Aid Worker Diary: Tropical Cyclone Evan
25 January, 2013
Tropical Cyclone Evan hit the Pacific islands of Fiji, Samoa and the French territory of Wallis and Futuna in December 2012 leaving a trail of destruction. The strong winds and heavy rains caused serious damage to houses, schools, hospitals and key economic and tourist infrastructure across all...
The Philippines: Aid organizations step up efforts to help families affected by Typhoon Bopha
24 January, 2013
UN agencies and humanitarian organizations appealed today for more funding to help families affected by Typhoon Bopha, which swept through the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines last December, causing massive destruction to homes and basic infrastructure.
The revised Bopha...
The Philippines: Helping each other in times of emergency
21 December, 2012
Sunday afternoons in the Philippines are, in normal times, peaceful affairs – a time to relax, reflect and spend time with one’s family. But in Nabunturan, in the heart of Compostela Valley in Mindanao, these are far from normal times. This valley was one of the areas worst hit by...
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...
Humanitarian Appeal: UN calls for US$ 8.5 billion to help 51 million people in 16 countries
14 December, 2012
The United Nations today called for US$ 8.5 billion for aid agencies to help 51 million people cope with humanitarian emergencies in 2013.
The Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) for next year, launched in Rome by UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive...