Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.
OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Passport checks. Visa controls. Border fences. Electronic and drone surveillance. Sanctions on airlines and shipping companies. And the interdiction and redirection of boats at sea. During the past three decades, the world’s more prosperous states have introduced a panoply of measures intended to prevent and deter the arrival of asylum seekers and migrants from other parts of the globe.
Over the last two weeks heavy rains and winds affected south-eastern India and Sri Lanka, causing damage and deaths, especially in Tamil Nadu state (India), as well as some areas of Malaysia.
In their first discussions on Sri Lanka in more than six years, the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) welcomed the significant advances made by Sri Lanka to restore democratic governance, initiate a process of national reconciliation and re-engage with the international community and the UN system.
Chronic conflicts, droughts, earthquakes, floods, seasonal storms, and severe winter weather, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and man-made disasters in the region.
The beggar-thy-neighbor border policies that have characterized much of the European response to the refugee crisis seem to be getting even worse.
Four Western Balkan governments have now blocked asylum seekers and migrants of certain nationalities from entering their territory, effectively barring them from accessing asylum procedures. As a result, people are once again trapped at European borders.
FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA (FSM), GUAM (USA)
• Tropical Cyclone IN-FA moved through Pohnpei and Chuuk as a Tropical Storm / Typhoon over the last 48 h, causing strong winds and heavy rains.
• Over the next 48 h, it is forecast to move north-west of Chuuk State, as a Typhoon, and pass south of Guam and north of Yap State islands on 20-21 November, still as a Typhoon.
By Kristy Siegfried
OXFORD, 19 November 2015 (IRIN) - At least three countries on the Balkan route, the main thoroughfare for migrants and refugees seeking to reach northern Europe from Greece, abruptly imposed new border controls overnight, allowing only certain nationalities to progress.
**UPDATE 2 **
18/11/2015 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) is responding to various emergencies as a result of adverse weather conditions in most parts of Sri Lanka. 138,676 people living in 14 districts, mostly in the north are affected by floods, landslides and heavy rains. SLRCS volunteers through its branch network has been providing relief and humanitarian support from the onset of the emergency.