The HC Interview: Myanmar
27 July, 2012
A child leans on a water jar outside demolished houses. Villagers start on reconstructing the damages caused by the cyclone in Hnarkaung Chaung town in Kum Yangon town in the Irrawady delta region. Credit: IRIN/VJ Villafranca
Preparedness is a critical element of providing humanitarian assistance, says...
Aid Worker Diary: Assessing the immediate needs of communities affected by floods
24 July, 2012
Humanitarian worker conducting needs assessment in Sylhet district. Credit: OXFAM
OCHA staff help coordinate flood response and preparedness in disaster-prone Bangladesh
In late June, 108 people were killed and more than 60,000 people were displaced in south-eastern Bangladesh following a series of...
Indonesia: Preparing to Save Lives
13 July, 2012
Participants in the earthquake simulation exercise held in Padang earlier this year. Credit: Jakarta Rescue
Training for search-and-rescue operations is vital in Indonesia—one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world.
Indonesia is sometimes referred to as nature’s laboratory for natural...
Nepal: Flash flood tests disaster preparedness
21 June, 2012
7 May 2012, Seti River, Nepal: This village sits right next to the Seti River and is highly vulnerable to flooding. Nepal is one of the 20 most disaster prone countries in the world. Credit: RCO Nepal/ Mahendra Adhikari
OCHA supports local efforts to be better prepared for emergency response in disaster-...
The Philippines: Tropical Storm Washi six months on
15 June, 2012
February 2012 - Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao, the Philippines: The bunkhouses are being built as temporary shelters through cash-for-work programmes in Lumbia village. These are among the 1,300 shelters being built by the IOM in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City. Credit: OCHA
Aid organizations help...