Press Releases

12 Apr 2014
Solomon Islands: United Nations working together in flood-affected Honiara

(Honiara, 12 April 2014): The United Nations is working together in Honiara to assist the thousands of people affected by flash flooding in the capital and Guadalcanal Province.

A week after floods devastated the Solomon Islands, 21 people are confirmed dead with two missing and an estimated 52,000 affected across Honiara City and greater Guadalcanal. Over 10 UN agencies are in Honiara to distribute relief supplies and to provide expertise across coordination,...

07 Apr 2014
Solomon Islands: Pacific Humanitarian Team deploying to support Solomon Islands flash flood response

(Suva, 7 April 2014): The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) has begun deployments to Honiara today in support of the Government’s response to flash floods which have devastated the capital and provinces in the Solomon Islands.

Heavy rain from a tropical depression caused severe flooding in Honiara after the Mataniko River burst its banks, washing away homes and bridges. The Government has confirmed 21 deaths, but the toll is expected to rise, with around 30 people...

02 Apr 2014
Myanmar: Hundreds of thousands of people severely affected by disruption of humanitarian assistance in Rakhine State, Myanmar [EN/MY]

(Yangon, 2 April 2014): Humanitarian operations in Rakhine State have been interrupted after attacks on UN and NGO premises in Sittwe one week ago led to the relocation of more than 170 staff and severe damage to more than a dozen humanitarian premises. Life-saving assistance to displaced people, isolated villages, and Rakhine communities have been seriously disrupted. The provision of water, health services, food, and protection are of particular concern.

A UN...

10 Mar 2014
Philippines: Communications with Communities March Newsletter

Typhoon Haiyan Response

Typhoon Haiyan destroyed or damaged an estimated 1 million homes across the Eastern and Western Visayas Regions of the central Philippines. One hundred days on from the devastating storm, the most pressing needs in the affected areas are for durable shelter and the restoration of livelihoods.

Since the previous...

27 Feb 2014
Philippines: UN Humanitarian Chief Calls for Continued Support to Meet Millions of People’s Needs four Months After Typhoon Haiyan

(Manila/New York, 27 February 2014): United Nations Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos concluded a two-day visit to the Philippines today, calling on the international community to continue supporting critical humanitarian efforts in the country where significant needs remain, four months after Typhoon Haiyan struck.

“There is huge progress,” said Ms. Amos, who had previously visited the affected areas twice in November in the first ten days after the disaster. “In...