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Fiji + 8 others
Dengue Situation Update, 8 April 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Malaysia continues to report a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period, however, the recent trend has decreased. Australia and Singapore, have reported a similar number of cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period.

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Malaysia + 1 other
Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus

04/17/2014 13:29 GMT

KUALA LUMPUR, April 17, 2014 (AFP) - Malaysia has quarantined 64 people in a southern village after one of its residents become the country's first person to die of a respiratory illness that is spreading from the Middle East, local media reported Thursday.

At least 71 people have died from the so-called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, out of more than 200 infections in the worst-hit country, Saudi Arabia.

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Myanmar + 3 others
Protect Rohingya Rights - Before It's Too Late

By Sarnata Reynolds

On Thursday, members of the Rakhine Buddhist community in Myanmar attacked aid workers because they were providing food, water, and basic healthcare to their stateless Rohingya neighbors.

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Fiji + 5 others
Dengue Situation Update, 25 March 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Australia, Malaysia and Singapore have been experiencing a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Cambodia, Lao PDR, New Caledonia, Philippines and Viet Nam.

Malaysia is experiencing an outbreak of dengue. Dengue activity in 2014 is more than 4 times higher than 2013, for the same time period.

Singapore is experiencing an increased level of dengue activity. Dengue activity in 2014 is 1.2 times higher than 2013, for the same time period.

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Indonesia + 8 others
Disaster mitigation drill held in W. Sumatra

Report
Jakarta Post

Around 2,100 delegates from 18 countries and international organizations are attending a joint disaster mitigation exercise, called the Mentawai Megathrust Direx Exercise (MMDirex), hosted by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) in Padang and Mentawai Island, West Sumatra, from March 17 to 23.

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Vanuatu + 5 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 11 - 17 March 2014

There were 10 confirmed fatalities and two people missing after Tropical Cyclone Lusi hit Vanuatu. Elsewhere, King Tides affected Majuro and communities on four outer islands.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Myanmar + 2 others
Trapped Between Home and Refuge, Burmese Muslims Are Brutalized

Report
New York Times

HAT YAI, Thailand — He had already endured a treacherous journey down the Bay of Bengal, squeezed in the belly of a fishing trawler, then squashed in a pickup truck as it hurtled down Thailand’s southern coast. Malaysia, his final destination, was tantalizingly close.

Read the full article on the New York Times

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Malaysia + 1 other
Trafficking of Burma's Rohingya Muslims shifts to Malaysia

Report
Guardian

Captives describe being caged, beaten and underfed as trafficking gangs move operations from Thailand.

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Malaysia + 1 other
Malaysia killings put Myanmar Buddhists on edge

03/02/2014 01:53 GMT

by Julia ZAPPEI

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2, 2014 (AFP) - San Win came to Malaysia seeking political refuge, but now lives in fear of what he and fellow Myanmar Buddhist exiles believe is a pattern of killings targeting them.

Exiled Myanmar pro-democracy activist Aung Gyi's body was found in a car boot on February 4, the victim of a stabbing, police and activists have said.

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 26 February 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Australia, Malaysia and Singapore have been experiencing a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend increased in New Caledonia and Lao PDR however, reported cases remained lower than 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Cambodia, Philippines and Viet Nam.

Lao PDR experienced a large dengue year in 2013, peaking in August 2013. However, in early 2014, dengue activity remains low, and substantially lower than during the same time period in 2013.

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Drought-hit Malaysian state rations water

02/25/2014 10:38 GMT

KUALA LUMPUR, February 25, 2014 (AFP) - Authorities began rationing water to thousands of households in Malaysia's most populous state Tuesday, as a dry spell depletes reservoirs across a country normally known for its steady tropical downpours.

Much of Malaysia has been under bone-dry conditions for a month and high temperatures have left some reservoirs at "critical" levels, sparking an increase in bushfires and leading to protests in at least one hard-hit community near the capital Kuala Lumpur.

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Myanmar + 1 other
Myanmar Ethnic Strife Spills Over to Malaysia

By Kalinga Seneviratne

SINGAPORE, Feb 20 2014 (IPS) - Two Myanmar Buddhist politicians who were visiting Malaysia narrowly escaped a late night assassination attempt outside a leading shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur this month. The incident has raised fears of an overseas spillover of the religious violence that has engulfed their state of Rakhine in recent years.

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Malaysia - Severe Weather (ECHO Daily Flash 13 February 2014)

Malaysia - Severe Weather (Malay National News Agency, Local Media, WMO, Malay Meteo)

Heavy rainfall that started on 12 February has caused floods in the Sabah state in NE Malaysia. The most affected districts were those of Beaufort, Tenom and Keningau, with around 3 000 people displaced in relief centres as of 16 February.

The heavy rains have since continued in the region, with 97mm in 24h on 16 February and 130mm on 17 February reported by WMO in Sandakan, NE Sabah. Malay Meteo forecasts isolated rains for Sabah on 18 February.

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 12 February 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Malaysia and Singapore have been experiencing a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend increased in Australia and New Caledonia, however, reported cases remained lower than 2013, for the same time period, particularly in New Caledonia. The recent trend continued to decrease in Cambodia,
Lao PDR, Philippines and Viet Nam.

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Dengue deaths soar in Malaysia

02/11/2014 10:53 GMT

KUALA LUMPUR, February 11, 2014 (AFP) - Deaths from dengue fever have nearly tripled in Malaysia this year compared to the same period in 2013, sparking a stepped-up campaign to control the mosquitos that spread the virus.

As of this week, 22 people had died from dengue in 2014, compared to eight deaths over the same stretch last year, Health Minister S. Subramaniam told AFP on Tuesday.

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Over 100,000 people in Malaysia benefitted from RCA aid

Kuala Lumpur: As the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) concluded its second mission to assist the victims of floods in Malaysia, it has so far provided humanitarian assistance to 18, 000 families, about 100, 000 people in Malaysia, following the floods that devastated houses and properties in a number of Malaysian areas.

Earlier, the RCA delegation had coordinated with the UAE Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to assess the most affected areas by the floods so as to provide the assistance.

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RCA continues to offer assistance for victims of floods in Malaysia

WAM KUALA LUMPUR, 28th January, 2014 (WAM) -- The UAE Red Crescent Authority has continued to provide immediate assistance for the victims of the floods, which hit several areas in Malaysia.

During the last three days, the RCA delegation, in collaboration with the U.A.E. Embassy in Malaysia and the authorities of local governments in the affected states, has visited the families in the effected areas.

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 28 January 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Malaysia and Singapore experienced more than a two-fold greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Australia, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Philippines and Viet Nam, and remains low in New Caledonia.

Lao PDR experienced a large dengue year in 2013, peaking in August 2013. However, in early 2014, dengue activity remains low, and substantially lower than during the same time period in 2013.

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Chad + 11 others
La Fondation Lego verse trois millions de dollars pour les enfants réfugiés

LONDRES, Royaume-Uni, 24 janvier (HCR) – Le HCR s'est félicité vendredi d'une contribution de trois millions de dollars qui a été versée par la Fondation LEGO. Elle aidera à améliorer l'accès à une éducation primaire de qualité pour plus de 200 000 enfants réfugiés, dans le cadre de l'Initiative Éduquer un enfant.