Aid worker diary: Drought in the Marshall Islands
5 June, 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. Credit: OCHA
Months of very little rain have left parts of the Marshall Islands facing...
Myanmar: Tropical storm highlights vulnerability
3 June, 2013
Families take shelter from the monsoon rains under the awning of a long house shelter in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Aid agencies are concerned about the potential impact of a cyclone or tropical storm on vulnerable communities. Credit: OCHA
May’s Tropical Storm Mahasen served as a reminder of the devastation...
Philippines: Bridging the information gap
31 May, 2013
January 2013, Mindanao, Philippines: Typhoon Bopha was the 2012's deadliest storm. It killed over 1,000 people and affecting 6.2 million across Mindanao. Credit: OCHA/Eva Modvig
When Typhoon Bopha struck the southern Philippines in late 2012, a lack of information and unfamiliarity with warning systems may...
Nepal: Preparing for an earthquake in the Kathmandu Valley
21 May, 2013
Kathmandu, Nepal. Kathmandu - the city and surrounding valley - sits on a fault line that experts believe may soon slip, triggering a potentially catastrophic earthquake. Photo: Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium/IRIN
In Nepal, disaster preparedness means imagining the world’s next mega disaster.
DPRK: Humanitarian agencies concerned about decline in funding
17 May, 2013
October, 2011, DPRK: Children at the WFP, UNICEF-supported Provincial Baby Home in Hamhung City, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Humanitarian agencies have warned that a lack of funding is limiting their ability to meet the most pressing needs of people in DPRK. Photo: David Ohana/OCHA...