BANGKOK, 30 October 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) is conducting a campaign to assist people in provinces susceptible to extreme cold weather by supplying them with blankets.
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NATURAL DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC
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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Syria, heavy fighting along the border with Jordan in the southern province of Dar’a is on-going. After a week-long battle in Aleppo, the Government army regained control of the strategic town of Khanasser which is located on a key supply route between central Syria and Aleppo. Meanwhile, ground fighting is ongoing across Syria, with clashes extending to the previously relatively stable governorate of Tartous.
In Syria, heavy fighting continues between the Government and opposition groups as well as infighting within the opposition. Against this background, the UN Security Council endorsed the Russia-US agreement on the elimination of Syria’s chemical stockpile. There are now over 2.1 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. As of 27 September, heavy shelling is preventing an estimated 70,000 Syrian refugees from crossing into Jordan, leading them to face severe food insecurity as they remain stranded on the border.
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.
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.
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.
Philippines - TC Bopha (Pablo) struck the southern Philippines about 5 weeks ago. On 3 Jan, the death toll stands at 1,067 with a further 848 people reported missing. There are still 13,940 people staying in evacuation centers, while 959,267 displaced people are seeking shelter elsewhere. Over 210,000 houses are damaged. A large international response is underway, in support of the government. Emergency Shelter remains the highest priority need.
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.”