Myanmar: UN aid convoy crosses Kachin frontlines
19 Jun 2013
For the first time in nearly a year, a UN-led aid convoy has been permitted to cross into non-government controlled parts of Myanmar’s Kachin State to deliver food and other lifesaving relief to communities displaced by conflict. Over the past two years, UN agencies and international...
Myanmar: Children affected by Rakhine conflict miss a year of school
13 Jun 2013
Inter-communal violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in June and October 2012 displaced an estimated 140,000 people. Many fled to temporary camps where they have been living without adequate shelter or sanitation facilities. Continued tensions between communities means that these families...
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...