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25 Mar 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI – The average water level of many parts of the Hồng (Red) river has remarkably reduced in recent years, badly affecting agricultural production and the living conditions of residents in the northern lowland and midland areas.

24 Mar 2017 description

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 23 March 2017 (NNT) - Government agencies have offered assistance to farmers in several provinces affected by the drought crisis.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, the Office of Northeastern Royal Rainmaking Operation Center revealed that crops grown on more than 100 rais of farmland in Kham Talayso district have begun to wilt and die after weeks without water. Another round of cloud seeding operation is set to take place in the near future to save the remaining plants in the area.

22 Mar 2017 description

22.03.2017 – Satellites supply data about the condition of approximately 15 million hectares of land under rice cultivation. Insured farmers can access compensation quickly in the event of crop losses.

22 Mar 2017 description

Indonesia is recruiting tribespeople to help fight outbreaks of haze which shroud Southeast Asia every year with a government deal designed to tap into traditional ways of containing forest fires.

By Beh Lih Yi

JAKARTA, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indonesia is recruiting tribespeople to help fight outbreaks of haze which shroud Southeast Asia every year with a government deal designed to tap into traditional ways of containing forest fires.

18 Mar 2017 description

THAILAND, 18th March 2017 (NNT) – Many provinces are stepping up measures in preparation for the annual drought crisis.

Nong Khai Governor Suchart Noppawan, has undertaken drought-prevention projects in the province including pipeline enlargement, the installation of large-scale water pumping machines, and the construction of water distribution facilities. The governor said the residents and up to 2,000 rai or 790 acres of farmland will benefit from these projects.

14 Mar 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

13 Mar 2017 description

BANGKOK, 13 March 2017 (NNT) – The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Interior has reiterated to all local officials across the nation that they must adhere to water management guidelines during the drought season while also urging farmers to cooperate with the government and desist from planting crops during this period.

13 Mar 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

Last year’s drought devastated crops and caused serious losses for farmers in the Mekong Delta. This year, authorities are restructuring crops, building dykes and erecting sluices in anticipation of continuing weather disasters.

By Phạm Hoàng Nam

The official attitude of provincial authorities in the Mekong Delta region this year could be deemed “forewarned is forearmed”.

13 Mar 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

HCM City – Weather experts expect the southern region to experience less drought and salinity and more unseasonal rain during this year’s dry season.

They say that the region is an area affected by the neutral phase, a transit stage between El Nino and La Nina.

Nguyễn Kiệt, head of the Forecasting Office under the Southern Regional Hydrometeorological Centre, said Việt Nam and the southern region in particular have experienced the longest El Nino phenomenon in history, from late 2014 to early 2016.

12 Mar 2017 description

BANGKOK, 12th March 2017 (NNT) - The northeastern province of Si Saket has been preparing measures to deal with the approaching drought.

Director of the Si Saket Royal Irrigation Project, Chamras Suangchan said on Saturday that water stored at the Rasi Salai Dam and the Hua Na Dam as well as at 16 other reservoirs in the province is currently at 70% of their combined capacity, which is 14% better than at the the same time last year.

11 Mar 2017 description

by Thin Lei Win | @thinink | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 10 March 2017 07:00 GMT

In parched lands, families grow food in gardens using drip irrigation, hydroponics and soil moisture sensors to cut down on over-irrigation and save water

By Thin Lei Win

PAKOKKU, Myanmar, March 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Myo Myint fondly remembers when his one-acre farm regularly produced 100 baskets of rice. But as rainfall became erratic in this arid region, he started growing betel leaves, a less thirsty cash crop.

08 Mar 2017 description

Overview

Timor-Leste is exposed to frequent floods and landslides during the rainy season (November to April) and experiences droughts during the dry season. The 2015 to 2016 El Niño event was particularly severe with an estimated 400,000 people affected by drought conditions across Covalima,
Oecusse, Baucau, Viqueque and Lautem municipalities.

02 Mar 2017 description

La faim persiste dans les zones de conflits chroniques malgré de bonnes récoltes mondiales

Les urgences liées à la sécurité alimentaire sont appelées à augmenter

28 Feb 2017 description

This operations update formalizes the removal of food, seed distribution and conditional cash (for livelihoods) activities from the plan of action and replaces them with provision of unconditional cash grants for meeting multipurpose needs. This change was the result of continuous assessment of community needs, incorporation of feedback from affected people and local leaders, and challenges relating to securing a tender for food that meets IFRC standards.

28 Feb 2017 description
report UN Global Pulse

UN Global Pulse and the World Food Programme (WFP) recently developed a tool that can help gain insights on the extent of drought-affected areas, the impacts on food prices and the resilience of affected populations throughout Indonesia.

This is a post by Anthea Webb, Representative and Country Director at the World Food Programme in Indonesia, and Derval Usher, Manager of Pulse Lab Jakarta.

The El Niño Southern Oscillation

23 Feb 2017 description

Thailand recovered in 2016 from a severe two-year El Niño-related drought, which had substantially reduced irrigation supplies and rice acreage in the country. Bountiful rainfall during the recent wet season replenished important reservoirs which supply the agricultural sector and enabled the government to lift restrictions on irrigated rice acreage during the 2016-17 dry season (November through May). Farmers responded by increasing rice acreage by an estimated 975,000 hectares compared to last year.

16 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

With support from WFP, the Policy Department of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport is conducting research on the Government’s capacity in terms of budget and human resources to take over the school meals programme. Field data collection will be conducted in February.

Operational Updates

16 Feb 2017 description

Thailand recovered in 2016 from a severe two-year El Niño-related drought, which had substantially reduced irrigation supplies and rice acreage in the country. Bountiful rainfall during the recent wet season replenished important reservoirs which supply the agricultural sector and enabled the government to lift restrictions on irrigated rice acreage during the 2016-17 dry season (November through May). Farmers responded by increasing rice acreage by an estimated 975,000 hectares compared to last year.

14 Feb 2017 description

The year 2016 has been a tough year for Vietnam.

Impoverished by the worst drought and salt water intrusion in more than 90 years that lasted for 24 months since late 2014 affecting 2 million people in 18 provinces (UN Viet Nam, 27th Oct 2016), the long-awaited monsoon rain brought the country into the other extreme: 5 consecutive floods in just 2 months affecting 18 provinces, causing 134 deaths and landing 1 million people in need of recovery assistance. (UN Viet Nam Sit. Report 1, 31st Dec 2016).

13 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • A donor mission from Yum! Brands Australia visited Lao PDR to visit the villages where Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) and school meals activities are supported with their contribution. The representatives met with local government officials, visited two schools, three health centres and two villages in Sekong and Savannakhet districts in the south of the country.

Operational Updates