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HELP RED CROSS AND UNICEF HELP VICTIMS OF NATURAL DISASTERS

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Article from Danish free paper Urban dated 5.8 - [email protected] - translated by nancy Boysen

500,000 CHILDREN ARE DYING

UP TO 10 MILLION PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED BY MASSIVE DROUGHT IN EAST AFRICA, AND SHORTAGE OF EMERGENCY AID MEANS THAT HUNDRED THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN ARE IN ACUTE MORTAL DANGER

The life of 3-year-old Aden is threatened. For days he has been fleeing in very hot weather. Without water and food. His mother died of starvation during the escape from the southern Somalia.

Now he is staying in the refugee camp Dadaab together with his father Abdille, his two sibblings and his paternal grand-mother.

The camp is packed with malnourished children. Many are so weak that they have to be fed via a probe. Several of them are not going to survive, but their chance of survival is better than is the chance of survival for the children still being in drought-stricken Somalia.

The United Nations estimates that up to 500,000 children are malnourished as a consequence of the drought.

"There is a great risk of 500,000 children dying within few weeks
", says Steen Andersen who is director for Unicef. *)

Apart from hunger and shortage of fluid (water), the children are affected by a number of sequelas. Skin problems, eye problems and nails falling off - sufferings caused by malnourishment.

The aid agencies also fear that a measle epidemic will spread quickly in the drought-stricken areas.

"In these areas, measles is just as dangerous as hunger itself", says Steen Andersen.

EMERGENCY AID MUST ARRIVE IN TIME

If the children are to survive, it is very decisive that food, medicine and vaccines reach the destination in time.

Red Cross has handed out food to 162,000 people in Somalia, but now the stocks in Kenya and Somalia are empty.

"Unless we receive more money, children will die. I do not know how many, but there is no doubt that the lives of thousands of children are threatened", says Stefan Islandi who is deputy head for Danish Red Cross's department in Somalia.

A total of 10 million people are presumably affected by the East-African drought. In Somalia alone, about 3.5 million people are presumably affected.

Food for around 200,000 people are underway by ship and trucks, but it might take some weeks before the food reaches its destination.

It is very difficult to get the supplies of emergency aid to the needy, because some parts of Somalia are controlled by the al-Quada-linked militsia, Al-Shabaab.

AIRLINES ASSISTING

Unicef estimates that there is a total need of 300 million dollars in emergency aid for the drought-stricken areas in the Horn of Africa.

So far Unicef has collected about 100 million dollars, and Unicef's warehouses (stocks) are full of food and probe food waiting to be flown into Africa.


UNICEF has asked a number of airlines to make aircrafts available. Lufthansa, British Airways, UPS and Virgin have responded positively according to Unicef.

Also ordinary Danes have supported the droughtstricken Africans. Until 5 August the Danes have donated 5 million Danish kroner to Unicef and 6 million Danish kroner to Red Cross.

The donations correspond to the Pakistan collections in 2010, but do not reach the HAITI collection to which the Danes donated 27-28 million Danish kroner to Unicef alone.

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*) Steen Andersen is the Secretary-General of UNICEF, Denmark
 

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NEWS IN RELATION TO NATURAL DISASTERS ON 5 OCTOBER 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15178872

5 October 2011 Last updated at 07:14 GMT

Thailand floods: More than 200 die, temples threatened

More than 200 people have died in monsoon flooding in Thailand since mid-July, officials say.

More heavy rain is forecast, reservoirs are at full capacity and rivers are overflowing.

Water has inundated 58 of Thailand's 77 provinces, with 25 still badly hit
.

Huge tracts of farmland are submerged, threatening this year's rice crop.

Water is also lapping at the walls of Buddhist temples in the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, a World Heritage Site.


Officials are struggling to drain water from one of the ancient city's best known temples, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, after a makeshift dyke on the Chao Phraya river was breached.

'Worst ever seen'

The northern city of Chiang Mai, another popular tourist destination, has also been badly hit by floods.

The capital Bangkok has so far been spared, but it is under threat as Tropical Storm Nalgae is expected to bring more rain in the next few days.

Flooding has affected more than two million people.


"The current flood situation is the worst that I have ever seen and it will last until the first week of November," said independent flood expert Royal Chitradon, the director of Thai Integrated Water Resource Management.

The government says it will draft a plan to improve prevention measures and warning systems.

But the BBC's Southeast Asia correspondent, Rachel Harvey, says the new administration is under pressure to get a grip on the current crisis before planning for the future.


From other news sites

Al Jazeera : Hundreds killed in Southeast Asia floods

France24: THAILAND: Three-quarters of Thailand affected by worst floods in decades

Indian Express : 'Worst' Thai floods kill 224, threaten Bangkok

NEWS.com.au : Thailand's 'worst' floods leave 224 dead


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15180670

5 October 2011 Last updated at 11:08 GMT

Somali famine: Red Cross aid push in Islamist areas

The International Red Cross has begun a huge distribution of aid to one million people in famine zones in Somalia controlled by Islamist militants.

A continuous operation will transport the food in lorries from the coast deep into areas controlled by al-Shabab.

The Red Cross says it is its biggest such operation anywhere in the world.

It followed difficult negotiations with al-Shabab, which banned many Western aid agencies from its territory two years ago.

The UN has declared a famine in six regions of Somalia - mostly in al-Shabab areas.

Tens of thousands of people have fled to seek food aid in the capital, Mogadishu, which is ruled by the weak interim government, or in camps in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia.

Last month, al-Shabab began moving people out of displacement camps, run by local charities in Islamist areas, and returning them to their villages.

The group said it wanted people to prepare land ahead of the rainy season.

But no crops are expected to be ready for harvest until January and aid workers said a massive food distribution operation would be needed for months to come
.

The Red Cross has worked in Somali for 20 years - and it said it used this track record to negotiate access with the Islamists.

Red Cross spokesman Geoff Loane told the BBC its operation was a three-month distribution, targeting vulnerable people like farmers and pastoralists.

The organisation will also provide seed to nearly a quarter of a million farmers, so that they can begin to recover from the region's worse drought in 60 years.

"If all goes well, hopefully these farmers will be able to harvest some crops by the end of the year,"
Mr Loane said.

BBC Africa analyst Martin Plaut says if the transportation operation is successful it could break the back of the famine.

The UN estimates that in September half of the four million Somalis in need received food aid. With the Red Cross reaching another million or more, it could mean that three-quarters of the victims of the famine and drought will be helped.

To this should be added money sent home by the Somali diaspora and aid from Islamic organisations, our analyst says.
 

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UNICEF sends emergency supplies to flood affected areas in Philippines

http://www.unicef.org/emerg/media_60001.html

BULACAN, Philippines, 6 October 2011 – UNICEF Philippines today delivered 3,000 hygiene kits and 3,000 water kits to stricken families in Bulacan and Pampanga through the local government units and DSWD Central Luzon Office. UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Vanessa Tobin together with an emergency team is visiting the area to assess the situation and better understand the situation of children and families on the ground.

“I'm impressed by the effective organisation of many local government workers alongside NGOs and private sector,” said UNICEF Country Representative Vanessa Tobin as they visited flooded areas in Bulacan and Pampanga. “Supplies are getting through but we need to be vigilant to monitor childhood diseases as well as getting schools reopened and getting children back to learning.”

With communication and power lines down and access to flooded areas difficult, food, emergency shelter, medical supplies, water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) and non-food items are the most urgent needs. UNICEF distributed water kits composed of water containers, pails and water purification tablets, and hygiene kits composed of water jugs, nail cutters, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and sanitary napkins.

“Large areas of stagnant water are a danger in many ways: risks of dengue, risks of diarrhea and other infectious diseases are a big threat to young children.” said Tobin.

UNICEF is participating in a joint needs assessment today (Thursday) with the government to better assess the nutrition and water and sanitation needs of families affect by the floods. UNICEF also plans to conduct a rapid needs assessment in Region 2, to further understand the situation of children and women in Cagayan and Isabela. UNICEF is in close coordination with the government and emergency response groups to provide basic supplies and services.

Typhoon Nalgae, locally known as Quiel, hit the Philippines on 1 October and traced its path over the devastation left by Typhoon Nesat (locally known as Pedring) on 28 September across northern and central Luzon. Sixteen provinces were affected by Typhoon Nalgae in four Regions, which were hit four days earlier by Typhoon Nesat (Pedring) that affected 34 Provinces. The eight hardest hit areas by Typhoon Nalgae were Bulacan, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Ifugao, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Quirino and Aurora Provinces. Around 1.5 million children are affected by both typhoons.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported a total of 59 typhoon related deaths this past week, four deaths from Typhoon Nalgae and 55 deaths from Typhoon Nesat, as of 4 October. Flood waters have receded in the majority of the typhoon affected areas. However, isolated areas due to floods remain in Bulacan and Pangasinan Provinces that were hardest hit by Typhoon Nalgae on 1 October. In Bulacan Province, NDRRMC confirmed that four Municipalities remain under water including Calumpit (29 Barangay), Hagonoy (26 Barangay), Pulilan (4 Barangay) and Paombong (14 Barangay).

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UNICEF: 1 MILLION CHILDREN AT RISK OF MALNOURISHMENT AND STARVATION IN THE SAHEL ZONE


UNICEF - United Nations' organization for children - sounded the alarm yesterday, Friday 27 January, 2012:

1 MILLION CHILDREN IN THE SAHEL ZONE along Sahara's southern border ARE AT RISK OF ACUTE MALNOURISHMENT VERY SOON.

UNICEF asked for 67 MILLION DOLLARS to deal with this situation
. The money is to go to people in the 8 countries in the Sahel zone haunted by drought, attacks of insects, bad harvest and armed conflicts.

If nothing is done, the situation may become just as difficult as in Somalia according to UNICEF.

Source: Swedish text-TV (SVT text)
 

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RED CROSS ASKED TO LEAVE SOMALIA

The International Red Cross Committee (ICRC) has been ordered to close its offices and to stop all humanitarian work in the war-ravaged and hunger-hit provinces in the southern Somalia
.

The islamistic group al-Shabaab says that it has decided to "terminate the contract2 with the ICRC, because it has distributed food that was too old - the date expiry was passed according to al-Shabaab - and "the ICRC has wrongly accused the mujahedin of preventing the distribution of food".

The islamists in al-Shabaab control great parts of the central and southern Somalia.

Source: Danish DR Text-TV on 30 January, 2012
 

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RED CROSS ASKED TO LEAVE SOMALIA, BUT DOES NOT GIVE UP

The islamistic al-Shabaab militsia has asked Red Cross to leave Somalia.

This means that 1.1 million malnourished people are at risk of starving to death. So the general-secretary of Danish Red Cross, Anders Ladekarl, says to DR News.

This means that the children and adults who are 100 percent dependent on our supplies will get no food!!

This also means that the 2 big hospitals run by us in Mogadishu will not get supplies - and that the many clinics for malnourished children and their mothers do not get medicine or food. This will have grave consequences, says Anders Ladekarl.

Source: Danish text-TV on DR on 31 January, 2012
 

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^I am afraid that the al-Shabaab militsia might want to starve the population. Maybe the militsia has some food for them provided that the young boys and men join the militsia. Join and you and your family can get food - OR you will starve to death.

Very sad situation, indeed!
 

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NEWS IN RELATION TO NATURAL DISASTERS ON 20 MARCH, 2012


15 MILLION THREATENED BY SHORTAGE OF FOOD


The United Nations estimates that more than 16 million people will be hit by food shortage in West Africa.

The food shortage has started to cost the lives of children in Tchad
.

UNICEF is getting ready to treat more than 1 million children for serious malnourishment.

The aid agencies are working hard to avoid that the crisis gets much worse during the next couple of months and have asked the world community for support / donations.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs aka. OCHA has received 218 million dollar, but has asked for more than 1 billion dollars.

Source: Norwegian text-TV (NRK)
 

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UNICEF FEARS IN RELATION TO THE CHILDREN IN THE SAHEL REGION IN AFRICA

1 million children are at risk of starving to death in the drought-stricken Sahel region in Africa.

About 15 million people are at risk of serious food shortage that might trigger an extensive, humanitarian crisis in the Sahel region in Africa.

Little rain, bad harvests and empty food stores hit the entire region.

This applies to the areas from MAURETANIA, through the northern SENEGAL, MALI, NIGER, BURKINA FASO and the northern NIGERIA to TCHAD.


Source: Norwegian text-TV NRK on 9.4.12
 

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UNITED NATIONS ASKS FOR HELP TO FIGHT FOOD CRISIS

3 UN organisations ask for funds to prevent a food crisis in the SAHEL region in Africa.

"Children are the victims. In the worst case, many children will die, many families will suffer
", so says UNICEF's Anthony Lake.

UNICEF is behind the appeal together with the World Health Organization / WHO and UN's High Commissariat for Refugees / UNHCR.

Around 15 million people - among them 1.5 million children - may be affected by drought, high food prices and regional conflicts.


Source: Norwegian text-TV / NRK on 10 April 2012
 

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REMINDER:

Threatening / beginning hunger / famine disaster in the SAHEL zone in Africa comprising the countries Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Mauretania, Tchad, Cameroun, Burkina Faso and Senegal.

More than 12 million are at risk of dying from famine in the region. Only a prompt action / effort from the international community can prevent the hunger disaster from developing further.
 

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AID AGENCIES WARN OF FAMINE IN WEST AFRICA

In some Westafrican countries a big famine is threatening. Aid agencies warn that by this summer 15 million people are without water and food. In particular babys, small children and old people are affected.

The World Food Programme needs about 550 million Euro to prevent famine. So far only half this amount har been pledged.

The crisis is caused by shortage of rain, too high grain prices and political unrest.


Source: German text-TV / ZDFtext
 

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This morning - Thursday, 12 July, 2012 - a Danish information manager / officer representing UNICEF informed the viewers of Danish TV2 News about the current situation in the SAHEL REGION in WEST AFRICA (covering i.a. Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauretania, Nigeria and Cameroun).

UNICEF is increasing its efforts in the Sahel region in West Africa in an attempt to fight the many cases of cholera in the region.

15 MILLION PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING FROM SHORTAGE OF FOOD AND WATER DUE TO THE FOOD CRISIS.

IT IS RAINING IN THE AREA WHICH IS GOOD IN SOME WAYS, BUT IT ALSO INCREASES THE NUMBER OF CHOLERA CASES IN THE AREA.

AT LEAST 60 HAVE DIED OF CHOLERA SO FAR THIS YEAR. 2,800 ARE INFECTED.


Source: Danish TV2 News live on 12.7.12
 
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