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Typhoon Haiyan Devastates the Philippines
Added 21 Nov 2013
An estimated 13 million people were affected when Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines on November 8. Thousands were killed and about 3 million are believed to be displaced – some of them living in evacuation sites, others on the ruins of their former homes. Tacloban City in Leyte province was one of the hardest-hit areas. A week after the typhoon made landfall, large parts of its coast remain flattened and piles of debris still line the streets. Working with the Philippines government and UN and NGO partners, UNHCR is airlifting emergency supplies for thousands of survivors. The agency is delivering tents, plastic sheets, mosquito nets and other critical aid. It is also co-leading the protection cluster with the government, working to identify vulnerable people and ensuring that they have access to basic assistance and services. UNHCR has appealed for US$15 million to meet these critical needs. UNHCR is now present in Tacloban and Ormoc in Leyte province, as well as Guiuan in Eastern Samar province. Unless stated otherwise all photos are by UNHCR/ R. Rocamora
Lebanese Town Opens its Doors to Newly Arrived Syrian Refugees
Added 21 Nov 2013
Fresh fighting in Syria has driven thousands of refugees across the border into eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley over the past week. An estimated 6,000 people were forced from their homes by the fighting around Qarah and the Qalamoun region of western Syria. The desperate civilians crossed the mountains and made their way to the town of Arsal in Lebanon. Most of the refugees were already internally displaced in Syria, some as many as half a dozen times, before finally being forced out of the country. Some 80 per cent of the new arrivals were originally from the Syrian city of Homs. The refugees are arriving in a desolate and impoverished part of Lebanon that has seen its peacetime population grow by 50 per cent since the Syria crisis began in March 2011. Harsh early winter conditions are making matters worse. UNHCR and its partners have found temporary shelter in Arsal for the new arrivals in a wedding hall and a mosque. They are handing out blankets, food packages as well as kitchen and hygiene sets. A new transit site is also being built until better shelter can be found elsewhere in the country.
The following images were taken in Arsal by Marc Hofer.
The 64th Executive Committee Meeting
Added 06 Nov 2013
Delegates from around the world will be attending the annual meeting in Geneva of UNHCR's governing Executive Committee (ExCom) from September 30 until October 4, 2013. The session starts with a high-level gathering on the Syrian crisis and ways that the international community can do more to help countries that are hosting Syrian refugees. The ExCom meeting will review and approve the agency's programmes and budget, advise on international protection and discuss a wide range of other issues with UNHCR and its intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. UNHCR will live video feed from some sections of the week's meeting as well as reports, videos and other material.
Photo credit: UNHCR/ J.M Ferré/ September 2013