Increased rainfall activities at near-equator countries within ASEAN Region have caused several flood incidents. In Malaysia, at least 1,421 people were affected by the floods and had to move out of their homes in five different States of Sabah, Perak, Sarawak, Pahang and Kedah.
Ruth* was in her 30s when her husband first started physically and sexually assaulting her. As the domestic abuse continued over the years, the mother-of-two tried but failed to get help.
“I reported this violence to the police. But the police said to me ‘mama just go home, mama solve this with the family and try to reconcile with your husband’,” recalls Ruth, who lives in a village of around 350 people in Papua’s Jayapura district and is now 52 years old.
The Royal Thai Government will organize the International Conference on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 4 December 2015 in Bangkok. The Conference seeks to follow up the progress in addressing the problem of irregular migration in the Indian Ocean based on recommendations put forward during the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean held on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, and the subsequent Emergency ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime held on 2 July 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Conference will be opened by H.E. Mr.
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
The impact of haze has reduced by the arrival of heavy rains, and the number of hotspots has diminished.
The duration of the delivery of basic medical services will be reassessed after one month of implementation, while the health education intervention will proceed for the three months period.
Apriadi Gunawan and Syofiardi Bachyul Jb, The Jakarta Post, Medan/Padang | Headlines | Thu, November 26 2015, 6:27 PM
Thousands of people have fled their homes after a series of natural disasters hit several regions in the country over the past several days.
In the North Sumatra provincial capital of Medan, floodwater reaching 1-meter-deep inundated thousands of homes in eight districts on Wednesday following heavy rain that poured over the region from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning.
New Study Links Climate Change to Mounting Natural Disasters
On estime que 15,8 millions de personnes sont désormais sous traitement contre le VIH, soit deux fois plus qu’il y a cinq ans, tandis que les pays adoptent la Stratégie d’accélération à l’aide de données permettant d’affiner la prestation des services de prévention et de traitement du VIH afin d’atteindre les personnes laissées pour compte
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Headlines | Tue, November 24 2015, 6:27 PM
A large number of children, many below the age of seven, have died of an unexplained disease in Mbuwa district, Nduga regency, Papua, following the start of the rainy season in early November.
A medical team consisting of health workers from Nduga, Wamena and Jayawijaya regencies arrived at the location but have yet to ascertain the cause of the deaths.
Countries adopt UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy to double number of people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2020
An estimated 15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment, a doubling from five years ago, as countries adopt the UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy using data to fine-tune delivery of HIV prevention and treatment services to reach people being left behind
Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes 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 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
Summary of WFP assistance
Jakarta, Indonesia | AFP | Friday 11/20/2015 - 04:52 GMT
Indonesia is in talks with Australia about temporarily housing asylum-seekers stranded in Indonesia on an island in the archipelago, an official said Friday, but Canberra will reportedly have to cover the cost.
Canberra has introduced hardline policies to stem the influx of asylum-seekers reaching its shores on people-smuggling boats, with those arriving by sea denied resettlement in Australia even if found to be genuine refugees.
• Forest fires affected several areas of Indonesia over the last few months, especially the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan. Since the beginning of July, over 2 million ha have been burnt (worst event recorded since 1997). Millions of people were directly exposed to haze which causes health concerns in Indonesia and neighbouring countries. The death toll from the effects of haze has risen to 19.
Arya Dipa, The Jakarta Post, Bandung | Archipelago | Wed, November 20 2013, 7:58 AM
The continuous eruptions of Mount Sinabung, which began in early November in Karo regency, North Sumatra, have caused scientists to alter the hazard map for the volcano and its surrounding area, an official at the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) says.
Hygienic latrines boost health and safety
November 2015—Globally, there are 2.4 billion people without access to safe, clean bathrooms. In Indonesia, this means that one in three people does not have access to a flush toilet, latrine or septic system. Many still defecate in the open.
Besides being linked to disease and malnutrition, this practice puts women and girls at risk for rape and abuse because they do not have access to a safe, private toilet. However, USAID is partnering with local organizations and the Government of Indonesia to change this.
Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Thu, November 19 2015, 3:03 PM
Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, erupted forcefully once again on Wednesday and may threaten the opening of the Lake Toba Festival by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya in Berastagi, also in Karo, slated for Thursday.
No casualties were reported following the eruption, but pyroclastic flows drifting to the southeast affected a number of villages that have long been abandoned by residents.
Millions of vulnerable households globally could face increased hunger and poverty due to droughts and floods as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9 to 12 months. Typically, this climatic condition develops during April-June and reaches maximum strength during December-February; this event could be the most powerful on record (Earth Institute 2015).