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19 Feb 2018 description


As many as 273,000 people newly displaced, half of whom are minors, were recorded between 15 December and 29 January in central and northern Idleb and northern Hama due to a government-led offensive in the governorates (OCHA, 7 Feb 2018; OCHA, 23 Jan 2018; Save the Children, 17 Jan 2018). Parts of the contested areas have reportedly been emptied of civilians (OCHA, 16 Jan 2018). Most of the population in the town of Saraqab, in Idleb province, has been displaced (OCHA, 7 Feb 2018).

19 Feb 2018 description

Regional Summary (Week 07)

Most disasters recorded were hydro-meteorological in nature, due to intense rainfall in Indonesia and TS Sanba (Basyang) in Philippines. Concern on Mount Mayon (Philippines) continued, while Mount Agung (Indonesia) erupted again despite alert level being lowered. All disasters are within the capacity of respective ASEAN Member States.

16 Feb 2018 description


At 31 January 2018, there were 1287 people in immigration detention facilities, including 953 in immigration detention on the mainland and 334 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 447 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 19,129 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

16 Feb 2018 description

341.1 M required for 2018

20.2 M contributions received, representing 6% of requirements

320.9 M funding gap for South East Asia

All figures are displayed in USD

15 Feb 2018 description
  • Tropical Cyclone SANBA (named BASYANG in the Philippines) continued moving north-west over the Sulu Sea heading toward Palawan island (MIMAROPA, Philippines) as a Tropical Depression.

  • Over the next 24 hours, it may reach southern Palawan and then the South China Sea, weakening. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect Palawan and Visayas, Bicol Region, Visayas and Caraga, as well as north-eastern Malaysia.

15 Feb 2018 description


14 Feb 2018 description
  • On 13 February, Tropical Cyclone SANBA made landfall close to Cortes (Surigao del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines), moved over Central Visayas and Negros Island Regions and reached the Sulu Sea as a Tropical Depression.
14 Feb 2018 description

This book explains the fundamental reason for the establishment of the AHA Centre and how the Centre has evolved through 5 years of experience in carrying out its roles and mandate.

Foreword from the Chair of ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management and AADMER Conference of the Parties, 2016

14 Feb 2018 description

UNHCR’s Micro-entrepreneurship development programme run by its NGO partner, the National Association of Women Entrepreneurs Malaysia (NAWEM).

39 year old Rashidah is a Rohingya refugee living in Malaysia with her husband and nine children. She has been a refugee all her life.

“I was born in Thailand after my family fled there from Myanmar. My parents said they fled Myanmar because it was unsafe for us to remain there,” Rashidah said.

When she was 14 years old, her family moved to Malaysia where Rashidah eventually started a family of her own.

12 Feb 2018 description
report Bond Street Theatre

NEW YORK, NY - February 2018 - Bond Street Theatre (BST) is launching the second year of its programming in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, working with refugee and migrant populations to use theatre as an information-sharing and advocacy tool. Collaborating with Asylum Access Malaysia, Masakini Theatre, and the Rohingya Women's Development Network, BST and partners work to translate critical information regarding healthcare, education and legal rights into illustrative, mobile plays that can be performed by and for refugees.

12 Feb 2018 description

Regional Summary for Week 06 (5-11 Feb) & Outlook for Week 07 (12-18 Feb)

  1. Week 06 was dominated by hydro-meteorological disasters, including floods and landslides in Malaysia,
    Indonesia and Philippines. All disasters were within the capacity of government agencies of ASEAN member states. Approximately 974,316 people in ASEAN region were affected.

  2. Alert Status for Mount Agung (Bali, Indonesia) reduced to Alert Level III (Watch) from 10 Feb 2018, with mandatory exclusion zone reduced to 4 km radius (BNPB; PVMBG).

09 Feb 2018 description

Executive summary


Typhoon Haiyan (Philippine name, ‘Yolanda’), made landfall in the Philippines on 8 November 2013. It is considered to be one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded in world history, based on maximum wind speed, with a wind gust reaching up to 320 km/hour at its peak.

09 Feb 2018 description

ERAT FAQ is a handbook that contains information about the history, deployment mechanism, training and other important information of ASEAN-ERAT. The handbook will be useful to help new ERAT members understand their roles and functions better.

09 Feb 2018 description

The AJDRP (ASEAN Joint Disaster Response Plan) book is the published version of the ASEAN Joint Disaster Response Plan that was endorsed by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) meeting in Manado, Indonesia, on October 2016. The plan contains multiple large scale disaster scenarios and list of assets that can be mobilised by the member states in the event of large-scale disasters. The goal of the Plan is to provide a common framework to deliver a timely, at-scale and joint response through mobilisation of required assets and capacities.

06 Feb 2018 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting the eastern areas of the country over the past week, causing floods and evacuations. 161 mm of rain in 24 hours were recorded in Bintulu (Sabah and Sarawak States) over 5-6 February.
  • ASEAN reports mentioned, as of 6 February, that over 2 300 people have been evacuated in 20 evacuation centres in the municipalities of Kuching, Samarahan, Bintulu and Serian (Sarawak) due to floods.
02 Feb 2018 description

Rohingya Society Malaysia opens a shelter for Rohingya refugee survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and their families in the Klang Valley.

By Yante Ismail and Michelle Goh, UNHCR Malaysia | 02 February 2018

31 January 2018 - A safe transitional home run by refugees have opened its doors to Rohingya refugee survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and their families in the Klang Valley.

30 Jan 2018 description

UNHCR and Asylum Access signed an agreement to provide asylum-seekers in Malaysia with access to legal representation in their refugee status determination process.

Kuala Lumpur, 23 January 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and non-governmental organisation Asylum Access Malaysia today signed an agreement to provide asylum-seekers in Malaysia with access to legal representation in their refugee status determination process.