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Indonesia + 2 others
ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 06 - 19 October 2014

Please visit ASEAN Disaster Information Network (http://adinet.ahacentre.org) for Details of Information:

INDONESIA

1009 houses were submerged in 5 sub-districts in South Aceh. (http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/726)

THAILAND

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World + 10 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review - East Asia and the Pacific | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Recurrent floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, and seasonal typhoons 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 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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Mozambique + 4 others
Rats Against Mines from Angola to Cambodia

They run, sniff and sense, though instead of cheese since they were little they were accustomed to TNT, the explosive used for anti-personnel mines. They are the giant African pouched rats, the light protagonists (weighing around 1.5kg, much less than the 5kg that would detonate the ordnances) of a mine clearing project that are helping communities devastated by war.

Agence France-Presse:

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World + 11 others
The risk of disaster-induced displacement in south-east Asia and China

A new paper aims to assess the risk of disaster-induced displacement in the 10 member states of ASEAN plus China to guide development and preparedness planning.

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World + 5 others
World celebrates resilience and older people

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, October 13, 2014 - A tsunami of 4.5 million tweets rolled out across the world today in support of the 25th International Day for Disaster Reduction as UNISDR and HelpAge International joined forces to launch Charter 14 for Older Persons in Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Bangladesh + 3 others
Caritas funds will help those most vulnerable to disasters

As part of the Australian Government’s Humanitarian Partnership Agreement (HPA), Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s agency for international aid and development, has been allocated $500,000 for key activities that will reduce risks to disasters for vulnerable communities.

The funds allocated will enable Caritas Australia and its partners to reach the most marginalised women, men and children in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Gaza, Kenya and in the Pacific.

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Deputy PM urges building of plans for super storms

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has urged all ministries, sectors and localities to draft their own response plans for strong and super strong storms by June next year at the latest. Chairing an online conference on coping with super storms on October 7, the Deputy PM particularly reminded provinces and cities nationwide to put in place plans to evacuate local residents in case strong storms approach.

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Planning for flood prevention in Day river basin

The Prime Minister has approved a master plan for flood prevention and dyke system in Day River with the goal of creating flow and handling environmental pollution, water supply for production and daily life, socio-economic development, landscape and improving the ecological environment along the river.

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Laos: ASEAN discusses strategies to strengthen assistance for victims of unexploded ordnance

Luang Prabang (ICRC) – Twenty-four experts from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam gathered in Luang Prabang today to discuss national policies and best practices that could benefit people injured in accidents involving unexploded ordnance and improve their lives, as well as prevent new victims in the future. The one-day workshop was organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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World + 42 others
Food Outlook - Biannual Report on Global Food Markets, October 2014

According to the latest edition of FAO's biannual Food Outlook report, global markets for most foodstuffs are more stable than they have been in recent years

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Cambodia + 3 others
ASEAN to strengthen assistance for victims of unexploded ordnance

LUANG PRABANG, 9 October 2014 - The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Lao PDR, in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the ASEAN Secretariat, organised a workshop on children and families who are affected by unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination.

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GIEWS Country Brief : Viet Nam 29-September-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2014 aggregate rice production forecast at a record level

  • Rice exports expected to increase in 2014

  • Domestic prices of rice continued to increase in August

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World + 28 others
OCHA Regional Office for Asia-Pacific: Countries and Territories (as of Sep 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Malaysia + 12 others
Dengue Situation Update, 09 September 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacifc Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan

As of 3 September 2014 a total of 134 cases of dengue reported in Japan. Local transmision of dengue:

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World + 3 others
Increased concern over latest strain of avian influenza in Southeast Asia

FAO urges continued vigilance to safeguard poultry and livelihoods

22 September 2014, Rome - A recently-emerged strain of avian influenza virus in poultry in Southeast Asia known as A(H5N6) represents a new threat to animal health and livelihoods and must be closely monitored, FAO said today.

Chinese authorities first reported the influenza A(H5N6) virus in poultry in April 2014. Since then, the Lao People's Democratic Republic and Viet Nam have also detected the H5N6 virus in poultry.

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Philippines + 3 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (16 - 22 Sep 2014)

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong in the Philippines wreaked havoc, affecting over 800,000 people, while Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall in Viet Nam, causing massive floods.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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World + 7 others
Secretary Kerry Keynotes Frontiers in Development Forum - Announces New Health Commitments by PEPFAR and a Global Resilience Challenge by USAID

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 20, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry delivered keynote remarks yesterday morning at the second Frontiers in Development Forum convened by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Nine dead, 10 injured in wake of Typhoon Kalmaegi

13:59 | 18/09/2014

Six men were buried and five others were injured in northern mountainous Lang Son Province's Keo Kham Village when a landslide triggered by the typhoon hit the shed where they were sleeping. The victims were porters for Xuan Cuong Co Ltd. Local authorities mobilized soldiers to deal with the situation. The injured victims were taken to the Dong Dang General Health Clinic.

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Philippines + 3 others
18 September 2014: Mexico, Philippines, China, Vietnam - Tropical Cyclones

MEXICO

• On 17 September, ODILE moved over the northern Gulf of California and north-western mainland Mexico, weakening into a Tropical Depression, then towards south-western U.S.A. About 26 000 foreign tourists took refuge in 165 temporary shelters (including 31 hotels). An aerial bridge was established in Baja California in order to evacuate them. Preliminary reports indicate that ODILE has caused 135 minor injuries. No casualties have been reported so far. 240 000 households were left without electricity and damage assessment is ongoing.

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Viet Nam + 2 others
Philippines, China, Vietnam - Tropical Cyclones KALMAEGI and FUNG-WONG (ECHO Daily Flash, 18 September 2014)

KALMAEGI weakened into a Tropical Depression on 17 September, moving over northern Vietnam. Heavy rainfall affected several areas of northern Vietnam and southern China, causing floods and landslides. In northern Vietnam, media reported at least six people killed and another five injured in a landslide in Cao Loc district (Long Son Province), 5 000 ha of crops destroyed and 147 houses damaged.
In northern Philippines, due to the passage of KALMAEGI (LUIS), 366 075 people were affected (as of 18 September, NDRRMC).