This is not a typical United Nations (UN) Flash Appeal. It is a ‘smart Appeal’, requesting international support for the Government of Malawi’s (GoM) leadership in addressing both immediate humanitarian needs, and to allow the Government to take action now to minimise the likelihood of another food-shortage driven humanitarian crisis next year.
Since the Communist Party of Nepal/Maoist [CPN (Maoist)] started its ‘people’s war’ in 1996, more than 12,000 people have been killed and many tens of thousands forced to leave their homes. Although Nepal is not currently facing a humanitarian crisis in the classic understanding of the term, the worsening situation is giving rise to serious humanitarian and human rights concerns.
In the period from 4 to 9 October 2005 heavy rains affected the Southern Coast and western highlands of Guatemala as a result of Hurricane “Stan”, with precipitation as high as 267 mm on one day. Flooding and mudslides have ensued in many parts of the country with heavy rainfall continuing to cause damage in affected areas.
A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck south Asia on the morning of October 8, devastating parts of northern Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. The epicentre of the earthquake was located 95 kilometres northeast of the Pakistan capital Islamabad. The earthquake immediately destroyed many buildings, and strong aftershocks threatened buildings already damaged by the initial earthquake.
A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck south Asia on the morning of Saturday 8 October 2005, totally devastating parts of northern Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. The epicentre of the earthquake was located 95 kilometres northeast of the Pakistan capital Islamabad. At the time of this update, the death toll in Pakistan alone stands at over 50,000 with 74,000 injured. Both these numbers are likely to increase.