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...
Myanmar: Relocations must continue ahead of Cyclone Mahasen, urges UN
15 May 2013
As the people and Government of Myanmar brace themselves for Cyclone Mahasen, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Mr. Ashok Nigam, has called for the prompt relocation of everyone who will be affected.
“People who will be severely affected by the cyclone need to be urgently...
Bangladesh and Myanmar prepare for Tropical Cyclone
14 May 2013
Governments and aid agencies have activated disaster response mechanisms in Bangladesh and Myanmar ahead of the expected landfall early Friday (17 May) of Tropical Cyclone Mahasen.
"Mahasen could be life threatening for millions of people in Bangladesh, Myanmar and India," warned...