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26 Sep 2017 description

The international community must show “unity of purpose” by supporting a peace process capable of implementation in South Sudan in the face of a “narrow” space for compromise, according to the UN’s most senior representative in the country.

26 Sep 2017 description

The pace and scale of the violence currently unfolding in Myanmar is difficult to comprehend. Since August 25 this year, 430,000 Rohingya—more than a third of the ethnic minority’s population—have fled the country and an estimated 1,000 have died in a scorched earth campaign that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

26 Sep 2017 description

The European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department is providing €250,000 in emergency humanitarian aid to Dominica, following the severe destruction caused by hurricane Maria which devastated the island on 19 September.

The relief will include basic kits for survival, clean water and food, construction material and fuel, as well as additional logistical support to reach isolated communities.

26 Sep 2017 description

Cash-based assistance has emerged an evidence-based means of meeting humanitarian needs within and across sectors of humanitarian response, since the Sphere Handbook 2011 edition was published. Here is how the upcoming edition of the Handbook will incorporate the subject.

By Isabelle Pelly (*)

26 Sep 2017 description

ABOUT RETS:
In situations where people have been forced to flee, the Refugee Emergency Telecommunications Sector (RETS) provides vital communications to UNHCR, its partners and the extended humanitarian community. There are currently 250+ users from UNHCR, partners and the wider humanitarian community.

EMERGENCY LEVEL:
UNHCR Level 3 Emergency

26 Sep 2017 description

Chad, a country struck by poverty, is confronted with three refugee crises. It has welcomed not only 7000 people fleeing Boko Haram, but also over 380,000 refugees from much less publicised crises, such as that of the Central African Republic and Darfur. The majority of these refugees have lived in Chad for more than 10 years.

26 Sep 2017 description

Weekly country updates as of 20 September 2017

Afghanistan

No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 remains six. The most recent case in the country had onset of paralysis on 10 July, from Zabul province, neighbouring Kandahar province and Pakistan.

26 Sep 2017 description

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 — Since the cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was declared on 9 September, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has treated 17,000 people after setting up around 30 units and treatment centres. The outbreak has already spread across 20 provinces, representing one of the largest cholera outbreaks seen in DRC, and has not yet been brought under control. MSF is urging for increased prevention and awareness-raising activities, and for more organisations to respond in tackling the epidemic.

26 Sep 2017 description

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 46 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

• Cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
• Cholera in Nigeria
• Lassa fever in Nigeria
• Yellow fever in Nigeria
• Measles in Uganda
• Floods/mudslide in Sierra Leone

26 Sep 2017 description

Racing to prevent a ‘disaster within a disaster,’ UNHCR ups vaccine, clean water and sanitation drives in informal Bangladesh settlements.

By Tim Gaynor

26 Sep 2017 description

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Maria is the 6th hurricane to have formed in the Atlantic Basin this season. Rainfall on many of the islands on Maria’s path could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. In the U.S. Virgin Islands and in Puerto Rico the Public Authorities have convened in advance of Hurricane Maria and have already placed several provinces on alert for hurricane conditions. Authorities are evaluating priority evacuation z ones.

26 Sep 2017 description

In June 2014, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized Ba’ashiqah, a small town located just outside the city of Mosul in northern Iraq’s Ninewa Province. Families were forced to flee their homes, taking with them only what they could carry on their backs or fit in their vehicles. Those who remained suffered two years of brutal occupation by ISIS. Iraqi forces launched a massive offensive to retake the town during the Battle for Mosul, and the town was liberated from ISIS control in early November 2016.

26 Sep 2017 description
report Prensa Libre

En cuatro meses, el invierno ha dejado 21 personas fallecidas y 204 mil 207 afectadas, según los registros de la Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (Conred), y se prevé que los efectos del invierno persistan un mes más.

Según David de León, vocero de la Conred, las lluvias que afectan al país son causadas por un sistema de baja presión que se ubica entre Guatemala y México, que genera el ingreso de humedad, pero las lluvias podrían persistir durante dos semanas más y el suelo continuará saturándose y representando riesgo.