Tonga: Tropical Cyclone Ian strikes tiny Pacific nation
23 January, 2014
Tropical Cyclone Ian made landfall in northern Tonga on 11 January. It was the strongest storm ever recorded in Tongan waters.
Ian first appeared as a tropical depression between Fiji and Tonga on 6 January, and took five days to develop into a Category 5 system with winds of over 200km per... Read More >>
Global: UN and partners launch record humanitarian appeal
16 December, 2013
The United Nations and its partners have today launched their humanitarian plans for 2014 with appeals totalling US$12.9 billion to support 52 million people in 17 countries with essential, life-saving aid. More than half of this funding is needed to support humanitarian efforts in Syria and... Read More >>
CERF: 3 things you need to know
12 December, 2013
Every day we hear and read about the scale and impact of humanitarian crises around the world: Millions of people have been affected by the deteriorating crisis in Syria, families continue to flee violence in the Central African Republic and, most recently, more than 4 million people... Read More >>
Humanitarian issues: Improving the way we work
5 December, 2013
How are humanitarian crises changing? What risks will influence crises in the future? How can we manage these risks to support vulnerable people better? World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2013 is an annual OCHA publication that seeks to answer some of these difficult questions.
“We... Read More >>
Pacific: Humanitarians prepare for more extreme weather...
14 November, 2013
Super Typhoon Haiyan, labeled the biggest storm ever recorded, began its life as a cluster of thunderstorms in the warm northwest Pacific waters of the Federated States of Micronesia. Originally designated 31W, meteorological services began issuing alerts about a tropical depression tracking... Read More >>