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06 Mar 2015 description

Tianyi Luo, Andrew Maddocks, Charles Iceland, Philip Ward and Hessel Winsemius - March

This blog was co-written with Hessel Winsemius and Philip Ward. Hessel is a researcher at Deltares. Philip is a senior researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies of the VU University Amsterdam.

Last September, Hamberton Nongtdu woke to a loudspeaker at a nearby mosque blaring a warning: Floods were coming.

06 Mar 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

BEIJING, March 5 (Reuters) - Myanmar must ensure lower temperatures along its border with China and all parties must exercise restraint, a senior Chinese official told a Myanmar envoy, following clashes that have pushed refugees into China.

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06 Mar 2015 description
report Irrawaddy

By KYAW MYO TUN

RANGOON — More than 350 displaced civilians arrived in northern Shan State’s Chin Shwe Haw on Wednesday after spending several weeks hiding in the forest on the Burma-China border to escape fighting in the Kokang Special Region, an aid worker said.

Chit Mi, a teacher who has been volunteering to help displaced families staying at a Buddhist school in Kunlong, told The Irrawaddy that the group had been hiding in the forests between Laukkai and the Chinese border town of Nansan after clashes erupted in Laukkai Township last month.

04 Mar 2015 description
report Maplecroft

The strategic markets of Philippines, China, Japan and Bangladesh are home to over half of the 100 cities most exposed to natural hazards, highlighting the potential risks to foreign business, supply chains and economic output in Asia from extreme weather events and seismic disasters, according to new research from global risk analytics company, Verisk Maplecroft.

04 Mar 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan are preventing food supplies from reaching refugee camps packed with ethnic Kokang civilians fleeing the fighting across the border in Myanmar between government troops and rebel forces, local sources told RFA on Tuesday.

The blockade has sparked a crisis in some camps, where food is already running out, as well as the deaths of two people who were unable to seek emergency medical help, refugees and volunteers said.

03 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kanya D'Almeida

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 3 2015 (IPS) - Nearly half of the four billion people who reside in the Asia-Pacific region are women. They comprise two-thirds of the region’s poor, with millions either confined to their homes or pushed into the informal labour market where they work without any safeguards for paltry daily wages. Millions more become victims of trafficking and are forced into prostitution or sexual slavery.

03 Mar 2015 description
report Xinhua

KUNMING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Thirty-two people have been injured after a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck southwest China's Yunnan Province on Sunday afternoon, according to local authorities.

As of Monday noon, the tremor that struck Cangyuan County at 6:24 p.m. had affected more than 81,000 residents in the counties of Cangyuan and Gengma in Lincang City, displacing 75,764, according to a statement from the city's civil affairs bureau.

Seven of the injured were severely hurt.

02 Mar 2015 description

INDONESIA

Whirlwinds in East Java, East and West Nusa Tenggara and Yogyakarta provinces have caused considerable damage to houses and three casualties - one in Lumajang (East Java), one in Sumba (East Nusa Tenggara) and one in Yogyakarta. Over 115 houses in East Java, 85 houses in West Nusa Tenggara and three houses in Yogyakarta were damaged. Local authorities removed debris and provided construction material for home repairs. The Indonesian Red Cross provided relief items to affected families in East Java.1

3 people killed

02 Mar 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

Much of the civilian population of northern Myanmar's Kokang region has now fled towns and villages close to the Chinese border for fear of violence, including rape, at the hands of government troops, an ethnic Kokang alliance spokesman said on Friday.

Myanmar's army is fighting the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) rebel forces under ethnic Chinese commander Peng Jiasheng, who is trying to retake the Kokang self-administered zone, which it had controlled until 2009.

26 Feb 2015 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

The cumulative number of reported dengue cases in 2014 was 47,331. This is about ten times and eighty times higher compared with the number in 2013 and 2012 respectively due to the dengue outbreak in Guangdong in end of 2014. In January 2015, 19 dengue cases were reported. This number is one-tenth of the previous month (December 2015), and almost the same as the same period in 2013 and 2012 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

26 Feb 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

Aid workers in Myanmar's Kokang region near the northeastern border with China cremated large numbers of bodies of civilians in recent days, according to photographs shown to RFA from the scene.

The photos show voluntary workers in rubber gloves disposing of large numbers of dead bodies in civilian clothes, some with their hands bound, and others with missing limbs.

The photos, many too graphic to publish, emerged amid accusations by Kokang rebel forces that the government is "massacring" unarmed civilians.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Irrawaddy

By THE IRRAWADDY| Wednesday, February 25, 2015 |

After more than two weeks of intense fighting between Kokang rebels and the Burma Army around Laukkai, a number of questions remain unanswered.

The first is what bearing the conflict will have on the country’s peace process, with the government ostensibly still hoping to conclude a nationwide ceasefire agreement before the 2015 general election.

26 Feb 2015 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

25 Feb 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

While fighting rages between ethnic Kokang rebels and government troops near the country's northeastern border with China, civilians fleeing the conflict are increasingly squeezed by roadblocks and border closures, local sources said on Tuesday.

Thousands of refugees remain trapped in the Kokang area, according to an ethnic Kokang volunteer working in the border area opposite the Chinese town of Nansan.

24 Feb 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

By Joshua Lipes

Clashes between government troops and Kokang rebels in northeastern Myanmar’s Shan state have left more than 100 people dead and caused around 100,000 refugees to flee across the border into China since early February. Here is a look at who the rebels are and what they claim to be fighting for:

Who are the MNDAA?

19 Feb 2015 description

Thursday 2/19/2015 - 09:46 GMT

by Nan Tin HTWE

Aid workers called Thursday for a ceasefire to allow the evacuation of people trapped around a town at the centre of fierce fighting between Myanmar's army and ethnic rebels, after the deaths of two more civilians in an area cloaked in a state of emergency.

Tens of thousands of civilians have already fled the remote and rugged Kokang area of northeastern Shan State over the last 10 days, with at least 30,000 crossing the border into China.

18 Feb 2015 description

Lashio, Myanmar | AFP | Wednesday 2/18/2015 - 08:09 GMT

by Nan Tin HTWE

Nearly 90,000 civilians in northeastern Myanmar are believed to have fled clashes between troops and ethnic rebels, an official said Wednesday, as sporadic violence hampered efforts to evacuate those still trapped.

Rebels fear the national army is planning a major assault following the imposition of a state of emergency in the Kokang region of Shan state on Tuesday.

17 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 11–17 February 2015

Myanmar: Fighting between the Myanmar army and the MNDAA, an insurgent group in the Kokang area of Shan state, displaced tens of thousands of people. Some fled into central Myanmar, while between 30,000 and 50,000 are thought to have crossed into Nansan, Yunnan province, China.

17 Feb 2015 description

Freetown, Feb. 12, 2015 (MOHS) – The newly constructed Sierra Leone-China Bio- Safety Fixed Laboratory at the Jui Hospital has been officially unveiled by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura Kamara.

The unveiling ceremony which was held on Wednesday February 11, 2015 attracted the participation of the Minister of Health and Sanitation, the Chief Executive Officer, National Ebola Response Centre, the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone and Leader of the Chinese delegation to Sierra Leone.