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.
HA NOI (VNS) — El Nino will last until next spring, the season when winter crops are harvested, and is expected to usher in higher-than-average temperatures, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
As a result, northern provinces are likely to face a water shortage and a warm harvesting season for winter-spring crops, the centre said.
El Nino is the warm phase of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (commonly called ENSO) and is associated with a band of warm ocean water that develops in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific.
On estime que 15,8 millions de personnes sont désormais sous traitement contre le VIH, soit deux fois plus qu’il y a cinq ans, tandis que les pays adoptent la Stratégie d’accélération à l’aide de données permettant d’affiner la prestation des services de prévention et de traitement du VIH afin d’atteindre les personnes laissées pour compte
Countries adopt UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy to double number of people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2020
An estimated 15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment, a doubling from five years ago, as countries adopt the UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy using data to fine-tune delivery of HIV prevention and treatment services to reach people being left behind
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).
KHANH HOA (VNS) — Some 5,500 people have contracted dengue fever in central Khanh Hoa Province since early this year, five times higher than the total number of cases recorded last year.
Among the patients were two fatalities, the provincial Health Department said.
Head of Pasteur Nha Trang Institute Vien Quang Mai said the dengue-fever cases had jumped from 2,500 to 5,500 between September and November.
Controlling the situation had placed undue pressure on the local health sector, he said.
China (no update)
As of 30 September, there were 1917 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September. From 1 to 30 September 2015, 1479 dengue cases were reported. The number of cases in the month of September in 2015 has increased, however was lower than the same period of 2014. (Figure 1)
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).
Meet some of the impressive Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD), and their expert handlers, who are currently sniffing out cluster munition remnants and other potentially lethal explosive remnants of war (ERW) in Vietnam. The dogs and their handlers are on loan from Cambodia as part of a trial project funded by Sweden / the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
HCM CITY (VNS) — Authorities in HCM City have outlined stronger flood-prevention measures as heavy rains and high tides continue to cause severe flooding.
In District 6, Binh Thanh, Binh Tan and Hoc Mon districts, for example, many streets are seriously flooded after heavy rains, despite the city's efforts in recent years to deal with the problem.
The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM) is a United States (U.S.) Department of Defense organization that was established by U.S. Congress in 1994. The Center is a direct reporting unit to U.S. Pacific Command and is located on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
With recent climatic and environmental changes occurring all across the globe, adaptation has been in the front line of development policies. The Fifth Assessment report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) defines adaptation as “the process of adjustment to actual or expected climate and its effects” (Annex II, 2014a:1758). Although the term has been used mainly in connection with climate change, it also refers to the whole spectrum of human responses to environmental changes that aim to “avoid harm or exploit beneficial opportunities” (IPCC, 2014a:1758).
But, 2015 global milestones and measles elimination goals are off track
QUANG NGAI (VNS) — Thousands of households in mountainous or riverside areas of the central Quang Ngai Province are potentially in the path of landslides, which become a high risk during the flood season.
Huynh Thuong, vice chairman of the province's mountainous Ba To District People's Committee, said 37 landslide-prone areas had been identified in the district.
Local residents were asked to prepare for evacuation during the rainy seasons, he said.
6.2M shook Alor, East Nusa Tenggara Province on 4 November. It has injured 2 people and damaged 884 houses and 51 public facilities. Five municipalities were reported to be affected. The cost of damage is estimated to be USD 3.6 million.
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to extract over 2,000 tonnes of rice, maize and vegetable seeds from national reserves to support 11 provinces hardest hit by natural disasters this year.
A majority of the struggling provinces are in the north - Ha Nam, Hai Duong, Thai Binh, Ninh Binh, Bac Giang, Phu Tho and Quang Ninh - though four central provinces also made it onto the list: Quang Tri, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan.
HCM CITY (VNS) — The deputy head of HCM City Department of Health Tang Chi Thuong has warned about the danger of dengue fever infection as the city's hospitals have been seeing more cases among pregnant women since the beginning of the year.
Unlike previous years, the number has increased but exact figures are unavailable, he said.
Last Wednesday, Gia Dinh People Hospital had to perform surgery on a 30-year-old pregnant women from District 2 who had dengue fever.
HA NOI — Heavy rain in the past four days in central Viet Nam triggered floods that claimed eight lives, submerged nearly 1,000 houses, and forced thousands to evacuate, authorities said yesterday.
It continued to rain heavily on Wednesday, causing serious flooding in many areas, and threatened the lives of many residents including students in Khanh Hoa Province.
Three seventh-grade students of Tran Nhan Tong Secondary School in Khanh Hoa's Dien Khanh District drowned after falling into a pit at a construction site on Monday, police said.