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20 Sep 2017 description

Speech by ICRC President Peter Maurer, High-Level Humanitarian Event on South Sudan, United Nations General Assembly, 72nd session.

The humanitarian situation in South Sudan today is rapidly deteriorating, spiralling further and further out of control. The numbers of people affected run into the millions and comprise a significant proportion of the country’s population.

The impact of the conflict has gone far beyond the frontlines of war: sparking food shortages, an economic crisis and causing a massive displacement of people.

20 Sep 2017 description

In support of the Humanitarian Country Team’s (HCT) earthquake contingency plan, the Community of Practice (CoP) on Community Engagement conducted a series of pre-crisis information mapping surveys and consultations in 10 selected barangays.
This took place from May to July 2017 and covered the cities of Quezon, Valenzuela, Marikina, Pasig,
Malabon and Manila.

20 Sep 2017 description
report REACH Initiative

Overview

Hawiga district is one of the last areas of Iraq still occupied by the armed group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The offensive by Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) to retake the city is due to begin imminently. With the beginning of the operation, the United Nations (UN) estimates that 65,000 civilians, still residing in ISIL-held territory, will be affected.

The fighting is likely to trigger mass displacement, with probable continued influx of civilians towards areas controlled by Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

19 Sep 2017 description

Since the end of August, some 400,000 Rohingyas have crossed the Myanmar border and taken refuge in Bangladesh. Joining 300,000 to 500,000 Rohingyas already present in the country, the new arrivals need food and drinking water, access to sanitary facilities, health care, rehabilitation sessions, and other accommodations. Handicap International is responding to this emergency by supplying aid to families with acute needs.

19 Sep 2017 description

DEAR FRIENDS,
OVER THE PAST YEAR, AS NATIVIST ARGUMENTS FOR WALLS AND OTHER BARRIERS TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT GAINED STRENGTH IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD, THE CORE MISSION OF DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS WAS CHALLENGED AS NEVER BEFORE. WITH YOUR STRONG SUPPORT, WE ARE FIGHTING ON ALL FRONTS TO DEFEND OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE IN NEED REGARDLESS OF RACE, RELIGION, OR POLITICAL CONVICTION.

19 Sep 2017 description
report Radio Dabanga

Three children died in separate incidents with extreme weather in Darfur. A fire broke out in a basic school in a camp in South Darfur.

Two children died when a thunderstorm hit El Mustagabal district in northern Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, on Saturday. One of the neighbours told Radio Dabanga that the storm caused a room to collapse on children Mecca and Zahra Adam Hamad, both pupils at El Mustagabal district basic school.

19 Sep 2017 description

$55.8 million required to address the urgent needs of 2,151,080 people severely affected by Hurricane Irma in the 33 most affected municipalities.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Less than a year after the impact of Hurricane Matthew, and in a context of an intense drought, the strongest hurricane ever reported in the Atlantic hit Cuba for more than 72 hours, from September 8th-10th, with 240-250 km/h winds and even stronger gusts, coastal inundation and waves of up to 9 meters.

19 Sep 2017 description

$55.8 millón para enfrentar las necesidades urgentes de 2,151,080 millones personas severamente afectadas por el huracán Irma, en los 33 municipios más afectados

PERSPECTIVA GENERAL DE LA SITUACIÓN

A menos de un año del impacto del Huracán Matthew y en un contexto de intensa sequía, el mayor huracán formado en el Atlántico golpeó Cuba durante más de 72 horas, desde el 8 hasta el 10 de septiembre. Azotaron vientos entre 240-250 km/h y rachas superiores, inundaciones costeras y olas de hasta 9 metros.

18 Sep 2017 description

Facts & Figures:

  • 65.6 million people forcibly displaced;

  • 20 million at risk of famine in North-East Nigeria, South Sudan,
    Somalia and Yemen;

  • 1.5 billion people living in fragile and conflict-affected countries.

EU Action:

  • International Conference on Social Protection on 28-29 September 2017, with the participation of 25 countries;

  • Development of a training package and provision of guidance on social protection in fragile contexts;

18 Sep 2017 description

Total Assessments 172

Verified Return Villages 60

Refugee Villages of Origin 117

Background information

18 Sep 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Farid Ahmed

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Sep 18 2017 (IPS) - Forsaken and driven out by their home country Myanmar, tens of thousands of Rohingyas are struggling to survive in Bangladesh’s border districts amid scarcities of food, clean water and medical care, mostly for children and elderly people.

18 Sep 2017 description
report The Kathmandu Post

Health facility destroyed in 2015 earthquake yet to be rebuilt

by BALARAM GHIMIRE, RASUWA

Sep 17, 2017-Authorities concerned are yet to reconstruct the quake-damaged Rasuwa District Hospital even more than two years after the disaster.

The major health facility in the district has been providing services from tents in Dhunche, the district headquarters. The temporary tents set up soon after the quake by the Canadian Red Cross are still being used as the district hospital. But the tents are no more in good condition.

17 Sep 2017 description
infographic REACH Initiative

Methodology

REACH, in partnership with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), conducted an assessment between July and August 2017 among IDPs residing in and out of camps in 12 Local Government Agencies (LGAs) in Borno State in relation to their displacement profiles and intentions.

16 Sep 2017 description
report RAND Corporation

Heat waves—prolonged periods of abnormally hot weather—can be deadly events, especially for vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, the chronically ill, and infants. Historically, heat waves have been responsible for large numbers of deaths; the most notorious recent events are the European 2003 and Russian 2010 heat waves, in which tens of thousands died. And, as a result of climate change, these events are projected to become more frequent, more intense, and lengthier, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.