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Ten years after 2004 Tsunami, successful exercise demonstrates the efficiency of Indian Ocean Warning System

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

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Philippines + 13 others
Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin January - June 2014

The first six months of 2014 saw the most intense and highest number of storms in Asia and the Pacific compared to the same period over the last five years. Over 31 million people were affected by 58 natural disasters.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Indonesia 10-September-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2014 aggregate rice production forecast slightly below last year’s record level

  • Cereal imports expected to increase in the 2014/15 marketing year (April/March)

  • Rice prices at record levels in August

  • Overall food security situation satisfactory but localized food insecurity persists

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World + 2 others
Why gender disaster data matters: ‘In some villages, all the dead were women’

Report
Guardian

Data on the 2004 tsunami found that women were more affected than men. It’s time to recognise gender in disaster response

Philippa Ross in Suva

Disasters triggered by climate change are not blind to gender and age. They affect men and women, the old and the young, very differently. Sex and age are some of the most powerful indicators of how individuals will experience a disaster: who survives and who dies. Despite this, we have worryingly little data on the issue.

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Clean Water, a New Hope for Mangu Villagers

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World Vision

Ningsih, 12, smiles widely. The shy girl from Mangu village, Baiya sub-district, North Palu, no longer hesitates. Now, she can take a bath twice a day with clean water drenching in her skin, just like another child. Every day, after going back home from school, she always helps her family to carry water from clean water tank using plastic bottles to her home's water container. Ningsih fills the container with the carried water until it is totally filled.

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World + 21 others
Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise to test readiness ten years after the 2004 disaster

Ten years after the strongest tsunami in living memory, 24 countries participate in an exercise to assess the effectiveness of communication flows between stakeholders, country readiness and the efficiency of emergency procedures.

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World + 55 others
Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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World + 10 others
Ocean stewardship critical to protecting ecosystems, safeguarding world’s food supply, delegates say at conference on Small Island Developing States

DEV/3111

Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
5th & 6th Plenary Meetings (AM & PM)

APIA, 3 September — Proper management of the world’s vast oceans — the lifeline of the planet — and its rich marine life was vital to end degradation of ecosystems, stem biodiversity loss and ensure the world’s food supply, delegates warned as the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States continued today.

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World + 66 others
CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Rights Key to New President’s Agenda

Religious Freedom, Military Accountability, Women’s Rights Among Issues for Action

(New York, August 29, 2014) – Indonesia’s newly elected president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, should focus efforts on tackling the country’s persistent human rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president-elect.

Human Rights Watch:



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Mount Sinabung Disaster Response Experts Discuss Improvements For Emergency Operations

MEDAN – The experience of emergency responders during the recent eruptions of Mount Sinabung volcano will help experts to better plan assistance for other potential disasters, such as Mount Slamet, high-level government officials and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday.

The acknowledgement came at a workshop hosted by WFP in Medan to capture lessons learned on the logistics aspects of the Mount Sinabung emergency response.

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Myanmar + 5 others
South-East Asia Irregular Maritime Movements

UNHCR: Over 20,000 people risked lives in Indian Ocean in first half of 2014

A new UNHCR report on irregular maritime movements in South East Asia estimates that 20,000 people risked their lives in sea crossings in the first half of this year. Many were Rohingya who fled Myanmar and arrived in the region suffering the effects of malnutrition and abuse during the journey. Several hundred people were also intercepted on boats heading to Australia.

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Myanmar + 1 other
Trafficked Myanmar Fishermen Return Home from Indonesia

Indonesia - The IOM missions in Myanmar and Indonesia have organized a joint operation to return home a group of 14 Myanmar nationals who were trafficked onto Thai fishing boats in Indonesian waters earlier this year.

International Organization for Migration:

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Philippines + 8 others
ECHO Factsheet – East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific – August 2014

Key messages

  • The Asia-Pacific region is the most disaster-prone region in the world. The three largest disasters worldwide in the past four years have occurred in East and Southeast Asia.

  • Together with implementing partners, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) carries out rapid assessments of needs and delivers immediate help to those affected by natural and man-made disasters. In the period 2013-2014, the Commission allocated more than € 90.69 million in humanitarian funding to the region.

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World + 10 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, July 2014 - Issue 12

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regional general price inflation moderated to 5.7 percent in June after reaching 6.1 percent in May. Food price inflation slowed to 4.4 percent from 5 percent during the same period.

  • The benchmark Thai 100% B rice price rose 2.6 percent, but regional rice prices were stable.

  • Wheat prices fell annually by 3.5 percent in South Asia, and 8.2 percent in Pakistan.

  • China expects 122.6 million tonnes of wheat output this year, up 2 percent over last year.

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Improving performance of WASH actors

Capacity Self Assessments help organisations achieve their goals

Carmen da Silva Wells

Improving the performance of the WASH sector to achieve services for life requires change within organisations and sector institutions. Such change cannot be achieved with standardised one-off training for individual staff. A short paper describes our experience in Indonesia with Capacity Self-Assessments, a tool to catalyse a participatory process towards continually improving organisational performance.

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Lack of truth, justice and reparation in Aceh for past abuses undermines peace process

Report
Amnesty

Index: ASA 21/021/2014

Joint statement by Amnesty International and the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS)

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Indonesia: IT community competes in disaster management software development

Report
GFDRR

Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, is prone to natural disasters. At the height of flooding in 2014, around 134,000 persons were directly affected. During the dry season, fires are also rampant.