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Myanmar: Myanmar appeals for international assistance for flood relief

Myanmar - ReliefWeb News - 2 hours 48 min ago
Source: AlertNet Country: Myanmar

YANGON, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Myanmar said on Tuesday it had appealed for international assistance to help provide food, temporary shelter and clothing for more than 210,000 people affected by widespread flooding following weeks of heavy monsoon rains.

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Myanmar: Thailand offers Bt5 million in flood aid to Myanmar

Myanmar - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 13 min ago
Source: Mizzima News Country: Myanmar, Thailand

The Thai government will today offer Myanmar Bt5 million as financial aid as the country struggles with floods, deputy government spokesman Maj-General Weerachon Sukhonthapati-pak said yesterday according to a 4 August report in The Nation.

Myanmar's ambassador to Thailand will also meet government representatives to provide updates on the flood situation and people's needs, so help can be provided accordingly.

A donation centre has also been set up at the Myanmar-Thailand border in Chiang Rai province to facilitate the delivery of help to flood victims.

The centre was established through a joint collaboration between the Thai-Myanmar Township Border Committee (TBC) and the Thai-Myanmar Cultural and Economic Council's Chiang Rai office.

Honduras: REDLAC Weekly Note on Emergencies - Latin America & the Caribbean - Year 8 - Volume 415

ReliefWeb - OCHA Situation Reports - 3 hours 26 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru

Highlights

  • DROUGHT AND FOOD SECURITY: 807,015 people are affected by drought in Honduras. The Government declared state of emergency for affected municipalities and approved funds in for the implementation of a food assistance program.

  • FLOODS AND RAINS: In Colombia 1,500 families are affected by rains in the Municipality of Puerto Boyaca. In Ecuador heavy rains caused landslides affecting the regions of El Oriente and Sierra Centro.

  • COLD WEATHER: In Peru more than 198,000 people are affected by the cold weather season that started in May.
    Authorities approved a response plan in coordination with affected departments

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Honduras: REDLAC Weekly Note on Emergencies - Latin America & the Caribbean - Year 8 - Volume 415

Colombia - Chad - 3 hours 26 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru

Highlights

  • DROUGHT AND FOOD SECURITY: 807,015 people are affected by drought in Honduras. The Government declared state of emergency for affected municipalities and approved funds in for the implementation of a food assistance program.

  • FLOODS AND RAINS: In Colombia 1,500 families are affected by rains in the Municipality of Puerto Boyaca. In Ecuador heavy rains caused landslides affecting the regions of El Oriente and Sierra Centro.

  • COLD WEATHER: In Peru more than 198,000 people are affected by the cold weather season that started in May.
    Authorities approved a response plan in coordination with affected departments

Honduras: REDLAC Nota Semanal sobre Emergencias - América Latina y el Caribe - Año 8 - Volumen 415

ReliefWeb - OCHA Situation Reports - 3 hours 33 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru

Destacados

  • SEQUÍA e INSEGURIDAD ALIMENTARIA: En Honduras la sequía afecta a 807,015 personas. El Gobierno declaró estado de emergencia los municipios afectados y aprobó fondos para ejecutar un programa de asistencia alimentaria.

  • LLUVIAS e INUNDACIONES: En Colombia 1,500 familias resultaron afectadas por el mal tiempo en el Municipio de Puerto Boyacá. En Ecuador se registran deslizamientos por las fuertes precipitaciones que han afectado el Oriente y Sierra centro del país.

  • BAJAS TEMPERATURAS: En Perú, se han registrado más de 198,000 personas afectadas por la temporada de bajas temperaturas iniciada en el mes de mayo. Autoridades aprobaron un plan de respuesta en coordinación con los departamentos afectados

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Honduras: REDLAC Nota Semanal sobre Emergencias - América Latina y el Caribe - Año 8 - Volumen 415

Colombia - Chad - 3 hours 33 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru

Destacados

  • SEQUÍA e INSEGURIDAD ALIMENTARIA: En Honduras la sequía afecta a 807,015 personas. El Gobierno declaró estado de emergencia los municipios afectados y aprobó fondos para ejecutar un programa de asistencia alimentaria.

  • LLUVIAS e INUNDACIONES: En Colombia 1,500 familias resultaron afectadas por el mal tiempo en el Municipio de Puerto Boyacá. En Ecuador se registran deslizamientos por las fuertes precipitaciones que han afectado el Oriente y Sierra centro del país.

  • BAJAS TEMPERATURAS: En Perú, se han registrado más de 198,000 personas afectadas por la temporada de bajas temperaturas iniciada en el mes de mayo. Autoridades aprobaron un plan de respuesta en coordinación con los departamentos afectados

Pakistan: Pakistan: Flood Impact Update - as of 3 August 2015

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Pakistan
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Pakistan: Pakistan: Flood Impact Update - as of 3 August 2015

Pakistan - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 54 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Pakistan

Pakistan: Pakistan: Flood Impact Update - as of 3 August 2015

Pakistan - Maps - 3 hours 54 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Pakistan

Zimbabwe: Southern Africa Weekly Report (28th July - 03rd August 2015)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Seychelles, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Regional Overview

Madagascar

The municipal elections of 31 July was generally peaceful despite a number of irregularities reported. No official results have been published, but preliminary information indicates that the party of former President Marc Ravalomanana, TIM, won the capital Antananarivo, and the party of the former President of the Transition Andry Rajoelina, MAPAR, who won in others major cities. The political party of the current President is expected to win in rural areas.

Lesotho

The SADC - recommended commission of enquiry into the killing of Lesotho’s former army chief, Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao, has commenced. The commission, led by Botswana High Court Judge Mpathi Phumaphi, is meant to conclude within 60 days and thereafter report to the chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics‚ Defence and Security Cooperation, South African President Jacob Zuma.

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Zimbabwe: Southern Africa Weekly Report (28th July - 03rd August 2015)

Zimbabwe - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 36 sec ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Seychelles, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Regional Overview

Madagascar

The municipal elections of 31 July was generally peaceful despite a number of irregularities reported. No official results have been published, but preliminary information indicates that the party of former President Marc Ravalomanana, TIM, won the capital Antananarivo, and the party of the former President of the Transition Andry Rajoelina, MAPAR, who won in others major cities. The political party of the current President is expected to win in rural areas.

Lesotho

The SADC - recommended commission of enquiry into the killing of Lesotho’s former army chief, Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao, has commenced. The commission, led by Botswana High Court Judge Mpathi Phumaphi, is meant to conclude within 60 days and thereafter report to the chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics‚ Defence and Security Cooperation, South African President Jacob Zuma.

Zimbabwe: Southern Africa Weekly Report (28th July - 03rd August 2015)

Zimbabwe - Maps - 4 hours 36 sec ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Seychelles, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Regional Overview

Madagascar

The municipal elections of 31 July was generally peaceful despite a number of irregularities reported. No official results have been published, but preliminary information indicates that the party of former President Marc Ravalomanana, TIM, won the capital Antananarivo, and the party of the former President of the Transition Andry Rajoelina, MAPAR, who won in others major cities. The political party of the current President is expected to win in rural areas.

Lesotho

The SADC - recommended commission of enquiry into the killing of Lesotho’s former army chief, Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao, has commenced. The commission, led by Botswana High Court Judge Mpathi Phumaphi, is meant to conclude within 60 days and thereafter report to the chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics‚ Defence and Security Cooperation, South African President Jacob Zuma.

Somalia: Almost 100,000 flee Yemen in four months as receiving countries struggle to cope in face of funding crisis

Yemen - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 8 min ago
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen

Almost 100,000 people have fled Yemen since conflict erupted there in late March but UNHCR’s regional response to this outflow is just one fifth funded. In Somalia, where over 28,000 people have arrived, just five percent of the required funding has been received. While many of these people have not sought help as refugees, around 54,000 have registered with UNHCR and government authorities for assistance of various kinds. With funding also low for operations inside Yemen, UNHCR is concerned that delivery of assistance there, as well as to refugees fleeing the country, will be at risk without additional funding soon.

SOMALIA

With the arrival in Bossaso, Puntland on 30 July of a boat carrying over 2,500 individuals (2,197 Somalis, 337 Yemenis and 9 others), total arrivals from Yemen to Somalia in July was almost 10,000 people (9,864). This is the highest monthly arrival figure to date; the previous high was in May, when 8,683 arrivals were recorded. As of 30 July, over 28,000 individuals (25,429 Somalis, 2,726 Yemenis, and 205 other third country nationals) have arrived in Somalia since March 26th.

The majority have been arriving in Bossaso (65 percent) and Berbera, Somaliland (34%). UNHCR and partners provide assistance to returnees to Somalia, including onward transportation to areas of origin or return. Almost 7,000 Somalis have returned to South Central regions (5,000 in Mogadishu), some joining settlements for internally displaced people there. More heIp is needed to ensure basic services and livelihoods and strengthen registration and verification and reception capacity at the main ports, particularly as outflows of Somali nationals are expected to continue. The Somalia Response Plan for the Yemen Crisis launched in June remains seriously underfunded. UNHCR and partners have received only 5 per cent of the US$ 64 million needed.

DJIBOUTI

In Djibouti, 21,726 people had arrived from Yemen as of the end of July. Of these 9,953 (46%) are Yemeni nationals, 9,946 (46%) are transiting third country nationals and 1,827 (8%) are Djiboutian returnees. UNHCR and the Government refugee agency ONARS have registered 2,397 refugees (2,271 Yemenis). There are 1,767 refugees (1,718 Yemenis) registered in Markazi refugee camp, Obock. The Djibouti Response plan for UNHCR and partners is funded at just 7% of the required US$ 26 million.

ETHIOPIA

In Ethiopia 3,210 people have arrived from Yemen since March including 2,500 Somalis and 706 Yemenis. Somalis already registered as refugees in Yemen, after crossing the borders of Djibouti and Somaliland, are arriving in the eastern and northern regions of Ethiopia and are being assisted through existing projects in refugee camps there. An additional US$500,000 is needed for registration and transportation and distribution of emergency assistance to new arrivals in Jijiga in eastern Ethiopia.

Some Yemeni refugees arriving in Ethiopia are being helped through a UNHCR urban refugee programme in Addis Ababa but arrivals have already exceeded the number predicted for the whole of 2015. As a result, UNHCR’s main partner there is unable to assist further urban refugees. UNHCR Ethiopia urgently requires an additional US$570,000 to respond to this rapid increase in urban refugees.

OTHER COUNTRIES

Elsewhere some 5,000 arrivals comprised of mixed nationalities have been recorded in Oman since the conflict started while some 30,000 Yemenis and 9,880 third country national arrivals have been recorded in Saudi Arabia. Of these, 4,204 remain in Saudi Arabia while the remainder have transited to other countries. With a further 271 arrivals in Sudan, this makes a total of 98,176 arrivals in receiving countries in just over four months across the region.

Regionally, the UNHCR emergency response is just one fifth funded (20 percent or US$ 26.4 million), leaving a funding gap of US$ 107.7 million.

YEMEN

The UNHCR emergency response inside Yemen is also seriously underfunded at just 23 percent of the required US$ 105.6 million. Some 1.2 million internally displaced people and approximately 250,000 refugees continue to need assistance in extremely challenging conditions with severely restricted access. UNHCR reiterates that any returns to Yemen from receiving countries must be voluntary and based on a free and informed choice.

For more information on this topic, please contact:

Teddy Leposky in Yemen, +967 71 2225121

Carlotta Wolf in Somalia, +254 734 628 053 / +252 617 340 259

Alexandra Strand Holm in Somalia, +254 733 12 11 47

Rika Hakozaki in Ethiopia, +251 93 001 3866

Somalia: Almost 100,000 flee Yemen in four months as receiving countries struggle to cope in face of funding crisis

Somalia - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 8 min ago
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen

Almost 100,000 people have fled Yemen since conflict erupted there in late March but UNHCR’s regional response to this outflow is just one fifth funded. In Somalia, where over 28,000 people have arrived, just five percent of the required funding has been received. While many of these people have not sought help as refugees, around 54,000 have registered with UNHCR and government authorities for assistance of various kinds. With funding also low for operations inside Yemen, UNHCR is concerned that delivery of assistance there, as well as to refugees fleeing the country, will be at risk without additional funding soon.

SOMALIA

With the arrival in Bossaso, Puntland on 30 July of a boat carrying over 2,500 individuals (2,197 Somalis, 337 Yemenis and 9 others), total arrivals from Yemen to Somalia in July was almost 10,000 people (9,864). This is the highest monthly arrival figure to date; the previous high was in May, when 8,683 arrivals were recorded. As of 30 July, over 28,000 individuals (25,429 Somalis, 2,726 Yemenis, and 205 other third country nationals) have arrived in Somalia since March 26th.

The majority have been arriving in Bossaso (65 percent) and Berbera, Somaliland (34%). UNHCR and partners provide assistance to returnees to Somalia, including onward transportation to areas of origin or return. Almost 7,000 Somalis have returned to South Central regions (5,000 in Mogadishu), some joining settlements for internally displaced people there. More heIp is needed to ensure basic services and livelihoods and strengthen registration and verification and reception capacity at the main ports, particularly as outflows of Somali nationals are expected to continue. The Somalia Response Plan for the Yemen Crisis launched in June remains seriously underfunded. UNHCR and partners have received only 5 per cent of the US$ 64 million needed.

DJIBOUTI

In Djibouti, 21,726 people had arrived from Yemen as of the end of July. Of these 9,953 (46%) are Yemeni nationals, 9,946 (46%) are transiting third country nationals and 1,827 (8%) are Djiboutian returnees. UNHCR and the Government refugee agency ONARS have registered 2,397 refugees (2,271 Yemenis). There are 1,767 refugees (1,718 Yemenis) registered in Markazi refugee camp, Obock. The Djibouti Response plan for UNHCR and partners is funded at just 7% of the required US$ 26 million.

ETHIOPIA

In Ethiopia 3,210 people have arrived from Yemen since March including 2,500 Somalis and 706 Yemenis. Somalis already registered as refugees in Yemen, after crossing the borders of Djibouti and Somaliland, are arriving in the eastern and northern regions of Ethiopia and are being assisted through existing projects in refugee camps there. An additional US$500,000 is needed for registration and transportation and distribution of emergency assistance to new arrivals in Jijiga in eastern Ethiopia.

Some Yemeni refugees arriving in Ethiopia are being helped through a UNHCR urban refugee programme in Addis Ababa but arrivals have already exceeded the number predicted for the whole of 2015. As a result, UNHCR’s main partner there is unable to assist further urban refugees. UNHCR Ethiopia urgently requires an additional US$570,000 to respond to this rapid increase in urban refugees.

OTHER COUNTRIES

Elsewhere some 5,000 arrivals comprised of mixed nationalities have been recorded in Oman since the conflict started while some 30,000 Yemenis and 9,880 third country national arrivals have been recorded in Saudi Arabia. Of these, 4,204 remain in Saudi Arabia while the remainder have transited to other countries. With a further 271 arrivals in Sudan, this makes a total of 98,176 arrivals in receiving countries in just over four months across the region.

Regionally, the UNHCR emergency response is just one fifth funded (20 percent or US$ 26.4 million), leaving a funding gap of US$ 107.7 million.

YEMEN

The UNHCR emergency response inside Yemen is also seriously underfunded at just 23 percent of the required US$ 105.6 million. Some 1.2 million internally displaced people and approximately 250,000 refugees continue to need assistance in extremely challenging conditions with severely restricted access. UNHCR reiterates that any returns to Yemen from receiving countries must be voluntary and based on a free and informed choice.

For more information on this topic, please contact:

Teddy Leposky in Yemen, +967 71 2225121

Carlotta Wolf in Somalia, +254 734 628 053 / +252 617 340 259

Alexandra Strand Holm in Somalia, +254 733 12 11 47

Rika Hakozaki in Ethiopia, +251 93 001 3866

Somalia: Almost 100,000 flee Yemen in four months as receiving countries struggle to cope in face of funding crisis

Ethiopia - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 8 min ago
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen

Almost 100,000 people have fled Yemen since conflict erupted there in late March but UNHCR’s regional response to this outflow is just one fifth funded. In Somalia, where over 28,000 people have arrived, just five percent of the required funding has been received. While many of these people have not sought help as refugees, around 54,000 have registered with UNHCR and government authorities for assistance of various kinds. With funding also low for operations inside Yemen, UNHCR is concerned that delivery of assistance there, as well as to refugees fleeing the country, will be at risk without additional funding soon.

SOMALIA

With the arrival in Bossaso, Puntland on 30 July of a boat carrying over 2,500 individuals (2,197 Somalis, 337 Yemenis and 9 others), total arrivals from Yemen to Somalia in July was almost 10,000 people (9,864). This is the highest monthly arrival figure to date; the previous high was in May, when 8,683 arrivals were recorded. As of 30 July, over 28,000 individuals (25,429 Somalis, 2,726 Yemenis, and 205 other third country nationals) have arrived in Somalia since March 26th.

The majority have been arriving in Bossaso (65 percent) and Berbera, Somaliland (34%). UNHCR and partners provide assistance to returnees to Somalia, including onward transportation to areas of origin or return. Almost 7,000 Somalis have returned to South Central regions (5,000 in Mogadishu), some joining settlements for internally displaced people there. More heIp is needed to ensure basic services and livelihoods and strengthen registration and verification and reception capacity at the main ports, particularly as outflows of Somali nationals are expected to continue. The Somalia Response Plan for the Yemen Crisis launched in June remains seriously underfunded. UNHCR and partners have received only 5 per cent of the US$ 64 million needed.

DJIBOUTI

In Djibouti, 21,726 people had arrived from Yemen as of the end of July. Of these 9,953 (46%) are Yemeni nationals, 9,946 (46%) are transiting third country nationals and 1,827 (8%) are Djiboutian returnees. UNHCR and the Government refugee agency ONARS have registered 2,397 refugees (2,271 Yemenis). There are 1,767 refugees (1,718 Yemenis) registered in Markazi refugee camp, Obock. The Djibouti Response plan for UNHCR and partners is funded at just 7% of the required US$ 26 million.

ETHIOPIA

In Ethiopia 3,210 people have arrived from Yemen since March including 2,500 Somalis and 706 Yemenis. Somalis already registered as refugees in Yemen, after crossing the borders of Djibouti and Somaliland, are arriving in the eastern and northern regions of Ethiopia and are being assisted through existing projects in refugee camps there. An additional US$500,000 is needed for registration and transportation and distribution of emergency assistance to new arrivals in Jijiga in eastern Ethiopia.

Some Yemeni refugees arriving in Ethiopia are being helped through a UNHCR urban refugee programme in Addis Ababa but arrivals have already exceeded the number predicted for the whole of 2015. As a result, UNHCR’s main partner there is unable to assist further urban refugees. UNHCR Ethiopia urgently requires an additional US$570,000 to respond to this rapid increase in urban refugees.

OTHER COUNTRIES

Elsewhere some 5,000 arrivals comprised of mixed nationalities have been recorded in Oman since the conflict started while some 30,000 Yemenis and 9,880 third country national arrivals have been recorded in Saudi Arabia. Of these, 4,204 remain in Saudi Arabia while the remainder have transited to other countries. With a further 271 arrivals in Sudan, this makes a total of 98,176 arrivals in receiving countries in just over four months across the region.

Regionally, the UNHCR emergency response is just one fifth funded (20 percent or US$ 26.4 million), leaving a funding gap of US$ 107.7 million.

YEMEN

The UNHCR emergency response inside Yemen is also seriously underfunded at just 23 percent of the required US$ 105.6 million. Some 1.2 million internally displaced people and approximately 250,000 refugees continue to need assistance in extremely challenging conditions with severely restricted access. UNHCR reiterates that any returns to Yemen from receiving countries must be voluntary and based on a free and informed choice.

For more information on this topic, please contact:

Teddy Leposky in Yemen, +967 71 2225121

Carlotta Wolf in Somalia, +254 734 628 053 / +252 617 340 259

Alexandra Strand Holm in Somalia, +254 733 12 11 47

Rika Hakozaki in Ethiopia, +251 93 001 3866

Myanmar: UNHCR assists cyclone, flood victims in Myanmar’s Rakhine and Kachin states

Myanmar - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 13 min ago
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Myanmar

Cyclone Komen, which swept across western Myanmar states late last week is now known to have caused extensive damage, including to areas that are home to thousands of displaced people. UNHCR and partners are still assessing the impact on the existing displaced populations in Rakhine and Kachin states, with a view to identifying immediate needs and distributing relief. Strong winds, heavy rains and serious flooding continue to hamper assessment and relief efforts in some areas. Rakhine state has been declared one of four “natural disaster zones” by the Myanmar Government, alongside Chin state and Sagaing and Magway regions.

So far teams comprising UNHCR, other UN and NGO staff have been able to reach camps for internally displaced people in Rakhine’s provincial capital Sittwe, as well as in nearby townships such as Pauktaw and Myebon. In the 24 camps assessed so far, a quarter of the temporary shelters are damaged, and more than 21,000 displaced people affected as a result. Several years on from their construction, many of these shelters had become fragile and unable to withstand severe weather.

UNHCR teams are at present assessing the situation in camps for the internally displaced in Minbya, Mrauk-U and Kyauktaw. These areas are accessible only by boat and we were able to go yesterday after clearing debris from waterways. Once the assessments are completed UNHCR will distribute relief aid.

In Maungdaw township, over 2,000 households have been affected. Receding flood waters have allowed many evacuated families to return home in the last two days. UNHCR has distributed relief aid including tarpaulins, blankets, mats and buckets to those hosted in official reception centres as well as others who have been affected.

Parts of Buthidaung township remain underwater. UN and NGO staff have reached 68 villages so far and found over 18,000 people displaced by the floods. As assessments continue, we are distributing tarpaulins and mats to those affected.

In Kachin state, home to over 100,000 conflict-displaced people, the impact of recent rains and floods has been less extensive. At the government’s request, UNHCR and partner agencies have examined conditions in Mogaung township. Of the four IDP camps visited, one was flooded and nine displaced families were relocated. UNHCR has also distributed relief supplies in the affected areas.

UNHCR’s assistance to people affected by the cyclone and floods is part of a wider inter-agency response to support the Myanmar government’s relief efforts. As with previous responses, we are distributing aid to all affected communities where we have a presence. UNHCR continues to work with the authorities to find longer-term solutions to situations of internal displacement.

For more information on this topic, please contact:

In Myanmar: Kasita Rochanakorn, +95 944 802 7892

In Thailand (regional office): Vivian Tan, +66 818 270 280

Somalia: IOM Global Solar Lantern Initiative Targets Displaced Families in Somalia

Somalia - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 18 min ago
Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Somalia

Somalia - IOM has distributed solar lanterns to some 347 internally displaced people (IDPs) living in camps in Bossaso, Galkayo and Garowe, Somalia. The lanterns provide essential light at night in “off-the-grid” locations with little or no access to electricity.

To date, IOM Somalia has distributed over 7,000 solar lanterns mostly in IDP settlements. The programme, which helps some 42,000 people, has been supported by individuals, corporate partners and the Government of Japan.

IOM’s Solar Lantern Initiative eventually aims to help over 57,000 vulnerable families in camps and communities across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The lanterns will improve their health and safety, and support their children’s education.

“This is a small, but important step as we seek to help young people to study, eliminate the hazards associated with toxic kerosene lamp fumes, and make women who are vulnerable to attack at night feel safer,” says IOM Somalia health programme coordinator Dr. Chaiki Ito.

In Garowe, Galkayo and Bossaso families also often live in makeshift shelters constructed from worn out clothing, boxes, straw, tree trunks and vegetable oil tins. Many of these materials are flammable, putting IDPs at risk when they use fire as their main source of light.

People are also at risk of gender-based violence, particularly at night. The country’s gender-based violence prevalence is one of the highest in the world and often goes under-reported. IDP settlements have limited security, poor living conditions, and limited clan protection. Women and girls from minority clans and female headed households are at particular risk.

Hamidah*, 40, has lived with her five daughters in a makeshift shelter at the Kosaar IDP settlement in Burao, Somaliland for 12 years. “I lived here for many years before these lanterns came and I wish they had come earlier. We feel much safer and we get more work done at night with these lanterns,” she says.

IDPs have been living in camps in Somalia since the collapse of the central government and the establishment of the Puntland State in 1998. They have settled there because they feel more secure than in their places of origin in Somalia’s South Central Zone.

Following previous distributions of solar lanterns in the Philippines and Ghana, last week’s distributions in Somalia mark another milestone as the Global Solar Lanterns Initiative seeks to raise USD 2 million for vulnerable migrants across the globe.

*Name changed.

For more information and to contribute to IOM’s Global Solar Lanterns Initiative please go to www.iom.int/solarlanterns or email solarlanterns@iom.int. For further information please contact Ruth Mbugua at IOM Somalia, Tel. +254 710 366 128/708 985 810, Email: rmbugua@iom.int

Nepal: Nepal: Rebuilding Lives and Livelihoods After Quake Devastation

Nepal - ReliefWeb News - 5 hours 31 min ago
Source: World Food Programme Country: Nepal

The World Food Programme (WFP) is helping families to get back on their feet and rebuild their destroyed communities through emergency employment schemes.

Fifty-year-old Man Bahadur Praja recalls how the devastating 25 April earthquake that destroyed his family's home also left him and his family hungry and penniless.

Relief and recovery with employment programme

“I spent three nights at the banks of the nearby river under the open skies, with no food,” says the normally feisty Praja. This is the second time that a disaster has taken away his livelihood. In 2003, he was so angry with floods destroying his crops that he filed a legal case against the river.

But this time there will be no need for lawsuits against nature. WFP is helping Praja’s family of five, along with thousands of others in Nepal affected by the quake, to get back on their feet following the disaster. As well as providing an emergency income, the food-for-assets programme is also helping to rehabilitate the severely battered community. Praja, along with members of 290 other households in his village have been hired by WFP to clear debris, construct temporary shelters and plant cash crops.

Assistance at the right time

The money he earns, about US$80 for 20 days work, is desperately needed. The family lives in the Makwanpur District, south of Kathmandu, more than one and a half hours from the nearest road. The earthquake has not only displaced the family from their home, it also ruined 250 kgs of stored millet and killed their goats and chickens. Landslides after the earthquake have swept away the family’s crop of broom grass plants, causing a loss of about 25,000 Nepali Rupees (US$250), a significant amount in a country where GDP per capita is just US$420 a year.

WFP helps families keep their children in school

However, by participating in the WFP programme, Praja has been able to plant 2,500 saplings of broom grass, 200 banana plants and constructed 50 pits to plant lemons. “This year I will have enough income to buy rice,” he says. “I am more concerned about my children than myself and my wife. Despite the hardships, I am still sending my children to school.”

Villagers from this community say they have utilised the money they earn to buy food, zinc sheets to rebuild their homes and medicine.

Story by Ramjee Dahal

Philippines: Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 7 | 1 – 31 July 2015

ReliefWeb - OCHA Situation Reports - 5 hours 37 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Conflict and flooding trigger recurrent displacement in Maguindanao, eroding resources of the poorest and hampering their recovery.

  • UN Special Rapporteur on IDP rights calls for enhanced assistance to conflict-induced IDPs including indigenous peoples in Mindanao.

  • Intensifying El Niño may cause drought and water shortages in parts of the country and trigger erratic behaviour of tropical storms.

  • Philippine government with local communities and humanitarian partners conducts the first Metro Manila earthquake drill.

FIGURES

Zamboanga Crisis

Number of IDPs remaining in Grandstand evacuation centre: 0

Number of IDPS LupaLupa and Mariki ES: 1200

Number of IDPs in all other transitional sites: 15,900

Number of IDPs hosted by relatives and friends or renting temporary homes: 11,300*

Number of IDPs awarded permanent shelters: 2,900**

Number of IDPs received home material assistance: 8,300**

Source: CCCM Cluster (as of 31 July 2015), *Protection Cluster (as of December 2014) **National Housing Authority (June 2015)

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