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  • wingover 7:52 am on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Angola floods displaces 25,000 people 

    BBC NEWS | Africa | Angola floods displace thousands.

    About 25,000 people have lost their homes in southern Angolain flooding caused by three weeks of non-stop heavy rain, the Red Cross says.

    It estimates about 125,000 people have been affected across Cunene province by the floods, which are now threatening to spread south into Namibia.

    The BBC’s Louise Redvers says more rain fell in December than during the five months of the previous rainy season.

    Our reporter says more heavy downpours are forecast in the coming days.

    Homes and livestock have been swept away and many people have been cut off as flood water covers roads and fields.

    The region is inundated every year during the December to April rainy season but the Red Cross says the situation is “drastic” this year.

    Amid fears of cholera and malaria epidemics, the agency has been distributing mosquito nets, water purification tablets and rehydration sachets.

    The World Health Organization has delivered five tonnes of health care kits and supplies of drinking water.

    • ADOLPH GRIMES 9:21 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply


  • wingover 10:09 am on March 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    The Darfur conflict: 2.7 million displaced 

    Reuters AlertNet – GRAPHIC: The Darfur conflict.

    The expulsion of more than 10 international aid agencies after an International Criminal Court decision to indict Sudan’s president for alleged war crimes has raised fears for hundreds of thousands of people uprooted by conflict.

    This graphic shows the main camps for refugees and internally displaced people in Sudan’s western Darfur region, where U.N. officials say 2.7 million people have been uprooted and 300,000 killed since 2003.

  • wingover 12:15 pm on February 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    500,000 people fled their homes in northern and central Mindanao. 

    Morningstar – : Philippine Government Urges Evacuees To Go Home.

    MANILA (AFP)–The Philippine government said Monday it was safe for thousands of evacuees in the south to return home, now that fighting between Muslims separatists and troops had abated.
    “There is an effort now to send them back to their respective communities,” said Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno.

    “They will be taken care of, and we will help them start working again. Livelihood projects are in place,” he said.

    The government said last week it was closing evacuation centers for some 45, 000 families who fled their homes after two Muslim separatist commanders began a series of attacks on Christian communities last August on the southern island of Mindanao.

    The rogue commanders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, or MILF, were angered by the Supreme Court’s suspension of a draft agreement that would have given the rebels control of a large autonomous area.

    The order to close the centers alarmed aid groups who feared it wasn’t yet safe for the evacuees to go home.

    At the height of the fighting up to 500,000 people fled their homes in northern and central Mindanao.

    Puno said in recent months many people had returned home amid signs that the situation was normalizing.

  • wingover 10:53 am on January 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Southern Sudan Floods Displace 40,000 

    Southern Sudan Floods Displace Thousands – ClimateChangeCorp.com.

    More than 40,000 people have been displaced by severe floods pushing through southern Sudan amid pleas for international help

    The flooding is concentrated in the country’s southeastern Jonglei state, where the Nile River spilled over its banks and drenched the rural province last week. A local official, Diing Akol, commissioner of the Twic East County, is appealing for help to assist the thousands displaced in the flooding. Also, the floods have ravaged many farms in the area, cutting off a major source of food for locals.

  • wingover 10:55 am on January 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    PHILIPPINES: Floods displace nearly 200,000 

    Reuters AlertNet – PHILIPPINES: Floods displace nearly 200,000.

    MANILA, 14 January 2009 (IRIN) – Nearly 200,000 people have been displaced by severe flooding across the eastern coasts of the Philippines, according to disaster relief officials.

    The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) [see: http://ndcc.gov.ph/home/%5D said the tail-end of a cold front sweeping through the eastern regions had triggered continuous heavy rains from 7 to 13 January, causing floods, landslides and tidal surges that capsised small motorised fishing boats.

    Close to 38,000 families or some 191,586 people had been affected in 38 municipalities and 11 provinces from northern Luzon island to the main southern island of Mindanao.

  • wingover 11:15 pm on January 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Flash floods displace 20,000 in Misamis Oriental 


    Torrential rains brought by Tropical Depression Auring have displaced some 20,000 persons in 14 municipalities and one component city of Misamis Oriental.

    The situationer/partial report as of 11a.m. of January 12, 2009 from the Misamis Oriental Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office lists the total number of families displaced in the affected areas as 3,946 totalling 19,730 persons. One child was reported dead and another missing in Bgy. Pampangon, Talisayan.

  • wingover 11:12 pm on January 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    28,000 People Displaced in Gaza 

    VOA News – Red Cross: 28,000 People Displaced in Gaza.

    The International Committee of the Red Cross says more than 28,000 people in Gaza are staying at temporary shelters to escape fighting near their homes.

    The Red Cross says Monday hundreds of families have fled their homes in the neighborhoods of Jabaliya, Beit Lahiya, and Zaytun in northern Gaza, as well as border areas in the south.

    The statement said during the daily three-hour lull in fighting, residents struggle to find food and other supplies in nearly-empty stores. It also said most of the high-voltage lines bringing electricity from Israel into Gaza have been damaged, forcing hospitals to use generators for power.

  • wingover 10:10 am on January 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    50,000 fleeing Somalia risked sea crossing in ’08 

    Reuters AlertNet – 50,000 fleeing Somalia risked sea crossing in ’08.

    GENEVA, Jan 9 (Reuters) – More than 50,000 people fleeing chaotic conditions in Somalia and neighbouring countries crossed the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden to Yemen in 2008, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.

    At least 590 drowned and 359 were reported missing among the 50,091 known to have made the perilous voyage in Somalia-based smugglers’ boats last year, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said.

    The number of refugees was a 70 percent rise over 2007, when those making the journey with often brutal smugglers was 29,500 — but the death toll was much higher in 2007 at 1,400, he told a news briefing.

    “There were again many reports of people being beaten to death during the crossings in 2008, but most of the deaths were due to drowning after passengers were forced overboard in treacherous waters far off the Yemen coast in a bid by the smugglers to avoid detection by Yemen authorities,” he said.

    “The increase in arrivals reflects the desperate situation in Somalia and the Horn of Africa, a region scarred by civil war, political instability, famine and poverty.” (Reporting by Jonathan Lynn; Editing by Stephanie Nebehay)

  • wingover 10:07 am on January 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Tens of thousands displaced by latest LRA attack 

    Reuters AlertNet – DRC: Thousands displaced by latest LRA attack.

    BUNIA, 9 January 2009 (IRIN) – Thousands of civilians have been displaced in another deadly attack by suspected Lord’s Resistance Army rebels in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to local sources.

    Residents in the gold-mining village of Sambia, 130km east of Dungu, Orientale Province, put the number of dead at between five and 30, and said almost 10,000 people had fled following the 8 January attack.

    “The population of Sambia fled to nearby Tadu and Tora; others sought refuge in the gold mining pits,” said Félicien Balani, chairman of the civil society organisation in Haut Uélé district.

    Another 10,000 civilians displaced from the town of Niangara have fled to Bangadi because of LRA activity in the area.

    “A large number of displaced people [IDPs] also arrived in the diocese of Bondo, in neighbouring Bas Uélé,” said Jean Vianey Mbikaba of the Dungu Justice and Peace Commission.

    The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated that some 70,000 civilians in Haut Uélé had been displaced since armed forces from DRC, Uganda and Southern Sudan began joint operations against the LRA in northeastern DRC in mid-December 2008.

    Humanitarian access to many of these people remains problematic.

    “Over 13,000 of these IDPs are in Doruma. According to local sources, they are living in deplorable conditions. There is a risk of an epidemic given that they are living in such close proximity,” said Ivo Brandau, head of information for OCHA in DRC.

    Drinking water, food and non-food items were needed, he said.

    Since 24 December, the Catholic NGO CARITAS in the Dungu-Doruma diocese has said 500 civilians have been killed in different parts of the region.

  • wingover 3:18 pm on January 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Homeless and terrified, 15,000 seek refuge in UN schools 

    Homeless and terrified, 15,000 seek refuge in UN schools | World news | The Guardian.

    More than 15,000 Gazans are sheltering in UN schools because they have been forced to flee their homes in the face of the Israeli air and ground offensive, or even ordered out by Israeli troops.

    The UN has opened 27 of its schools as shelters, most in the northern town of Jabaliya, where food, blankets and counselling are being provided.

    It is the UN that has stepped in to help because it is by far the largest humanitarian resource in Gaza, particularly the UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), which supports Palestinian refugees across the Arab world. More than 1 million Gazans are refugees: either they or their families were forced from their homes or fled in the 1948 war that brought the creation of Israel.

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