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World + 21 others
Shelter Projects 2011-2012

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.

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World + 1 other
Regional humanitarian forum in Thailand on 14 November


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.


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Thailand + 2 others
People with disabilities: a power for change not a burden

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.

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Bangkok post 2011 floods: how about the poor?

World Bank


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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?

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Namibia + 17 others
CCCM Cluster Newsletter Issue No. 3, June 2013

CCCM Cluster


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.

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Cambodia + 3 others
Responding to emergencies in Southeast Asia: Can we do better? 


Executive Summary

Between July and October 2011, a succession of cyclones, tropical storms and intense monsoonal rains across Southeast Asia resulted in the worst flooding in the region in more than a decade. In Thailand, more than 14m people in 65 provinces were affected; in Cambodia, more than a million people in 18 provinces. By the time the flood waters began to recede, more than 20m people across the region, including 10m children, had been affected.

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Philippines + 10 others
Southeast Asia MAA51001 Annual Report 2012

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

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Child-Centered Disaster Preparedness in Thailand

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.

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BKK governor candidates present flood prevention policies

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.

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Colombia + 11 others
CCCM Cluster Newsletter Issue No. 2, October 2012

CCCM Cluster


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.

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Habitat for Humanity Thailand receives THB6.27 million from Nissan to help families in substandard housing

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).

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Myanmar + 30 others
Asia Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin Jan - Dec 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.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Thailand + 1 other
Thailand and Turkey revisited


This year ShelterBox conducted monitoring and evaluation programmes, which involved returning to countries where ShelterBox had deployed aid in response to major disasters.

Each programme collated information to assess effectiveness and improve ShelterBox's speed of delivery and overall standard of response in the future. Teams returned to Thailand and Turkey, countries affected by flooding and earthquakes, to speak to beneficiaries, interview in-country partners and assess the condition of the tents in the disaster-hit areas.

Flooding in Thailand

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Children affected by Thailand's worst flooding speak out about their experiences

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By Nattha Keenapan

BANGKOK, Thailand, 19 November 2012 – Natthasit Muangsawang, 11, is familiar with flooding. His home is inundated almost every year during the rainy season.

But, after the massive floods of 2011 swept away his books, desk, toys and other belongings, he was given a chance to speak out about his own experience during the floods for the first time.

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World + 9 others
Evidence, monthly UNISDR newsletter: issue 13, October 2012

This edition covers: (i) the highlights from the 2012 International Day for Disaster Reduction; (ii) the first-ever country peer review of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) by the United Kingdom; (iii) the recognition of Sendai as a role model; and (iv) the adoption of Yogyakarta Declaration from the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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‘Mr. Radar’ shows the way forward for disaster risk reduction

By Kate Roux in Thailand

Floods are not unique for Thailand. But in 2011, the floods were considered some of the worst in the country’s history. One year later, the Thai Red Cross is helping build the resilience of communities to manage future floods - as well as other potential disasters - through a comic book called ‘Disaster Warning by Mr. Radar’.

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World + 1 other
UNISDR honors Thailand's Prime Minister

By Brigitte Leoni

BANGKOK, 12 October 2012 - The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today honored the Prime Minister of Thailand, H.E. Yingluck Shinawatra, as a leading woman figure in disaster management.

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Myanmar + 1 other
Thailand contributes two million baht to support Myanmar’s flood relief and rehabilitation efforts

On 14 September 2012, Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Government and people of Thailand, presented a contribution of two million baht to support the relief and rehabilitation in Myanmar to Mr. Tin Win, Myanmar Ambassador to Thailand. The flood disaster struck many parts of Myanmar since August 2012, in particular some parts of Yangon, Irrawaddy, Bago and Tenasserim, leading to the evacuation of approximately 70,000 – 85,000 people as well as causing heavy damages to various rice plantations across the country.

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NSO: Central provinces have suffered the most flood damage in late 2011

BANGKOK, 13 September 2012 (NNT) – The survey by the National Statistical Office (NSO) has shown that Thailand’s central provinces have suffered the most damage from last year’s severe flood crisis.

NSO’s Deputy Director-General Rajana Netsaengtip said on Wednesday that the survey on flood victims in 61 inundated provinces found that around 5.3 million households lived in flooded areas during the months of July and December 2011.

Out of this, 73 percent were actually submerged under the water of 87-88 centimeters deep, for 25-27 days.