In the second quarter of 2018, the ICRC's activities in Venezuela and the CARICOM States focused on training health care professionals in treating emergency room trauma patients in hospitals. Additionally, hundreds of members of the Armed and Security Forces learnt about how to reinforce the integration and observance of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international standards on the use of force. Venezuelan Red Cross rescue workers continue with the preparation for emergency situations and first aid.
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Boletín Mayo-Agosto 2018
A. SITUATION ANALYSIS
Description of the disaster
Description of the crisis
On 26 November 2017, general elections were held in the country to elect the president, members of congress and mayors; these elections were considered historic because the president of the republic was running for re-election, and it was the first time in the electoral and democratic history of the country that opposing political parties formed an electoral alliance.
Since January 2018, more than 75,000 people were affected by natural events: mostly floods, landslides and intense winds, due to the rainy season. The most affected areas are Ngozi and Rutana due to field destruction.
The most urgent needs detected during the multi-sector evaluations were: emergency shelters and rental support, non-food item (NFI) kits, WASH and food.
SARC dispatched a humanitarian aid convoy (17 trucks) to Eastern Rural of Daraa city on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
9 trucks loaded with 2000 food parcels and 2000 flour bags headed to Saida, while the other 8 trucks headed to Al-Naymeh carrying 1500 food parcels and 1500 flour bags.
These relief items are provided by WFP.
By Mary Joy Evalarosa
If there’s anything good about a typhoon, it’s that people have time to prepare and responders are primed to act. In the days and hours before Typhoon Mangkhut swirled its deadly path towards Luzon – home to nearly 50 million people – the Philippine Red Cross joined a massive effort led by the government to get people ready for the storm, known locally as Ompong.
Part of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower dam in Champasak and Attapeu Provinces, Southeastern Laos, the subsidiary dam under construction collapsed on 23 July 2018. The collapse resulted in flooding of several villages with 5,000 million cubic meters of water resulting in more than 20 people dead and leaving around 100 people missing and 6,600 people homeless.
The Friend in Need (of “Pa”) Volunteers Foundation altogether with the Volunteer Bureau of the Thai Red Cross Society set up a mobile kitchen at the Lai Wo Sub District Administrative Organization, Sangkhla Buri District, Kanchanaburi Province, on 21 July 2018 to cook hot meals for those who were affected by flash floods. About 2,100 meals were distributed per day until 25 July 2018, after which the Thai Red Cross Society would continue to monitor the situation closely.
(Hong Kong, 18 September 2018) Hong Kong was just hit by the strong typhoon Mangkhut, and the community is seriously damaged by the disaster. Before the typhoon struck Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) already deployed 46 volunteers and 4 staff members for an urgent mission to Tai O, to help elderly to move some of their electronic appliances and furniture to higher places so to avoid any possible damage by flooding. At the same time, they also disseminated disaster preparedness message together with information of evacuation route.
Pledges of monetary and logistical support have started pouring in after the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) issued an appeal for assistance in its sworn mission to “provide hope to the most vulnerable” communities affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut).
Even though Typhoon Ompong has left the country, the Philippine Red Cross remained on the ground to rescue and provide relief to communities devastated by the typhoon’s path.
Richard Gordon, chairman of the country’s foremost humanitarian organization, said there would be not letup even after the Philippines is now out of harm’s way.
As of 7 a.m., Tuesday, PRC provided 8,394 individuals with hot meals and rendered psycho-social support to 1,687 persons. Biscuits were handed out to 3,726 individuals and bottled water to 89 individuals.
Not all heroes wear capes, some wear Red Cross uniforms.
Once again, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) humanitarian workers have proven that it would take more than strong winds and heavy rains to crush their determination to deliver service to the most vulnerable.
Disasters wipe out development progress and are being exacerbated by climate change, population growth, ecosystem degradation, and uncontrolled economic development. The poorest and the most vulnerable people are the hardest impacted groups of people as they are the most exposed to hazards and least able to minimize the hazard risks because of their low capacities. When this situation is ignored or unmanaged, there will be a serious threat for the ongoing sustainable development.
SARC dispatched a humanitarian aid convoy (15 trucks) loaded with 2050 food parcels and 2050 flour bags provided by WFP to 8 areas in Daraa (Al-Mataiah, Nada, Smad, Samj, Ticia, Al-Smaqiat, Al-Aman farm and Abo-Katoulah) on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
The world is rapidly urbanizing and so is internal displacement. Yet we—humanitarians—often fail to properly understand how displaced people cope in such settings and how to better support them. In light of this, we embarked on a study over the last year to reflect on how we can improve humanitarian responses in urban environments.
Internal displacement is at an unprecedented global peak.
The number of people forcibly displaced within their own countries by armed conflict and other situations of violence has steadily risen in this century – resulting in more than 40 million internally displaced throughout the world in 2016.