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15 Nov 2018 description

Guidebook for Urban Resilience was developed to provide guidance to the national and local government officials in ASEAN Member States (AMS) in charge of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Urban Planning and Management. With this report, the officials can understand urban disaster risk, issues and countermeasures against the urban disaster risks or critical points regarding to DRR, mainstreaming DRR into urban planning and management including regulation of land use and development through reading the guidebook.

13 Nov 2018 description

Overall levels of organized violence remained static across the South and Southeast Asian regions while the overall levels of demonstrations significantly decreased following the previous week’s spike due to the eruption of country-wide blasphemy demonstrations in Pakistan.

09 Nov 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

CENTRAL REGION — This time last year, many parts of the central region were submerged under floodwater, but this year’s unusual aridity in the middle of the rainy season offers little solace.

Hydropower reservoirs stationed upstream of the network of rivers crisscrossing the region are barely scraping by as water levels drop to near the operational minimum, while in downstream areas, locals are struggling to stave off aggressive salt intrusion.

06 Nov 2018 description

In South and Southeast Asia, last week was marked by attacks against American soldiers in Afghanistan, a wave of blasphemy protests in Pakistan, an ongoing government crisis in Sri Lanka, and continued conflict in Myanmar’s Shan state. Overall, levels of organized violence remained static across the region while overall demonstration levels continued to rise, with last week reaching the third highest levels of demonstrations this year.

06 Nov 2018 description
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06 Nov 2018 description
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06 Nov 2018 description

Times of war can result in rapid environmental degradation as people struggle to survive and environmental management systems break down resulting in damage to critical ecosystems.

For over six decades, armed conflicts have occurred in more than two-thirds of the world’s biodiversity hotspots thus posing critical threats to conservation efforts.

05 Nov 2018 description

Animal health emergencies continue to erupt around the world at an ever-increasing pace. Increased global travel, human migration and informal trade of animals and animal products continue to intensify the risk of disease spread. Infectious diseases and other animal health threats have the potential to move rapidly within a country or around the world leading to severe socio-economic and public health consequences. For zoonoses that develop the ability for human to human transmission, an early response to an animal health emergency could prevent the next pandemic.

02 Nov 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Anna Kucirkova

TEXAS, USA, Nov 2 2018 (IPS) - Cholera outbreaks across history regularly killed a hundred thousand or more. It isn’t well known today because it was essentially eliminated in the Western world.

It last erupted in the U.S. in the 1800s, eradicated by water and sewage treatment systems that prevented it from spreading via contaminated water. However, cholera is making a comeback around the globe, and it could again become a major killer.

01 Nov 2018 description

AIDMI's publication of Southasiadisasters.net is titled "Rising Risk of Heat Waves in Asia" It highlights not only the incidences and impacts of heat waves in Asia but also all the scientific and governance innovations designed to mitigate their damage. While instances of heat waves are on the rise across the world, Asia in particular seems to be reeling under an intense heat wave.

30 Oct 2018 description

At 31 August 2018, there were 1303 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1227 in immigration detention on the mainland and 76 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 413 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 16,673 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E

29 Oct 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — The annual flooding in the Mekong Delta has damaged more than 2,000ha of rice this year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Directorate of Water Resources.

More than 1,270ha of the crop in An Giang Province, 316ha in Kiên Giang and 182ha in Đồng Tháp were totally destroyed while 265ha in Đồng Tháp and 24ha in Long An were damaged.

Most of the destroyed and damaged fields are in areas without embankments while the rest were damaged because their embankments were broken or too low.

25 Oct 2018 description


An inclusive approach to disaster preparedness saves lives. Inclusion engenders community resilience and promotes equity and human rights.

24 Oct 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — Local authorities in the Mekong Delta are taking serious measures to prevent flooding caused by high tides during the annual flood season in the area.

The delta’s provinces, and especially Cần Thơ City, have been severely affected by high tides over the past few days.

Many roads in the inner city have been flooded with record-high tides of 2.21m measured at the Hậu River station, which surpassed the alarm level three by 0.31m.

24 Oct 2018 description

Ha Noi, 18 October 2018 - More than 120 delegates from eighteen provinces, representatives from eight ministries, UN agencies and international NGOs gathered today at a workshop on strengthening post-disaster recovery and reconstruction in Viet Nam. The workshop was organized by the Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VDMA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is part of global efforts funded by the European Union in partnership with the UNDP and the World Bank to strengthen recovery in countries highly exposed to disasters like Viet Nam.

23 Oct 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ GIANG — Prolonged heavy rain and flash floods in the northern province of Hà Giang have killed one person while another remains missing as of Monday, according to the People’s Committee of Quang Bình District.

The deceased was named as Hoàng Văn Sầu, 64 years old. His son, 30-year-old Hoàng Văn Đại, from Bản Rịa Village, is missing. Two others were injured.

The flood swept away six houses, severely damaged dozens of others and killed cattle of ethnic minority residents. Crops which were about to be harvested were lost.

22 Oct 2018 description

During the 12 month reporting period, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Law Programme (DLP) continued its work promoting legal preparedness for disasters. Pursuant to the mandates assigned to the IFRC at the 28th, 30th, 31st and 32nd International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the programme focused on supporting National Societies (NSs) to meet the following main goals: