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East Japan: Libraries for People with Disabilities

Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) has been setting up libraries and providing books to facilities for people with disabilities that were struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake in the prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate. The libraries greatly help to stabilize the minds of children with disabilities who are likely to have trouble adjusting to the new environment brought about by the earthquake.

Large-sized picture books have enriched children’s emotions – Fukushima

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IFRC and Japan commit to reduce disaster risks around the world

More than three years after the earthquake and tsunami that killed over 16,000 people and displaced 260,000, communities evacuated from the area surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are still counting the cost of the disaster. The Japanese Red Cross Society’s operations, which began in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, continue to provide shelter, psychosocial support and radiation scanning.

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Representative of Japan Participates in the Olive Harvest in Tubas and Celebrates the Opening of Japan-Funded “School Expansion” Project in Aqqaba village [EN/AR]

On Monday, October 27, Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to the PA, Junya Matsuura and the Governor of Tubas, Mr. Rabeeh Al Khandaqgee joined farmers in Aqqaba Village in Tubas to participate in this year’s olive harvest as part of the opening ceremony of the Japan-funded “School Expansion” project, a grassroots project implemented by Aqqaba Municipality that promotes children’s right to learn and play in an appropriate learning environment.

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Celebrating the Grand Opening of a Japanese Granted Project for Al-Jaleel Charitable Society in Jenin Refugee Camp [EN/AR]

Today, on October 28, 2014, the opening ceremony of the project for "Developing the Prosthetic and Orthotic Fabrication and Rehabilitation Facilities for the Disabled" was held in Al Jaleel Society for Care and Community Based Rehabilitation in Jenin Refugee Camp. The ceremony was opened by Mr. Junya Matsuura, Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs/ Representative of Japan to the PA, H.E. Governor of Jenin, Mr. Ibrahim Ramadan and Mr. Felipe Sanchez, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank, along with representatives from PA and local institutions.

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Iraq + 1 other
Japan supports WFP’s new voucher-based food assistance for displaced families in Iraq

BAGHDAD , 27 October 2014 - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US $5 million from the government of Japan to support a new programme starting next month in November using food vouchers to help half a million Iraqis displaced by the conflict.

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Japan’s New Financial Assistance to the PA [EN/AR]

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend a Non-project grant aid of 1 billion Yen (approximately USD 9.3 million) to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a kind of its budget support to the PA. Notes to this effect were signed and exchanged today on October 23 rd, 2014 in Ramallah between H.E. Mr. Shukry Bishara, Minister for Finance and Planning and Mr. Junya Matsuura, Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs/ Representative of Japan to the PA.

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Thailand + 1 other
ADB, Japan to Help Cut Flood Risks in Chao Phraya River Basin

BANGKOK, THAILAND – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan are to help communities in the flood-prone Chao Phraya River Basin draw up grassroots flood risk management plans to reduce their vulnerability to natural disasters.

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Malaysia + 13 others
Dengue Situation Update, 21 October 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan

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India + 3 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (14 - 20 October 2014)

The death toll from Hudhud stands at 45 with around 920,000 affected. More than 135,000 people are taking shelter in 223 relief camps as authorities are providing food to 685,000 people.

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World + 10 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review - East Asia and the Pacific | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Recurrent floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, and seasonal typhoons present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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Philippines + 1 other
Japan Provides Emergency Vehicles for the Typhoon-Affected Areas in the Philippines

Chargés d'affaires to the Philippines Tetsuro Amano and CSUPT. Carlito Romero signed the grant contract for "The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles for the Typhoon-Affected Areas in the Philippines" on October 16, 2014 at the National Headquarters of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Quezon City. The total amount is US$ 202,760 (approximately 8.5 million pesos) and is funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

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Asia-Pacific region: El Niño Snapshot - October 2014

What is El Niño?

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India + 1 other
13 October 2014: Tropical cyclones HUDHUD and VONGFONG

INDIA - Tropical cyclone HUDHUD

• HUDHUD made landfall in the area of Visakhapatnam, north Andhra Pradesh, in the morning (UTC) of 12 October, having max. sustained winds of approx. 200 km/h; then it moved inland, weakening.

• HUDHUD affected north Coastal Andhra Pradesh, south Odisha and Chhattisgarh with strong winds and heavy rainfall, as well as storm surge along the coast.

• According to media (as of 13 October), there were at least six dead (three in Andhra Pradesh, three in Odisha), water, electricity and communication networks damaged in Visakhapatnam.

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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (8 - 13 October 2014)

On 12 Oct, Cyclone Hudhud made landfall with wind speeds of between 180-195 kph and 2-3 metre waves. At least six people have been killed and 150,000 people have been evacuated

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10 October 2014: Tropical cyclones HUDHUD and VONGFONG

INDIA - Tropical cyclone HUDHUD

• On 10 October, 6.00 UTC, HUDHUD had max. sustained winds of 120 km/h and its center was over the Bay of Bengal, approx. 520 km south-east of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Over the next 48h, it is forecast to move north-west and approach northern coastal Andhra Pradesh on 12 October, while further intensifying.

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9 October 2014: Tropical Cyclones HUDHUD and VONGFONG

India - Tropical Cyclone HUDHUD

• Tropical Cyclone HUDHUD is moving over the Bay of Bengal, strengthening. On 9 October at 6.00 UTC it had max. sustained wind speed of 111 km/h and its center was located over central Bay of Bengal, approx. 732 km south-east of Vishakhapatnam in northern Andhra Pradesh.

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World + 42 others
Food Outlook - Biannual Report on Global Food Markets, October 2014

According to the latest edition of FAO's biannual Food Outlook report, global markets for most foodstuffs are more stable than they have been in recent years

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India + 4 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (30 Sep - 7 Oct 2014)

At least 130,000 houses have been destroyed and 87,000 hectares of crops damaged in north-eastern India. In Sri Lanka, seven people have died due to landslides and collapsed buildings.

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Cambodia + 1 other
ADB, Japan Assist Grassroots Push to Reduce Disaster Impacts in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (6 October 2014) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Japan are supporting a grassroots project to manage risks and reduce impacts from floods and other natural disasters in vulnerable communities in Cambodia.

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