Bangladesh: River erosion
Every year, an estimated 120,000 people are displaced by river erosion in Bangladesh. The recent erosion of a 5 kilometer stretch of riverbank in Shariatpur took the homes, jobs and belongings of an estimated 40,000 people.
In Mongolia, extreme cold, toxic air, poverty, seasonal influenza, the risk of pneumonia and the coming Lunar New Year have combined to pose deadly risks, especially for children under five. Temperatures lower than minus 40° Celsius, air pollution and cramped living conditions are pushing up rates of influenza. The Mongolian Red Cross Society has provided beds to a hospital overwhelmed by an influx of patients and is considering other assistance.
Indonesia: Six months on from Lombok earthquake
On 29 July 2018, the first of a series of destructive earthquakes struck the province of Lombok, the most powerful a magnitude 7 on 5 August. The tremors killed 510, injured 7,100 and displaced an estimated 430,000. As people gain confidence, and prepare to move secure shelter, Palang Merah Indonesia or Indonesian Red Cross or PMI continues to support them with distributions of relief goods and water. Read the 14 January update.
Greece: Hellenic Red Cross suspension
At its October 2018 meeting, IFRC Governing Board took the decision to suspend the membership of the Hellenic Red Cross. This decision came into force on 1 January 2019. In recent months, the Hellenic Red Cross has been working to address the steps agreed with the IFRC. While the suspension remains in place, IFRC is continuing to implement migration activities in Greece without the involvement or participation of Hellenic Red Cross.