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Cambodia + 9 others
Dengue Situation Update, 15 July 2014

Update on countries experiencing a large increase in Dengue cases

Southern Hemisphere

Pacific Islands

Currently there are reports of dengue cases occurring in the Pacific including New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Solomon Islands and Fiji.

Fiji

No update available

French Polynesia

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Emirates Red Crescent starts new phase of support for flood victims in Malaysia

The Emirates Red Crescent has started a new phase of supporting victims of floods in Malaysia, including the maintenance of affected homes in Pahang state, Malaysia, the most affected area in the floods that swept a number of Malaysian states last year.

Chaired by Fahad Abdelrahman bin Sultan, the Emirates Red Crescent delegation in Malaysia has set up the arrangements and mechanisms of maintenance work in coordination with local government and other competent departments.

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Thailand + 3 others
Challenges faced by Pakistani asylum seekers

Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC) President Dr. Nazir S Bhatti has expressed serious concerns over the arrests of Christian Pakistanis seeking asylum in Bangkok. Based on reports received in the past days, hundreds of homes of Pakistani refugees, awaiting hearings for the recognition of their right to asylum, were searched by police in the Thai capital.

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Myanmar + 4 others
UNHCR concerned about growing abuse as more people sail from Bay of Bengal

Two years after inter-communal violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, thousands of people are still leaving. Reports of abuse and exploitation as people seek safety and stability are meanwhile increasing.

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Cambodia + 9 others
Dengue Situation Update, 3 June 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. The recent trend for dengue is increasing in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia and Singapore. Compared to 2013, Malaysia was the only country of these four where 2014 was substantially higher compared to the same period in 2013.

Dengue virus infection in the Pacific Region

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Myanmar + 3 others
Rohingya Crisis: An Agenda for the Regional and International Communities

During the 2014 ASEAN Summit in Naypyidaw, the first one to be held in Myanmar, the plight of the Rohingya Muslims was left off the agenda. The failure to discuss the issue and the deliberate attempts by Myanmar to not recognise the Rohingyas in the recently held Census has once again brought the uncertain fate of the Rohingyas to the forefront.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Malaysia 27-May-2014

Rice production in 2014 increased from the previous year’s reduced output

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Malaysia + 1 other
Refugees Returned From Malaysia at Grave Risk

Return of 3 At-Risk Tamils Violates Malaysia’s International Obligations

(Kuala Lumpur, May 28, 2014) – Sri Lankan authorities should ensure the safety of two refugees and an asylum seeker whom Malaysia forcibly returned to Sri Lanka in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said today. All three were under the protection of the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, which recognized two as refugees and was in the process of determining the claim of the third for refugee status.

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Australia + 4 others
People-smugglers offering deals on Australia route

05/16/2014 02:34 GMT

SYDNEY, May 16, 2014 (AFP) - People-smugglers have resorted to slashing prices and offering special deals for boatpeople seeking a new life in Australia, including children travelling for free, as the country's tough asylum-seeker policies hurt their profits, a top official said.

The number of boats arriving in Australia has dried up under the government's policy of turning them back to Indonesia and denying would-be refugees resettlement by sending them to Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (30 April 2014) [EN/AR]

1 Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 776 million, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 434 million, followed by Afghanistan with US$ 152 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 20.5% funded with a 79.5% shortfall.

2 The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.5 billion. The total amount received is US$ 1.5 billion (23%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 5.03 billion (77%).

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Malaysia + 1 other
In Malaysia, Rohingya arrivals hope to end cycle of abuse, exploitation by smugglers

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 5 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is increasingly worried about the terrible conditions and acute needs of Rohingya arrivals in Malaysia after long periods of abuse and deprivation in the hands of smugglers.

Since last November, some 120 Rohingya have approached UNHCR in Kuala Lumpur suffering from varying stages of paralysis possibly caused by poor diets and long-term confinement. Their poor physical condition hints at the long and arduous journey they've taken to escape the harsh situation in Myanmar.

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Malaysia + 1 other
Rohingya in Malaysia open doors to newcomers

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 28 (UNHCR) – Fourteen years ago, Hazzurahman fled Myanmar's Rakhine state on a boat and ended up in Malaysia. With time, he found work, a place to live, and started a family in exile.

Fourteen years later, his nephew Hassan* has followed in his footsteps with one exception – the 16-year-old couldn't walk and had to be carried to safety in Kuala Lumpur.

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Fiji + 11 others
Dengue Situation Update, 22 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, cases appear to be decreasing. Singapore has reported a similar number of cases in 2014 compared to 2013. Australia, Cambodia, Lao PDR, the Philippines and Viet Nam reported lower levels of dengue activity in 2014 compared to 2013.

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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

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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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