The pace of general and food inflation in the region slowed in May increasing 2.7 and 2.5 percent, respectively.
In Afghanistan, greater internal displacements of food insecure populations are expected in the coming winter because of insufficient food availability and barriers to food access.
Stabilization policy efforts in India continue to mitigate the price volatility of vegetables, in particular for onion and potato.
This document is a report based on an independent evaluation of the Climate Smart Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction project in Vietnam. The evaluation and report was commissioned by the Australian Red Cross, and supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Vietnam: End “Evil Way” Persecution of Montagnard Christians
US, International Donors Should Insist on Respect for Freedom of Religion
(Bangkok, June 26, 2015) – The Vietnamese government’s persecution of ethnic Montagnard Christians in Vietnam’s Central Highlands reflects broader rights violations against religious minorities in the country, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report. The head of Vietnam’s ruling party, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, is slated to visit Washington, DC, in early July.
HA NOI (VNS) – Seven people were killed and four were missing following floods triggered by Typhoon Kujira in Thuan Chau and Yen Chau Districts in the northern mountainous Son La Province.
The typhoon is the first tropical storm to hit the East Sea this year,
One person suffered storm-related injuries in the northern Hai Phong City.
The National Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control released the updated information this morning.
The storm also damaged 23 local houses and destroyed more than 80ha of crops in Son La Province.
U.S.A. - Severe weather
• Severe weather, including thunderstorms, strong winds, heavy rain, hail and tornadoes affected several areas of Midwest and Mid-Atlantic United States on 21-23 June. Several tornadoes were reported in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Michigan on 22 June.
• According to media (as of 23 June), seven people were injured and several damages occurred, mostly in the area of Coal City in northern Illinois.
QUANG NINH (VNS) — Heavy rain from Typhoon Kujira lifted water levels in rivers in mountainous Son La Province yesterday. The storm killed at least three in the province, including a four-year old child.
More than 20 houses were damaged or swept away by flash floods, which also caused extensive damage to provincial infrastructure projects.
KUJIRA made landfall in Wanning city, south-east Hainan province, on 22 June, 18.50 local time (10.50 UTC), as a Tropical Storm. It then moved north-west over the island of Hainan. It affected the island with strong winds and heavy rainfall (247mm/24h in southern Hainan on 22 June). Authorities had previously evacuated nearly 40 000 people for precautionary reasons.
HA NOI (VNS) — Storm Kujira, which was predicted to hit Quang Ninh Province late last night, is expected move northwest and make landfall today, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting (NCHF).
As of 10pm last night, the storm's centre was 21.2 degrees north and 107.8 degrees east off Quang Ninh's coast near Bach Long Vi Island with wind speeds of 60-75 kilometres per hour.
Coastal areas in Quang Ninh and Nam Dinh experienced heavy downpours.
Nouvelle publication sur l'importance de la gestion des sols de montagne
• KUJIRA made landfall in Wanning city, southeast Hainan province, on 22 June, 18.50 local time (10.50 UTC), as a Tropical Storm. It then moved north-west over the island of Hainan. It affected the island with strong winds and heavy rainfall. Authorities had previously evacuated nearly 40 000 people for precautionary reasons.
• On 23 June, at 6.00 UTC, KUJIRA's centre was located approx. 120km from Quang Ninh, north-eastern Vietnam with maximum sustained winds of 65km/h.
QUANG TRI (VNS) — Quang Tri Province, among the localities hit hardest by the prolonged heatwave and drought in the central region, received heavy rains, saving part of the withering crop, and cheering farmers.
It has been raining in the province since early yesterday morning, with the locality receiving an average 40mm of rain, the province's centre for hydrometeorological forecasting said.
Peak fragility: Conserving mountain soils an urgent matter
New book on the importance of management of mountain soils
The past year was particularly productive for the GICHD: we helped achieve more clarity on the global extent of explosive contamination and strengthened national capacities. We had a positive impact on national mine action programmes and supported wider security and development issues. Finally, with the invaluable support of our governance and partners, we developed our new 2015-2018 Strategy.
We are proud of the work we accomplished and we hope you enjoy reading about it.
In a world where security and development are still hindered by explosive hazards, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) works to eliminate mines, explosive remnants of war and other explosive hazards. To achieve this, the GICHD supports national authorities, international organisations and civil society in their efforts to improve the relevance and performance of mine action. Core activities of the Centre include furthering knowledge, promoting norms and standards, and developing in-country and international capacity.
CENTRAL REGION (VNS)— Farmers in the Central region are struggling to find alternative water supply for their crops and animals as an acute drought dries up their nearest sources.
Many provinces in the region have been hit by the prolonged heatwave and drought, with Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Quang Ngai, Quang Tri and Ha Tinh among the hardest hit.
In Ninh Thuan, provincial authorities declared an emergency last week, with farmers having to drive their cattle herds long distances to find water.
The Dien Bien provincial People’s Committee has received funding from Save the Children International (SCI) more than VND 2.259 billion to implement the project "Disaster Risk Reduction in Vietnam" in the period 2015-2017.
The funding is used to implement the project "Disaster Risk Reduction in Vietnam" in two communes of Ang Cang and Bung Lao, Muong Ang district.
Quang Binh has just launched the project "Disaster risks management based on community" which shall be deployed in 3 years (April 2015 to March 2018) with its total estimated cost of about euro 600 thousands. It is funded by the Red Cross of Germany.
By Andy McElroy
DA NANG, 18 June 2015 – The Sendai Framework identifies partnership with the private sector as a vital element in global efforts to reduce disaster risk. This strategic and inclusive approach is already a reality in hazard-prone Da Nang, on Viet Nam’s Central Coast.
Over the past four years, the local authorities have put public-private sector cooperation at the heart of their efforts to strengthen the resilience of the port city of one million people.
HA NOI (VNS) — Climate experts have proposed using text messages to warn people about storms to limit losses.
The proposal followed a storm that occurred at 5pm in Ha Noi last Saturday, killing two people and felling 1,290 trees.
Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the National Centre for Hydro Meteorological Forecasting, told Tien phong (Vanguard) newspaper that the centre had run warning subtitles on Viet Nam Television about the thunderstorm at 4.20pm.
However, many residents said it was not enough.
Volunteer health professionals from Project HOPE, the international health education and humanitarian aid organization, have joined Pacific Partnership 2015, a humanitarian mission and training exercise led by the United States Navy to help underserved communities in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and