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15 Jan 2019 description

A. SITUATION ANALYSIS

Appeal History

29 July 2018: A 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes off Lombok, province of West Nusa Tenggara, at 05:47h local time.

31 July: IFRC allocates CHF 211,569 from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to enable PMI to meet the humanitarian needs of 1,000 households (4,000 people).

5 August: A second and stronger earthquake, of 7.0 magnitude and depth of 15km hits Lombok at 19:46h local time.

14 Jan 2019 description

A. SITUATION ANALYSIS

Appeal History

29 July 2018: A 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes off Lombok, province of West Nusa Tenggara, at 05:47 local time.

31 July: IFRC allocates CHF 211,569 from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to enable PMI to meet the humanitarian needs of 1,000 households (4,000 people).

5 August: A second and stronger earthquake, of 7.0 magnitude and depth of 15km hits Lombok at 19:46h local time.

14 Jan 2019 description

By Karina Lapteva, IFRC

During winter, IFRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) increase humanitarian response efforts to help children and families to cope with the cold weather in most affected areas.

14 Jan 2019 description

Life can be frightening and stressful for pregnant women, new mothers, and families with young children in a large refugee camp such as Nyarugusu, in Tanzania. But vulnerable women, children and families in this camp can rely on the dedicated volunteers and staff of the Tanzania Red Cross Society, which runs a hospital, health clinics, ante- and post-natal support and paediatric services for the camp’s residents and people living in neighbouring host communities.

13 Jan 2019 description

The situation

On 3 January 2019, the government of Jamaica declared a dengue outbreak on the island. In December 2018, the number of cases of dengue exceeded the epidemic threshold of 96, with a total of 123 recorded cases. For 2018, 7 deaths were reported in the country, of which 5 were suspected to be of dengue and 2 were confirmed to be from the disease.

11 Jan 2019 description

By Helena Loh, IFRC

“E.T. phone home?” “E.T. phone home.” “And they’ll come?” “Come? Home. Home.” Hearing these words while watching the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1994, six-year-old Yasmina Peker cried so hard that her mother had to tell her the happy ending to stop her tears.

Today, Yasmina is Team Leader of Turkish Red Crescent Society’s Restoring Family Links (RFL) community-based migration programme. She smiles as she remembers the movie, “I remember how E.T. wanted to go home, but couldn’t, and it really affected me,” she said.

09 Jan 2019 description

A. SITUATION ANALYSIS

Description of the disaster

On 25 March 2018, a fire broke out on the fourth floor of the shopping and entertainment centre Zimnyaya Vishnya in Kemerovo, Russia. The area of the fire was reported to be approximately 1,600 square metres. According to the official data, 64 people died in the fire, including 41 children. 79 people were injured, 12 of them were hospitalised.

09 Jan 2019 description

By Rana Sidani Cassou

More than 300 Lebanese Red Cross volunteers and staff have been working round the clock to protect people from the rain and snow of Storm Norma, performing nearly 600 rescue missions – and delivering two beautiful, healthy babies inside ambulances.

The Red Cross rescue missions have taken place all over Lebanon and have included emergency response support following 49 road accidents with one CPR.

08 Jan 2019 description

A. SITUATION ANALYSIS

Description of the disaster

Tropical Storm Soulik was formed off the coast of Guam on 16 August 2018 as a small storm and gradually grew to a medium-sized typhoon. On 23 August 2018, 6 a.m. local time, Typhoon Soulik began arcing towards the Korean Peninsula. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, Soulik struck the southern island of Jeju in South Korea in the early morning of 23 August, causing heavy rain and gale force winds.

04 Jan 2019 description

The situation

Tropical Depression, TD04F intensified further and developed into a category 1 (CAT 1) tropical cyclone at 10 am on 4 January 2019 and last upgraded to Category 2 in the afternoon. It has been named Tropical Cyclone Mona (TC Mona).

Tropical cyclone Mona was located about 300km Northwest of Labasa at 7 am on 4 January. Close to the centre, average winds are estimated to be about 85km/hr with momentary gusts to 120km/hr.

03 Jan 2019 description

By Maude Froberg, IFRC

The sound of digging echoes over the mountain slope in the early morning. It is a slow arduous digging, as the soil is becoming more frozen by the day. Choe Gwang Chol, volunteer from the Red Cross, leans against his spade and pauses.

“There is still a lot of mud in the gardens and next to the houses,” he says.

31 Dec 2018 description

In 2018, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent responded to 34 emergencies in 22 countries across Africa where millions were affected by natural disasters, epidemics, population movement, complex emergencies and food insecurity.

28 Dec 2018 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

The volcanic activity at Ambrym continued at the level of major unrest since January 2018. Ambrym island hosts the entire population of approximately 7,286 people (2016 census), a volcanic island in Malampa province in the archipelago of Vanuatu (click here for map of the location).