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29 Apr 2016 description
report Viet Nam News

SÓC TRĂNG — Ensuring enough water is available for people’s daily lives should be the top priority amid the severe ongoing drought, said Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng at a conference in the Mekong Delta province of Sóc Trăng yesterday.

The event, held to seek measures to cope with the drought and saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta, saw the participation of representatives from 11 regional cities and provinces affected, including Long An, Tiền Giang, Bến Tre, Trà Vinh, Sóc Trăng, Bạc Liêu, Cà Mau, Kiên Giang, Hậu Giang, Vĩnh Long and Cần Thơ.

29 Apr 2016 description

Temerloh, Malaysia | Friday 4/29/2016 - 03:16 GMT

By Satish Cheney

Withering drought and sizzling temperatures from El Nino have caused food and water shortages and ravaged farming across Asia, and experts warn of a double-whammy of possible flooding from its sibling, La Nina.

28 Apr 2016 description

ZIKA VIRUS DISEASE, MICROCEPHALY AND GUILLAIN-BARRÉ SYNDROME

 As of 27 April, 55 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 42 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).

 Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):

 42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.

 13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

27 Apr 2016 description
report CARE

At a glance:

  • We directly assisted 2.3 million people across 23 countries.

  • 89 cents of every dollar we spent went straight to our programs overseas.

  • We responded to 11 emergencies.

  • 94 per cent of our staff are nationals of the country they work in.

CARE Australia 2010-2015

26 Apr 2016 description

WHO report highlights health impacts of climate change

The health sector has a vital role to play in order to respond and minimize the threats that climate change poses to human health

MANILA, 26 APRIL - The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Western Pacific has released a new report with scientific evidence of climate change affecting health and recommended actions for countries in the Region.

26 Apr 2016 description
report Viet Nam News

HCM CITY – Experts have urged the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces to rezone irrigation systems and dredge canals to cope with the damaging effects of climate change.

The weakness of the delta’s irrigation systems has limited the control of floods and saline intrusion in recent years, said Đỗ Đức Dũng, head of the Southern Irrigation Planning Institute, who spoke at a meeting held on Wednesday (April 20) in Cần Thơ.

26 Apr 2016 description
report Viet Nam News

HCM CITY— The People’s Committee of HCM City has granted an investment licence to the Trungnam Group to implement the first phase of a flood-prevention project worth VNĐ10 trillion (US$446.42 million).

Implementation of the project, under the Build-Transfer (BT) investment mode, will take three years.

The project aims to control flooding caused by high tides as well as adapt to climate change through sustainable management of water in an urban area of 570 sq kilometres in districts 1, 4, 7, 8, Bình Chánh and Nhà Bè with a total population of 6.5 million.

26 Apr 2016 description

Situation Overview

  • 18 provinces severely affected at present
  • 22 provinces currently drought-affected
  • 52 provinces aided by Government since mid-2015

Total Emergency Requirement (3-5 months) $48.5 million
Current Gap (3-5 months) $41.4 million

At least one third of Vietnam’s 63 provinces continue to be affected by El Niño-induced drought, with 18 provinces in the South Central, Central Highlands and Mekong Delta regions severely affected.

25 Apr 2016 description

Background and purpose

The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughts, floods and extreme hot and cold weather. While the El Niño itself has passed its peak and is now declining, its impact is still growing. Harvests in several parts of the world have already failed and are forecast to fail in other areas.

22 Apr 2016 description

KEY MESSAGES

The current El Niño started in Asia and the Pacific region from as early as March 2015. It reached strong levels in some countries in July 2015. In many countries the effects of the phenomenon remained strong throughout the first quarter of 2016. However, the humanitarian impacts have now become critical in many countries and humanitarian response have been ramping up.

21 Apr 2016 description

SUMMARY

From 1 January 2007 to 20 April 2016, Zika virus transmission was documented in a total of 66 countries and territories.

Mosquito-borne transmission:

  • 42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.

  • 17 countries have reported evidence of Zika virus transmission prior to 2015, with or without ongoing transmission or have reported an outbreak since 2015 that is now over.

21 Apr 2016 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing 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 9-12 months. This particular occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998 which killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

21 Apr 2016 description
report Pulitzer Center

LESLIE ROBERTS

PAILIN, Cambodia—No one knows exactly why resistance to malaria drugs always emerges first in this remote western province of Cambodia, nestled in the Cardamom Mountains. “The reasons are as much social as biological,” says malariologist Tom Peto, who is here in this dusty, unremarkable-looking town battling the latest threat to global malaria control: multiple drug–resistant (MDR) malaria.

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20 Apr 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 31 March, there were 91 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016 (28 in January, 45 in February, 18 in March). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2015), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2016 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

17 Apr 2016 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI Viet Nam News -— The government has allocated VNĐ484.7 billion (US$21.7 million) to help 21 provinces tackle the consequences of drought and saline intrusion which have affected the 2015-2016 spring-winter crops.

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said the funds would come from this year’s central reserve budget.

Đắk Lắk will receive the largest amount, VNĐ57 billion ($2.6 million), followed by Ninh Thuận with VNĐ47.4 billion ($2.1 million) and Hậu Giang with VNĐ36.9 billion ($1.6 million).

17 Apr 2016 description
report Viet Nam News

ĐẮK LẮK – More than 130 cows and thousands of chickens and ducks died from drought in Ea Súp District in the Central Highlands province of Đắk Lắk, according to the latest statistics from the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The cows and birds died due to a shortage of drinking water and nutrition.

In Ia Lốp Commune alone, more than 80 cows died, whereas Ia Rvê Commune had more than 50 cow deaths.

Hundreds of hectares of crops were destroyed, and at least 91 wells ran dry.

17 Apr 2016 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI Viet Nam News -— All forces should be mobilised to cope with severe drought and saline intrusion in order to ensure food and fresh water for daily usage, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Đức Phát said at a meeting yesterday.

Topics addressed by the Central Steering Committee for Natural Calamities Preparedness and Control included measures to confront drought and saline intrusion in the Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands), southern central and Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta regions.

15 Apr 2016 description

Apr 2016

Overview

The current 2015-2016 El Niño cycle has been one of the strongest on record and has had significant impacts on agricultural production and food security across the globe. At present, the agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people is affected by El Niño-related droughtsfloods and extreme hot and cold weather.

15 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • Since January 2016, severe drought and saltwater intrusion is significantly affecting the livelihoods, food security and water supply of nearly 2.3 million people (MARD report, 30 March) across all provinces in South-Central, Central Highlands and Mekong Delta regions.

  • To date, 39 out of 63 provinces in Vietnam have been impacted by drought, of which 34 provinces have received some support from central Government.

  • 14 provinces have declared a state of emergency.

15 Apr 2016 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Following the briefing of partners held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on 15 March 2016, six inter-agency rapid assessment teams visited Ben Tre, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Kien Giang Provinces to conduct an assessment of humanitarian needs. The joint assessment teams were supported by representatives from MARD, MoH, PACCOM, INGOs and UN.