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24 Aug 2016 description

Yangon, Myanmar | AFP | Wednesday 8/24/2016 - 17:08 GMT

by Hla-Hla HTAY

A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 pagodas in the famous ancient capital of Bagan, officials said.

The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets.

24 Aug 2016 description

Pattani, Thailand | AFP | Wednesday 8/24/2016 - 07:09 GMT

by Tuwaedaniya Meringing

A car bomb exploded in a nightlife district in Thailand's deep south, killing one and wounding more than 30, in a nation already on edge after a bombing spree that targeted tourist towns.

The latest blast struck late Tuesday outside a hotel in Pattani, one of three Muslim-majority southern provinces battered by a long-running and shadowy rebellion against the Buddhist-majority state.

23 Aug 2016 description

By Andy McElroy

BANGKOK, 23 August 2016 - Scientists and researchers were today urged to provide "solutions and guidance" so that policymakers are able to effectively address the challenge of escalating disaster risk.

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr Robert Glasser, said successive record-breaking hot months because of climate change were a "frightening development" that makes the need for risk-informed policymaking even more pressing.

23 Aug 2016 description
report Bangkok Post


SURIN -- While rain has nourished crops in most parts of the country, more than 20 villages in Tha Tum district of this northeastern province are watching their rice crops discolour and wither after about two months without any rain at all.

The 20 villages in tambon Krapho and nearby tambons of Tha Tum district usually reap healthy crops of fragrant hom mali rice.

22 Aug 2016 description

NAN, 16 August 2016 (NNT) - Seven districts in Nan province have suffered heavy flooding, after a low pressure trough brought heavy rain to the North of Thailand.

Nan Governor Suwat Promsuwan has declared disaster zones across 127 subdistricts, as access to food and clean water has been cut off by the rising waters. Authorities have been trying to reach out to disaster-stricken people to deliver basic necessities. A group of soldiers from the 38th Military Circle used a large army truck to reach severely flooded areas to evacuate residents to higher ground.

22 Aug 2016 description

BANGKOK, 17 August 2016 (NNT)-Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his concern over flooding in many provinces while urging every unit to quickly assist people affected by the deluge.

Prime Minister’s Office Spokesperson Major General Sansern Keawkamnerd reported that the premier wants relief efforts to continue as many low lying areas remain submerged in deep flood water.

22 Aug 2016 description
report Bangkok Post

People living along the Mekong River have been alerted to rising water levels as authorities monitor the situation and stay prepared for emergencies around the clock.

The Mekong levels in the northeastern province of Nong Khai rose quickly Sunday, by 7cm per hour, according to Nong Khai's hydrology authorities under the Water Resources Department.

They said the river level which was recorded at 11.05 metres at noon, nearly reaching the critical level of 11.15 metres, continued to rise due to large amounts of water flowing from the North.

20 Aug 2016 description
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• TC DIANMU made landfall on 18 August in Guangdong (China) as a Tropical Storm; then it reached northern Vietnam on 19 August morning.

• As of 19 August morning, media reported 40 000 people evacuated and 200 houses damaged in Hainan province (China), one dead and at least 360 people evacuated in northern Vietnam.

19 Aug 2016 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 19 August 2016

(1) Ethiopia

18 Aug 2016 description

General inflation in the region in June was estimated at 3.9 percent, and food inflation was 4.9 percent.

  • Sri Lanka recorded the highest monthly food price increase in the Asia-Pacific region in June, with a rise of 4.3 percent compared to May.

  • Afghanistan reported higher prices for wheat flour (high and low quality) and rice (low quality) compared to a month and a year ago.

18 Aug 2016 description
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Baseline Report - Detention situation as of end 2013
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Progress Report mid-2016

UNHCR report notes fall in refugee child detention in focus countries

Two reports issued today show that 12 countries taking part in a UNHCR strategy to end detention of asylum seekers and refugees have made important progress towards ending detention of children over the past two years.

17 Aug 2016 description
report Bangkok Post

Water levels have returned to normal in two of three provinces hard hit by flooding in the North, but the situation remains serious in some areas of Nan, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chatchai Promlert said on Wednesday.

In Nan, flash floods and landslides hit 206 villages in 34 tambons of Santisuk, Chalerm Phra Kiat, Muang, Tha Wang pha, Pua, Phu Phiang, Mae Charim and Wiang Sa districts, affecting 4,109 households. One person was reported killed.

Water was still rising in Wiang Sa and Mae Charim districts, but had receded elsewhere,

17 Aug 2016 description
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Residents of a village in Mae Hong Son's Pai district have called for local agencies to relocate their village out of high-risk areas for flash floods.

Locals in Mae Na village of tambon Mae Na Toeng made the call Tuesday after monsoon rains sent brownish runoff from a mountain downstream into various creeks and eventually into the Pai River in Pai district. The river burst its banks on Saturday morning.

Riverside resorts and homes were devastated by the floods and tourists and locals evacuated to higher ground.

15 Aug 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

520,000 # of children affected out of 2,000,000 # of people affected

600,000 # Hectares of crop damaged

1,750,000 # people lost incomes

52 (18 most affected) # provinces affected out of Government-One UN Joint Emergency Response Plan 2016:

US$48.5 million

UN funds received: $12.0 million

UNICEF funds received: US$4 million

Funding gap: US$32.5 million

15 Aug 2016 description

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 11 August 2016–The Swiss government, through its Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), has granted more than US$7 million to the Mekong River Commission to implement its overall work, which covers areas such as climate change and adaptation, flood and drought management; and sustainable hydropower.

The financial agreement was signed by Tim Enderlin, SDC’s Director of Cooperation Laos and the Mekong Region, and Pham Tuan Phan, Chief Executive Officer of the MRC Secretariat, at a ceremony in Vientiane.

12 Aug 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiolgists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 7-13 August 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, yellow fever in Angola, polio, MERS CoV and West Nile virus.

10 Aug 2016 description

Highlights 1-31 July 2016

  • Bangladesh: A total of 16 Bangla-deshi returnees contacted a local NGO ‘Thengamara Mohila Sabuj Sang-ha (TMSS)’ for skills development training. IOM cooperated with the TMSS and the returnees so that they can avail themselves of this oppor-tunity and develop their skills. In July, there were no Bangladeshi returnees. To date, IOM has provided return assistance to 2,679 Bangladeshis.