Aid Worker Diary: Solomon Islands Earthquake and Tsunami
1 Apr 2013
On 6 February 2013, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake set off a small but powerful tsunami that sent 1.5-metre waves roaring inland on Santa Cruz Island, a remote area in the Solomon Islands archipelago of the Pacific. Nearly 40 per cent of the houses on the island were either damaged or destroyed...
Myanmar: Leaders need to step up publicly and defuse the tension, urges John Ging
28 Mar 2013
Operations Director John Ging expressed alarm today over continued inter-communal tensions in Myanmar, calling the security situation in Rakhine State “very tense and difficult.”
“There is serious intimidation of aid workers,” said Mr. Ging briefing the press...
Philippines: Meeting people’s needs must not fall off the international agenda, urges John Ging
27 Mar 2013
OCHA Operations Director John Ging concluded his first visit to the Philippines on Monday, urging the international community to step up their efforts to help the Government meet the needs of people affected by Typhoon Bopha. The typhoon, which was the deadliest storm anywhere in the world in...
Interview: Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines
22 Mar 2013
The Philippines was recently ranked the third most disaster-prone country in the world. Every year, the country is hit by powerful typhoons, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The ongoing conflict in the southern island of Mindanao adds to the hardship.
Luiza Carvalho took up the...
Humanitarian Issues: A new way to access information
21 Mar 2013
What is Humanitarian Kiosk?
One of the challenges faced by humanitarian workers is access to timely, relevant and accurate information. New technology provides an opportunity for humanitarian workers to develop better ways to access and share this information, and get aid to...