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Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire: Aid agencies fighting to remain impartial

ABIDJAN/DAKAR, 22 April 2011 (IRIN) - The perceived impartiality of UN aid agencies and NGOs is still at risk and must be re-stressed in Côte d'Ivoire, say NGOs, given the UN peacekeeping force's direct role in the fighting. Aid agencies - both UN and NGOs - are deliberately distancing...

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Supercities face high quake risk

New York – More than half of the world’s supercities, with populations of 2-15 million, are at future risk of being affected by nearby magnitude seven or greater earthquakes, warned Eric Calais, Haiti-based seismologist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A significant number...

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Humanitarian coordination in slow-onset emergencies

INTRODUCTION There is a widespread recognition that the nature of humanitarian emergencies is changing. Although catastrophic, sudden-onset events like tropical storms, earthquakes and tsunamis will continue to happen, and will require rapid and well coordinated humanitarian interventions, many...

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Nigeria

Nigeria: Emergency aid for people fleeing violence in the north

Abuja/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Nigerian Red Cross Society are responding swiftly to the urgent needs of thousands of people displaced in the city of Kano and elsewhere in the north of the country following post-election violence that erupted on 17...

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Somalia

Somalia: Trapped between conflict and natural disaster

21-04-2011 Operational Update Despite recent rains in Somalia's south, livestock and food production in the country as a whole continue to suffer from severe drought. Meanwhile, military offensives launched in late February in Mogadishu and at the frontiers with Kenya and Ethiopia forced...

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Philippines

Philippines: Cholera strikes remote ethnic group

MANILA, 21 April 2011 (IRIN) - Health officials in the Philippines are struggling to contain a cholera outbreak in a remote area on the western island of Palawan. "There was no potable water, no toilets. The tribesmen defecated everywhere, and used contaminated water to both wash and as a...

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Somalia

Somalia: "Worst drought in a lifetime"

NAIROBI, 20 April 2011 (IRIN) - Officials and aid workers in Somalia's Middle Shabelle region have raised the alarm over the plight of drought-stricken villagers urgently needing food and water. "We are experiencing the worst drought we have seen in decades; since the beginning of March,...

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Côte d'Ivoire + 1 more

Côte d'Ivoire: Fragile situation for refugees

By Sarah Oughton April 20, 2011 at 10:00 am David Peppiatt, our international director, reports back from Liberia where tens of thousands of refugees have fled from fighting in the Ivory Coast: Last week I spent five days visiting some of the most remote communities along the Liberian border with...

Malawi

Malawi: Thousands hit by flooding in north

JOHANNESBURG, 20 April 2011 (IRIN) - At least 4,600 families in Malawi's northern Karonga district have been affected by flooding since the beginning of April after heavy rain caused a dyke to collapse along the North Rukuru River. The full extent of flood water damage to crops, homes,...

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Libya + 2 more

Libya: Heavy shelling forces 10,000 refugees into Tunisia

This report is produced by OCHA Libya in collaboration with humanitarian partners, covering the period of 17 to 19 April. The next report will be issued on or around 21 April. I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES • The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief...

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Yemen

Yemen: UN council members call for restraint

19 Apr 2011 23:18 Security Council discusses Yemen for first time Council fails to agree on public statement UNITED NATIONS, April 19 (Reuters) - Members of the U.N. Security Council called for restraint and political dialogue in Yemen as the 15-nation body discussed the violence there for the...

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Libya

UN and Libya reach agreement on humanitarian presence in Tripoli

18 April 2011 – United Nations envoys visiting Libya have reached an agreement with the authorities on setting up a humanitarian presence in the capital, Tripoli, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, while once again calling for an immediate end to the fighting that has taken a heavy toll on...

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Climate Change: Agenda for Durban on the table

JOHANNESBURG, 18 April 2011 (IRIN) - Poor countries and small islands states have used their combined muscle to keep debate at the UN climate change talks in 2011focused on steps to ensure global temperatures do not increase more than two degrees by the turn of the century. Discussing the agenda...

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