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02 Mar 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

SOC TRANG (VNS) — Authorities have helped four households in Song Phung Commune in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang to move from an area threatened by landslides.

One landslide, measuring eight metres in length, started to move close towards a populated area by the bank of the Ke Sach River, threatening people in dozens of households, said commune deputy chairman Phan Van Sau.

Police and neighbourhood watch were ordered to stay near the landslide site around the clock in case of emergency.

02 Mar 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

HA NOI (VNS) — Ensuring water-resource security and balancing supply and demand of using water was identified as key missions this year for the National Council on Water Resources.

These are challenges facing the country, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, chairman of the council, said last Friday at a meeting held in Ha Noi.

The missions were targeted in the context that the country's water sources have been in decline due to over-use, according to the Centre for Planning and Survey National Water Resources.

26 Feb 2015 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

25 Feb 2015 description
report Voice of America

Robert Carmichael

PHNOM PENH - In recent months dozens of ethnic minority Montagnard people from Vietnam have crossed the border into Cambodia complaining of harassment by the Vietnamese authorities. Most are still hiding out in the forests in northeastern Cambodia, fearful that the Cambodian authorities will deport them - contrary to the country’s international obligations.

More than 50 Montagnard asylum-seekers are believed to have crossed into Cambodia in recent months, yet just 13 are having their asylum claims assessed by the government in Phnom Penh.

24 Feb 2015 description

Lower Mekong Economies Risk Losing $34 Billion Per Year from Climate Change: USAID Report

24 Feb 2015 description
report UN University

World Must Achieve International Water Goals to Preempt Looming Conflicts Born of Desperation: UN Report

Expect water supply of 2.9 billion people in 48 countries to fall short of needs in as little as 10 years

Corruption, siphoning 30% of water sector funding, must end for world development and security

Hold agriculture, energy sectors more accountable for water inefficiencies

20 Feb 2015 description

First comprehensive study of trafficked men, women and children reveals severity of abuse and complex health issues

The largest survey to date of the health of trafficking survivors has found high levels of abuse and serious harm associated with human trafficking.

13 Feb 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

HA NOI (VNS) — The health ministry has asked hospitals and medicalunits nation-wide to strengthen disease prevention, especially against measles.

Director of the medical examination and treatment management department Luong Ngoc Khue said that the measles situation continues to be complicated.

The health sector reported a total of 35 confirmed measles cases among 123 suspected cases in 25 provinces and cities since the beginning of this year, added Khue.

12 Feb 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

523,592 Refugees and asylumseekers
2,361 Identified unaccompanied minors
1,393,736 Stateless persons
20,000 Estimated irregular maritime departures in 2014

Population of concern

A total of 2.7 million people of concern including 1.4 million stateless and over 700,000 internally displaced.

11 Feb 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China

The cumulative number of reported dengue cases in 2014 was 47,331. This is about ten times and eighty times higher compared with the number in 2013 and 2012 respectively due to the dengue outbreak in Guangdong in end of 2014. In December 2014, 180 dengue cases were reported. Although this number is lower compared to the previous month (November 2014), it is still higher than in the same period in 2013 and 2012 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

11 Feb 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:05 GMT
Author: Alisa Tang

BANGKOK, Feb 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Disaster-prone communities should be involved in planning their infrastructure to help ensure basic services can weather storms, floods and other disasters, researchers said.

Read the full article on AlertNet.

08 Feb 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Donors Should Press for an End to Flaunting International Refugee Rules

(New York, February 8, 2015) – The Cambodian government should abide by its international obligations not to return Vietnamese and other asylum-seekers to countries where they face persecution, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 4, 2015, a government official in Rattanakiri province announced that a family of five who were reportedly facing religious persecution in Vietnam had been sent to Vietnam’s Central Highlands.

04 Feb 2015 description
report Save the Children
  • Global efforts to end preventable child deaths have saved tens of millions of lives since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were set, but this progress masks major inequalities within countries

  • Structurally disadvantaged social, economic, or ethnic groups of children are being left behind their better-off peers in more than three-quarters of developing countries

  • Policies which achieve equitable reductions in child mortality across all groups are associated with 6% faster progress in improving overall national child survival rates

03 Feb 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

HA NOI (VNS) — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Viet Nam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the management of disaster response.

By building capacity at MARD to implement what is called an Incident Command System (ICS), USAID supports Viet Nam's efforts to continuously improve response and co-ordination systems to more effectively respond to all kinds of incidents and disasters.

27 Jan 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

BEN TRE (VNS) — Soil erosion threatens the livelihood of more than 50 households in southern Ben Tre Province's Bao Thuan Ward. The erosion also threatens crucial infrastructure in Thanh Hai Commune such as roads and bridges.

23 Jan 2015 description

Period covered by this Final Report: 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014 (cumulative narrative and financial report).

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,036,744.

Appeal coverage: 100 per cent

Appeal history:

  • 1 October 2013: CHF 266,261 was advanced from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to initiate distribution and support the assessment.

23 Jan 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

KIEN GIANG (VNS) — The Government of Viet Nam plans to use sea dykes, trees and a freshwater reservoir to minimise the damage caused by landslides and land erosion in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai headed a government task force that arrived in the province yesterday to carry out an on-site evaluation. After visiting river mouths, sea dykes, fish markets and protective forests near the city of Rach Gia, the task force concluded that the effect of climate change was evident.