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18 Jun 2016 description

Media Statement from WHO South-East Asia Regional Office

The South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization (WHO), comprising of 11 countries including India, continues to be polio free. No child has been afflicted by wild poliovirus since the last case was reported from West Bengal, India, in January 2011.

12 Jan 2016 description

Media Statement by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia

On 13 January, WHO South-East Asia Region completes five years without any case of wild poliovirus. This is a remarkable achievement in view of the continued threat of poliovirus importation from the remaining polio-endemic countries.

31 Dec 2014 description

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:

24 Dec 2014 description

Hope abounds for families who increased their income or gained dignity in life; young people can dream of fulfilling their ambitions

BANGKOK (19 December 2014) - The 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was known as one of the most devastating disasters of recent times. The tsunami was caused by a 9-magnitude undersea earthquake that struck off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. More than 230,000 died and 1.7 million people were displaced as the tsunami affected more than a dozen countries from Thailand to Madagascar.

28 Jun 2013 description

Bangkok, 28th June 2013 (NNT) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has granted 100,000 US dollars in financial assistance to the Indian government to help alleviate the flood crisis situation.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, yesterday represented the Thailand and the Thai government in presenting the 100,000 US dollars, roughly 3 million Thai baht, financial assitance to the Indian government, represented by H.E. Anil Wadhwa, Ambassador of India to Thailand.

15 Feb 2013 description


Little movement in domestic prices

Overall, domestic prices in countries monitored in the Asia-Pacific region registered no significant changes in December. The largest movement was a 4 percent rise in meat prices in China, despite international meat prices remaining almost unchanged.

05 Sep 2012 description

SEAR/PR 1551

Yogyakarta, 5 September 2012: Eleven countries in WHO’s South-East Asia Region are now on track to declaring the Region Polio free, this was recognized during an event at the WHO’s Regional Committee Meeting in Yogyakarta, today. The last case of wild poliovirus in the Region was reported on 13 January 2011 in India making a regional polio free certification possible in early 2014. However, the Region remains at risk with poliovirus circulating in the endemic countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

23 May 2012 description
report AlertNet

By Nita Bhalla

NEW DELHI, May 23 (AlertNet) - Ten Asian cities prone to floods, droughts or soaring temperatures are developing a set of key indicators to assess their vulnerability to the effects of climate change and improve urban planning to boost resilience.

Municipalities and environmental groups in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam will analyse indicators such as capacity of their water supply systems, incidence of waterlogging and rainfall projections, to provide the first ever climate change-specific urban development data.

09 Jan 2012 description


1.) The Sixty-fourth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia was held in Jaipur, India from 6 to 9 September 2011.
It was attended by representatives of all the eleven Member States of the Region, UN and other agencies, nongovernmental organizations having official relations with WHO, as well as observers.

18 Mar 2011 description

Author: Joshua Kurlantzick, Fellow for Southeast Asia

March 18, 2011

The photos and videos of the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami are devastating: freezing and emotionally numbed survivors huddling in makeshift shelters; crowds waiting for fresh food at stores; nuclear technicians struggling to avert a Chernobyl-style meltdown in the Fukushima reactors.

Though I cannot fathom the despair of the Japanese survivors, I have some idea of how they feel.

02 Feb 2011 description
report Irish Aid


This report is an independent review of the Irish Government's support to countries affected by the earthquake and tsunami of the 26th December 2004. It is estimated that the tragedy left some 227,000 people dead and missing in the countries affected with around 1.9 million people displaced from their homes and livelihoods.

01 Dec 2010 description

New Delhi, 1 December 2010: Although new HIV infections show a downward trend in countries of the World Health Organization's South-East Asia Region, particularly India, Thailand, Nepal and Myanmar, HIV/AIDS is still a serious public health problem. Perhaps the most vulnerable group are children with HIV/AIDS, whose numbers have increased by 46% between 2001 and 2009.

08 Apr 2010 description

Manila, 8 April 2010

When disasters strike, people in unsafe schools and hospitals are at the greatest risk of harm.

25 Dec 2009 description

By Katherine Baldwin

LONDON, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Five years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami, the region has its own early warning system but experts say the new technology will not save lives unless local communities are more involved in planning how to respond.

The 230,000 people killed in Africa and Asia by the 2004 tsunami received no formal warning of the approaching waves.

Since then, millions of dollars have gone into building a vast network of seismic and tsunami information centres, setting up sea and coastal instruments and erecting warning towers.

But studies show …

24 Dec 2009 description
report CARE


Le matin du 26 décembre 2004, le Tsunami venu de l'Océan Indien déclenche une onde de choc dans le monde entier. Provoqué par l'un des plus puissants tremblements de terre jamais enregistrés sur un sismographe, l'impact a été prodigieux : plus d'une douzaine de pays ont été touchés, environ 250 000 personnes ont perdu la vie et des millions se sont retrouvées sans abri.

Dans les villages les plus durement touchés de la côte indonésienne, environ 70% de la population a disparu.

24 Dec 2009 description

UNISDR 2009/24

Geneva - On December 26, 2004, a massive tsunami reared up in the Indian Ocean and spread towards millions of people on the surrounding coasts. For those nearby, in Aceh, Indonesia, the Thai coastal resorts, and the island communities, there was little warning. With no knowledge or preparedness, people faced a terrifying situation as they tried to escape the growing wall of turbulent water, forcing its way across beaches, harbours, and towns. The earthquake that caused the tsunami was a warning to those who felt it, but only a few people recognized this.

23 Dec 2009 description
report Direct Relief

December 23, 2009, SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - When the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami struck Southeast Asia on December 26, 2004, the results were horrific, the devastation complete. An estimated 1.69 million people were left homeless, close to 230,000 people were killed and over 45,000 are still missing.