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16 Mar 2015 description

By Andy McElroy

SENDAI, 16 March 2015 – A UNISDR private sector champion today called for the high standards that are typically applied to major infrastructure projects to be the benchmark for the majority of urban areas that are residential and home to small businesses.

Mr. Aris Papadopoulos, retired CEO for Titan America and the first Chair of UNISDR’s Private Sector Advisory Group, said the areas where the biggest proportion of people live and where the majority of smaller enterprises are located are generally the most exposed and vulnerable locations.

05 Mar 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:01 GMT

By Alisa Tang

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand, March 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nestled among hundreds of identical white and brown two-storey homes crammed in this neighbourhood for factory workers is a house with a trick - one not immediately apparent from its green-painted drywall and grey shade panels.

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20 Oct 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

Republished with permission. © Post Publishing PCL. www.bangkokpost.com

Writer: Patsara Jikkham and Apinya Wipatayotin

Little tangible progress has been made on the water management projects started by the previous government after the devastating floods of 2011.

10 Sep 2014 description

BANGKOK, 10 September 2014 (NNT) - His Majesty the King yesterday designated Thanpuying Vilawan Viranuwat, an executive member of the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under the Royal Patronage, to visit children orphaned by floods during 2002-2011 in Ayutthaya Province.

24 Jun 2014 description
report CCCM Cluster

Introduction

Context

Camp coordination and camp man agement was defined as a new sector under the Humanitarian Reform process in 2005. Since the CCCM Cluster’s creation, it has been activated in a number of humanitarian crises. The cluster has invested signifcant efforts in emergency responses and has begun working closely with national authorities in disaster and conflict-prone countries to build their capacity to respond to the needs of the displaced. Presently the CCCM Cluster missions are active in 19 countries worldwide.

11 Jun 2014 description

Closing ceremony marks restoration of 50 CLCs; extensive, province-wide training in disaster-risk reduction

Three years ago, more than one hundred of Ayutthaya’s Community Learning Centers (CLCs) were forced to stop or limit services after being hit by the worst flooding in Thailand’s modern history.

19 May 2014 description
report World Bank

SUBMITTED BY FLAVIA CARBONARI ON WED, 05/14/2014

In 2011, Thailand suffered the worst floods in half a century. The flood crisis impacted more than 13 million people. About 97,000 houses were damaged and entire villages and cities were under water for months.

02 Apr 2014 description

The fourth edition of ‘Shelter Projects’, is launched at a time when shelter is more relevant than ever as an instrument of humanitarian response. The case studies in this edition reflect the on-going challenges posed by responses to complex emergencies such as Haiti and Pakistan as well as new challenges derived from unprecedented level of population displacement in Africa, Asia and in the Middle East.

13 Nov 2013 description
report IRIN

BANGKOK, 13 November 2013 (IRIN) - Government officials, academics, humanitarians and businesspeople from 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region will gather in Thailand tomorrow to explore opportunities for collaboration on innovation, real time communication, and two-way interaction between responders and communities in disasters.

20 Sep 2013 description

By Brigitte Leoni

BANGKOK, 20 September 2013 – Chaiyaphon Phupharat knows what he is talking about when he speaks about disability and how people living with disabilities are more vulnerable when disasters happen.

In 1995, when he was 33 years old, Mr Chaiyaphon was involved in a road accident and has been in a wheelchair since. The incident prompted him to join the Council of Persons with Disabilities in Thailand and he has since become the organisation’s director.

22 Jul 2013 description
report World Bank

SUBMITTED BY ZUZANA STANTO

Also available in Thai

The wet season has already arrived in Thailand, and with it, also memories of the devastating floods that in 2011 affected more than 13 million people, left 680 dead, and caused US$46.5 billion in damages and losses. The impact of the floods on businesses and global supply chains has been well-documented with accounts making headlines throughout 2012. But how about the poor?

01 Jul 2013 description
report CCCM Cluster

Foreword

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to share with you the third edition of the Global CCCM Cluster Newsletter.

This edition provides updates from our field operations and partners and also tracks the progress on our 18 month European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Directorate General (ECHO) funded capacity building project to strengthen CCCM's field response and coordination.

01 Jun 2013 description
report Save the Children

A REVIEW OF THE HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE TO THE 2011 THAILAND AND CAMBODIA FLOODS

Executive Summary

30 Apr 2013 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012

25 Feb 2013 description

What can a mole teach children about preparing for a disaster? Quite a bit if the mole is the main character of “Alert Little Mole,” a storybook designed by USAID partner Save the Children (SC) to educate Thai primary school students and their communities about simple ways to prepare for and respond to disaster situations.

08 Feb 2013 description

BANGKOK, 8 February 2013 (NNT) - The two main contenders competing for the Bangkok governor seat have unveiled flood prevention policies as part of their campaigns.

Pheu Thai candidate Police General Pongsapat Pongcharoen, who has been holding a lead in opinion polls, said that many low-lying areas in the capital experience brief flooding due to piping issues. He proposed linking old piping systems to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s sewerage system as well as carrying out sewer dredging work and increasing the size of existing pipes.

01 Feb 2013 description
report CCCM Cluster

Forward

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to share the second edition of the Global CCCM Cluster Newsletter.

This edition provides an update on cluster tools, partners and operations, and highlights issues of current concern to the cluster. In particular, it focuses on the importance of effective partnerships in CCCM operations, and considers how global initiatives such as the Transformative Agenda will impact cluster strategies.

22 Jan 2013 description

Bangkok, 22 January 2013: Habitat for Humanity Thailand and Nissan Motor (Thailand) today announced the launch of a project to help 33 families living in Sam Khok district in Pathum Thani province. Under the partnership, Nissan will donate THB4.35 million in cash and two Nissan Navara 4x4 pick-up trucks (worth THB1.92 million), bringing the total value of the donation to THB6.27 million (approximately US$210,000).

22 Jan 2013 description

NATURAL DISASTERS IN 2012

After an intense year of natural disasters in 2011, countries in the Asia-Pacific region welcomed a reduction in the number of events in 2012. OCHA and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters recorded 93 natural disaster events in 2012, in which over 3,200 people were killed and more than 75 million people were affected. China and the Philippines experienced the most disasters in 2012.