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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.

26 Sep 2017 description

This map illustrates potentially damaged structures and buildings in Marigot(Saint Andrew Parish) as detected by satellite image acquired after landfall of the Tropical Cyclone Maria-17 on 19 September 2017. UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Pleiades image acquired on 23 September 2017 as post imagery. UNITAR-UNOSAT identified in the analysed area Marigot (Saint Andrew Parish) 1,345 potentially damaged structures. Taking into account the pre-building footprints provided by Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, this represent about 83 % of the total number of structures within the analysed area.

26 Sep 2017 description

• Bilateral training held for 6 districts and local authorities, 9 Aarhus Centres and media professionals

• 330 persons trained in rural communities

• 400 copies of public education materials distributed to residents

• Riverbed flood risk mitigation activity conducted

• Equipment provided to volunteer rescue teams in partner communities

26 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In Syria, violence continues to impact civilians across the country despite an overall reduction of civilian casualties in areas where de-escalation zone agreements are in place. Military operations are further deteriorating the humanitarian situation in Raqqa City and Deir-ez-Zor, with severe food, water, electricity and medical shortages. Protection of vulnerable families and their children remains a key concern.

26 Sep 2017 description

• Two bilateral trainings held for 12 municipalities and 15 Aarhus Centres

• Four local DRR plans developed through public participation

• 600 local representatives, civil society activists, media professionals and students trained

• 7870 copies of public education material distributed

• Tailored online resource content developed and uploaded

26 Sep 2017 description


  • Cholera outbreak nears 700,000 suspected cases as of September 19.

  • Airstrikes in western Yemen and attacks in Ta’izz Governorate result in 32 civilian casualties.

  • USG announces $168.5 million in new humanitarian funding to support critical relief efforts in Yemen.

  • WHO treats 2,300 children for severe acute malnutrition.

Key Developments

26 Sep 2017 description

Pacific Beat

Vanuatu's Government has declared a state of emergency after an erupting volcano forced at least 6,000 people to flee their homes on the island of Ambae.

The Manaro volcano has been active since 2005, but a recent increase in activity has raised fears of a major eruption.

The national government also approved a $2 million fund to provide food, shelter and water to those affected.

26 Sep 2017 description

Italy and WHO signed a country cooperation strategy (CCS) for the first time on 13 September 2017. The CCS covers the period from 2017 to 2022 and defines a medium-term strategic framework for cooperation between the partners.

26 Sep 2017 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS) with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is continuing to assess the evolving situation, and has requested for allocation of disaster relief emergency funds (DREF)

The situation

26 Sep 2017 description
report Jakarta Post

News Desk
The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, September 26, 2017 | 07:37 pm

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is scheduled to deliver humanitarian aid to Mount Agung evacuees during his visit to Bali on Tuesday.

“The President’s assistance is in the form of various goods worth more than Rp 7.1 billion [US$ 530,643.35],” Social Affairs Ministry’s social security and protection director general Harry Nikmat said, according to Antara in Jakarta on Tuesday.

26 Sep 2017 description

In response to renewed fighting in north-western Syria and the resulting increase in health needs, WHO is accelerating its regular shipment of surgery and trauma kits from its field office in Gaziantep, Turkey.

26 Sep 2017 description

Mr. President, excellencies and distinguished delegates,

I thank you for the invitation to address the Council and touch on some critical issues in South Sudan. I will provide a brief update on the situation in the country, as well as United Nations efforts to protect civilians and build durable peace as per our mandate.

26 Sep 2017 description

Executive summary

Water security underpins the achievement of development agendas across many sectors – including health, energy, agriculture, environment, mining, and other industries. Water infrastructure is vital for delivering water security. Water infrastructure is generally long-lived and with high upfront costs, making it vulnerable to future climate change uncertainties.

26 Sep 2017 description
report UN Security Council


The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Tekeda Alemu (Ethiopia):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack by unknown assailants against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in the region of Gao, Mali, on 24 September 2017, which caused the death of three Bangladeshi peacekeepers and injured four others.