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  •   The European Commission has provided 150 000 UGX 566 million in humanitarian funds to help families most affected by recent heavy rains which triggered floods and landslides in several districts in eastern Uganda near Mount Elgon The European Commission has provided 150 000 UGX 566 million in humanitarian funds to help families most affected by recent heavy rains which triggered floods and landslides in several districts in eastern Uganda near Mount Elgon Heavy rains have led to loss of life hospitalizations and the destruction of homes and infrastructure More than 20 000 people have been affected 24 people dead and hundreds of houses damaged or destroyed Road infrastructure health centers schools and water facilities have also been affected by the floods posing a high risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid The EU funds will help the Uganda Red Cross Society URCS to provide much needed relief assistance after the floods and landslides especially to displaced families whose homes were severely damaged by heavy rains The assistance will include the provision of essential emergency household items such as blankets mosquito nets solar lamps jerrycans soap and kitchen utensils as well as tarpaulins for temporary shelter URCS will also provide multipurpose cash and voucher assistance to meet the food livelihood and housing needs as well as basic needs of the 500 most vulnerable households in the Elgon sub region The approach is based on a needs and response assessment that informed the feasibility of cash and voucher support among affected communities Many of those affected have also taken refuge in public schools and community halls With overcrowding and limited sanitation facilities the risk of a disease outbreak is high This funding will support the provision of water treatment tablets to prevent waterborne diseases The URCS will reinforce health centers with mobile health teams to reach the most vulnerable people The Red Cross Society will also carry out health promotion exercises provide psychosocial support and provide menstrual hygiene kits for women and girls of reproductive age Lasting four months this operation will help more than 9 000 people in the 3 most affected districts including Mbale Bulambuli and Bukedea districts The funding is part of the overall EU contribution to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF
    The European Union brings aid to the victims of the floods and landslides in Uganda
      The European Commission has provided 150 000 UGX 566 million in humanitarian funds to help families most affected by recent heavy rains which triggered floods and landslides in several districts in eastern Uganda near Mount Elgon The European Commission has provided 150 000 UGX 566 million in humanitarian funds to help families most affected by recent heavy rains which triggered floods and landslides in several districts in eastern Uganda near Mount Elgon Heavy rains have led to loss of life hospitalizations and the destruction of homes and infrastructure More than 20 000 people have been affected 24 people dead and hundreds of houses damaged or destroyed Road infrastructure health centers schools and water facilities have also been affected by the floods posing a high risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid The EU funds will help the Uganda Red Cross Society URCS to provide much needed relief assistance after the floods and landslides especially to displaced families whose homes were severely damaged by heavy rains The assistance will include the provision of essential emergency household items such as blankets mosquito nets solar lamps jerrycans soap and kitchen utensils as well as tarpaulins for temporary shelter URCS will also provide multipurpose cash and voucher assistance to meet the food livelihood and housing needs as well as basic needs of the 500 most vulnerable households in the Elgon sub region The approach is based on a needs and response assessment that informed the feasibility of cash and voucher support among affected communities Many of those affected have also taken refuge in public schools and community halls With overcrowding and limited sanitation facilities the risk of a disease outbreak is high This funding will support the provision of water treatment tablets to prevent waterborne diseases The URCS will reinforce health centers with mobile health teams to reach the most vulnerable people The Red Cross Society will also carry out health promotion exercises provide psychosocial support and provide menstrual hygiene kits for women and girls of reproductive age Lasting four months this operation will help more than 9 000 people in the 3 most affected districts including Mbale Bulambuli and Bukedea districts The funding is part of the overall EU contribution to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF
    The European Union brings aid to the victims of the floods and landslides in Uganda
    Africa3 months ago

    The European Union brings aid to the victims of the floods and landslides in Uganda

    The European Commission has provided €150,000 (UGX 566 million) in humanitarian funds to help families most affected by recent heavy rains, which triggered floods and landslides in several districts in eastern Uganda near Mount Elgon.

    The European Commission has provided €150,000 (UGX 566 million) in humanitarian funds to help families most affected by recent heavy rains, which triggered floods and landslides in several districts in eastern Uganda near Mount Elgon.

    Heavy rains have led to loss of life, hospitalizations, and the destruction of homes and infrastructure.

    More than 20,000 people have been affected, 24 people dead and hundreds of houses damaged or destroyed.

    Road infrastructure, health centers, schools and water facilities have also been affected by the floods, posing a high risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid.

    The EU funds will help the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) to provide much-needed relief assistance after the floods and landslides, especially to displaced families whose homes were severely damaged by heavy rains.

    The assistance will include the provision of essential emergency household items such as blankets, mosquito nets, solar lamps, jerrycans, soap and kitchen utensils, as well as tarpaulins for temporary shelter.

    URCS will also provide multipurpose cash and voucher assistance to meet the food, livelihood and housing needs, as well as basic needs, of the 500 most vulnerable households in the Elgon sub-region.

    The approach is based on a needs and response assessment that informed the feasibility of cash and voucher support among affected communities.

    Many of those affected have also taken refuge in public schools and community halls.

    With overcrowding and limited sanitation facilities, the risk of a disease outbreak is high.

    This funding will support the provision of water treatment tablets to prevent waterborne diseases.

    The URCS will reinforce health centers with mobile health teams to reach the most vulnerable people.

    The Red Cross Society will also carry out health promotion exercises, provide psychosocial support and provide menstrual hygiene kits for women and girls of reproductive age.

    Lasting four months, this operation will help more than 9,000 people in the 3 most affected districts, including Mbale, Bulambuli and Bukedea districts.

    The funding is part of the overall EU contribution to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

  •   The European Commission has provided 200 000 in emergency humanitarian funds to help those affected by the recent flash floods Following heavy rains on July 30 31 and August 5 6 2022 in various regions of The Gambia widespread flooding occurred with houses so severely affected that residents had to be evacuated to public buildings for safety The EU funds will support the Gambia Red Cross Society GRCS to help affected households relocate and drain water from their homes The GRCS will focus on the affected regions of Banjul Kanifing Township West Coast Region and North Bank Region In the North Bank region five children were reported dead and one is in critical condition and under treatment as a result of the thunderstorm that accompanied the rains on July 30 2022 Another victim is also reported in the west coast region There are more than 600 affected households in those regions and GCRS support will provide them with cash and emergency relief items including health and hygiene items The GCRS has identified a number of vulnerable people in these areas including the elderly the disabled pregnant and lactating women and children This project will last four months and will benefit some 7 000 people according to the initial evaluation The funding is part of the overall EU contribution to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF
    The Gambia: EU funding for victims of flash floods
      The European Commission has provided 200 000 in emergency humanitarian funds to help those affected by the recent flash floods Following heavy rains on July 30 31 and August 5 6 2022 in various regions of The Gambia widespread flooding occurred with houses so severely affected that residents had to be evacuated to public buildings for safety The EU funds will support the Gambia Red Cross Society GRCS to help affected households relocate and drain water from their homes The GRCS will focus on the affected regions of Banjul Kanifing Township West Coast Region and North Bank Region In the North Bank region five children were reported dead and one is in critical condition and under treatment as a result of the thunderstorm that accompanied the rains on July 30 2022 Another victim is also reported in the west coast region There are more than 600 affected households in those regions and GCRS support will provide them with cash and emergency relief items including health and hygiene items The GCRS has identified a number of vulnerable people in these areas including the elderly the disabled pregnant and lactating women and children This project will last four months and will benefit some 7 000 people according to the initial evaluation The funding is part of the overall EU contribution to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF
    The Gambia: EU funding for victims of flash floods
    Africa4 months ago

    The Gambia: EU funding for victims of flash floods

    The European Commission has provided €200,000 in emergency humanitarian funds to help those affected by the recent flash floods.

    Following heavy rains on July 30-31 and August 5-6, 2022 in various regions of The Gambia, widespread flooding occurred, with houses so severely affected that residents had to be evacuated to public buildings for safety.

    The EU funds will support the Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) to help affected households relocate and drain water from their homes.

    The GRCS will focus on the affected regions of Banjul, Kanifing Township, West Coast Region and North Bank Region.

    In the North Bank region, five children were reported dead and one is in critical condition and under treatment as a result of the thunderstorm that accompanied the rains on July 30, 2022.

    Another victim is also reported in the west coast region.

    There are more than 600 affected households in those regions, and GCRS support will provide them with cash and emergency relief items, including health and hygiene items.

    The GCRS has identified a number of vulnerable people in these areas, including the elderly, the disabled, pregnant and lactating women, and children.

    This project will last four months and will benefit some 7,000 people, according to the initial evaluation.

    The funding is part of the overall EU contribution to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

  •   In anticipation of the start of the major flooding period in Nigeria the European Union is providing 70 000 in emergency preparedness to reduce the impact of flooding in the country This EU funding helps the Nigerian Red Cross Society increase capacity and preparedness to reduce the impact of potential flooding in Ondo Kogi Kebbi Anambra and Cross River states This will be done through increased community awareness pre positioning of stocks mapping of evacuation centers and hygiene promotion This support is expected to directly benefit 10 000 people and indirectly some 25 000 more The funding is part of the overall EU contribution to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF In the last decade especially during the last three years a pattern of flooding has been observed in Nigeria with flooding becoming the second most recurrent hazard affecting the country after epidemics The period of high flooding generally recorded from August to October is usually characterized by the collapse of large dams overflowing of riverbanks and strong occupation of residential areas or the environment by large masses of water due to strong flows of pluvial runoff uprooting and washing away from residential buildings and blowing off building roofs The rainy season also brings with it landslides in which hills and highlands collapse burying buildings and people s farmlands The threat of erosion also contributes to a further deterioration in the condition of people and the environment These trends are showing the need to anticipate the predicted danger and contribute much earlier to the preparedness in the areas at risk As such the Nigerian Red Cross Society will take preventive measures to prepare for the anticipated impact these events could have on the humanitarian situation before the flood season hits the country Background The European Union and its Member States are the world s largest donors of humanitarian aid Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need around the world Its goal is to save lives prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man made crises Through the European Commission s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department the European Union helps millions of victims of conflicts and disasters every year Headquartered in Brussels and with a global network of field offices the European Union provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs The European Union is a signatory to a 3 million humanitarian delegation agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC to support the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF of the Federation DREF funds are allocated primarily to small scale disasters those that do not trigger a formal international appeal The Emergency Fund for Disaster Relief was established in 1985 and is supported by donor contributions Whenever a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster it can apply for DREF funds For small scale disasters the International Federation allocates grants from the Fund which can then be replenished by donors The delegation agreement between the IFRC and ECHO allows the latter to replenish the DREF for agreed operations fitting with its humanitarian mandate up to a total of 3 million
    The European Union provides €70,000 to reinforce flood preparedness in Nigeria
      In anticipation of the start of the major flooding period in Nigeria the European Union is providing 70 000 in emergency preparedness to reduce the impact of flooding in the country This EU funding helps the Nigerian Red Cross Society increase capacity and preparedness to reduce the impact of potential flooding in Ondo Kogi Kebbi Anambra and Cross River states This will be done through increased community awareness pre positioning of stocks mapping of evacuation centers and hygiene promotion This support is expected to directly benefit 10 000 people and indirectly some 25 000 more The funding is part of the overall EU contribution to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF In the last decade especially during the last three years a pattern of flooding has been observed in Nigeria with flooding becoming the second most recurrent hazard affecting the country after epidemics The period of high flooding generally recorded from August to October is usually characterized by the collapse of large dams overflowing of riverbanks and strong occupation of residential areas or the environment by large masses of water due to strong flows of pluvial runoff uprooting and washing away from residential buildings and blowing off building roofs The rainy season also brings with it landslides in which hills and highlands collapse burying buildings and people s farmlands The threat of erosion also contributes to a further deterioration in the condition of people and the environment These trends are showing the need to anticipate the predicted danger and contribute much earlier to the preparedness in the areas at risk As such the Nigerian Red Cross Society will take preventive measures to prepare for the anticipated impact these events could have on the humanitarian situation before the flood season hits the country Background The European Union and its Member States are the world s largest donors of humanitarian aid Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need around the world Its goal is to save lives prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man made crises Through the European Commission s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department the European Union helps millions of victims of conflicts and disasters every year Headquartered in Brussels and with a global network of field offices the European Union provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs The European Union is a signatory to a 3 million humanitarian delegation agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC to support the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF of the Federation DREF funds are allocated primarily to small scale disasters those that do not trigger a formal international appeal The Emergency Fund for Disaster Relief was established in 1985 and is supported by donor contributions Whenever a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster it can apply for DREF funds For small scale disasters the International Federation allocates grants from the Fund which can then be replenished by donors The delegation agreement between the IFRC and ECHO allows the latter to replenish the DREF for agreed operations fitting with its humanitarian mandate up to a total of 3 million
    The European Union provides €70,000 to reinforce flood preparedness in Nigeria
    Africa4 months ago

    The European Union provides €70,000 to reinforce flood preparedness in Nigeria

    In anticipation of the start of the major flooding period in Nigeria, the European Union is providing €70,000 in emergency preparedness to reduce the impact of flooding in the country.

    This EU funding helps the Nigerian Red Cross Society increase capacity and preparedness to reduce the impact of potential flooding in Ondo, Kogi, Kebbi, Anambra and Cross River states.

    This will be done through increased community awareness, pre-positioning of stocks, mapping of evacuation centers and hygiene promotion.

    This support is expected to directly benefit 10,000 people and, indirectly, some 25,000 more.

    The funding is part of the overall EU contribution to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

    In the last decade, especially during the last three years, a pattern of flooding has been observed in Nigeria, with flooding becoming the second most recurrent hazard affecting the country, after epidemics.

    The period of high flooding, generally recorded from August to October, is usually characterized by the collapse of large dams, overflowing of riverbanks and strong occupation of residential areas or the environment by large masses of water due to strong flows of pluvial runoff, uprooting and washing.

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    away from residential buildings, and blowing off building roofs.

    The rainy season also brings with it landslides in which hills and highlands collapse, burying buildings and people's farmlands.

    The threat of erosion also contributes to a further deterioration in the condition of people and the environment.

    These trends are showing the need to anticipate the predicted danger and contribute much earlier to the preparedness in the areas at risk.

    As such, the Nigerian Red Cross Society will take preventive measures to prepare for the anticipated impact these events could have on the humanitarian situation before the flood season hits the country.

    Background The European Union and its Member States are the world's largest donors of humanitarian aid.

    Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need around the world.

    Its goal is to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.

    Through the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department, the European Union helps millions of victims of conflicts and disasters every year.

    Headquartered in Brussels and with a global network of field offices, the European Union provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs.

    The European Union is a signatory to a €3 million humanitarian delegation agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

    ) of the Federation.

    DREF funds are allocated primarily to “small-scale” disasters, those that do not trigger a formal international appeal.

    The Emergency Fund for Disaster Relief was established in 1985 and is supported by donor contributions.

    Whenever a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster, it can apply for DREF funds.

    For small-scale disasters, the International Federation allocates grants from the Fund, which can then be replenished by donors.

    The delegation agreement between the IFRC and ECHO allows the latter to replenish the DREF for agreed operations (fitting with its humanitarian mandate) up to a total of €3 million.

  •  The European Union EU has provided 70 000 as emergency preparedness to reduce the impact of floods in the country This is contained in a statement by the body on Tuesday and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja The funding is to support the Nigerian Red Cross Society to increase its capacity and preparedness to reduce the impact of likely floods in Ondo Kogi Kebbi Anambra and Cross River States This will be done through increased community awareness prepositioning of stocks mapping of evacuation centres and hygiene promotion The statement read in part It is expected that this support directly benefits 10 000 people and indirectly around 25 000 more The funding is part of the EU s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC In the past decade especially during the last three years there has been an observed pattern of flooding in Nigeria with floods becoming the second most recurrent hazard affecting the country after the epidemics The high flooding period generally recorded from August to October is usually characterised by the collapse of major dams overflow of riverbanks and heavy occupation of residential areas or the environment by large masses of water due to heavy flow of run off rainwater Uprooting and washing away of residential buildings and blowing away roofs of buildings The rainy season also brings with it landslides in which hills and high lands collapse burying people s buildings and farmlands The menace of erosion also comes in to contribute to further deteriorate the conditions of the people and their environments The union added that these trends were showing the necessity to anticipate the forecasted hazards and contributed much earlier to the preparedness in the area at risk As such it said that the Nigeria Red Cross Society would take preventive measures to prepare for the anticipated impact that these events could have on the humanitarian situation before the flood season would hit the country The EU and its member states are the world s leading donor of humanitarian aid Relief assistance is an expression of European Union solidarity with people in need all around the world NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EU commits €70,000  to combat floods in Nigeria
     The European Union EU has provided 70 000 as emergency preparedness to reduce the impact of floods in the country This is contained in a statement by the body on Tuesday and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja The funding is to support the Nigerian Red Cross Society to increase its capacity and preparedness to reduce the impact of likely floods in Ondo Kogi Kebbi Anambra and Cross River States This will be done through increased community awareness prepositioning of stocks mapping of evacuation centres and hygiene promotion The statement read in part It is expected that this support directly benefits 10 000 people and indirectly around 25 000 more The funding is part of the EU s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC In the past decade especially during the last three years there has been an observed pattern of flooding in Nigeria with floods becoming the second most recurrent hazard affecting the country after the epidemics The high flooding period generally recorded from August to October is usually characterised by the collapse of major dams overflow of riverbanks and heavy occupation of residential areas or the environment by large masses of water due to heavy flow of run off rainwater Uprooting and washing away of residential buildings and blowing away roofs of buildings The rainy season also brings with it landslides in which hills and high lands collapse burying people s buildings and farmlands The menace of erosion also comes in to contribute to further deteriorate the conditions of the people and their environments The union added that these trends were showing the necessity to anticipate the forecasted hazards and contributed much earlier to the preparedness in the area at risk As such it said that the Nigeria Red Cross Society would take preventive measures to prepare for the anticipated impact that these events could have on the humanitarian situation before the flood season would hit the country The EU and its member states are the world s leading donor of humanitarian aid Relief assistance is an expression of European Union solidarity with people in need all around the world NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EU commits €70,000  to combat floods in Nigeria
    Foreign4 months ago

    EU commits €70,000  to combat floods in Nigeria

    The European Union (EU) has provided €70,000 as emergency preparedness to reduce the impact of floods in the country.

    This is contained in a statement by the body on Tuesday and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

    The funding  is to support  the Nigerian Red Cross Society to increase its capacity and preparedness to reduce the impact of likely floods in: Ondo, Kogi, Kebbi, Anambra, and Cross River States.

    “This will be done through increased community awareness, prepositioning of stocks, mapping of evacuation centres and hygiene promotion.

    ” The statement read in part: “It is expected that this support directly benefits 10,000 people and, indirectly, around 25,000 more.

    “The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

    “In the past decade, especially during the last three years, there has been an observed pattern of flooding in Nigeria, with floods becoming the second most recurrent hazard affecting the country, after the epidemics.

    “The high flooding period generally recorded from August to October is usually characterised by the collapse of major dams, overflow of riverbanks and heavy occupation of residential areas or the environment by large masses of water due to heavy flow of run-off rainwater.

    “Uprooting and washing away of residential buildings, and blowing away roofs of buildings.

    The rainy season also brings with it landslides in which hills and high lands collapse, burying people’s buildings and farmlands.

    “The menace of erosion also comes in to contribute to further deteriorate  the conditions of the people and their  environments.

    ” The union added that these trends were showing the necessity to anticipate the forecasted hazards and contributed much earlier to the preparedness in the area at risk.

    As such, it said that the Nigeria Red Cross Society would take preventive measures to prepare for the anticipated impact that these events could have on the humanitarian situation before the flood season would  hit the country.

    The EU and its member states are the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid.

    Relief assistance is an expression of European Union solidarity with people in need all around the world. 


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   About 4 4 million people are expected to be at risk in 14 districts with around 595 000 expected to be directly affected and more than 150 000 likely to be displaced ANTANANARIVO Madagascar February 4 2022 APO Group Tropical Cyclone Batsirai is expected to hit the Atsinanana region of Madagascar tomorrow just weeks after Tropical Storm Ana wreaked havoc on the country Before it makes landfall Madagascar Red Cross teams in the region are preparing emergency relief items and helping communities in the cyclone s path to move to safe areas Andoniaina Ratsimamanga Secretary General of the Madagascar Red Cross said Communities in the Atsinanana region are concerned about the possible widespread damage that the cyclone could cause Many families urgently need temporary shelters especially those whose houses are located in the areas likely to be affected by the cyclone About 4 4 million people are expected to be at risk in 14 districts About 595 000 are expected to be directly affected and more than 150 000 are likely to be displaced Red Cross teams from the Atsinanana region are rushing to make the necessary preparations with a view to saving as many lives as possible Madagascar Red Cross Society teams and partners are on high alert and are deployed in communities warning them of the approaching storm Red Cross teams are moving pre positioned emergency stocks from the Grand Tana area Ananalamanga to Tamatave Atsinanana to facilitate access We are concerned about the size and projected impact of this intense cyclone Our immediate response activities will focus on saving lives and will include search and rescue operations added Ratsimamanga Additionally Red Cross teams are working with the government to identify and establish secure buildings to be used as emergency accommodation centres With emergency response efforts still ongoing due to the impact of Tropical Storm Ana that hit Madagascar in late January the impact of Batsirai could worsen the overall humanitarian situation in the country The country s emergency response efforts are overstretched and the situation remains critical due to the impact of recent widespread flooding stagnant water and landslides caused by Tropical Storm Ana At least 55 deaths have been recorded and more than 130 000 people have been forced to flee their homes to temporary shelters or foster families in recent weeks The country is still dealing with a protracted hunger crisis from 2021 The IFRC and its partners are stepping up preparedness and response efforts to help more people both those affected by Ana and those likely to be affected by Batsirai IFRC Operations and Programs Coordinator in Madagascar Denis Bariyanga who oversees emergency preparedness efforts said We are already helping 2 000 families affected by Tropical Storm Ana to meet their immediate needs With the arrival of Batsirai many more families in the country will require emergency relief items such as blankets mats kitchen utensils water sanitation and hygiene among others The International Federation had already released 428 609 Swiss francs from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF on January 26 2022 to help the Madagascar Red Cross provide water sanitation and hygiene services care medical and psychosocial support as well as cash assistance for accommodation livelihoods and basic needs More financial resources are needed to meet the growing needs on the ground The International Federation is reviewing its emergency appeal to finance the response to the crisis
    Madagascar: More than 4 million people at risk as Tropical Cyclone Batsirai bears down on eastern coast
      About 4 4 million people are expected to be at risk in 14 districts with around 595 000 expected to be directly affected and more than 150 000 likely to be displaced ANTANANARIVO Madagascar February 4 2022 APO Group Tropical Cyclone Batsirai is expected to hit the Atsinanana region of Madagascar tomorrow just weeks after Tropical Storm Ana wreaked havoc on the country Before it makes landfall Madagascar Red Cross teams in the region are preparing emergency relief items and helping communities in the cyclone s path to move to safe areas Andoniaina Ratsimamanga Secretary General of the Madagascar Red Cross said Communities in the Atsinanana region are concerned about the possible widespread damage that the cyclone could cause Many families urgently need temporary shelters especially those whose houses are located in the areas likely to be affected by the cyclone About 4 4 million people are expected to be at risk in 14 districts About 595 000 are expected to be directly affected and more than 150 000 are likely to be displaced Red Cross teams from the Atsinanana region are rushing to make the necessary preparations with a view to saving as many lives as possible Madagascar Red Cross Society teams and partners are on high alert and are deployed in communities warning them of the approaching storm Red Cross teams are moving pre positioned emergency stocks from the Grand Tana area Ananalamanga to Tamatave Atsinanana to facilitate access We are concerned about the size and projected impact of this intense cyclone Our immediate response activities will focus on saving lives and will include search and rescue operations added Ratsimamanga Additionally Red Cross teams are working with the government to identify and establish secure buildings to be used as emergency accommodation centres With emergency response efforts still ongoing due to the impact of Tropical Storm Ana that hit Madagascar in late January the impact of Batsirai could worsen the overall humanitarian situation in the country The country s emergency response efforts are overstretched and the situation remains critical due to the impact of recent widespread flooding stagnant water and landslides caused by Tropical Storm Ana At least 55 deaths have been recorded and more than 130 000 people have been forced to flee their homes to temporary shelters or foster families in recent weeks The country is still dealing with a protracted hunger crisis from 2021 The IFRC and its partners are stepping up preparedness and response efforts to help more people both those affected by Ana and those likely to be affected by Batsirai IFRC Operations and Programs Coordinator in Madagascar Denis Bariyanga who oversees emergency preparedness efforts said We are already helping 2 000 families affected by Tropical Storm Ana to meet their immediate needs With the arrival of Batsirai many more families in the country will require emergency relief items such as blankets mats kitchen utensils water sanitation and hygiene among others The International Federation had already released 428 609 Swiss francs from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF on January 26 2022 to help the Madagascar Red Cross provide water sanitation and hygiene services care medical and psychosocial support as well as cash assistance for accommodation livelihoods and basic needs More financial resources are needed to meet the growing needs on the ground The International Federation is reviewing its emergency appeal to finance the response to the crisis
    Madagascar: More than 4 million people at risk as Tropical Cyclone Batsirai bears down on eastern coast
    Africa10 months ago

    Madagascar: More than 4 million people at risk as Tropical Cyclone Batsirai bears down on eastern coast

    About 4.4 million people are expected to be at risk in 14 districts; with around 595,000 expected to be directly affected, and more than 150,000 likely to be displaced

    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, February 4, 2022/APO Group/ --

    Tropical Cyclone Batsirai is expected to hit the Atsinanana region of Madagascar tomorrow, just weeks after Tropical Storm Ana wreaked havoc on the country. Before it makes landfall, Madagascar Red Cross teams in the region are preparing emergency relief items and helping communities in the cyclone's path to move to safe areas.

    Andoniaina Ratsimamanga, Secretary General of the Madagascar Red Cross said:

    “Communities in the Atsinanana region are concerned about the possible widespread damage that the cyclone could cause. Many families urgently need temporary shelters, especially those whose houses are located in the areas likely to be affected by the cyclone.

    About 4.4 million people are expected to be at risk in 14 districts; About 595,000 are expected to be directly affected and more than 150,000 are likely to be displaced. Red Cross teams from the Atsinanana region are rushing to make the necessary preparations, with a view to saving as many lives as possible.

    “Madagascar Red Cross Society teams and partners are on high alert and are deployed in communities, warning them of the approaching storm. Red Cross teams are moving pre-positioned emergency stocks from the Grand Tana area (Ananalamanga) to Tamatave (Atsinanana), to facilitate access. We are concerned about the size and projected impact of this intense cyclone. Our immediate response activities will focus on saving lives and will include search and rescue operations,” added Ratsimamanga.

    Additionally, Red Cross teams are working with the government to identify and establish secure buildings to be used as emergency accommodation centres.

    With emergency response efforts still ongoing due to the impact of Tropical Storm Ana that hit Madagascar in late January, the impact of Batsirai could worsen the overall humanitarian situation in the country. The country's emergency response efforts are overstretched and the situation remains critical due to the impact of recent widespread flooding, stagnant water and landslides caused by Tropical Storm Ana. At least 55 deaths have been recorded. and more than 130,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to temporary shelters or foster families in recent weeks. The country is still dealing with a protracted hunger crisis from 2021. The IFRC and its partners are stepping up preparedness and response efforts to help more people, both those affected by Ana and those likely to be affected by Batsirai.

    IFRC Operations and Programs Coordinator in Madagascar, Denis Bariyanga, who oversees emergency preparedness efforts, said.

    “We are already helping 2,000 families affected by Tropical Storm Ana to meet their immediate needs. With the arrival of Batsirai, many more families in the country will require emergency relief items such as blankets, mats, kitchen utensils, water, sanitation and hygiene, among others.”

    The International Federation had already released 428,609 Swiss francs from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on January 26, 2022, to help the Madagascar Red Cross provide water, sanitation and hygiene services, care medical and psychosocial support, as well as cash assistance for accommodation. , livelihoods and basic needs. More financial resources are needed to meet the growing needs on the ground. The International Federation is reviewing its emergency appeal to finance the response to the crisis.

  •   The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC has warned that a multi hazard emergency looms large following the eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC The IFRC has launched an emergency appeal of 11 6 million Swiss francs to assist 80 000 displaced people in DRC and Rwanda and is calling for urgent support from donors and partners to help scale up operations Mohammed Omer Mukhier IFRC s Regional Director for Africa said The danger is not over and more work lies ahead While volcanic activity seems to have subsided the recent eruption has left a trail of immense humanitarian needs Hundreds have lost their homes and they urgently need shelter food clean water and healthcare Families have also been separated amid the chaos that followed the eruption Based on the requests for family reunification received by the Red Cross at least 540 children were separated from their families after the eruption Out of those 540 requests Red Cross teams have reunited 64 missing children with their families Many more are still missing Over 1 722 houses and other structures have been destroyed leaving about 30 000 people homeless and displaced Some were displaced internally within DRC others moved to Rwanda in Rubavu Karamaga Apollinaire the Secretary General of the Rwanda Red Cross said In the town of Rubavu to which many Congolese refugees fled we have had to manage the influx and the destruction of property caused by the continuous earthquakes Schools homes markets and water lines have been destroyed and residents are being evacuated to safer grounds Rwanda Red Cross volunteers have been on the ground since the eruption providing humanitarian assistance to both the refugees and local communities The eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo comes at the worst possible time in DRC With thousands of displaced people amid an ongoing outbreak of COVID 19 in one of the most dangerous environments in the world the Red Cross is worried about the multiplier effect that this new emergency adds to an already complex situation The population of North Kivu has been grappling with socio economic challenges for decades and is currently one of the most food insecure locations in Africa With every disaster their means of coping are weakened further said Mukhier As a response the Red Cross will support communities affected by multiple hazards and compounding humanitarian vulnerabilities caused by the eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo for a period of 12 months Through the operation Red Cross teams will provide services such as shelter distribution of household items water sanitation and hygiene healthcare protection and psychosocial support among others Gr goire Mateso Mbuta Way President of the DRC Red Cross said Although this is a worrying humanitarian situation we are reassured by the fact that our Red Cross teams are experienced in responding to emergencies caused by volcanic activity Our teams played a key role in supporting people affected by the last major eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo in 2002 The IFRC and the Red Cross in DRC understand the local context very well and have worked together for years in eastern DRC including during the recent response to Ebola Immediately after the eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo the IFRC released 359 213 Swiss francs from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF to help the DRC Red Cross to provide assistance to 12 500 people from local communities evacuated from areas close to the volcano The Red Cross is urgently calling for support to the emergency appeal to help reach more people with life saving assistance
    DRC volcano eruption: Red Cross steps up its response amid fears of a “multi-hazard” emergency
      The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC has warned that a multi hazard emergency looms large following the eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC The IFRC has launched an emergency appeal of 11 6 million Swiss francs to assist 80 000 displaced people in DRC and Rwanda and is calling for urgent support from donors and partners to help scale up operations Mohammed Omer Mukhier IFRC s Regional Director for Africa said The danger is not over and more work lies ahead While volcanic activity seems to have subsided the recent eruption has left a trail of immense humanitarian needs Hundreds have lost their homes and they urgently need shelter food clean water and healthcare Families have also been separated amid the chaos that followed the eruption Based on the requests for family reunification received by the Red Cross at least 540 children were separated from their families after the eruption Out of those 540 requests Red Cross teams have reunited 64 missing children with their families Many more are still missing Over 1 722 houses and other structures have been destroyed leaving about 30 000 people homeless and displaced Some were displaced internally within DRC others moved to Rwanda in Rubavu Karamaga Apollinaire the Secretary General of the Rwanda Red Cross said In the town of Rubavu to which many Congolese refugees fled we have had to manage the influx and the destruction of property caused by the continuous earthquakes Schools homes markets and water lines have been destroyed and residents are being evacuated to safer grounds Rwanda Red Cross volunteers have been on the ground since the eruption providing humanitarian assistance to both the refugees and local communities The eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo comes at the worst possible time in DRC With thousands of displaced people amid an ongoing outbreak of COVID 19 in one of the most dangerous environments in the world the Red Cross is worried about the multiplier effect that this new emergency adds to an already complex situation The population of North Kivu has been grappling with socio economic challenges for decades and is currently one of the most food insecure locations in Africa With every disaster their means of coping are weakened further said Mukhier As a response the Red Cross will support communities affected by multiple hazards and compounding humanitarian vulnerabilities caused by the eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo for a period of 12 months Through the operation Red Cross teams will provide services such as shelter distribution of household items water sanitation and hygiene healthcare protection and psychosocial support among others Gr goire Mateso Mbuta Way President of the DRC Red Cross said Although this is a worrying humanitarian situation we are reassured by the fact that our Red Cross teams are experienced in responding to emergencies caused by volcanic activity Our teams played a key role in supporting people affected by the last major eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo in 2002 The IFRC and the Red Cross in DRC understand the local context very well and have worked together for years in eastern DRC including during the recent response to Ebola Immediately after the eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo the IFRC released 359 213 Swiss francs from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF to help the DRC Red Cross to provide assistance to 12 500 people from local communities evacuated from areas close to the volcano The Red Cross is urgently calling for support to the emergency appeal to help reach more people with life saving assistance
    DRC volcano eruption: Red Cross steps up its response amid fears of a “multi-hazard” emergency
    Africa2 years ago

    DRC volcano eruption: Red Cross steps up its response amid fears of a “multi-hazard” emergency

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned that a multi-hazard emergency looms large following the eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    The IFRC has launched an emergency appeal of 11.6 million Swiss francs to assist 80,000 displaced people in DRC and Rwanda and is calling for urgent support from donors and partners to help scale up operations.

    Mohammed Omer Mukhier, IFRC’s Regional Director for Africa, said:

    “The danger is not over, and more work lies ahead. While volcanic activity seems to have subsided, the recent eruption has left a trail of immense humanitarian needs. Hundreds have lost their homes and they urgently need shelter, food, clean water and healthcare. Families have also been separated amid the chaos that followed the eruption.”

    Based on the requests for family reunification received by the Red Cross, at least 540 children were separated from their families after the eruption. Out of those 540 requests, Red Cross teams have reunited 64 missing children with their families. Many more are still missing. Over 1,722 houses and other structures have been destroyed, leaving about 30,000 people homeless and displaced. Some were displaced internally within DRC—others moved to Rwanda, in Rubavu.

    Karamaga Apollinaire, the Secretary General of the Rwanda Red Cross said:

    “In the town of Rubavu, to which many Congolese refugees fled, we have had to manage the influx and the destruction of property caused by the continuous earthquakes. Schools, homes, markets and water lines have been destroyed, and residents are being evacuated to safer grounds. Rwanda Red Cross volunteers have been on the ground since the eruption, providing humanitarian assistance to both the refugees and local communities.”

    The eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo comes at the worst possible time in DRC. With thousands of displaced people, amid an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, in one of the most dangerous environments in the world—the Red Cross is worried about the “multiplier effect” that this new emergency adds to an already complex situation.

    “The population of North Kivu has been grappling with socio-economic challenges for decades and is currently one of the most food insecure locations in Africa. With every disaster, their means of coping are weakened further,” said Mukhier.

    As a response, the Red Cross will support communities affected by multiple hazards and compounding humanitarian vulnerabilities caused by the eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo for a period of 12 months. Through the operation, Red Cross teams will provide services such as shelter; distribution of household items; water, sanitation and hygiene; healthcare; protection and psychosocial support, among others.

    Grégoire Mateso Mbuta Way, President of the DRC Red Cross, said:

    “Although this is a worrying humanitarian situation, we are reassured by the fact that our Red Cross teams are experienced in responding to emergencies caused by volcanic activity. Our teams played a key role in supporting people affected by the last major eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo in 2002. The IFRC and the Red Cross in DRC understand the local context very well and have worked together for years in eastern DRC, including during the recent response to Ebola.”

    Immediately after the eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo, the IFRC released 359,213 Swiss francs from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to help the DRC Red Cross to provide assistance to 12,500 people from local communities evacuated from areas close to the volcano. The Red Cross is urgently calling for support to the emergency appeal to help reach more people with life-saving assistance.

  •  The European Union has announced a donation of 80 000 Euros N32 million in humanitarian aid to assist families affected by Lassa Fever in Nigeria A statement issued by Modestus Chuwulaka its spokesman in Abuja on Thursday said that the fund would directly benefit communities in areas most affected by the outbreak It said that the EU funds would go towards supporting the Nigerian Red Cross in promoting hygiene practices and disease transmission control contributing to the identification of suspected cases supporting contact tracing and providing psychosocial support The funding forms part of the EU s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC In the two most affected states Ondo and Edo the main actions will focus on health education signs and symptoms prevention measures and behavioural change It will also focus on food storage and handling pest control activities such as the distribution of rat traps rat glues and psycho social support to affected people and their families In another four states Bauchi Ebonyi Taraba and Kano awareness raising initiatives will be launched for the general public including the distribution of educational material and informative radio messages the statement said NAN reports that Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever VHF transmitted by rodents to humans who become infected through contact with the excreta of infected rats contaminated surfaces or food and body fluids of infected persons While about 80 per cent of the infections go with no symptoms the remaining patients develop severe multi system disease according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Since the first week of January 2020 over 680 suspected cases have been reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC with more than 250 confirmed as positive While Nigeria is prone to Lassa Fever outbreaks during the dry season November to April the number of affected people suspected and confirmed this year is higher than in previous years The European Union and its member states are the world s leading donor of humanitarian aid Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need all around the world It aims to save lives prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man made crises Through its Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department the European Union helps millions of victims of conflicts and disasters every year the statement concluded Edited By Abiodun Oluleye and Ephraims Sheyin
    Lassa Fever: EU gives Nigeria N32m aid
     The European Union has announced a donation of 80 000 Euros N32 million in humanitarian aid to assist families affected by Lassa Fever in Nigeria A statement issued by Modestus Chuwulaka its spokesman in Abuja on Thursday said that the fund would directly benefit communities in areas most affected by the outbreak It said that the EU funds would go towards supporting the Nigerian Red Cross in promoting hygiene practices and disease transmission control contributing to the identification of suspected cases supporting contact tracing and providing psychosocial support The funding forms part of the EU s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund DREF of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC In the two most affected states Ondo and Edo the main actions will focus on health education signs and symptoms prevention measures and behavioural change It will also focus on food storage and handling pest control activities such as the distribution of rat traps rat glues and psycho social support to affected people and their families In another four states Bauchi Ebonyi Taraba and Kano awareness raising initiatives will be launched for the general public including the distribution of educational material and informative radio messages the statement said NAN reports that Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever VHF transmitted by rodents to humans who become infected through contact with the excreta of infected rats contaminated surfaces or food and body fluids of infected persons While about 80 per cent of the infections go with no symptoms the remaining patients develop severe multi system disease according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Since the first week of January 2020 over 680 suspected cases have been reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC with more than 250 confirmed as positive While Nigeria is prone to Lassa Fever outbreaks during the dry season November to April the number of affected people suspected and confirmed this year is higher than in previous years The European Union and its member states are the world s leading donor of humanitarian aid Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need all around the world It aims to save lives prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man made crises Through its Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department the European Union helps millions of victims of conflicts and disasters every year the statement concluded Edited By Abiodun Oluleye and Ephraims Sheyin
    Lassa Fever: EU gives Nigeria N32m aid
    Foreign3 years ago

    Lassa Fever: EU gives Nigeria N32m aid

    The European Union has announced a donation of 80,000 Euros (N32 million), in humanitarian aid to assist families affected by Lassa Fever in Nigeria.

    A statement issued by Modestus Chuwulaka, its spokesman, in Abuja on Thursday, said that the fund would directly benefit communities in areas most affected by the outbreak.

    It said that the EU funds would go towards supporting the Nigerian Red Cross in promoting hygiene practices and disease transmission control, contributing to the identification of suspected cases, supporting contact tracing, and providing psychosocial support.

    “The funding forms part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF), of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

    `In the two most affected states, Ondo and Edo, the main actions will focus on health education, signs and symptoms, prevention measures and behavioural change.

    “It will also focus on food storage and handling pest control activities such as the distribution of rat traps/rat glues, and psycho-social support to affected people and their families.

    “In another four states (Bauchi, Ebonyi, Taraba and Kano), awareness raising initiatives will be launched for the general public, including the distribution of educational material and informative radio messages,” the statement said.

    NAN reports that Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF), transmitted by rodents to humans, who become infected through contact with the excreta of infected rats, contaminated surfaces or food, and body fluids of infected persons.

    While about 80 per cent of the infections go with no symptoms, the remaining patients develop severe multi-system disease, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

    Since the first week of January 2020, over 680 suspected cases have been reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), with more than  250 confirmed as positive.

    While Nigeria is prone to Lassa Fever outbreaks during the dry season (November to April), the number of affected people (suspected and confirmed) this year, is higher than in previous years.

    “The European Union and its member states are the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need all around the world.

    “It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.

    “Through its Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department, the European Union helps millions of victims of conflicts and disasters every year,” the statement concluded.


    Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye and Ephraims Sheyin

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