Sri Lanka: Taking forward the lessons of the Tsunami
23 May 2014
This December marks 10 years since the Indian Ocean Tsunami devastated Sri Lanka’s northern and eastern coasts. That disaster killed more than 30,000 Sri Lankans and displaced more than 860,000 people.
Some of the information management tools and maps developed by OCHA in the weeks...
Typhoon Haiyan: Six months on
7 May 2014
Six months after Typhoon Haiyan swept through central Philippines, recovery efforts are still underway. The humanitarian community continues to focus on restoring people's homes and sources of income for a long-lasting recovery. But the progress remains fragile with millions of people still...
Philippines: Time to remember 64,000 people unable to return home in Zamboanga
29 Apr 2014
The checkpoint is a ten-minute drive west from the bustling centre of Zamboanga, a city of 807,000 people in the southern Philippines. Beyond it lies a ghost town comprising Rio Hondo and neighboring barangays, political units that are roughly equivalent to a neighborhood in Philippine cities...
Myanmar: Humanitarian lifeline cut following violence against aid agencies in Rakhine
16 Apr 2014
Hundreds of thousands of people are finding it difficult to access basic services such as health care following the emergency relocation of up to 300 aid workers from Myanmar’s Rakhine State. More than 1,000 humanitarian staff have been forced to stop working following an outbreak of...
Report: Time to abandon broken, reactive approach to aid
31 Mar 2014
At first glance, the people of Tacloban in the Central Philippines and Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR) have little in common. They are separated by continents and oceans, and share no common language or cultural heritage.
This changed at the end of 2013. Both cities were...