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More than 400,000 displaced in northwest Syria in 3 months – U.N.

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The region under attack is home to some 3 million people, nearly half of them already displaced from other parts of the country

DISPLACED. Residents flee with their belongings during reported shelling by government and allied forces, in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province on May 3,2019. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Cholera outbreak in Nigeria claims nearly 100 lives

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:22 PM

More than 3,000 cholera cases have been recorded in the states of Yobe and Borno, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Thousands flee fresh clashes in northern Myanmar, says UN

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Many have been displaced in the state of Kachin near the border with China in the last 3 weeks, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

22 million Yemenis now in need of aid – United Nations

Jan 16, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Some 8.4 million people are at risk of famine, up from 6.8 million in 2017, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) said.

UN ready to provide humanitarian assistance to Vinta-hit Mindanao

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly 140,000 Vinta victims are expected to welcome the new year homeless

RAPID ASSESSMENT. Humanitarian workers from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, conduct rapid assessments in Lanao del Sur towns that were hit by Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin).  Photos by J. Pangalian/UNHCR

Meet the spouses of the ASEAN leaders

Nov 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Rappler places the spotlight on some of the spouses of the ASEAN leaders, from Brunei's Queen Saleha to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's long-time partner Honeylet Avanceña

MEET THE SPOUSES. Rappler looks at some of the spouses of ASEAN leaders. File photos from

Information management vital for Marawi recovery – UN OCHA

Aug 01, 2017 - 5:30 PM

UN OCHA launches an online platform to help local government units and NGOs learn the needs of those affected by the armed conflict

MARAWI CLASH. ARMY soldiers stood watch as they hold their position near the shoreline of Lake Lanao in Marawi City on Thursday, June 22,2017. the soldiers are holding the shorelines to prevent fleeing members of Maute group. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Rappler Talk: How can data help people displaced by war, disasters?

Jul 31, 2017 - 2:29 PM

The head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Philippines talks to MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz on July 31 2:30pm Bookmark this page to watch the interview

60 aid workers forced to flee South Sudan fighting – UN

Apr 15, 2017 - 9:38 PM

The outbreak of violence in the eastern Jonglei region comes after fierce clashes in southern Pajok and western Wau in the past 2 weeks

UN gives $5M in aid for crisis-hit region in DR Congo

Mar 05, 2017 - 12:46 AM

The grant will be for a maximum period of 6 months to save the lives of about 108 000 people in the violence wracked Kasai region

Syria army advances as UN decries Aleppo's 'living hell'

Oct 02, 2016 - 5:48 PM

UPDATED The health care system in eastern Aleppo is all but obliterated Medical facilities are being hit one by one says Stephen O Brien

DEVASTATION. A family walks amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in Aleppo, Syria, on April 28, 2016. Photo by Ameer Alhalbi/AFP

North Korea flood death toll rises to 133 with 395 missing – UN

Sep 12, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Some 107 000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the area along the Tumen River the United Nations says in a statement

UN delivers food to starving displaced by Boko Haram

Jul 23, 2016 - 1:00 PM

It is the first aid delivery to the thousands of internally displaced in the northeast region in the last 4 months following deadly Boko Haram raids

Humanitarian agencies participate in #Pagyanig

Jun 23, 2016 - 7:20 PM

The scenario in Camp Aguinaldo shows the close coordination between government agencies and humanitarian organizations in the face of a complex emergency

COORDINATION. Humanitarian agencies participate in the nationwide earthquake drill spearheaded by OCD and NDRRMC.

Aid finally getting to Fiji cyclone victims

Feb 26, 2016 - 8:53 AM

The government which has declared a 30 day state of natural disaster says the storm was a costly blow for Fiji

AID, FINALLY. A handout picture made available by UNICEF on February 25, 2016 shows a child's toy lies abandoned tattered and torn amongst the piles of debris left behind by the Category 5 Cyclone Winston that flattened the island of Koro, Fiji, 23 February 2016. Handout photo by Joseph Hing/Unicef/EPA

Up to 73,000 civilians flee fighting in Sudan's Darfur – UN

Feb 18, 2016 - 12:18 AM

The United Nations says the displacement is the largest in the district in a decade and marks a major flare up in the conflict which has seen ethnic minority rebels fighting government troops and militia allies since 2003

APEC spouses walk through time in Manila's walled city

Nov 19, 2015 - 3:37 PM

The tour showcases not only the beauty of Intramuros but also the warmth and hospitality Filipinos are known for

'WALK THROUGH TIME.' Spouses of APEC leaders visit the historic Intramuros in Manila on Thursday, November 19. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

New cyclone heading for Yemen – UN

Nov 06, 2015 - 9:40 PM

The new storm named Megh is brewing in the Arabian Sea and is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours

YEMEN AID AS NEW CYCLONE COMES. Workers unload a newly arrived Ilyushin IL-76TD from the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations carrying much needed food aid supplied by Russia, at Sana’a International Airport in Sana’a, Yemen, November 5, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

UN OCHA, humanitarian orgs launch #ShareHumanity

Aug 25, 2015 - 12:59 PM

The campaign commemorates World Humanitarian Day 2015 and celebrates inspiring stories of humanitarian workers all over the world

A DAY FOR HUMANITARIANS. Philippine Red Cross Secretary-General Gwendolyn Pang delivers her opening remarks during the World Humanitarian Day Celebration.  Jay Agonoy/Rappler

Over 51,000 residents still displaced in Maguindanao

Apr 21, 2015 - 11:40 AM

A total of 10 259 families remain in evacuation centers a month after the all out military offensives against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters ended

LIFE INTERRUPTED. Thousands of families from Maguindanao continue to be displaced a month after the all-out offensive against the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters ended.

Half of Vanuatu's population affected by Cyclone Pam – UN

Mar 21, 2015 - 10:49 AM

Food stocks and water reserves are being exhausted and will not last more than a couple of weeks across the affected islands

DEVASTATION. Villagers clean up their destroyed homes on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 19 March 2015. File photo by Dave Hunt/EPA

Ukraine conflict toll tops 4,600 – UN

Dec 13, 2014 - 8:16 PM

Around 5 2 million people reside in conflict afflicted areas in Ukraine

An Ukrainian serviceman arrives to take a new position in the Peski village, about 1.5 kilometers from the embattled airport of Donetsk, Ukraine, 27 October 2014.  Photo by Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Needs assessment over #RubyPH to begin Dec 8

Dec 08, 2014 - 1:55 AM

UPDATED Humanitarian agencies are sending unmanned aerial vehicles to assess the situation in affected areas and gathering social media to know the needs of affected communities

Disasters and early warning

Dec 07, 2014 - 3:23 PM

It is time to examine early warning systems a critical but overlooked part of preparedness and consider how early warning plays a role in making communities more resilient to vulnerabilities

First Italian with Ebola takes trial drug

Nov 25, 2014 - 10:57 PM

The doctor is flown into the military airport of Pratica di Mare in a specially sealed unit then is taken to the Lazzaro Spallanzani Institute

LAZZARO SPALLANZANI. People stand next to police cars at the main entrance of the Lazzaro Spallanzani Institute in Rome on November 25, 2014. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Yolanda anniversary: Light a candle on November 8

Nov 03, 2014 - 7:15 PM

One year has passed and Yolanda survivors are standing strong Show your support light a candle on November 8

Photo from Haiyan 1st Year Anniversary Candlelight Memorial Facebook page

Marcos, Suharto, and then Thaksin?

Jul 02, 2014 - 2:35 PM

The view of Thaksin as the ultimate problem that colors Thai politics is a major factor behind the acceptance relief and support for the May coup

Marcos, Suharto, and Thaksin

Human Rights Watch calls for restoration of Thai democracy

May 24, 2014 - 2:48 PM

The group urges the Thai military to revoke its abusive martial law powers to end censorship and to release people who have been arrested since martial law was imposed

Thai 'Red Shirts' want referendum on political impasse

May 22, 2014 - 2:47 PM

The Red Shirts want new national polls they hope will provide a fresh mandate to the beleaguered elected government

6 dead, 10,500 homeless as floods devastate Solomons

Apr 04, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Flash floods kill 6 and leave 10 500 homeless in the Solomon Islands

SOLOMON ISLANDS. At least 3 are dead and 10,000 are left homeless after flash flooding affects the Solomon Islands

Zamboanga: The forgotten crisis

Dec 14, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Zamboanga City needs 24 4 million to help 128 000 people who lost homes and livelihood in the conflict but only 3 6 million has come from int l donors

Gov't, aid agencies rush to address shelter needs in E. Samar

Dec 13, 2013 - 3:50 PM

Finding land is only part of the problem

A month after Haiyan: Rebuilding a resilient society

Dec 07, 2013 - 12:30 PM

Technical fixes are important but real rebuilding starts now in improving the capacity of communities and local governments

UNHCR, IOM provide emergency shelter for Haiyan survivors

Nov 26, 2013 - 8:23 PM

International agencies are sending equipment and tools to help set up emergency shelter and repair damaged homes in Yolanda affected areas

EMERGENCY SHELTER. Rows of tents are seen at an evacuation center in the super typhoon-devastated city of Tacloban, Leyte province, Philippines, 19 November 2013. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

UN OCHA reports: Aid agencies deliver relief to Haiyan victims

Nov 13, 2013 - 3:25 PM

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA has a daily report on the state of the people and the status of relief aid in affected areas

UN OCHA: Some international aid agencies capacity 'overstretched'

Nov 13, 2013 - 12:14 AM

The UN OCHA says some agencies are overstretched due to two other humanitarian crises in the Philippines

RELIEF READY. Staff load aeroplane with equipment from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and partners to support UN relief work, after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. EPA/PER KNUTSSON SWEDEN OUT

UN, humanitarian groups help 344,000 homeless in Bohol

Oct 25, 2013 - 7:11 PM

Affected people in Bohol seek temporary shelter in tents outside their damaged houses in rice fields and in cramped evacuation centers

PH needs $47M more for typhoon victims

Jun 20, 2013 - 6:41 PM

The United Nations and other aid donors say about 530 000 people displaced by Typhoon Pablo urgently need permanent shelters and emergency jobs

DESPERATION. Many typhoon survivors have not have decent food for days. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

24,500 Pablo-affected families homeless for Christmas

Dec 22, 2012 - 8:04 PM

Ongoing efforts to distribute emergency shelter are still insufficient as over 24 000 families remain homeless

UN asks for $65-M to help typhoon victims

Dec 10, 2012 - 6:12 PM

On the other hand Australia provides 70 of the P737 M foreign aid pledged to help the victims of Typhoon Pablo

TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION. Residents try to clear a fallen tree from a road in Tagum, Davao del Norte. Photo by Patricia Evangelista

UN: Pablo damage is very severe, affects 5M

Dec 08, 2012 - 6:39 PM

United Nations to provide humanitarian assistance