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18 Aug 2017 description

Heavy rainfall in Lao PDR between 25 July and 5 August has resulted in flooding in several provinces, affecting human life, housing, agriculture and infrastructure.

The most affected Provinces are Oudomxay, Bolikhamxay, Sekong, Attapeu, Saravane, Champasack, Xayyabuly, Vientiane and Khammoun.

Whilst assessments are ongoing, preliminary data indicates that more than 100 000 people have been affected and at least 4 people are reported dead.

18 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

DA NANG, Viet Nam, 14 August 2017 – A newborn baby dies every two minutes in the Western Pacific Region. A major contributor to newborn deaths is the early separation from the mothers after birth. Not only do separated babies not benefit from skin-to-skin contact, they are exposed to hypothermia and hospital-acquired infections. Further, babies are often given infant formula instead of breast milk, which increases the risk of infection, malnutrition and death many fold.

16 Aug 2017 description

This map illustrates the satellite-detected water extent in the District of Khamkeuth in Borikhamxay province, in the central-northern part of Lao People’s Democratic Republic after the tropical storm SONCA-17. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Sentinel-1 satellite image acquired on the 11 August 2017 and detected several area s with potentially standing waters. In the district of Khamkeuth ~ 2,441 ha are likely flooded. Kindly note, the district of Khamkeuth has been partially analyzed due to the image does not cover the full district.

14 Aug 2017 description
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Forward

Education unlocks the potential of young minds, and helps new generations realise their dreams for the future. However, we are facing a global education crisis. Millions of children are out of school, or in school but not learning. We must put education at the top of the agenda.

11 Aug 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the satellite-detected water extent in the Phonhong & Viengkham Districts, Vientiane Province, in the northwestern part of Lao People?s Democratic Republic after the tropical storm SONCA-17. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Sentinel-1 satellite image acquired on the 1 August 2017 and detected several areas with potentially standing waters. In the district of Phonhong 2,045 ha are likely flooded and in the district of Viengkham 1,077 ha. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR-UNOSAT.

11 Aug 2017 description
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08 Aug 2017 description

Foreword

by the EU Ambassador to ASEAN

The EU and ASEAN have a lot in common. Our shared history dates back for centuries and today, together, we represent the most mature and the most promising economies in the world. As we work together to address global challenges through a multilateral approach, we are both committed to regional integration as the most effective way to build stability and to reach prosperity. We are partners for the future.

08 Aug 2017 description
report Bangkok Post

WRITER: PENCHAN CHAROENSUTHIPAN

Around 1 million migrant workers are expected to have registered or taken action to comply with the new migrant labour law by the Monday deadline of the 15-day relaxation period.

At 4.30pm, 680,000 migrant workers from three countries with no documents registered, Labour Ministry permanent secretary ML Puntarik Smiti said.

She added employers could still register them online until midnight.

08 Aug 2017 description

by Olaf Juergensen, Development and Mine Action Specialist, UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub

05 Aug 2017 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Cambodia

As of 25 July 2017, a total of 1,328 suspected dengue fever cases were reported in 2017. The total number of reported dengue cases including dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome was lower than the 3 year-threshold of the same period from 2014-2016 (Figure 1).

China (no updates)

04 Aug 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the satellite-detected water extent in the District of Sanamay, Attapeu Province, in the southwestern part of Lao People's Democratic Republic after the tropical storm SONCA-17. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Sentinel-1 satellite image acquired on the 30 July 2017 and detected several areas with potentially standing waters. In the district of Sanamxay ~5,225 ha are likely flooded.This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR-UNOSAT.

04 Aug 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the satellite-detected water extent in the Champasack, Sukhuma and Pathoomphone Districts, Champasack Province, in the southwestern part of Lao People's Democratic Republic after the tropical storm SONCA-17. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Sentinel-1 satellite image acquired on the 30 July 2017 and detected several areas with potentially standing waters. In the district of Sukhuma 4,334 ha are likely flooded, 5,619 ha in the district of Champasack and 5,854 ha in the district of Pathoomphone mostly affecting the plains along the Mekong river.

04 Aug 2017 description
report UNOSAT

The purpose of this flood rapid assessment is to give a quick overview of the magnitude and severity of the event.

04 Aug 2017 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 69 countries in the second quarter of 2017 (April to June). The maps on pages 6–7 provide impact analysis dis-aggregated to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

04 Aug 2017 description

For Lao PDR, the most bombed country per capita in the world, 1 August is a significant date. The day marks the anniversary of the Entry Into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and 2017 is the seventh anniversary. The Convention is an international treaty that prohibits the production, use, transfer and storage of these explosive weapons. To mark the anniversary, the Government of Lao PDR, development partners and entities active in the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) sector came together at an event organised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. 

03 Aug 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the satellite-detected water extent in the District of Khongxedone, Salavan Province, in the southwestern part of Lao People?s Democratic Republic after the tropical storm SONCA-17. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Sentinel-1 satellite image acquired on the 30 July 2017 and detected several areas with potentially standing waters. In the district of Khongxedone ~2,921 ha are likely flooded mostly affecting the central part of the district along the ?Xe Don? river. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field.

02 Aug 2017 description

The high rainfall intensity, enhanced by the Tropical Storm (TS) “Sonca” has triggered flooding in several areas in Cambodia, Lao, Thailand and Myanmar.

Four Provinces in Cambodia were affected namely Kratie, Prey Veng, Pnomh Penh and Tbong Kmum Provinces. According to the National Committee for Disaster Management of Cambodia, there are three deaths and 2.686 houses submerged as of 31 July 2017. In addition, Fifty three (53) household are affected and 23 household was evacuated.