Aid worker diary: Drought in the Marshall Islands
5 Jun 2013
In early May, a drought disaster was declared across the northern outreaches of the Marshall Islands – a small nation of about 54,000 people spread across 1,200 islands, islets and atolls in the northern Pacific. The announcement followed months of little or no rain which saw limited...
Myanmar: Tropical storm highlights vulnerability
3 Jun 2013
In mid-May, as Tropical Storm Mahasen barreled its way up the Bay of Bengal, the humanitarian community and local authorities in Myanmar’s Rakhine State worked around the clock to prepare for what threatened to be a major disaster. Thankfully Mahasen eventually weakened and bypassed...
Philippines: Bridging the information gap
31 May 2013
When Typhoon Bopha (known locally as Pablo) hit the southern Philippines in late 2012, many communities were caught off guard. Post-disaster assessments carried out by OCHA found that a lack of accessible information and unfamiliarity with disaster warning systems may have contributed to the...
Nepal: Preparing for an earthquake in the Kathmandu Valley
21 May 2013
In 1934, the fault line than runs beneath the Kathmandu valley slipped. The magnitude 8.4 earthquake that followed destroyed more than 80,000 buildings and claimed 8,500 lives. It was the last earthquake to shake the city of Kathmandu and surrounding valley. Almost 80 years later, UN agencies...
DPRK: Humanitarian agencies concerned about decline in funding
17 May 2013
Humanitarian agencies in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) have warned that a lack of funding is limiting their ability to meet the most pressing needs of people and communities. Over the past decade the UN and its partners have seen a dramatic reduction in donor support...