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19 May 2017 description
report Jakarta Post

By Ganug Nugroho Adi

An extended drought that hit the southern part of Wonogiri, Central Java, in March has triggered a clean water crisis, forcing the regency administration to allocate Rp 13.3 billion (US$997,226.02) of its annual budget to assist in drought response efforts.

The funds will be allocated toward the rehabilitation and maintenance of artificial lakes (embung), the procurement of clean water infrastructure facilities and improving sanitation.

18 May 2017 description
report DanChurchAid

In the wake of severe drought this year and with heavy rain predicted in the next weeks, work has begun on a European Union funded EUR 1 million project to boost disaster resilience in Cambodia.

The programme, which commenced in July 2016, aims to help at least 150,000 Cambodians prepare for droughts, floods and storms. However, for the first time, work is focused on cities like Phnom Penh and Kampot, as much as rural areas in Kampong Speu, Siem Reap, Battambang and Kampong Chhnang provinces.

11 May 2017 description

A successful tube well that struck water in a village in Magway Region on Tuesday will provide sufficient drinking water to about 1,400 villagers.

The success at finding water is the latest achievement of the KBZ’s Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation, which has been drilling tube wells nationwide.

The tube well at Asansa Village in Magwe Region also became the 154th one drilled with British-made Dando drilling machinery by the philanthropic foundation.

08 May 2017 description

MAE HONG SON, 8th May 2017 (NNT)-Soldiers have been delivering water to local residents affected by the drought crisis in several provinces as the temperature continues to rise.

In Mae Hong Son province, mobile development unit 36 of the Armed Forces Development Command has delivered 24,000 liters of water to a local hospital and communities located in Kong Pae Neua sub-district as there was not enough water to sustain daily consumption.

05 May 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – El Nino, which is forecast to last until the end of 2017, will cause drought and salinity intrusion in many areas of the country during the dry season, said Lê Thanh Hải, Deputy General Director of the National Hydro-Meteorological Centre on Wednesday.

Hoàng Phúc Lâm, head of the meteorological forecasting department at the National Hydro-Meteorological Centre, said El Nino’s intensity would not be as strong as the 2015-2016 period.

El Nino would reduce the number of storms and tropical depressions in the East Sea and directly affect the country’s mainland.

03 May 2017 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 70 countries in the first quarter of 2017 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

03 May 2017 description

The food security crisis is expected to escalate at the start of the dry season in July.

Anticipated scope and scale

Timor-Leste has been experiencing a severe drought due to the El Niño phenomenon since the end of 2015. The latest rainy season, which takes place from November 2016 to May 2017, has been insufficient and erratic, maintaining drought conditions on most of the island. In the next three months, rains are expected to remain insufficient with the onset of the dry season in June.

03 May 2017 description

Executive Summary

This report summarises the performance of the Australian aid program in 2015-16. It reviews progress with implementation of the Government’s policy and performance framework.

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • The U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) delegation from Bangkok visited WFP/USDA- supported schools in Luang Prabang province. The mission had the opportunity to witness the shift from the mid-morning snack to the lunch modality, as part of the alignment with the National School Meals Programme.

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP and the National Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) signed a programme document to collaborate on food security data collection and analysis on 14 March. The collaboration focuses on strengthening the Government’s capacity to minimise the disruption to food security of weather extremes through timely and actionable analysis. The document is a subsidiary agreement to the Country Programme Action Plan signed by the Government and WFP in August 2016.

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • From January 2015 to February 2017, a total of 13,578 children under the age of 5 years and 19,510 pregnant and nursing mothers were treated for malnutrition. In addition, 8,244 children and 6,429 pregnant and nursing mothers received nutritious food in a malnutrition prevention project.

  • Since January 2016, 309.3 mt of locally-produced Timor Vita, a specialised nutritious food for women, was distributed to 87 percent of the health facilities in 9 municipalities.

20 Apr 2017 description

Editors Note

Greetings fellow ASEANers!

This month’s edition of The Column covers a workshop that the AHA Centre conducted for the Familiarisation of DELSA Stockpile and THE ACT, where we provided training and simulation exercises at the WFP/UNHRD warehouse in Subang, Malaysia. It is the responsibility and function of the AHA Centre to continuously strengthen and deepen the ASEAN’s thinking of disaster management, to ensure that the region has a collective response to disasters.

20 Apr 2017 description

VGP – Viet Nam and the Netherlands were urged to convert challenges in climate change and water management into cooperative opportunities

Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung made the point while co-chairing the 6th meeting of the Viet Nam-Netherlands intergovernmental committee on climate change adaptation and water management with Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Melanie Schultz on April 19 in The Hague, the Netherlands.  

18 Apr 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

HA NOI – Most Vietnamese cities lack the capacity to confront climate change challenges, experts say, calling for greater preparedness efforts.

Cities have to be ready to adapt to new situations and unexpected developments, ensuring essential services to residents at all times, they add.

Surveys done by the Urban Development Agency under the Construction Ministry have found cities in mountainous areas particularly vulnerable to natural calamities.

18 Apr 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam needs to improve the quality of weather forecasting and enhance international co-operation to prepare for natural disasters, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has said.

The PM made the statement at a meeting to review disaster prevention and control in 2016 and layout tasks for 2017.

Nguyễn Xuân Cường, head of the Central Steering Commitee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, said, 2016 saw multiple extreme weather phenomena such as droughts, extreme cold weather, floods and storms, causing losses of VNĐ39.7 trillion (US$1.75 billion).

15 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

520,000 # of children affected out of
2,000,000 # of people affected

600,000 # hectares of damaged crops

1,750,000 # people with lost incomes

52 (18 most affected) # provinces affected out of
63

Government-One UN Joint Emergency Response Plan 2016
US$48.5 million

UNICEF funds received:
US$4 million

Highlights

05 Apr 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI -- Thousands of children under the age of five living in Central region drought-hit areas are recovering from malnutrition due to an Emergency nutrition intervention programme project. The news was revealed in a report from National Institute for Nutrition (NIN) at a seminar held in Hà Nội.

04 Apr 2017 description

UNDP’s cookbook highlights efforts to strengthen climate resilience & enhance food security across six countries

New York, 3 April 2017: UNDP launched a new cookbook looking at how climate change is affecting food security in developing countries and how communities are adapting their traditional recipes to survive.

The new cookbook, ‘Adaptive Farms, Resilient Tables’, was launched on Monday night in Brooklyn.