But more needs to be done to further enhance resilience
22 December 2014, Bangkok/Rome - Ten years after the world's worst natural disaster in living memory roared across the shorelines of South and Southeast Asia, countries in the region are better prepared to deal with tragedies like the Indian Ocean Tsunami, but there is still room for improvement, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.
TIEN GIANG (VNS)— Residents in the southern province of Tien Giang's Tan Phuoc District need more flood-proof housing than local authorities can supply, district People's Committee chairman Nguyen Thanh Phuoc said on Thursday while working with an inspection delegation from the Ministry of Construction led by Minister Trinh Dinh Dung.
The delegation also visited households in Tan Phuoc and Cai Be districts as part of an inspection of eight provinces in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta often hit by floods.
World experts agree improved crop varieties need to go hand-in-hand with eco-friendly farming systems
Rome, 19 December 2014 - Cereal-based farming systems must join the transition to sustainable agriculture if they are to meet unprecedented demand for maize, rice and wheat. That was one of the key messages to emerge from a meeting held by FAO this week and attended by leading crop production specialists.
General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.
Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.
In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.
Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.
HCM CITY (VNS) — Can Tho City will spend VND8 trillion (US$380 million) to build flood prevention systems until 2020, according to Vo Thi Hong Anh, deputy chairwoman of the municipal People's Committee.
The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta city will build drainage and irrigation systems to prevent flooding in the city's centre, and dredge 175 km of canals in outlying areas to improve drainage capacity from now to 2015.
PHU YEN (VNS) — High waves isolated a dozen households in Ro village on Saturday night sweeping away 100m of embankment made from rock and sand bags.
The violent tide flooded the house of Dao Duc Chung, one of the residents of the coastal village, located in Tuy Hoa city's Phu Dong commune in Phu Yen province.
Chung said he and his neighbours were ready to evacuate if the tide got stronger.
The tide also filled Da Dien Port with sand, reducing its depth to 1m.
DA NANG (VNS) — The Central and Central Highlands Flood and Storm Prevention Centre had warned over 35,000 fishing vessels of the impending Storm Hagupit in the coastal provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Ninh Thuan as of yesterday.
Hagupit will be the fifth tropical storm to hit the East Sea this year, but it weakened to a tropical low pressure front after making landfall in the south central region last night, according to the latest report yesterday.
VGP – The Ministry of National Defence has mobilized over 37,000 military soldiers, 216,000 militiamen, 3,726 vehicles and ten naval ships to assist localities in response to upcoming Hagupit tropical storm.
Earlier, the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control on December 10 held a video-teleconference discussing response measures for the storm which is likely to slam southern provinces from Khanh Hoa to Binh Thuan on December 12.
Typhoon Hagupit, which has weakened to a Tropical Storm level, continuously moves westward heading to Viet Nam. The wind speed is about 50 kph. The Government of Viet Nam has made several preparedness measures toward Hagupit, such as anchoring thousand of ships and alerting people living in the prone areas for potential flood, landslide and rough sea. Based on the estimation and projection path, Hagupit's landfall will be on Friday early morning, 12 December 2014, and will dissipate on the evening (local time is UTC+7).
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THUA THIEN – HUE (VNS) — Two primary school students drowned in the flood waters of a river in the central Thua Thien - Hue Province's Phu Loc District yesterday.
Nguyen Thi Tra My, 7, and Nguyen Van Lanh, 8, were cycling to their school when they fell into the river and drowned.
Tran Van Hoa, chairman of Loc Bon commune where the accident happened, said the road is very close to the riverbank and the students fell accidentally into the river.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has announced the disaster map of landslides and flash floods for 10 provinces in Northern region. This is a product of the Government’s Scheme on “Investigation, assessment and zoning of warnings for risk of landslide in mountainous regions of Vietnam” assigned to Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment.
· In 2014, the monsoon rains were late across most of East Asia, leading to delays in the start of the growing season. Improved rainfall from August onwards, allowed for a good recovery across most of the region.
· Though most countries avoided significant impacts on national aggregate crop production, DPRK suffered from a very poor rainfall season with significant reductions in agricultural production.
· Elsewhere, localised impacts are noted in Pakistan, India, Vietnam, China, Myanmar.
New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction
HA NOI (VNS) — East Meets West (EMW), Viet Nam Women's Union (VWU) and other stakeholders in water supply, sanitation and public health met at a conference on Friday to evaluate two years of implementation of the Community Hygiene Output-Based Aid (CHOBA) Programme in 10 provinces.
As many as 74,000 households have benefited from improved sanitation, speakers at the meeting revealed.
Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region
Smallholder farmers are more than climate victims – says IFAD report
Lima, Peru – 3 December 2014 - Smallholder farmers in developing countries are more than victims of climate change; they are a vital part of the solution to global warming, according to a report from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
A team from the United Nations refugee agency traveled to northeast Cambodia Wednesday to meet with 13 ethnic Montagnards seeking asylum in the country after fleeing alleged persecution in Vietnam, according to an agency spokesperson and a member of a local rights group.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Vivian Tan told RFA’s Khmer Service that staff from the agency had traveled to Ratanakiri province, where most of the Christian Montagnards have been hiding in the jungle for nearly a month “to try and meet the group.”