Humanitarian Aid

Shelter urgently needed for Indonesian quake victims, UN aid agencies say

Finding shelter tops the list of priorities for emergency relief agencies scrambling to help hundreds of thousands of people in Indonesia devastated by last month’s powerful earthquake off the coast of the island of Sumatra, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

UN humanitarian chief ends visit to Indonesia as death toll from quake tops 1,100

The official death toll from last month’s earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra has climbed to 1,117, including those still missing, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today as its chief wrapped up a two-day mission to the site of the destruction.

Urgent shelter needed for Indonesian quake victims ahead of rainy season – UN

The top United Nations emergency relief official took a helicopter tour today of the worst affected rural areas in the wake of last month’s earthquake in the Indonesian island of Sumatra, flying over valleys ravaged by dozens of landslides.

Three-month plan launched to help Indonesian quake victims, UN says

The international humanitarian community launched a $38-million response plan today to complement the Indonesian Government’s efforts to aid communities in West Sumatra hit by last month’s earthquake, United Nations officials reported.

Indonesia: UN mobilizes to prevent epidemics after earthquake

United Nations emergency personnel in Indonesia’s province of West Sumatra are mobilizing to prevent the outbreak of epidemic diseases and get children back to school two days after a massive earthquake killed at least 1,100 people, trapped and injured many thousands more, and destroyed numerous buildings.

Indonesia: UN assessment teams to survey damage wreaked by deadly quakes

The United Nations is rushing teams to Indonesia to survey the damage in the wake of a massive earthquake, as a senior official with the world body called for global unity in responding to a series of deadly natural disasters that have struck Asia in recent days.

Deadly Indonesian earthquakes leave 75 dead and thousands trapped, UN reports

Devastating back-to-back earthquakes have rocked the Indonesian island of Sumatra today, killing at least 75 people and leaving thousands trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported.

Death toll in Indonesian quake rises to 64, UN reports

The death toll from the massive earthquake which struck Indonesia earlier this week has risen to 64, with dozens of others believed to be missing, the United Nations humanitarian wing reported today.

Displaced people must not be forced back to their villages, UN tells DR Congo rebels

The United Nations refugee agency has called on mainly Tutsi rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure the rights of 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) amid reports that they are being pressured to go back to their villages.

UN launches year-long campaign to highlight, and solve, plight of displaced

The United Nations today launched a year-long advocacy campaign to help scores of millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs), focusing on mitigating the impact of conflict and natural disasters that drive so many people from their homes within their own country in what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called “one of the greatest humanitarian challenges we face.”