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Philippines

Philippines: Time to prepare for the typhoons

MANILA, 11 May 2011 (IRIN) - At the peak of the summer season, tropical storm Aere caught many unprepared. Almost 400,000 people were affected and 24 people lost their lives, the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council [...

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National drought policies wanted

JOHANNESBURG, 11 May 2011 (IRIN) - Few countries have policies in place to manage the impact of droughts that “remain a hidden risk”, are “poorly understood”, and over the last century have claimed millions of lives, says a Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2011 (GAR 2011)....

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Italy + 2 more

Unaccompanied children fleeing North Africa for Europe risk starvation, thirst and death by drowning

Unaccompanied children as young as 12 are risking their lives as they flee political instability in North Africa in migrant boats bound for Europe, Save the Children has warned. 120 lone children are at a reception centre on the Italian island of Lampedusa after making a potentially deadly journey...

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New global initiative seeks to advance disaster preparedness

Towards A Safer World launched to capture lessons from pandemic preparedness to help disaster professionals better plan, coordinate and respond to all types of disasters Rome, ITALY - May 10, 2011 — The United Nations System for Influenza Coordination (UNSIC) and the U.S. Agency for International...

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Libya

Libya: Some aid reaching Misrata, but needs still high

NAIROBI, 10 May 2011 (IRIN) - More aid has arrived in the western Libyan city of Misrata, with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delivering medical supplies, spare parts to repair water and electrical supply systems and baby food by ship. Civilians evacuated from Misrata, which is...

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Economic disaster losses increasing, threatening all regions, rich and poor countries, warns new United Nations report

Geneva, Tuesday 10 May – Disaster-related economic losses are increasing across all regions, critically threatening the economies of low-income countries and even outstripping wealth creation across many of the world’s richer nations, says a United Nations report titled Revealing Risk,...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina + 1 more

Bosnia and Herzegovina facing worst crisis in years, Security Council hears

Bosnia and Herzegovina is facing its worst crisis since fighting stopped in 1995, with no prospect of a new state government being formed, a stalled economy and a direct threat from Republika Srpska to the country’s very existence, the Security Council heard today. Valentin Inzko, the High...

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Bolivia + 7 more

Children and disasters: Understanding impact and enabling agency

Children are highly vulnerable to disasters, in part because of their particular stage of physiological and social development. Powerful forces of nature such as earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis can have serious immediate and long-term impacts on human health, property and livelihoods, which can...

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Ethiopia + 2 more

Mozambique: Extreme overcrowding in refugee centers increases health risks

HIGHLIGHTS / KEY PRIORITIES Around 4,000 asylum seekers and refugee population are currently physically present in Maratane Refugee Center, while 1,000 individuals from the two countries (Ethiopia and Somalia) are at the entry point in Palma and in need of humanitarian assistance. The poor health...

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Côte d'Ivoire + 3 more

Côte d’Ivoire: Appeal is funded only at 22%; low funding curtails delivery of humanitarian assistance

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA Côte d’Ivoire. It covers the period from 04 to 08 May 2011. The next report will be issued on or around 10 May 2011. I. Highlights/key priorities Humanitarian assistance reaches more people in...

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Afghanistan + 18 more

Protection of Civilians in 2010: Facts, Figures, and the UN Security Council’s response - new Oxfam report

In 2010, millions of men, women, and children were killed, raped, displaced, injured, or recruited by force in armed conflicts throughout the world. Whether caught in the crossfire or deliberately targeted, civilians too often suffer disproportionately as a result of conflict. The primary...

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Philippines

Tropical Storm Aere pounds Philippines, kills 13

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW: · Tropical Storm "BEBENG" has maintained its strength as it moves Northward · Location of Eye/Center: At 4:00 PM today, the center of TS “Bebeng” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 50 km East of Tuguegarao City (17.5°N, 122.2°E) ·...

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Syria

Syria escalates crackdown, 14 killed in Homs

Syrian security forces have escalated their military crackdown, killing 14 people, including a young boy, in the central city of Homs, detaining more than 200 others in the coastal city of Banias, and sweeping into several southern towns. Human rights groups say tanks and troops stormed three Homs...

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Lebanon

Lebanon: Fight to criminalize violence against women

by Marla Swanson Kafa ("Enough") Violence & Exploitation is an organization in Lebanon focusing on fighting violence against women, child sexual abuse, and trafficking. The group works to eradicate gender-based violence through advocating for legal reform and change of policies and...

Sudan

Sudan: Abyei at a dangerous tipping point

Nairobi/Brussels, 8 May 2011: Abyei is on the brink of dangerous new conflict that risks escalation of violent confrontation between security forces and other armed proxies from North and South Sudan on the eve of Southern independence. Fighting in recent days follows months of recurring incidents...

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