Japan: Strengthening Civil-Military Coordination in Asia and the Pacific
29 October, 2013
What is the role of the military for saving lives of the most vulnerable when major earthquakes, and super cyclones threaten their survival? How can we ensure the humanitarian objective of military’s relief operations, especially when foreign troops are involved and their assets are mobilized? Masaki...
Aid worker diary: Devastation in the Philippines
21 October, 2013
October 2013, Bohol, the Philippines: Survivors of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippines are forced to use a small canoe to cross a river. The earthquake knocked out bridges and roads across the island of Bohol, and displaced more than 350,000 people. Credit: IRIN/Jason Gutierrez...
Philippines: Hope amidst the ruins of Bohol
16 October, 2013
16 October 2013, Cebu, Philippines: Medical workers attend to a boy injured in the 7.2 magnitude quake that hit the central-Philippine island of Bohol on 15 October. Up to 3 million people are believed to have been affected. Credit: IRIN/Jason Gutierrez
A joint OCHA/Government assessment team has found...
Philippines: Escaping conflict in Zamboanga
4 October, 2013
Internally displaced people have to settle with living in makeshift houses outside the main sports complex of Zamboanga city. Credit: OCHA
Tens of thousands of people are still sleeping in a giant sports stadium on the south-western tip of the island of Mindanao. Even though fighting has apparently ended,...
Pacific: Disaster simulation boosts readiness across three countries
3 October, 2013
September 2013, Tonga: A map from a recent disaster simulation exercise in Tonga, showing an area 'affected' by a mock disaster. The simulation - the first in the Pacific to involve multiple countries - was organized to test disaster readiness. Credit: WFP
OCHA and its humanitarian partners have run the...