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23 Oct 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A plague outbreak in Madagascar has raised concern in neighbouring countries. As of 12 October, a total of 684 cases (suspected, probable and confirmed) including 57 deaths (CFR 8.3%) have been reported from 35 out of 114 districts. Of these 474 were clinically classified as pneumonic plague.

23 Oct 2017 description

This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks 33,516,6271 Swiss francs – increased from 12,763,504 Swiss francs – to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to deliver assistance and support to a cumulative total of 200,000 people. This revised Emergency Appeal results in a funding gap of 24,006,582 Swiss francs.

20 Oct 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A plague outbreak in Madagascar has raised concern in neighbouring countries. As of 12 October, a total of 684 cases (suspected, probable and confirmed) including 57 deaths (CFR 8.3%) have been reported from 35 out of 114 districts. Of these 474 were clinically classified as pneumonic plague.

The Madagascar Ministry of Health (MoH) reported caseload on 16 October was 805 (confirmed and suspected) with 74 deaths.

19 Oct 2017 description

Antananarivo/ Geneva, 19 October 2017— The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy has appealed for international support for Madagascar’s plague response, at the end of an emergency visit to the Indian Ocean island nation.

19 Oct 2017 description

By Angela Hill/IFRC

Even after he was shot Naimullah kept walking.

His wound is the result of just one of many acts of violence he, his wife Johora, and their five children encountered while they were walking towards the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. Johora gave birth the day they left their home; just hours later she fled carrying the newborn baby they named Nursahera.

During the 10 day journey, Naimullah said he saw bodies and burning homes. Two people in their group died before they reached the river marking the border.

19 Oct 2017 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 856,387 Swiss francs (increased from 655,512 Swiss Francs) to enable the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS) to deliver assistance and support to some 11,264 people for 13 months (increased from 10 months) with a focus on health; livelihoods, nutrition, food security; shelter (including household needs), disaster risk reduction (DRR) and National Society capacity building.

19 Oct 2017 description

Sittwe/Yangon (MRCS/ICRC/IFRC) – The Red Cross has given emergency assistance to more than 28,000 people affected by violence in Rakhine since 25 August.

As well as distributing emergency items such as hygiene kits, mosquito nets, blankets and tarpaulins to 28,800 people (5,500 households), the Red Cross has provided food to more than 28,000 people and thousands have benefited from improved water and sanitation. Support to mobile clinics and seven health structures has also been given. Additionally, more than 5,000 people received cash grants.

18 Oct 2017 description

Geneva/Antananarivo, 18 October **–** The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, arrives later today in Madagascar as the Red Cross response to the plague outbreak continues.

Mr Sy will spend Thursday 19 October meeting with Red Cross officials and volunteers involved in the response, as well as senior government figures. Mr Sy will announce a major international appeal for Madagascar.

17 Oct 2017 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some 5.5 million Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Malagasy Red Cross Society (MRCS) to deliver assistance and support to some two million people over 18 months, to contribute to the reduction in mortality and morbidity due to the plague outbreak in 22 priority regions through effective prevention and response activates. The focus of the appeal is on Health (including health preparedness and prevention) for individuals or households affected by the plague outbreak.

16 Oct 2017 description

The situation

Tropical Depression 23W developed in the Vietnam Eastern Sea (South China Sea). On 8 October, the level of danger was raised to orange, with high winds up to 40 mph. The storm brought heavy rain which caused land erosion and flooding to parts of central and northern Viet Nam since 9 October.

16 Oct 2017 description

Dhaka/Kuala Lumpur/Geneva, 16 October 2017 - A fully equipped field hospital opened today to provide vital health care to thousands of people from Myanmar living in dire conditions in Cox’s Bazar.

The 60-bed hospital, the size of two football fields, has three wards, an operating theatre, delivery suite with maternity ward, psychosocial support, an outpatient department and an isolation unit.

“Families have spent weeks in appalling conditions since fleeing Rakhine,” said Finnish Red Cross’ Dr Pentti Haatanen, the chief medical officer at the hospital.

14 Oct 2017 description

This Operations Update communicates adjustments within budget lines, with no change in the overall budget of CHF 12,763,504. The adjustments consider human resource needs and that major parts of food, health and WASH components of the Revised Plan of Action – which is available via this link – have been covered by various partners through bilateral arrangements with BDRCS. In addition to adjustments within budget lines, the number of families to be provided with emergency shelter assistance has increased from 15,000 to 20,000.

13 Oct 2017 description

Geneva / Panama, 12 October 2017 - Heavy flooding across Costa Rica has displaced thousands and disrupted critical water and sanitation services, leaving more than 500,000 people without drinking water across the country.

13 Oct 2017 description

The Appeal

The Costa Rica Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are supporting devastated communities after Tropical Storm Nate caused widespread flooding across the country.

  • 1,523,001 Swiss francs needed for urgent humanitarian relief

  • 24,000 people in desperate need of help

Snapshot

13 Oct 2017 description

Antananarivo/Nairobi/Geneva, 13 October 2017— The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is deploying a treatment centre to provide urgent care for hundreds of people in Madagascar who have been infected with plague.