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USA: Red Cross responds to tornado destruction in Missouri

The tornado that caused a trail of destruction across the US state of Missouri is one of the worst the country has experienced in living memory, killing at least 116 people and leaving thousands homeless. The city of Joplin, and its 50,000 residents, saw the most damage from winds of almost 200mph....

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Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire : L'UNICEF préoccupé par la sécurité et la santé des enfants dans le sud-ouest du pays

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, le 24 mai 2011 – Le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF) est préoccupé par la situation des enfants et des femmes dans la province du Bas-Sassandra, dans le sud-ouest de la Côte d’Ivoire. Des affrontements depuis plusieurs semaines près de la ville...

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Rwanda

Rwanda: Heavy rainstorms and floods cause loss of lives, crop destruction, submerged latrines and damage to homes

CHF 149,954 has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,860 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged. Summary: On 25 April 2011, Gisagara District located in the...

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Sudan

Sudan: Over 15,000 people possibly displaced around Agok, insecurity persists

Highlights: • The situation in the Abyei area is highly volatile, with reports of ongoing fighting in and around Abyei town and SAF operations further south towards the Bahr el Arab/Kiir River • Insecurity and movement restrictions continue to impede humanitarian needs assessments in and...

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Burundi + 7 more

Central & Eastern Africa: Overall food security conditions worsen; staple food prices increase

Regional food security situation and outlook Drought conditions severely impacting food security in the eastern part of the region The very poor rainfall performance and temporal distribution registered in March and April has caused serious dry conditions over several areas of the eastern part of...

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Colombia + 1 more

La Niña episode is coming to an end, WMO says

Press Release No. 916 For use of the information media Not an official record Geneva, 23 May 2011 (WMO) – The La Niña episode, which caused disastrously wet conditions in certain regions and drought in others, is coming to an end, according to the latest Update issued by the World...

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Myanmar

Myanmar: Urgent need to prepare for earthquakes

YANGON, 23 May 2011 (IRIN) - The recent 6.8 quake that shook Myanmar's northeastern Shan State, killing 74 and affecting 18,000 [http://www.themimu.info/Earthquake/Shan_Earthquake/Reports/110330_OCHA_Sit_Rep_5_Myanmar_Earthquake.pdf], serves as a stark warning for this largely unprepared,...

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Egypt + 4 more

Arab region: New impetus for disaster risk reduction

Cairo.- The United Nations report titled “Revealing risk, redefining Development”, launched this May by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva, reveals a new interest and concern for disaster risk reduction in the Middle East and North...

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Côte d'Ivoire + 1 more

Côte d’Ivoire: Humanitarian response woefully underfunded

$200m funding gap remains for humanitarian crisis following months of conflict, says Oxfam On the day Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara is officially inaugurated in front of heads of state from around the world, more than 300,000 people remain displaced from their homes within the country...

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Sudan

North Sudan takes control of key town in Abyei

U.N. said northern army had deployed in main town Abyei seen as flashpoint over southern secession By Ulf Laessing KHARTOUM, May 22 (Reuters) - Sudan's northern army has taken control of the disputed Abyei region and is clearing it of armed groups from the South, a minister from the northern...

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan: UN strongly condemns attack on medical facility in Kabul

21 May 2011, Kabul - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns in the strongest terms the suicide attack on the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital in Kabul today that resulted in many civilian casualties, including at least six deaths. A suicide bomber blew himself up...

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Côte d'Ivoire + 4 more

Côte d’Ivoire: Only 50% of IDPs living in sites in the West have sufficient access to water

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA Côte d’Ivoire. It covers the period from 12 to 19 May, 2011. The next report will be issued on or around 26 May 2011. I. Highlights/key priorities Tension and fighting near San Pedro prompts...

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Iraq + 1 more

Syria: Growing concern over impact of current social unrest on food prices and overall food security situation of vulnerable groups

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT Early forecast points to a below average winter cereal output in 2011 Lower cereal import estimated in the current 2010/11 (July/June) Food inflation declines since December 2010 Concern grows over the impact of current social unrest on food prices and the overall food...

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oPt

Palestine refugee health as much at risk today as in 1950 - report

20 May 2011 Jerusalem Palestinian refugees today face increasing health risks, even after decades of improvement through UNRWA’s health programme, according to a report released by the UN agency today. While much progress has been made in key areas, says the report, social and economic...

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Chad + 2 more

Several thousand migrants stranded in remote Chadian border town with Niger

An IOM mission is underway to begin helping several thousand migrants currently stranded in the remote mountainous Chadian border town of Zouarké close to Niger. According to the Chadian government, more than 3,800 migrants including 310 women and children are in a very difficult situation in...

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Uganda

Uganda: Ebola outbreak confirmed; intensive health promotion campaign required

CHF 133,744 has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the national society in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,731,900 beneficiaries (targeted population for information dissemination campaign). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are...

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