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06 Mar 2015 description

Tianyi Luo, Andrew Maddocks, Charles Iceland, Philip Ward and Hessel Winsemius - March

This blog was co-written with Hessel Winsemius and Philip Ward. Hessel is a researcher at Deltares. Philip is a senior researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies of the VU University Amsterdam.

Last September, Hamberton Nongtdu woke to a loudspeaker at a nearby mosque blaring a warning: Floods were coming.

05 Mar 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:01 GMT

By Alisa Tang

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand, March 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nestled among hundreds of identical white and brown two-storey homes crammed in this neighbourhood for factory workers is a house with a trick - one not immediately apparent from its green-painted drywall and grey shade panels.

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27 Feb 2015 description

There is significant uncertainty concerning the size of the upcoming rice harvest, given varying reports and assessments from official government agencies in Thailand. Thai rice farmers are facing an environment of deteriorating profitability. Domestic rice prices have declined nearly 30 percent over the past two years and the generous Paddy Pledging Scheme has been discontinued. Additionally, as the winter rice-growing season began in November, the government reported that it would restrict irrigation supplies to farmers so that the cultivated rice area and production would decline.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

Republished with permission. © Post Publishing PCL. www.bangkokpost.com

Ten people were killed and 27 wounded in 27 violent incidents in the southernmost border provinces in the two weeks Feb 10-25, according to the Region 4 Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc).

Ten of the incidents were linked to the insurgency, and 17 were ordinary crimes, Col Pramote Prom-in, the Region 4 Isoc spokesman, told a press conference at Sirindhorn camp in Pattani's Yarang district on Thursday.

26 Feb 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:26 GMT
Author: Andrew R.C. Marshall

THAE CHAUNG, Myanmar, Feb 26 (Reuters) - In this teeming camp for displaced Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar, it's easy to overlook the internet huts. The raw emotion they generate is much harder to ignore.

Read more on AlertNet.

24 Feb 2015 description

Lower Mekong Economies Risk Losing $34 Billion Per Year from Climate Change: USAID Report

23 Feb 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

CHAI NAT — Two Thai men were arrested as they attempted to allegedly smuggle 68 illegal Myanmar migrant workers into the country on Monday.

The suspects - Somnuak Thamrongsak, 48, from Nonthaburi, and Preecha Singyoo, 50, from Nakhon Sawan - were apprehended while transporting the migrants on two vans near Luang Por O intersection in Manorom district.

23 Feb 2015 description

By WENYING SEAH 22 February 2015

A sanctuary providing healthcare for displaced Burmese along the Thai-Burma border since 1989, Mae Tao Clinic will soon be relocating to a new site. DVB interviews founder and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr Cynthia Muang.

Q. Tell us more about the new Mae Tao Clinic.

22 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Limited water availability expected to reduce 2014/15 secondary season paddy production

  • Rice exports in 2015 forecast to hit record level

  • Domestic prices of rice remain generally stable

  • Overall food security is satisfactory

Limited water availability expected to reduce 2014/15 secondary season paddy production

20 Feb 2015 description

Schools at the Thai-Burma border that cater for migrant children are facing severe operational struggles as funding from international donors falls, according to the Burmese Migrant Workers Education Committee (BMWEC).

“At this moment, there is no donor interest in funding the learning centres for next year, as a lot of attention has shifted to inside the country,” said Naw Paw Ray, chairperson of the BMWEC.

20 Feb 2015 description

Thailand Migration Report Highlights Social, Economic Challenges of Migration

Thailand - A new report from Thailand’s UN Thematic Working Group on Migration, comprised of UN agencies and chaired by IOM, notes significant achievements in migration management, but warns that key aspects of Thai migration policy still require attention.

20 Feb 2015 description

First comprehensive study of trafficked men, women and children reveals severity of abuse and complex health issues

The largest survey to date of the health of trafficking survivors has found high levels of abuse and serious harm associated with human trafficking.

16 Feb 2015 description
report Government of Japan

The government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 11,956,100baht for a Project for the Clearance of Landmines/UXOs along the Thai – Cambodia border through the Land Release Method. On 16th February, 2015, H.E. Mr. Shigekazu SATO, Ambassador of Japan, and Mr. Preecha Tulyasuwan, Director of the Peace Road Organization Foundation (PRO), jointly signed the grant contract for the project at the Embassy of Japan.

12 Feb 2015 description
report BioMed Central

Conflict and Health 2015, 9:6 doi:10.1186/s13031-015-0034-9
Jillian Gedeon, Saw Nanda Hsue, Meredith Walsh, Cari Sietstra, Hay MarSan and Angel M Foster

Abstract (provisional)

12 Feb 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

523,592 Refugees and asylumseekers
2,361 Identified unaccompanied minors
1,393,736 Stateless persons
20,000 Estimated irregular maritime departures in 2014

Population of concern

A total of 2.7 million people of concern including 1.4 million stateless and over 700,000 internally displaced.

11 Feb 2015 description

NATURAL DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

FEWER LIVES LOST

In 2014, Asia and the Pacific experienced 126 natural disasters, which affected a total of 85 million people. Significantly, casualties were a quarter of what they were in 2013, with nearly 4,000 people killed by disasters in the region. Floods and landslides were the primary causes of death according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).

11 Feb 2015 description
report Jungle Aid

The drive to Bon Luk is always a challenging one. As soon as we arrived at the village, the medical team was ready to start. Dr Laura, who saw 33 patients, worked closely with Nid doing the translation and Joanna recording patient data. We distributed loads of personal hygiene items like soaps, lice combs and tooth-brushes to children as well as grown-ups.

11 Feb 2015 description

BANGKOK, 10 February 2015 (NNT) - The Cabinet meeting that took place today did not address the topic of rice dispersal schemes, as the government is focusing on tackling the drought crisis as well as providing 50,000 rai of farmland to the impoverished by the end of this month.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan revealed after the Cabinet meeting that the government has directed relevant agencies to take on the task of providing aid to residents in drought-stricken areas.