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Humanitarian Status Report reveals record needs and growing funding gap

The UN and its humanitarian partners today released its global humanitarian overview status report which reveals record-high financial requirements to respond to increasing numbers of people in need. Six months ago, in December 2014, humanitarian partners launched the 2015 consolidated appeal requesting US$16.4 billion to assist 57.5 million people with humanitarian aid in 22 countries. The status report reveals that the funds required have increased by $2.4 billion to a record $18.8 billion to meet the needs of the 78.9 million vulnerable people across 37 countries. Continue reading

UN Civil-Military Coordination Field Handbook

Humanitarian civil-military coordination is multi-faceted and evolving. The work ranges from on-site coordination of foreign military assets (FMA) in disaster relief, to access negotiation in conflict. Since the international disaster response community first created the United Nations Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord) function, it has adapted to the changing environment. Continue reading

Vanuatu: one month on, thousands remain in need of water, food and shelter

17074723835_17a3f1cc6c_zAlmost one month after Cyclone Pam came through the archipelago of Vanuatu, the Government-­‐led response is in urgent need of funding to continue basic humanitarian relief efforts such as food, safe drinking water and shelter. The cyclone destroyed more than 90 per cent of crops, leaving a population that relies heavily on subsistence agriculture without Continue reading

OCHA Situation Report, Yemen Escalating Conflict, No.3 | 10 April 2015

Humanitarian partners urgently require security guarantees to ensure life-saving supplies can enter Yemen. Security guarantees and logistical support – mainly fuel – are also essential in order to safely deliver supplies and maintain services to affected areas. More supplies to support health, water and sanitation, food, shelter and non-food items (NFIs) are urgently needed. Partners retain operational capacity in most locations but are severely constrained by lack of security and difficulties in importing and distributing supplies. On 10 April, two planes with relief supplies had arrived by mid-day. Several additional planes are awaiting authorization to travel. Continue reading

Vanuatu: One month on, thousands remain in need of water, food and shelter

Almost one month after Cyclone Pam came through the archipelago of Vanuatu, the Government-­‐led response is in urgent need of funding to continue basic humanitarian relief efforts such as food, safe drinking water and shelter. The cyclone destroyed more than 90 per cent of crops, leaving a population that relies heavily on subsistence agriculture without a source of income and the possibility of long-­‐term food insecurity. About 110,000 people have no access to safe drinking water and in some communities all sanitation facilities were destroyed. Some 6,000 people are still living in makeshift or temporary shelters in the most affected provinces of Tafea and Shefa. Continue reading

OCHA Flash Update Yemen Escalating Conflict

Airstrikes targeted Sana’a City and various districts in Sana’a Governorate, Al Dhale’e, Hajjah, Sa’ada, Taizz, Ibb, Aden, Al Jawf, Marib and Al Hudaydah on 7 April. In Aden, the airstrikes hit two warehouses reportedly used by parties to the conflict to store food and weapons near Al Razi hospital. Confrontations were reported near Aden International Airport and Badr Military Camp. In Shabwah, armed clashes resumed on 7 April between Houthis and tribes, but basic services are functioning. Food and fuel are available. In Sa’ada, services at 11 health facilities were suspended due to close proximity to areas that were targeted by airstrikes. Parties to the conflict have an obligation, under international humanitarian law and Geneva Conventions, to protect civilians and civilian infrastructrure. Continue reading

Vanuatu: Humanitarian Coordinator warns of secondary emergency

Tropical Cyclone Pam swept through the archipelago of Vanuatu on 13 March 2015, wiping out homes and infrastructure, destroying the electricity network and razing crops in the mainly agricultural country. The Humanitarian Coordinator for Vanuatu, Ms Osnat Lubrani, visited Tafea Province on Saturday to see the effect of the cyclone on a vulnerable population. Continue reading

OCHA Flash Update 1: Vanuatu – Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam, 12 March 2015

Category 4 Severe TC Pam is currently located east of the northern islands of Vanuatu. It is expected to strengthen into a Category 5 storm around 2.00 a.m. (VUT) on 13 March, when it will be situated approximately 400 kilometres north-northeast of Port Vila. Solomon Islands was affected by the cyclone as it passed to the country’s east, causing heavy rainfall, strong winds, sea swells and sea surges. The central and eastern provinces were most heavily impacted. There are no reports of injuries or deaths, however there is no communication with at least one of the islands that the storm passed close to on 11 March. Continue reading