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Ukraine: Ukraine: Situation report No. 33 as of 27 March 2015

30 March 2015 - 2:57pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Belarus, Russian Federation, Ukraine

Highlights

● Delivery of humanitarian aid is expected to significantly decline in several critical Clusters as funding continues to remain seriously low: only 16 percent of the USD 316 required for 2015 has been funded or pledged.

● Recent dismissal of key Government representatives at national as well as regional levels with further possibility of changes in Government structure puts additional pressure in ability to provide timely humanitarian assistance in a coordinated manner.

● Incidents related to unexploded ordinance continue to claim lives. Mine and unexploded ordnance / remnants of war contamination remain a major issue.

● OCHA met with de-facto authorities Donetsk to discuss technical modalities to improve delivery of humanitarian aid.

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Niger: Niger: Diffa Situation Report No. 12 (as of 20 March 2015)

30 March 2015 - 2:16pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Niger, Nigeria

Highlights

  • The Nigerien Government launched an emergency plan1 of 45 billion CFA francs (about US$72 million)2 to respond to Diffa’s humanitarian crisis. The plan targets 363,200 people between 25 March and 31 December 2015.

  • Regional authorities and humanitarian actors conducted a rapid needs assessment following last month’s attacks in Bosso and Diffa. Food and water are urgently needed.

  • On 24 February, the Government placed the state of emergency in Diffa region on hold for three months.

  • UNICEF Regional Director and WFP Regional Director respectively visited Diffa on 6 and 11 March.

Situation Overview

More than one month after the Bosso and Diffa3 attacks, the humanitarian situation remains extremely volatile in the region. On 24 February, the Nigerien Government announced that the state of emergency declaration is on hold for three months in order to restore the security stability.

The improved situation in recent weeks has resulted in a gradual return to normal life in certain areas, notably Diffa town, where markets and basic social service have resumed. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) are returning, but no quantitative data is currently available.

Humanitarian actors continue their interventions despite access difficulties, especially in the areas surrounding Lake Chad. Regional authorities and humanitarian partners carried out a rapid needs assessment in 10 villages to assess the changes in the context following the February attack. As part of this evaluation, 1,369 households (8,850 people) were identified,4 475 of whom (3,742 people) were interviewed. The findings of the assessment revealed that access to water and food were people’s primary needs. Shelter and non-food items were also identified as urgent needs.

On 17 March, the Prime Minister of Niger launched an emergency plan of 45 billion CFA francs (about $72 billion) to assist and protect displaced people from Nigeria, IDPs and vulnerable host community members. This plan will cover March to December 2015. During the launch, humanitarian actors reiterated their commitment to support the Government’s efforts

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Somalia: Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia February 2015 | Issued on 25 March 2015

30 March 2015 - 1:34pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Somalia

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Steep increase in forced evictions in Mogadishu. Displaced people lost belongings and moved to areas with limited or no services.

  • Humanitarian access through the major supply roads remain constrained in southern and central regions of Somalia.

  • Timely humanitarian funding crucial to sustain response to 2.8 million Somalis.

In this issue

Forced evictions raise concerns P.1
Road access restricted P.2
Preparations for planting season P.3
Pooled funds for urgent activities P.4

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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 30 March 2015

30 March 2015 - 8:35am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan

Key Issues:

  • Resource shortfalls are reported for the second and third rounds relief food ration for 2015.

  • Seasonal rains started in most woredas. Assessment in the coming days will determine the impact of the rains on availability of water and pasture.

  • The Japanese Government donated US$11.8 million to assist South Sudanese refugees and host communities in Gambella region. UNHCR will receive $5.8 million, WFP $5 million and WHO $1 million.

  • UNHCR is expediting the development of the new Jewi camp in Gambella to relocate more than 48,000 flood-affected South Sudanese refugees from Leitchuor camp. Additional camp sites are needed to accommodate new arrivals.

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Vanuatu: Vanuatu: Tropical Cyclone Pam Situation Report No. 14 (as of 30 March 2015)

30 March 2015 - 8:04am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Vanuatu

Highlights

  • Planning is ongoing for the second phase of harmonized multi-cluster needs assessments in cyclone-affected areas. These are due to commence on 1 April and will be completed by 8 April.

  • The Government informed that schools used as evacuation centres have now reopened across Vanuatu on 30 March. The Ministry of Education and Training has requested tarpaulins to cover the roofs of approximately 268 classrooms damaged during the cyclone in Malampa, Torba, Tafea and Shefa provinces.

  • Vegetable seed distribution for 110,000 people was undertaken across Vanuatu.

  • The UN Central Emergency Response Fund approved just over US$5 million to support life-saving response activities for people affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

166,000 People affected on 22 islands

9,968 Children vaccinated against measles

110,000 People receiving seeds to re-plant vegetables

15,000 Homes destroyed or damaged

75,000 People in need of emergency shelter

110,000 People in need of clean drinking water

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Tuvalu: Tuvalu: Tropical Cyclone Pam Situation Report No. 2 (as of 30 March 2015)

30 March 2015 - 3:02am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Tuvalu

Highlights

• The Government and humanitarian partners continue to deliver food, shelter, fuel, clothes, water treatment tablets, medical supplies, and other relief items to the affected islands.

• Rapid assessments have been carried out on the three northern islands (Nanumanga, Niutao,
Nanumea) and the three central islands (Nui,
Nukufetau, Vaitupu).

• Nui suffered the worst damage of the three central islands, with significant damage to crops and livestock.

• Nanumanga suffered the worst damage of the three northern islands, with 60-100 houses flooded and damage to the health facility.

• Ninety per cent of crops have been damaged in Nui and Nukufetau.

• All displaced people have returned to their homes in Nukufetau.

• Influenza cases reported in Nanumanga have now stabilized.

• The total amount of in-kind, cash and pledge donations to relief and recovery efforts is approximately US$ 2.5 million.

• The general elections planned for 26 March have been postponed to 31 March 2015.

Situation Overview

The Government-led emergency response to victims of Tropical Cyclone Pam is still ongoing in Tuvalu. The situation in the outer islands is normalising as most affected people have returned to their homes. The Government and humanitarian partners continue to deliver protein-rich food, shelter kits, fuel, generators, water treatment tablets, kitchen kits, clothes and medical supplies to the three central islands (Nui, Nukufetau, Vaitupu) and three northern islands (Nanumanga, Niutao, Nanumea). Construction materials and tools are also being provided to the affected communities. Teams from the Public Works Department (PWD) and Solid Waste Agency of Tuvalu (SWAT) have been deployed to assist with clean-up operations and the construction of temporary shelters. Eighty per cent of the affected areas have restored electricity, internet and telephone connections.

Rapid assessments have been carried out for the three northern islands of Nanumanga, Niutao and Nanumea. Water, medicine, shelter and food were identified as priority needs. Nanumanga suffered the worst storm damage, with 60-100 houses flooded and severe damage to the hospital. The harbour ramp in Nanumanga used to deliver relief supplies was also damaged. Nanumea and Niutao received minimal damage and life has generally returned to normal.

Although immediate relief needs have been met in the central islands, there is a need to better utilize the financial support pledged by the international community. An analysis of the use of the assistance provided thus far will be conducted, and a plan is being developed by the Government to determine the existing response gaps. Additional updates are also needed on the situation in the northern and southern islands.

The caretaker Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga hosted a lunch for external partners on 22 March and used the occasion to show the Government of Tuvalu’s gratitude to the international community for the support provided to Tuvalu. The rapid assessment teams also shared updates on the assessments carried out in the central and northern islands.

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South Sudan: South Sudan: Crisis Situation Report No.80 (as of 27 March 2015)

30 March 2015 - 2:32am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: South Sudan

Highlights

● 2.4 million children under the age of five years in the seven non-conflicted affected states received the oral polio vaccine (OPV).

● More than 9,000 refugees were relocated from Yida to Ajuong Thok in Unity State from 1 January to 23 March, 85 per cent of them were new arrivals.

● Partners are building Interim Care Centers in Greater Pibor Administrative Area to support children demobilized from the armed forces.

● Partners launched a nation wide dry season livestock vaccination campaign.

4.1 million People to be assisted by the end of 2015 (HRP)

2.5 million People facing crisis/emergency levels of food insecurity Jan-Mar 2015 (IPC)

1.5 million People internally displaced by conflict since December 2013 (OCHA)

$529 million Pledged at Nairobi conference for response to South Sudan crisis (OCHA)

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Iraq: Iraq Crisis Situation Report No. 37 (21 - 27 March 2015)

29 March 2015 - 4:11pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Iraq

Highlights

  • A number of on-going critical programmes are facing curtailment or shutdown in the coming months due to lack of funding.

  • The Government of Iraq has distributed the first shipment of food assistance on to people in Haditha, who have been under siege by ISIL for several months.

  • Relief supplies are prepositioned in Baghdad in preparation for the Haditha response.

  • WFP, in partnership with DRC, provided the Immediate Response Rations (IRRs) to approximately 15,500 people in al-Muqdadiya City.

  • 2,634,492 internally displaced people are dispersed across 2,949 distinct locations in Iraq.

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Yemen: OCHA Yemen Flash Update: Escalating conflict, 28 March 2015

29 March 2015 - 9:45am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Yemen

Conflict has escalated significantly in Yemen since 23 March, affecting 11 of Yemen’s 22 Governorates.

Armed clashes erupted mainly in Lahj, Al Dhale’e and Aden Governorates following an expansion southward by Houthi-affiliated militants.

Early on 26 March, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched air strikes against Houthi targets, focusing primarily on Sana’a and Sa’ada Governorates. As of 28 March, air strikes were continuing against Houthi targets, and heavy clashes were ongoing in Al Dhale’e and Aden Governorates.

The Health Cluster estimates that 267 people were killed and 994 injured by violence in Yemen between 20 and 26 March. This figure includes 143 people killed and 382 injured by suicide attacks on two mosques in Sana’a on 20 March. Casualty figures are estimates based on hospital treatment data. Reports from local sources indicate significant additional casualties in the south – particularly Aden and Al Dhale’e, where heavy fighting continues. No overall estimates since 26 March are currently available.

Local reports indicate increasing displacement due to conflict. In the north, 300 families have reportedly fled Sa’ada for Haradh. Displacement has also reportedly occurred from conflict-affected areas of Al Dhale’e into neighbouring Districts. In Sana’a, several local sources report large numbers of people leaving town to stay with relatives outside the city. An assessment by the Yemen Red Crescent (YRC) in the Bani Hawat neighbourhood of Sana’a found that 40 of 120 families had been displaced following airstrikes. Airstrikes have affected other areas of the city, but Bani Hawat is the only neighbourhood assessed to date.

Recent violence has raised grave protection concerns. In Aden, street fighting reportedly continues in several areas – particularly following the looting of weapons from military bases. Minors have been reported to be taking part in hostilities on all sides. In the north, airstrikes have affected several residential areas, including a market in Sa’adah city and the Bani Hawat neighbourhood of Sana’a, where YRC estimates 36 homes were damaged or destroyed.

Response efforts are underway, but are severely constrained by conflict and insecurity. YRC is assisting evacuation of casualties to hospitals and supporting immediate treatment. In the south,
Health Cluster partners continue to support local hospitals in Aden, Lahj and Al Dhale’e. Reports indicate that people face difficulties in accessing hospitals due to a lack of transport, money and security. More details on ongoing response will be available as incoming reports are collated.
The Yemen Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) remains present in-country and continues to implement critical programmes. Some international staff have been temporarily relocated as a precaution. However, the HCT continues to operate with a core team of international staff, Yemeni staff and through partnerships with local organizations.

OCHA will issue a full Situation Report in the coming days.

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Vanuatu: Vanuatu: Tropical Cyclone Pam Situation Report No. 13 (as of 27 March 2015)

27 March 2015 - 7:30pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Vanuatu

Highlights

  • Medical supplies to restock health posts and the transportation of food, water, shelter, hygiene and school kits remain priorities.

  • Government-led food distributions, reaching 92,000 people, are almost completed on Efate Island.

  • Fifteen foreign medical teams are currently covering eight islands in Shefa, Tafea and Penama provinces.

  • Hygiene kits, soaps and purification tablets were distributed to about 3,350 people on Tanna Island.

  • Storage capacity in Port Vila, Tanna Island and Epi Island needs to be augmented, as the amount of relief items to arrive is likely to increase in the coming weeks.

  • As of 27 March, US$19 million has been received for response efforts in Vanuatu. Of this total, $6.4 million was contributed to the Flash Appeal for Tropical Cyclone Pam.

166,000 People affected on 22 islands

8,700 Children vaccinated against measles

92,000 People receiving food assistance in Efate

15,000 Homes destroyed or damaged

75,000 People in need of emergency shelter

110,000 People in need of clean drinking water

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Nigeria: Bulletin Humanitaire Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre - février 2015

27 March 2015 - 1:21pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone

FAITS SAILLANTS
• 2 milliards de dollars requis pour l’action humanitaire au Sahel en 2015.
• Plus de 190 000 réfugiés et rapatriés du nord du Nigéria au Cameroun, Tchad et Niger.
• 1,2 millions de déplacés internes dans le nord du Nigéria.
• Les communautés au Nigéria font face à une insécurité alimentaire et à la malnutrition.
•Zéro nouveau cas d'Ebola au Libéria, stagnation des chiffres en Sierra Leone et en Guinée.

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Haiti: Haïti Bulletin humanitaire - Numéro 48, Fév.- Mars 2015

27 March 2015 - 12:20pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Dominican Republic, Haiti

FAITS SAILLANTS

  • Epidémie de choléra : A l’approche de la saison des pluies, des alertes ont été enregistrées dans 20 communes.

  • L’appel de transition pour les deux prochaines années requiert un financement de 401 millions de dollars.

  • Des milliers d’Haïtiens peuvent être expulsés de la République Dominicaine au cours des prochains mois. L’Office nationale de la Migration et ses partenaires se préparent à accueillir les migrants.

  • Une importante délégation haïtienne a pris part du 14 au 18 mars à la 3e conférence mondiale des Nations Unies sur la réduction des risques de catastrophes à Sendai au Japon

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Sudan: Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 12 | 16 – 22 March 2015 [EN/AR]

27 March 2015 - 6:29am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: South Sudan, Sudan

HIGHLIGHTS

  • About 60 per cent of an estimated 23,600 newly displaced people in South Kordofan have received initial relief assistance, according to aid agencies.
  • UNHCR says127,700 refugees have arrived in Sudan, of whom 78,200 have received some form of aid.
  • Over 2,000 suspected cases of measles have been reported from 13 states in Sudan, including 924 confirmed cases and 15 deaths, according to MoH, WHO and UNICEF.
  • About 6,200 people from Golo in the Jebel Marra region arrived in Guldo town and Hassahisa IDP camp over the past few weeks, according to aid agencies.

FIGURES

Displaced people in Sudan 3.1 million
IDPs in Darfur(to date) 2.5 million
GAM burden 2 million
Refugees in Sudan (excluding S. Sudanese) (UNHCR) 168,000
South Sudanese refugees in Sudan - since 15 Dec 2013 (UNHCR)**127, 665**

FUNDING

1.04 billion requested in 2015 (US$)

4% reported funding

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Sudan: Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 12 | 16 – 22 March 2015

27 March 2015 - 6:29am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: South Sudan, Sudan

HIGHLIGHTS

  • About 60 per cent of an estimated 23,600 newly displaced people in South Kordofan have received initial relief assistance, according to aid agencies.
  • UNHCR says127,700 refugees have arrived in Sudan, of whom 78,200 have received some form of aid.
  • Over 2,000 suspected cases of measles have been reported from 13 states in Sudan, including 924 confirmed cases and 15 deaths, according to MoH, WHO and UNICEF.
  • About 6,200 people from Golo in the Jebel Marra region arrived in Guldo town and Hassahisa IDP camp over the past few weeks, according to aid agencies.

FIGURES

Displaced people in Sudan 3.1 million
IDPs in Darfur(to date) 2.5 million
GAM burden 2 million
Refugees in Sudan (excluding S. Sudanese) (UNHCR) 168,000
South Sudanese refugees in Sudan - since 15 Dec 2013 (UNHCR)**127, 665**

FUNDING

1.04 billion requested in 2015 (US$)

4% reported funding

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Vanuatu: Vanuatu: Tropical Cyclone Pam Situation Report No. 12 (as of 26 March 2015)

26 March 2015 - 6:23pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Vanuatu

Highlights

  • As of 26 March, food was dispatched for more than 160,000 people.

  • Three hospitals in Tafea Province, Sanma Province and Efate Island now have capacity to treat severely malnourished children.

  • Humanitarian organizations have distributed about 19,000 shelter relief items to affected islands, mainly to Shefa and Tafea provinces.

  • The distribution of hygiene kits, jerry cans and other water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) items is ongoing, currently covering 50-60 per cent of the affected population.

  • More than one-third of all households on Ambrym Island have received hygiene kits and water purification tablets.

  • Tropical Cyclone Pam damaged up to 80 per cent of the electricity grid across Vanuatu.

  • As of 26 March, US$18 million has been received from donors. Of this total, $5.1 million was contributed to the Flash Appeal for Tropical Cyclone Pam.

166,000 People affected on 22 islands

8,450 Children vaccinated against measles

92,000 People receiving food assistance in Efate

15,000 Homes destroyed or damaged

75,000 People in need of emergency shelter

110,000 People in need of clean drinking water

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occupied Palestinian territory: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 17 – 23 March 2015 [EN/AR/HE]

26 March 2015 - 10:50am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory

Highlights:

  • Israeli forces injured 21 Palestinians, including seven children, in various clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians. The most serious incidents reported in the West Bank, include ran eight-year-old child who was seriously injured when a soldier, with his rifle, hit the child in the eye while playing in proximity to clashes in Al Khader (Bethlehem); three Palestinians, including two children (14 and 15 years old), shot with live ammunition in Silwan; and a man who was shot with live ammunition in the back during clashes at the entrance to Al Jalazun Refugee Camp (Ramallah). Another three Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli forces next to the Gaza perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis.

  • At least 21 incidents involving Israeli forces opening ‘warning’ fire into Access Restricted Areas (ARA)on land and at sea in the Gaza Strip were recorded this week, one of which ignited fire in a vehicle. Israeli forces entered Gaza east of Rafah and carried out land leveling on one occasion.

  • Israeli forces conducted 86 search and arrest operations and arrested 93 Palestinians in the West Bank, mainly in the Hebron and Jerusalem governorates. Another four Palestinians were arrested next to the fence surrounding Gaza, while attempting to cross into Israel without permits.

  • In Area C of the West Bank, the Israeli authorities demolished 30 Palestinian structures for lack of Israeli-issued building permits. Of these, 29 structures were demolished in the herding communities of Al Mak-hul and Al Hadidiya (27) in the northern Jordan Valley, as well as three in Al Jabal community in Abu Dis (Jerusalem) to make way for the Israeli authorities’ “relocation plan” which involves the forcible transfer of 46 communities. The demolished structures included five residences, leading to the displacement of 15 people. Of the total, 18 structures were donor-funded. On similar grounds, Israeli authorities delivered demolition and stop-work orders against 35 structures, including 22 donor-funded residences in Khan al Ahmar-Mihtawish Bedouin community (Jerusalem); five residences in Silwan (East Jerusalem); three residences and a shop in Beit Ummar (Hebron); four structures in Bardala (Jordan Valley); and a mosque in Kardala (Tubas). Additionally, Israeli forces confiscated two donor-funded water tanks in Al Farisiya herding community in the Jordan Valley for being used without a permit in a closed military zone.

  • Israeli forces uprooted 492 trees and saplings planted by Palestinians next to the Majdal Bani Fadel (Nablus), Bidya (Salfit) and Adh Dhahiriya (Hebron) villages in Area C of the West Bank, on grounds that these areas were designated as “state land”. According to official data, over 99 per cent of “state land”, or public land, has been included within the jurisdictional boundaries of the local and regional councils of Israeli settlements, built in contravention of international law.

  • Four Israeli settler attacks resulting in Palestinian injuries or property damage were recorded, including two stone-throwing incidents leading to the injury of a six-year-old girl and a woman; and the uprooting of 83 trees and saplings in the villages of Turmus’ayya and Deir Ndham (Ramallah) by settlers from the outpost of ‘Adei ‘Ad and the settlement of Halamish, respectively. Additionally (not included in the count) an allegedly deliberate hit and run incident, resulting in the injury of a man, was recorded in Hebron city.

  • Two Palestinian attacks resulting in Israeli injuries or property damage were reported, including four people, two of whom are children, injured as a result of stone-throwing at an Israeli bus and damage to settlers’ houses as a result of a Molotov cocktail-throwing, both in East Jerusalem.

  • Israeli settlers took over a family house of a Palestinian family, consisting of three separate apartments as well as two plots of land, in Silwan (East Jerusalem), claiming ownership to the properties.

  • The Rafah crossing was closed in both directions by the Egyptian authorities, during the week. The crossing has been continuously closed since 24 October 2014, following an attack in Sinai, except for 12 days, on which it was opened, but with restrictions.

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occupied Palestinian territory: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 17 – 23 March 2015

26 March 2015 - 10:50am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory

Highlights:

  • Israeli forces injured 21 Palestinians, including seven children, in various clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians. The most serious incidents reported in the West Bank, include ran eight-year-old child who was seriously injured when a soldier, with his rifle, hit the child in the eye while playing in proximity to clashes in Al Khader (Bethlehem); three Palestinians, including two children (14 and 15 years old), shot with live ammunition in Silwan; and a man who was shot with live ammunition in the back during clashes at the entrance to Al Jalazun Refugee Camp (Ramallah). Another three Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli forces next to the Gaza perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis.

  • At least 21 incidents involving Israeli forces opening ‘warning’ fire into Access Restricted Areas (ARA)on land and at sea in the Gaza Strip were recorded this week, one of which ignited fire in a vehicle. Israeli forces entered Gaza east of Rafah and carried out land leveling on one occasion.

  • Israeli forces conducted 86 search and arrest operations and arrested 93 Palestinians in the West Bank, mainly in the Hebron and Jerusalem governorates. Another four Palestinians were arrested next to the fence surrounding Gaza, while attempting to cross into Israel without permits.

  • In Area C of the West Bank, the Israeli authorities demolished 30 Palestinian structures for lack of Israeli-issued building permits. Of these, 29 structures were demolished in the herding communities of Al Mak-hul and Al Hadidiya (27) in the northern Jordan Valley, as well as three in Al Jabal community in Abu Dis (Jerusalem) to make way for the Israeli authorities’ “relocation plan” which involves the forcible transfer of 46 communities. The demolished structures included five residences, leading to the displacement of 15 people. Of the total, 18 structures were donor-funded. On similar grounds, Israeli authorities delivered demolition and stop-work orders against 35 structures, including 22 donor-funded residences in Khan al Ahmar-Mihtawish Bedouin community (Jerusalem); five residences in Silwan (East Jerusalem); three residences and a shop in Beit Ummar (Hebron); four structures in Bardala (Jordan Valley); and a mosque in Kardala (Tubas). Additionally, Israeli forces confiscated two donor-funded water tanks in Al Farisiya herding community in the Jordan Valley for being used without a permit in a closed military zone.

  • Israeli forces uprooted 492 trees and saplings planted by Palestinians next to the Majdal Bani Fadel (Nablus), Bidya (Salfit) and Adh Dhahiriya (Hebron) villages in Area C of the West Bank, on grounds that these areas were designated as “state land”. According to official data, over 99 per cent of “state land”, or public land, has been included within the jurisdictional boundaries of the local and regional councils of Israeli settlements, built in contravention of international law.

  • Four Israeli settler attacks resulting in Palestinian injuries or property damage were recorded, including two stone-throwing incidents leading to the injury of a six-year-old girl and a woman; and the uprooting of 83 trees and saplings in the villages of Turmus’ayya and Deir Ndham (Ramallah) by settlers from the outpost of ‘Adei ‘Ad and the settlement of Halamish, respectively. Additionally (not included in the count) an allegedly deliberate hit and run incident, resulting in the injury of a man, was recorded in Hebron city.

  • Two Palestinian attacks resulting in Israeli injuries or property damage were reported, including four people, two of whom are children, injured as a result of stone-throwing at an Israeli bus and damage to settlers’ houses as a result of a Molotov cocktail-throwing, both in East Jerusalem.

  • Israeli settlers took over a family house of a Palestinian family, consisting of three separate apartments as well as two plots of land, in Silwan (East Jerusalem), claiming ownership to the properties.

  • The Rafah crossing was closed in both directions by the Egyptian authorities, during the week. The crossing has been continuously closed since 24 October 2014, following an attack in Sinai, except for 12 days, on which it was opened, but with restrictions.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Bulletin d'Information Humanitaire - Province du Nord-Kivu N°09, 24 mars 2015

26 March 2015 - 7:38am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Faits saillants

  • Plus de 1 200 personnes fuient les combats entre FARDC et APCLS dans le Territoire de Masisi.

  • Plus de 40 nouveaux cas de choléra enregistrés la semaine dernière dans la zone de santé de Mutwanga en Territoire de Beni.

  • 595 ménages déplacés dans le Territoire de Beni recoivent une assistance en vivres d’urgence et articles ménagers essentiels.

Aperçu de la situation

Le contexte humanitaire de la dernière semaine a été marqué par le déplacement de plus de 1 200 personnes (estimations) dans la ville de Nyabiondo, au nord-est de Masisi centre (Territoire Masisi). Une partie de ces déplacés (72 ménages) a fui les affrontements entre les Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC) et les éléments de l’Alliance des patriotes pour un Congo libre et souverain (APCLS) à Luibo et Kyniumba entre le 14 et le 16 mars. D’autres affrontements en périphérie de Nyabiondo le 18 mars ont eu pour effet de créer un mouvement de panique au sein des populations déplacés et autochtones qui se sont alors réfugiées dans une église et autour des bases de la MONUSCO et d’une ONG internationale. Même si certains ménages ont pu regagner leur domicile en début de semaine, la majorité des déplacés demeure sur place craignant une nouvelle tentative d’incursion des APCLS dans la localité. Des évaluations sont en cours pour déterminer les besoins urgents et proposer les mesures à prendre pour venir en aide à ces déplacés.

Dans le Territoire de Rutshuru, la situation sécuritaire volatile compromet les activités scolaires et commence à engendrer des conséquences sur le plan alimentaire. Le climat d’insécurité dû aux opérations militaires contre les Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) force la suspension des activités de l’école primaire de Nyundo, dans le groupement de Busanza (nord-est de Rutshuru centre). L’école a fermé ses portes en raison d’une forte présence d’éléments FDLR dans la région.

De plus, la restriction de mouvement imposée, d’une part par les forces militaires, et d’autre part par les groupes armés, dans les groupements de Busanza, Binza, Gisigiri, Tongo et à Kiribizi empêche la population d’accéder aux champs. En outre, le prolongement de la saison sèche risque de compromettre les récoltes. À long terme ces situations pourraient avoir des conséquences directes sur les prix de certains produits et denrées alimentaires de première nécessité.

Toujours dans le Territoire de Rutshuru, le cambriolage avec violence de la base d’une ONG internationale à Katwe le 22 mars, soulève de nouvelles inquiétudes pour la poursuite des activités humanitaires dans la région. Près de 45 000 personnes déplacées internes (PDI) vivent actuellement dans les 18 sites de déplacements que compte le Territoire de Rutshuru.

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Afghanistan: Afghanistan: Extreme Weather Regional Overview (as of 24 March 2015)

26 March 2015 - 2:12am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan

Key highlights

  • Since 1 February, an estimated 8,176 families have been affected by floods, rain, heavy snow and avalanches in 133 districts in 24 provinces. A total of 281 people were killed and 81 people were injured. 1,429 houses were completely destroyed and 6,357 houses were damaged.

  • MRRD to present to cabinet the consolidated spring contingency plan for Afghanistan.

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Vanuatu: Vanuatu: Tropical Cyclone Pam Situation Report No. 11 (as of 25 March 2015)

25 March 2015 - 7:35pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Vanuatu

Highlights

  • On 24 March, two boats travelled to Emao, Pele, and Nguna Islands (Shefa Province) to provide phone services for families who have been unable to contact relatives since the cyclone struck.

  • High-energy biscuits were distributed to 37,000 people in areas with water shortages in Tafea Province and the outer Islands of Shefa Province.

  • ‘Education in Emergency’ supplies, consisting of 570 school back packs, seven tents, seven recreation and education kits, were sent to Tongoa Island (Shefa Province).

  • OCHA continued distribution tracking to map existing stockpiles, pipelines and gaps in relief supplies.

  • Immediate needs for 30,000 people on Tanna Island include fuel and trucks to deliver relief supplies as well as shelter materials to rebuild damaged houses.

  • As of 25 March, US$18 million has been received from donors. Of this total, $5.1 million was contributed to the Flash Appeal for Tropical Cyclone Pam

166,000 People affected on 22 Islands

7,400 Children vaccinated against measles

37,000 People receiving high-energy biscuits

15,000 Homes destroyed or damaged

75,000 People in need of emergency shelter

110,000 People in need of clean drinking water

Source: Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office, Vanuatu Humanitarian Team

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