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31 Dec 2014 description
report The Irrawaddy


Local residents in the Chin State capital Hakha are facing a potable water shortage amid a partial suspension of the township’s water supply that has lasted more than three months.

“It is about three months now that the municipality has stopped supplying water, which has caused a lot of trouble for people. I have to buy water for my shop, for which I have to spend around 20,000 [US$20] or 30,000 kyats monthly from my profits,” the owner of an eatery in Hakha told The Irrawaddy.

31 Dec 2014 description
report The Irrawaddy


RANGOON —Burma has the third-highest landmine-related casualty rates in the entire world, has edged away from international forums focused to eradicate the munitions, and is one of the only countries in the world still actively deploying mines in conflict areas, according to the latest report from the research arm of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).

31 Dec 2014 description

Total Assessments 276

Verified Return Villages 82

Refugee Villages of Origin 159

Background information

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Project: Emergency WaSH assistance and Food Security and Livelihoods support to vulnerable population affected by conflicts in Rakhine and Kachin State.


The beneficiary baseline survey was implemented in the frame of economic recovery and market system (ERMS) activity for improving the income and livelihoods of the targeted beneficiaries in short and long term.

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  • LWF organized sports events (Cane ball, Tug of War, Football, and Running, See Hto) in the camp jointly with Department of Health,
    RSG on January 13 and 14. In the events 357 (164 girls) youths and children from IDPs and Host communities participated and enjoyed the events.

  • LWF facilitated a CMC meeting on 15 January and discussed on different social and humanitarian assistance issues where 30 (10 female) participants from different groups (CMC, Women Group,
    Teachers, etc) participated and discussed.

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Executive Summary

Some 120,000 displaced persons are currently living in temporary shelters along the Thailand/ Myanmar border (October 2014). To better understand and respond to the needs of the displaced population, the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage (MFLF) conducted demographic and livelihood profiles in the nine shelters on request of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

31 Dec 2014 description
  • Helping separated families reunite - from Ban Don Yang to Minnesota

  • Life skills training empowers return communities in Tanintharyi

  • Tales of ordinary resilience

  • Rebirth of a school

  • Life in the Kayah State Su Sees

  • Law and Order: Raising legal awareness in return communities

  • KYO and UNHCR collaborate to keep refugees informed

31 Dec 2014 description

Volcanic Explosivity in Asia-Pacific

This map shows the density of volcanic eruptions based on the explosivity index for each eruption and the time period of the eruption. Eruption information is spread to 100km beyond point source to indicate areas that could be affected by volcanic emissions or ground shaking.

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Flood Risk

Risk assessment for an area exposed to multiple hazards requires solutions to compare the risks. This map was generated by adding the value of mortality to the cumulated risk of cyclones, earthquakes, floods and landslides. Categories of risk based on expected annual losses.

This product was designed by UNEP/GRID Europe for the Global Assessment Report on Risk Reduction (GAR). It was modeled using global data.

Credit: GIS processing UNEP/GRID-Europe. http://preview.grid.unep.ch

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Earthquake Intensity Risk Zones

This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.

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Physical Exposure to Drought

Drought is a phenomenon that affects more people globally than any other natural hazard. Unlike aridity, which refers to a semi-permanent condition of low precipitation (desert regions), drought results from the accumulated effect of deficient precipitation over a prolonged period of time.

The units used in this product refer to the expected average annual population (2010 as the year of reference) exposed (inhabitants). The dataset includes an estimate of the annual physical exposure to drought. It is based on three sources:

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Tropical Storm Risk Zones

This map was derived from the Munich Reinsurance Company's World Map of Natural Hazards and shows tropical storm intensity based on the five wind speeds of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

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Sixteen years of wildfires in Asia-Pacific

Wild land fires and other biomass fires annually burn a total land area of between 3.5 and 4.5 million km2, equivalent to the surface area of India and Pakistan together, or more than half of Australia. This makes it one of the most spatially prevalent hazards after drought.