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23 Aug 2016 description

By Joanna Menagh

Three asylum seekers died after setting out on a makeshift raft from a sinking asylum seeker boat in 2013 in a desperate bid to get help, an inquest in the Perth Coroner's Court has heard.

The plight of the men, Mohammad Hassan, 21, Mohammad Noor, 20 and a man known as Mr Sabibullah, had come to the court's attention because the administrator of the island wanted to nominate them for a bravery award.

22 Aug 2016 description
report World Bank

Following the massive earthquake in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, in 2006, the city and surrounding areas were faced with having to build or rehabilitate about 300-thousand homes.

The government had the option of hiring 1,000 contractors to build 300 houses each. Or we could have 300 thousand people working to build one house each - their own homes.

With the Government of Indonesia in the lead, we took the latter approach in supporting Indonesia’s efforts to rebuild communities. This is the REKOMPAK way.

17 Aug 2016 description

The Operations and Movement Management Unit was established for effective implementation of refugee resettlement and migrants’ assisted voluntary return and reintegration in line with IOM’s global principle of providing dignified, orderly and cost effective services to:
• Refugees hosted in Sudan and selected for resettlement in third countries
• Migration health processing for travel abroad
• Vulnerable migrants willing to voluntarily return to Sudan
• Humanitarian evacuation

12 Aug 2016 description

Once strictly confined as an Indonesian domestic issue, advances in telecommunications and Pacific regionalism have internationalised the plight of West Papuans.

Read the full story here.

10 Aug 2016 description

Mount Dukono in North Maluku Province continues to erupt since last Saturday (August, 6th), producing smoke as high as 800 meters from the crater and volcanic ash falling mostly in the northwest direction. Galela Airport is closed from 8 August to 10 August 2016. A total of 14,034 people have already been affected. The local Disaster Management Agencies (BPBDs) of North Halmahera agency has already responded by distributing masks to the affected population. Alert level II (of max. IV) is still raised for the volcano.

09 Aug 2016 description

Welcome to the Second Edition of the Regional Consultative Group (RCG) on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination for Asia and the Pacific Newsletter.

We are glad to share the latest updates in relation to the RCG as well as other UN-CMCoord projects in the Asia-Pacific region:

  1. Second Session of the Regional Consultative Group (RCG) on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination for Asia and the Pacific;

  2. UN-CMCoord Course for the Pacific;

  3. Updates on the development of Common Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination Standards.

06 Aug 2016 description

On this edition:

  • The first ACDM Working Group Meeting on KIM
  • The 2nd PSC Meeting on ICT Phase III
  • Project Management Roles and many more
04 Aug 2016 description

JAKARTA - The earthquake that occured on Monday (1/8) at 06.40 am with epicentre of 63 km northwest of Dompu, Nusa Tenggara Barat has damaged 682 houses. The detailed number of the damaged houses is as follows 91 houses identified as heavy damaged, 85 moderate damaged, and 516 light damaged. Besides, the earthquake caused 4 people injured, 6 public fasilities heavy damaged, 11 moderate and 10 light damaged.

04 Aug 2016 description

Islamabad (ICRC) – Handling dead bodies with respect and dignity in emergencies is the theme of a five-day course currently being run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Islamabad, Pakistan. The course has attracted emergency responders from Afghanistan, Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Viet Nam who will benefit from national expertise.

02 Aug 2016 description

By Ana Cristina Thorlund

SURABAYA, Indonesia, 2 August 2016 – Reducing the risks posed by natural and man-made hazards will be critical to keep cities around the globe on a sustainable development track, according to delegates preparing the way for the UN’s Habitat III conference on urbanization.

02 Aug 2016 description

West Papuan refugees in the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby have expressed gratitude at being given land for resettlement.

Read the story on Radio New Zealand International.

01 Aug 2016 description


This issue of Nutrition Exchange is our sixth and we continue to profile the writing of those working at national and sub-national level. This issue contains 13 original articles from Bangladesh,
Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger and Somalia and two with a regional and geographical perspective.

01 Aug 2016 description

Clashes in the remote Papua province of Indonesia on the weekend have left three people killed and dozens injured, along with 25 houses burned down.

Read the story here.

01 Aug 2016 description

A La Niña event may develop in the third quarter of this year, but it is likely to be weak. It is not expected to match up to the moderate to strong La Niña of 2010-2011 and will not compare to the intensity of the El Niño event which just ended and which was one of the strongest on record, according to a new Update from the World Meteorological Organization.

31 Jul 2016 description

In order to improve the food shortage situation in remote area In Indonesia, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation continuously provides relief aid in Indonesia. The residents from the remote township near Tangerang, Jagabita, are living in hardship due to lack of work opportunities. Because of the poor employment environment, their income is very limited and some of them earn less than one U.S. dollar a day. Upon learning of their plight, the Tzu Chi Indonesia Chapter recently distributed 1,059 units of aid supplies to the residents.

27 Jul 2016 description

By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia

27 Jul 2016 description

PANDEGLANG - Heavy rain with sea tide triggered flash flood that hit four villages, Teluk, Cigondang, Labuan, Kalang Anyer in Labuan Sub-district and two other villages, Sukajadi and Carita (Kp. Cengkara), in Carita Sub-district on Sunday (24/7) around 9 pm. The heavy rain triggered landslide in hillious area followed flash flood. At the same time sea tide came so that flood with height 50-150 inundated settlement.

19 Jul 2016 description

JAKARTA – The National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB) continuously conducts efforts to improve community preparedness towards threats of volcanic eruption. One of the efforts is built by BNPB and Local Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Jawa Timur is to install the sign and information board related with volcanic eruption hazard.

19 Jul 2016 description

JAKARTA - Heavy rain had fallen since Thursday (14/7) until Saturday morning triggered rivers overflowed so that flooding occured in Konawe Utara District, Sulawesi Tenggara on Saturday (16/7) at 4 am. Around 12 villages in three sub-districts are inundated with water level 1 - 2,5 meters. Around 735 houses are inundated. 1.354 villagers were evacuated to official resident of Konawe Utara Regent and some schools.

19 Jul 2016 description

KARO - The national and local governments continue to seek durable solutions for Sinabung internally displaced people, especially relocation for those who are still in shelters. The government is targeting the end of 2016, as many as 1,903 IDPs of Sinabung in some shelters in Tanah Karo, Sumatera Utara to immediately settle at the relocation is being prepared by the Government.