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31 Mar 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Syofiardi Bachyul Jb, The Jakarta Post, Padang | Archipelago | Sat, March 28 2015, 10:59 AM

The government’s plan to resettle 1,903 families displaced by the 7.9-magnitude earthquake on Sept. 30, 2009, in West Sumatra, has again been delayed.

West Sumatra Manpower and Transmigration Office head Syofyan said the sluggish implementation of the resettlement program was due to the lengthy process of freeing up a 5,000-hectare forested area for new settlements.

“The permit was issued in 2013 after waiting three years,” he told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

30 Mar 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has revealed that 40.9 million Indonesians, or around 17.2 percent of the population, live in landslide-prone areas.

BNPB data and information center head Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Monday that disaster mitigation efforts for landslides were still minimal but, during the rainy season, people living in susceptible areas faced a medium-to-high risk of landslides.

30 Mar 2015 description

VANUATU

As of 27 Mar, Tropical Cyclone Pam affected 166,000 people on 22 islands. 15,000 homes were destroyed leaving some 75,000 people in need of emergency shelter. Emergency food distributions are taking place across the affected islands, however long-term food assistance is urgently needed to avoid a secondary crisis. An appeal was launched requesting nearly US$30 million for emergency assistance.

166,000 people affected
15,000 homes destroyed

PHILIPPINES

29 Mar 2015 description

akarta, Indonesia | | Sunday 3/29/2015 - 12:30 GMT

Twelve people were killed and 11 houses buried after a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said Sunday.

The landslide hit Tegal Panjang village in Sukabumi district in west Java late Saturday after a particularly heavy downpour, according to national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

"We found all 12 bodies," he said in an update, revising the earlier death toll of 10 and two missing.

25 Mar 2015 description
report Save the Children

Adolescents are a neglected group in terms of nutrition. In some countries up to a half of adolescents are malnourished. Yet optimal nutrition during adolescence – a period of rapid physical growth – is crucial.

Urgent action is needed to address adolescent malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries. And given the high numbers of adolescent girls who give birth and of girls under 18 who get married, it is imperative that – in order to break the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition – nutrition interventions target adolescent girls.

19 Mar 2015 description

Post 2015: Space-based information for disaster risk reduction

In this issue

  • How can Space-based information contribute to disaster risk assessment?

  • Risk knowledge in tsunami early warning: the GITEWS project Modelling changes in the behaviour of floods using Earth observations

  • Editorial: The future key role of Earth observations in disaster risk reduction

18 Mar 2015 description

Description

The levee of Cimanuk River Pilangsari Village, Jatibarang Sub District and Tulungagung Village Kertasemaya Sub District in Indramayu District, West Java, on Monday (16/3), at 03.00 pm has caused widespread flooding in seven sub districts in Indramayu. It is reported from Local Agency for Disaster Management (BPBD) of Indramayu District that flooding has happened in the 7 sub-districts i.e. Sub district of Jatibarang,Kertasemaya, Bangodua, Lohbener, Sindang, Tukdana, and Pasekan. Worst sub-district affected in Jatibarang and Kertasemaya.

16 Mar 2015 description
report Save the Children

Last week, a group of Save the Children volunteers flew out to Indonesia to see first-hand how our Families First Signature Programme is transforming children’s lives.

East Anglia volunteer David Float has been blogging daily on the experience.

Yesterday we ventured from the big cities and out into the field (in more ways than one).

16 Mar 2015 description
Executive Summary

UNDP recognizes governance as a key unresolved issue in both the configuration and the reduction of disaster risk. With the aim of protecting development investments and ultimately building people’s resilience, UNDP has made strengthening disaster risk governance a cornerstone of its efforts to understand, reduce and manage risk.

16 Mar 2015 description

'Of course we are terrified. Each time there is heavy rain, there are landslides and fallen trees everywhere... But what can we do, we try to stay calm and hope nothing will happen to our family. Our livelihood is here, our coffee plantation is our main source of income, so we have no choice'.

14 Mar 2015 description

Six countries in Asia are taking the lead in collaboration with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization to deliver “blue growth” – a regional initiative which aims to promote the intensification of aquaculture production in an ecological and sustainable way, FAO officials announced today.

The six countries, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam are taking the lead to pilot plans to upgrade aquaculture in order to help meet the food security needs of a growing global population – expected to top nine billion people by 2050.

13 Mar 2015 description

The imperative of sustaining public trust, and the complexity of governance demand strong accountability mechanisms to assure that the governments and other parties managing disaster response carry out their commitments

13 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regional inflation edged downward in January to 3.3 percent from 3.4 percent in December, while food inflation picked up to 4.7 percent compared to 4.3 during the same period.

  • Vegetable prices spiked in India because of extreme cold weather and unexpected rains in December. Wheat prices rose 11.8 percent, supported by increased minimum support prices.

  • Soybean prices fell 11.2 percent in Myanmar on increased imports and new harvest arrival.

11 Mar 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Strong winds followed by heavy rain seriously damaged 75 houses in the village of Sidan, the regency of Gianyar, Bali, on Tuesday, and some of them were leveled to the ground.

"Fortunately there were no casualties amid the ruins of the houses," village secretary AA Gede Alit said on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency.

The winds slammed across Banjar Bukit Sari, Jagaperang, Sidan and the village of Sidan, in the sub-district of Gianyar, Gede Alit said.

10 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

RESULTS & ACHIEVEMENTS

• GFDRR has provided $2.8 million in grants and technical assistance support for community-level risk awareness raising and streamlined disaster preventive measures. This support has also served as building-blocks for World Bank-financed community driven development projects of $1.2 billion which cover more than 100 million urban dwellers spread across 33 provinces.

09 Mar 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Karo, North Sumatra | Archipelago | Wed, March 04 2015, 7:06 AM

Residents displaced by the Mount Sinabung eruption in Karo regency, North Sumatra, have yet to receive cash aid to pay for accommodation and day-to-day needs despite the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) having transferred the funds to the Karo Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) last week.

07 Mar 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Good prospects for 2015 main season rice crop

  • Aggregate rice production in 2014 estimated slightly below previous year’s record level

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

  • Rice prices at record levels in February