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05 May 2016 description
  • As of 4 May 2016, 57 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 44 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).

  • Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):

  • 44 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.

05 May 2016 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

•During Q1-2016, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by 14 percent year-on-year thanks to ample supplies and stock positions. The index is now at levels last seen in early 2007. The FAO global food price index is 15 percent lower than in Q1-2015.

05 May 2016 description

By Paul P.S. Teng

Synopsis

The world is experiencing a situation of slower economic growth and lower commodity prices translated into relatively lower Food Price Indices for many countries. This “new norm” benefits urban consumers but poses potential problems for agribusiness and rural producers, since, inter alia, it discourages them to invest. Will this “new norm” last? Or will it prove a “false dawn”?

Commentary

04 May 2016 description

March 9th, 2016, the VNRC NHQs and the National Steering Committee o­n the Natural Disaster Prevention and Control issued the letter No. 01/BCĐTWPCTT-TƯHCTĐ o­n the Cooperation Agreement and the Campaign to response o­n the drought and saline intrusion.

  • March 18th, 2016, VNRC President official launched the in-country Appeal No. 47/LKG-TƯHCTĐ sending to all related provincial chapters, Red Cross staff, members, youth and volunteers.

04 May 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No updates)

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

03 May 2016 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 — The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved more than $500 million in support for improvements to road and bridge connections as well as flood control and sanitation conditions in Vietnam.

A $385-million results-based operation called Local Bridge Construction and Road Asset Management will enhance road access and lower road users’ transport costs in participating provinces that include more than 2.5 million people and 800 isolated communities.

03 May 2016 description

The New Zealand Embassy has announced humanitarian aid, totalling US$50,000, to communities in Ben Tre Province affected by drought and saltwater intrusion.

The assistance will be provided through an ongoing US$4.0 million New Zealand government-funded project in the province, called "Building resilience to disaster and climate risks of men and women in Ben Tre Province," implemented by Oxfam in Viet Nam. The emergency relief responds to urgent needs of children, women, and men in 15 most affected communes in Binh Dai, Ba Tri, and Thanh Phu districts.

29 Apr 2016 description
  • Since January, severe drought and saltwater intrusion caused by the impact of El Niño (high temperature and low rainfall) has affected more than two million people. 18 provinces in the South-Central region, Central Highlands and Mekong Delta are severely affected of which 14 have declared a State of Emergency. In the Mekong Delta, the drought and related decrease in groundwater levels have resulted in the most extensive saltwater intrusion in 90 years.

29 Apr 2016 description

Nairobi, 29 April 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its 2015 Annual Report website and print edition in all six UN languages. The report showcases many of UNEP’s big results of the last year – from key work in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement to securing investor pledges to decarbonize $600 billion worth of assets under management – and zooms in on projects helping communities in countries like Colombia and Cambodia to adapt to climate change and develop sustainable livelihoods.

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.