People along the Kolok River in Narathiwat have been advised to watch out for possible flash floods as heavy rain continues to hammer the southern border province.
The water level of the river has been rising quickly, by about five centimetres an hour since Wednesday, and was less than one metre below the bank on Saturday afternoon. The situation has alarmed authorities, who expect to see inundation of riverside areas in Waeng, Sungai Kolok and Tak Bai districts.
Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.
The Royal Thai Government will organize the International Conference on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 4 December 2015 in Bangkok. The Conference seeks to follow up the progress in addressing the problem of irregular migration in the Indian Ocean based on recommendations put forward during the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean held on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, and the subsequent Emergency ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime held on 2 July 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Conference will be opened by H.E. Mr.
New Study Links Climate Change to Mounting Natural Disasters
Reject Immunity for the Military in Draft Charter
(New York) – Thailand’s junta has proposed that the new constitution protect military personnel from prosecution for serious abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. The constitution drafters should reject the proposed de facto amnesty.
Over the past year we have grown our income in a crowded and competitive market. We have had to absorb some cuts to our funding from DFAT as part of the Government’s austerity measures. We want to thank those supporters, including our President, who advocated strenuously on our behalf to reduce the severity of those cuts. It has also been a busy year as we have steadily prepared for our five yearly re-accreditation with DFAT, and welcomed an expanded membership.
Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
20-YEAR REVIEW SHOWS 90% OF DISASTERS ARE WEATHER-RELATED; US, CHINA, INDIA, PHILIPPINES AND INDONESIA RECORD THE MOST
23 November 2015, GENEVA – A new report issued today by the UN, “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters”, shows that over the last twenty years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events.
The five countries hit by the highest number of disasters are the United States (472), China (441), India (288), Philippines (274), and Indonesia, (163).
Millions of vulnerable households globally could face increased hunger and poverty due to droughts and floods as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9 to 12 months. Typically, this climatic condition develops during April-June and reaches maximum strength during December-February; this event could be the most powerful on record (Earth Institute 2015).
BANGKOK— Tens of thousands of Burmese refugees living in Thailand are more optimistic about returning following the November 8 election wins of the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Aung San Suu Kyi. However, many who fled decades of conflict in Myanmar remain cautious.
Myanmar has faced years of internal conflict as myriad ethnic armies waged war against the military-led government in a bid for autonomy, sending more than 120,000 refugees fleeing.
In recent years, Thailand has seen a rise in number of refugee entering the border. Coming from as many as 47 different countries in the world, the number of refugee in Thailand hit 645,000 in 2013, with more than 8500 of them residing in dark corners of Bangkok.
Bangkok, Thailand | AFP | Friday 11/13/2015 - 03:38 GMT
Four people were killed and four injured in a bomb blast in Thailand's restive deep south, police said Friday, the latest unrest in a region wracked by a violent insurgency for more than a decade.
The explosion hit a checkpoint in Khok Pho district of Pattani province on Thursday evening, killing four Buddhist men aged between 43 and 54.
"Four village defence volunteers were killed and four wounded, who are still hospitalised," local police Colonel Uthai Thipsopa told AFP from the blast site.
• The Rohingya are the largest group of stateless persons in the world. Systematic discrimination and human rights abuses in Myanmar has led to mass migration; most aim to reach Malaysia in risky sea voyages, falling prey to human trafficking. Many don’t make it to their destination and end up detained in transit countries, many die on the way. Protection is by far the largest concern, including gender based violence and child protection.
Bang Saphan is 4 hours away and has our most vulnerable families that we work with.
The trip had several aims:
• Operate our field medical clinic to provide much needed medical care
• Equip the school children with bikes; helmets and school bags so they can ride to school instead of walk 7km each way.
• Pass on donations of clothes, mosquito nets, rice, canned fish and dog food
• Donate the 3 months supply of medicines to the qualified nurse living in the village
This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 70 countries in the third quarter of 2015 (July to September).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.
• FAO’s global cereal price index still continued to fall in Q3-2015, down 12.7 percent year-on-year and is now at 2010 levels.
Push to include mitigation, preparation, response and recovery in regional curricula moves forward following nine country seminar
At least a dozen Afghan schoolgirls were trampled to death as they and others tried to flee to safety once the deadly 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck their country and Pakistan earlier this week. Their deaths were yet another tragic reminder of how integrating risk reduction in education is becoming a moral imperative in a region where such disasters are occurring with increasing frequency.
Un rapport du HCR souligne les conséquences néfastes de l'apatridie pour les enfants
Les enfants apatrides à travers le monde partagent les mêmes sentiments de discrimination, de frustration et de désespoir, peut-on lire dans un récent rapport du HCR. Les problèmes subis par les enfants apatrides peuvent demeurer durant toute leur vie d'adulte.