World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

UN Sends $2 Million To Flood-Hit Aceh Region

UN Sends $2 Million To Flood-Hit Aceh Region Of Indonesia New York, Dec 25 2006

11:00PM

In response to flash floods that swept over the province of Aceh in Indonesia earlier this month, the United Nations has allocated an initial $2 million grant from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for the relief effort in the area, where an estimated 170,000 have been forced to flee their homes.

The floods, which hit on 21 and 22 December, affected some 160 villages, primarily in Lhokseumawe and North Aceh. Many of the displaced are staying in tents or in public buildings.

"The CERF was established precisely to ensure this kind of rapid response to urgent needs," said UN Acting Emergency Relief Coordinator Margareta Wahlstrom. "That is why its replenishment is so crucial each year."

As of mid-December, donors, among them several disaster-prone countries including Indonesia, had pledged some $344 million to the CERF for 2007.

Roads leading to many of the affected areas are reportedly blocked by flooding and landslides, which are making access difficult, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Air access has also been problematic due to a lack of landing spots. The Provincial Government has asked the UN system to help coordinate and provide humanitarian assistance to the affected areas.

Meanwhile, the local government has responded with initial emergency aid to the flood affected areas, while the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is also involved, OCHA said. While a consolidated plan for the distribution of relief items is being prepared by the UN in Indonesia, UN agencies have already started providing assistance with resources from their ongoing programmes, which will need to be replenished, the Office said.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has 15,000 tarpaulins, and other stocks in Aceh and in Medan that could be mobilized, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) can release sufficient ready-to-eat food for one to two weeks from its c 1,680 family tents, 1,300 hygiene kits, 100 individual kits for childbearing women, and 8 sets of reproductive health kits that could be mobilized from Jakarta.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

ALSO:

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC