25 October 2013: Since August, more than 65,500 houses have been either totally destroyed or partially damaged by heavy rains in the Republic of the Sudan. The floods have caused the deaths of 93 people and injured another 85. In total, around 340,000 people have been affected by the heavy rains and flooding. With severe damage to both shelter and infrastructure, the affected people are at high risk for infections and water-borne diseases.
18 June 2013: Persistent low rainfall since January 2013 has caused a humanitarian crisis in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, limiting access to safe drinking water. An estimated 6,384 people have been affected and urgently need assistance.
Households have run out of water, the salinity levels in water drawn from underground wells are extremely unsafe, and agricultural production has been severely affected, resulting in a significant decrease in food supply. People are also suffering from gastritis, diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever and hepatitis.
20 August 2013: Dengue fever is spreading at an alarming rate among the small population of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). The epidemic is the worst of its kind in the country’s history, with cases reported in all 17 provinces. Seventy per cent of the 77 deaths reported have been children under age 15.
17 September 2013: The deteriorating security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has led thousands of refugees to seek shelter in Uganda since 2012. When fighting intensified in July, a massive influx of some 20,000 new refugees hit Uganda’s Bubukwanga Transit Centre. The centre, which has a capacity of 12,000 refugees, now hosts more than 22,206 refugees. With more refugees waiting in the border areas and the rainy season around the corner, Uganda urgently needs humanitarian assistance.
17 April 2013: Since the onset of events in March 2011, the ongoing conflict in Syria has reached catastrophic levels. Violence has escalated in scale and scope, with newly affected, densely populated urban areas becoming part of the conflict, causing significantly increased levels of displacement, destruction and causalities. The brutal conflict has become indiscriminate, leaving people in constant fear of violence and subject to trauma. An estimated 4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance – half of them children.
5 September 2013: The seven-year long blockade imposed by Israel has caused food insecurity in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Food insecurity remains primarily an issue of affordable access to food. Since the imposition of the blockade, food prices have increased 35 per cent, while unemployment has soared to 30 per cent or higher.
More than one million people are food insecure in oPt. The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a new rapid response grant of US$3,000,000 to United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
18 January 2013: Some 1.64 million people have been affected by the blockade of Gaza since 2007. Living conditions for people living in Gaza have deteriorated severely, and access to essential services, such as health care and education, has significantly declined. Gaza has a food-insecurity rate of 44 per cent, which creates another challenge for the population.
1 October 2013: The Syria crisis has caused a major humanitarian emergency as millions of Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries. Some 731,000 Syrian refugees have sought shelter in Lebanon in 2013. They join more than 45,000 Palestinians and another 20,000 Lebanese returnees who had lived in Syria before the crisis began more than two years ago.
10 September 2013: As the political situation deteriorates in Syria, many Palestine refugees have sought shelter in Lebanon. They join a large population of refugees still displaced after the Nahr el-Bared Camp in northern Lebanon was closed in 2007. This latest influx constitutes an urgent, humanitarian crisis.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$1,500,001 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
24 January 2013: In 2012, the Syria crisis caused more than 200,000 Syrian people to take refuge in Lebanon. The majority of the refugees fled to the northern border regions and the Bekaa Valley. These regions are among the poorest in Lebanon.
Since the Lebanese Government has not established refugee camps, the majority of the Syrian refugees live with Lebanese host communities. The high number of Syrian refugees has increased unemployment and urban poverty in these regions.