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Australia + 3 others
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirms 12 asylum seeker boats turned back since start of Operation Sovereign Borders

By political correspondent Emma Griffiths

The Federal Government has revealed that 12 asylum seeker boats have been turned back at sea since the Government's border protection policy was implemented.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has used the first anniversary of the launch of Operation Sovereign Borders to make public the details of "on-water" operations that have until now largely been kept secret.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:


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World + 9 others
Cómo desarrollar programas eficaces de recuperación tras desastres: Lecciones de países vulnerables

World Bank


  • Una mejor reconstrucción después de un desastre natural tiene relación con la calidad de las nuevas estructuras y también con la participación de las comunidades, especialmente los pobres y vulnerables.

  • Formular planes de restauración antes de que ocurra una catástrofe puede ayudar a las personas y las comunidades a recuperarse más rápido y proteger los avances en materia de desarrollo.

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World + 9 others
Comment mettre au point des programmes de reconstruction efficaces après une catastrophe ? En s’inspirant de l’expérience d’autres pays vulnérables

World Bank


  • Après une catastrophe, l’enjeu est de construire mieux, ce qui signifie bâtir des structures plus solides mais aussi faire participer les collectivités concernées, en particulier les populations pauvres et vulnérables.

  • La mise en place de plans d’action avant qu’une catastrophe ne survienne permet aux populations et aux collectivités de rebondir ensuite plus rapidement et de préserver les progrès accomplis sur le plan du développement.

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Prolonged drought could destroy Cirebon’s rice fields

Jakarta Post

Nana Rukmana, The Jakarta Post, Cirebon | Archipelago | Mon, September 15 2014, 10:20 AM

Thousands of hectares (ha) of rice fields in Cirebon regency, West Java, are at risk of crop failure due to drought.

Cirebon regency’s Agriculture, Livestock and Plantation Office head Ali Effendi said on Thursday that the droughts had the potential to affect 17,000 ha of around 85,000 ha of rice fields.

They are located in the 12 districts of Kapetakan, Suranenggala, Gunungjati, Panguragan, Gegesik, Pangenan, Losari, Pabedilan, Astanajapura, Gebang, Mundu and Kaliwedi.

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World + 24 others
Ten years after 2004 Tsunami, successful exercise demonstrates the efficiency of Indian Ocean Warning System

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

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World + 2 others
Why gender disaster data matters: ‘In some villages, all the dead were women’


Data on the 2004 tsunami found that women were more affected than men. It’s time to recognise gender in disaster response

Philippa Ross in Suva

Disasters triggered by climate change are not blind to gender and age. They affect men and women, the old and the young, very differently. Sex and age are some of the most powerful indicators of how individuals will experience a disaster: who survives and who dies. Despite this, we have worryingly little data on the issue.

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Clean Water, a New Hope for Mangu Villagers

World Vision

Ningsih, 12, smiles widely. The shy girl from Mangu village, Baiya sub-district, North Palu, no longer hesitates. Now, she can take a bath twice a day with clean water drenching in her skin, just like another child. Every day, after going back home from school, she always helps her family to carry water from clean water tank using plastic bottles to her home's water container. Ningsih fills the container with the carried water until it is totally filled.

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World + 21 others
Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise to test readiness ten years after the 2004 disaster

Ten years after the strongest tsunami in living memory, 24 countries participate in an exercise to assess the effectiveness of communication flows between stakeholders, country readiness and the efficiency of emergency procedures.

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World + 10 others
Ocean stewardship critical to protecting ecosystems, safeguarding world’s food supply, delegates say at conference on Small Island Developing States


Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
5th & 6th Plenary Meetings (AM & PM)

APIA, 3 September — Proper management of the world’s vast oceans — the lifeline of the planet — and its rich marine life was vital to end degradation of ecosystems, stem biodiversity loss and ensure the world’s food supply, delegates warned as the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States continued today.

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World + 66 others
CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Rights Key to New President’s Agenda

Religious Freedom, Military Accountability, Women’s Rights Among Issues for Action

(New York, August 29, 2014) – Indonesia’s newly elected president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, should focus efforts on tackling the country’s persistent human rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president-elect.

Human Rights Watch:

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Mount Sinabung Disaster Response Experts Discuss Improvements For Emergency Operations

MEDAN – The experience of emergency responders during the recent eruptions of Mount Sinabung volcano will help experts to better plan assistance for other potential disasters, such as Mount Slamet, high-level government officials and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday.

The acknowledgement came at a workshop hosted by WFP in Medan to capture lessons learned on the logistics aspects of the Mount Sinabung emergency response.

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Myanmar + 1 other
Trafficked Myanmar Fishermen Return Home from Indonesia

Indonesia - The IOM missions in Myanmar and Indonesia have organized a joint operation to return home a group of 14 Myanmar nationals who were trafficked onto Thai fishing boats in Indonesian waters earlier this year.

International Organization for Migration:

Copyright © IOM. All rights reserved.

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Philippines + 8 others
ECHO Factsheet – East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific – August 2014

Key messages

  • The Asia-Pacific region is the most disaster-prone region in the world. The three largest disasters worldwide in the past four years have occurred in East and Southeast Asia.

  • Together with implementing partners, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) carries out rapid assessments of needs and delivers immediate help to those affected by natural and man-made disasters. In the period 2013-2014, the Commission allocated more than € 90.69 million in humanitarian funding to the region.

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Lack of truth, justice and reparation in Aceh for past abuses undermines peace process


Index: ASA 21/021/2014

Joint statement by Amnesty International and the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS)

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Indonesia: IT community competes in disaster management software development


Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, is prone to natural disasters. At the height of flooding in 2014, around 134,000 persons were directly affected. During the dry season, fires are also rampant.

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Floods force thousands to flee

Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Post, Palu | Archipelago | Tue, August 12 2014, 7:53 AM

Floods wreaked havoc in 16 villages in two districts in Banggai regency, Central Sulawesi, on Sunday, forcing 15,000 people to evacuate to safer ground.

“They are now staying in emergency tents set up by the Banggai authorities,” Bartholomeus Tandigala, the head of the Central Sulawesi Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), stated on Monday.

The flood-affected districts are Toili and West Toili. Ten villages in Toili and six in West Toili were inundated.

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West Papua Report August 2014

This is the 124th in a series of monthly reports that focus on developments affecting Papuans. This series is produced by the non-profit West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) drawing on media accounts, other NGO assessments, and analysis and reporting from sources within West Papua. This report is co-published by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN).

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CWS Initial Appeal: Mt. Sinabung Eruption (Indonesia)



August 4, 2014

SITUATION: After being dormant for more than 400 years, the 8,530-foot Mt. Sinabung volcano on Sumatra Island, Indonesia, erupted in August 2010. Since then, more than 200 eruptions have displaced 30,000-plus people from 34 villages in Karo District, North Sumatra Province. The last major eruption, on Feb. 1, 2014, killed 14 people, including seven members of the Indonesian Christian Student Movement, known as GMKI.