IFRC Secretary General, Jagan Chapagain, said the expansion of DREF was part of broader efforts to adapt Red Cross emergency responses to the increased crisis-caseload caused by climate change.
An estimated 1.44 million refugees are in urgent need of resettlement globally, but only 22,770 were resettled through UNHCR - the lowest numbers the agency has witnessed in almost two decades.
More than 22,000 people have lost their temporary homes as heavy rains, flooding and snow destroyed 4,000 tents at camps in northwest Syria. One child has died and three people were injured.
One million deaths represent nearly half of the world's total deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic. "It is the equivalent of losing half the population of Havana or Quito" - IFRC
More than 2.4 million children in Syria are out of school and the number has likely increased due to the impact of the pandemic. One in three schools is in ruins or being used for military purposes.
More than 5,000 houses have been destroyed, damaged or flooded and almost 137,000 hectares of crops have been inundated according to the preliminary data. These numbers could rise in the days ahead.
The intercommunal clashes, which started on 15 January in West Darfur and spread to South Darfur, have killed 250 people – including three humanitarian workers – and displaced more than 100,000.
Many IDPs lack basic shelter and are sleeping under open skies. They are in urgent need of shelter, water, as well as access to health and proper sanitation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Las áreas golpeadas por los huracanes también son las afectadas por algunos de los niveles más altos de violencia y pobreza en el mundo incluso antes de la pandemia.
While UNHCR regained access to Adi Harush and Mai Aini camps, it has not yet had any access to Shimelba and Hitsats. The Eritrean refugees in those camps have been without any aid for many weeks.