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21 May 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi had set a goal of completing 10 important projects to stop flooding in the city by end of the second quarter, said Vo Tien Hung, general director of the Ha Noi Sewerage and Drainage Company at a press conference on Tuesday.

The projects are aimed at preventing flooding on major streets, including Vinh Hung, Quan Nhan, Kim Hoa, Duc Giang, Hoang Mai, Tay Mo, Tho Nhuom, Tay Son, Cu Loc and Chau Van Liem.

However, Hung said the city had failed to address flooding in areas where sewers and drains had not been completed.

20 May 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

The Quang Tri Province's People's Committee and Mines Advisory Group (MAG) on Monday signed an agreement to look for unexploded ordnance in the locality between 2015 and 2017.

According to the agreement, MAG will work with local residents to detect and destroy unexploded ordnance which threatens the life of people in Quang Tri, and organise training courses to improve awareness among residents and tourists about mines and unexploded ordnance.

20 May 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

HA NOI (VNS) — An agreement for a 20 million euro loan (US$17.8 million) to tackle climate change in Viet Nam was signed between the French and Vietnamese governments in Ha Noi yesterday.

The loan from the French Development Agency (AFD) was planned to fund the fifth tranche of the "Support Programme to Respond to Climate Change" (SPRCC), that aims to help the Vietnamese Government respond to climate change and promote low carbon development.

19 May 2015 description
report European Union


In 2014, only 0.5% of all illegal border-crossings reported by EU Member States at the external borders took place at the 6 000-kilometre-long eastern borders of the EU, totalling 1 275.

Meanwhile, the economic downturn in Russia led to a decline in regular traffic flows at EU Member States’ borders with the country, with the weakening rouble reducing the number of Russian travellers and shoppers crossing the EU borders. This trend was the most pronounced near the end of last year.

19 May 2015 description

In 2013 Typhoon Wutip made landfall in Central Vietnam. Hundreds of thousands of houses were unroofed and over 500 collapsed. Hectares and hectares of paddy fields were damaged.

With support from the EU, Plan International, as well as Save the Children, joined the local government in providing emergency response support and recovery assistance to the people in the affected areas. A cash transfer project helped locals re-establish their livelihoods.

19 May 2015 description

The Royal Thai Government is organizing the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok. The Special Meeting is an urgent call for the region to comprehensively work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration across the Bay of Bengal in recent years.

18 May 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

HCM CITY (VNS) — The ongoing drought has seriously affected farms and households in the Mekong Delta, causing water shortages for thousands of families in the provinces of Kien Giang, Ca Mau, Ben Tre and Tien Giang.

About 400,000 ha of land under agricultural production in the provinces have been affected by the prolonged drought and salt water infiltration, according to figures from the Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper.

18 May 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

HCM CITY (VNS) — Soil erosion caused mainly by lower levels of water in rivers and canals in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta has damaged houses, fruit orchards and construction works.

Hau Giang Province's Chau Thanh District is one of the delta's hardest-hit areas.

Tran Quang Hanh, head of the district's Agriculture and Rural Development Bureau, said this year serious erosion had occurred during the dry season. Soil erosion usually appears during the rainy reason.

15 May 2015 description
  • There is an urgent need to help people and communities to avoid, withstand and recover from increasing shocks and stresses. The EU is placing resilience as a central objective of development and humanitarian assistance. To reduce humanitarian needs we must put people first, and allow them, especially children, to fulfil their full potential.

  • The EU has introduced a "resilience marker" – all humanitarian projects include options to reduce future risks, to strengthen coping capacities to avoid or reduce future humanitarian needs

14 May 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi's sewers and drains are said to be inadequate to cope with heavy flooding, likely to arrive with the coming storm season.

Canals traditionally used to drain water from the growing city have been narrowed down by piles of plastic and other solid rubbish in recent years, severely limiting their capacity to drain water into the city's rivers.

The city's authorities plan to clear the canals this month, as well as lower water levels in main lakes to handle heavy rain.

13 May 2015 description
report World Bank

Birger Fredriksen and Sukhdeep Brar
with Michael Trucano

This book offers policy options that can help reduce textbook costs and increase their supply. The book explores, in depth, the cost and financial barriers that restrict textbook availability in schools across much of the region, as well as policies successfully adapted in other countries. The book also provides a thorough assessment of the pros and cons of digital teaching and learning materials and cautions against the assumption that they can immediately replace printed textbooks.

11 May 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

QUANG TRI (VNS) — A sudden whirlwind occurred on Saturday afternoon, ripping off the roofs on 100 houses in central Quang Tri Province.

They included 30 houses in a commune in the province's Gio Linh District and 70 other in a commune in Vinh Linh District.

The whirlwind toppled many rubber trees and flattened rice crops in Gio Linh. A market, schools and a public cultural centre in Vinh Linh were also heavily damaged.

No fatalities or injuries were reported. The communes are home to rural poor families, whose houses are not very firm from strong wind.

08 May 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

LAM DONG (VNS) — Many homes in the mountain city of Da Lat are built on precarious slopes. This has forced many owners to build retaining walls in front to stop soil being washed away during torrential rain.

However, many of the walls have been undermined by rain and are in danger of collapse, threatening the survival of some of the houses themselves.

This was confirmed in a report from the Lam Dong Department of Construction. It said up to 80 per cent of building works, particularly houses, roads and bridges, were in danger.

07 May 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

As of 13 April, there were 66 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015 (Figure 1).


07 May 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Binh Thuan People's Committee has asked the Government for funds to upgrade 25 seriously degraded dams so that they can store more water as the central province reels from one of its worst droughts in a long time and dams are rapidly running out of water.

In three major dams — Ta Mon, Song Phan, and Tra Tan – water levels are very low while in many others it is at dead storage level, or below the lowest outlet. These reservoirs serve both agricultural and domestic use.

04 May 2015 description


  • In India, unseasonal rains damaged 8.5 million hectares of crops, mainly wheat. The Government has responded mainly by increasing input subsidies and facilitating the processing of insurance claims.

  • Thailand has launched a loan relief programme for affected farmers through the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives.

  • In Pakistan, potato prices have fallen by 45 percent year on year as farmers switch from growing wheat to potatoes.

04 May 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

NGHE AN (VNS) — Nearly 200 houses were damaged or had their roofs blown away by a whirlwind in the last few days in the central Nghe An Province.

Fortunately, there were no reports of any deaths or injuries.

In Con Cuong District, a whirlwind, accompanied by heavy rain, caused two houses to collapse, and blew away the roofs of 114 houses yesterday..

In Tuong Duong District, two houses collapsed and 56 others were partly damaged by a whirlwind on Thursday (April 30).

04 May 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

HA NOI (VNS) – As severe drought continues to affect the central region, the Viet Nam Red Cross will provide urgent aid for 900 poor and near-poor households.

The beneficiaries in Ninh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Dak Lak and Phu Yen provinces are ethnic minority people with a shortage of water containers.

The aid package consists of 900 plastic water tubs with a capacity of 300 litres and 2,700 Aquatabs - water purification tabs - worth more than VND1.1 billion (US$53,000).

29 Apr 2015 description

Global Highlights

  • In Q1-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell a further 13 percent year-on-year. It is now 5 percent lower than in Q4-2014.

  • Real prices of wheat have fallen by 10 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 20 percent lower than in Q1-2014 and at their lowest levels since mid-2010, thanks to large supplies, favourable production forecasts and strong export competition.