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22 Nov 2014 description

Indonesia - Severe Weather (BNPB, BMKG, Media)

  • Heavy rains affected the island of Java in the last few days, causing river overflow and floods in the area of South and East Jakarta.
  • As of 20 November, there were 16 423 people affected by floods and 1 086 were displaced in Jakarta. The areas affected by floods are located along the Ciliwung river.
  • Moderate rain may still affect the area of Jakarta on 21-22 November.
21 Nov 2014 description

Rome, Yogyakarta, 21 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in the policy of Australia towards people seeking international protection in Southeast Asia. Yesterday, the government of Australia announced its decision to stop the resettlement of refugees who had registered with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Indonesia on or after the 1 July 2014. The number of refugees resettled by Australia from Indonesia will also be further reduced in 2015.

21 Nov 2014 description

The global breeding programme for taro (Colocasia esculenta) and cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) is gathering pace. The International Network for Edible Aroids (INEA) is part of the five-year project Adapting clonally propagated crops to climatic and commercial changes funded by the European Union (EU).

20 Nov 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

Republished with permission. © Post Publishing PCL.

When Abid was five, immigration officials arrested him and his family, Pakistani refugees fleeing religious persecution. The officials took them to the squalid immigration detention centre in central Bangkok. There, they joined hundreds of other refugees detained indefinitely, awaiting some distant possibility of release.

19 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 19 novembre 2014 – La lenteur des progrès dans l’assainissement et la pratique courante de la défécation à l’air libre par des millions de personnes du monde entier continuent de poser un danger pour les enfants et leurs communautés, a averti l’UNICEF à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale des toilettes.

19 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 19 November 2014 – Slow progress on sanitation and the entrenched practice of open defecation among millions around the world continue to put children and their communities at risk, UNICEF warned on World Toilet Day.

Some 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have adequate toilets and among them 1 billion defecate in the open – in fields, bushes, or bodies of water – putting them, and especially children, in danger of deadly faecal-oral diseases like diarrhoea.

18 Nov 2014 description

11/19/2014 - 03:41 GMT

by Martin PARRY

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison Wednesday said he was "taking the sugar off the table" in controversially announcing that Canberra was slamming the door on UN-registered asylum-seekers in Indonesia.

Morrison said that asylum-seekers who arrived in Indonesia after July this year would no longer be eligible for resettlement in Australia.

18 Nov 2014 description

Ten years ago, a tsunami inflicted devastation and enormous suffering on large parts of South-East Asia. GIZ supported the reconstruction process on behalf of the German Government and initiated many improvements.

15 Nov 2014 description

Kota Ternate, Indonesia | AFP | Saturday 11/15/2014 - 07:50 GMT

A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia Saturday, sparking a tsunami warning and causing panicked people to flee their homes.

Small waves generated by the undersea quake were detected in several parts of the sprawling archipelago, local authorities said, although there were no reports of casualties or major damage and the tsunami warning was lifted after a short while.

15 Nov 2014 description
report Jakarta Post

Rizal Harahap, The Jakarta Post, Pekanbaru

Several regions in the provinces of Riau, Bengkulu and West Sumatra have been hit with floods, engulfing thousands of homes due to high rainfall during the past three days.

The worst-hit is Kampar regency, where the districts of Kampar Kiri, Kampar Kiri Hulu and Tapung Hulu have been swamped by more than a meter of water due to the overflowing rivers of Subayang and Tapung.

14 Nov 2014 description

Les objectifs fixés pour 2015 ne seront pas atteints

14 Nov 2014 description

Generando el espacio para que expertos de Indonesia, Vietnam, Malasia y Tailandia compartieran sus experiencias en la formulación de políticas y proyectos de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres y Adaptación al Cambio Climático, así como su institucionalidad para la coordinación de estos temas se desarrolló El “Foro de Intercambio de Experiencias con el Sudeste Asiático en Adaptación al Cambio Climático y Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres”.

14 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 13 November 2014 – UNICEF today expressed alarm at new data showing that the number of child deaths from measles jumped from an estimated 122,000 in 2012 to 145,700 in 2013.

The latest figures, published in this week’s CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and WHO’s Weekly Epidemiological Report, shows that although an estimated 15.6 million deaths have been prevented by measles vaccination between 2000 and 2013, progress has stalled and previous gains are being reversed.

13 Nov 2014 description

Bangkok, Thailand, 13 Nov 2014 -- A global initiative to improve the way agricultural statistics are compiled at country level has taken another step forward in Asia and the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced today.

13 Nov 2014 description

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) warned today that progress towards the elimination of measles has stalled. The number of deaths from measles increased from an estimated 122 000 in 2012 to 145 700 in 2013, according to new data published in the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Report and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

11 Nov 2014 description

​La capital colombiana y la zona del bajo Sinú en el Departamento de Córdoba y los Municipios de Lorica, San Bernardo del Viento, Purísima, Chimá y Cotorra, serán la sede del “Foro de Intercambio de Experiencias con Sudeste Asiático en Adaptación al Cambio Climático y Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres”, que se cumplirá entre el 11 y 14 del presente mes.

09 Nov 2014 description

Kuala Lumpur, Malaisie | AFP | Sunday 11/9/2014 - 02:54 GMT

by Satish Cheney

One of the most familiar sounds in Malaysia's capital is the approaching drone of a fumigation fogger spewing thick white plumes of insecticide, part of so-far futile efforts to arrest a spiralling dengue fever outbreak.

Malaysia is among several countries across Asia and Latin America grappling with a mosquito-borne virus that is proving tough to eradicate as it infects millions.

08 Nov 2014 description

This is the 127th 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). Back issues are posted online at Questions regarding this report can be addressed to Edmund McWilliams at

07 Nov 2014 description
report Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Post, Sukabumi | Archipelago | Fri, November 07 2014, 8:48 AM

Heavy rains in Sukabumi, West Java, have triggered landslides that have left a two-year-old child, identified as M. Ridwan, dead and several other residents injured.

The landslide that killed Ridwan occurred in Bojonggenteng district on Wednesday, two residents were also injured and two houses destroyed. Another landslide in Cicurug district destroyed a house and injured a six-year-old boy.

06 Nov 2014 description
report Jakarta Post

Hotli Simanjuntak and Rizal Harahap, The Jakarta Post, Banda Aceh/ Pekanbaru | Archipelago | Thu, November 06 2014, 10:52 AM

Heavy rain has caused flooding, inundating hundreds of houses in Riau, killing a boy and triggering landslides in Aceh.

Seven-year-old Novi Aroyan was swept away by strong flood water in Seuneobuk village in West Aceh as he played with his friends in a pool of water close to his house on Tuesday afternoon.