Ban Nam Khem, Thailand | AFP | Sunday 12/21/2014 - 03:34 GMT
by Preeti JHA
A decade after towering waves wrenched her newborn baby from her arms, Mi Htay remains haunted by memories of the children she lost in the tsunami whose bodies, like hundreds of other Myanmar migrants in Thailand, were never identified.
Manilla, 18 December 2014 – As we approach the ten-year anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami, UN-Habitat draws attention to the results achieved in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Maldives, and the lessons learned. UN-Habitat now contributes to various humanitarian clusters, especially shelter and WASH, and supports the global community as the focal point for House, Land and Property issues.
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Malaysia hit hard closing Sungai Kolok border crossing
Writer: Post reporters and dpa
Heavy rain and flooding along the Thai-Malaysian border have left one child dead, two people missing, dozens of villages inundated, and the Sungai Kolok border crossing closed.
By NYEIN NYEIN
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Burmese migrants and NGOs supporting migrants in Thailand have called on the Thai government to reform its social security system so that legally registered Burmese, Laotian and Cambodia workers in the country can gain long-term benefits from the system.
General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.
Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.
In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.
Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.
Thailand – Severe weather
• Heavy rain caused floods in a number of provinces of southern Thailand in the last week.
• According to media (as of 16 December), two people were reported missing and 22 140 people were affected in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, more than 5 000 people were affected in the province of Patthalung and 300 houses were flooded in Narathiwat province.
• In the next 48h, isolated heavy to very heavy rain may affect parts of the southern provinces of Thailand.
SAKON NAKHON, 18 December 2014 (NNT) – Cold weather still lingers over the North and Northeast, while the South is still being battered by heavy rain.
In Sakon Nakhon, the temperature has dropped to below 15 degrees Celsius for several consecutive days. This has contributed to an increase in the number of patients getting treated for respiratory tract illnesses. Medical officials said the elderly and children aged less than five are especially vulnerable. In Phrae's Mueng district, an 82-year-old man died from heart failure as he was sleeping through the cold weather.
The unprecedented £392m donated by the generous UK public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Tsunami Earthquake Appeal ten years ago not only provided homes for tens of thousands of people, it helped change the way humanitarian agencies respond to large-scale disasters, the DEC said today.
In 2013-14, our projects continued to help working men and women in developing countries learn income-generating skills, strengthen their human rights and workplace rights, and provide a better standard of living and greater hope for their children.
Ten years on and Tsunami response changed lives for good
The humanitarian response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami saved lives and gave people the means to rebuild their futures, Oxfam says today.
The tsunami on Boxing Day ten years ago was unprecedented. It hit 14 countries and affected 5 million people, killing an estimated 230,000 people and making 1.7 million homeless.
Flooding in three districts of Narathiwat province was affecting more than 300 households and caused two schools to suspend classes on Wednesday.
Runoff from the Sankalakhiri mountain range, triggered by four days of heavy rain, caused the Sungai Kolok River to overflow, inundating more than 300 households along the river and nearby agricultural areas in Sukhirin, Waeng and Sungai Kolok districts.
Two schools, Ban Bukorta and Ban Yaho, in Waeng district closed classes on Wednesday. The floodwater rose to 40-50cm deep in the district.
Over 2,400 people were affected by flood in Bengalon, Kutai District, Province of East Kalimantan. (http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/766)
The overflow of Cibarengkok River due to torrential rain has submerged nearly 500 houses in Garut, West Java Province. About 2,100 people were displaced because of the flooding. (http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/765)
BANGKOK, 16 December 2014 (NNT) – Provinces in the North will remain cold throughout this week, whereas the southern provinces will continue to experience heavy raining, according to the Meteorological Department.
The weather bureau on Monday issued an announcement stating that the temperature in upper Thailand will drop by another 3-5 degrees Celsius due to influence from a high pressure area that continues to prevail over the region. This situation is expected to continue until Friday.
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Thousands of homes in Phatthalung remained under water yesterday in the flood crisis caused by torrential rain on Saturday night.
The rain triggered runoff that hit many districts in the province and in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
In Phatthalung, more than 670 households in tambon Khuan Khanun and over 5,000 others in tambon Khok Changai, Khao Chiek, Prang Mu and Na Not were hit by runoff from the Banthat mountain range.
Indonesia - Landslide
• The death toll, due to the landslide that affected the regency of Banjanegara in Central Java on 12 December, has risen to 51, while rescue efforts continue for the remaining 75 missing people, according to BNPB, as of 15 December.
Thailand – Severe Weather
• Heavy rainfall has affected southern Thailand in the past couple of days, with 83mm measured in 24h in Nakhon Si Thammarat on 14 December.
Confront Toxic Legacy Before Reopening Lead Mines
On 26 December 2004, the world experienced the Indian Ocean Tsunami, one of the deadliest natural disasters ever recorded. At an event held at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand last week, panelists took stock of the progress made in building greater resilience to disasters in Asia-Pacific, and also highlighted outstanding gaps and priorities for the way forward.
NAKHON SRITHAMMARAT, 15 Dec 2014, (NNT) - The Royal Thai Army has dispatched trops to assist floods victims in the Southern region of Thailand, after the area has been belted by incessant heavy rains, run-offs and inundation.
According to Deputy Army Spokesperson, Colonel Sirichan Nga-thong, Army Commander-in-Chief General Udomdej Sritabutr has instructed the Army’s disaster relief officers to inform all units in the flood-stricken South to be on standby for rescue operation deployment, while urging them to monitor the latest floods situations.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 14 December 2014 (NNT) – Heavy rain in the southern regions of Thailand has affected 9 districts and one person has been reported missing. Meanwhile the army is prepared to perform rescue operations.
The Commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army, Gen Udomdej Sitabutr, has commanded the Army’s disaster mitigation center to order all units in the area to monitor flood situations and to perform rescue operations in cooperation with other sectors immediately when needed.
Help for body, mind and soul
On 26 December 2004, the most devastating tsunami in history brought death, misery and immense suffering to the people on the shores of the Indian Ocean. In its aftermath, 250,000 people were dead or missing, and nearly 1.7 million lost their homes. Immediately, Malteser International ran to the aid of the survivors – with both material as well as psychological assistance. A large-scale, sustainable reconstruction and reintegration program followed.