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25 Nov 2015 description

Southern Addu City has suffered the worst storm damage in 40 years after 12 continuous hours of torrential rain left streets inundated and flooded some 200 households.

“This is the worst flooding I’ve seen in decades. The water is knee-deep in most areas, and a majority of houses are under a foot of water,” saud Abdulla Thoyyib, the deputy mayor.

23 Nov 2015 description

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.

13 Nov 2015 description

Un rapport publié par l’OMS, l’UNICEF, l’UNFPA, le Groupe de la Banque mondiale et la Division de la population des Nations Unies rend compte des progrès accomplis.

Communiqué de presse conjoint

12 NOVEMBRE 2015 ¦ GENÈVE/NEW YORK - Selon un rapport publié aujourd’hui par plusieurs organismes des Nations Unies et par le Groupe de la Banque mondiale, la mortalité maternelle a baissé de 44 % par rapport à 1990.

11 Nov 2015 description
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Maternal deaths fell 44% since 1990 – UN

Report from WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division highlights progress

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 12 November 2015 – Maternal mortality has fallen by 44% since 1990, United Nations agencies and the World Bank Group reported today.

11 Nov 2015 description
report Voice of America

VOA News

November 10, 2015 11:24 AM

The Maldives has lifted a state of emergency that was declared last week due to a "threat to national security," a move that brought widespread international criticism.

The state of emergency was imposed last Wednesday by President Abdulla Yameen, following a September blast on his speedboat and the subsequent recovery of an explosive device that was defused near his official residence. No one claimed responsibility for planting the bomb.

06 Nov 2015 description
report United Nations


Board gears up to larger scale projects in the near future

(Livingstone, Zambia, 6 November 2015) – The Green Climate Fund Board today approved USD 168 million of GCF funding for projects and programmes worth USD 624 million, marking the end of its launch phase and kick-starting the flow of climate finance through the Fund to developing countries. The activities supported by the Board will generate up to USD 1.3 billion in investments over the coming five years.

05 Nov 2015 description

President Abdulla Yameen’s declaration of a 30 day state of emergency in the Maldives ahead of planned anti-government protests raises the prospect of further attacks on dissent and human rights in the country, said Amnesty International today.

“The declaration of a state of emergency must not be a precursor to a further crackdown on dissent or other human rights violations. The government should not use this state of emergency to silence free speech or infringe on other human rights,” said Abbas Faiz, Amnesty International’s Maldives Researcher.

04 Nov 2015 description

Malé, Maldives | AFP | Wednesday 11/4/2015 - 07:58 GMT

by Mohamed Visham

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Wednesday invoked draconian emergency laws for the first time in 11 years, heightening a crackdown on dissent, after alleged attempts on his life.

Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon said the declaration of a state of emergency meant that a rally planned by the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) for Friday was unlikely to be allowed.

21 Oct 2015 description
report Minivan News

A five-year-old boy died from dengue fever on Sunday as the spread of the mosquito-borne disease continues unabated with unusual rainfall caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

The child was in critical condition when he taken to the Gaaf Alif Villingili hospital and died while undergoing treatment. His death marks the fifth fatality from dengue this year.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) raised the alarm in June after three people died from dengue, including a construction worker, a pregnant woman, and a seven-month-old infant.

16 Oct 2015 description
report Minivan News

The government is aiming to solve water shortages during the dry season within two years, State Minister for Environment Abdul Matheen Mohamed said on Tuesday.

Several islands across the Maldives report water shortages during the dry season each year.

Speaking at a ceremony held to hand over rainwater harvesting systems to the island councils of Rasgetheemu, Angolhitheemu, and Vaadhoo in Raa atoll, Matheen said water storage tanks have been set up in nine islands under a project undertaken by the environment ministry. Work is currently underway in 11 islands, he said.

13 Oct 2015 description

Lima - Finance Ministers of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20), representing close to 700 million people threatened by climate change and spanning world regions, held their inaugural meeting on 8 October 2015 in Lima, Peru. They announced a series of actions to foster greater investment in climate resiliency and low emissions development at home and internationally.

08 Oct 2015 description
report World Bank

Male, October 6, 2015 – With the aim of building a climate resilient economy in the Maldives, the Government of Maldives together with the World Bank, European Union and the Government of Australia today announced they have launched a climate change adaptation and mitigation partnership. This initiative will work across sectors and institutions to plan and manage the natural environment focusing on the Addu and Gnaviyani Atolls.

22 Sep 2015 description
report Minivan News

Tidal swells may cause flooding across the Maldives on September 28, 29 and 30, the department of meteorology has said.

The alert was issued after the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) warned of tidal flooding for the Indian coastline next week in connection with the perigean spring tide.

A perigean spring tide or king tide occurs when the new or full moon coincides with the perigree of the moon—the point when the moon is closest to the Earth.

25 Aug 2015 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva
Date: 25 August 2015
Subjects: Maldives, Nepal and Iraq

1) Maldives

The High Commissioner has expressed his deep concern to the Government of the Maldives after former President Mohammad Nasheed was once again sent to prison late on Sunday.

18 Aug 2015 description
report Minivan News

A few hours of heavy rain in Malé City on Monday morning inundated streets, snarled traffic, flooded the main hospital and caused a roof to cave in at a primary school, prompting concern over the island city’s vulnerability to and lack of preparedness for extreme weather.

The showers, which lasted just over two hours, flooded the carnival area on Malé’s northeastern waterfront, just days after the army pumped out a foot of water deposited by tidal swells there.

04 Aug 2015 description
report UN Radio

Maldives is making strides in confronting challenges such as climate change and achieving gender parity, according to the UN.

Located in the Indian Ocean, the island nation has been described as "ground zero" for monitoring the impact of climate change.

Shoko Noda is Resident Coordinator for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Maldives. She tells Dianne Penn how the UN is supporting this "young democracy."

Duration: 2'30"

29 Jul 2015 description

UN Backs Disaster Resilience Plans for Hotels in Asia and the Pacific

29 July 2015, GENEVA – The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today announced a plan to develop and pilot disaster risk management standards for the hotel industry in Asia and the Pacific, home to 80% of the world’s disaster events.

21 Jul 2015 description

Population Density

Using an innovative approach with GIS and remote sensing, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory LandScanTM is the community standard for global population distribution. At approximately 1 km resolution LandScan is the finest resolution global population distribution data available and represents an ambient population (average over 24 hours).

21 Jul 2015 description

Annual Precipitation

This map shows the average amount of precipitation falling in a year, based on approximately 50 years of data. The figures shown do not therefore represent the amount of precipitation that may occur in any given year.

21 Jul 2015 description

Maximum Temperature

Temperatures in the Asia-Pacific region can go very high with central India reaching 50oC or more. The Tibetan plateau rarely exceeds 20oC because of its high elevation.

These temperatures are based on average highs over a period of approximately 50 years. Maximum temperatures in the region may therefore be from different months of the year and a temperature in any given location may exceed these maximums.