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Lao PDR - Strengthening institutional capacities for resilient recovery: Country Case Study Series Disaster Recovery Framework Guide April 2014

1. Introduction

1.1 Background

In 2011, the World Reconstruction Conference recommended the development of an international best practice Recovery Framework Guide to assist governments and partner agencies in delivering effective and efficient post-disaster recovery programs. In application, the Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF) Guide is intended to complement the government-led Post-disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) process – an assessment method that presents damages and losses in a consolidated report.

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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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World + 5 others
Climate Change: Natural disasters made history in 2011


JOHANNESBURG, 27 November 2012 (IRIN) - Many of the worst natural disasters of 2011 were also the most severe the affected countries had ever experienced, revealed the Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) 2013, which was released in Doha today.

Brazil, Cambodia, El Salvador, Laos and Thailand appear in the CRI’s 10 most-affected countries; all recorded their severest natural hazards-related catastrophes in 2011.


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Bridging Food Gaps During Rainy Season

Lao villagers have a special name for the last months of the rainy season, from August to October: Suang Khaad Khao Kin – the time when there is no more rice. While the new harvest is ripening in the fields, food stocks run low. Also called the ‘lean season’, this time is coming to an end for this year, but for close to 40,000 people in Khammuane province, central Laos, it would have been a lot tougher without help from WFP.

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EU & WFP Assist Flood-Affected Lao Villagers With Food Rations & Nutrition Knowledge

VIENTIANE – More than 39,000 people in Khammuane struggling from the long-term impact of tropical storms are now able to bridge the food gap until the next harvest, thanks to a donation of €404,000 (US$502,488) by the European Union's Humanitarian Aid AND Civil Protection department (ECHO) through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in support of a government-led relief effort.

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Cambodia + 7 others
Southeast Asia: Annual report 2011 (MAA51001)

This reports covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2011

Programme outcome

To coordinate support to host national societies as they scale up their humanitarian work in line with Strategy 2020.

Programme summary

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Southeast Asia secretariat team based in Bangkok: • Supports and guides country office teams in Cambodia/Lao PDR, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, Thailand, and Viet Nam;

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MAAPH001 - Annual report 2011

This reports covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2011

Programme outcome

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ECHO and UN-HABITAT join forces for flood recovery in Khammouane Province

European Commission, Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) and UN-HABITAT will work in partnership to restore damaged water, sanitation and shelter facilities and promote hygiene education in Sebangfai district in Khammouane province in response to last year's flooding from Typhoon Nock-Ten.

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Viet Nam + 1 other
Japan help upgrade flood-hit Mekong delta

Japan will provide Vietnam with non-refundable assistance worth 600 million JPY (7.2 million USD) to rehabilitate public infrastructure damaged by floods and storms last year in the Mekong delta. An exchange note to this effect was signed in Hanoi on Mar. 21 between Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Tanizaki Yasuaki. Addressing the signing ceremony, Minister Phat highly appreciated Japan’s assistance to Vietnam and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in particular, in overcoming consequences of natural calamities.

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Afghanistan + 18 others
Asia Pacific Food Situation Update - February 2012

Food prices climb for the first time since July

A sixth-month downward slide in food prices came to an end in January as the FAO Food Price Index rose for the first time since July 2011. FAO analysts cited poor weather as the possible main factor. The Index stood at 214, a 4 point or 2 percent increase over December. Nonetheless, food prices were still 7 percent below the levels recorded in January 2011. The increase was propelled by rising prices in every commodities group measured by FAO, with oils and fats recording the largest increases.

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Appeal No. MAACN001 Programme update no. 2

In brief

Disaster response - As of 20 December 2011, various natural disasters this year had left 1,081 people dead or missing in China, 440 million people affected and created over 311 billion yuan (approx. 49 billion dollars) in direct economic losses.[1] In the second half of 2011, China was hit mainly by several floods and earthquakes. With the support of IFRC regional delegation, the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) responded swiftly to the serious disasters with relief items and other assistance needed.

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Philippines + 17 others
Humanitarian Funding Update for Asia Pacific - Fourth Quarter 2011


Asia and the Pacific continues to live up to its reputation as the world’s most natural-disaster-prone region. The International Disaster Database, EM-DAT, reports 89 natural-disaster events in the region in 2011. In terms of the number of events, China (14), Indonesia (6) and the Philippines (22) top the list. However, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand suffered the greatest number of lives lost.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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2011 Top 10 Philippine Destructive Tropical Cyclones

From January to December, nineteen (19) TCs entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), ten (10) of them were destructive namely Tropical Storm (TS) Bebeng (May 8-11); Typhoon Chedeng (May 20-28); TS TS Falcon ( June 21-25) Typhoon Juaning, (July 25-28), Typhoon Kabayan (July 28-Aug 5); Typhoon Mina (Aug 21-29), Typhoon Pedring (Sept 24-28) , Typhoon Quiel (Sept 29 –Oct 2); TD Ramon (Oct 10-14); and Tropical Storm Sendong (Dec 15-18).

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World + 4 others
FACTBOX-Will 2012 top 2011 for record weather disasters?

27 Dec 2011 04:35

Dec 27 (Reuters) - From floods that crippled countries, to mega cyclones, huge blizzards, killer tornadoes to famine-inducing droughts, 2011 has been another record-breaker for bad weather.

While it is too early to predict what 2012 will be like, insurers and weather prediction agencies point to a clear trend: the world's weather is becoming more extreme and more costly.

Following are details of major weather disasters for 2011 and some early forecasts for 2012.

Reuters - AlertNet:

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Natural disasters leave 1,074 dead or missing in China


BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Natural disasters left 1,074 people dead or missing in China over the past nine months, according to a joint statement issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) and the National Disaster Reduction Commission (NDRC) on Monday.

Between January and September, natural disasters affected 480 million people nationwide, resulting in the evacuation or relocation of 9.12 million people, the statement said.

The disasters also incurred a total of 302.8 billion yuan (47.7 billion U.S. dollars) in direct economic losses.

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Natural Disasters 2011

In 2011, several severe natural disasters had taken place in Thailand, particularly since March onwards. The typical weather in March when the hot season is dominant throughout the country had generally been hot and humid with scarce rainfalls. But in March 2011, a cold snap together with occasional rainfalls occurred in upper Thailand almost the whole month. High-pressure areas extending their ridges from China to cover upper Thailand periodically were found to be the causes of such phenomenon.

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Cambodia + 1 other
MR Responds to Massive Floods Across Southeast Asia

Mercy Relief

More than 6.8 million people displaced and affected in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and the Philippines; Millions more bracing for impact of typhoon Nalgae

In response to a direct appeal by the Cambodian Senior Minister in charge of Special Mission and Vice President of the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), H.E. Dr Ly Thuch, Mercy Relief (MR) will deploy a five-man disaster response team within the next 36 hours to the affected areas in Cambodia.

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Cambodia + 2 others
Scores die in worst Mekong flooding since 2000

30 Sep 2011 04:42

  • River surges to 11-year high, over 100 dead

  • Vast swathes of rice-growing land swamped

  • Flood said to have peaked in Cambodia, may peak in Vietnam soon

HANOI, Sept 30 (Reuters) - More than 100 people in Cambodia and southern Vietnam have died in the worst flooding along the Mekong River in 11 years after heavy rain swamped homes, washed away bridges and forced thousands of people to evacuate.

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Bangkok is safe from flooding for now

BANGKOK, 4 September 2011 (NNT)-Department of Drainage and Sewerage Director General Mr. Sanya Cheenimit said Bangkok was not at risk of flooding as the water level in the Chaopraya River remained at the safe level.

He said the amount of rainfall and the flood water from the North were the only concerns at present. To prevent the impact on Bangkok, authorities will keep the situation under surveillance until November.

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Flooding continues in 8 provinces

Thai Red Cross

Between 25 July – 1 September 2011, The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported that flood hits by tropical storm Nock Ten 30 provinces in 260 districts 1,781 sub-districts 14,948 villages and affecting 3,587,299 people from 1,044,947 households were affected by the flooding, 53 people died and 1 missing. Currently, flooding has eased in 22 provinces but continues in 8 provinces. [Sukhothai, Phichit , Phitsanulok, Nakornsawan, Pranakorn Sri Ayutthaya, Angthong, Chainat and Ubonratchathani]