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Viet Nam, Floods, Storms, and Winds in Multiple Provinces (10:00 Aug 3 2020)

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 03:49:20 +0000

Country: Viet Nam
Source: ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance

Description

Floods, winds, and storms due to Tropical Storm SINLAKU

  • 2 deaths (Northeast Viet Nam)

  • Kien Giang (thunderstorms and strong winds) - 104 houses, 293 apartments

  • An Giang (thunderstorms) - 19 damaged houses, 7100 ha of rice damaged

  • Can Tho City (heavy rain and strong winds) - 17 houses damaged

  • Phu Quoc District (30-40cm) - 32 houses

  • Lam Dong (heavy rains) - 1 injured

  • Dak Lak (heavy rains) - 930 houses flooded, 180 ha of ricefields, 4200 ha of crops, 17000 poultry and 60 cattle swept away, 28 ha of fishponds damaged

  • Ca Mau (rain with thunderstorms) - 16 damaged houses

  • 2,420 ha of rice and 20 ha of crops

  • Estimated damage: 5.38 billion dong/233,680USD

Additional Data

Country: Vietnam

Affected Area / Region: Northeast Viet Nam

Casualties

Death: 2
Injured: 1
Affected Families: 1411
Affected Persons: 7055

Damages

Damaged houses: 1411 Loss of livelihood sources: 13920 ha of rice and crops, 17000 poulty, 60 cattle Cost of Damage (USD): 233680

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South Sudan Situation: Refugee population in Gambella region | as of 31 July 2020

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 02:28:18 +0000

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Countries: Ethiopia, South Sudan
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Please refer to the attached Infographic.

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Lebanon: La Belgique annonce une aide humanitaire supplémentaire de 5 millions d’euros pour le Liban lors de la conférence des donateurs

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 01:54:05 +0000

Countries: Belgium, Lebanon
Source: Government of Belgium

En coopération avec l'ONU, le président français Macron organise cet après-midi une conférence des donateurs pour le Liban. Le ministre des affaires étrangères et de la défense, Philippe Goffin, représentera notre pays. Le Président Trump et le Roi Abdullah II ont déjà confirmé leur participation. Le vice-premier ministre et ministre de la coopération au développement, Alexander De Croo, a déjà débloqué 5 millions d'aide humanitaire supplémentaire.

Le ministre Goffin participera à la conférence internationale d’appui et de soutien à Beyrouth et à la population libanaise cet après-midi à 14 heures. La conférence sera présidée par le président français Emmanuel Macron et le Vice-Secrétaire générale de l’Organisation des Nations Unies Amina Mohammed. L'objectif est de collecter des ressources supplémentaires et de coordonner l'aide internationale afin de fournir à la population libanaise la meilleure assistance possible.

Aide supplémentaire de la Belgique

Comme plusieurs autres pays, la Belgique a déjà envoyé un avion-cargo C130 à Beyrouth vendredi soir avec du matériel médical et humanitaire urgent. Il a également été décidé de débloquer un million d'euros pour la Croix-Rouge. En outre, des consultations ont été organisées avec des ONG et des organisations humanitaires internationales en vue d'efforts humanitaires supplémentaires. Le ministre De Croo a maintenant décidé d'augmenter de 5 millions d'euros l'aide humanitaire belge pour les personnes gravement touchées à Beyrouth.

Alexander De Croo : "La Belgique va envoyer 5 millions d'euros supplémentaires d'aide humanitaire d'urgence à Beyrouth. Nous le ferons par l'intermédiaire d'organisations partenaires multilatérales dans les secteurs où les besoins de la population libanaise sont les plus importants : en termes médicaux, bien s슩r, mais aussi en termes de distribution de nourriture et de reconstruction de logements et d'infrastructures".

Cette décision s'inscrit dans le cadre de la stratégie humanitaire de notre pays, qui consiste à pouvoir réagir rapidement et efficacement à de telles catastrophes grâce à des fonds dits "flexibles".

Soutien par l'intermédiaire des Nations unies

En plus de l'aide supplémentaire mentionnée ci-dessus, notre pays a déjà donné 2 millions d'euros au "Country Based Pooled Fund" (CBPF) pour le Liban en 2020. Avec 22 millions d'euros en 2020, la Belgique est également un important donateur du "Central Emergency Response Fund" (CERF) de l'OCHA, le bras humanitaire de l'ONU. Le soutien de la Belgique permet à l'organisation des Nations unies de réagir rapidement et de fournir une assistance immédiate et efficace à des pays comme le Liban.

Philippe Goffin : "Avec cette conférence des donateurs, il est important que la communauté internationale donne un signal fort pour faire face à cette énorme catastrophe. Pour les citoyens de Beyrouth, cela vient s'ajouter à une crise économique et sanitaire extrêmement grave à laquelle le pays a déjà été confronté. Malgré les nombreuses aides d'urgence qui sont déjà en route - y compris en provenance de Belgique - des ressources supplémentaires sont absolument nécessaires et il est important de coordonner cette aide internationale le plus rapidement possible".

Réformes obligatoires

Cette initiative s'inscrit dans la lignée des messages déjà transmis aux autorités libanaises dans le cadre du GIS de décembre 2019 à Paris et réitérés par le Président Macron lors de sa visite du 6 ao슩t dans la capitale libanaise. Le ministre Goffin a souligné la nécessité de faire la distinction entre l'aide humanitaire à Beyrouth, rendue encore plus urgente par l'explosion du 4 ao슩t, et l'aide économique et financière au Liban, liée à des réformes urgentes menées tant par la communauté internationale que par les Libanais eux-mêmes.

"Au nom de la population belge et de son gouvernement, je tiens à exprimer notre solidarité avec tous les Libanais touchés par cette terrible catastrophe", a déclaré le ministre Goffin. "Si le Liban le souhaite, nous sommes toujours prêts à envoyer une équipe médicale et une composante de la protection civile dans le cadre de B-Fast dont l’expertise est mondialement reconnue".

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Predictors of social support, physical health and mental health among food insecure internally displaced persons in Turkana, Kenya

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 01:17:36 +0000

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Country: Kenya
Source: BioMed Central

Please refer to the attached file.

Catherine Gichunge, Daniel Mutiso & Jenny Brynjarsdottir

Abstract

Background

Food insecurity and the mental and physical health of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is a public health concern. The aim of this study was to determine the predictors of social support, physical and mental health among food insecure IDPs in Nakwamekwei IDP camp in Turkana, Kenya.

Methods

A cross sectional study was conducted among 159 household heads living in the camp. Analysis was conducted using statistical summaries, logistic regression and linear regression.

Results

Ninety four percent (94%) of the households were severely food insecure and the rest of the households had moderate food insecurity. Majority of the household heads (77%) had symptoms of depression and those with five or more children were 3 times (95%CI, 1.31–9.24; p = 0.015) more likely to be have symptoms of depression, while those who were married were less likely to have the same (95%CI, 0.14–0.92; p = 0.038). Seventy six percent (76%) of the household heads had anxiety symptoms; none of the predictor variables were significantly associated with anxiety symptoms in the adjusted analysis. Those who had spent many years in the camp, were older, and had more children had significantly poorer physical health (p = 0.042, p = 0.001, and p = 0.047, respectively). Those who were married and those who had experienced violence in the current camp had significantly higher social support (p = 0.001 and p = 0.006, respectively).

Conclusions

Participants have been living in camp for the last 10 years hence the need to improve their living conditions, address their physical and mental health as well as food insecurity. This can be done by providing the participants with safe drinking water, constructing pit latrines to prevent communicable disease and adhere to the Sphere recommendations for sanitation and hygiene as well as training them in income generating activities to mitigate the high unemployment and food insecurity rates. The IDPs should be integrated into the local community to bring an end to their protracted displacement.

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India: Death toll in Rajamala landslide reach 22

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 01:09:48 +0000

Country: India
Source: Government of India

Five more bodies have been recovered from the landslide spot in Rajamala where a massive landslide took place during the wee hours on Friday. With this the death toll has risen to 22.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia of 2 lakh rupees each from PMNRF to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a landslide in Rajamalai, Idukki.He said in a tweet that 50 thousand rupees each would be given to those injured due to the landslide.

As heavy rain continues in Kerala, death toll in the massive landslide that hit Rajamala in Idukki district of Kerala has reached 22. Rescue and search operations restarted this morning for the missing persons, as many are feared to be buried under soil. 43 persons are still missing and efforts are on to retrieve their bodies with the help of NDRF teams. The inquest of 17 persons have been completed and postmortem is underway.

Adverse weather is hampering the relief operations. Meanwhile, heavy rain is continuing across the State creating widespread damage. Major rivers are overflowing and low lying regions are flooded in northern and Central Kerala. Met dept predicts very heavy rain in the state during coming days.

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Dengue reaches Cook Islands' Pa Enua

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 01:06:53 +0000

Country: Cook Islands
Source: Radio New Zealand International

Cases of dengue fever have been confirmed on the Cook Islands' Pa Enua, or outer islands, despite the number of cases in the country declining.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

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Philippines: Construction of P92.557-M by-pass road, flood control projects in Central Iloilo in full swing

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 01:05:03 +0000

Country: Philippines
Source: Government of the Philippines

By Lilibeth A. French
Published on August 8, 2020

ILOILO City, Aug. 8 (PIA) – The construction of 2.14-kilometer by-pass road along Metro Iloilo-Radial Road (R-4) is in full swing, according to OIC-District Engineer Mario G. Soriano of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Iloilo 4th District Engineering Office.

Soriano said the project, amounting to P92.557 million, is already around 80 percent accomplished and is expected to be completed in November this year, given favorable weather condition.

The project involves widening of road from two lanes to four lanes, including provision of slope protection structure, guardrails, and reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings to safeguard the motorists.

Also, the project is a new access road connecting the towns of Sta. Barbara, New Lucena and Zarraga, by-passing the Metro Iloilo Radial Road-4, which is one of the alternate routes from Iloilo City and southern Iloilo to the northern part of Iloilo and provinces of Aklan and Capiz, and vice versa.

“This by-pass road will help decongest the Metro Iloilo-Radial Road and other major thoroughfares in the central part of Iloilo, providing motorists and commuters with a more conducive road access, shorter travel time by about 30 minutes, and reducing vehicle operation cost,” Soriano said.

He added that “the road will also help enhance the economic activity in the towns of New Lucena, Zarraga and Sta. Barbara, since transport of goods and services will be easier and faster”.

Likewise, Soriano said the ongoing construction of a flood control project along Sibalom River in Brgy. Lanag, Leon, Iloilo is expected to be completed in October this year.

The flood mitigation structure, worth P55.493 million, involves construction of slope protection with the length of 660 lineal meters of reinforced concrete revetment wall on steel sheet pile foundation including drainage.

“The structure will help control the movement of water in the river, hence reducing the risk of damage the flood may cause and providing a safer environment to approximately 100 families residing near the river,” Soriano said.

“This project will also provide the residents with the opportunity to improve their economic condition through agriculture and other means of livelihood”, he added. (laf/PIA6-Iloilo/With report from DPWH6-RPAIO/Photo courtesy of DPWH, Iloilo 4th DEO)

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Bangladesh: Ambassador Miller Visits Flood Affected Gaibandha to Observe U.S. Assistance

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 00:56:05 +0000

Countries: Bangladesh, United States of America
Source: US Department of State

DHAKA August 8, 2020 – Today, United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller visited Madhya Khatiamari village in Gaibandha district with Government of Bangladesh officials to observe U.S. assistance to those affected by the flooding. Ambassador Miller spoke with families receiving emergency assistance provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), including cash grants and emergency hygiene kits. He was joined by local administration officials from Gaibandha district and Fulchari upazila, and representatives from CARE Bangladesh and SKS Foundation who are administering this emergency assistance program.

During a stop at a relief distribution site, Ambassador Miller, local officials, and NGO representatives visited a homestead raised on an earthen plinth, a platform built after the 2019 floods as part of USAID’s SHOUHARDO III program. Over 1,500 homesteads including homes, livestock pens, and household gardens were raised above flood levels on such plinths last year. Today, these homeowners’ properties were protected from the flooding, and the homeowners were able to take in neighboring families whose homes were flooded.

“The United States is proud to work with the Government of Bangladesh to help provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by the flooding,” said Ambassador Miller.

“This assistance is another example of the enduring ties between the United States and Bangladesh and our wonderful partnership with CARE and the SKS Foundation,” he added.

The U.S. government, through USAID, has provided more than $7 billion in development assistance to Bangladesh since 1971. Additionally, to date, the U.S. government has contributed over $56.5 million from multiple agencies to support COVID-19 response efforts. In 2019, USAID alone provided over $200 million to improve the lives of people in Bangladesh through programs that expand food security and economic opportunity, improve health and education, promote democratic institutions and practices, protect the environment, and increase resilience to climate change.

By U.S. Embassy Dhaka | 8 August, 2020

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Philippines: NHA gears up soil erosion mitigation project

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 00:49:30 +0000

Country: Philippines
Source: Government of the Philippines

By Lou Ellen L. Antonio
Published on August 9, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA) -- The National Housing Authority (NHA) has intensified its efforts to construct a gabion and grouted riprap in Barangay Mipantao Gadongan of this city as a mitigation measure for soil erosion.

Mipantao Gadongan is the second site where 1,000 permanent shelters will be constructed by NHA and 50 housing units from its partner United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

NHA - Marawi Project Management Office Engr. Clemente Dayot said the said mitigation is needed since there are already structures constructed in the area.

“That is a mitigating measure para sa side sa contractor kasi kailangan imitigate ang [for the side of the contractor since it is needed to mitigate the] soil erosion kasi may structures na tayo sa taas [because we already have structures there] like road and drainage,” said Dayot.

Dayot also shared that the gabion measures approximately 300 meters and has a grouted riprap which is a rock slope-protection for the embankment.

“Pag-uulan masaturate ang lupa ng tubig kaya kailangan na imitigate natin yan. Gabion ang foundation niyan, pataas grouted riprap na,” he added.

[When it rains, the land gets saturated by water thus there is a need to mitigate it. Gabion will be constructed as its foundation, and grouted riprap as its slope.]

Dayot also called for the understanding and cooperation of the internally displaced persons as they continue to pursue the implementation of their projects.

“Panawagan namin sa IDPs na be patient. Magka-isa tayo kasi yung trabaho namin sa NHA, hindi basta-basta kasi everyday may mga hamon at problema na dumadating. Sana magpatuloy itong proyekto dahil para naman ito sa social development ninyo,” he said.

[We encourage the IDPs to be patient. We should unite because we also face challenges as we work as NHA. We hope this project will continue because this is also for your social development.]

Being a member-agency of Task Force Bangon Marawi’s Subcommittee on Housing, NHA is committed to promote sustainable development as its tasks include house construction, land acquisition, and land development.

NHA has acquired 39 hectares of land for the construction of permanent shelters in Barangays Kilala and Mipantao Gadongan. These housing units will be turned-over to IDPs who will be resettled from the 3-meter and 20-meter easements of Lake Lanao and Agus River of the most affected area of the city. (LELA/PIA ICIC)

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India: Landslips, floods took 900+ lives in 16 states this season

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 00:46:05 +0000

Country: India
Source: Times of India

Pradeep Thakur | TNN | Aug 9, 2020, 05:59 IST

NEW DELHI: Floods and landslides have caused widespread devastation across the country with more than 900 deaths reported so far by 16 states this monsoon season.

On Friday, Kerala added over 23 to its tally of 33 lives lost reported till August 6. West Bengal, Assam, Gujarat, Karnataka, MP and Maharashtra are the worst affected states.

About 69 lakh people in Bihar and 57 lakh in Assam have been affected by floods, displaced or marooned. Millions across India have lost their habitat, livestock and livelihood, taking shelter in thousands of relief camps run by state authorities. The Centre has deployed 141 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for rescue operations, besides the state disaster response forces (SDRF).

In the last 10 days state governments have reported more than 200 deaths due to floods and landslides, taking the overall tally close to 900. West Bengal has the highest deaths at 239, followed by 136 in Assam, 87 in Gujarat and 74 each in Karnataka and MP. The total flood-related casualties is likely to go up as many states are not filing their ‘situation reports’ regularly with the Centre and rivers are flowing above the danger level in almost all states.

In Assam, out of 136 flood-related deaths reported by the state government, at least 26 have been caused by landslides.

Kerala’s Idukki, in a single day on Friday, saw over 23 perish and scores missing in landslides caused by floods.

The deluge has made it difficult for states to maintain social distancing and follow other guidelines, as prescribed by the Centre in view of the outbreak of coronavirus, at relief camps or during its evacuation operations.

Disasters related to climate change such as floods have become a recurring phenomenon in India with over a thousand deaths reported every year and millions of people pushed into poverty due to loss of habitat and livelihood.
Of all the disasters recorded globally between 1998-2017, floods accounted for 44%. Climate change is causing more havoc than earthquakes and tsunamis. That makes India’s development highly risky.

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Pakistan: Gwadar cut off as flash floods hit parts of Balochistan

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 00:41:18 +0000

Country: Pakistan
Source: DAWN Group of Newspapers

Saleem Shahid Updated 09 Aug 2020

QUETTA: At least four people died, many others were injured and over a dozen others went missing in different parts of Balochistan, as torrential rains that lashed 22 districts of the province on Saturday caused flooding and damaged bridges and highways, cutting off Gwadar and some other areas with Quetta and rest of the country.

The provincial disaster management authority along with other authorities concerned launched a rescue operation as thousands of people were stranded in flood-hit areas of Dera Bugti, Kohlu, Jhal Magsi, Nasirabad and Sibi districts where floodwater entered houses and submerged large swathes of land while mud-houses in villages collapsed.

A bridge at the coastal highway linking the port city of Gwadar and other areas of Makran with Karachi and rest of the country washed away in the Padirak area of Gwadar district.

In Bolan area, flash floods swamped and damaged the main Quetta-Sibi highway at various points, cutting off the area with the provincial capital. A bridge on the Quetta-Sibi Highway, near Bibi Nani area of Bolan district, was badly damaged suspending all kinds of traffic. Hundreds of commuters were stuck in the floodwater.

Heavy flooding also damaged the main gas pipeline passing through the Bolan River in Bibi Nani area of Bolan district.

Four deaths confirmed; many missing; highways, bridges damaged; rescue work under way

Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani, who presided over an emergency meeting of relevant departments, directed the Provincial Disaster Management Authority and other authorities to launch rescue operations in the flood-affected areas without any delay and provide relief goods to the stranded people.

According to reports, the Nari and Chakar rivers were carrying heavy flood in Sibi areas. The Mola River has also badly affected parts of Khuzdar district, where Levies officials managed to rescue a large number of tourists who had come for picnicking in Chotak area.

In Dera Bugti, two people were swept away after a flash flood breached an embankment. In Kohlu district rain also destroyed mud houses and roads linking the district headquarters with other areas of the province.

Balochistan Minister for Revenue Mir Saleem Ahmed Khosa told a press conference that heavy rains and flash floods hit 22 of the 33 districts of the province.

Jhal Magsi, Dera Bugti, Kohlu, Sibi and Khuzdar were the worst affected by the flooding.

In Chagai, heavy rainfall caused flooding in Chehattar area where a child drowned and another was rescued and shifted to Prince Fahad hospital in Dalbandin, Assistant Commissioner Mohammad Javed Domki said.

Ali Raza Rind in Chagai, Behram Baloch in Gwadar, Ali Jan Mangi in Dera Murad Jamali and Abdul Wahid Shahwani in Khuzdar also contributed to this report

Published in Dawn, August 9th, 2020

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Pakistan: Four more electrocuted as rain continues in city for third day

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 00:37:54 +0000

Country: Pakistan
Source: DAWN Group of Newspapers

KARACHI: At least seven more people were killed, four of them electrocuted, in different parts of the city in rain-related incidents on Saturday, increasing the death toll to 17 in three days of the current spell of rains.

Of the 17 deaths, 11 people died from electrocution in the three days.

The city continued to receive moderate to heavy rain for the third consecutive day on Saturday while the Met department saw the current spell of monsoon downpour fizzling out by Sunday evening.

While key roads including University Road and parts of Sharea Faisal were flooded with rainwater despite much-trumpeted cleaning of storm-water drains, the electricity crisis that began on Thursday afternoon when the downpour started continued on Saturday in many city areas with people complaining about lack of electricity for more than 16 hours.

Deaths from electrocution

A six-year-old boy was electrocuted in North Karachi. Area SHO Salman Shah said that the boy touched a pedestal fan with bare foot and suffered an electric shock.

In Ittehad Town, 18-year-old Shada Pervez was electrocuted when he touched a wall of his home. The area SHO said that electric current penetrated the wall because of a live wire.

Amin Hasan, 45, died when he suffered an electric shock inside his home in Gulistan-i-Jauhar, according to a Chhipa spokesperson.

Mansab Munir, 30, died when he suffered an electric shock on the road while passing through Jodia Bazaar, said Edhi Foundation spokesperson. The body was shifted to the Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK).

Meanwhile, in a statement issued here a K-Electric spokesperson claimed on Saturday that Friday’s seven electrocution incidents occurred due to “damaged non-KE wires, water motors and illegal use of kundas”.

The spokesperson insisted that no electrocutions happened due to KE’s infrastructure.

Two die in roof collapse

Two persons died in a roof collapse incident in Pak Colony.

Area SHO Rehmatullah Khan Marwat said that labourers Mohammad Anwar, 40, and Raza Mohammad, 45, were busy in repair of a house in Magsi Mohalla of Jehanabad when the roof collapsed and fell on them.

He said that the continued rain had damaged the house and the owner was trying to reinforce its structure when the tragedy occurred.

The bodies were shifted to the CHK for medico-legal formalities.

Teenager drowns

A 14-year-old boy drowned in the Malir river on Saturday afternoon. Malir SSP Irfan Bahadur said that the boy, identified as Asad, reportedly drowned while swimming in the river at Jam Goth.

Edhi divers continued to search for him till evening. It was feared that the boy might have died.

Meanwhile, rescuers said that the body of a six-year-old boy, who drowned in a storm-water drain in Banaras on Friday, was retrieved near Dhobi Ghat. He was identified as Shahzeb.

The rain on Saturday mainly started in the second half of the day in most parts of the city with thunder and strong winds. The moderate to heavy rain continued in different areas of the city intermittently leading to inundation of various roads and low-lying areas.

By Saturday evening, according to the Met office, the largest count was recorded in Surjani Town where 42 millimetres, or 1.65 inches, rainfall was recorded. In Gulshan-i-Hadeed and Saadi Town 36mm rain, PAF Masroor Base 32mm and Faisal Base 30mm, North Karachi 24.7mm, Nazimabad 6.8mm, University Road 15mm, Jinnah Terminal 15mm, Keamari 8.7mm and at Old Airport 26mm rain was recorded.

The fresh spell of rains, which started on Thursday evening, flooded the roads resulting in traffic jams and turned low-lying areas into swamps.

The intermittent rains have flooded large sections of University Road, Sharea Faisal, including the notorious Natha Khan portion, MA Jinnah Road and Shahrah-i-Pakistan besides several other roads, where hundreds of vehicles were stuck with vexed and irritated commuters inside.

No flood situation in city: info minister

However, Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah claimed the overall situation of the city was much better than the previous rains. Despite the intensity of rains, he said, no flood situation was created anywhere.

“During the continuous heavy rains in the city, we keep visiting different areas of the city and continued to give instructions to the local government officers and staff on various issues,” he said in a statement.

“Despite the heavy rains, the timely strategy and successful coordination policy of the Sindh government proved effective and led to better post-rain situation in the city compared to previous years,” he said.

“The condition of the city is better and different than before. I am in constant touch with the chairmen of all the DMCs and also gave orders to the water board chief to install dewatering machines at specific places. The staff of water board, DMCs, solid waste board have been permanently engaged in public services in all low-lying areas, choking points, sensitive places,” said Mr Shah, who is also the province’s local government minister.

He said that the places where water had accumulated temporarily were cleared before night and all areas including Sharea Faisal, Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Abul Hassan Ispahani Road, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Rashid Minhas Road were cleared in time.

He also appealed to the people not to go out of their homes unnecessarily and stay away from electric poles and electrical appliances.

Published in Dawn, August 9th, 2020

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Thailand: Emergency decree could be lifted in four southern districts

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 00:34:49 +0000

Country: Thailand
Source: Bangkok Post

WRITER: ABDULLAH BENJAKAT

The 4th Army plans to seek approval for the executive decree for administration in emergency situations to be lifted in four southern districts, an army spokesman said.

The districts have been free of insurgency activities for a considerable time, with Pattani's Mai Kaen district likely to be the first to see the relaxation, Maj Gen Pramote Phrom-in said on Sunday.

The emergency decree was initially imposed in the entirety of the three southern border provinces -- Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat -- plagued with a Muslim insurgency. Since then, the decree has been lifted in certain districts.

A proposal to lift the decree in Pattani's Mai Kaen district.was made in a recent meeting with officials from the National Security Council, said Maj Gen Pramote, the 4th Army spokesman.

The next step is for the proposal to be forwarded to the cabinet for approval.

He said the three other districts where the emergency decree could be lifted, in order of priority, are Kabang district of Yala, Waeng district of Narathiwat and Kapho district of Pattani.

He said an evaluation of the southern border provinces is made every three months to decide where the decree should remain in force and where it should be lifted.

Factors taken into account include the attitudes of people towards the authorities and the frequency of insurgency activities.

The emergency decree has previously been lifted in five districts - Mae Lan district of Pattani; Betong district of Yala; and Sungai Kolok, Si Sakhon and Sukhirin districts of Narathiwat.

Pattani's Mai Kaen district is the most likely to become the sixth, Maj Gen Pramote said.

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Philippines, Flooding in Midsayap District, North Cotabato (11:02 Aug 5 2020)

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 00:19:31 +0000

Country: Philippines
Source: ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance

Description

Heavy rains have flooded low-lying areas in North Cotabato’s first district on Tuesday.

Aside from this town, the five-hour downpour on Tuesday afternoon until evening also affected the municipalities of Banisilan, Alamada, Libungan, Aleosan, and Pigcawayan, all in the province’s first district.

Clogged drainage canals could have contributed to the sudden surge of water after heavy rains.

Floods started at past 4 p.m. as the region experienced heavy rains due to a low-pressure area affecting Mindanao.

Mayor Jesus Sacdalan of Alamada, North Cotabato said nearly 3,000 residents have been affected by flash floods in his area.

“Roads that we have repaired after landslides and flashfloods last month are now destroyed anew,” Sacdalan said in a separate interview with reporters on Wednesday.

He urged Public Works Secretary Mark Villar to consider Alamada among his priorities in road repairs and construction of bridges so as not to hamper the delivery of services, as well as food and farm products to the market.

North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco has ordered the provincial disaster risk reduction and management office (PDRRMO) to hasten their evaluation to determine the amount of assistance the province would provide to affected sectors.

No casualty was reported due to the floods as an assessment on the extent of damage was ongoing.

Additional Data

Country: Philippines

Affected Area / Region: Midsayap District, North Cotabato

Casualties

Affected Persons: 3000

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Iraq: Yazidi community suffers one crisis after another

Sun, 09 Aug 2020 23:52:37 +0000

Country: Iraq
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the Yazidi community in the Sinjar district of northwest Iraq. Although there are not many cases recorded in the area, the restrictive measures adopted in Iraq (as in many other countries worldwide) to curb the spread of the virus are burdening the daily lives and wellbeing of an already vulnerable community.

In 2014, the Islamic State (IS) group swept through the Sinjar region mounting what Yazidis, a religious minority mainly living in north-west Iraq, refer to as a ‘genocidal’ campaign against them.

The IS militants slaughtered thousands of men and abducted an estimated six thousand women and children, either selling them into servitude or forcing them into sexual slavery. More than six years on, and after the city was taken back from IS in 2015, many families have been left with mental and physical scars. Some people are still looking for loved ones who went missing or mourning those who died, and many are fighting to rebuild their livelihoods.

The spread of COVID-19 has brought strict movement restrictions between the cities across Iraq. In Sinjar, these restrictions have immensely affected the economic situation and daily lives of local people, and in turn, their mental wellbeing. Most people in Sinjar were already living well below the poverty line, with widespread unemployment. Following the arrival of COVID-19, those who once had jobs are forced to stay at home, unable to work and provide for their families.

Aeed Nasir has been working with MSF in the Sinuni General Hospital as a nurse supervisor since 2018. Aeed is married with four children and lives in Chamshko camp for internally displaced people in Dohuk governorate. Aeed hasn’t seen his family in five months as he is unable to go back to Dohuk under the current movement restrictions.

“The majority of people in Sinjar are either farmers or do temporary labourer jobs outside the city lasting for one or two days at a time,” said Aeed.

“The coronavirus has stopped all the businesses, and people can’t travel outside the town for work. The farmer’s harvest is not even close to yielding the efforts and money spent on it by the farmer, and merchants from other governorates can’t come to buy the products and take them to the other governorates. Hence the crops and vegetables end up rotten. Before the coronavirus, people had very little income. Now there’s none.”

For many people, losing the ability to provide enough for their families, alongside having too much free time, living with uncertainty about what the future might bring, and not being able to visit family members, have caused feelings of frustration and stress. This has particularly adverse consequences for people who are already trying to overcome traumatic experiences from their past.

“We have seen an increase in domestic violence; men are sitting at home without work and they are forced to spend a lot more time with the family than they are used to,” said Phoebe Yonkeu, MSF’s mental health activity manager in Sinuni.

“After the easing of curfews, we received many women who said their spouses had become aggressive towards them and their children. Aggressive behaviour and anger towards family members is a way to channel/vent their frustrations and anxieties. We have also observed a surge of people suffering from depression in Sinjar, and we believe the lockdown has played a big role in that. Over the last few months, we have received many patients with suicidal thoughts and attempts, which are severe symptoms of depression.”

With the imposed movement restrictions, access to healthcare is another big challenge the people in Sinjar struggle with.

“Before the curfews were imposed, people who needed specialised medical services used to be referred to the hospitals in Duhok governorate in Iraqi Kurdistan,” said Shanna Morris, a doctor with MSF in Sinuni.

“Now, people can’t travel to Dohuk and the only destination available for them is Mosul. To access Mosul for medical needs, they must travel by ambulance so they’re allowed to cross checkpoints. On average, it takes four hours before a patient reaches the hospitals in Mosul. Many Yazidi people also have reservations about going to Mosul either due to the events of 2014, or because many of them don’t speak Arabic and it’s hard for them to communicate.”

For many people living in the villages in Sinjar, Sinuni General Hospital – where MSF provides emergency and maternity services – is the only option for healthcare services. But fewer women are coming because they are not allowed through the checkpoints to get to the hospital.

“Our outpatient department numbers have greatly decreased,” said Adelaide Debrah , a midwife working for MSF in Sinuni.

“Women are not coming for antenatal or postnatal care and family planning because they cannot cross the checkpoints; they are not considered an emergency. After some recent easing of movement restrictions, we received more women with unwanted pregnancies who told us that they ran out of family planning items and medication.”

Fear of instability

On top of COVID-19, recent airstrikes in the region and ongoing military campaigns against groups affiliated with the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) are causing further mental stress and people fear the area will become a warzone again.

“The day the fighter jets bombed the Sinjar mountain, I was in Sinuni. The first rocket terrified me; I didn’t know what was going on. The first thing that came to my mind was that IS was back in Sinjar.” said Aeed.

“After some phone calls, I learnt that it was Turkish bombings of PKK-affiliated groups. The house I stay in is very close to one of their bases and out of fear of the base being bombed, I left the house. I wandered around Sinuni and heard women and children screaming. People were carrying their children and trying to move far away from the bases. Now, people have stopped visiting the mountainous areas completely, out of fear of being targeted by warplanes.”

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc, many people have lost what little hope they had left.

“The Yazidi people still haven’t forgotten what happened to them in 2014,” said Aeed. “The consequences of the carnage still dominate the area, with mass graves still being found. I see hopelessness in people’s faces. Some don’t even have enough money to buy food. It happens many times that we – the hospital staff – collect donations ourselves for some patients. There is nothing in Sinjar, even the water is not suitable for drinking sometimes. How do you think people feel when they have nothing?”

MSF in Sinuni

MSF began supporting Sinuni General Hospital with emergency and maternity healthcare in August 2018, and quickly realised that mental health was a huge unmet need in the area. Since then, the team has increased mental health activities to cover psychiatric and psychological services in Sinuni General Hospital, as well as group sessions and mental health activities for displaced people in the Sinjar mountain.

Serving more than 90,000 people, the MSF project in Sinuni provides health services for all communities in the area. In 2019, MSF treated 14,581 patients in its emergency room in the Sinuni General hospital. The team also assisted 755 births, provided 8,702 sexual and reproductive healthcare consultations and 1,434 mental health consultations.

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Ukraine COVID-19 Daily Situation Report, August 9, 2020 [EN/UK]

Sun, 09 Aug 2020 22:42:34 +0000

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Country: Ukraine
Sources: Government of Ukraine, World Health Organization

Please refer to the attached files.

Epidemiological situation

• 1 st case was registered on February 29, 2020.

• 80 949 (1 199 during last 24 hours) laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases as of the reporting period.

• 136 065 (1 315 during last 24 hours) suspected COVID-19 cases as of the reporting period.

• Case positivity rate is 59.5%.

• Daily growth factor in reporting cases is 0.81 (new cases reported today/new cases reported yesterday).

• Number of lethal cases is 1 897 (18 in last 24 hours).

• Case fatality rate is 2.3%.

• Number of confirmed cases among healthcare workers is 9 218 (68 in last 24 hours).

• Total number of recovered patients is 43 972 (317 in last 24 hours).

• Average bed occupancy rate is 23.45% (lowest – in Zaporizka oblast (3.05%), highest – in Chernivetska oblast (56.26%)).** • Total number of PCR tests conducted is 1 167 649 (14 973 in last 24 hours).

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World: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Situation Report - 202 (9 August 2020)

Sun, 09 Aug 2020 22:06:21 +0000

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Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

Please refer to the attached file.

Highlights

Now it’s time to work together. Now it’s time to fight the virus”, said Dr Tedros in a media briefing on Thursday last week.

Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme also said that “…we have to create a new partnership. A new deal between government services and community action. Communities’ individuals have to be empowered, educated. They have to want to participate.”

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Lebanon: Beirut-Port Explosion Emergency Appeal DREF Operation n° MDRLB009

Sun, 09 Aug 2020 18:23:19 +0000

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Country: Lebanon
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

Please refer to the attached file.

This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some 20 million Swiss francs on a preliminary basis to enable the IFRC to support the Lebanese Red Cross to deliver assistance and support to the people affected by the Beirut-Port explosions populations for 24 months, with a focus on health, livelihoods and basic needs, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH), taking into consideration the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the economic collapse in the country. The planned response reflects the current situation and information available at this time of the evolving operation and will be adjusted based on further developments and more detailed assessments. This is based on the Lebanese Red Cross mandate and priorities within their role in the national disaster response plan, in coordination with the national authorities and other actors present.

This Emergency Appeal incorporates priorities defined in the Lebanese Red Cross appeal (click here - Information Products) issued on 5 August which are specified in the section under ‘Areas of Focus’ with a longer timeframe to enable the Lebanese Red Cross to address the deeper and more persistent ramifications of the disaster.
Detailed breakdown of the sectorial funding requirements will be made available soon through further assessment and analysis.

The operational strategy

Summary of Red Cross response to date

Since the explosions, Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) mobilized and deployed its Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs)3 and ambulances to the site, to provide emergency first aid and evacuate the injured to the closest medical facilities available. Up to 75 ambulances and 375 EMTs and staff are currently responding in Beirut to help the most vulnerable. LRC also quickly established first aid and triage stations in at least two locations downtown to provide assistance to those with non-critical injuries. LRC were also actively encouraging blood donors to donate at Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) centres as there was an urgent need for all blood types. This need has since been met. Three days since the disaster, LRC continues to coordinate its response with the national authorities as well as local and international actors present and responding on the ground. To date, LRC has been receiving strong bilateral support and contributions from national and international donors, governments and Movement and non-Movement partners.

Needs assessment and targeting Thousands of people have been affected. Health facilities in Beirut and surrounding areas are still over-crowded with patients suffering all sorts of injuries, many of which are the result of flying glass. Authorities indicate at least 158 deaths with up to 21 people still missing and over 6,000 people injured as of 8 August, and Lebanese authorities estimate up to 300,000 people are displaced from their homes across the Greater Beirut area. The psychological impact of the explosions for the entire population of Lebanon was also huge. On 5 August 2020, the Government of Lebanon declared a two-week state of emergency in Beirut, and all import and export of commodities have been redirected to the smaller port of the City of Tripoli, in Northern Lebanon.

The key priorities are emergency first aid and medical assistance, psychosocial support, emergency shelter and related WASH services, as well as basic needs (food and other household needs) assistance. Looking ahead, the initial analysis indicates that interrupted access to essential health services and supplies of medicines are and will remain critical needs. Several hospitals are damaged and/or inaccessible and were already stretched due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Many people have lost possessions, business premises both large and small, and hence their livelihoods, at a moment when the economic situation for the majority of Lebanese, as well as for Palestine and Syrian refugees in Lebanon, is desperate. Few people have access to an adequate social safety net and as the situation worsens, many will be unable to afford the cost of even basic healthcare.

In the mid- to longer term, it is essential to ensure and maintain access to basic healthcare especially in the face of the socio-economic crisis, and to support the rehabilitation and recovery of the LRC Emergency Medical Service (EMS), blood bank resources and services.

Beyond the immediate lifesaving actions and assistance needed and currently being delivered by LRC and other actors on the ground in the aftermath of the explosions, the ongoing socio-economic crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, further exposes and increases the vulnerabilities of large segments of the population most directly affected by the explosions, over the coming months. Likewise, the explosions increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19, as facilities providing isolation and care for confirmed cases have been affected, and displaced people are sheltering in close proximity to many others, rendering physical distancing impossible.

LRC issued their appeal on 5 August for approximately USD 19 million for 3 months. At the time of writing, LRC is consolidating needs and damage assessment results and is working to revise its appeal, based on information available to date. This IFRC’s Emergency Appeal, launched on behalf and at the request of LRC, covers a longer implementation timeframe, recognizing that whilst the LRC plan is for the emergency response period, the mid- to longer-term recovery, rehabilitation and social and economic aspects will require resources as well, and the proposed timeframe of this operation is to enable LRC to meet the needs of the most vulnerable with a responsible use of available resources. This proposed plan is derived from the priorities of LRC and their mandate as outlined in the national disaster response plan. It highlights certain elements of the existing LRC response plan now under revision, and it expands upon the areas of a longer-term nature, in order to provide the continuity of support that LRC will be expected to offer to the affected population in due course.

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Lebanon: Remarks by Axel van Trotsenburg, Managing Director, Operations at the International Conference on Support to Beirut and the Lebanese people

Sun, 09 Aug 2020 18:16:46 +0000

Country: Lebanon
Source: World Bank

President Macron

Deputy Secretary General Mohammed,

Excellencies:

On behalf of the World Bank Group, I would like to convey our sincere condolences and sympathies to the people of Lebanon following the tragic event of last week and to thank the Government of France and the United Nations for their leadership in bringing together the international community to discuss the urgent challenges facing Lebanon.

Ensuring an efficient and coordinated response in the aftermath of this catastrophic explosion is critical. The World Bank Group stands firmly committed to work with the international community and all stakeholders in Lebanon to support these efforts.

The challenges facing Lebanon are enormous. Tuesday’s massive explosion comes on top of the deep ongoing economic, financial and social crisis that was exacerbated by the COVD-19 pandemic. This is the reason the international community is gathered here today – not only to offer solidarity with the Lebanese people, but also to offer humanitarian support and a helping hand for the country’s needed efforts to overcome its multiple crises.

Even prior to the explosions Lebanon was experiencing severe economic crises alongside a rapidly worsening social situation. As a result, 45% of Lebanese citizens live in poverty. With so many left behind, it comes as no surprise that people in Lebanon are calling for profound reforms that will address the core problems of these crises and provide a real possibility for improving the daily lives of the average Lebanese citizen. We need to listen to these calls and respond. We trust the Lebanese policy makers will heed the calls and act quickly.

The World Bank Group began to undertake a Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment last Thursday. The assessment could serve as a basis for an economic and social reconstruction plan that addresses short- and medium-term needs. In doing so, we are working closely with our counterparts, the IMF, the UN, the EU and other partners with a view to finalize the assessment by August 20, 2020.

Engaging all stakeholders in recovery and reconstruction is critical. The ultimate objective of this effort is to promote sustainable economic and social recovery with a rapid reduction of poverty levels. Guiding principles for conducting this engagement will be transparency, inclusion and good governance.

Lebanon is a founding member of the World Bank, with our partnership going back 75 years. As a long-term partner, the World Bank is committed to Lebanon in good and hard times. We’re ready to support the urgent demands of the crisis. In the short term, and if the Government is willing to move quickly, we can finalize preparation of an emergency social protection program of over $200 million that could benefit over half a million of poor people.

To conclude, we stand ready to work on a fast-track basis and engage on the reform agenda that will help ease the suffering of the people of Lebanon.

Thank You!

Last Updated: Aug 09, 2020

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Cameroon: North-West and South-West Regions, Health Cluster Update, 1-7 August 2020 | Bulletin # 13 - 08 August, 2020

Sun, 09 Aug 2020 18:15:02 +0000

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Country: Cameroon
Sources: World Health Organization, Health Cluster

Please refer to the attached Infographic.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • In NW region, 14 out of the I9 health districts reported confirmed cases of COVID-l9. 65 % of the cases have been recorded in Bamenda and 13% of total cases recorded in Fundong health district.

  • In SW region, 10 out of the I8 health districts reported confirmed cases of COVID-l9. 74% of the cases have been recorded in Buea and Limbe health districts.

  • WHO in partnership with SW regional delegation of public health supported by the staff from the Ministry of Health (MOH) conducted a briefing for Cholera vaccination campaign in SW Region.

  • Sensitization is being strengthened to boost the response and uptake of testing in both regions.

IMMEDIATE NEEDS

  • More health districts need to be trained and provided with tools for effective contact tracing.

  • Stronger sensitization is required to counter the misinformation about the management of COVID-19 in the communities and at health facilities.

  • More human resources required for case management in NWSW regions.

  • There is need for additional vehicles (4X4) for rapid deployment ofinvestigations teams and logistics in both regions.

  • There is need for more CHWs to be trained and empowered to carryout community activities.

CHALLENGES

  • There is limited infrastructure for COVID-19 case management
  • Limited number of vehicles at the delegation for COVID-19 response
  • Limited number of CHWs involved in the COVID-19 response at the community level.
  • Very few communities tested using RDTs in remote health districts

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