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21 Sep 2017 description

El Presidente de la República, Enrique Peña Nieto, dirigió esta noche un mensaje a la población

"Mexicanas y mexicanos:

Desde hace poco menos de 36 horas, Gobierno y sociedad hemos enfrentando con entereza y solidaridad la emergencia provocada por el sismo que afectó la zona centro y sur del país.

La prioridad sigue siendo salvar vidas y dar atención médica a quienes la necesiten.

Hasta el momento, se ha rescatado con vida a más de 50 personas de los escombros de edificios derrumbados en la Ciudad de México.

21 Sep 2017 description
report Médecins du Monde

Since August 25th, there has been a steady escalation of violence against the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state, Myanmar. More than 415,000 people have been forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh and are now seeking refuge in the Cox's Bazar region. Many refugees have settled in makeshift camps, with limited supplies of food or water, and almost no access to medical care. Almost 80% of the refugees are women (including pregnant women) and children.

21 Sep 2017 description

When Rehana Begum, 20, fled Myanmar for Bangladesh she was heavily pregnant with twins, struggling for three days across mountains and spending two further days sleeping on the side of the road once she crossed the border.

On the day she arrived at Unchiprang camp, an informal settlement for new arrivals, she gave birth to a boy and a girl. The baby boy died during childbirth, and her husband Sulaiman had to bury him in an unmarked grave in the mud next to their tent.

21 Sep 2017 description

Kiev - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has launched an additional mobile health clinic, extending its reach to populations unable to access healthcare in the southern part of Donetsk Oblast province, eastern Ukraine.

This latest addition means MSF is now running four mobile clinics in eastern Ukraine, operating out of bases in Mariupol and Kurakhove. They regularly visit 22 separate locations with an additional three locations offering only psychological support.

21 Sep 2017 description

UK aid teams have been on the ground in Dominica to assess the devastation caused by the recent extreme weather in the Caribbean.

UK aid teams have been on the ground in Dominica to assess the devastation caused by the recent extreme weather in the Caribbean.

DFID field teams arrived on the island yesterday (20 September) to carry out a three day assessment of the impact of the Category 5 hurricane.

Initial reports suggest widespread destruction, with 90% of buildings damaged or destroyed.

21 Sep 2017 description

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Office of Press Relations
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov | Twitter: @USAID

Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced nearly $264 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Iraq. The United States Government has now provided nearly $1.7 billion in humanitarian assistance for the Iraq crisis since Fiscal Year 2014.

21 Sep 2017 description

Con el fin de atender a los afectados por el terremoto de magnitud 7,1 ocurrido el pasado 19 de septiembre, Médicos Sin Fronteras (MSF) hemos desplegado cuatro equipos de apoyo psicosocial en Ciudad de México.

Además, nuestros compañeros en el país están evaluando las necesidades médicas, sanitarias y psicológicas y de distribución de productos higiénicos no alimenticios en el estado de Morelos, el epicentro del seísmo.

21 Sep 2017 description

A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster

The disaster and the Red Cross Red Crescent response to date

  • March 2014: Ebola outbreak in Gueckedou and a FACT team is deployed in the country March and April 2014: CHF 250,000 DREF allocated

21 Sep 2017 description


Maria, the 13th named hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane near the Leeward Islands on Monday September 18th, 2017. Hurricane Maria impacted Dominica at approximately 9:35pm on September 18th as an extremely strong hurricane with wind speeds of 155 mph. Maria then impacted St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda on September 19th, 2017 and the Virgin Islands September 19 – 20, 2017.

21 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

CIUDAD DE MEXICO — A punto de cumplirse dos días del sismo de magnitud 7,1 registrado en el centro de México, sigue aumentando el número de personas fallecidas.

De acuerdo con el último inorme, son ya 246 las personas muertas; 115 en la Ciudad de México, 73 en Morelos, 43 en Puebla, 13 en el Estado de México, cinco en Guerrero y una en Oaxaca, y cerca de dos mil personas han sido atendidas en hospitales por diversas causas.

21 Sep 2017 description

Statement from the Antigua & Barbuda Marine Association

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 — Our friends in Dominica were hit by Hurricane Maria on Monday evening. The category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale ripped across the island and has literally devastated Dominica with electricity and communication systems down and expected to remain this way for weeks to come.

21 Sep 2017 description


  • Hurricane Maria, made landfall on Dominica on evening of September 18, 2017 as a category 5 Hurricane. The Princess Margaret Hospital is reported to be severely damaged and flooded. Dialysis service damaged, and the electricity is down. Seven deaths have been reported on the island due to the storm.

  • The hurricane made landfall on Puerto Rico around 6 AM today, bringing catastrophic flash flooding. Before Hurricane Maria made landfall, there were 172 shelters housing 9,981 occupants.

21 Sep 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Tony Redmond

Professor Tony Redmond is Director of The University of Manchester’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

MANCHESTER, UK, Sep 21 2017 (IPS) - Until this week, it had been 32 years since Mexico City suffered its last major earthquake. That was of 8.0 magnitude, which was approximately tenfold greater than Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude. Over 5000 people died, and outside assistance was offered and received.

21 Sep 2017 description

Kutupalong, Bangladesh – A massive scale-up of humanitarian aid in Bangladesh is needed to avoid a huge public health disaster following the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. Following a wave of targeted violence against Rohingya more than 422,000 people have fled to Bangladesh from Rakhine State in Myanmar within a three week period. The most recent influx of Rohingya refugees has added to the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled across the border during episodes of violence in previous years.

21 Sep 2017 description

Mexico City – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has deployed four of its psychosocial support teams in several areas of Mexico City, and is closely evaluating the psychological and medical needs in the state of Morelos following the strong earthquake that occurred on Tuesday 19 September. Meanwhile, MSF teams continue activities in several communities in the state of Oaxaca that were affected by another earthquake 12 days earlier.

21 Sep 2017 description

Estimates of persons-in-need are a key result expected of humanitarian needs assessments. However, they are challenging. Some are not informative, because of the methods chosen, missing and unreliable data or the way the humanitarian partners collaborate. In the absence of satisfactory PiN figures, substitutes are needed to inform prioritization and response planning. Other types of information may still be available in adequate scope, coverage and reliability.

21 Sep 2017 description
report British Red Cross

By Sam Smith

Hurricanes Irma and Maria have brought widespread destruction to the Caribbean. Trevor Queeley, from the Anguilla Red Cross, says Maria is delaying the aid effort, but his teams are eager to get back to helping people.

Hurricane Maria is battering our shores, less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma brought devastation to Anguilla. As I write this, people are sheltering from powerful winds and tropical storm conditions.

21 Sep 2017 description

FREETOWN, September 21 2017 --- On the morning of 14th August 2017, people in Sierra Leone awoke to tragic news. Following torrential rains, landslides had devastated communities in and around the country’s capital, Freetown. The landslide started in the Regent area, high on the slopes in the eastern part of the city, but flash floods, mudslides and boulders then cascaded down the mountainside, eviscerating everything in their way. It was a tragedy of immense proportions.

21 Sep 2017 description

The European Commission has announced an additional €10 million in humanitarian assistance to Iraq, bringing the total EU humanitarian contribution to this crisis to €350 million since 2015.