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Cambodia + 8 others
Regional Cooperation for Food Security: The Case of Emergency Rice Reserves in the ASEAN Plus Three

Executive Summary

Background

Asian Development Bank:

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World + 16 others
Crop Prospects and Food Situation No. 4 - December 2011

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As the year draws to a close, FAO’s latest estimate confirms a record high global cereal production in 2011, which should be sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2011/12 and also allow a moderate replenishment of world reserves.

  • International grain prices remained mostly under downward pressure in November, reflecting the confirmation of a strong recovery in production amid deteriorating world economic prospects and a stronger US dollar.

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Thailand + 1 other
Flood-affected Myanmar migrants vulnerable to unscrupulous landlords

Report
AlertNet

By Thin Lei Win

BANGKOK (AlertNet) – The corridor is dark and dank even in the middle of the day, the concrete floor uneven and dirty. The staircase, just a few steps from stagnant greenish-brown floodwaters, is full of unidentifiable stains and smells.

Impoverished workers from Myanmar cook, eat and sleep in tiny, one-bedroom apartments in this grimy multi-storey building in Samut Sakhon, a province next to the Thai capital Bangkok with a large migrant population.

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Thailand Flood: Reaching the Most Vulnerable During a Crisis

By Elizabeth Tromans

At the foot of an overpass about 40 km northeast of central Bangkok, Father Ongart Kaesue, known as Father June, pulls over his truck and announces, “This is where the flood begins.” A volunteer wearing a bright orange vest asks drivers their destination in order to arrange rides for the dozens of people standing on a nearby platform. “Saphan Mai,” says Father June, and the volunteer shouts the location into the megaphone. A few people with bags of groceries climb into the back of the truck and we cautiously continue into standing water.

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Case Study: As Ayutthaya shows signs of recovery, emergency evacuation centres continue to meet the critical needs for hundreds of displaced families

In the industrial province of Ayutthaya, where some of the biggest Japanese manufacturers like Toyota and Honda have factories, construction is resuming and there are signs that life is gradually beginning to recover after the floods. Walking into the Roong Charoen Market, still the site of an emergency evacuation centre, the sounds of drills and dust particles in the air promise economic recovery for this bustling province.

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Two days in the life of an urban flood expert

Report
IRIN

BANGKOK, 30 November 2011 (IRIN) - As 16 billion cubic metres of flood water bore down on Bangkok in early October, international experts flew in to help the government deal with an unprecedented potential calamity. [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=94085 ].

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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World + 19 others
2011: world’s 10th warmest year, warmest year with La Niña on record, second-lowest Arctic sea ice extent

Global temperatures in 2011 have not been as warm as the record-setting values seen in 2010 but have likely been warmer than any previous strong La Niña year, based on preliminary data from data sources compiled by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The global combined sea surface and land surface air temperature for 2011 (January–October) is currently estimated at 0.41°C ± 0.111°C (0.74°F ± 0.20°F) above the 1961–1990 annual average of 14.00°C/57.2°F.

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Thailand + 1 other
Blog: “The floods have only made matters worse” for poor communities

By Lynette Lim

The poverty in this slum-like area of Rangsit, Pathum Thani in Thailand was apparent. It was nightfall by the time our aid distribution truck arrived, and I found myself standing in front of two wooden thatched houses, a beam of light shining on them just enough for me to find my way around. Each block had about eight tiny rooms, and each of those rooms provided shelter for an entire family.

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Thai Flood Victims Face Challenges Returning Home

Report
Voice of America

Gabrielle Paluch | Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand’s historic floods are now slowly receding. But in Bangkok, scores of evacuees are reluctant to go home. As the government discusses how to compensate flood victims for their losses, residents who are facing the task of rebuilding their lives speak out.

At the height of the floods, the Chaeng Wattana evacuation center in Thailand’s capital housed over 3,800 people. Many are now going home.

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Cambodia + 2 others
INTERVIEW-Individuals play key role in Mekong crisis prevention–UN agency

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AlertNet

By Thin Lei Win

BANGKOK (AlertNet) – Flood-embattled Mekong countries must toughen up codes on building and engage citizens in risk reduction efforts in the face of mounting natural disasters, the chief of the U.N. disaster reduction agency told AlertNet.

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How to: Build a flood-resilient city

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IRIN

BANGKOK, 28 November 2011 (IRIN) - Less than a year after Bangkok was chosen as a "role model city" [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=90748 ] by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) as part of the UN's 2010-2015 "Making Cities Resilient" campaign, the worst floods in half a century put that distinction to the test.

IRIN asked experts what the 3,000 low-lying cities such as Bangkok - which includes its delta neighbours - can do to improve their flood resilience.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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World + 3 others
In Bali, Secretary-General Urges Asian States to Assume Greater Responsibility on ‘the Crises of Our Day’— Climate Change, Global Finance, Other Challenges

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Following are the remarks, as prepared for delivery, of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the East Asia Summit, delivered in Bali, Indonesia, 19 November:

It seems only yesterday that many of us were together in Cannes.

The very serious economic issues dominating the Group of Twenty (G-20) summit still command our daily attention, and they are likely to do so for a considerable time to come.

As we all know, Asia has been the chief driver of global growth in recent years.

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World + 8 others
Extreme weather endangers food security 2010-11: A grim foretaste of future suffering and hunger?

Report
Oxfam

Durban climate talks must deliver action to prevent spiraling hunger

In the last year extreme weather events shocked global markets contributing to soaring wheat prices and imperiling food security in many parts of the world, according to research compiled by Oxfam at the start of the Durban climate talks.

This year could be a grim foretaste of what is to come as new warnings from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) show extreme weather events are likely to increase in frequency and severity without action to tackle climate change.

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Thailand + 4 others
Lessons to be learned from SE Asia floods

Report
Guardian

Severe flooding has caused serious damage across south-east Asia, affecting around 9 million people. Thailand has been better placed to cope than its neighbours

Read the full story on the Guardian's Poverty Matters Blog

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Myanmar + 1 other
Flash Flood in Myanmar - Situation Report No. 4

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

• On 8 November, the Union Government held a coordination meeting, chaired by the Vice President, to discuss the ongoing rehabilitation work among relevant government departments.

• The Central Government and local authorities identified recovery needs in shelter reconstruction, restoration of agriculture and water supplies.

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Humanitarian mission for flood victims of Thailand

The current flood woe engulfing major parts of Thailand are serious concern to many. Being a close neighbour sharing borders in four states of the peninsular as well as cultural and historical relations, Malaysia feels responsible to lend support to Thailand for the relief effort. Due to the desire to help Thailand, some prominent voluntary and service groups as well as NGOs and other institution has formed humanitarian team. The team lead by Dato’ Latt Shariman Abdullah, Special Functions Officer to Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

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Ambassador of the Netherlands meets Thai Foreign Minister to share experiences in water resources management with Thailand

On 22 November 2011, Mr. Johannes Andries Boer, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Thailand, paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, to discuss water resources management issues from flood crisis in Thailand.

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FACTBOX-Thailand's flood crisis and the economy

24 Nov 2011 02:59

Source: reuters // Reuters

BANGKOK, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Thailand's worst floods in 50 years have killed 610 people and devastated industry, but the situation is slowly improving, with water receding in many affected areas and some firms resuming business.

The government, central bank and economists have slashed their economic growth forecasts for the year.

The government has pledged 130 billion baht ($4.2 billion) to help the recovery effort, but rebuilding and improvement of defences will require huge sums.

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NTS Insight November 2011: The Bangkok Floods – Reflections on the Waters

The lingering flood-waters on the Chao Phraya plain, especially in and around Bangkok, are a reminder of the vulnerability of all low-lying cities in Asia to heavy rainfall. While parts of the city have continued to function, though with difficulty, a number of outlying areas are still flooded and barely able to function more than a month after the beginning of the flood. This NTS Insight briefly examines the likely costs of the flood.