Disaster Recovery

Comfort and Hope Provided to Vigil Attendees

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:13
Broward County, FL – As hundreds of students, parents, and neighbors gathered to honor the victims of the Parkland school shooting, The Salvation Army was on site providing emotional and spiritual care as well as meals, drinks, and snacks. The Salvation Army mobile feeding units from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach were stationed at the Parkland Recreation and Enrichment Center, adjacent to the amphitheater where the prayer vigil was held.  The [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Continues to Serve Following Tragic Parkland Shooting

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:22
Broward County, FL – The Salvation Army of Broward and Palm Beach Counties continue to serve in the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Immediately following the shooting, Majors Keath and Candice Biggers, Fort Lauderdale Area Commanders, reported to the Broward County’s Emergency Operations Center to help assess community needs and offer The Salvation Army’s assistance.  Mobile feeding units [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Responds to Tragic School Shootings in Florida

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 20:21
Tampa, FL - The Salvation Army has dispatched two mobile feeding units to provide support to first responders, survivors and family members affected by today's tragic shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkman, Florida, where multiple fatalities and injuries were reported.  The first mobile feeding unit deployed to the site was from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with Major Albert Cancia, the Fort Lauderdale corps officer, on board.  [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army in Bangladesh Helps Landslide-Hit Tribe Members to Rebuild

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:46
IHQ, London, UK: The Salvation Army is helping people to rebuild their homes in a remote region of Bangladesh. The Rangamati Hill Tracts, a tribal farming area on the border with India, was until recently unreached by The Salvation Army. However, when hundreds of people lost their lives and countless more lost homes and livelihoods in a freak landslide in 2017, the Bangladesh Command responded without hesitation, putting forward proposals which have now been agreed to by local authorities. With [READ MORE]

Democratic Republic of the Congo: DR Congo: Polio Outbreak - Feb 2018

Reliefweb.int - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 18:00
GLIDE number: EP-2018-000104-COD
Disaster type: Epidemic
Affected countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo

On 13 February 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared the ongoing outbreak of circulating vaccine- derived poliovirus in the country a national public health emergency. A total of 21 children presenting with typical acute accid paralysis (AFP) tested positive for vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cPVDV2) at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) in Kinshasa and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), South Africa. The outbreak has been ongoing since February 2017 and the date of onset of paralysis in the last case was 3 December 2017. Three provinces have been affected, namely Haut-Lomami (8 cases), Maniema (2 cases) and Tanganyika (11 cases). The confirmed cases are distributed across seven health zones in the three provinces Haut-Lomami [Mukanga (3 cases), Butumba (2 cases), Lwamba (2 cases) and Malemba Nkulu (1 case)], Maniema Province [Kunda (2 cases)] and Tanganyika Province [Ankoro (7 cases) and Manono (4 cases).
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has not reported wild poliovirus in the last seven years. The country reported the last case of wild polio virus on 20 December 2011, when a single case was confirmed in the Lusangl Health Zone in Maniema Province. (WHO, 16 Feb 2018)

Date: 13 Feb 2018
Status: Alert

Tonga: Tropical Cyclone Gita - Feb 2018

Reliefweb.int - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 18:00
GLIDE number: TC-2018-000102-TON
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: American Samoa, Fiji, Niue (New Zealand), Samoa, Tonga

Tropical Cyclone Gita passed by Samoa on 10 February 2018 and Niue on 11 February 2018, with damages reported in Samoa, including localized flooding.

According to the Fiji Meteorological Service, Tropical Cyclone Gita is forecast to arrive in Tonga on Monday, 12 February 2018 in the evening. It is forecast to enter Fijian territory passing the Southern Lau Group on Tuesday, 13 February 2018.

A tropical cyclone warning was issued today by the Tongan Meteorological Service. This can be found at http://www.met.gov.to/forecast/html/FCST_BULLETIN.html.

The Fiji Meteorological Service has issued a tropical cyclone alert for the Lau islands (Ono-i-Lau, Vatoa, Fulaga and nearby islands). This can be found at http://www.met.gov.fj/aifs_prods/20021.txt.

The Fiji Meteorological Service has issued a threat map for Tropical Cyclone Gita, which is regularly updated. This can be found at http://www.met.gov.fj/aifs_prods/65661.html. (OCHA, 11 Feb 2018)

A State of Emergency was declared by the Government of Tonga at 10 am on Monday 12 February for initially one month.

In Fiji, a cyclone alert has been issued for the Southern Lau Island Group, Kadavu and smaller islands in Fiji where the cyclone is expected to be passing through these waters on the 13 of February. This will continue as Tropical Cyclone Category 4 as it approaches further South-West from Fiji.

Whilst in Samoa, the Government of Samoa stated a Declaration of Disaster for 48 hours starting on 10 February. TC Gita caused extensive flooding in low lying, coastal and river areas around Savai’I and Upolu. There were damages on vegetation and power was also disrupted. There was widespread flooding especially in the Vaisigano catchment area. (IFRC, 12 Feb 2018)

In the evening of 12 February 2018, the eye of Gita passed just south of the low-lying Tongatapu islands group in southern Tonga where the country's most populous island, Tongatapu Island, and the capital city Nukuʻalofa are located. This is the strongest recorded storm to have struck the island nation in its history. There are reports of one fatality with some people reportedly sustaining injuries. Emergency authorities estimate approximately 70 per cent of the population has been impacted.

TC Gita passed into Fiji waters on 13 February and was expected to affect some 5,000 people in the southern Lau group of islands and some 10,000 people in the Kadavu and the Lomaiviti groups as a Category 4 cyclone. It is expected to continue moving west over waters south of the main island, Viti Levu, during the next 24 hours. The highest point of some of these islands is just ten metres above sea level, with storm surges reportedly already recorded at five metres. (UNICEF, 13 Feb 2018)

Date: 08 Feb 2018
Status: Alert
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