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Chennai’s residents suffer extreme water crisis
08 November 2018

Chennai’s residents suffer extreme water crisis

Last month, Chennai’s water delivery system went on strike to protest their restricted access to groundwater. This worsened the existing water crisis effecting the city and country. A report earlier this year by the government policy think tank, NITI Aayog, warned that India was suffering its worst water crisis in...

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one month after fatal earthquake and tsunami Sulawesi is inundated with rain
29 October 2018

one month after fatal earthquake and tsunami Sulawesi is inundated with rain

A month after an earthquake and tsunami devastated Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island, heavy rainfall has ravaged the area while 220,000 remain homeless, according to a report by Save the Children. The heavy rains have sparked fears of a potential outbreak of disease while also complicating relief efforts, warns Save the Children’s...

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New solutions needed in Mekong Delta flooding
24 October 2018

New solutions needed in Mekong Delta flooding

In the Mekong Delta, local authorities are currently taking action to prevent flooding caused by high tides during the annual flood season. Within the last few years, Cần Thơ City and the delta’s provinces have been negatively affected by the high tides. It is estimated that peak tide is forecasted...

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Mobile teachers trained by Save the Children to improve education in Myanmar
10 October 2018

Mobile teachers trained by Save the Children to improve education in Myanmar

Due to civil war and political tension, 75,000 children of the Karen people in Myanmar have missed out on an education, Theirworld report shows. But a new project, created by Save the Children, has been training people to become mobile teachers to educate children in their homes in the hopes...

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Devastating sequence of natural disasters in Indonesia brings death toll to 1,407
03 October 2018

Devastating sequence of natural disasters in Indonesia brings death toll to 1,407

The confirmed death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island has risen to 1,407, the Disaster Mitigation Agency said on Wednesday. Over 2,500 people were injured and officials worry the death toll will rise when the full scale of destruction is determined and the missing are...

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Death toll rises to over 800 in Indonesia
01 October 2018

Death toll rises to over 800 in Indonesia

On Friday, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck north of Palu, Indonesia, leaving hundreds dead and causing deadly tsunami waves that reached heights of up to 10 metres in the following hours. As the death toll rises to over 840 people, officials and international organisations are rushing to provide aid to...

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Philippines hit with deadly landslides after super typhoon
24 September 2018

Philippines hit with deadly landslides after super typhoon

Landslides caused by the severe rains of super Typhoon Mangkhut have killed dozens of people in the Philippines. This weekend, a steep slope in a quarrying community in Naga City, Cebu, collapsed and buried 60 houses in at least eight feet of mud. The death toll from Typhoon Mangkhut reached...

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Architects in Delhi get creative in addressing air pollution
17 September 2018

Architects in Delhi get creative in addressing air pollution

Dubai-based architecture firm Znera proposed a plan to address the rampant air pollution and smog in Delhi that continues to characterise the Indian capital. Although still just a concept, Najmus Chowdhry, principal architect at Znera, is hopeful about the potential of initiatives like The Smog Project: “It’s easy to think...

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Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in Southeast Asia as largest storm this year
17 September 2018

Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in Southeast Asia as largest storm this year

Over the weekend, Typhoon Mangkhut made its way through the Philippines to mainland China, killing dozens along the way. The storm reached Hong Kong on Sunday and is expected to weaken and move inland of western Guangdong on Monday. The storm first made landfall in Cagayan province on northeast Luzon...

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Typhoon Mangkhut makes it way towards Southeast Asia
12 September 2018

Typhoon Mangkhut makes it way towards Southeast Asia

After rain inundated India and Typhoon Jebi ravaged Japan, millions of people in Southeast Asia are now bracing for Typhoon Mangkhut. The storm, known locally in the Philippines as Ompong, is expected to make landfall Saturday morning. The strength of Typhoon Mangkhut is being compared to that of a Category...

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Japan hit with strongest typhoon in 25 years
05 September 2018

Japan hit with strongest typhoon in 25 years

With heavy rains and reported wind speeds of up to 172km/h, Typhoon Jebi is the strongest typhoon Japan has seen in 25 years. The storm made landfall around noon on Tuesday local time and continued its path of destruction across Japan’s main island of Honshu. Local media reported that the...

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Kerala threatened with epidemic of ‘rat fever’ after severe flooding
03 September 2018

Kerala threatened with epidemic of ‘rat fever’ after severe flooding

Torrential rains have led to the worst flood Kerala, India has seen in a century. Over one million people were evacuated from their homes during this national crisis, and officials believe that more than 360 people were killed as a result of the floods. In addition to recovering from the...

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Strong aftershock hits Lombok 2 weeks on
22 August 2018

Strong aftershock hits Lombok 2 weeks on

Over the last 24 hours over ten magnitude 5 aftershocks have hit the Indonesian Island of Lombok, which has been experiencing a heightened level of seismic activity since a magnitude 7 earthquake struck on August 5th. To date, 550 people have been killed by the earthquakes and a significant area...

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One year on, conditions in Cox’s Bazar are “grossly inadequate”
21 August 2018

One year on, conditions in Cox’s Bazar are “grossly inadequate”

This August marks the one year anniversary of the start of the Rakhine crisis which forced around 1 million Rohingya Muslims to flee their homes in Myanmar, over 700,000 of which now live in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp. The Cox’s Bazar camp stretches across 6,000 acres and has a population...

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Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh urgently need more funding, urges Oxfam
20 August 2018

Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh urgently need more funding, urges Oxfam

Oxfam has found that Rohingya women living in refugee camps in Bangladesh miss out on aid, are developing health problems and are at a greater risk of abuse due to unsuitable or unsafe camp facilities. As a result, Oxfam is calling for 15% of new funding to be designated to...

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Thousands displaced by flooding in Kerala, India
20 August 2018

Thousands displaced by flooding in Kerala, India

Flooding in the Indian state of Kerala has killed 324 people with the death toll expected to rise. Torrential rains and strong winds have been affecting the country for three weeks and the region has 30% more rain than its annual average. As Kerala’s rainy season typically lasts till November...

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Lombok earthquake causes damages worth $138 million
13 August 2018

Lombok earthquake causes damages worth $138 million

On 5th August a deadly 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian Island of Lombok. The earthquake was followed by a number of high magnitude aftershocks, with a 6.2 magnitude aftershock on the 9th. The Indonesian authorities have estimated the death toll to be over 380, with over 1,000 injured and...

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‘Transformative Agenda’ to improve sexual and reproductive health services in the Pacific
10 August 2018

‘Transformative Agenda’ to improve sexual and reproductive health services in the Pacific

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Government of Australia are partnering with six Pacific governments to improve the lives of women and youth in the Pacific by ensuring they have access to sexual and reproductive health services. A new programme, titled ‘Transformative Agenda for Women, Youth and Adolescents’...

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UNICEF and WFP are using technology to improve food and hygiene distribution in Cox’s Bazar
09 August 2018

UNICEF and WFP are using technology to improve food and hygiene distribution in Cox’s Bazar

UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) are working together in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to improve the food and hygiene practices of refugees. The agencies are utilising WFP’s SCOPE digital assistance system to distribute soap and food supplies to 50,000 Rohingya refugees and improving hygiene to prevent the spread of...

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600,000 effected by Lombok earthquake
07 August 2018

600,000 effected by Lombok earthquake

Rescuers and aid workers are urgently working in Lombok, Indonesia to locate those trapped by an earthquake and offer much needed supplies to those affected. On Sunday 5th August a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian Island of Lombok, killing 105 people, injuring over 230 and destroying thousands of homes....

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