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10 May 2019 description

10 May 2019, Geneva - Tropical storms, monsoon floods, conflict and violence displaced 13.4 million people across South Asia and East Asia and the Pacific last year, according to a new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

The Global Report on Internal Displacement reveals that 9.6 million new displacements were recorded in East Asia and the Pacific, and 3.8 million in South Asia, an overall increase compared with 2017.

10 May 2019 description


Internal displacement is a global challenge, but it is also heavily concentrated in a few countries and triggered by few events. 28 million new internal displacements associated with conflict and disasters across 148 countries and territories were recorded in 2018, with nine countries each accounting for more than a million.

10 May 2019 description

Cox’s Bazar – When Cyclone Fani – one of the most powerful Indian Ocean storms of the past decade – barrelled up the Bay of Bengal a week ago making landfall in northern India and western Bangladesh, it left 24 people dead, a trail of destruction and thousands displaced. Some 2.6 million people – a million in India and 1.6 million in Bangladesh – were evacuated from its path, potentially saving thousands of lives.

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10 May 2019, Geneva – A record 41.3 million people are displaced inside their own countries because of conflict and violence, according to a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

09 May 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund


• The cyclonic storm Fani has dissipated after crossing Bangladesh with much less damages and impact than initially anticipated.

• At the same time, 14 people were killed and 45 sustained injuries due to lightning, falling trees and house collapses.

• Of an estimated 1,666,000 people who were evacuated to cyclone shelters across affected areas of western and southern Bangladesh, most have returned home by 5 May.

09 May 2019 description


In support of the Government of Bangladesh, the humanitarian community in Cox’s Bazar has been engaging in preparedness for possible extreme weather affecting the Rohingya refugee camps and host communities, with Cyclone Fani focusing efforts in the end of April. Further cyclones are a probability this season: cyclone preparedness remains a key priority.

  • A 72-hour response plan for an extreme weather event has been agreed in Cox’s Bazar.

09 May 2019 description

Located in South- Eastern Bangladesh, thousands of wavy hills, greens rainforest, strong stream rivers, mountains make Bandarban one of the most beautiful and geographically distinctive regions in Bangladesh. The district is home to about 14 ethnic community groups, including Marma, Mro, Tripura, Chakma, Khyang, Tonchonga, Pangku, Bum, Khume, Lushei and Chak.

09 May 2019 description

Obstetric Fistula (OF) is probably the most tragic childbirth injury confronting women in Bangladesh. OF is caused by untreated, obstructed and prolonged labour which creates a hole between the birth canal and bladder or rectum, leaving women to leak urine, feces or both. It often leads to chronic medical problems, depression, social isolation, and deepening poverty.

09 May 2019 description

$403.7 million
UNHCR's financial requirements 2019


08 May 2019 description
report Christian Aid

As Christian Aid partner organisations reach the districts affected by Cyclone Fani the true scale of the loss and destruction is becoming clear.

Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to hit the Indian subcontinent in decades, made landfall near Puri, India, at 8am on Friday 3 May, with winds gusting at more than 190kmh.

Due to good disaster preparedness, the loss of lives has been low, however the impact in terms of loss of homes and livelihoods has been enormous.

Madara Hettiarachchi, Christian Aid’s Head of Humanitarian Programmes, said:

08 May 2019 description


The majority of those returned to Turkey are Pakistani nationals (38 percent of total). Syrians constitute 18 percent of the total number of those returned, and are followed by Algerians, Afghans and Bangladeshis.

In total, 341 Syrians have been returned to Turkey to date. 38 of them have been returned on the basis that their asylum claims were found inadmissible at 2nd instance.

08 May 2019 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Jennifer Fitchett Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of the Witwatersrand

08 May 2019 description
report NIRAPAD

Overview of Hazard Incidents in April, 2019

In April 2019, five devastating hazards took place across Bangladesh including fire, lightning, nor’wester, building collapse, and boat capsize.

The mostly occurred hazard of this month was fire with 38 incidents in 14 districts correspondingly Dhaka, Gazipur, Naogaon, Chattogram, Kushtia, Sirajganj, Tangail, Chuadanga, Narayanganj, Cumilla, Magura, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, and Cox’s Bazar.

08 May 2019 description
report World Bank

Dhaka, May 8, 2019 — The government of Bangladesh today signed a $165 million grant financing agreement with the World Bank to provide basic services and build disaster and social resilience for the Rohingya who are fleeing violence in Myanmar.

08 May 2019 description
  1. The government of the Republic of Korea held the 2nd Bilateral Consultation between the Republic of Korea and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, the Swiss Confederation, on May 2. The ROK and the UNHCR head delegates to the Consultation were Director-General for International Organizations Kweon Ki-hwan and UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly Clements, respectively.

° Since the 1st ROK-UNHCR Bilateral Consultation in 2016, the two sides have been continuously advancing their strategic partnership.

07 May 2019 description

Last week, in Asia, key events included heavy fighting in Afghanistan; organized violence involving domestic rebel groups in Pakistan, Myanmar, and Thailand; election-related disorder in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines; and Labour Day demonstrations across the region.