Myanmar’s post-cyclone recovery efforts focus of UN-backed expert meeting

Participants at a United Nations-backed meeting that wrapped up today in Bangkok have agreed that the need to “build back better” and a focus on disaster risk reduction should be key elements of the post-Cyclone Nargis recovery process in Myanmar.

UN relief wing hails private sector support to aid appeals after Myanmar cyclone

Private sector donors have emerged as a vital contributor to international appeals for aid after last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

UN food chief urges more funding to support aid work after Myanmar cyclone

The head of the United Nations food agency today called for greater support for its growing relief operations in Myanmar in the wake of last month's devastating cyclone after wrapping up a two-day visit to the country's hardest-hit areas.

Mozambique asks for UN food assistance in wake of deadly cyclone

The Mozambican Government has asked the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide emergency assistance for one month to 60,000 people in the north of the country who are still suffering from the impact made by Cyclone Jokwe earlier this month.

Mozambique: UN agencies begin relief efforts following deadly cyclone

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are spearheading the world body’s relief efforts in northern and central Mozambique, where Cyclone Jokwe struck the coast at the weekend with winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour.

Post-cyclone situation in Bangladesh much worse than understood – UN agencies

The humanitarian situation in Bangladesh in the wake of last month’s devastating Cyclone Sidr is much worse than previously understood, United Nations aid agencies said today after revising their estimates of the number of people affected and the scale of the damage to homes and other infrastructure.

UN food agency plans 6-month emergency operation in Bangladesh

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a $52 million, six-month plan to provide emergency aid to 2.2 million Bangladeshis affected by the recent cyclone.

UNESCO heritage assessment mission to head to Bangladesh after cyclone

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that it is sending a mission of experts next week to Bangladesh to assess how to help local authorities protect the country’s heritage in the wake of this month’s devastating cyclone.

More than a million lives threatened as cyclones, heavy rains pummel southern Africa

Southern African communities, local authorities and humanitarian partners are finding their resources stretched to the limit with the early arrival of the rainy season and relentless precipitation as well as an unprecedented series of cyclones and tropical storms, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.