Philippines: Super Typhoon Haiyan makes landfall, UN and humanitarian community on high-alert
8 Nov 2013
The United Nations and its humanitarian partners are supporting the Philippine Government to assess damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda). The super typhoon made landfall on the eastern coast of the Philippines at 4.30 a.m. local time (8 November) and is currently making...
Cambodia: Hundreds of thousands affected by floods
29 Oct 2013
Water is still dripping from Heng Chey’s* clothes as he sits shaking by Tonle Sap Lake in north-west Cambodia. He was crossing a bridge when it was swept away by a rush of floodwater.
“I saw that the bridge was already flooded, but I thought I could still make it,” he said...
Japan: Strengthening Civil-Military Coordination in Asia and the Pacific
29 Oct 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...
Aid worker diary: Devastation in the Philippines
21 Oct 2013
More than 350,000 people have lost or fled their homes following the devastating earthquake that struck the central-Philippines island of Bohol on 15 October. OCHA’s Prerna Suri was part of a team that visited towns near the quake’s epicentre.
It's been five days since Roddel...
Philippines: Hope amidst the ruins of Bohol
16 Oct 2013
A joint OCHA/Government assessment team found severe damage in Carmen, the town at the epicentre of the earthquake that shook the central-Philippine island of Bohol on Tuesday (15 October). They also found a doctor who was determined to keep delivering for her patients in extraordinary...