From borehole drilling to peacebuilding Oxfam partners in South Sudan are responding to people’s needs in ways that only local organisations could. Tim Bierley reflects on the strengths of Oxfam’s South Sudan partnerships.
The Algerian authorities have launched a discriminatory crackdown against foreign nationals, rounding up and forcibly expelling more than 2,000 sub-Saharan African migrants from a range of countries to neighbouring Niger and Mali over the past three weeks, said Amnesty International. Those expelled include more than 300 minors, among them at least 25 unaccompanied children.
A flood has occurred in Sabah, Malaysia on 18 October 2017, 19:29 local time. National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) of Malaysia reported that 4,118 people have been displaced to evacuation sites. Kota Belud was reported as the most affected location with villagers along the Kadamaian river greatly affected.
Affected Area / Region: Sabah
Displaced Persons: 4118
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Temotu’s Volcano _Tinakula_ Erupts: Ash cloud reaches Reef Islands headed toward capital Lata
A landslide has occurred in Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, on 21 October 2017, 19.34 local time. The National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) reported that the casualties include death of 11 people, 3 people injured and 4 people missing.
Affected Area / Region: Pulau Pinang
Injured: 3 Damages
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Over 40 delegates from 15 countries convened in Nuku’alofa today for the inaugural Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Workshop, known as the Exercise READY ASSIT, at Tano’a International Dateline Hotel. The three-day event is co-hosted by Australia and Tonga.
On October 15, 2017, due to the effects of big waves to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and the Low Pressure Area (LPA) occurred in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi Province, 7 barangays are affected and brought displacement to hundreds of families. The affected families decided to leave their respective area and temporarily stayed with their relatives and friends.
Status of Affected Families / Persons
631 families or 3,155 persons are affected in 7 barangays.
21 October 2017
At 10:00 PM, TY "PAOLO" has maintained its strength and is about to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) with maximum sustained winds of up to 185 kph and gustiness of up to 225 kph. It is foretasted to move North Northeast at 27 kph.
The southwesterly wind flow enhanced by this Typhoon was foretasted to bring cloudy skies with scattered light to moderate and at times heavy rainshowers during thunderstorms over Mindanao, Western Visayas, and Palawan.
22 October 2017
24th October, 2017 Over 40 delegates from 15 countries convened in Nuku’alofa today for the inaugural Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Workshop, known as the Exercise READY ASSIT, at Tano’a International Dateline Hotel. The three-day event is co-hosted by Australia and Tonga.
YÊN BÁI – As people in flood-hit provinces struggle to piece together severely disrupted lives, local authorities are calling out for urgent help to deal with major damage suffered by dykes, irrigation works and other constructions.
A Vietnam News Agency report says that the recent downpours and resultant flooding have inflicted severe damage in Yên Bái Province’s Trạm Tấu District, with 13 people dead or missing, 130 houses and 115 irrigation works destroyed and 530ha of crops in danger.
As part of the work carried out by Interpeace with the Police Unit for Peacebuilding – UNIPEP -, a visit was made to one of the Territorial Areas of Training and Reincorporation in Colombia, with the objective to talk with community members, and learn about the challenges that they are facing in the implementation of the peace agreements.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY SIXTH COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-SECOND SESSION, 18TH MEETING (AM)
The interaction between the Sixth Committee (Legal) and the International Law Commission was central to the codification and progressive development of international law, the Committee heard today as it began its comprehensive consideration of the Commission’s report on its sixty‑ninth session.
River barrage forced to boost discharge rate
Floodwater in some provinces south of Chai Nat, including Bangkok's adjacent Nonthaburi, could rise as much as 30cm as the Chao Phraya barrage faces heavy pressure from increasing run-off from the north.
The barrage will release even more water, despite authorities' promises to keep the discharge in check.
However, authorities insist that Bangkok will still be saved from flooding.
October 23, 2017
Since August 25 more than 600,000 Rohingya people have fled targeted violence in Myanmar and sought safety across the border in Bangladesh, bringing the total of Rohingya refugees in that country to nearly a million. The new arrivals share horrific stories with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams about their villages being raided and burned and of widespread violence against civilians. They carry the scars from bullet, blast, and stab wounds, severe burns, and sexual violence.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY SECOND COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-SECOND SESSION, 21ST MEETING (PM)
Israeli occupation and natural resource exploitation continued to hamper social and economic development in the occupied State of Palestine and the Syrian Golan, speakers told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) as it discussed those territories today.
The Productive Safety Net Program was launched in 2005 to fight chronic food security issues in Ethiopia. The program falls under the work-for-food category where community members receive cash transfers in lieu of working on projects. The study evaluates the impacts of these community programs beyond the beneficiary households, by using the local economy-wide impact evaluation(LEWIE) model.