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Syrian Arab Republic: Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (May - June 2015)

Yemen - ReliefWeb News - 9 hours 20 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Iraq, Italy, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen

Syria Crisis

Violence has recently intensified in the north, north-east, and southern parts of Syria, increasing humanitarian needs and internally displacing an estimated 850,000 persons this year alone, and leading hundreds of thousands to flee the country. Humanitarian access remains very limited to the estimated 422,000 people most in need who are living in besieged areas.

Syrian Arab Republic: Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (May - June 2015)

Pakistan - ReliefWeb News - 9 hours 20 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Iraq, Italy, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen

Syria Crisis

Violence has recently intensified in the north, north-east, and southern parts of Syria, increasing humanitarian needs and internally displacing an estimated 850,000 persons this year alone, and leading hundreds of thousands to flee the country. Humanitarian access remains very limited to the estimated 422,000 people most in need who are living in besieged areas.

Syrian Arab Republic: Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (May - June 2015)

oPt - ReliefWeb News - 9 hours 20 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Iraq, Italy, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen

Syria Crisis

Violence has recently intensified in the north, north-east, and southern parts of Syria, increasing humanitarian needs and internally displacing an estimated 850,000 persons this year alone, and leading hundreds of thousands to flee the country. Humanitarian access remains very limited to the estimated 422,000 people most in need who are living in besieged areas.

Syrian Arab Republic: Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (May - June 2015)

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 9 hours 20 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Iraq, Italy, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen

Syria Crisis

Violence has recently intensified in the north, north-east, and southern parts of Syria, increasing humanitarian needs and internally displacing an estimated 850,000 persons this year alone, and leading hundreds of thousands to flee the country. Humanitarian access remains very limited to the estimated 422,000 people most in need who are living in besieged areas.

Syrian Arab Republic: Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (May - June 2015)

Afghanistan - ReliefWeb News - 9 hours 20 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Iraq, Italy, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen

Syria Crisis

Violence has recently intensified in the north, north-east, and southern parts of Syria, increasing humanitarian needs and internally displacing an estimated 850,000 persons this year alone, and leading hundreds of thousands to flee the country. Humanitarian access remains very limited to the estimated 422,000 people most in need who are living in besieged areas.

Syrian Arab Republic: ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (as of 28 June 2015) [EN/AR]

Yemen - ReliefWeb News - 9 hours 38 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Yemen

Situation Overview

  • 1 Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.84 billion. The largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 1.1 billion, followed by Yemen, Palestine and Iraq. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 23% funded with a 77% shortfall.
  • 2 The Syrian Response Plan (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) jointly requested US$ 7.43 billion. The total amount received is US$ 1.81 billion (24.4%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 5.62 billion (75.6%).
  • 3 Seven countries from the MENA region made pledges and contributed funds in 2015 for humani- tarian appeals worldwide.The amount totalled US$ 1.27 billion, with contributed funds going to 27 countries. The largest donors were Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan with committed/contributed funds estimated to reach US$ 343.2 million combined. The largest recipi- ents were Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
  • 4 The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) distributed funds to Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and Libya in the MENA region in 2015. The largest recipient was Syria with US$30 million followed by Lebanon with US$18 million. Two countries from the MENA region (Kuwait and UAE) made contributions to CERF in 2015.

Syrian Arab Republic: ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (as of 28 June 2015) [EN/AR]

oPt - ReliefWeb News - 9 hours 38 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Yemen

Situation Overview

  • 1 Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.84 billion. The largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 1.1 billion, followed by Yemen, Palestine and Iraq. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 23% funded with a 77% shortfall.
  • 2 The Syrian Response Plan (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) jointly requested US$ 7.43 billion. The total amount received is US$ 1.81 billion (24.4%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 5.62 billion (75.6%).
  • 3 Seven countries from the MENA region made pledges and contributed funds in 2015 for humani- tarian appeals worldwide.The amount totalled US$ 1.27 billion, with contributed funds going to 27 countries. The largest donors were Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan with committed/contributed funds estimated to reach US$ 343.2 million combined. The largest recipi- ents were Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
  • 4 The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) distributed funds to Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and Libya in the MENA region in 2015. The largest recipient was Syria with US$30 million followed by Lebanon with US$18 million. Two countries from the MENA region (Kuwait and UAE) made contributions to CERF in 2015.

Syrian Arab Republic: ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (as of 28 June 2015) [EN/AR]

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 9 hours 38 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Yemen

Situation Overview

  • 1 Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.84 billion. The largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 1.1 billion, followed by Yemen, Palestine and Iraq. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 23% funded with a 77% shortfall.
  • 2 The Syrian Response Plan (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) jointly requested US$ 7.43 billion. The total amount received is US$ 1.81 billion (24.4%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 5.62 billion (75.6%).
  • 3 Seven countries from the MENA region made pledges and contributed funds in 2015 for humani- tarian appeals worldwide.The amount totalled US$ 1.27 billion, with contributed funds going to 27 countries. The largest donors were Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan with committed/contributed funds estimated to reach US$ 343.2 million combined. The largest recipi- ents were Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
  • 4 The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) distributed funds to Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and Libya in the MENA region in 2015. The largest recipient was Syria with US$30 million followed by Lebanon with US$18 million. Two countries from the MENA region (Kuwait and UAE) made contributions to CERF in 2015.

Syrian Arab Republic: ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (as of 28 June 2015) [EN/AR]

Afghanistan - ReliefWeb News - 9 hours 38 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Yemen

Situation Overview

  • 1 Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.84 billion. The largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 1.1 billion, followed by Yemen, Palestine and Iraq. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 23% funded with a 77% shortfall.
  • 2 The Syrian Response Plan (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) jointly requested US$ 7.43 billion. The total amount received is US$ 1.81 billion (24.4%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 5.62 billion (75.6%).
  • 3 Seven countries from the MENA region made pledges and contributed funds in 2015 for humani- tarian appeals worldwide.The amount totalled US$ 1.27 billion, with contributed funds going to 27 countries. The largest donors were Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan with committed/contributed funds estimated to reach US$ 343.2 million combined. The largest recipi- ents were Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
  • 4 The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) distributed funds to Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and Libya in the MENA region in 2015. The largest recipient was Syria with US$30 million followed by Lebanon with US$18 million. Two countries from the MENA region (Kuwait and UAE) made contributions to CERF in 2015.

Yemen: Yémen: violents combats dans le sud, l'émissaire de l'ONU attendu à Sanaa

Yemen - ReliefWeb News - 11 hours 10 min ago
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Somalia, Yemen

Aden, Yémen | AFP | dimanche 05/07/2015 - 07:07 GMT

De violents combats ont opposé dimanche les rebelles Houthis à des forces pro-gouvernementales dans le sud du pays, alors que l'émissaire de l'ONU doit arriver à Sanaa pour relancer son initiative de trêve humanitaire.

A Aden, principale ville du sud, la coalition arabe conduite par l'Arabie saoudite a lancé à l'aube plusieurs raids aériens contre des positions des rebelles, tuant huit d'entre eux, alors que six civils ont péri dans la chute de roquettes tirées par les rebelles contre des quartiers résidentiels de la ville, selon des témoins et un responsable provincial.

A Lahj, des combattants de "la résistance populaire", une force favorable au président en exil Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a mené dimanche à l'aube une attaque contre un rassemblement rebelle, tuant 11 insurgés, ont précisé les sources militaires

Simultanément, un autre groupe de la résistance a repris deux positions près de la base aérienne d'Al-Anad au terme d'une bataille qui s'est soldée par la mort de 8 insurgés et 2 combattants pro-gouvernementaux, a-t-on ajouté.

L'aviation de la coalition a bombardé dans la nuit des positions que des rebelles chiites Houthis et leurs alliés, des militaires restés fidèles à l'ex-président Ali Abdallah Saleh, tiennent aux entrées nord et est d'Aden, ont indiqué des habitants.

Pour leur part, les rebelles ont tiré plusieurs roquettes Katioucha contre des quartiers résidentiels d'Aden, dont Mansoura, Bir Fadhl et Al-Inchaat, a indiqué à l'AFP un responsable provincial.

Trois de ces roquettes sont tombées sur un jardin d'enfants, où s'étaient réfugiés des déplacés, tuant six personnes, dont un enfant, et blessant 11 autres, a ajouté le responsable, dont le bilan a été confirmé à l'AFP par une source médicale.

l'émissaire de l'ONU Ismaïl Ould cheikh Ahmed est attendu dans la journée à Sanaa, dans une nouvelle tentative d'obtenir une trêve humanitaire au cours des deux semaines restantes du ramadan, ce qui permettrait d'acheminer de l'aide à la population.

L'ONU a décrété mercredi son niveau d'urgence humanitaire le plus élevé pour le Yémen, où les combats avaient déjà fait à la fin du mois de juin 2.800 morts dont 1.400 civils et 13.000 blessés depuis mars, selon l'organisation.

Les Houthis, soutenus par l'Iran, se sont emparés depuis juillet 2014 de vastes régions du Yémen. Le 26 mars, l'Arabie saoudite a pris la tête d'une coalition arabe pour empêcher ces insurgés de prendre le contrôle de tout le pays alors qu'ils étaient parvenus à Aden, poussant M. Hadi, qui s'y était réfugié, à s'exiler à Ryad.

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Yemen: Yémen: violents combats dans le sud, l'émissaire de l'ONU attendu à Sanaa

Somalia - ReliefWeb News - 11 hours 10 min ago
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Somalia, Yemen

Aden, Yémen | AFP | dimanche 05/07/2015 - 07:07 GMT

De violents combats ont opposé dimanche les rebelles Houthis à des forces pro-gouvernementales dans le sud du pays, alors que l'émissaire de l'ONU doit arriver à Sanaa pour relancer son initiative de trêve humanitaire.

A Aden, principale ville du sud, la coalition arabe conduite par l'Arabie saoudite a lancé à l'aube plusieurs raids aériens contre des positions des rebelles, tuant huit d'entre eux, alors que six civils ont péri dans la chute de roquettes tirées par les rebelles contre des quartiers résidentiels de la ville, selon des témoins et un responsable provincial.

A Lahj, des combattants de "la résistance populaire", une force favorable au président en exil Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a mené dimanche à l'aube une attaque contre un rassemblement rebelle, tuant 11 insurgés, ont précisé les sources militaires

Simultanément, un autre groupe de la résistance a repris deux positions près de la base aérienne d'Al-Anad au terme d'une bataille qui s'est soldée par la mort de 8 insurgés et 2 combattants pro-gouvernementaux, a-t-on ajouté.

L'aviation de la coalition a bombardé dans la nuit des positions que des rebelles chiites Houthis et leurs alliés, des militaires restés fidèles à l'ex-président Ali Abdallah Saleh, tiennent aux entrées nord et est d'Aden, ont indiqué des habitants.

Pour leur part, les rebelles ont tiré plusieurs roquettes Katioucha contre des quartiers résidentiels d'Aden, dont Mansoura, Bir Fadhl et Al-Inchaat, a indiqué à l'AFP un responsable provincial.

Trois de ces roquettes sont tombées sur un jardin d'enfants, où s'étaient réfugiés des déplacés, tuant six personnes, dont un enfant, et blessant 11 autres, a ajouté le responsable, dont le bilan a été confirmé à l'AFP par une source médicale.

l'émissaire de l'ONU Ismaïl Ould cheikh Ahmed est attendu dans la journée à Sanaa, dans une nouvelle tentative d'obtenir une trêve humanitaire au cours des deux semaines restantes du ramadan, ce qui permettrait d'acheminer de l'aide à la population.

L'ONU a décrété mercredi son niveau d'urgence humanitaire le plus élevé pour le Yémen, où les combats avaient déjà fait à la fin du mois de juin 2.800 morts dont 1.400 civils et 13.000 blessés depuis mars, selon l'organisation.

Les Houthis, soutenus par l'Iran, se sont emparés depuis juillet 2014 de vastes régions du Yémen. Le 26 mars, l'Arabie saoudite a pris la tête d'une coalition arabe pour empêcher ces insurgés de prendre le contrôle de tout le pays alors qu'ils étaient parvenus à Aden, poussant M. Hadi, qui s'y était réfugié, à s'exiler à Ryad.

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Iraq: Extended partnership to improve electricity in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 11 hours 19 min ago
Source: UN Development Programme Country: Iraq

Erbil, 5 July 2015 – On 2 July, the regional Ministry of Electricity in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) extended their partnership to improve the electricity sector. UNDP will play a pivotal role in updating the region’s master plan and strengthening the institutional capacity of the regional government by establishing a training centre in Erbil.

UNDP will continue to help implement international procurement best practices, and build substations and transmission lines in the three governorates of Erbil, Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah, this until March 2018.

“We have a long history of partnership with the UN development agency and appreciate the solid expertise and continuous technical assistance provided,” H.E. Salahaddin Babakir, KR-I’s Minister of Electricity said. “The establishment of a training centre will bolster our institutional capacity to respond to current and future needs under the electricity master plan,” he underpinned.

“We are very pleased to work hand in hand with the Ministry of Electricity and see this partnership expanded,” Sultan Hajiyev, Deputy Country Director of UNDP said. “The KR-I’s electricity sector has achieved significant improvement in recent years; delivering efficient public services is key to inclusive growth and developing the private sector,” he added.

In 2008, the regional government entered into a loan agreement of ¥14,747 million ($11,4 million dollars US) with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to fund the reconstruction of the electricity sector. UNDP backed the regional government in a loan management preparatory phase since 2007.

Already amended in 2013, the partnership with UNDP outlined the provision of technical assistance for the installation of mobile substations in the three governorates, and building a substation and double circuit transmission line in Sulaymaniyah.

The new agreement now includes the construction of a transmission line in Halabja, in order to provide electricity to a critically needed water intake and water treatment facility in the eastern city of Sulaymaniyah governorate.

With projects worth $450 million dollars US in total, UNDP has supported the reconstruction of the Iraqi electricity sector since the mid-1990s, through its Electricity Network Rehabilitation Programme, which started in 1997.

For more information, contact:
Shigeru Handa, Portfolio Manager, Inclusive Growth and Private Sector Development

Afghanistan: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Situation Report #05, May 2015

Afghanistan - ReliefWeb News - 12 hours 29 min ago
Source: World Food Programme Country: Afghanistan

Highlights

• Resource Shortfall: WFP urgently requires USD 65.5 million contributions from donors for its PRRO to avoid a critical resource shortfalls beginning July for vegetable oil, and a complete shortfall for all commodities in September. More critically, WFP has already very limited food assistance for its humanitarian assistance to internally displaced people and refugees in Khost and Paktika.

• Unless new contributions are available in the coming weeks, WFP will not be able to provide food assistance under supplementary food assistance to untreated and underweight mothers, who are more likely to give birth to low birth weight babies at higher risk of neonatal and infant death and stunted growth. School students will not be able receive take home ration in 88 most food insecure districts where there is also a high gender gap. In total including asset creation, vocational training and economically stressed population activities, some 3.3 million the most food insecure people will suffer from not receiving WFP food assistance in late 2015.

• WFP is facing the resource shortfall at the time as it is planning for 2015/16 winter pre-positioning in high elevation areas, where access become difficult in the months of winter. WFP need resources in the coming weeks to ensure continued food assistance to vulnerable people in winter.

• Pre-Harvest Assessment 2015: as per good harvest prospect of this year, WFP plans to procure an additional 17,000 mt of wheat in the local market based on availability of resources. If funds from donors are available now, WFP will be able to purchase surpluses from farmers at competitive prices during this period (June to September), it will have significant impact on the agriculture development of the country and generate savings thereby maximizing the use of funds received donors to attend to the needs of beneficiaries.

Yemen: Fighting grips Yemen's Aden as UN envoy presses truce bid

Yemen - ReliefWeb News - 14 hours 14 min ago
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Somalia, Yemen

Aden, Yemen | AFP | Sunday 7/5/2015 - 12:02 GMT

Fighting gripped Yemen's second city Aden on Sunday as the UN envoy arrived in the rebel-held capital Sanaa to press efforts to broker a ceasefire.

Saudi-led warplanes bombed rebel positions, killing eight people, while rebel rocket fire killed six, including a child, officials said.

The dead from the Katyusha fire were Somali refugees who had sought shelter in a kindergarten, medics said.

Aden was the last refuge of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi before he fled to Saudi Arabia in March and has been a key battleground ever since.

In neighbouring Lahj province, Hadi loyalists attacked a rebel gathering, killing 11, military sources said.

They also attacked the rebel-held Al-Anad air base, Yemen's largest. Eight rebels and two Hadi loyalists were killed, the sources said.

UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Sanaa for talks with the rebels and their allies on his ceasefire plans.

He told reporters at the airport that he was hoping "rapidly to secure a humanitarian truce" which could pave the way for a "peaceful settlement of the crisis which has turned into a catastrophe."

On Wednesday, the United Nations declared Yemen a level three emergency, the highest on its scale.

More than 21.1 million people -- over 80 percent of Yemen's population -- are in need of aid, with 13 million facing food shortages.

More than 2,800 people have been killed in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country since March, according to UN figures.

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Yemen: Fighting grips Yemen's Aden as UN envoy presses truce bid

Somalia - ReliefWeb News - 14 hours 14 min ago
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Somalia, Yemen

Aden, Yemen | AFP | Sunday 7/5/2015 - 12:02 GMT

Fighting gripped Yemen's second city Aden on Sunday as the UN envoy arrived in the rebel-held capital Sanaa to press efforts to broker a ceasefire.

Saudi-led warplanes bombed rebel positions, killing eight people, while rebel rocket fire killed six, including a child, officials said.

The dead from the Katyusha fire were Somali refugees who had sought shelter in a kindergarten, medics said.

Aden was the last refuge of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi before he fled to Saudi Arabia in March and has been a key battleground ever since.

In neighbouring Lahj province, Hadi loyalists attacked a rebel gathering, killing 11, military sources said.

They also attacked the rebel-held Al-Anad air base, Yemen's largest. Eight rebels and two Hadi loyalists were killed, the sources said.

UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Sanaa for talks with the rebels and their allies on his ceasefire plans.

He told reporters at the airport that he was hoping "rapidly to secure a humanitarian truce" which could pave the way for a "peaceful settlement of the crisis which has turned into a catastrophe."

On Wednesday, the United Nations declared Yemen a level three emergency, the highest on its scale.

More than 21.1 million people -- over 80 percent of Yemen's population -- are in need of aid, with 13 million facing food shortages.

More than 2,800 people have been killed in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country since March, according to UN figures.

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Philippines: Tropical Storm Linfa brings floods to northern Philippines

Philippines - ReliefWeb News - 14 hours 22 min ago
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Sunday 7/5/2015 - 07:49 GMT

Floods inundated towns in the northern Philippines as Tropical Storm Linfa struck the northern edge of the archipelago, where relief agencies were braced for disaster on Sunday.

The region's civil defence chief Chito Castro said that at least 11 coastal towns had been affected by floodwaters and swelling rivers as Linfa passed over the area.

"The rain is strong, the wind is strong. Major roads are impassable. Some houses are half-covered (with water), some are completely covered," he told reporters.

He said there were still no reports of casualties from the storm, but this could be because the focus was on relief efforts.

Power has also been knocked out in large areas of the north, hampering communications.

The storm, packing maximum winds of 120 kilometres (75 miles) per hour, is moving northwest at nine kilometres per hour and is expected to curve northwards, moving off Luzon by Sunday evening.

National civil defence chief Alexander Pama said "we have pre-positioned the items necessary" in case the storm prompts any massive evacuations.

The disaster-plagued Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms each year, many of them deadly.

Among the worst in recent memory was Super Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the central Philippines in November 2013, leaving more than 7,350 people dead or missing.

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Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 03 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Severe Tropical Storm "Egay"

Philippines - ReliefWeb News - 17 hours 8 min ago
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Severe Tropical Storm (STS) "EGAY" has made landfall over Palanan, Isabela at about 11:00 PM, 04 July 2015 and has remained almost stationary for the past 6 hours.

At 4:00 AM, 05 July 2015, the center of Severe Tropical Storm (STS) "EGAY' was estimated in the vicinity of Divilacan, Isabela with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120kph. It is forecasted to move Northwest at 7kph.

Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) No. 02 is raised in Kalinga, Apayao, Isabela, Quirino, Cagayan, and Northern Aurora including Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands while PSWS No. 01 is raised in the rest of Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Batanes.

As of 6:00 AM, 05 July 2015, no gate is open in Magat Dam.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 03 re Effects of Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ)

Philippines - ReliefWeb News - 17 hours 30 min ago
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Since 22 June 2015, Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) has been affecting Mindanao. Moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstormswere experienced in Regions IX, XII and ARMM, resulting to flashfloods and flooding especially in the low-lying areas.

II. EFFECTS

A. Affected Population (Tab A)

"1. As of 04 July 2015, a total of 25,738 families / 125,699 persons were affected in 193 barangays of 24 municipalities and 2 cities in 5 provinces of Regions IX, XII and ARMM.

"2. Population served inside and outside evacuation centers: 19,757 families / 98,782 persons:
o Inside ten (10) evacuation centers : 76 families /377 persons
o Outside evacuation centers : 19,681 families 198,405 persons

B. Suspension/Resumption of Classes

  1. In ARMM, as of 04 July 2015, DepEd reported that 32 public schools were affected by flooding. About 9,970 students and 200 teachers were affected, resulting to the suspension of classes in the 32 public schools in the 10 Municipalities of Maguindanao.

Afghanistan: Politics and governance in Afghanistan: The case of Kandahar

Afghanistan - ReliefWeb News - 17 hours 49 min ago
Source: Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit Country: Afghanistan

In this newly published research, titled “Politics and Governance in Afghanistan: The case of Kandahar,” AREU’s Ashley Jackson provides an overview of sub-national governance in the southern province of Kandahar.

This research focuses on understanding the power relations at play, attempting to separate how government actually functions in reality from the narratives on government functionality created by the international community.

Key government officials in Kandahar after 2001 derived their power, at least initially, from outside the formal system. After the fall of the Taliban, they leveraged their influence to capture international resources. These strongmen and their networks have penetrated the state at all levels, overwhelmingly subverted government institutions and ultimately undermined the functioning of nascent institutions.

State institutions and formal rules overlay the networks of access that form the bedrock of the social order in Kandahar, providing a thin veneer of government authority and legitimacy. Line ministries’ provincial departments and other government bodies are governed by prevailing interests rather than formal rules, which helps explain how the role of the Provincial Council as well as the degree to which the role and influence of government bodies have varied so significantly over time. The real power does not lie with state institutions but with the men at the centre of the networks of access that regulate political and economic life in the province.

Since 2001, the international community has had a profoundly contradictory and ultimately self-defeating strategy with regard to governance in Kandahar. While donors have spent significant energy and resources on improving governance, foreign militaries have nurtured and sustained a system that has profoundly weakened and corrupted emerging sub-national government institutions.

“Politics and Governance in Afghanistan: the Case of Kandahar”, is available for download at: http://www.areu.org.af/Uploads/EditionPdfs/1513E%20Politics%20and%20governance%20in%20Afghanistan%20The%20case%20of%20Kandahar.pdf AREU also published on the same topic about Nangarhar province last year, which is available for download at: http://www.areu.org.af/UpdateDownloadHits.aspx?EditionId=756&Pdf=Politics%20and%20Governance%20in%20Afghanistan%20the%20Case%20of%20Nangarhar%20Province.pdf

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