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Bolivia (Plurinational State of): Importante donación del gobierno de la Republica Popular de China a la Cruz Roja Boliviana

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Source: Cruz Roja Boliviana Country: Bolivia (Plurinational State of), China

A punto de partida de una solicitud formal de Cruz Roja Boliviana (CRB) al Señor Embajador de la República Popular de China en el Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia, así como a Cruz Roja China, el día de hoy, en las instalaciones de la institución, se recibió la visita del Encargado de Negocios y Consejero Político de dicha legación diplomática, Sr. Qu Kun.

En esta oportunidad, el Presidente CRB, Dr. Abel Peña y Lillo, luego de expresar su satisfacción por la visita, explicó las gestiones que se efectúan para la obtención de fondos que permitan a la institución, atender a familias damnificadas por los devastadores eventos adversos que afectan al país, con particular severidad en el Departamento Beni.

El ilustre diplomático expresó su solidaridad con la población afectada y ponderó todo importante trabajo que las autoridades del Estado, de las Gobernaciones y de los Municipios, realizan en beneficio de las familias damnificadas. A seguir hizo entrega de un cheque por la suma de treinta mil dólares americanos en favor de Cruz Roja Boliviana, para que sean aplicados dentro del Plan de Acción de Emergencia institucional para atender a los sectores más vulnerables en el Departamento Beni.

El Dr. Peña y Lillo, al agradecer la mencionada donación, destacó que se trata de una cooperación que ratifica nuestros vínculos de amistad con el pueblo de la República Popular de China y con la Cruz Roja China, que refuerza la confianza que se nos otorga y que origina compromiso de una correcta y oportuna aplicación de dichos fondos, que contribuirán a la atención de familias damnificadas en las comunidades a la vera del río Beni.

Se encuentra en desarrollo la ejecución del mencionado Plan de Acción de Emergencia, donde participarán miembros de la Oficina Central CRB junto a voluntarias y voluntarios de la Filial Departamental Beni y de las Filiales Municipales de Rurrenabaque y Reyes; debe destacarse que estas actuaciones humanitarias, desinteresadas y neutrales, se efectuaran en coordinación con el Vice Ministerio de Defensa Civil, cumpliendo con nuestro rol de auxiliares de los poderes públicos.

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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Food Security Outlook Update February 2014

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 03:07

Source: Famine Early Warning System Network, World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia

Key Messages

  • According to the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) released at the end of January 2014 by the Government of Ethiopia, 2.7 million people are food insecure, and they will need of humanitarian assistance between January and December 2014. Households requiring assistance are concentrated in Oromia, Somali, Amhara, Tigray, and Afar Regions.

  • While upcoming or just begun rainy seasons are expected to start normally leading to normally timed agricultural and livestock production, increasing staple food prices are expected to outpace compensation from agricultural labor and livestock sales, deepening food insecurity from April to June in most of eastern Ethiopia.

Current situation

Agroclimatology:

  • Wolayita, Kambata Tambaro (KAT), and Dawro Zones in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR): Sweet potatoes were planted in October and November, and unusual rains at that time supported planting, though area planted remained below normal. In January, there were only some light showers in a few areas, and the January/February Sapie rains that typically fall were limited. However, cloud cover and fairly low temperatures prevented the drying out of the soil. The February to May Belg rains started in the first week of February. Currently, sweet potatoes are at their seasonally normal growth stage. In these and other Belg-producing areas in SNNPR, land preparation for Belg crops has also started.

  • Hadero Tunto, Kacha Bira, and Tambaro Woredas of Kambata Tambaro (KAT) Zone in SNNPR: In these ginger-growing areas, households are planting short-cycle Belg crops on land traditionally used for ginger to control for a plant disease that led to losses of the ginger crop last year. However, poor and very poor households have limited income left from ginger sales this year, so they may experience difficulty procuring enough seeds.

  • Belg-producing areas in Amhara, Tigray, and eastern Oromia: There were some light showers in South Wollo and North Shewa Zones in Amhara Region in January. Most areas remained seasonally dry. However, land preparation for Belg crops has begun at a seasonally normal time.

Livestock conditions:

  • In most pastoral areas, pasture and water availability are normal following above average total rainfall during the October to December Deyr/Hageya in southern pastoral areas and the June to September Karan/Karma in northern pastoral areas. These conditions are sustaining livestock body conditions and productivity.

  • In other pastoral areas, livestock body conditions and productivity have declined more than typical for the dry season in some areas in Afar and Somali Regions where the recent seasonal rains performed poorly. In response to the poor availability of forage and water, camel and cattle have been migrated earlier than usual in November instead of December/January from northeastern parts of Afar to neighboring Raya Kobo and Habru Woredas of Amhara Region in increasing numbers. They typically only migrate to these areas in very dry periods.

  • In Dassench Woreda in South Omo Zone in SNNPR, pasture and water availability are very low. Due to drier than normal rangeland conditions, livestock body conditions and productivity have declined. The calving rate and milk production are currently low.

Nutrition:

  • Due to the improved consumption following the October to January Meher harvest, nutrition improved in most parts of Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, and SNNPR. For instance, compared to November 2013, Outpatient Therapeutic Programs’ (OTP) admission in December 2013 declined by 20 and 35 percent in West and East Hararghe Zones in Oromia Region, respectively.

  • The biannual nutrition survey conducted by the government in December in Dessie Zuria Woreda in South Wollo Zone in Amhara Region found a global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate of 12.8 percent (with a 95 percent confidence interval (CI) of 9.6 to 16.8 percent) and a severe acute malnutrition (SAM) rate of 1.5 percent (CI 0.7 to 3.3 percent).

Markets:

  • Compared to prices in December, January staple food prices remained stable or showed some decline in many agricultural areas. This is mainly attributed to increased supply from the October to January Meher harvest. For example, the January maize price declined by about seven and six percent in Bahir Dar in Amhara Region and Awasa in SNNPR, respectively.

  • In addition to the increased supply from the nearby highland areas, the commencement of Productive Safety Nets Program (PSNP) food transfers contributed to an increase in cereal supply in Afar and declines in cereal prices. From December to January, maize prices declined 25, 20, 23, and eight percent in Yallo, Asaita, Awash Fentale, and Worer in Afar, respectively.

  • However, due to below average crop production in riverine areas in southeastern Somali Region and late dispatch of PSNP food transfers, staple food prices are have been increasing since November in southeastern pastoral areas.

  • Due to seasonally low demand, goat or sheep prices declined in most markets in Somali and Afar Regions. For instance, January goat or sheep price declined from December by 17 and eight percent in Gode and Korahe, respectively.

Updated Assumptions

The current situation has not affected most of the assumptions used to develop FEWS NET’s most likely scenario for January to June 2014. However, more recent forecast by the National Meteorological Agency (NMA) and others has caused a revision related to the February to May Belg rains:

  • In January, based on the preliminary, total February to May Belg rainfall over the northeastern highlands in Amhara and Tigray and total March to May Sugum rainfall over northern Afar was assumed to be below average. However, the assumption has been revised to be that the February to May Belg rains and March to May Sugum are expected to be near normal in terms of total amount of rainfall and to start at a mostly normal time. This assumption is based upon the official Belg forecast from NMA and other regional and international forecasts and models.

Projected outlook through June 2014

  • Eastern, marginal, Meher-producing areas in eastern Tigray, Amhara, and Oromia: With some stocks from their own above average 2013 Meher production, households will consume from their own stocks and from income generated by crop sales during February and March. Therefore, most areas will be Minimal (IPC Phase 1) at that time. However, as the lean season progress, households will deplete their stock and purchase more food from markets. Despite some income from agricultural labor and livestock sales, the anticipated increase in staple food prices will prevent households from meeting their nonfood essentials as all of their income will be spent on food. They will be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) from April to June 2014.

  • Due to the below average October 2013 to January 2014 Meher harvest, poor and very poor households along the Tekeze River in Amhara and Tigray Regions, eastern parts of Tigray Region, and lowlands in East and West Hararghe Zone in Oromia Region will only be able to address their minimal food needs but not able to afford some essential non-food expenditures. Therefore, poor households in these areas will be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in February and March. They will move into Crisis (IPC Phase 3) from April to June, having exhausted their stocks and having their remaining purchasing power eroded by price increases.

  • Belg-producing areas in North and South Wollo Zones in eastern Amhara Region: Although some income from agricultural labor is expected following the start of the rains, the anticipated near normal total Belg rainfall will have few immediate effects of increasing income or food access before June. Poor and very poor households will be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) through June 2014.

  • SNNPR: With February to May Belg rains continuing, the sweet potato harvest in March will have mostly normal yields, but due to low area planted, the total volume of the harvest will be below average. During the February to May Belg rains, labor opportunities are expected to remain available at a normal level for land preparation, planting, and weeding. In February and March, most households will continue consuming their own production and making some small-scale food purchases. Most areas will remain at Minimal (IPC Phase 1) in February and March. However, during the April to June lean season, staple food prices are likely to rise, limiting household purchasing power. This will mean even in areas that had normal Meher production, the poor and very poor will be Stressed (IPC Phase 2).

  • In some areas of Silte Zone, Wolayita Zone, Sidama Zone, and Halaba Special Woreda in SNNPR, Meher crop production was below average, so the majority of poor and very poor will be Stressed (IPC Phase2) from February to June.

  • Ginger-producing areas in SNNPR: Unlike other areas in SNNPR, income from agricultural labors is likely to be less than usual during the February to May Belg rains. Many households are planting Belg maize as a substitute for ginger in an attempt to control the plant disease outbreak that damaged ginger last year. Maize is less labor-intensive, and overall, with less labor required, labor compensation rates are likely to fall. Other income sources such as self-employment, firewood sales, and grass sales though are likely to be normal. Households will be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) from February to March and in Crisis (IPC Phase3) from April to June.

  • Afar and northern Somali Region: The anticipated near normal March to May Sugum/Gu/Diraac rains are expected to increase the availability of pasture, browse, and water after the end of the dry season. This will help livestock body conditions, production, and productivity remain stable. Consumption of livestock products and income from livestock sales will increase. Increased cereal supply from nearby highland areas and emergency and PSNP food distributions are expected to keep cereal prices stable and near their current levels at least through March. Despite these improvements, households will still be unable to address their non-food needs as herd sizes remain inadequate to support enough sales. Most households will be meeting food needs but neglecting non-food needs and thus be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) through June.

  • However, the 2012 June to September Karan/Karma, 2013 March to May Sugum/Gu, and 2013 June to September Karma/Karan rains were below average in northeastern Afar, which decreased livestock productivity and reproduction rates. Herd sizes will not increase quickly, despite seasonal increases in pasture, browse, and water availability. Poor households in these areas will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) through June.

  • Southern and southeastern pastoral and agropastoral areas in southern Somali, Oromia, and SNNPR: Near normal total rainfall for the March to May Gu/Genna rains is expected to maintain recent improvements in pasture, browse, and water availability. With these resources, livestock body conditions, production, and productivity can be maintained. Following the anticipated normal birth rates during the rains, the availability of milk and income from livestock sales will be sustained. Poor households are also expected to receive income from labor, particularly herding labor, during the rainy season. However, the rise in cereal prices in most of the markets is likely to outpace the rise in livestock prices, thus leading to a decline in livestock to cereal terms of trade (ToT). This means some poor and very poor households may still have difficulty covering necessary expenses to protect their livelihoods, despite improved livestock prices and healthier herds. In addition, the continuous increase in staple food prices since November 2013 and subsequent rise in livestock sales is following years of recurrent droughts, despite above average or near average total rainfall during the October to December Deyr 2012, March to May Gu 2013, and October to December Deyr 2013 in most areas. These areas are likely to remain in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) through June.

About this update

This monthly report covers current conditions as well as changes to the projected outlook for food insecurity in this country. It updates FEWS NET’s quarterly Food Security Outlook. Learn more about our work here.

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Mali: Une solution durable pour le nord du Mali devra être trouvée par les Maliens, selon l'ONU

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Source: UN News Service Country: Mali

26 février 2014 – Toute solution durable pour le nord du Mali devra être trouvée par les Maliens eux-mêmes, appuyés par la communauté internationale. Tel est l'un des enseignements de la mission effectuée par le Conseil de sécurité au Mali du 1er au 3 février, a déclaré mercredi le Représentant permanent de la France, Gérard Araud.

« La sécurisation durable du Nord-Mali implique nécessairement une solution politique globale », a-t-il ajouté dans un exposé devant le Conseil de sécurité concernant cette visite.

Lors de cette visite, la délégation du Conseil a rencontré les autorités maliennes ainsi que les groupes armés qui ont signé ou adhéré à l'Accord de Ouagadougou.

Le Conseil de sécurité a « rappelé que les groupes devaient être désarmés dans le cadre d'un processus politique négocié, conformément aux engagements pris dans l'Accord de Ouagadougou », a dit le Représentant de la France.

La mission du Conseil de sécurité salue « l'adoption il y a quelques jours par le gouvernement et les groupes armés, avec le soutien de la Mission des Nations Unies (MINUSMA), d'une méthode pour le cantonnement », a-t-il ajouté. « Nous demandons désormais aux parties, gouvernement et groupes armés, de s'engager de manière sincère et sans délai sur cette voie ».

Dans le domaine de la sécurité, « Serval, l'opération française, et la MINUSMA ont relevé que les groupes terroristes disposent toujours de capacités pour mener des opérations », a-t-il encore dit. « Nous avons rappelé l'urgence qu'il y a à ce que la MINUSMA se déploie rapidement et pleinement au nord, en particulier dans le contexte de la décrue de l'opération Serval ».

Pour sa part, M. Mangaral, le représentant du Tchad, a souligné mercredi devant le Conseil de sécurité que l'arrivée de la Mission du Conseil de sécurité au Mali avait suscité « beaucoup d'espoir au sein de la population malienne » et que la plupart des gens étaient « convaincus que le dialogue est le seul moyen de parvenir à une paix durable ».

« Malgré des progrès vers la normalisation, il subsiste encore de grands défis dans les domaines de la sécurité, de la justice, de la santé, de la sécurité alimentaire et de l'éducation », a poursuivi M. Mangaral.

Le représentant du Tchad a dit que « la feuille de route établie par le gouvernement malien est un signe d'espoir et une bonne base pour la reprise des pourparlers de paix », en particulier « si la communauté internationale se tient prête à aider les autorités maliennes dans leur quête d'une paix durable ».

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Guinea-Bissau: Le Conseil de sécurité souligne que la nouvelle date des élections législatives et présidentielle en Guinée-Bissau, fixée au 13 avril 2014, doit être tenue

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Source: UN Security Council Country: Guinea-Bissau

CS/11298
Conseil de sécurité
7121e séance – matin

Le Conseil de sécurité a entendu ce matin le rapport* du Secrétaire général sur le rétablissement de l’ordre constitutionnel en Guinée-Bissau, présenté par vidéoconférence, par son Représentant spécial et Chef du Bureau intégré des Nations Unies pour la consolidation de la paix en Guinée-Bissau (ONUGBIS), M. José Ramos-Horta. Ce rapport, a noté M. Horta, contient des informations annonçant la tenue des élections législatives et présidentielle, dont le déroulement a été fixé au 13 avril 2014, après qu’elles aient connu deux reports successifs. Le rapport contient également des informations sur le rôle des partis politiques dans le processus électoral, sur la réforme des forces de défense et de sécurité ainsi que sur la situation économique de la Guinée-Bissau.

M. Ramos Horta a indiqué que le Président de transition de la Guinée-Bissau, M. Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo, a annoncé, le 21 février dernier, que les élections législatives et présidentielle pourront effectivement avoir lieu le 13 avril, après qu’il ait consulté les différentes parties prenantes au processus électoral. Si tout se passe bien, a-t-il ajouté, le processus électoral sera terminé avant que ne prennent place les discussions sur le renouvellement du mandat de l’ONUGBIS, en mai, au Conseil de sécurité.

Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général a d’autre part indiqué que le Gouvernement bissau-guinéen a annoncé la fin des inscriptions dans les listes électorales le 10 février, et que la période de vérification et de correction des listes a commencé le 18 février. La liste électorale finale sera prête la semaine prochaine, a-t-il estimé. La liste provisoire compte 776 000 votants. Cette liste comprend au moins 95% des citoyens en âge de voter, qui sont au nombre de 810 961. La Commission nationale électorale, qui a apporté son soutien logistique, a délivré les premiers kits électoraux le 12 février. Le processus d’inscription a été un succès, a dit M. Ramos Horta.

Le représentant de la Guinée-Bissau, M. João SoaresDa Gama, a confirmé, dans son intervention, la date du 13 avril comme étant celle de la tenue des élections législatives et présidentielle, entérinant ainsi le report de ces scrutins initialement prévus le 16 mars. Mais il a tenu à dire que ce nouveau report ne traduit pas un manque de volonté politique des autorités du pays, mais est plutôt motivé par des considérations objectives, du fait que certaines conditions n’étaient pas réunies en temps voulu. D’autre part, le recensement électoral a duré un peu plus de deux mois, au lieu de 21 jours comme initialement prévu. « Nous sommes animés d’une ferme conviction qu’il s’agit là de la dernière phase de la période de transition, qui s’achèvera bien entendu avec la réalisation de la plus importante recommandation de la résolution 2048, qui est la restauration de l’ordre constitutionnel », a poursuivi le représentant.

S’agissant de l’opération de recensement des électeurs, le représentant a souligné que plus de 90% de ceux-ci ont été recensés, y compris parmi les membres de la diaspora. Cet impressionnant taux d’inscription au registre électoral n’avait jamais été atteint par le passé, s’est-il réjoui.

Le représentant du Brésil, également Président de la formation Guinée-Bissau de la Commission de consolidation de la paix (CCP), M. Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, a pour sa part salué l’enthousiasme dont a fait preuve le peuple bissau-guinéen tout au long du processus d’inscription sur les listes électorales. Les prochaines élections ont la potentialité d’être l’étape la plus significative pour la consolidation de la démocratie dans l’histoire de la Guinée-Bissau, a-t-il prédit.

Pour sa part, le représentant de la Côte d’Ivoire, M. Youssoufou Bamba, qui s’est exprimé au nom des 15 États membres de la Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO), a dit que la CEDEAO avait constaté que la situation politique en Guinée-Bissau, depuis la dernière réunion du Conseil de sécurité sur cette question, continue d’être caractérisée par l’incertitude. Celle-ci est provoquée par une certaine réticence de la part de la direction du Gouvernement de transition à mener des élections générales qui marqueraient la fin de la transition, conformément aux décisions de l’Autorité des chefs d’État et de gouvernement de la CEDEAO, a estimé M. Bamba.

Alors que le Gouvernement de transition a justifié son incapacité à respecter le calendrier de transition en prenant pour prétexte le manque de fonds pour la production de la liste électorale, la délimitation des circonscriptions, et la rupture du consensus sur le calendrier électoral, les États membres de la CEDEAO ont réussi à générer les financements nécessaires à la bonne conduite des élections, a-t-il poursuivi. Concernant la nouvelle date des élections fixée au 13 avril, il convient de rappeler, a dit le représentant, que l’inscription des électeurs a été conclue le 8 février 2014, et que la liste électorale sera disponible le 4 mars, alors que, selon la Constitution, l’élection devrait avoir lieu deux mois après la publication de la liste électorale.

Par ailleurs, deux questions politiques internes clefs subsistent, a ajouté le représentant. Il s’agit de la rumeur sur le retour à Bissau de l’ancien Premier Ministre, et du fait que le Parti africain pour l’indépendance de la Guinée et du Cap-Vert(PAIGC) n’ait pas désigné un candidat à la présidentielle avant la clôture de la période proposée par la Commission électorale nationale.

Concernant la réforme des forces de défense et des institutions de sécurité, le représentant de la Guinée-Bissau a reconnu qu’elle était urgente. Elle demeure au sommet de la hiérarchie de nos priorités, a-t-il dit en ajoutant que la Guinée-Bissau a besoin d’être étroitement accompagnée par la communauté internationale pour entamer ces vastes réformes nécessaires dans l’administration publique et pour créer les conditions indispensables à la promotion de la justice afin de combattre l’impunité qui règne dans la société.

Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général en Guinée-Bissau a suggéré le placement des forces de défense et de sécurité sous le contrôle des civils. Des stratégies de démobilisation et de réintégration devraient être soutenues après la tenue des élections, notamment à travers des réformes des structures de sécurité intérieure et des mesures assurant l’indépendance de la justice dans le but de combattre l’impunité ainsi que la criminalité transnationale organisée et le trafic de drogue.

Pour sa part, le représentant du Brésil et Président de la formation Guinée-Bissau de la Commission de consolidation de la paix a reconnu la complexité de la modernisation des secteurs de défense et de sécurité de la Guinée-Bissau. Il a préconisé une approche globale qui demande un appui durable au dialogue politique, à la réforme de l’État et la modernisation des structures clefs de l’État allant de la police au système judiciaire et à l’administration publique. Un processus efficace doit assurer qu’aucun groupe social ou aucune partie prenante ne soit relégué comme citoyen de seconde zone, et que les différentes contributions au processus de progrès institutionnel soient reconnues dans un environnement national pluriel et démocratique avec l’égalité des chances pour tous, a proposé le représentant.

Le représentant de la Côte d’Ivoire a, quant à lui, assuré que la CEDEAO s’est engagée à appuyer la Guinée-Bissau en vue de la sécurisation des élections à venir. Dans le cadre de la Réforme de la défense et des secteurs de sécurité (DSSR), il a révélé qu’une équipe comprenant un coordonnateur et six experts de la CEDEAO a été déployée en Guinée-Bissau à la fin de décembre 2013, avec des objectifs à court et à long termes visant la modernisation de la défense et des secteurs de la sécurité, grâce notamment à l’amélioration du cadre juridique. Il s’agit aussi d’assurer le renforcement des capacités en termes de ressources humaines et matérielles, a-t-il précisé.

Pour ce qui est de la question de l’impunité, M. Horta a regretté l’incapacité des autorités bissau-guinéennes à enquêter sur les violations des droits de l’homme et les crimes, citant comme exemple l’agression commise contre le ministre des transports et des communications le 5 décembre. De même, il a regretté l’absence de poursuites contre les auteurs de la violation des locaux de l’ambassade du Nigéria et déploré le meurtre d’un ressortissant nigérian le 8 octobre ainsi que l’embarquement illégal dans un avion de ressortissants syriens qui ont voyagé avec des faux passeports pour se rendre au Portugal, ceci en dépit du fait qu’une enquête avait été ouverte.

Le Représentant spécial a également exhorté la communauté internationale à voir la situation en Guinée-Bissau sur le long terme et au-delà de l’actuelle période de transition électorale. Le Gouvernement qui sera élu fera face à des défis énormes, et il est très important que les partenaires internationaux reprennent leur engagement avec le pays dès le jour de l’installation des nouvelles autorités élues, a préconisé M. Ramos-Horta. Il s’agira d’apporter une aide d’urgence et un appui, choses essentielles à la construction de l’État et au développement du pays.

Le représentant du Mozambique, M. Antonio Gumende, parlant au nom de la Communauté des pays de langue portugaise (CPLP), a dit: « nous devons réunir nos efforts pour donner aux autorités bissau-guinéennes issues des prochaines élections, si elles le demandent, et en coopération avec d’autres organisations internationales et africaines, les conditions de sécurité nécessaires pour permettre, ensuite, la mise en œuvre les réformes dont le pays a besoin et qui, une fois pour toutes, pourront sortir la Guinée-Bissau du cycle vicieux de l’instabilité récurrente ». Avant de conclure son intervention, il a annoncé la nomination d’un Représentant spécial de la Communauté des pays de langue portugaise en Guinée-Bissau en la personne de M. Carlos Alves Moura, dont la responsabilité va être de suivre de près les développements de la situation et de coopérer avec toutes les parties prenantes, si cela s’avère nécessaire, jusqu’à la fin du processus électoral.

  • (S/2014/105)

À l’intention des organes d’information • Document non officiel

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Guinea-Bissau: Rapport du Secrétaire général sur le rétablissement de l’ordre constitutionnel en Guinée-Bissau (S/2014/105)

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Source: UN Security Council Country: Guinea-Bissau

I. Introduction

  1. Établi en application des résolutions 2048 (2012) et 2103 (2013) du Conseil de sécurité, le présent rapport fait le point, depuis mon dernier rapport en date du 19 novembre 2013 (S/2013/680), sur l’évolution de l’actualité politique, des conditions de sécurité, de la situation des droits de l’homme et de la situation socioéconomique et humanitaire.

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Mozambique: Mozambique Food Security Outlook Update February 2014

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Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Mozambique

Key Messages

  • Currently, acute food insecurity outcomes for the majority of rural households across the country are stable and Minimal (IPC Phase 1). However there are pockets of displaced households affected by floods near the central and northern river basins including Búzi, Púnguè and Licungo rivers that are experiencing acute food insecurity. From February through June Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes will continue across most of the country due to newly harvested crops.

  • According to the National Institute of Meteorology (INAM), most of the central region of the country has been receiving well above-normal rainfall. Heavy rains that resulted in moderate flooding continued in February throughout the central and northern parts of the country, causing households to be displaced and damage to crops and infrastructure. Displaced households are receiving emergency assistance and the country is still under orange alert as the emergency situation continues.

  • As the harvest period approaches, green food is gradually becoming available across the country. In most of the southern parts of the country households have already started the main harvest of maize, groundnuts, and tomatoes. However, in most of the central and northern parts of the country crops are still in the vegetative or maturing stages.

  • Staple food prices and trade flow patterns are typical for this time of the year. From December to January prices remained stable or increased according to the seasonal trends for the months of February/March. The floods in the central and northern parts of the country are occasionally restricting the movement of goods in some local markets, but impacts are temporary and localized.

Current Situation

  • The food security of most rural households across the country and outside the flood affected areas is relatively favorable and Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes (IPC Phase 1) are expected through June. In the flood affected areas, emergency operations including evacuations and emergency humanitarian assistance is underway.

  • Green food is gradually becoming available across the country from the main 2013/14 harvest. In most of the southern zone of the country households have started the main season harvest of maize, groundnuts and tomatoes. In the central and northern parts of the country most of the crops are currently at vegetative and maturing stages.

  • According to the National Center for Emergency Operations (CENOE), the ongoing heavy rains and flooding throughout the country have affected nearly 12,000 households in the country and hundreds are currently living in temporary accommodation centers where humanitarian assistance is provided by government and partners. In order to assess the immediate and medium term needs of households living in affected areas, a rapid emergency assessment is being implemented and will inform the next steps for humanitarian and recovery programming.

  • According to the Ministry of Agriculture’s Department of Crops and Early Warning, this year’s floods and plagues has affected nearly 0.7 percent of total planted area with diversified crops and resulted in the loss of nearly 0.37 percent of the total planted area for this season. The Ministry of Agriculture is closely monitoring the situation and based on forecast of more heavy rains in the northern and central regions.

Updated Assumptions

The assumptions used to develop the most likely scenario for the January-June Outlook period are still valid. As indicated in the agroclimatology assumptions, the mild to moderate floods are actually occurring along the major river basins of the central and parts of the northern regions of the country. However, the flooding situation is currently not severe and widespread, which could potentially change the most likely scenario. Therefore, the overall projected food security outcomes for the outlook period are not expected to change. A full discussion of the scenario is available in: Mozambique Food Security Outlook for January to June 2014.

Projected Outlook Through June 2014

Despite the adverse agroclimatic conditions in localized areas, this season’s national crop production prospects are reported to be good. As a result of favorable rainfall, substantial contributions are expected from all the regions of the country including the semi-arid areas in south.

Across the country, including the area of concern, the majority of poor households will maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes from February to March through market purchases, gradual access to green food, and expansion of their livelihood strategies if needed. From April to June Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes are expected as the majority of households will begin consuming food from own production and making less market purchases. Casual labor through land preparation, planting and weeding for the second season will also play an important role during this period. The seasonal decrease of staple food prices will continue until June and this will improve poor household access to market food purchases.

In conflict and flood affected areas Minimal acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 1) outcomes will persist as government authorities and partners continue to provide humanitarian assistance. However, it is possible that inadequate assistance may force displaced households to resort in atypical coping strategies, including the depletion of their assets. In these areas, emergency seed distribution for post-flood replanting and the second cropping season is highly recommended.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

This monthly report covers current conditions as well as changes to the projected outlook for food insecurity in this country. It updates FEWS NET’s quarterly Food Security Outlook.

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Haiti: L’épidémie du choléra en régression dans le Nord

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 02:46

Source: UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti Country: Haiti

La direction départementale sanitaire du Nord a organisé un atelier de travail, ce mardi 25 février 2014, avec les différents partenaires impliqués dans la lutte contre le choléra dans ce département.

L’objectif était de permettre aux acteurs de présenter le bilan de leurs activités de l’année passée, et de dresser les perspectives pour l’année en cours. Parmi les partenaires : Oxfam GB, la Direction nationale d’eau potable et d’assainissement (DINEPA), Grow Project Haïti, Ekol Dlo, la MINUSTAH et UNICEF.

« Comme sur le plan national, le cholera a atteint son plus bas niveau dans les 19 communes du Nord. Les cas reçus par semaine dans les Centres de Traitement de Choléra (CTC) varient entre cinq et huit cas par jour », a expliqué Dr. Robert jasmin, le directeur sanitaire du Nord.

Dans le cadre de ses activités de réhabilitation des installations hydrauliques dans le Nord, la Direction nationale d’eau potable (DINEPA) compterait mobiliser plus 500.000.000 de gourdes pour effectuer des travaux dans les 19 communes du Nord.

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Haiti: La Brigade à vélo s’installe dans l’Artibonite

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 02:44

Source: UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti Country: Haiti

Après l’Ouest, le Sud et le Sud-Est, l’Artibonite est le quatrième département d’Haïti à accueillir la Brigade à vélo. Les cérémonies de lancement se sont déroulées le 6 février à Saint-Marc et 26 février aux Gonaïves.

Au Gonaïves, le lance ment a eu lieu sur la Place d’Armes dans une ambiance festive. « Cette nouvelle brigade à vélo s’inscrit dans le cadre du renforcement de l’institution policière. Elle donne une nouvelle dimension à la police, en la rapprochant davantage de la population », a souligné le Directeur départemental de la PNH, Frantz Mathurin.

Néanmoins, ce rapprochement ne sera effectif qu’a une seule condition : « une bonne collaboration entre la population et la PNH, dans l’objectif de renforcer la sécurité », comme recommande le chef de la police des Nations Unies (UNPol), Luis Carrilho.

Pour la Chef du Bureau régional de la MINUSTAH dans l’Artibonite, Nharebat Intchasso, « la Brigade à vélo s’inscrit dans le Plan de développement de la PNH 2012-2016, tel que conçu par le gouvernement haïtien et la MINUSTAH ». Il s’agit, en effet, de doter l’institution policière d’outils adéquats, pour lui permettre de remplir ses missions de protection et de services aux populations.

L’Artibonite étant le deuxième département le plus peuplé du pays – après l’Ouest – et le plus grand en superficie, avec deux grandes villes, Gonaïves et Saint-Marc ayant connues des tensions politiques dans le passé, la présence de la Brigade à vélo s’avère très importante en vue de permettre à la police de se rapprocher de la population.

La Brigade à vélo déjà présente à Saint-Marc

« Il n’y a pas de policiers sans la population, tout comme la population ne peut pas bien vivre sans la Police », fait savoir le Commissaire de police de Saint-Marc, Carlet Vincent lors du lancement de la Brigade à vélo de cette localité communément appelée « Métropole du Bas Artibonite ».

Pour le Chef de la section des Affaires civiles de la MINUSTAH dans le département, Yachim Yacouba Maiga, « cette nouvelle brigade est un outil mise en œuvre dans le cadre de la police de proximité dans la région ».

es 15 éléments de la Brigade à vélo du Département de l’Artibonite – huit aux Gonaïves et sept à Saint-Marc – ont pour mission de parcourir les communes respectives à vélo, question de se rapprocher davantage de la population.

La mise en place de cette nouvelle entité a été facilitée par les policiers canadiens de la MINUSTAH (UNPOL). Elle s’est impliquée notamment dans la formation des policiers et le don de vélo. Plusieurs activités socioculturelles ont marqué cette cérémonie qui se tient a quelques jours du carnaval national, organise pour la première fois dans la Cité de l’Indépendance.

Vicky Delore Ndjeuga / Jean-Etiome Dorcent

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Zambia: Zambia Food Security Outlook Update February 2014

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 02:43

Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Zambia

Key Messages

Acute food insecurity remains Minimal (IPC Phase 1) at the height of the lean season, despite atypically high staple food prices. Most households are depending on the market to meet their basic foods and poor households are mostly working for food.

The price of staple food remains above the five year average and last year’s prices. The FRA sale of maize to millers and rural communities at market price has helped maintain the current price levels. Maize prices are expected to start falling in April as the new harvest becomes available and market demand falls.

With the updated forecast of normal to above normal rainfall during the February to March period, widespread rainfall is expected to continue which should boost harvest prospects for the late planted crop especially for eastern Zambia. In general crop conditions are good and the late planted crops have a chance of reaching maturity if good rains continue through the end of March in the southern parts of the country.

Current Situation

Acute food security outcomes remain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) at the peak of the lean period. This is the period when poor households have depleted own stocks and are depending on local markets mostly through sale of agricultural and non-agricultural labor.

Maize and meal prices have remained atypically high with most markets registering price increases in January as demand increases at the height of the lean season. Increases in maize meal prices were mostly recorded in low producing and high consumption areas. High food prices coupled with average wage rates has reduced the purchasing power of poorer households.

The FRA community sale of maize has extended to several districts as households run out of maize and start depending on markets for purchases. Most rural households are either purchasing maize meal (K60 to K80/25Kg) in local markets or accessing maize from the FRA depots at market price (K80/50Kg). Most households are awaiting green foods in March in order to help reduce their dependency on market purchases. Approximately 210,000 people in 18 districts are receiving relief food to supplement the reduced food access and this will continue up to March when the early foods become available.

After a late onset of rains in Eastern, Lusaka, parts of Central and most of Southern Province, the rains have improved in terms of both quantity and distribution. The widespread rainfall has improved crop conditions. In the southern half of the country, with the exception of Western Province where the season started early (in October), the maize is mostly in the vegetative to grain filling stage while most of the legumes have not yet reached flowering stage. A combination of late planting and the late delivery of Government subsidized inputs (seed and top dressing) could contribute to reduced yield this season. In some areas attractive prices has driven an increase in the maize area planted, however in other areas there are reports of reduced planting due to the late start and erratic rainfall at the start of the season. Rice, the main cash crop in Kalabo and Lukulu (North-western Province) is reportedly performing well and a good harvest is expected. Low cotton plantings have been widely reported in Southern Province due to non-recovery from the 2011/12 price failure.

Following recent insecurity, the tightened patrols at the Kasumbalesa border with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has further reduced the informal flow of maize/meal into that country. With maize demand remaining high in the DRC, the reduced supply has increased border prices by 30-40 percent on both the Zambian and DRC sides. The attractive prices have led to increased formal flow of maize from Tanzania into the DRC via Tanzania/northern Zambia.

An outbreak of African swine fever in Lusaka has been brought under control. As a result, the Government has lifted the ban of the movement of pigs and pig products. This should result in increased marketing of pigs and products from other districts in Lusaka and consequently improve income for the better-off and middle wealth groups rearing pigs. A recent outbreak of the swine fever has also been reported in Choma (Southern Province) and measures are being put in place to contain the situation.
Updated Assumptions The current situation has not changed the assumptions used to develop FEWS NET’s most likely scenario for the period of January to June 2014. A full discussion of the scenario is available in the Zambia Food Security Outlook for January to June 2014.

Projected Outlook Through June 2014

Despite stable supplies of staple food on the market, prices are expected to remain atypically high up until March and will start falling in April when the green harvest increases and the main harvest begins. Market supplies will remain adequate throughout the outlook period from a combination of supplies from the private sector, FRA, and the new harvest. The distribution of relief food through March will increase food access for food insecure populations (<20 percent), mostly in the southern parts of the country.
According to the Zambian Department of Meteorology’s updated forecast, there is a high likelihood of normal to above normal rainfall and therefore, crop conditions are expected to remain good for the April/May harvest period. Despite the late start, harvest prospects still remain positive for maize, while cotton output is expected to be below average for the second consecutive season. There is also a high likelihood of a reduced legume harvest due to the delayed start of season and late planting.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

This monthly report covers current conditions as well as changes to the projected outlook for food insecurity in this country. It updates FEWS NET’s quarterly Food Security Outlook.

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Nigeria: Schools, university empty after deadly Nigeria attack

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 02:42

Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Nigeria

02/27/2014 02:08 GMT

by Aminu ABUBAKAR

KANO, February 27, 2014 (AFP) - Terrified students in northeast Nigeria have fled boarding schools after an attack by suspected Boko Haram extremists in which 43 students were shot and hacked to death and the whole school razed.

Students refused to stay overnight in their schools and colleges in the wake of the attack on the Federal Government College in Buni Yadi, Yobe state on Tuesday.

"Most students of boarding secondary schools have vacated their hostels and moved back to their homes after news of the Buni Yadi attack," Yunusa Ahmed, who lives in the state capital Damaturu, told AFP.

Ahmed's son is currently studying at the city's Government Secondary School but has now moved back home along with two classmates.

"They went to school today (Wednesday) but returned after classes ended because they are too afraid to sleep in the school for fear of a Boko Haram attack," Ahmed said.

Boko Haram, which translates roughly from Hausa as "Western education is sin", rejects a so-called Western curriculum and has burnt hundreds of schools in its four-and-a-half year fight to create an Islamic state in the north.

Last October Yobe state authorities said Boko Haram fighters burnt down 209 schools, causing damage worth an estimated $15.6 million (11.4 million euros).

The attacks are taking their toll on education in a region that already lags behind the rest of Nigeria in social and economic development.

  • 'Callously murdered' -

President Goodluck Jonathan, in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening to mark upcoming celebrations for the centenary of Nigeria's unification, said the students were "callously murdered".

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was "deeply concerned about the increasing frequency and brutality of attacks against educational institutions", adding that "no objective can justify such violence".

A student at GSS Damaturu, who gave his name only as Mubarak, said students fled their dorms in fear of further attacks.

Last June seven students and a teacher were shot dead in the school when Boko Haram opened fire on a dormitory.

"We are afraid of a repeat of the horrifying incident of last year," Mubarak said.

Tuesday's attack was the fourth such raid on schools in Yobe state by Boko Haram in the past year.

In September insurgents dressed in military uniform opened fire on student hostels at an agriculture college in Gujba, killing 40.

The Federal Government College, a girls' school in Yobe state's commercial hub Potiskum, was shut indefinitely after concerned parents took their daughters home, fearing it could be hit next, a teacher at the school said.

"The school management sought approval from higher authorities for the closure of the school because of the massive withdrawal of students by parents, despite assurances by the school management," said the teacher, who asked not to be identified.

Students have also fled at least two other boarding schools in the town, say locals.

The fear of renewed violence was heightened by claims that the attackers of Buni Yadi were spotted in a nearby village afterwards, Kabir added.

In July last year, Boko Haram gunmen broke into a secondary school in Mamudo village outside Potiskum, opening fire and throwing explosives into dormitories, killing a teacher and 41 students as they slept.

Students of Bukar Abba Ibrahim University in Damaturu have also abandoned their halls of residence.

"The attacks on secondary schools are a clear warning to us in the university because if the attackers could murder secondary school children one can only imagine what they would do if they attack a university," said student Bashir Sani.

Many are staying with friends in the city. Only a few with nowhere else to go still sleep at the college, he said.

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Bolivia (Plurinational State of): Llegará el segundo Súper Puma enviado por Brasil para tareas de ayuda humanitaria

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 02:39

Source: Government of Bolivia Country: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

La Paz, 26 feb (ABI).- El agregado militar de la embajada de Brasil en Bolivia, Daniel Simoe Da Vega, anunció que el jueves llegará el segundo helicóptero 'Súper Puma' enviado por el Gobierno de su país para coadyuvar en las tareas de ayuda humanitaria.

'Como agregado de la Fuerza Aérea del Brasil informar que el Súper Puma aterrizará en la V Brigada Aérea de Trinidad para el apoyo a las personas afectadas por las lluvias', dijo a la ABI.

Dijo que como el primer helicóptero que llegó el pasado domingo, el segundo también tiene una tripulación de 11 personas; un mecánico, un grupo especial de Salvataje Auxilio y Rescate (SAR), el piloto y co piloto.

La aeronave pertenece al Ejército brasileño y la tripulación tiene la misión de participar en las operaciones de ayuda a los damnificados por inundaciones que afectan al departamento de Beni, Pando y al Norte de La Paz, complementó. dea/rsl ABI

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Bolivia (Plurinational State of): Presidente entregará víveres, vituallas y potabilizadores de agua a damnificados de Riberalta

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 02:35

Source: Government of Bolivia Country: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Ribertalta, BOLIVIA, 26 feb (ABI).- El presidente Evo Morales entregará el jueves un lote de víveres, vituallas y potabilizadores de agua a los damnificados de Riberalta, en el departamento amazónico del Beni. informaron el miércoles fuentes oficiales.

'El día de mañana el presidente Evo Morales va a entregar en la ciudad de Riberalta víveres y vituallas a las comunidades indígenas campesinas y la población urbana que ha sido afectada por estos desastres', explicó el ministro de la Presidencia, Juan Ramón Quintana.

Según información oficial, los albergues refugian a más de 1.000 familias del área urbana, 947 familias campesinas y 590 familias indígenas de más de 20 comunidades del territorio Chaco Pacahuara y del Pueblo Cavineño.

Los albergues están instalados en carpas, colegios y sedes sociales de esa ciudad, situada al norte del departamento amazónico del Beni.

Las familias se refugiaron en esas instalaciones después del desborde del Río Beni y el rebalse de las aguas servidas ocasionadas por las intensas lluvias, que pueden producir una epidemia bacteriológica.

Quintana dijo que el Jefe de Estado realizará también una visita a los albergues y entregará cuatro potabilizadores de agua, que producen de 1.000 a 1.500 litros de agua potable por hora.

'Estas son plantas de potabilización que san sido donadas por el Gobierno de Venezuela y además de estas cuatro tenemos 8 plantas de potabilización que también vamos a llevar a la ciudad de Trinidad y Santa Ana de Yacuma', indicó.

Asimismo, informó que el Mandatario se trasladará a la ciudad de Trinidad para reunirse con al Federación de Ganaderos del Beni (FEGABENI) y entregará 700 toneladas de forraje y bagazo para alimentar al ganado afectado por las inundaciones. vic/rsl ABI

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Bolivia (Plurinational State of): Gobierno reconstruirá 241 viviendas en Rurrenabaque, Reyes y San Buenaventura

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 02:33

Source: Government of Bolivia Country: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

La Paz, 26 feb (ABI).- El viceministro de Vivienda y Urbanismo, Bony Morales, informó el miércoles que a partir de marzo comenzará la reconstrucción de 241 viviendas que fueron dañadas por las inundaciones, en la regiones de Rurrenabaque y Reyes, en Beni; y San Buenaventura, en el norte de La Paz.

Según un boletín del Ministerio de Obras Públicas, en Rurrenabaque se estableció inicialmente que existen 104 viviendas dañas, mientras que en el municipio de Reyes se evidenció 117.

En San Buenaventura se reconstruirán 20 viviendas y, al igual que en los otros municipios, sus alcaldías deben garantizar la entrega de terrenos.

El Viceministro de Vivienda aclaró que en los próximos días se continuará evaluando los daños que dejaron las inundaciones en otras poblaciones del Beni y del norte de La Paz.
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Bolivia (Plurinational State of): Empresaria de Beni dona 6 toneladas de agua embotellada para damnificados

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 02:31

Source: Government of Bolivia Country: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Trinidad, 26 feb (ABI).- La técnica en gestión social de la Agencia para el Desarrollo de las Macroregiones y Zonas Fronterizas (ADEMAF), Vania Rivero, destacó el miércoles el gesto solidario de la empresaria beniana Nathalia Rivero que donó 6 toneladas de agua embotellada para los damnificados por las inundaciones.

'Gracias a las coordinaciones de la directora departamental de ADEMAF, Susana Rivero, con la empresaria beniana Nathalia Rivero de Marchette, fue posible la entrega de 6 toneladas de agua que corresponde a 6 mil litros cúbicos, con el objetivo de paliar la necesidad de agua potable en regiones inundadas', dijo.

'La distribución en gran cantidad se la realizará en poblaciones y comunidades indígenas, campesinas; asimismo, parte del stock se distribuirá en los 49 albergues instalados en la ciudad de Trinidad', añadió la funcionaria de ADEMAF. es/rm/ ABI

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Bolivia (Plurinational State of): Armada entrega 2,5 toneladas de víveres a Gobernación de La Paz para damnificados

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 02:30

Source: Government of Bolivia Country: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

La Paz, 26 feb (ABI).- El comandante de la Armada Boliviana, Gonzalo Alcón, informó el miércoles que esa institución castrense entregó 2,5 toneladas de víveres a la Gobernación de La Paz, para los damnificados afectados por las fuertes lluvias.

'Hemos entregado hoy día 2 toneladas y media en víveres, como harina, azúcar, arroz, fideo, agua y ropa, y lo estamos entregando a la Gobernación de La Paz porque consideramos que ellos van a ver la mejor forma y la mejor manera de hacer llegar a las comunidades afectadas', explicó a los periodistas.

Asimismo, explicó que la Armada Boliviana está desplegada en todo el territorio nacional.

'La Armada está realizando tareas de evacuación de personas, ganado y víveres ya sea en el departamento de Pando, Beni, La Paz, Cochabamba y Santa Cruz con todas nuestras embarcaciones mayores y menores que tenemos', precisó.

Recordó que la Armada tiene embarcaciones con capacidad de trasladar entre 60 y 70 toneladas.

'Todas nuestras unidades, ya sean con embarcaciones mayores y menores, así como movilidades, equipos de buceo, personal altamente entrenado para este tipo de dificultades está presente en hacer frente a estas contingencias', complementó.

Alcón precisó que se realiza un trabajo 'integral', bajo el mando del Comando Estratégico Operacional, dependiente del Comando en Jefe. xzs/rsl ABI

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Bolivia (Plurinational State of): Gobierno entregará otro lote de forraje para 10 mil cabezas de ganado del Beni

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 02:29

Source: Government of Bolivia Country: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

La Paz, 26 feb (ABI).- El Gobierno nacional entregará el miércoles el segundo lote de forraje para 10.000 cabezas de ganado afectado por los desastres naturales en el departamento Amazónico del Beni, informaron fuentes oficiales.

'Para esto se prepara el cargamento de 630 toneladas de alimento, consistentes en 700 rollos de heno de pasto (330 toneladas) y 300 toneladas de bagazo de caña', explicó el viceministro de Desarrollo Rural y Agropecuario, Víctor Hugo Vásquez, citado en un boletín de prensa.

Vásquez precisó que los ganaderos, cuyos hatos están en riesgo, recibirán ese alimento, gestionado por el Gobierno nacional y viabilizado por el Ministerio de Desarrollo Rural y Tierras, de la Gestión de Riesgos, del Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria e Inocuidad Alimentaria (Senasag) y del Instituto Nacional de Reforma Agraria (INRA).

Anunció que la distribución de ese forraje, se realizará en coordinación con la Federación de Ganaderos del Beni y los productores afectados.

Recordó que la primera entrega de forraje fue 'exitosa', tomando en cuenta que se entregaron 812 rollos de heno de pasto (406 toneladas) y 167 de bagazo hidrolizado de caña.

'A la fecha se reportaron más de 45 mil hectáreas afectadas a nivel nacional y 59.836 cabezas de ganado muerto, estos son datos parciales, ya que aún se realiza la evaluación de las afectaciones por el difícil acceso', explicó.

Informó que el Instituto Nacional del Seguro Agrario (INSA), verificó aproximadamente 1.000 hectáreas afectadas, que recibirán indemnización, y anunció que en los municipios que no están registrados en el Seguro Agrario se implementará un plan de rehabilitación.
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South Sudan: UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #11 - 25 February 2014

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 02:26

Source: UN Children's Fund Country: South Sudan preview

Highlights

  • Despite the signed Cessation of Hostilities, fighting has continued in a number of areas throughout South Sudan, further compounding humanitarian access and increasing the movement of populations. On Tuesday, 18 February, armed conflict erupted in Malakal, with heavy fighting around the UNMISS compound and crossfire landing in the Protection of Civilian area (PoC). It is anticipated that fighting will continue particularly in key strategic oil field locations with an increase between now and the rainy season.

  • Services for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) management are progressively being re-established in the 352 Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) pre-crisis network. A total of 61,430 children under 5 in POCs and outside the POCs areas were screened since the onset of the crisis, including 34,222 this past week. As a result, 1,594 new cases have been admitted for severe acute malnutrition by all partners, bringing the cumulative SAM admissions to 5,172.

  • UNICEF South Sudan is urgently appealing for US$75 million, ahead of the upcoming rainy season, as part of the global Humanitarian Action for Children 2014 launched in Geneva on 21 February.

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Bolivia (Plurinational State of): Reportan que 370 familias continúan incomunicadas por los desastres en Cochabamba

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 02:22

Source: Government of Bolivia Country: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Cochabamba, 26 feb (ABI).- La secretaria de los Derechos de la Madre Tierra, Cinthia Vargas informó que al menos 370 familias de nueve comunidades continúan incomunicadas en el municipio de Puerto Villarroel, en el trópico de Cochabamba, por la crecida de ríos e inundaciones.

'Hay nueve comunidades en Puerto Villarroel que están aisladas. Son comunidades principalmente campesinas. Según el reporte que tenemos son alrededor de unas 370 familias', informó.

Vargas dijo que se gestiona el envío de vituallas por vía aérea a esas comunidades.

Por su parte, el gobernador de Cochabamba, Edmundo Novillo, comenzó las gestiones con el ministro de la Presidencia, Juan Ramón Quintana, para contar con un helicóptero y llevar las vituallas a esas zonas apenas mejoren las condiciones climáticas, subrayó.

'El pedido más urgente que tenemos es el envío de alimentos', comentó.

La autoridad recordó que en el trópico de Cochabamba fue declarada una nueva alerta naranja meteorológica y comenzó a llover de manera copiosa, lo que dificulta el ingreso fluvial a las comunidades perjudicadas.

Asimismo, Vargas dijo que se coordinó labores preventivas entre el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias (COE) y los municipios del trópico de Cochabamba para atender cualquier emergencia que se presente por la reanudación de las precipitaciones pluviales y posibles riadas e inundaciones.
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Indonesia: Mt. Sinabung, Mt. Kelud evacuees face hardships after return

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 02:10

Source: Jakarta Post Country: Indonesia

Apriadi Gunawan and Wahyoe Boediwardhana, The Jakarta Post, Karo, North Sumatra/Malang, East Java | Headlines | Tue, February 25 2014, 9:53 AM

Thousands of residents who have returned to their villages after being evacuated due to the eruptions of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra and Mt. Kelud in East Java have found their lives to be harder than ever.

More than 17,000 evacuees have reportedly not yet received aid in the form of living allowances that were earlier promised by the government, despite the fact that the residents, hailing from 16 villages, have been back in their houses — located outside a 5-kilometer radius of the volcano — for more than a week.

A resident of Sukandebi village, Sutresno Ginting, said his family no longer had adequate daily food supplies since returning home last week.

“We have used up our remaining supplies over the past week, so we hope the government will immediately provide living allowances for evacuees who have returned home,” Sutresno told The Jakarta Post in Sukandebi village on Monday.

He said, to date, the government had yet to distribute rations to Mt. Sinabung eruption evacuees who had returned home.

According to Sutresno, evacuees are in dire need of aid due to the current high costs of daily needs, particularly as they could not generate any income from their fields as crops have been damaged by volcanic ash.

He added that he had to fork out at least Rp 50,000 (US$4.3) for his children’s transportation and schooling expenses. Fortunately, added Sutresno, he still had savings of Rp 300,000 that he received from donors and Rp 500,000 for working 10 days in the government-sponsored cash-for-work program.

Karo regency spokesman Jhonson Tarigan admitted the returning evacuees had yet to receive living allowances. According to him, the cash assistance is still being processed.

Jhonson added the cash assistance would be provided by the Social Affairs Ministry. “Each person is entitled to Rp 6,000 and 0.4 kilograms of rice, daily for 30 days,” said Jhonson.

He added that as of noon on Monday, 17,150 people from 5,213 families had returned to their homes after living in shelters since the eruption occurred in September last year. Thirty people were killed as a result of the eruption.

Similar conditions were also experienced by thousands of evacuees from Pandansari village, Malang regency, East Java, who were living in a troubled state as they still lacked access to clean water and plastic tarpaulins to replace roofs that were damaged during the eruption of Mt. Kelud on Feb. 13.

Many of the residents have been forced to sleep in the open air. Some of them have even had to withstand rain due to heavy downpours in the area over the last two days.

Pandansari villagers, who claimed they had been forced to return home by authorities after taking shelter in a number of locations in Batu city since Feb. 21, said they were not yet ready to return home because the roofs of their homes had been virtually destroyed by the Mt. Kelud eruption.

“We are actually unprepared to leave the shelter because our homes in the village are ruined. We need tarpaulins to cover the roofs of our homes so we can be protected from the rain,” Pandansari villager Suyanto Bagong, 48, told the Post on Sunday.

Another villager, Ismail, 63, said he had only received two tarpaulin sheets measuring four-by-six meters from volunteers, though he needed four to five sheets to cover his roof.

“I have to borrow money to buy tarpaulins in Pujon district; if not my family will still have to withstand the rain and cold night air,” said Ismail.

Earlier, East Java Governor Soekarwo announced that around 16,000 families living in three regencies and municipalities affected by the Mt. Kelud eruption would receive housing aid.

The East Java provincial administration has earmarked Rp 100 billion from its budget to assist people displaced by the Mt. Kelud eruption, Rp 60 billion of which is derived from the housing program, while the remaining Rp 40 billion is from the unprecedented natural disaster budget.

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Indonesia: Schools closed after flood, deadly landslides

ReliefWeb - Latest Updates - Thu, 2014-02-27 02:02

Source: Jakarta Post Country: Indonesia

The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Thu, February 27 2014, 6:14 AM

Schools were still closed on Wednesday after flooding and landslides hit Jayapura, Papua, killing eight residents.

“The floodwater inundated classrooms. We are now cleaning up mud,” SD Yapis elementary school principal Muhammad Qomarudin told reporters.

In the Yapis area, rescue team members were still searching for Petronela Kobepa, 9, who was suspected of having been buried alive when a landslide occurred on Saturday. The team has so far recovered eight bodies of landslide victims in several locations in the city.

Jayapura Disaster Mitigation Agency staffer Alfounso said the team would search for Petronela until Saturday and then would extend the search area in the next week if the victim remained missing. The search effort is difficult, as the slide occurred in a steep, mountainous area.

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