Sri Lanka 2011

CERF allocates $6.1 million in response to devastating floods in Sri Lanka

24 January 2011:  In response to devastating floods from the heaviest rains in the past one hundred years to hit the country, CERF has allocated $6.1 million for humanitarian response in Sri Lanka.

The World Food Programme (WFP) will use some $3 million to provide food assistance and aid early recovery in eastern provinces. Some $1.1 million has been allocated to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for construction and rehabilitation of water supply sources, and maternal, child and adolescent nutrition and health interventions. The International Organization of Migration (IOM) will receive $700,000 for the provision of non-food items, emergency medical referral care, and public health outreach activities. The United Nations Office for Project Services (OPS) will use some $600,000 to provide basic shelter for IDP families as well as water and sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of disease.  $500,000 will go to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for emergency agricultural assistance. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will receive $100,000 for life-saving reproductive health supplies. Finally, the World Health Organization (WHO) will use some $100,000 to conduct emergency health interventions in flood-affected areas.
 
Since 26 December 2010, torrential rain caused by the La Niña weather phenomenon has caused devastating floods and landslides in eastern and central districts affecting over one million people. As of 18 January 2011, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reported 43 deaths, 51 injuries, 4 missing persons and 360,000 displaced persons.
 
The floods have set back further rebuilding from the 2004 tsunami and decades of conflict that ended in May 2009. Many people had started moving into sustained livelihoods activities, including planting their own crops, however flooding either damaged or destroyed paddy crops that were almost due for harvest. Displacement and physical destruction of houses, livestock, and marketplaces are having a dramatic impact on households’ ability to generate food and income. The floods have also contaminated water supplies and damaged or destroyed infrastructure.
 
Although the floodwaters began to recede on 13 January 2011, challenges of food insecurity, water quality, and housing damage remain. The northeast monsoon season is expected to continue until February, raising concern for more heavy rains.

Philippines 2011

CERF allocates $2.9 million to help victims of tropical storm Washi in the Philippines

Tropical Storm Washi made landfall on 16 December 2011on the north-eastern coast of Mindanao, Philippines. The storm affected 190 barangays (villages or wards), eight cities and 30 municipalities in thirteen Provinces across six Regions. The biggest impact was seen in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in Region X in Northern Mindanao.

As of 20 December, the Government reported 957 people killed, 49 missing and 1,582 injured with an estimated 470,000 persons affected. Approximately 3,127 houses have been destroyed and a further 7,218 damaged, displacing 284,610 people. Of the displaced, 42,733 have sought refuge in 63 evacuation centres while the remaining displaced - numbering almost a quarter of a million people - have sought temporary shelter with relatives or in makeshift structures. The storm disrupted essential services including power, communications and transportation. There has also been extensive damage to local staple crops of rice and corn.
 
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund allocated $2.9 million to two United Nations agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Philippines to respond to the emergency. The World Food Programme (WFP) received more than $1 million for emergency food assistance and support logistical operations in the aftermath of the storm. IOM received more than $1 million to provide emergency shelter assistance and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received $980,000 to provide water and sanitation services to households and communities affected by the storm.

Nepal 2011

CERF has allocated $2 million to underfunded emergency programmes in Nepal

In 2011, an estimated 35 million people benefited from CERF underfunded emergency allocations in 20 countries and territories.

Over $144 million was disbursed to 185 UN projects in countries with unmet needs.

Myanmar 2011

CERF has allocated $3 million to underfunded emergency programmes in Myanmar

In 2011, an estimated 35 million people benefited from CERF underfunded emergency allocations in 20 countries and territories.

Over $144 million was disbursed to 185 UN projects in countries with unmet needs.

Myanmar 2012

CERF provides US$5.3 million for conflict-affected people in Myanmar

26 November 2012: Violence erupted in Rakhine state, Myanmar, in June 2012 and resumed on 21 October. This latest outbreak of violence has directly affected people in the townships of Kyauk Phyu, Kyauktaw, Minbya, Mrauk U, Myebon, Pauktaw, Ramree and Rathedaung.

Bhutan 2011

CERF provides $1.6 million for shelter and temporary schooling for earthquake-affected populations in Bhutan

5 October 2011: The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided US$1,605,535 in life-saving funds for earthquake-affected populations in Bhutan.

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