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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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Extreme heat will cause the number of deaths to increase dramatically by the end of the century
01 August 2018

Extreme heat will cause the number of deaths to increase dramatically by the end of the century

A new study has found that the death toll from heatwaves could rise by 2,000% in some parts of the world by 2080, with poorer countries disproportionately affected. The study was published in the PLOS Medicine this week as much of the northern hemisphere is experiencing a heatwave. The researchers...

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Officials fear the death toll could rise following dam collapse in Laos
31 July 2018

Officials fear the death toll could rise following dam collapse in Laos

Last week, on 23 July, the Saddle dam D, one of five dams in the XePian Xe-Nam Noy Hydropower project in Lao DPR failed and flooded eight villages along the Xe-Pian River, a tributary of the Se Kong River which flows into the Mekong. The burst dam flooded the surrounded...

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Floods in Myanmar forced over 100,000 people to flee their homes
31 July 2018

Floods in Myanmar forced over 100,000 people to flee their homes

Government officials in Myanmar said on Monday that the monsoon flood killed at least 11 people and forced over 100,000 people to flee their homes. Rescuers have taken stranded residents to safe areas by boat. Since last week, heavy rain has hit the southern, eastern and central parts of the...

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Disaster Resilience in Bangladesh
26 July 2018

Disaster Resilience in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change in the world, as well as being one of the most disaster prone. Bangladesh is a very low-lying country with a flat topography, this coupled with its population density and socio-economic status mean that when disasters strike they can...

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Hanoi makes new commitments to tackle air pollution
24 July 2018

Hanoi makes new commitments to tackle air pollution

Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital with a population of 7.7 million, is one of several Asian countries with alarmingly high levels of air pollution. In 2017, air pollution in the city was four times higher than the World Health Organisation’s accepted level. Around the world 7 million people each year die due...

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A new Global Disaster Database could transform disaster resilience in Asia
20 July 2018

A new Global Disaster Database could transform disaster resilience in Asia

A new Global Disaster Database is hoping to use data from satellite imagery, geographic information systems and risk maps with existing information of disaster loss and damage to reduce the impacts of disasters. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working closely with governments and research partners to collect data...

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6 million people in India are facing the worst water crisis in history
16 July 2018

6 million people in India are facing the worst water crisis in history

Water has become costly in India due to weak infrastructure and a national water shortage. Accord to Avinash Mishra, joint adviser at the Niti Aayog think tank: “India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history, threatening hundreds of millions of lives and jeopardising economic growth.” 600 million...

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One quarter of Indian urban population lives in informal homes despite ongoing housing schemes
11 July 2018

One quarter of Indian urban population lives in informal homes despite ongoing housing schemes

Although Indian officials intend to meet the deadline to provide housing for every citizen by 2022, numerous low-cost homes are vacant across India at present. Analysts comment current housing phenomenon indicates critical shortcomings in government policy. Nearly 164,000 low-cost homes built under previous schemes are empty, according to a housing...

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New identity cards protect Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
11 July 2018

New identity cards protect Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

According to the United Nations refugee agency, Rohingya refugees who received shelter in Bangladeshwill soon have plastic IDs in credit-card size. The delivery of new IDs, which began in late June, is expected to be completed in six months. The Bangladesh Government and UNHCR issued jointly the plastic IDs. The...

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Significant improvements to living conditions were showed in Myanmar
05 July 2018

Significant improvements to living conditions were showed in Myanmar

A joint report conducted by the Central Statistical Organization, the UNDP, and the World Bank in 2017 indicates that people have improved their living conditions in Myanmar. Electrification extended to Myanmar’s villages Myanmar’s villages had considerable growth in solar and public grid access. Last year, the number of households that...

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Improved risk management can decrease disaster displacement in Asia
04 July 2018

Improved risk management can decrease disaster displacement in Asia

Last year, 18.8 million people were displaced by extreme weather events such as floods, storms, and earthquakes in 135 countries around the world. East and South Asia and the Pacific islands, the world’s most disaster-prone region, bore the brunt of this human exodus: over 11 million people from these regions...

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UN and World Bank call for more support for Rohingya refugees
02 July 2018

UN and World Bank call for more support for Rohingya refugees

UN Secretary- General António Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim have appealed for greater support and funding for the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. António Guterres commented: “My appeal to the international community is to step up to the plate and to substantially increase the financial...

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ASEAN to mainstream gender perspectives in disaster management
02 July 2018

ASEAN to mainstream gender perspectives in disaster management

At the latest Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) the leaders from the ASEAN National Disaster Management Organisations committed to mainstreaming gender perspectives on disaster management. The meeting took place on 26-28 June 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was opened by Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia...

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India’s GDP is severely threatened by climate change
29 June 2018

India’s GDP is severely threatened by climate change

The World Bank has warned that climate change could cost India 2.8% of its GDP by 2050 if annual temperatures rise by 1-2 degrees. Similarly, the temperature increase would also reduce the living standards of nearly half of India’s 1.3 billion population. Currently, if no action is taken the average...

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