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Central African Republic: Central African Republic: Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue 2 | August 2015

8 hours 10 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Central African Republic

HIGHLIGHTS

  • At least ten people killed in renewed sectarian clashes in Bambari

  • Gender based violence an endemic problem in CAR

  • RRM cuts activities due to low funding

  • Humanitarian needs rising in Bria after upsurge of violence

  • Chronic malnutrition has increased being among the highest in the world

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Lebanon: Humanitarian Bulletin Lebanon Issue 12 | 16 July 2015 - 31 August 2015 [EN/AR]

8 hours 32 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic

Highlights

• Philippe Lazzarini assumes his duties as new Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator

• Lebanon pays tribute to its humanitarian heroes

• ERC makes first visit to Lebanon; calls for continued international support to maintain stability

• Refugees’ socio-economic situation records serious deterioration

• As of September, WFP will cap assistance at five members per household

• Contributions allow UNRWA to open 2015/16 school year; cash assistance still at risk

• Armed clashes in Ein el Hilweh camp displace up to 3,000 people

• LCRP Steering Committee addresses critical priorities and 2016 planning

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South Sudan: South Sudan Humanitarian Bulletin | Biweekly Update 31 August 2015

12 hours 58 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: South Sudan

HIGHLIGHTS

• The resumption of flights to Wau Shilluk has made it possible for partners to deliver vital aid.

• Health agencies have ramped up efforts to respond to the sharp increase in malaria cases.

• Partners scaled up response efforts in PoC sites following an influx of people needing aid.

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Colombia: REDLAC Weekly Note on Emergencies - Latin America & the Caribbean - Year 8 - Volume 419

19 hours 30 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Highlights

  • HURRICANE SYSTEM: The fifth hurricane of the season caused damages in Dominica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. At least 20 people died in Dominica.

  • DROUGHT: The Central American Agriculture Council (CAC) declared an agricultural emergency for Central America and Dominican Republic to assist 1.6 million people affected.

  • MIGRATION: Around 1,088 Colombian have been deported or repatriated from Venezuela since the beginning of the border crises. It is expected that many more people have migrated through uncontrolled borders.

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Guatemala: Crisis humanitaria Sequía 2015 - Reporte de Situación No. 3 (28 Agosto 2015)

1 September 2015 - 10:11pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Country Team in Guatemala Country: Guatemala

Destacados

  • Según información del Instituto de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología (INSIVUMEH), la época lluviosa del 2015 ha sido fuertemente influenciada por el fenómeno El Niño y sus efectos colaterales. La lluvia de este invierno ha sido totalmente deficitaria: en la zona oriental del corredor seco de Guatemala no ha llovido hasta por 30 a 40 días. El déficit de lluvia es mayor en los departamentos de Jalapa, El Progreso, Zacapa y Baja Verapaz. Por el contrario, las temperaturas a partir de mayo han estado en 2 a 3 grados centígrados por encima del promedio histórico1 . Estos datos indican claramente que la canícula del 2015 es mucho más profunda y prolongada que la del año pasado.

  • Los análisis de FEWS NET (Sistema de Alerta Temprana ante Inseguridad Alimentaria) indican que gran parte del corredor seco de Centro América se encuentra en condiciones de “sequía” con un contenido muy bajo de humedad en los suelos que los ubican del tipo “marchito”. Para Guatemala, FEWS NET estima que al menos 25 municipios del corredor seco oriental y central se encuentran en estado de inseguridad alimentaria de Crisis (Fase 3, CIF) y otros 15 se encuentran en estado de Estrés (Fase 2, CIF). La región afectada incluye áreas de los departamentos de Chiquimula, Jutiapa, Jalapa, Zacapa, El Progreso,
    Baja Verapaz, Quiché, Totonicapán, Huehuetenango y San Marcos.

  • Evaluaciones de la Secretaría de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional (SESAN), el Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Alimentación (MAGA), el Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA) y la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) estiman que las pérdidas de cosechas “de primera”, para familias vulnerables en el corredor seco, son entre el 50% y 100%, principalmente en el cultivo de maíz. Se ha comprobado que desde mayo recién pasado las familias no cuentan con reservas alimenticias. Se prevé que la cosecha “de segunda”, o “de postrera”, sea impactada negativamente debido a la escasez e irregularidad de las lluvias.

  • Evaluaciones preliminares estiman a la desnutrición aguda severa entre el 3.3% en la zona del Polochic (evaluación de Plan Internacional) hasta el 5.7% en el oriente del país (según Acción Contra el Hambre). Se realizará un barrido nutricional a detalle a partir de 31-Agosto.

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Colombia: Colombia: Situación humanitaria en frontera colombo-venezolana (Norte de Santander) Informe de situación No. 2 (01/09/2015)

1 September 2015 - 7:23pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Colombia, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Destacados

  • Desde el 22 de agosto, 1.097 colombianos han sido deportados/repatriados hacia Norte de Santander tras el cierre de la frontera y declaratoria del Estado de Excepción Constitucional en seis municipios del Estado del Táchira, en la República Bolivariana de Venezuela.
    Los últimos casos de deportación se produjeron el 26 de agosto. El 30 de agosto la medida se hizo extensiva a cuatro municipios más.

  • Según cifras oficiales del Puesto de Mando Unificado, al 31 de agosto 9.826 personas han retornado1 a Colombia por pasos informales.

  • En los municipios de Cúcuta y Villa del Rosario (Norte de Santander), 3.109 personas se encuentran ubicadas en nueve albergues habilitados y formalizados2 , tres albergues espontáneos en proceso de formalización / evacuación, y en dos hoteles.

  • Con el apoyo de la OIM, 149 connacionales se han trasladado a sus ciudades de origen en Colombia y aproximadamente 70 lo han hecho mediante el dispositivo articulado entre la Cancillería y la CRC (a 31 de agosto).

  • Se identifican vacíos en protección y acceso a respuesta que afectan en particular a: familias que no se encuentran en albergues formalizados3 , personas que han llegado informalmente a otros municipios que no han declarado el Estado de Calamidad Pública4 y connacionales que se encuentran en Venezuela con intención de retornar a Colombia.

  • Entre los deportados y retornados a Norte de Santander, se han identificado al menos 102 casos de personas sujeto de protección internacional.

  • Si bien Norte de Santander sigue siendo el departamento más afectado por llegada masiva de deportados y retornados, en otros departamentos siguen aumentando las cifras. En Arauca a la fecha hay 247 personas retornadas y 26 deportadas; en la Guajira 127 colombianos deportados.

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Guinea: Collaboration Inter agences pour la réponse Ebola Guinée : Rapport de Situation No.05 (A la date du 01/09/2015)

1 September 2015 - 3:54pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Guinea

Faits saillants

• Au cours de la période du 24 au 30 août, deux (2) nouveaux cas confirmés de maladie à virus Ebola ont été notifiés en Guinée. Un (1) contact à haut risque, dans la préfecture de Mamou a été testé négatif.

• Les résultats de l'Enquête SMART sont disponibles. L’enquête indique un taux de malnutrition chronique de 25,9 pour cent (25,9%).

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Colombia: REDLAC Nota Semanal sobre Emergencias - América Latina y el Caribe - Año 8 - Volumen 419

1 September 2015 - 3:10pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Destacados

  • TEMPORADA DE HURACANES: La quinta tormenta de la temporada dejó daños en Dominica, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana y Haití. Se estima que solo en Dominica, unas 20 personas murieron a consecuencia de la tormenta.

  • SEQUÍA: El Consejo Agropecuario Centroamericano (CAC) declaró emergencia agropecuaria en América Central y República Dominicana para atender a unas 1.6 millones de personas afectadas.

  • MIGRACIÓN: Alrededor de 1,088 colombianos han sido deportados o repatriados desde Venezuela, desde que inició la crisis en la frontera. El número de personas podría ser mayor, ya que muchos lo hacen por pasos no controlados por las autoridades.

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Sierra Leone: Interagency Collaboration on Ebola - Situation Report No. 05 (1 September 2015)

1 September 2015 - 1:22pm
Source: World Health Organization, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone

Highlights

  • For the week of 24 – 30 August, two cases have been reported, in Conakry in Guinea. One case was reported in Sierra Leone

  • Following the release of the last person undergoing treatment for Ebola in Sierra Leone on 24 August, a further case was identified on 30 August from a post-mortem swab. This highlights the need for ongoing vigilance.

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Niger: Niger: Diffa, Rapport de situation No. 15 (20 juillet 2015)

1 September 2015 - 11:01am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Chad, Niger, Nigeria

Faits saillants

• Des milliers de nouveaux réfugiés et retournés du Nigéria sont arrivés au Niger entre le 27 juin et le 20 juillet.

• Les opérations de recensement des déplacés des îles du Lac Tchad sont en cours.

• 8 267 personnes ont été identifiées par une équipe gouvernementale sur le site de Kimégana (Nguigmi).

• Le nombre d’admissions des enfants de 6 à 59 mois pour la malnutrition aiguë sévère (MAS) a plus que doublé dans la région de Diffa, comparé à la même période en 2014.

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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 31 August 2015

31 August 2015 - 10:09am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia

Key Issues

  • Additional funds are needed now to address the impacts of El Niño and pre-position supplies in Ethiopia for the first quarter of 2016.

  • The Ministry of Health urgently needs US$5.5 million to vaccinate 5.3 million children under-5 in nutrition hotspot priority 1 and 2 woredas.

  • The national flood taskforce is working on the September flood forecast and emergency supply needs for prepositioning.

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Iraq: Iraq Crisis Situation Report No. 58 (19 – 25 August 2015) [EN/AR/KU]

30 August 2015 - 5:52am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic

Highlights

 Violence and armed conflict remain key drivers of displacement in Iraq that has forced about 3.2 million people to leave their homes since January 2014.

 Humanitarian access remains tenuous in hotspot areas in Anbar governorate.

 Emergency response continues to people who have fled towards the Bzeibiz bridge and Ameriyat al Falluja area in Anbar who reside in camps and informal settlements.

 About 80,000 people in Haditha need food, safe water and health services.

8.6 m people in need

5.6 m targeted for assistance

3.2 m internally displaced people

2.9 m displaced people live outside camps

3.2 m affected people in host communities 0.25 m Syrian refugees

Situation Overview

In the context of continuing political reform plans and processes in Iraq, the humanitarian situation shows no sign of easing. As violence persists, millions of people are forced to live far from their homes. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has identified 3,176,946 displaced Iraqis between January 2014 and 13 August 2015. The primary reason indicated for displacement is generalized violence and armed conflict (96 per cent).

The security situation in flash point areas remains fluid. Protracted ground fighting and airstrikes continue to be reported in western Anbar governorate, mostly in Falluja and Ramadi districts. People have limited ability to leave conflict areas and reduced supplies are reaching the civilian population. While restrictions on movement continue, the insecurity has triggered displacement of thousands of people east and south-east in search of safety. However, access across the Bzeibiz bridge and safer areas on the east banks of the Euphrates remains limited, leaving many displaced people stranded on the west banks in camps and informal settlements.

Humanitarian partners continue to provide emergency response services to displaced people including daily water trucking, food assistance, shelter and household items in most affected areas where displaced people have concentrated. Health partners deployed two mobile clinics to the Bzeibiz bridge area at the outset of the crisis.

Amidst a serious funding shortfall that has suspended critical health projects, a timely injection of funding enabled health partners to prioritise scaling up response and services to the acute situation in Ameriyat al Falluja and Al Nakheeb with additional staff and expanding the operating hours to include a night shift. Health cluster partners also prioritised 15 locations with high concentration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in western Baghdad and eastern Anbar governorates and deployed 15 health caravans to these locations.

An inter-agency mission to Haditha, Haqlaniya, Barwana and al-Baghdadi in Anbar found that about 80,000 people in Haditha need food, safe water and health services. Haditha has been surrounded by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for over a year, reducing supply routes and driving up prices for basic commodities. Humanitarian partners are looking into how to support aid deliveries to the area.

On 25 August, the UN refugee agency confirmed that 454 people had crossed the border from Turkey into Erbil governorate in northern Iraq since 19 August in search of safety due to fighting in the border areas. Food parcels, hygiene kits and clothes have been provided to the refugees, who are all sheltering with host communities.

In Kirkuk governorate, a looming threat of involuntary returns has been reported as displaced people from Diyala have been asked to leave the governorate within one month. Concerns have been raised that people may be compelled to return to areas of origin that are unsafe or consider secondary displacement.

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Iraq: Iraq Crisis Situation Report No. 58 (19 – 25 August 2015)

30 August 2015 - 5:52am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic

Highlights

 Violence and armed conflict remain key drivers of displacement in Iraq that has forced about 3.2 million people to leave their homes since January 2014.

 Humanitarian access remains tenuous in hotspot areas in Anbar governorate.

 Emergency response continues to people who have fled towards the Bzeibiz bridge and Ameriyat al Falluja area in Anbar who reside in camps and informal settlements.

 About 80,000 people in Haditha need food, safe water and health services.

8.6 m people in need

5.6 m targeted for assistance

3.2 m internally displaced people

2.9 m displaced people live outside camps

3.2 m affected people in host communities 0.25 m Syrian refugees

Situation Overview

In the context of continuing political reform plans and processes in Iraq, the humanitarian situation shows no sign of easing. As violence persists, millions of people are forced to live far from their homes. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has identified 3,176,946 displaced Iraqis between January 2014 and 13 August 2015. The primary reason indicated for displacement is generalized violence and armed conflict (96 per cent).

The security situation in flash point areas remains fluid. Protracted ground fighting and airstrikes continue to be reported in western Anbar governorate, mostly in Falluja and Ramadi districts. People have limited ability to leave conflict areas and reduced supplies are reaching the civilian population. While restrictions on movement continue, the insecurity has triggered displacement of thousands of people east and south-east in search of safety. However, access across the Bzeibiz bridge and safer areas on the east banks of the Euphrates remains limited, leaving many displaced people stranded on the west banks in camps and informal settlements.

Humanitarian partners continue to provide emergency response services to displaced people including daily water trucking, food assistance, shelter and household items in most affected areas where displaced people have concentrated. Health partners deployed two mobile clinics to the Bzeibiz bridge area at the outset of the crisis.

Amidst a serious funding shortfall that has suspended critical health projects, a timely injection of funding enabled health partners to prioritise scaling up response and services to the acute situation in Ameriyat al Falluja and Al Nakheeb with additional staff and expanding the operating hours to include a night shift. Health cluster partners also prioritised 15 locations with high concentration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in western Baghdad and eastern Anbar governorates and deployed 15 health caravans to these locations.

An inter-agency mission to Haditha, Haqlaniya, Barwana and al-Baghdadi in Anbar found that about 80,000 people in Haditha need food, safe water and health services. Haditha has been surrounded by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for over a year, reducing supply routes and driving up prices for basic commodities. Humanitarian partners are looking into how to support aid deliveries to the area.

On 25 August, the UN refugee agency confirmed that 454 people had crossed the border from Turkey into Erbil governorate in northern Iraq since 19 August in search of safety due to fighting in the border areas. Food parcels, hygiene kits and clothes have been provided to the refugees, who are all sheltering with host communities.

In Kirkuk governorate, a looming threat of involuntary returns has been reported as displaced people from Diyala have been asked to leave the governorate within one month. Concerns have been raised that people may be compelled to return to areas of origin that are unsafe or consider secondary displacement.

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Colombia: Colombia – Desplazamiento masivo de población indígena Jiw en Puerto Concordia (Meta) Flash Update No. 2 (28/08/2015)

28 August 2015 - 6:19pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Colombia

Flash Update No. 2 – Desplazamiento masivo de población indígena Jiw en Puerto Concordia (Meta)

Según el censo suministrado el 28 de agosto por la Unidad para la Atención y Reparación Integral a las Víctimas (UARIV), actualmente 247 personas (55 familias) se encuentran albergadas en el antiguo puesto de salud en el casco urbano del municipio de Puerto Concordia. La comunidad indígena Jiw se desplazó del Resguardo La Sal (zona rural) desde el 24 de agosto, tras la desaparición de dos miembros de la comunidad y por temor ante la presencia de grupos armados posdesmovilización en su territorio.
Según la Defensoría del pueblo regional Guaviare, el número de personas desplazadas podría aumentar a cerca de 300, ya que al parecer estarían llegando 40 personas más.

Durante una visita realizada el 27 de agosto, la Defensoría del Pueblo pudo constatar la precaria situación del centro de salud que sirve como albergue y que no cuenta con baterías sanitarias.
La Alcaldía del municipio ha hecho entrega de ayuda alimentaria para los primeros días del desplazamiento; adicionalmente la Gobernación envió hoy 28 de agosto un camión de alimentos para cubrir las necesidades en este sector hasta el próximo 1 de septiembre. Sin embargo, debido a problemas en la vía de carácter técnico, el camión no ha podido todavía llegar a Puerto Concordia.
La Gobernación y la Alcaldía han solicitado ayuda a la UARIV para que apoye la entrega de kits de hábitat, aseo y alimentos.

El Comité Municipal de Justicia Transicional (CMJT) está citado para el 31 de agosto, es posible que la reunión se realice antes de esta fecha.

El CICR realizará una visita al municipio el 28 de agosto para realizar un análisis de la situación. Por su parte, el 29 de agosto el Equipo Humanitario Local (EHL), a través de OCHA, realizará una visita conjunta con la Defensoría del Pueblo regional Guaviare para llevar a cabo un diagnóstico de la situación y realizar la incidencia necesaria.

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Ukraine: Humanitarian Bulletin : Ukraine Issue 01 | 01 - 31 August 2015

28 August 2015 - 11:25am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ukraine

Overview of humanitarian access and challenges

Humanitarian organizations are facing the major challenge of accessing the most vulnerable of an estimated 5 million people affected by the conflict that began in April 2014 in eastern Ukraine. Access challenges vary from security concerns, bureaucratic impediments, and logistical and legal constraints. An estimated 2 million people living in areas along the contact line between Government forces and armed groups are the most vulnerable and the highest priority group in terms of aid operations. Half of these people are estimated to be living in Government-controlled areas (GCAs), while the remainder live in non-GCAs (NGCAs). Fire exchanges and shelling in many hot-spot locations along the contact line are constantly endangering the lives of many civilians and exacerbating their suffering. Their plight has been compounded by their inability to flee to safety, particularly across the contact line (from NGCAs to GCAs) due to complicated procedures on population movements in the area. This has been further aggravated by the lack of social services, disruption of trade, lack of access to pensions and other social-benefit payments, and lack of functioning banking systems in NGCAs. People living in GCAs have been similarly affected and cannot access basic services.

Most of the 2 million people have received limited or no assistance from humanitarian agencies, as aid organizations have been unable to reach these people due to insecurity and bureaucratic hurdles.
An additional 2 million people in NGCAs, further away from the contact line, are another priority group for humanitarian organizations, as they are trying to eke out living while facing similar everyday challenges of a lack of social-welfare payments, livelihood opportunities and functioning banking systems.

Humanitarian agencies are also concerned about the protracted displacement of 1.4 million people in GCAs. About 60 per cent of the registered IDPs are elderly people and about 13 per cent are children. Meeting their needs requires interventions by humanitarian and recovery/development actors in the immediate and longer term.

The humanitarian community has repeatedly advocated to all parties to the conflict to guarantee free and unimpeded humanitarian access, including limiting bureaucratic procedures to the strict minimum. Under international humanitarian law (IHL) and customary IHL, parties to the conflict are responsible for facilitating access for humanitarian organizations to affected people. Intense discussions are under way at various levels to resolve the issue and find practical solutions, focusing on the humanitarian imperative of providing assistance to the people who need it most.

Positive steps have been undertaken to engage with the Government of Ukraine on facilitating access to vulnerable people, and on bringing various laws and by-laws and the temporary order on population movements and movement of humanitarian cargo and personnel in line with the laws of Ukraine and international humanitarian principles. The Government recently announced many positive changes in terms of facilitating humanitarian cargo to NGCAs, including opening two new crossing lines, simplifying procedures, ensuring fast-track processes and dedicated lines for humanitarian cargo, and establishing staging areas away from the contact line.

The Government also announced that special humanitarian logistics centres will be established near operating crossing points, from which civilians from NGCAs will be able to access various services. However, concerns remain, partly because these logistics centres are located in insecure areas.
Aid organizations have been unable to reach vulnerable people in NGCAs since 21 July.

Aid convoys have been suspended since then. This came after 14 July, when the de-facto authorities in NGCAs of Donetska oblast issued a decree regarding registration to all aid agencies operating in the area.

The Logistics Cluster leads, organizes and facilitates inter-agency aid convoys to NGCAs. However, since the suspension on 21 July, the cluster has more than 5,000 metric tonnes (MT) of humanitarian assistance in the pipeline, including food, shelter and non-food relief supplies, pending to be delivered to thousands of people in NGCAs. More than 16,000 MT of relief aid are in the pipeline for delivery to NGCAs up to the end of 2015, according to the Logistics Cluster.

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Somalia: Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia July 2015 | Issued on 20 August 2015

28 August 2015 - 8:34am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Somalia, Yemen

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Critical malnutrition rates in hard-to-reach areas of southcentral Somalia, including Bulo Burto and Xudur

  • More than 20,000 people have fled their homes due to military operations

  • Mid-year review shows some progress towards strategic objectives but more funding is still needed.

For further information, please contact:
Maurizio Giuliano, Public Information Officer a.i., OCHA Somalia, giuliano@un.org, +254-738-999985

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occupied Palestinian territory: Humanitarian Bulletin Monthly Report - August 2015

28 August 2015 - 6:01am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Suspected Israeli settler arson attack results in two Palestinian deaths in West Bank village.
  • On year after the end of 2014 Gaza hostilities, affected families finally accessing building materials to reconstruct their homes.
  • FAO responds to new outbreaks of ‘bird flu’ in Gaza.
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Yemen: Yemen Humanitarian Bulletin No 1 - 27 August 2015

28 August 2015 - 2:38am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Djibouti, Yemen

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian needs across Yemen continue to grow as violence escalates.

  • Serious damage to Al - Hudaydah port could deprive millions of people of food and prevent the import of fuel necessary to run health facilities, flour mills, and water and sanitation works.

  • Some form of assistance delivered to 6.9 million people across Yemen’s 22 governorates.

  • Outstanding donor pledges hinder response.

FIGURES

No. of deaths 4,513
No. of injuries 23,509
No. of IDPs 1.4 m
Affected population 21.1 m
People targeted 11.7 m

FUNDING
1.6 billion requested (US$)
19% ($298 million) Funded
314 million outstanding pledges (US$)
252 million (US$) contributed outside the humanitarian appeal

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Nepal: Landslide and Displacement Update (27 August 2015)

27 August 2015 - 11:15pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Assessment Capacities Project Country: Nepal

This report is an update of the ‘Landslide and displacement update’ of 27 July 2015. The main objective of this note is to provide an overview of the current situation and limitations of the available data.

Overview

2.33 million people not living in original house
REACH/Shelter Cluster Assessment 17/05/2015

59,500 people in 104 sites >20 HH
CCCM DTM 21/07/2015

Almost 80,000 people relocated due to landslide
Media sources 17/08/2015 risks

The impact of the 25 April and 12 May earthquakes resulted in over two million people losing their houses due to damage. Initially, the earthquake resulted in significant population movements within and between districts.

However, by mid-July, most people had returned to their VDC of residence. The vast majority of the population stays in close proximity to their original residence, however, a small minority or 2.5% of this group were residing in spontaneous settlement sites as of mid-July.

In addition, due to the increased risk of landslides due to the earthquakes and monsoon rains, about 17,000 households (HHs), or almost 80,000 people, have left their houses on their own or with Government support since July. About 100 fatalities from landslides have been reported since the start of the monsoon, primarily outside the 14 priority districts. This is above average for Nepal, but considering the elevated risk as a result of the earthquakes, the figure is lower than expected. Landslide frequency increased as a result of the earthquakes, and based on experiences in other contexts, the heightened risk of landslides is likely to persist for several years.

During September and October this year, population movements are expected to increase, particularly with the mass outflux from the Kathmandu Valley to districts before the Dashain festival beginning in late October. On a smaller scale, with the end of the monsoon, the majority of those residing in spontaneous settlement and those relocated due to landslide risks will likely return to their original residence. Ensuring comprehensive returns will also depend on the availability of support for shelter reconstruction.

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Colombia: Colombia – Desplazamiento masivo de población indígena Jiw en Puerto Concordia (Meta) Flash Update No. 1 (26/08/2015)

27 August 2015 - 7:36pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Colombia

Tras la desaparición de dos miembros de la comunidad y el temor por la presencia de grupos armados posdesmovilización en el Resguardo indígena Jiw de La Sal -zona rural de Puerto Concordia (Meta), al menos 265 personas se han desplazado hacia la cabecera municipal.

El desplazamiento se inició el 24 de agosto con la llegada de 80 personas, el número de desplazados ha ido en aumento diariamente según reportes de la Defensoría del Pueblo regional Guaviare y la Personería municipal.

La población desplazada permanece albergada en el antiguo puesto de salud del municipio, no se tiene información sobre las condiciones de este sitio.

El 22 de agosto, la Defensoría del Pueblo regional Guaviare y el ACNUR realizaron una misión al Resguardo La Sal, en la que se verificó el reporte de desaparición de dos miembros del resguardo, desde el 18 de agosto.

En este resguardo se había realizado previamente una evaluación MIRA- Multi-Cluster Initial Rapid Assessment1 el 3 de agosto con participación de OCHA, Médicos del Mundo (MdM) y la Defensoría del Pueblo regional Meta.

En esta evaluación se pudo constatar la grave situación humanitaria por la que atraviesa esta población, además del riesgo de desplazamiento forzado como consecuencia de la presencia de grupos armados posdesmovilización y las disputas que se presentan entre la comunidad indígena y familias colonas que habitan en el resguardo.

Se convocó un Comité Municipal de Justicia Transicional (CMJT) para coordinar la respuesta institucional. La Unidad para la Atención y Reparación Integral a las Víctimas (UARIV) solicitó a la Alcaldía y a la Secretaría de gobierno municipal que se active el plan de contingencia municipal, y que se confirme el censo de la población desplazada para poder movilizar apoyo de la Unidad a través de la modalidad de subsidiariedad.

El equipo médico de MdM realizó una brigada de servicios de salud entre el 22 y 24 de agosto, tal como se había establecido el día de la evaluación MIRA.

El 27 de agosto se realiza una visita de la Defensoría del Pueblo regional Guaviare para hacer seguimiento a la situación y las acciones de respuesta que adelantan las instituciones locales. El Equipo Humanitario Local Meta-Guaviare seguirá monitoreando la emergencia, de ser requerido, se apoyarán evaluaciones en terreno y acciones complementarias de respuesta.

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