All communication lines in the country have been disrupted with no timeframe given on restoration. Red Cross is mobilising its regional network to provide relief.
After weeks of volcanic activity, the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano erupted violently, which generated a 1.2-metre tsunami that crashed ashore in coastal areas of Tonga’s capital.
Top immediate priorities are adequate food, clean drinking water and shelter, and to address protection concerns. One month on, the Humanitarian Needs and Priorities Plan is 39 per cent funded.
Internal displacement has increased tenfold since 2013, from 217,000 to 2.1 million by late 2021. The number of refugees in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger now stands at 410,000.
Stocks of nutritionally fortified food for the treatment of malnourished children and women are now exhausted, and the last of WFP’s cereals, pulses and oil will be distributed next week.
The announcement follows the recent launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview, which predicts that this year 274 million people will need humanitarian assistance, the highest number in decades.
After a six-week surge, Africa’s fourth pandemic wave driven primarily by Omicron is flattening, marking the shortest surge to date in the continent where cumulative cases have exceeded 10 million.
The Lebanese pound has lost more than 15% of its value since the start of 2022, pushing desperate families already struggling to afford food, electricity and fuel deeper into poverty.
Funding is the biggest constraint but is far from being the only one. Humanitarian access and security also remain challenges, the Acting Deputy ERC warned the UN Security Council.
While Omicron causes less severe disease than Delta, it remains a dangerous virus, particularly for those who are unvaccinated, warns the UN health agency chief.