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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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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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