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Viet Nam, Flooding, Landslides, Storms and Wind in South Central Coast, North Central Coast, and Central Highlands Region (TC NORU) (28 Sep 2022)

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 04:53:42 +0000

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

Đà Nẵng, Viet Nam

Event Date : Wed, 28 Sep 2022

AHADID : AHA-TC-2022-001033-VNM | GLIDE Number : TC-2022-000318-VNM

Impact Update Date : Mon, 03 Oct 2022 07:00:00

AFFECTED AREA/S

Gia Lai, Hà Tĩnh, Kon Tum, Nghệ An, Quảng Nam, Quảng Ngãi, Quảng Trị, Thanh Hóa, Thừa Thiên Huế, Đà Nẵng

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Flooding, Landslides, Storms and Wind in Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Ha Tinh, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Kon Tum, and Gia Lai (TC NORU)

1 . OVERVIEW: TC NORU has weakened further from a tropical depression into a low pressure area as of 1400 UTC+7, 28 Sep, 2022. 150-300 mm in the provinces of Quang Tri to Quang Ngai and Kon Tum with rainfall reaching at most of 628 mm in Quang Nam. Damage was minimized as per VNDMA.

2 . PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE:

  • 299.7K persons preemptively evacuated

  • 57.8K boats anchored safely

  • 20.7K ha and 4.6K aquaculture cages and rafts ashore and ensured safety

  • mobilisation of 40,000 soldiers and 200,000 militia in preparation for rescue and relief operations

3 . IMPACTS:

  • Affected population: 4 people injured in Quang Tri

  • Damages: 160 houses damaged - 3 of which were totally damaged (Quang Tri: 2, Thua Thien Hue: 1) and 157 others partially (118 houses is in Quang Tri); and 3 small boats sank (Da Nang 2, Quang Nam 1).

  • Critical lifelines: 9,427 substations without power (Quang Nam: 4,369, Da Nang: 3,340, Quang Ngai: 1,718) and 15 communes without power (Kon Tum: 9 communes, Gia Lai: 6 communes). Currently, 535 substations have been repaired (Quang Nam: 372, Da Nang: 163); 1 communication tower (antenna pillar) and 2 border posts in Quang Nam were damaged.

Update 30 Sep

327,937 people had been pre-emptively evacuated across the provinces of Thua Thien Hue, Danang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Bình Định.

Vietnam’s Disaster Management Authority (VDMA) reported wind damage in the provinces and cities of Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Kon Tum and Gia Lai from 28 September. Roofs were ripped from houses and areas were left without electricity.

Heavy rain of 300 mm to over 400 mm fell in a 35 hour period late 26 to early 28 September in areas of Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai Provinces. Nam Đông in Thua Thien Hue Province recorded 468 mm of rain during this period. Later heavy rain fell in Ha Tinh and Nghe An Provinces. In 24 hours to 29 September Thanh Thuy in Nghe An Province recorded 428mm of rain. Several rivers remain high in Nam Đông in Thua Thien Hue provinces.

As of 29 September VDMA reported flooding in Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces. Three people died and 3 were missing in floods in Nghe An. Across the affected provinces, 8,139 houses were flooded and 9 destroyed. Around 88 households were evacuated. Over 6,000 hectares of crops were damaged and over 200 cattle and 34,423 poultry killed or swept away.

In Vietnam, 57 people were injured across the Provinces of Quang Ngai, Quang Tri, Thua Thien. Over 3,200 houses have been damaged and 94 others destroyed.

Update damage as of 18:30 on October 2, 2022 due to the circulation of storm No. 4 in 03 provinces: Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Ha Tinh and landslides and flash floods in Ky Son district, Nghe An:

1 . Damage caused by the circulation of typhoon No. 4 According to the report of the Provincial Office of Information and Communications in Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Ha Tinh, the damage situation is as follows:

About people: 07 people died in Nghe An (No change compared to the report on October 1st); - Going home: 11,149 houses were flooded (NA: 9,807 houses; District: 1,210 houses, T.Hoa: 132 houses) down 2,884 houses compared to the report on October 1;

Regarding agriculture: 3,955ha of rice was flooded, 10,090ha of crops, 10,444ha of aquatic products were affected.

  • Traffic: There are 29 flooded locations and 68 landslides on National Highways and Provincial Roads.

  • Regarding livestock production: 1,289 cattle, 189,728 poultry died and washed away.

2 . Damage caused by flash floods in Ky Son district, Nghe An on October 2, 2022 - About person: Dead 01 4-month-old baby named Mua Ngoc Chau in Son Ha village, Ta Ca commune (washed away by floods caused by floods). , the body was found).

  • Going home: 14 houses washed away (Ta Ca commune: 13 houses; 01 house in Muong Xen town);

Flooded 85 houses in Ta Ca commune and Muong Xen town (40 houses in Ta Ca commune; 45 houses in Muong Xen town). 19 houses were eroded, of which 03 permanent houses were completely eroded (in Canh village, Son Ha).

  • About traffic:
  • Landslides in many sections at Muong Xen to Tay Son route (in which 4 landslides are very heavy), damaging Hoa Son iron arch bridge, Ta Ca commune. Traffic into Ta Ca and Tay Son communes was completely blocked.

  • Landslide on national highway 7 in Ta Ca commune, vehicles are currently unable to pass through.

  • Landslide on 10 points on National Highway 7 in Nam Can commune

  • Isolated residential area: Isolate 2 communes Tay Son and Ta Ca, in which Hoa Son village, Ta Ca commune (236 households and 966 people) and Son Ha village, Ta Ca commune are completely isolated. accessible.

  • Other damage: 2 cars were swept away (now 1 has been recovered); flooded 10 cars.

Currently, the functional forces are still continuing to overcome the consequences of natural disasters to help local people stabilize their lives.

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Ukraine Response Operational Update (20 to 26 September 2022)

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 04:48:00 +0000

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Country: Ukraine
Source: International Organization for Migration

Please refer to the attached file.

RECENT RESPONSE

IOM distributed 9,273 core relief items including blankets, mattresses, winterization kits, and kitchen sets in Cherkasy, Kharkiv, Lviv, Rivne, and Zaporizhzhia regions. IOM also delivered 2,120 double blankets to a local implementing partner Volyn Resource Centre to be distributed in Rivne Region, while 100 core relief items delivered to an implementing partner Ukrainian Prism for distribution in Chernihiv Region.

IOM conducted a two-day training on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) for 27 participants including local authorities and implementing partners in Ivano-Frankivsk. IOM carried out a consultation process with beneficiaries through phone calls and field visits to 29 sites in Zakarpattia to validate the needs in preparation for upcoming distributions.

Shelter interventions including assessments and repair work are ongoing in collective centres across the country. This week, IOM carried out 15 assessments, while repair work is ongoing in 17 centres, and interventions concluded in four collective centres in Dnipro and Lviv regions. The identified needs, which IOM aims to address through mobile teams and contractors, include roof repairs, replacement of lighting and electrical sockets, replacement of windows and doors, repairs of toilets and showers as well as work on the sewage and ventilation systems.

Through partners such as Sheptytsky Hospital in Lviv and Medical Aid committee in Zakarpattia, IOM provided 1,574 primary health-care services and 675 psychological consultations, and referred 647 patients with complicated medical conditions to hospitals for further treatment. Additionally, 818 patients received specialized medical consultations including clinical laboratory testing, gynecological care and ultrasound scans. In Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, and Poltava regions, 368 health practitioners received training on civilian and advanced trauma first aid.

With the payments currently in process, so far 99,962 people have benefited from Cash-based Interventions (CBIs). IOM finalized the training of the implementing partners and received lists of beneficiaries from the authorities in Dnipropetrovsk Region. IOM conducted an exploratory visit to the newly accessible areas in Kharkiv and Poltava regions while priority areas have been identified in Kharkiv and Sumy regions, and an implementing partner has been contracted.

Through the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Hotline, IOM provided 155 consultations including 82 initial and first psychological aid sessions, 68 sessions within the framework of short and mediumterm psychological counseling and psychotherapy, and five psychiatric consultations. IOM also conducted online training for the hotline operators in Vinnytsia on Psychological First Aid (PFA), burnout prevention, and how to communicate effectively and support different beneficiaries.

IOM conducted a workshop for the field teams on mainstreaming protection and response in the field as well as cooperation with other teams, NGOs, and local governmental stakeholders. IOM has provided general and specialized protection assistance to 21,702 IDPs and other war-affected populations, including survivors of trafficking.

IOM continues engaging with relevant authorities to discuss potential support to war-affected WASH infrastructures in municipalities and at critical border crossing points. Currently, IOM is engaging with local water utilities in the western regions of Zakarpattia and Lviv, and in the central region of Poltava. In addition, IOM has distributed critical hygiene items in collective centres in Ivano-Frankivsk and Kharkiv regions, reaching more than 4,800 people. IOM has also distributed household water treatment filters in Kyiv Region, providing 156 people with means for accessing safe drinking water.

IOM led a multi-stakeholder briefing on reparations for survivors of human rights violations and transitional justice challenges, opportunities and best practices in Transition and Recovery framework. In line with its mandate to progress durable solutions for IDPs, IOM contributed to the framework of cooperation between the Government of Ukraine and the United Nations on the Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and its implementation plan that was presented at the UN General Assembly.

The DTM Area Baseline assessment Round 12 was published with data on the recorded IDP population hosted at the raion and hromada level. This round also included gender- disaggregated data for the first time.
Data collection was completed for Round 9 of the nationwide call centre survey - the ‘General Population Survey’ – data from which will be publi

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Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Conflict Leaves Children without Education

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 04:30:54 +0000

Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
Source: Human Rights Watch

Both Countries Should Endorse Safe Schools Declaration

Syinat Sultanalieva
Researcher, Europe and Central Asia Division

Kayirgul is a bright 9-year-old elementary school student from Ak-Sai village in southern Kyrgyzstan. Her village was one of the ten impacted during violent clashes on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in mid-September.

She is among thousands of children from the Batken region who fled their homes – and whose schools were closed – as their families heard the first sounds of shooting the morning of September 14. Kayirgul, who has two Princess Leia-style buns in her hair and talks laconically, misses school. Ironically, she is staying in a school building that was converted into a shelter for displaced people. Although the school stopped operating, she is making the best of it. She even tried getting into the school library to learn from its books, but the door was secured with a heavy lock, she said unhappily.

Kyrgyz Ministry of Education reports that 26 schools and 30 kindergartens in the Batken region closed as nearly 137,000 people evacuated since the fighting started. Of these, ten schools and seven kindergartens were damaged either by shrapnel or direct attacks. Currently, most schools have resumed full or partial functioning, except the two that were heavily damaged. One of these schools, located in Ak-Sai, was taken over by Tajik-affiliated forces on September 16 and used as a base for two days.

In Tajikistan, at least one school educating 450 children was damaged by fire on September 16. In another school in Khojai A'lo, Tajikistan, a teacher, 51-year-old Bakhrom Khakimov, was reportedly killed while trying to protect his students. The Tajik authorities have confirmed that 200 civilians have been harmed in the hostilities.

Over the last five years, there have been more than 20 border clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Over the past two years these clashes ranged from civilians throwing stones to government forces exchanging fire with heavy military equipment. At least six children were killed in the last two clashes, with dozens more injured. In addition to repairing and rebuilding the destroyed schools, both governments should commit to protecting children and education during periods of conflict.

The Safe Schools Declaration, already endorsed by 114 governments, commits governments to protect schools during conflicts, by not targeting them or using them for military purposes. Neither Tajikistan nor Kyrgyzstan have signed it. A joint decision to endorse the declaration would highlight both governments’ commitment to protecting the rights of children like Kayirgul.

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Myanmar: IDP sites in Kachin and northern Shan states (As of 31 August 2022)

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 03:57:39 +0000

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Country: Myanmar
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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Myanmar: IDP Sites in Kachin State (As of 31 August 2022)

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 03:56:04 +0000

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Country: Myanmar
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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Myanmar: IDP Sites in Shan State (As of 31 August 2022)

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 03:54:44 +0000

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Country: Myanmar
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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Indonesia, M6.0 Earthquake in North Tapanuli Regency (North Sumatra) (01 Oct 2022)

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 03:51:19 +0000

Country: Indonesia
Source: ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance

Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

Event Date : Sat, 01 Oct 2022

AHADID : AHA-EQ-2022-001052-IDN | GLIDE Number :

Impact Update Date : Sat, 01 Oct 2022 02:28:00

AFFECTED AREA/S

Tapanuli Utara

DESCRIPTION

Magnitude : 6.0 SR

Date : 01-Oct-2022

Earthquake Time : 02:28:41 WIB

Latitude : 2.13 LU

Longitude : 98.89 East Longitude

Depth : 10 Km

Aftershocks

Magnitude: 5.1 SR

Date : 01-Oct-2022

Earthquake Time : 02:50:35 WIB

Latitude : 2.05 LU

Longitude : 98.99 East Longitude

Depth : 10 Km

Magnitude: 5.0 SR

Date : 01-Oct-2022

Earthquake Time : 03:37:40 WIB

Latitude : 2.03 LU

Longitude : 98.97 East Longitude

Depth : 10 Km

Location:

Kab. Tapanuli Utara

• Kec. Tarutung : Ds. Sosunggulon, Ds. Parbaju Toruan, Ds. Siraja Oloan. Ds. Hapoltahan, Ds. Parbaju Julu, Ds. Siandorandor, Ds. Hutatoruan V, Ds. Hutatoruan X, Ds. Parbubu Pea, Ds. Hutatoruan VII, Ds. Parbubu Dolok, Ds. Partali Julu, Ds. Hutatoruan XI, Ds. Simamora

• Kec. Sipoholon : Ds. Situmeang Habinsaran, Ds. Hutauruk, Ds. Hutaraja, Ds. Hutaraja Hasundutan, Ds. Situmeang Hasundutan, Ds. Pagar Batu, Ds. Sipahutar, Ds. Rurajulu Toruan, Ds. Rurajulu Dolok, Ds. Simanungkalit, Ds. Hutaraja Simanungkalit, Ds. Tapian Nauli, Ds. Lobusingkam, Ds. Hutauruk Hasundutan

• Kec. Siatas Barita : Ds. Pansurnapitu, Ds. Sitompul, Ds. Sangkaran, Ds. Lumban Siagian Jae, Ds. Lumban Siagian Julu, Ds. Simorangkir Habinsaran, Ds. Enda Portibi, Ds. Simorangkir Julu, Ds. Siraja Hutagalung, Ds. Lobu Hole, Ds. Sidagal

• Kec. Parmonangan

• Kec. Pagaran : Ds. Banua Luhu, Ds. Sipultak, Ds. Pagaran 1 Sibaragas, Ds. Parhorboan, Ds. Dolok Saribu, Ds. Lumban Silintong, Ds. Lumban Inaina, Ds. Simamora Hasibuan, Ds. Hasibuan, Ds. Lubis, Ds. Strat Lapo, Ds. Sibirik, Ds. Onan Simbara, Ds. Sosor Sitamba, Ds. Peatingko 1, Ds. Sosor Talun, Ds. Simpang Tolu, Ds. Peatingko 2, Ds. Hutagurgur, Ds. Naga Timbul Sipultak, Ds. Matanggor, Ds. Bahal Bagot

• Kec. Pahae Jae : Ds. Sitoluompu, Ds. Pasar Sarulla

• Kec. Siborongborong : Ds. Sitabo-tabo, Ds. Pabiaran, Ds. Pariksabungan

• Kec. Pahae Julu : Ds. Lontung Dolok, Ds. Lumbah Garaga

• Kec. Sipahutar : Ds. Sipahutar

Effort :

• District Head. North Tapanuli together with BPBD and Forkopimda conducted a site check and a quick review

• BPBD personnel of North Tapanuli Regency together with all OPDs in North Tapanuli Regency are conducting emergency assistance and data collection related to the disaster that occurred.

• North Tapanuli BPBD has set up a tent at Tarutung Hospital

Latest Condition:

• Kab. BPBD personnel. North Tapanuli and related OPD are still conducting assessments.

• North Tapanuli BPBD has set up a tent at Tarutung Hospital

Urgent needs :

• Rapid review personnel

• Drone mapping team and others to Parmonangan sub-district

• Logistics assistance, blankets and gloves

• Tent

Constraint :

• The size of the area and limited personnel, resulting in delays in collecting data.

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Twitter : @Bnpbpusdalops

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Afghanistan: Kabul blasts signal utter failure of Taliban to protect minorities

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 03:13:08 +0000

Country: Afghanistan
Source: Amnesty International

Responding to the reports of a suicide bomb attack that has left dozens dead and many more injured at an educational center in the predominantly Hazara Shiite community area of Dasht-e- Barchi in Kabul today, Samira Hamidi, Amnesty International’s South Asia Campaigner, said:

“Today’s horrific attack is just the latest in a series of attacks in areas dominated by the minority Hazara Shiite population and a shamefaced reminder of the inaptitude and utter failure of the Taliban, as de-facto authorities, to protect the people of Afghanistan. Urgent steps must be taken to ensure the safety of all people under the Taliban’s rule, especially the members of minority communities.”

“Since their takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban have done little to put in place any measures for the protection of the public, especially of Shia-Hazaras who have been systematically targeted largely by the Islamic State (IS) in schools, mosques, training centers and public places. Instead, their actions of omission and commission have only further aggravated the risk to the lives of the people of Afghanistan especially those belonging to ethnic and minority communities.”

“It is essential that the de-facto authorities immediately carry out an effective, thorough, and independent investigation into the attacks, which should be conducted in line with international law and standards. Those suspected of criminal responsibility for the suicide bombing must face justice in fair trials before ordinary civilian courts and without recourse to death penalty.”

Background

The bomb blasts took place in the early morning hours on Friday at Kaaj Educational Center in west Kabul where students in packed classrooms were given mock tests in order to prepare for their college entrance exam. According to initial local media reports around 100 students and employees of this center were killed and injured, among whom at least 21 were girls. Meanwhile the Police in Kabul have reportedly said at least 19 were killed and many more injured in the attack at the time of publication of this press release.

Earlier, in April this year, bomb blasts targeted schools in the same Hazara Shiite community area of Dasht-e-Barchi in west Kabul. Amnesty International has repeatedly documented the targeted killing of ethnic minority Hazara Shiite community members following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in 2021

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) report (Human rights in Afghanistan: 15 August 2021 – 15 June 2022) 2106 civilian casualties (700 killed, 1406 wounded) were recorded in the country in the one year since the takeover by the Taliban.

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Ukraine: Missile attack on humanitarian convoy in Zaporizhzhia further proof of Russia’s ‘utter disregard for civilian lives’

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 03:08:45 +0000

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Country: Ukraine
Source: Amnesty International

Please refer to the attached file.

Responding to reports that at least 25 civilians were killed today by a missile strike on a humanitarian convoy in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said:

“The fact that a humanitarian convoy was struck in this horrendous attack is further proof of Russia’s utter disregard for civilian lives in Ukraine. People delivering humanitarian aid are not military targets, and it is devastating to see more lives ruined by wanton death and destruction. All those responsible for Russia’s repeated unlawful attacks in Ukraine must be held accountable for their actions.”

The convoy was struck as it was preparing to go a Russian-occupied part of the region to deliver humanitarian aid. Intentionally directing attacks against personnel, installations, material, units or vehicles involved in a humanitarian assistance mission is a war crime.

By analysing photos and video from social media, Amnesty International’s Crisis Evidence Lab confirmed that the strike hit the line of civilian vehicles as it gathered at the Avtorynok car scrapyard market on the southern outskirts of Zaporizhzhia, approximately 27.5 kilometres from the front line. A crater near the convoy measured approximately five meters wide and 2.5 metres deep, which is consistent with the warhead of a large guided missile.

According to media reports, at least 25 people were killed and 50 wounded – all of them civilians. Amnesty International was able to confirm 23 individual deaths of women and men by analysing photos and videos to identify unique clothing and distinctive features on the victims’ bodies.

Ukrainian authorities reported that 16 missiles were fired at or near Zaporizhzhia during the attack, and online records indicate that the alarm sirens of the civil defence warning system sounded at 7.11am local time, nearly simultaneously with the strike. Based on the distance inside Ukrainian controlled territory, the warning sirens, the size and type of crater, and the number of weapons simultaneously fired, Amnesty International believes this was almost certainly an attack by Russian military forces.

The strike comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin today announced the annexation of four Ukrainian territories occupied by Russian forces in the Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia regions. Amnesty International has previously declared the so-called referenda that preceded the announcement illegal, and their results a “sham”, and warned that Russia’s annexation of occupied territory would violate international law.

Accountability for war crimes

Since the beginning of the conflict, Amnesty International has been documenting Russian war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law committed during Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. All of Amnesty International’s outputs published to date – including news updates, reports, briefings and investigations – can be found here.

Amnesty International has called repeatedly for members of Russian forces and officials responsible for violations to be held to account, and has welcomed the ongoing International Criminal Court investigation in Ukraine. Comprehensive accountability in Ukraine will require the concerted efforts of the UN and its organs, as well as initiatives at the national level pursuant to the principle of universal jurisdiction.

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Indonesia, Flooding in Kediri City (East Java) (01 Oct 2022)

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 03:00:01 +0000

Country: Indonesia
Source: ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance

Jawa Timur, Indonesia

Event Date : Sat, 01 Oct 2022

AHADID : AHA-FL-2022-001061-IDN | GLIDE Number :

Impact Update Date : Sat, 01 Oct 2022 19:00:00

AFFECTED AREA/S

Kota Kediri

DESCRIPTION

Cause: Heavy rainfall and overflowing of drainage channel

Location: Kec. Mojoroto, Kel. Bandar Kidul

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Doubts over accuracy and scale of World Bank climate finance may undermine trust ahead of crucial summit talks

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 02:49:52 +0000

Country: World
Source: Oxfam

Details of the World Bank’s climate finance flows to developing countries are being poorly disclosed and may be hiding discrepancies and allowing for dubious claims, according to a new report by Oxfam.

In a new report “Unaccountable Accounting” today, Oxfam audited the World Bank’s reported $17.2 billion climate finance FY2020 portfolio to discover it could be off by as much as $7 billion. The Bank is the largest multilateral provider of climate finance, accounting for 56 percent of the total flow from all multilateral development banks combined.

The issue of climate finance remains a big sticking point at the UNFCCC climate talks. Developing countries need more confidence in donors’ promises about the amount and types of climate finance that is reaching them in order for the talks to be successful.

Rich countries promised by 2020 to be paying $100 billion a year in climate finance to help low- and middle-income countries cope with the effects of climate change and to pursue their own clean energy development. The issue will become important again at this year’s summit in Egypt.

“The Bank’s public disclosure of its climate finance is like a faulty thermometer that’s currently reading $17.2 billion. We’ve found that it could be off by 40 percent in either direction and as such we simply can't be sure of the actual value. Our concern of course is the worst-case scenario ― that the Bank could be significantly overstating its contribution to the cause,” said Oxfam’s climate change policy lead, Nafkote Dabi.

“Climate finance is a lifeline to some of the world’s poorest people and countries. It is also a vital component of these global negotiations that depend upon a consensus agreement to keep the world safe. Without better disclosure, the World Bank is asking us all to take too much on faith. These funds are too important for that,” said Dabi.

“It is alarming ― at a time when climate change is driving such damage and poverty and hunger around the world ― that we could find so little clarity about the quality and quantity of these financial flows. It is more worrying that developing countries are being sold this promise on trust rather than on public evidence.”

Oxfam looked at 2020 data and sought to recreate the Bank’s published climate finance numbers by applying the Bank’s methodology and using the information currently reported by it. They found that the level of detail available was so inadequate that, for all the public is able to verify, the Bank’s claims could be off by as much as 40 percent.

Other institutions look to the World Bank to provide a precedent on matters of policy and practice. “Other financiers will follow the Bank’s lack of disclosure. Stakeholders like developing country governments do not have the right information to hold them and other rich donor governments to account. This introduces a significant deficit of confidence to the UN climate negotiations,” Dabi said.

“This audit exposes the danger that some climate finance claims could simply be greenwashing, which would lead to a dangerous under-investment in poor countries’ mitigation and adaptation efforts,” she said.

The report also notes that rich countries have already fallen $16.7 billion short of their $100 billion promise. To make matters worse, more than 70 percent of what they did mobilize was in loans, placing even more strain on poor country budgets when they have to pay it back.

Oxfam is calling on the Bank to disclose its climate finance assessments, including evidence that supports its calculations, in its reporting on all projects it claims have climate finance. The entire World Bank Group should begin public reporting in a standard and consistent manner, including with a trackable database.

Notes to editors

The World Bank's reported public sector portfolio (IDA and IBRD) is $17.2 billion. With the Bank’s private sector portfolio added, the total is $21.3 billion. This Oxfam analysis did not review the private sector portfolio.

Contact information

Annie Thériault in Peru | annie.theriault@oxfam.org | +51 936 307 990

For updates, please follow @NewsFromOxfam and @Oxfam

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Regular Status, a License to Dream for Venezuelan Migrants in the Dominican Republic

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 02:46:47 +0000

Countries: Dominican Republic, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Source: International Organization for Migration

Dominican Republic, 3 October 2022 – For six consecutive years, John Sanchez has not been able to see his wife and daughters. The 29-year-old left Venezuela at the height of the economic crisis, alongside 6.8 million other people, leaving their homes with high hopes. John had plans to get a good job and send money home to feed his family, and eventually earn enough to have them join him in the Dominican Republic where he settled.

But he did not imagine how difficult it could be; the lack of documentation made it difficult to earn a living, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. He could barely live on what he earned doing deliveries. After six years of doing precarious jobs, he is among nearly 100,000 irregular Venezuelan migrants in the Dominican Republic who were granted regularization visas.

"My visa is my license to dream; I will be able to settle more safely and formally find a job in the marketing industry to apply my skills and university studies in this country. Everything will be different," he says, explaining that his priority is to send money home to feed his family and to reunite with them.

The historic country´s Special Stay Arrangements, supported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is providing a lifeline to Venezuelan migrants, allowing them to access decent jobs, health care and education by joining the social security system, and have bank accounts. The Dominican Republic is the first country to receive the Venezuelan population in the Caribbean, with more than 115,000 seeking new opportunities in the country.

The regularization process takes three stages, the first being the application for extension of stay, visa, and resident permit. Since April 2020, more than 42,000 Venezuelans have registered to extend their stay and, in September 2022, more than 21,000 have received their work visa. Thousands of others continue to go through one of the stages of the three-step plan.

Turning hope into reality

Yuly Gorrín, a 46-year-old Venezuelan entrepreneur, has been a food vendor selling white corn flour patties popularly known as arepas, alongside other Venezuelan traditional pastries, since 2018.

“Life as an undocumented migrant can feel like being a ghost.”

After four years, she has a sense of relief as she is set to get her regularization visa, which to her is a license to dream and one that will allow her to take her business to a different level beyond what her irregular status could.

“Regularization is vital because I can hardly access anything without it. With no proper documentation I am unable to sell my culinary products to supermarkets and shops,” says Yuly, whose business was given a boost by IOM with seed capital and business advice.

With IOM support, eight Venezuelan migrant organizations have created orientation hubs commonly known as “Ventanillas de Orientacion Gratuita” where more than 15,000 people applying for the plan have received process information, guidance, and documentation. The promoters and coordinators of each hub – mostly Venezuelan migrants – have learned the process and are piloting the group to receive their extensions and visas, making the process unique.

"A migrant helping a migrant, that is the idea of this process. My job as a Venezuelan is to guide other Venezuelans and make them feel like they are at home,” says Yuleima Sarraga, an educational promoter from Caracas who now works as a promoter at the orientation hub in Santo Domingo, one of the locations with the most people requesting support for their application.

Eight Venezuelan migrant organizations stationed alongside the hubs help disseminate quality information to the migrant community in the country through the “Globalízate radio” initiative led by the Dominican government.

A role model for the world?

The regularization of Venezuelan migrants and refugees is a crucial issue for host countries, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region that hosts majority of the displaced people: 5.8 million of the 6.8 million worldwide.

Several countries are promoting the inclusion of the Venezuelans who are seeking to remain in their host communities, providing solutions and hope to thousands of migrants and sending an important message to foster inclusion and reintegration into hosting countries.

The response of Latin America and the Caribbean to Venezuelans could serve as a model of solidarity to other countries. Initiatives in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and other countries are facilitating documentation and seeking solutions to regularize and offer protection to the Venezuelan population, via different instruments in their national legislation.

These include platforms for coordination between regional governments that draw on technical expertise from nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations. However, regularization is a path, not a destination. To arrive at the destination of successful integration, continuous support by the international community is needed.

“Migration is overwhelmingly positive and beneficial to both migrants and host communities. If managed in a safe, orderly, and regular manner, it can be an element of development in host communities and improve income conditions,” said Josue Gastelbondo, IOM Head of Office in the Dominican Republic.

Like John, migrants in Venezuela are optimistic of the future. John's dream of regularization comes to life as he holds his visa with emotion; he foresees a lot of opportunities and openings. He can now get a job legally and can only think of embracing his wife and daughters again.

"Now that I have my visa, I can only think about being together with my family and bringing them all here to start a new and better life," he says.

This story was written by Gema Cortés, IOM Media and Communications Unit, Office of the Special Envoy for the Regional Response to the Venezuelan Situation.

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World Vision Lao PDR: Tropical Storm Noru Situation Report #2 - 01 Oct 2022

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 02:39:13 +0000

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Country: Lao People's Democratic Republic (the)
Source: World Vision

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Context

Typhoon Noru was declassified to a tropical storm, making landfall since Wednesday and causing flooding in four main provinces of Southern Laos: Saravane, Sekong, Champasack and Attapeu. According to the first offical reports from the Government of Lao PDR, UN agencies and news outlets, thousands of people were affected by the tropical storm, with power lines being down, main roads and houses covered by waters. Four districts of Attapeu province and four districts of Sekong province were the areas affected the most by flash flooding, with at least 2,000 people evacuated in Sanxay district (Attapeu province). The four provinces mentioned above are still on alert due to rain forecasts and water being released by dams.

Situation in our target areas

Attapeu Province, Sanamxay district

  • 17 villages were flooded, including 4 villages and an estimated 512 households supported by World Vision being affected.

Sammakkhixay district

  • 13 villages affected including 4 supported by AHAN (Tamaley, Laywa Keng, Champao, and Kayue). First estimations of affected people for the district include 831 families, 2,493 people, 1,246 women. Affected area is 242.8 hectares, production 96 fishponds, 1 municipal sewage channel, 10 roads (total of 34,8 kilometers) and 1 school.

Champasack Province, Soukhouma district

  • 25 villages were flooded, with 1,402 households / 5,414 people affected, including 5 villages supported by World Vision with estimated 350 households affected.

Saravane Province, Lao Ngarm district

  • 6 villages, including 2 villages supported by the AHAN Project (Namy and Kebpeung villages), were affected by flash floods. 32 families supported by AHAN were directly affected, with the loss of livelihood and 19 hectares of rice farms.

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Indonesia, Flooding and Landslide in Solok City (West Sumatra) (02 Oct 2022)

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 02:37:36 +0000

Country: Indonesia
Source: ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance

Sumatera Barat, Indonesia

Event Date : Sun, 02 Oct 2022

AHADID : AHA-FL-2022-001059-IDN | GLIDE Number :

Impact Update Date : Sun, 02 Oct 2022 11:30:00

AFFECTED AREA/S

Kota Solok

DESCRIPTION

Cause: Heavy rainfall

Location:

Kec. Lubuk Sikarah

- Kel. Tanah Garam

Kec. Tanjung Harapan

- Kel. Lailang

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Indonesia, Flooding and Landslide in Limapuluh Kota (West Sumatra) (01 Oct 2022)

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 02:32:21 +0000

Country: Indonesia
Source: ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance

Sumatera Barat, Indonesia

Event Date : Sat, 01 Oct 2022

AHADID : AHA-FL-2022-001060-IDN | GLIDE Number :

Impact Update Date : Sat, 01 Oct 2022 23:00:00

AFFECTED AREA/S

Lima Puluh Kota

DESCRIPTION

Cause: Prolonged heavy rianfall

Location:

• Kec. Akabiluru

• Kec. Bukit Barisan

• Kec. Harau

- Ds. 1. Nagari Harau

- Ds. Nagari Tarantang

- Ds. Nagari Koto Tuo

- Ds. Nagari Taram

- Ds. Bukik Limbuku

- Ds. Solok Bio Bi

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Iran: Leaked official documents ordering deadly crackdown highlight need for international action

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 02:26:48 +0000

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Country: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Source: Amnesty International

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Iran: Leaked documents reveal top-level orders to armed forces to ‘mercilessly confront’ protesters

Iran’s highest military body instructed the commanders of armed forces in all provinces to “severely confront” protesters who took to the streets following the death in custody of Mahsa Amini at the hands of Iran’s morality police, Amnesty International said today after obtaining leaked official documents which revealed the authorities’ plan to systematically crush the protests at any cost. The crackdown has left at least 52 identified victims dead and hundreds injured to date.

In a detailed analysis issued today, Amnesty International divulges evidence of the Iranian authorities’ plot to brutally crush the demonstrations by deploying the Revolutionary Guards, the Basij paramilitary force, the Law Enforcement Command of the Islamic Republic of Iran, riot police, and plainclothes security agents. The organization also shares evidence of the widespread use of lethal force and firearms by Iranian security forces who either intended to kill protesters or should have known with a reasonable degree of certainty that their use of firearms would result in deaths.

“The Iranian authorities knowingly decided to harm or kill people who took to the streets to express their anger at decades of repression and injustice. Amid an epidemic of systemic impunity that has long prevailed in Iran, dozens of men, women and children have been unlawfully killed in the latest round of bloodshed,” said Agnes Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

“Without determined collective action by the international community, which needs to go beyond mere statements of condemnation, countless more face being killed, maimed, tortured, sexually assaulted or thrown behind bars solely for their participation in protests. Leaked documents obtained by Amnesty International bring into sharp focus the need for an international independent investigative and accountability mechanism.”

Based on eyewitness accounts and audio-visual evidence reviewed by Amnesty International, none of the 52 identified victims posed any imminent threat of death or serious injury that could warrant the use of firearms against them.

State denial and coverup after a week of unlawful killings

Amnesty International has obtained a leaked copy of an official document which states that, on 21 September 2022, the General Headquarters of Armed Forces issued an order to commanders in all provinces instructing them to “severely confront troublemakers and anti-revolutionaries”. Later that evening, the use of lethal force across the country escalated with dozens of men, women and children killed that night alone.

Another leaked document shows that, on 23 September, the commander of the armed forces in Mazandaran province ordered security forces in all towns and cities in the province to “confront mercilessly, going as far as causing deaths, any unrest by rioters and anti-Revolutionaries”.

Amnesty International has so far recorded the names of 52 people, including five women and at least five children, killed by Iran’s security forces between 19 September and 25 September. Two thirds of the recorded deaths (at least 34) are from 21 September. The organization believes the real death toll is far higher and is continuing its efforts to identify victims.

Amnesty International has reviewed photos and videos showing that most victims were killed by security forces firing live ammunition. At least three men and two women were killed due to security forces firing metal pellets at close range, while a 16-year-old girl Sarina Esmailzadeh died after being severely beaten in the head with batons.

In an attempt to absolve themselves of responsibility for the deaths, the Iranian authorities have shared false narratives about victims, attempting to portray them as “dangerous”, “violent individuals” or claiming that they had been killed by “rioters”. The authorities have been also intimidating and harassing victims’ families into silence or promising them financial compensation if they recorded videos attributing responsibility of their loved ones’ deaths to “rioters” working for “enemies” of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Protesters tortured and otherwise ill-treated

Amnesty International has documented widespread patterns of torture and other ill-treatment by security forces, including severe beatings of protesters and bystanders. The organization has also documented sexual assault and other forms of gender-based and sexual violence, including cases where security forces grabbed women’s breasts or violently pulled their hair after they removed their headscarves in protest.

On 28 September, a protester from Esfahan told Amnesty International: “I have seen protesters beaten. The night before, my friends recounted how they saw one woman [protester] was yanked from her hair along the ground. Her clothes were coming off her body and the security forces kept pulling her by the hair…”

“Two nights ago”, the protester added, “several of my friends were beaten with batons. One of them, who has now got bruises on her forearm and legs, told me that security forces cornered them in an alley and beat them with batons. One member of the security forces then said, ‘let’s also shoot them in the leg’ and another security agent said, ‘no, let’s go’. They are so brutal”.

Amnesty International has seen footage and reports suggesting that some protesters have engaged in acts of violence. However, Amnesty International stresses that violent acts by a minority of protesters do not justify the use of lethal force.

According to international human rights law and standards, even if some protesters engage in violence, law enforcement officials must ensure that those who remain peaceful can continue protesting without facing undue interference or intimidation by security forces. Any force used in response to such violence must at all times comply with the principles of legality, necessity and proportionality in accordance with international law. Security forces must not use firearms except to defend themselves or others against an imminent threat of death or serious injury, and only when less extreme and harmful means are insufficient to protect life.

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Oxfam reacts to failure to extend the truce in Yemen

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 02:24:26 +0000

Country: Yemen
Source: Oxfam

In response to the failure to extend the truce in Yemen, Ferran Puig, Oxfam Country Director in Yemen said:

“The end of the truce is terrible news for the people of Yemen. Millions will now be at risk if air strikes, ground shelling and missile attacks resume.

‘’The past six months have brought hope to millions of Yemenis who have seen a 60 percent decrease in casualties, a significant reduction in violence, more fuel imports and much easier access to essential services and aid. In addition, fewer people have been forced from their homes.

“Resumed fighting would further exacerbate the crisis and undermine the efforts towards the lasting peace Yemenis desperately need.

“We urge all parties to the conflict to listen to the demands of their people, who dream for a better tomorrow where they are able to rebuild their lives and future. Over seven years of conflict have devastated the lives of millions across the country, making it one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.”

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Malaysia, Flooding in Kluang, Kulaijaya, and Pontian (Johor) (02 Oct 2022)

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 02:22:51 +0000

Country: Malaysia
Source: ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance

Johor, Malaysia

Event Date : Sun, 02 Oct 2022

AHADID : AHA-FL-2022-001062-MYS | GLIDE Number :

Impact Update Date : Sun, 02 Oct 2022 08:00:00

AFFECTED AREA/S

Keluang, Kulaijaya, Pontian

DESCRIPTION

As of 8am 3 October 2022

a total of 79 families (271 persons) displaced in Sekolah Seri Kampung Reggam and SK Sungai Linau in Kluang, SMK Bukit Batu in Kulaijaya, and Sekolah Kebangsaan Melayu Raya in Pontian.

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CCCM Camp Profiles, Kachin and northern Shan States, Myanmar (Shwegu Township) Round 12 Overview Dashboard, May 2022

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 02:08:39 +0000

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Country: Myanmar
Sources: CCCM Cluster, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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CCCM Camp Profiles, Kachin and northern Shan States, Myanmar (Sumprabum Township) Round 12 Overview Dashboard, May 2022

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 02:07:13 +0000

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Country: Myanmar
Sources: CCCM Cluster, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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