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07 Oct 2015 description

To bridge the gap between local and national disaster management systems, the Department of Disaster Management, with support from UNDP Bhutan, started a four-day orientation program for district disaster management officers in the country.

The programme is aimed at establishing a clear understanding of disaster management coordination efforts at the local and national levels. During the course of the orientation programme, the disaster management officers will better understand their roles and responsibilities before, during and after disasters.

05 Oct 2015 description

UNDP Bhutan’s NAPA II project mitigating potential landslide disaster in Rinchending, Phuentsholing to save key institutions, cultural sites and communities.

“I have been having sleepless nights since the last earth quake hit Bhutan as I have 30 girls who stay at the school hostel,” said Tshering Choden, the Principal at Reldri Higher Secondary School talking about the risks of a landslide near the school. “We have explored every possible way to solve this but nothing has worked so far”, added Tshering.

25 Sep 2015 description

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mission in Nepal INFO-SHEET

  • Nepal became a member of IOM in November 2006

  • A Cooperation Agreement was signed between Govt. of Nepal and IOM in August 2007

  • IOM Nepal staff strength: 416 National staff, 3 UNV and 16 International staff (August 2015)

11 Sep 2015 description
South Asia - version 8
Technical Annex - version 9


Seventh modification

Due to the heavy floods and landslides end of June in the districts of Chittagong,
Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar in the Southeast of Bangladesh, the humanitarian response takes the needs of natural disaster affected people into consideration. For this reason, an amount of EUR 160 000 had to be shifted from man-made crisis specific objective to natural disasters specific objective.

Sixth Modification

10 Sep 2015 description


New Delhi/Dili, 10 September 2015: The World Health Organization has called for renewed commitments and focused efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases - kala azar, leprosy, yaws, lymphatic filariasis and schistosomiasis - which continue to disable, disfigure and kill people in the WHO South-East Asia Region.

01 Sep 2015 description
Dhaka Declaration

More than 2000 participants (from the governments, civil society, NGOs and International organizations) of six countries from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar and Bhutan) were gathered from May 30th till June 1st 2015 for the first South Asia Right to Food Conference, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

24 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

DELHI, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - When a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April, it flattened villages and killed more than 9,000 people. It should also have sent countries across the region scrambling to improve preparedness systems; yet experts say too little is being done to get ready for the next big quake.

18 Aug 2015 description
South Asia - version 7
Technical Annex - version 8


Sixth Modification

05 Aug 2015 description

Rinchending (Kharbandi) area in Phuntsholing is besieged by recurrent landslides triggered by intense rainfall, particularly when monsoon is at its peak. With each passing monsoon, the landslides are shifting inwards and increasingly threatening public and private properties. Key institutions, such as the College of Science and Technology (the country’s oldest technical education institute), the Kharbandi Goempa (Buddhist monastery built in 1967), a private school and the Medical Supply Depot are located in this area.

04 Aug 2015 description


WFP in Bhutan focuses on developing the capacity of the agencies involved with the National School Feeding Programme to enable a successful transition to full national ownership and handover of the programme by the end of 2018.

31 Jul 2015 description

In this issue:

  • Nigeria: One Year Without Wild Poliovirus

  • Pakistan: Getting Back on Track

  • Afghanistan: Intensifying Eradication Activities

21 Jul 2015 description

Population Density

Using an innovative approach with GIS and remote sensing, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory LandScanTM is the community standard for global population distribution. At approximately 1 km resolution LandScan is the finest resolution global population distribution data available and represents an ambient population (average over 24 hours).

21 Jul 2015 description

Maximum Temperature

Temperatures in the Asia-Pacific region can go very high with central India reaching 50oC or more. The Tibetan plateau rarely exceeds 20oC because of its high elevation.

These temperatures are based on average highs over a period of approximately 50 years. Maximum temperatures in the region may therefore be from different months of the year and a temperature in any given location may exceed these maximums.

21 Jul 2015 description

Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification

The highly referenced climate classification map of Wladimir Köppen was published for the first time in 1900 and updated in its latest version by Rudolf Geiger in 1961.

Climate classification is applied to a broad range of topics in climate and climate change research as well as in physical geography, hydrology, agriculture, biology and educational aspects.

21 Jul 2015 description

The Human Footprint

Human influence on the earth’s land surface is a global driver of ecological processes on the planet, en par with climatic trends, geological forces and astronomical variations. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University joined together to systematically map and measure the human influence on the earth’s land surface today.

21 Jul 2015 description

Annual Precipitation

This map shows the average amount of precipitation falling in a year, based on approximately 50 years of data. The figures shown do not therefore represent the amount of precipitation that may occur in any given year.

30 Jun 2015 description


  • The pace of general and food inflation in the region slowed in May increasing 2.7 and 2.5 percent, respectively.

  • In Afghanistan, greater internal displacements of food insecure populations are expected in the coming winter because of insufficient food availability and barriers to food access.

  • Stabilization policy efforts in India continue to mitigate the price volatility of vegetables, in particular for onion and potato.

30 Jun 2015 description

Elevation and Bathymetry

The region is home to the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in China) at 8,848m, as well as the deepest surveyed point in the oceans,
Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench at 10,911m.