Seventeen consolidated appeals and two flash appeals in 2006 bring together key organisations on the ground – non-governmental organisations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the United Nations, and other international organisations – to present strategic action plans and detailed project proposals for the world’s largest and most acute humanitarian crises. Their aim is to provide people in need the best available protection and assistance, on time.
The Philippines was hit by three extreme weather disturbances (typhoons) in a span of 10 weeks from 25 September to 1 December 2006, then another lower order typhoon on 9 December. These events triggered landslides, flash floods, mudslides, widespread flooding and together with the associated high winds, caused destruction and damage to homes, community buildings, communications, infrastructure, roads, bridges, agricultural crops and fishing farms.
The 2006 Government-UN Joint Emergency Flood Appeal for Somali Regional State flooding seeks a total of US$7,006,063 to meet emergency non-food requirements as well as medium-term rehabilitation needs for the flood affected areas of the Region, with non-food US$ 6,326,164 and medium-term rehabilitation US$ 679,899 (see summary table below). The food need for the flood victims for three months is estimated to be 19,820 MT, which is to be covered by the DPPA from its existing relief resources or regular programs.
The rapid territorial gains being made by the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) in Somalia and the precarious strength of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) based in Baidoa have added greater unpredictability to the already precarious political situation. The perception of a wider civil war in Somalia has resulted in a steadily increasing refugee influx into north-eastern Kenya. Intra- and inter-clan fighting, the impact of drought, and increasing destitution are some of the complementary causes of this refugee migration.
The renewed and spiralling levels of open warfare in the North and the East have shattered the fragile cease-fire causing grave humanitarian consequences including significant civilian casualties and new displacement. Persisting hostilities, albeit localised to some areas of the country, as well as the failure to implement the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA), do not allow hopes for an easy return to normalcy.