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Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin January - June 2014

The first six months of 2014 saw the most intense and highest number of storms in Asia and the Pacific compared to the same period over the last five years. Over 31 million people were affected by 58 natural disasters.

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Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, April 2014 - Issue 9


Food price inflation in the region increased to 4.5 percent in March from 4 percent in February but still weaker than general inflation, which slowed to 5.7 percent.

  • FAO estimates China’s 2013 aggregate cereal production was 547.4 million tonnes in 2013, 1.4 percent higher than the 2012 record crop, even with a 1 percent smaller rice harvest.

  • In Indonesia, the price of rice has increased by 11.2 percent year-on-year despite record paddy production of 71 million tonnes in 2013.

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DDPM: 9 provinces affected by drought

BANGKOK, 9 February 2014 (NNT) - The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has reported that 9 provinces are experiencing droughts.

According to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, 9 provinces have been declared drought-disaster areas. The 9 provinces include: Uttaradit and Sukhothai in the northern region; Buriram, Mahasarakham, Khon Kaen, and Sisaket in the northeastern region; Sing Buri in the central region; and Chachoengsao and Chanthaburi in the eastern region.

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Infographic: Recent Significant Disasters in the Asia and Pacific Region

Asian Development Bank

Whether it's the Philippines, which recently experienced the strongest storm recorded, or Japan, which was devastated by the tsunami and earthquake in 2011 - the tragedies affecting these countries serve as a call to risk-prone countries throughout Asia and the Pacific to build and vigilantly maintain resilience to catastrophes.

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1,000 blankets to be distributed in Phitsanulok

BANGKOK, 8 Jan 2014 (NNT) – 1,000 blankets will be distributed to residents in Phitsanulok Province which has been heavily affected by the recent cold snap.

According to the deputy provincial governor, 300 of the blankets will be given to people in Phrom Phiram District, 200 to Nakhon Thai District, and the rest will be given to residents in other districts that have been hit by cold spells.

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DDPM declares 44 provinces hit by cold spell as disaster zones

BANGKOK, 13 Jan 2014 (NNT) - The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported that cold spell has hit 44 provinces while drought has expanded to 17 districts in 4 provinces.

Emergency disaster zones have been declared in 44 provinces or 526 districts hit by the cold weather, affecting 7.6 million households or roughly 24 million people in 17 northern provinces, 20 northeastern provinces, 6 central provinces and 1 eastern province.

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44 provinces nationwide declared disaster zones

BANGKOK, 7 January 2014 (NNT) - 44 provinces across Thailand have been declared disaster zones following a prolonged cold snap.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has reported that 24 million residents nationwide have been affected by the cold weather.

The department has set up a special operation center in many provinces in the country’s upper parts. So far nearly 300,000 sets of relief items have been dispatched to those in need.

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35 provinces declared cold disaster zones

BANGKOK, 27 December 2013 (NNT) - 35 provinces in Thailand’s upper parts have been declared disaster zones as local residents struggle to cope with lingering wintry conditions.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has reported that since a strong cold front from China began to cover parts of Thailand earlier this month, over 20 million residents have been affected by the temperature drop.

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His Majesty orders distribution of blankets to northern villagers

BANGKOK, 25 December 2013 (NNT) - His Majesty the King has assigned the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under the Royal Patronage to visit people affected by the cold spell in the North and floods in the southern region.

In Soi Dao district in the northern province of Chiang Mai, representatives of the foundation yesterday distributed blankets to 1,000 families. According to the provincial data, more than 30,000 people are being affected by the cold weather and 21,000 more blankets are needed for distribution to affected families.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 08 – 15 October

Snapshot 08 – 15 October

In Syria, heavy fighting is ongoing in Rural Damascus, Dar’a, Aleppo, Idleb and Homs, with government forces making gains in Rural Damascus while the opposition has won ground in Dar’a. Despite the call of al-Qaeda’s leader for opposition fighters to unite, inter-group fighting has escalated in Aleppo over control for neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, the Syrian National Council announced that it did not intend to participate in the proposed Geneva II peace talks.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 30 September – 08 October

As of 8 October, almost 3 million people living across 30 of Thailand’s 77 provinces were affected by floods caused by heavier than usual monsoon rains.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 23-30 September

The UN Security Council endorsed the Russia-US agreement on the elimination of Syria’s chemical stockpile. Heavier than usual monsoon rains have resulted in floods in large parts of Thailand.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 29 July - 05 August

In Syria, Government forces are advancing in Homs and expected to retake opposition-held districts in the short-term, while operations have been ongoing in other major cities, including Aleppo and Damascus. Meanwhile, infighting within opposition forces is spreading between various armed groups. Clashes are continuously reported between Kurdish fighters and al-Qaeda affiliated Islamists near the border with Turkey in Al-Hassakeh and Ar-Raqqa governorates.

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Global Food Security Update - Issue 10, May 2013

Food security levels are generally better than a year earlier in East Africa and the Sahel, with most areas facing either IPC phase 1 ‘minimal’ or phase 2 ‘stressed’ conditions, thanks to favorable agro-climatic conditions in 2012.

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Humanitarian Snapshot: Natural Disasters in Asia-Pacific - 2012

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North continues to be hit by cold snap

CHIANG RAI, 4 January 2013 (NNT) - Chiang Rai and other northern provinces continue to be hit by a cold snap while the provincial authority has requested a financial aid of over 20 million baht.

The Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office in Chiang Rai is seeking an additional fund to provide relief for disaster-struck villagers as the initial budget of 1 million baht proved insufficient in light of increasingly low temperature in the area.

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Asia-Pacific region 1 - 7 January, 2013 - Natural disasters and other events being monitored by the OCHA Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific

Assessments are under-way in Samoa and Solomon Islands. The Government of Fiji is expected to complete a Humanitarian Action Plan this week.

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Asia Pacific Food Situation Update - December 2012

Typhoon Bopha hits Philippines banana harvest hard

About one quarter of the banana crop in the Philippines, a major food export for that country, has been destroyed by Typhoon Bopha, according to early damage assessments. Furthermore, banana growers fear the storm may have served to spread “Panama Disease,” which has been described by some researchers as “one of the most destructive plant diseases in modern times.”

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Asia Impact Report


New Asia Impact Report provides greater donor accountability

CARE today launched the Asia Impact Report which provides a review of the impact of CARE’s work in Asia from 2005 to 2010. The report is the first of its kind in Australia and is part of CARE’s commitment to transparency, which is important for the 87 per cent of Australian donors who want to know more about how donations are spent.