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UN Gears Up Operations to Help Mozambicans Battered by Cyclone Eloise

GENEVA – Humanitarian operations are underway to provide life-saving assistance to tens of thousands of people in Mozambique devastated by Tropical Cyclone Eloise. At least six people reportedly have died and more than 176,000 have been affected. Tropical Cyclone Eloise made landfall Saturday, dumping torrents of rain in areas already affected by Tropical Storm Chalane,

Central African Republic says allied forces killed 44 rebels in counter-offensive

BANGUI, Jan 26 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Central African Republic troops killed 44 rebel fighters participating in a push to encircle the capital Bangui and overturn newly-reelected President Faustin Archange Touadera, the government said. Together with “allied forces”, the CAR army launched an offensive in the village of Boyali, around 90 kilometres from the capital, with no

To Benefit from Aid, Sudan Must Enact Tough Economic Reforms Quickly, Economist Says

WASHINGTON – Sudan’s transitional government must start moving quickly on tough, economic reforms to stabilize the economy if it wants to benefit from pledges of support offered by its international partners, said one U.S.-based analyst. On Thursday, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State Dominic Raab said the UK would provide a $453 million bridge loan

Global Climate Litigation Report: 2020 Status Review

Surge in court cases over climate change shows increasing role of litigation in addressing the climate crisis Nairobi, 26 January 2021 – Climate litigation cases have spiked in recent years, making the courtroom increasingly relevant to efforts to address climate change around the world. A UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report released today finds that climate

EU boosts humanitarian aid budget for 2021 as needs rise

As global humanitarian needs worsen further due to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the effects of climate change, the European Commission has adopted its initial annual humanitarian budget of €1.4 billion for 2021. This represents an increase of more than 60% compared with the initial humanitarian budget of €900 million adopted last year.

Relief for Cyclone Eloise battered communities

With Cyclone Eloise having subsided on Monday evening, the national and provincial governments in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal have activated relief interventions to assist communities left devastated by the cyclone. The tropical rains experienced in the three provinces over the weekend were a culmination of Cyclone Eloise, which began in the Indian Ocean in Mozambique

New African Development Bank-GCA initiative will galvanize $25 billion to scale up African climate adaptation

African Development Bank President Akinwuma A. Adesina announced the launch on Monday of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) to mobilize $25 billion to scale up and accelerate climate change adaptation actions across Africa. The announcement came during the Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021, hosted by the government of the Netherlands and the Global Center

Eloise: Warning to stay away from flooded rivers, dams

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation has warned residents in those provinces which are likely to be affected by the Tropical Storm Eloise to stay away from rivers and dams to avoid being swept away by the strong currents. The department said that currently the three provinces of Mpumalanga, Limpopo and

UNHCR South Africa Representation Office Fact Sheet, October-December 2020

The Representation is a multicountry office, reaching 276,421 people of concern in Botswana, Comoros, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles and South Africa. COVID-19 is impacting the health and livelihoods of refugees alongside citizens. In South Africa, 5,282 people received risk communication messages to maintain community awareness. Regular priorities include: strengthening national asylum systems; ending