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Philippines + 6 others
ASEAN Monthly Disaster Outlook Vol. 10 October 2014

General Overview

Natural disaster reports were regularly recorded in the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADInet) www.adinet.ahacentre.org

Only significant disasters that satisfy the following criteria will be recorded in ADInet: 1. More than 100 people affected, and 2. Involving more than 1 subdistrict,

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Mt. Merapi cold lava threatens locals

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Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta

Aerial shots from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) show that cold lava flows from Mount Merapi continue to threaten residents living on the slopes of the volcano, as some 70 million cubic meters of volcanic material from Mt. Merapi’s last major eruption in 2010 remain at its summit.

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Volcano’s eruptions to continue indefinitely: Official

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Jakarta Post

Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan

An observation team says that Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, is likely to continue erupting for quite some time following an increase in seismic activity on Monday.

As of 12 p.m. Monday, Mt. Sinabung had 148 temblors comprising 83 short-period quakes, 34 low-frequency and 31 mixed tremors.

Observation team member Arif Cahyo said Mt. Sinabung’s tectonic quakes showed that a large volume of magma was present, indicating that the volcano would continue to erupt for a long time.

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How a low-tech mobile app is changing the way Indonesia responds to disasters

18 Oct 2014 by Lulu Muhammad and Gina Meutia

Did you know that nearly eight out of ten Indonesians have access to cell phones?

We are talking about over 230 million people across three time zones and out of those users; around 61 million are connected to the Internet via their phones. This impressively high number presents an opportunity to enhance disaster risk management in Indonesia, already a world leader in producing evidence based information systems, planning and monitoring tools.

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Toddler killed in South Aceh flood

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Jakarta Post

he Jakarta Post, Banda Aceh | Archipelago | Tue, October 21 2014, 7:37 AM

A 2-year-old girl was killed Sunday when she was swept away by floodwater that hit six villages in Labuhan Haji district in South Aceh regency, Aceh.

Heavy rain, which began on Saturday, engulfed residential areas and farmland in Apha, Pisang, Hulu Pisang, Ujung Batu, Manggis, Harapan and Padang Bakau villages. Flooding followed when the Labuhan Haji River burst its banks.

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New President Should Highlight Rights in Papua

Visit to Easternmost Provinces a Chance to Endorse Specific Reforms

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Indonesia + 2 others
ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 06 - 19 October 2014

Please visit ASEAN Disaster Information Network (http://adinet.ahacentre.org) for Details of Information:

INDONESIA

1009 houses were submerged in 5 sub-districts in South Aceh. (http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/726)

THAILAND

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Sinabung area residents lack food, clean water

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Jakarta Post

Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan

Thousands of residents in 16 subdistricts around Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, are badly in need of clean water, after withstanding the effects of the volcano’s eruptions from their houses for almost two weeks.

Indonesian Volunteer Community chairman Susanto said that many of the affected residents were going hungry as they had begun running out of food on Wednesday. He added that the regency administration had yet to allow the residents to move although volcanic activities continued to increase.

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World + 10 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review - East Asia and the Pacific | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Recurrent floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, and seasonal typhoons present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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World + 11 others
The risk of disaster-induced displacement in south-east Asia and China

A new paper aims to assess the risk of disaster-induced displacement in the 10 member states of ASEAN plus China to guide development and preparedness planning.

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'Great wall of Jakarta' plan to combat floods

10/15/2014 - 04:37 GMT

by Sam Reeves

Jakarta has launched a multi-billion-dollar scheme to build a huge sea wall to combat flooding as the Indonesian capital sinks, but there is scepticism about its chances of success in a country with a history of corruption and failed megaprojects.

The 35 kilometre (22 mile) wall, across the Bay of Jakarta off the city's northern coast, is the centrepiece of a project that will cost up to $40 billion over three decades, and also includes reclaiming land for 17 new islands.

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Indonesia Humanitarian Bulletin | July - September 2014 [EN/ID]

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HIGHLIGHTS

• Incidence of disasters decreases by 37 per cent

• 3,287 people (1,019 families) displaced by Mt. Sinabung’s eruption in February 2014 are still living in IDP shelters

• BNPB is conducting field studies to improve regulations

FIGURES

Natural Disasters (July - September 2014)

Natural Disaster - 139

Total Affected population- 78,484

Casualties - 38

Incidence of disasters continue dropping

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Indonesia: Level III Volcanoes in Indonesia (as of 10 Oct 2014)

Mt Sinabung erupted today spewing ash up to 2000 m into the sky and pyroclastic lava flow to non-residential areas South of the crater. There are no reports of new displacement. Volcanic dust from the previous eruption on 08 October reached Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, disrupting flights on 09 October 2014.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Fiji + 13 others
Asia-Pacific region: El Niño Snapshot - October 2014

What is El Niño?

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Overview: Volcanoes at Alert Level 3 (10 Oct 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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India + 6 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (8 - 13 October 2014)

On 12 Oct, Cyclone Hudhud made landfall with wind speeds of between 180-195 kph and 2-3 metre waves. At least six people have been killed and 150,000 people have been evacuated

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Bangladesh + 6 others
International Day for Disaster Reduction

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Islamic Relief

As the world marks the International Day for Disaster Reduction, Islamic Relief highlights seven of its projects that are helping vulnerable communities to reduce their risk from disasters.

Developing early warning systems in Bangladesh

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World + 9 others
Small yet strong: voices from Oceania on the environment

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Caritas

About this report

This report draws from interviews carried out with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand partners and networks between March and August 2014. We approached groups with these key questions:

What are the environmental issues you are experiencing in your work and community?

What responses are people making?

What solutions do you think should be made?

What else do you want to tell us about environmental impacts affecting people in your community?

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Sinabung’s ash blankets Berastagi city

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Jakarta Post

Apriadi Gunawan

Volcanic ash showers from Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, have for the last three days reportedly paralyzed Berastagi city, a popular tourist destination located 30 kilometers from the erupting volcano.

Fhandi, a fruit trader in Berastagi, said most traders in the main traditional market and fruit market had closed their kiosks over fears that volcanic ash would cover their merchandise.

“As the result, business here is paralyzed,” Fhandi told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday,