Getting ready: Japan's Search and Rescue Team
20 December, 2012
Urban search and rescue operations save people’s lives in the aftermath of large scale natural disasters such as earthquakes. Quick, effective and well coordinated deployment and operations by international search and rescue teams with expert skills and technology, especially within the initial 72...
Humanitarian Appeal: UN calls for US$ 8.5 billion to help 51 million people in 16 countries
14 December, 2012
14 Dec: UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos (middle), World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy launch the Consolidated Appeal Process 2013 in Rome. Credit: WFP
As we enter 2013, there is no let-up in humanitarian needs in the...
Aid Worker Diary: People Helping People after Typhoon Bopha
9 December, 2012
Relief supplies in Compostela valley, Mindanao. Credit: OCHA/UNDAC
Local people organize the response in Compostela valley, Mindanao.
At first, the main road out of Davao, southern Mindanao, to the picturesque Compostela Valley looks completely normal. Lorries and motorbikes weave through the traffic and...
Myanmar: Humanitarian Chief calls for more support
7 December, 2012
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos met community leaders at Kyein Ni Pyin camp in Pauktaw, Myanmar, on 5 December. Photo: OCHA/David Ohana.
People living in “appalling” conditions after inter-communal violence
The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos,...
Aid Worker Diary: Typhoon Bopha
6 December, 2012
People of Cateel start to clean up debris after Typhoon Bopha. Credit: Gary Ong
An aid worker witnesses devastation in the southern Philippines.
One day after Typhoon Bopha (known locally as Pablo) hit the Mindanao coastline, teams from the Government and humanitarian organizations spread out across the...