police, the European Union anti-smuggling operation, Sophia, and ships run by humanitarian groups took part in 11 rescue operations, a statement said.

19 Jan 2018 description

by Heba Kanso | @hebakanso | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 18 January 2018 18:36 GMT

BEIRUT, Jan 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After enduring three years of war, hunger and disease, Yemenis could now be at heightened risk of catching malaria due to a collapsing health care system, aid agencies said on Thursday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that malaria cases rose in 2016 to 433,000 from 336,000 the year before.

19 Jan 2018 description

by Heba Kanso and Thin Lei Win | @hebakanso | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:57 GMT

BEIRUT/ROME, Jan 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Already battered by three years of war, Yemen is in danger of tipping into famine in 2018 if fighting continues to disrupt imports of food aid, aid agencies warned.

19 Jan 2018 description

by Alex Whiting | @AlexWhi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 18 January 2018 17:20 GMT

ROME, Jan 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A major insurance scheme launched on Thursday aims to help up to 4 million poor people in Africa and Asia rebuild their lives after climate disasters, its backers said.

The insurance programme - covering droughts in Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Zambia and Cambodia, and tropical cyclones in Myanmar - will support mostly women farmers and their families.