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Bangladesh + 9 others
Burma taking severe hit from climate change: watchdog

Report
Irrawaddy
By Wai Moe

Burma is one of the countries worst affected by extreme weather resulting from climate change, according to a new report that assesses the impact of global warming over a period of nearly two decades.

Published by the Berlin-based climate watchdog Germanwatch on Tuesday, the report, the Global Climate Risk Index, says that Bangladesh, Burma and Honduras were the countries most affected by extreme weather events from 1990 to 2008.

The report was launched in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference is underway.

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Over 88,900 killed, missing in natural disasters in China in 2008: report

Report
Xinhua
BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- More than 88,900 people were killed or went missing in natural disasters in China in 2008, and about 470 million people were affected, according to a government report Wednesday.

More than 26.82 million people were relocated and the total direct economic loss was put at 1,175.24 billion yuan (172.16 billion U.S. dollars), according to a report issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The great losses were due to successive unprecedented large-scale natural disasters that had swept much of the

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Afghanistan + 59 others
Central Emergency Response Fund - Report of the Secretary-General (A/64/327)

General Assembly
Sixty-fourth session
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination
of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations

Summary

The present report on the Central Emergency Response Fund is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 63/139 of 11 December 2008 and covers activities from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009.

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Viet Nam: Flash floods DREF operation No. MDRVN004 final report

GLIDE n=B0 FF-2008-000173-VNM

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

Summary: CHF 200,000 (USD 175,633 or EUR 127,837) was allocated from the International Federation's Disaster

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Viet Nam: Appeal No. MAAVN001, 2009-2010 - Programme Update no. 1

This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: The 2009-2010 support programme aims to strengthen the Viet Nam Red Cross society's role as the leading humanitarian organization in Viet Nam.

Programme summary:

Focus of activities during this reporting period has been the continuation of mangrove plantation and maintenance - disaster preparedness through plantation of mangroves/bamboo, training on disaster preparedness planning, education on disaster preparedness,
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Laos: Government boost for local NGOs

Report
IRIN
BANGKOK, 12 May 2009 (IRIN) - International aid groups have welcomed a decision by the Lao government to allow local NGOs to register and operate as independent entities for the first time.

"This is an important development for the Lao People's Democratic Republic and civil society," UN Resident Coordinator in Laos, Sonam Yangchen Rana, told IRIN from the capital Vientiane.

By November this year Lao citizens will be able to apply to form NGOs after the Decree on Associations was signed by Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh and announced on 11 May.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Full text: China's Actions for Disaster Prevention and Reduction

Report
Xinhua


BEIJING, May 11 (Xinhua) - The Information Office of the State Council, or China's cabinet, published a white paper titled "China's Actions for Disaster Prevention and Reduction" Monday. Following is the full text:

China's Actions for Disaster Prevention and Reduction

Information Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China

Contents

Foreword

I. Natural Disasters in China

II. Strategic Goals and Tasks for Disaster Reduction

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Indonesia + 6 others
Southeast Asia: Appeal No. MAA51001 - Annual Report 2008

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2008

In brief

Programme purpose: To coordinate and support International Federation (i.e. secretariat and partnernational societies) efforts to assist host national societies to scale up their work in line with the Global Agenda.

Summary: The Southeast Asia team based in Bangkok has:

- Strategically supported and guided country office teams (Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor- Leste, Thailand, and Viet Nam);

- Provided technical support to national societies with no secretariat country presence;

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Viet Nam: Appeal No. MAAVN001 - Annual Report 2008

This report covers the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008

In brief

Programme purpose: The support to the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) focuses on three main areas:

- Strengthen the VNRC's capacity to continue implementation of sustainable initiatives that reduce losses and effects from disasters.

- VNRC delivers quality health and care programmes and services that address the needs of vulnerable people in Viet Nam.

- VNRC is a strong, relevant and well-functioning national society that is more effective at all levels, thus providing better

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Lao PDR: Floods DREF Operation No. MDRLA001 Final Report

GLIDE no FL-2008-000131-LAO

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

Period covered by this report: 29 August - 30 November 2008

Summary: CHF 200,000 was allocated

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France provides relief for Lao Cai flood victims

People in Bat Xat district in northern mountainous Lao Cai province who were hardest hit by storm Kammuri are expecting a better life as relief packages sourced from the French Red Cross will be given to them from December 20-31. More than 100 tonnes of rice will be provided for 10 communes, including Coc San, Quang Kim, Den Sang, Ngai Thau, Trinh Tuong , Pa Cheo, Den Thang, A Lu, Trung Leng Ho and A Mu Sung. Farmer households will also receive rice and maize seeds and fertilizer for the new crop.

Van Anh

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Viet Nam: France provides relief for Lao Cai flood victims

People in Bat Xat district in northern mountainous Lao Cai province who were hardest hit by storm Kammuri are expecting a better life as relief packages sourced from the French Red Cross will be given to them from December 20-31. More than 100 tonnes of rice will be provided for 10 communes, including Coc San, Quang Kim, Den Sang, Ngai Thau, Trinh Tuong , Pa Cheo, Den Thang, A Lu, Trung Leng Ho and A Mu Sung. Farmer households will also receive rice and maize seeds and fertilizer for the new crop.

Van Anh

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Vietnam: Typhoon Kammuri DREF operation No. MDRVN003 Final report

GLIDE no. FF-2008-000128-VNM

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

Summary: CHF 200,000 (USD 182,335 or EUR 124,057) was allocated from the International Federation's Disaster

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Viet Nam: Appeal No. MAAVN001 Programme Update No. 1

This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2008

In brief

Programme purpose:

The support to the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) focuses on three main areas:

- Strengthened VNRC capacity to continue implementation of sustainable initiatives that reduce losses and effects from disasters

- VNRC delivers quality health and care programmes and services that address the needs of vulnerable people in Viet Nam

- VNRC is strong, relevant and a well-functioning national society that is more effective at all levels, thus providing better service to vulnerable people.

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Viet Nam + 3 others
Southeast Asia Appeal no. MAA51001 Programme Update No. 2

In brief

Programme purpose: To coordinate and support International Federation (i.e. secretariat and partner national societies) efforts to assist host national societies to scale up their work in line with the Global Agenda.

Summary: The Southeast Asia team based in Bangkok has:

- Strategically supported and guided country office teams (Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor- Leste, Thailand, and Viet Nam);

- Provided technical support to national societies with no secretariat country presence;

- Strengthened institutional memory and

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Dengue fever cases rise after floods plague Vietnam

Vietnam, Nov 28, 2008 - Across Vietnam, incidences of dengue fever have been increasing since the beginning of 2008, with an estimated 78,000 people contracting the mosquito-borne disease, the Xinhua news agency reported the local newspaper Liberty Sai Gon as saying on Tuesday (November 25). It reported that the country has seen 79 deaths from 78,512 dengue fever cases, which is 13 cases higher then the number of cases during the same period last year, according to the ministry's statistics, Xinhua stated. The Vietnam News reported that Hanoi
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Viet Nam: Plan 2009-2010 (MAAVN001)

Executive summary

This 2009-10 support plan inherits the approaches from the planning for 2008-2009 but scales down some activities so that they are more aligned with the pace of development of the organizational and personnel capacity of Vietnam Red Cross (VNRC) to implement this programme along with other initiatives of in-country partners as well as other national society priorities.

Activities around disaster planning, organizational preparedness, community preparedness, disaster response, avian influenza preparedness and awareness raising, community-based first

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Myanmar + 4 others
Southeast Asia: Plan 2009 - 2010 (MAA51001)

Executive summary

The overall purpose of this 2009-2010 Plan is to coordinate and support International Federation efforts at country and regional level to assist host national societies to scale up their work in line with the Global Agenda. The Southeast Asia regional team based in Bangkok will continue to evolve its role as a part of the new secretariat zonal structure and operating model. This model has been designed in order to create a more unified approach to Federation support to national societies across the whole of Asia Pacific. In line with the zonal strategy, the

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China: Plan 2009 - 2010 (MAACN001)

Executive summary

The People's Republic of China, with a population of 1.3 billion people, is by far the most populous country in the world, and has both one of the most dynamic and fastest growing economies, while at the same time very marked disparities in income distribution, health status and other vulnerability indicators. While many view China's hosting of the 2008 Olympics as a sign of its emergence onto the international scene, the people of China still continue to face many economic, environmental and health challenges that threaten their wellbeing. Extreme poverty remains

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Inondations au Vietnam : des catastrophes en série sèment la désolation dans les provinces du nord et du centre

Marie-Françoise Borel

Entre le 30 octobre et le 4 novembre, six jours de pluies torrentielles ont provoqué des inondations dramatiques dans plusieurs provinces du nord et du centre du Vietnam. Selon des sources gouvernementales, le bilan s'établit à au moins 85 morts, quelque 600 000 sinistrés, 180 000 habitations détruites et plus de 200 000 hectares de rizières et autres cultures ravagées, sans compter des milliers d'animaux d'élevage noyés.

La situation est particulièrement critique pour les habitants de certaines régions du nord déjà frappées en août 2008