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Pakistan + 11 others
The 2014 Rainfall Season: South and East Asia

Highlights

• The dominant feature of the 2014 season across East Asia so far has been widespread rainfall deficits that led to delayed starts of the growing season across vast areas of the continent.

• Conditions were worst around mid July, followed by a general improvement, which still left moderate rainfall deficits as the predominant pattern. SE Pakistan has been the worst affected area, in particular for livelihoods dependent on rainfed agriculture and pastoral resources.

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Philippines + 3 others
15 September 2014: Mexico – Philippines - Tropical Cyclones

MEXICO

• ODILE made landfall near Cabo San Lucas (Baja California Sur) on 15 September at 4.45 UTC with max. sustained winds of 205 km/h (Category 3 Hurricane). 7 000 people are reported evacuated and shelters for up to 30 000 people have been set up.

• As of 15 September 13.00 UTC local Media reports blocked roads and power cuts in the area.

• A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the whole southern half of the Baja California Peninsula.

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India + 6 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (9 - 15 September 2014)

About 8,000 people have been displaced by the storm in the Philippines; the Government is leading the response, including the distribution of food and non-food items to the affected people.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Prevention of flash floods and landslides, people need timely information

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment recently announced the zoning survey results of flash flood warning and the status map of landslides in the mountainous provinces of Vietnam. This mapping system is an effective tool for the industries, the localities for early warning of these dangerous natural disasters.

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World + 3 others
How Research Can Banish Water and Food Scarcity

Frank Rijsberman September 05, 2014

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Vietnamese asylum seekers say dozens hurt in targeted attack at Christmas Island centre, Scott Morrison says claims 'grossly inaccurate'

By Alexandra Fisher - exclusive

Vietnamese asylum seekers at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre say members of the group were bashed and injured during a targeted attack on Friday night.

Three separate sources told the ABC they were contacted by Vietnamese asylum seekers on the island, who said they were mobbed by a group of Iranian detainees.

The Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network (DASSAN) said two Vietnamese asylum seekers from the centre contacted it in separate private messages on Facebook the next day.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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World + 29 others
Hidden in Plain Sight: a statistical analysis of violence against children

Over the last decade, recognition of the pervasive nature and impact of violence against children has grown. Still, the phenomenon remains largely undocumented and underreported.

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WB: Vietnam Demonstrates Climate Leadership in Building Resilience; and Embarks on Low Carbon Path

Report
World Bank

Hanoi, August 25, 2014 – The World Bank today congratulated Vietnam on the high-level attention to building resilience of vulnerable areas like the Mekong Delta – which are especially impacted by climate change and disaster risks, as well as Vietnam’s green growth strategy and action plan, and urged the country to forge ahead on a low carbon and resilient growth path.

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Determination of natural disaster risk intensity

The Prime Minister has issued the Decision No. 44/2004/QD-TTg on stipulation of intensity for each type of natural disasters. The decision shall take officially into the effect from 01/10/2014.

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Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment: Handed over landslide-risk map to provinces

At an online conference on prevention of floods, flash floods and landslides in 2014 organized in the morning of August 20th, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc stated that the zoning, evaluation, and investigation results of landslides and flash floods risk have already been available for the provinces: Bac Kan, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Son La, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Tuyen Quang, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Thai Nguyen, Hoa Binh and Phu Tho.

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Philippines + 8 others
ECHO Factsheet – East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific – August 2014

Key messages

  • The Asia-Pacific region is the most disaster-prone region in the world. The three largest disasters worldwide in the past four years have occurred in East and Southeast Asia.

  • Together with implementing partners, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) carries out rapid assessments of needs and delivers immediate help to those affected by natural and man-made disasters. In the period 2013-2014, the Commission allocated more than € 90.69 million in humanitarian funding to the region.

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Australia + 10 others
Immigration Detention and Community Statistics Summary - 30 June 2014

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.

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Change for Climate Change

Report
World Vision

Written by: Le Quang Dao – CATREND Manager

To prepare for the potentially devastating consequences of climate change, nearly 80 officials working for government agencies at provincial and district levels in the northern province of Thanh Hoa gathered for a World Vision training course on 25 July.

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Viet Nam + 1 other
Australian Government aids small-scale humanitarian projects

VGP - The Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on August 13 formally launched the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) for development projects in the central and southern provinces of Viet Nam from Da Nang southwards.

DAP provides grants for small-scale development projects, about $10,000 each with a view to addressing humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental outcomes for disadvantaged communities.

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Malaysia + 11 others
Dengue Situation Update, 12 August 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 23 July:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 53,246
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 147

The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 19 July (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 35,264
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 134
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Philippines + 2 others
CFSI Annual Report for 2013

The CFSI Annual Report for 2013 gives a sketch of CFSI’s accomplishments and ongoing efforts in rebuilding lives in the Philippines, Myanmar, and Viet Nam. Throughout the succession of emergencies in 2013, CFSI carried out relief, early recovery, and reconstruction, as well as capacity strengthening with local partners and policy advocacy at the regional and global levels.

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World + 51 others
The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 24 - July 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 12% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 2% compared to the previous quarter.

• Real prices of maize were relatively stable and only 2% higher than the previous quarter of 2014.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, maize prices are low (-28%).

• Real prices of wheat increased significantly by 9% from Q1 to Q2-2014. More recently, for June, prices are down due to an increase in global supply and production.