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03 Sep 2015 description

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Thursday 9/3/2015 - 09:02 GMT

At least 14 migrants drowned Thursday after an overcrowded boat carrying up to 100 people sank off the coast of Malaysia.

Rescuers were searching for dozens of Indonesians still missing hours after their small wooden vessel disappeared beneath the waves.

"Local fishermen have rescued 15 people and fished out from the sea 14 bodies -- 13 women and one man," Mohamad Aliyas Hamdan, the local head of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, told AFP.

01 Sep 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • At least 5,000 refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh found themselves stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. An additional 1,000 people who were thought to be at sea in May and remain unaccounted for may have unofficially disembarked without the knowledge of authorities.

28 Aug 2015 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

UNHCR is calling for urgent action before the end of the monsoon season unleashes a new wave of people leaving on boats from the Bay of Bengal.

27 Aug 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 31 July 2015, there were 285 cases of dengue reported in China. From 1 July to 31 July 2015, 130 dengue cases were reported. An increase of cases in the month of July is similar to the previous three years.(Figure 1)

Malaysia

23 Aug 2015 description

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP | Sunday 8/23/2015 - 07:50 GMT

Malaysian police said on Sunday they had found 24 human skeletons - all believed to be victims of trafficking - in newly discovered graves along the Thai border in the northern Malaysian state of Perlis.

The latest gruesome discovery comes after police found 139 graves and 28 abandoned "detention" camps capable of housing hundreds of people in May, laying bare the grim extent of the region's migrant crisis.

17 Aug 2015 description

MYANMAR
Floods and landslides affected over 1.3 million people, including 297,000 households displaced in Jul and Aug, according to Government reports. At least 106 people are confirmed dead. The Government, supported by local organisations, UN and INGOs, continues to lead the response, including clean-up, search and rescue and provision of relief assistance.

1.3 million people affected

17 Aug 2015 description

During the 25th ASEAN Summit on 12-13 November 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, the ASEAN Leaders adopted the Nay Pyi Taw Declaration on the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision together with the Central Elements of the Post- 2015 Vision for 2016-2025. As community building is an evolving process, ASEAN will continue to work towards a region that is internally and externally strong, resilient to regional and global challenges and truly representative of the peoples of the region.

15 Aug 2015 description

Highlights

  • As of 14 August, the National Natural Disaster Management Committee of Myanmar (NNDMC) reported that 105 people have died and 1,368,867 people are affected by the flood in 13 states and regions.

  • Early recovery works have started in many places. Local authorities with the communities are working together in cleaning debris and repairing public facilities.

  • The ASEAN-Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) are stationed in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw.

13 Aug 2015 description

By Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

12 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

By Kate Mayberry

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 August 2015 (IRIN) - Armed with leaflets and insecticide, the platoon of mostly elderly Malaysians fans out across a high-rise apartment complex to do battle with one of the country’s most deadly foes: the Aedes mosquito, which has spawned an unprecedented outbreak of dengue fever and fears that the virus is becoming more aggressive.

12 Aug 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No Update)

As of 30 June 2015, there were 43 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same reporting period of the previous three years, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

03 Aug 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

As of 30 June, there were 43 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015(Figure 1).

Malaysia

21 Jul 2015 description

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