In this update:
- Brief on Pakistan
- Update on Peru earthquake
- Central African Republic and Chad
- Status of the Initiatives Table
- Meetings and events
Brief on Pakistan
As of 25th of August, the Logistics Cluster has assisted several NGOs and UN agencies with transport and storage services. A total of 82 truckloads of various shelter materials - plastic sheets, hygiene kits, latrine slabs and seeds - were transported for ARC, CRS, MCI and FAO to assist in their operations within the districts of Kharan, Turbat, Jaffrabad, Bolan and Jhal Magsi. A proposed 40 truckloads of shelter material for ARC are scheduled for transport in the coming week, as well as 2,000mt of seeds and fertilizers for FAO in September.
Transport services are available throughout the country and are sufficient to cover the demand caused by the activities in the flood affected areas. The cost for transportation is stable and has not increased in the past months.
Road conditions in the affected districts are improving. All main roads were reported open for traffic (source NDMA). New rainfalls are causing some problems in accessing a few union councils in some districts.
Warehousing – WFP continues to operate its warehouses in Jacobabad and Quetta where FAO seeds and some NFIs have been stored. It also assisted IFRC/PRCS with one mobile storage unit for their operation in Jhal Magsi.
The demand for the warehouse services is low due to fact that warehousing seems to be available in all of the affected districts and the fact that the government is offering its own storage capacities in the affected areas free of charge.
On the information management side, WFP is working closely with UN agencies and NGOs as well as NDMA on compiling stocks and distribution reports and producing operational maps. This service is to stop by mid September where NDMA or some other UN agency or INGO is expected to take the lead and continue the support as required. Logs Cluster is already working with Habitat and WFP VAM unit on capacity building and hand-over of the responsibilities for the mapping beyond end August.
Update on Peru earthquake
In response to the earthquake that hit Peru on August 15th, the UN Country Team considered introducing the Cluster Approach. However it was agreed that the CA would not be introduced due to the effective response from the Government of Peru. The government was also approached with an offer of the Cluster Approach, and declined it's introduction. With that in mind, coordination will be done following Sectors instead of Clusters.
Initial Interagency assessments have indicted the following priorities; dry latrines, housing materials, blankets, clothing, and disposable surgery materials. At the same time, a recommendation for a radio hygiene campaign for educational purposed was proposed.
WFP has sent 4 emergency response staff from our regional bureau in Panama , an ICT expert from Dubai, and supplemented logistics staff. We will also be sending one Logistics Officer to act as focal point for information gathering and be a liaison for Interagency activities if the need is identified. That staff should be arriving within country by next week.
Central African Republic and Chad
A letter was sent on July 23 by the Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR on behalf of the UN Country Team to OCHA with an official request for the introduction of the Cluster Approach in the Central African Republic. The Deputy Emergency Response Coordinator, Ms. Margareta Wahlstom, consulted the Inter Agency Standing Committee and approved the roll out of the Cluster Approach.
In regard to the introduction of the Cluster Approach these two points should be noted, "UNHCR requested, in line with IASC guidance, the designation of sub-clusters with their respective leads on human rights and rule of law within the Protection cluster. WFP has also asked each cluster lead to designate a senior focal point for its cluster."
In the mean time, Angus Frazer WFP head of logistics in Bangui, started consultations with organisations on the ground and made himself available to help organisations in solving logistics matters, especially those organizations with little or no logistics staff.
WFP Logistics is helping the private sector by facilitating transport to destinations which are difficult to reach because of the poor road conditions as a result of the rainy season. (Please refer to the picture attached to get a flavour of "road" conditions in north-eastern CAR).
- Gaps/Needs identification/analysis is being updated.
- Currently, on the operation side, and despite the rainy season, the Logistics Cluster is coordinating and transporting through WFP dedicated convoys; food, shelter, water&sanitation and other supplies to Sam Ouandja area where approximately 2,600 Sudanese refugees are stranded and isolated.
The Cluster Approach was also recently introduced in Chad. Hence in early August, Denis Gravel, Emergency logistics officer and Logistics Cluster focal point based in Dakar, was deployed to Chad and started a series of consultations and meetings with all stakeholders, including peace-keeping staff on assessment missions. Draft TORs for the Logistics Cluster in Chad are being discussed with all participants. In coming days, a longer term structure and a plan of action with prioritised activities should be out. Strengthening of coordination, information sharing and access are the priorities.
Yesterday, in Abeche, an inter-agency Logistics Capacity Assessment was introduced. It should start now with a road assessment (especially in Eastern Chad) with most organisations involvement.
Both CAR and Chad are heavily relying on Cameron as a supply corridor. This corridor is already stretched with lengthy transit-time between Douala and N'Djamena or Bangui. This is being scrutinised seriously, especially in view of the future deployment of peace-keeping forces in Eastern Chad and North-Eastern C.A.R. which will have an impact on this corridor.
As the situation develops we will keep you informed.
Status of the Initiatives Table
At the last Global Logistics Cluster meeting held in March it was agreed that an Initiative Table would be created to facilitate coloration between participants of the Global Logistics Cluster. UNJLC was tasks the creation of this table. A table was created and in previous weekly bulletins the table was sent and inputs sought. Please find attached the first version populated by Care, Fleet Forum, CRS, ICRC, IFRC, SC, UNJLC, WFP and UNICEF.
Since this is a living document, we would like to encourage regular updates so that we can share with participants what is planned for each organization.
Meetings and Events
Global Logistics Cluster/UNJLC/UNHAS meeting, 17-18 September 2007 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Second Logistics Response Team training planned 4-11 November 2007 in Brindisi, Italy. Planning underway.