Press Releases

19 Sep 2014
Philippines: OCHA Philippines Flash Update 1 - Mayon Volcano (19 September 2014)

On 15 September, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level of Mayon Volcano (located in Albay province, Region V, Bicol) from 2 to 3, on a five-level alert system indicating that magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption is possible within weeks.

A State of Calamity was declared in 46 barangays (lowest administrative unit in the Philippines) within the 6 km Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and the 6 to 8 km Extended High-Risk Zone...

11 Sep 2014
Myanmar: UNDP Assistant Administrator Haoliang Xu and OCHA Director of Operations John Ging conclude visit to Rakhine State

Joint press release

Yangon - UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Haoliang Xu and OCHA Director of Operations John Ging have concluded a two-day visit to Rakhine State, to review the humanitarian and development needs affecting people in Rakhine, and to assess efforts to increase cohesion and peaceful coexistence between communities.

They commended the Government and the support of the UN and International NGO partners for the...

21 Aug 2014
Sri Lanka: CERF allocates US$1.7 million for emergency water and food for thousands of families in Sri Lanka

On 10 July, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided US$1.7 million for the provision of water and food to drought-stricken communities in Sri Lanka.

The failed annual northeast monsoon, which runs from December to February and supplies water for Sri Lanka’s agricultural production, resulted in severe crop losses and water shortages. By the end of March 2014, over 240,000 families had been affected, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of...

23 Jul 2014
Bangladesh: Delivering emergency care to the most vulnerable

Five-year old Ehsam (not his real name) had suffered from a debilitating inguinal hernia since he was six months old. Funding from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) helped get him the life-saving treatment he needed.

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16 Jul 2014
Philippines: Humanitarian community on standby with Typhoon Rammasun

Typhoon Rammasun (known locally as Glenda) is the first typhoon to strike the Philippines since Super Typhoon Haiyan on 8 November 2013. The typhoon crossed large areas of South Luzon, Albay and through Metro Manila, heading towards Bataan. It is expected to leave the Philippines Area of Responsibility by Thursday morning.

“We are in close communication with respective government counterparts as well as the Humanitarian Country Team and field offices for constant...