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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

The Human Footprint

Human influence on the earth’s land surface is a global driver of ecological processes on the planet, en par with climatic trends, geological forces and astronomical variations. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University joined together to systematically map and measure the human influence on the earth’s land surface today.

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

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

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.

21 Jul 2015 description

Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification

The highly referenced climate classification map of Wladimir Köppen was published for the first time in 1900 and updated in its latest version by Rudolf Geiger in 1961.

Climate classification is applied to a broad range of topics in climate and climate change research as well as in physical geography, hydrology, agriculture, biology and educational aspects.