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26 Jul 2016 description


  • The first South Asia School Feeding Meeting is to be held in Bhutan to facilitate knowledge management and implementation of capacity development on school feeding.

  • The Ministry of Health formed an inter-ministerial National Nutrition Taskforce, of which WFP is a member, to accelerate the nutrition agenda in Bhutan.

Operational Updates

26 Jul 2016 description
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Message from the Director

26 Jul 2016 description


  • Torrential monsoon rains, since 19 July, triggered flash floods in several southern districts of Bhutan.

  • In Sarpang District, the flash floods affected over 200 people (including 64 women and 108 children). No casualties have been reported.

  • The Government is leading the response. Key needs include emergency shelter, food, water and mosquito nets.

  • The Dzongkhag Administration and national authorities evacuated people in high risk areas and provided immediate relief to affected families.

25 Jul 2016 description
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Situation Overview

  • A massive flooding has occurred in Sarpang town on 20 July 2016 after the Sarpang river level rose beyond its bank due to the continuous downpour since 19 July in the Dzongkhag.

  • All 52 shops were evacuated to higher grounds with support from Dzongkhag officials and volunteers on the same day.

  • No casualties have been reported.

  • The Gelephu – Sarpang highway that is located above the town was also washed away.

Description of disaster

19 Jul 2016 description

◾Bhutanese refugees who do not wish to resettle in a third country have requested the Nepal government's support to be able to return to Bhutan. At a press conference on 16 July, the Chairman of the Bhutanese Refugee Repatriation Committee appealed to the Nepal government to coordinate with Bhutan for their repatriation.

19 Jul 2016 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.

07 Jul 2016 description

Bangkok, 7 July 2016 – The European Commission is making available € 12.3 million to strengthen the capacity of disaster-prone countries across Asia and the Pacific to prepare for and protect themselves from recurring natural disasters. Almost half of the world’s natural disasters last year occurred in Asia and the Pacific, causing large-scale losses of lives and assets.

27 Jun 2016 description


  • WFP Special Ambassador for School Feeding, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand visited Bhutan in May 2016. The visit further strengthened the collaboration – brought about by WFP - of the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Office of Princess’ Projects.

  • WFP Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific met with the Prime Minister of Bhutan to discuss the progress on the hand-over of the school feeding programme to the Government.

21 Jun 2016 description

Between the civil war and the earthquakes, the situation has worsened

Nepal hosts a majority of refugees from Bhutan and Tibet. In the early 1990s, more than 108,000 refugees from Bhutan – approximately 20% of Bhutan's population arrived in Nepal and started living in camps run by the United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR). Currently more than 21,000 refugees are originating from Bhutan, 20,000 from Tibet and approximately 650 refugees and asylum seeker in Kathmandu. UNHCR is the lead humanitarian organization for the refugees in Nepal.

20 Jun 2016 description

Situation Overview

  • A massive fire has occurred in Bajo town under Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag in the early hours of 17 June 2016 around 2 am.

  • The fire has razed 6 structures consisting of five single-storied houses and 1 two storied house. A nearby concrete building was also partially damaged by the fire.

  • Eleven families lost all their belongings to the fire.

  • The fire was contained at 6 am in the morning and relief support to the affected families initiated by the Dzongkhag Administration.

18 Jun 2016 description

Media Statement from WHO South-East Asia Regional Office

The South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization (WHO), comprising of 11 countries including India, continues to be polio free. No child has been afflicted by wild poliovirus since the last case was reported from West Bengal, India, in January 2011.

17 Jun 2016 description

Over half of the people living in the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan depend on agriculture to earn a living. But the small farms and the families that run them are coming under extreme pressure from climate change, with reports of crop damage from new pests and diseases, windstorms, untimely rainfalls and hailstones, in addition to the ongoing challenge of human-wildlife conflict. 

The traditional practice for farmers in Bhutan is to follow the lunar-based calendar for planting and harvesting their crops.

14 Jun 2016 description

GINEBRA, 13 de junio de 2016 (ACNUR) - Debido a la multitud de conflictos y crisis que causan una cantidad record de desplazamientos alrededor del mundo, el reasentamiento ha asumido un papel cada vez más vital en los esfuerzos del ACNUR para encontrar soluciones y abogar por un reparto de responsabilidades más justo para los refugiados, de acuerdo con un informe emitido hoy en una reunión anual en Ginebra.

13 Jun 2016 description

Avec une multitude de conflits et de crises générant des déplacements de populations sans précédent à travers le monde, la réinstallation s’avère essentielle dans les efforts du HCR pour trouver des solutions et plaider pour un partage équitable des responsabilités dans l’aide aux réfugiés, peut-on lire dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui par le HCR.

13 Jun 2016 description

With a multitude of conflicts and crises causing record displacement around the world, resettlement has become an increasingly vital part of UNHCR’s efforts to find solutions and advocate for fairer responsibility-sharing for refugees, a UNHCR report released today at an annual meeting in Geneva says.

09 Jun 2016 description

Why a regional focus model?

A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

07 Jun 2016 description


Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 , and in particular Article 2, Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,

30 May 2016 description

Situation Overview

  • Several low to medium sized disasters have occurred in the country on 23 May 2016.

  • The windstorm on 23 May 2016 completely damaged a roof of a house in Omchegang under Bjena gewog and also the roof of a cowshed under Kazhi gewog, Wangdiphodrang Dzongkhag.

  • Several acres of potato cultivation were also damaged in Gangtey and Kazhi Gewog from a disastrous hailstorm on the same day.

  • The windstorm also damaged the roof of three households at 2.00 pm under Kabesa gewog, Punakha Dzongkhag.