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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Venezuela, the Philippines, Ukraine

02 Aug 2022

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths greets a doctor during a tour of the Concepcion Palacios Maternity Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. (Photo Credit: OCHA/Matias Delacroix)

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights - 2 August 2022

Venezuela

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, completed today his visit to Venezuela, his first to Latin America since his appointment in 2021.

During his mission, Mr. Griffiths met with the President of the Republic, the President of the National Assembly, the Executive Vice President, Sectoral Vice Presidents, the opposition delegation to the Mexico dialogue, UN agencies, national and international NGOs.

Together, they discussed ways to strengthen efforts to ensure the needs of the most vulnerable people are met and that opportunities are created so Venezuelans can also start to rebuild their lives and livelihoods and meet their aspirations for the future.

It was also agreed to publish the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2022-2023, which requires US$795 million for this year, and aims to support 5.2 million people with assistance, focusing on supporting health services, improving food security and nutrition, strengthening basic service delivery and education, promoting protection and addressing human mobility.

The Plan provides life-saving assistance, builds resilience and restores livelihoods and addresses key protection risks for the most vulnerable population groups.

The Philippines

From the Philippines, our humanitarian colleagues there say that more than 48,000 people remain displaced following the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck the highland province of Abra on July 27.

The earthquake killed 10 people, injured 375 and damaged or destroyed more than 24,000 houses, 177 health facilities and 263 schools, according to authorities.

On July 30-31, a joint rapid needs assessment was conducted by International Organization for Migration (IOM), World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with Government agencies and in coordination with NGOs.

The mission identified urgent priorities including for shelter, food, hygiene kits, medical and nutrition supplies, and for psychosocial support.

The World Food Programme will provide 15 trucks to transport 21,300 family food packs to the area.

Ukraine

In Ukraine, civilians are facing tremendous challenges in areas that have experienced a dramatic increase of airstrikes and shelling over the last few days, particularly in the south of the country.

From Kherson, we received the horrifying news that a minibus with civilians trying to flee from a small settlement called Starosillia was hit yesterday, apparently by a missile. According to the reports we received from humanitarian organizations, at least three civilians were killed and five injured.

The situation has also continued to deteriorate in Mykolaiv, where daily shelling is taking a heavy toll on civilians. Over the last 48 hours alone, dozens of houses, several health facilities and other critical civilian infrastructure have been damaged or destroyed in the city. The strikes have caused civilian casualties, according to reports from humanitarian organizations, although we could not verify the actual figures.

Our humanitarian colleagues informed us that access to health services in Mykolaiv and surrounding areas is extremely limited.

We reiterate our calls on the parties to the conflict to respect civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, in accordance with international humanitarian law. People in Ukraine desperately need a respite from the relentless violence.