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13 Nov 2012 description

On 21 September 2009, Bhutan was hit by an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale. The epicentre of the earthquake was in East Bhutan and affected 10 neighbouring districts. As well as damaging around 4,000 homes the earthquake damaged over 100 schools, affecting about 14,000 schoolchildren. The earthquake caused structural damage to classrooms, and water and sanitation facilities were destroyed.

25 Aug 2010 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan are extending a $3 million grant to Bhutan to rebuild damaged schools using earthquake-resilient materials and designs which could potentially be replicated around the country.

The grant from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction for the Upgrading Schools and Integrated Disaster Education Project will be used to reconstruct four primary schools which were severely damaged in a devastating earthquake that struck the country in September 2009. Funds will also be used to train district engineers in …

28 Apr 2010 description


24 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme purpose: As outlined in the 2009-2010 plan, the aim of the International Federation South Asia regional office is to increase the capacity of the South Asian national societies to provide services that improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Programme summary:

During 2009, the key areas of support provided by the International Federation to national societies in South Asia were as follows:

- The regional disaster management programme during the first half of 2009 saw the finalizing of some of the …

22 Dec 2009 description


12 Nov 2009 description

CERF Advisory Group meets to discuss Fund management and operations

On 2 and 3 November, the CERF Advisory Group met in New York. During the meeting, the Advisory Group received a brief from the Emergency Relief Coordinator on the use of the Fund in 2009. The Advisory Group expressed a high level of support for the use and management of the Fund.

16 Oct 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF urgently requires US$1,9 million to respond to the needs of nearly 10 million people directly affected by multiple disasters across the Asia-Pacific region

- UNICEF is providing immediate life-saving assistance to children and women in seven countries following devastating earthquakes, tsunami, typhoons, and flooding while also taking steps to help life return to normal as quickly as possible.

- Clean water, sanitation and hygiene support, family reunification, child protection, and prevention of malnutrition and communicable diseases are UNICEF's priorities in working …

16 Oct 2009 description

As vast areas of the Pacific and Asia struggle to recover from recent earthquakes and typhoons, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said it is sending new emergency supplies to Laos and Bhutan, both of which have been badly affected.

After causing widespread havoc and destruction in the Philippines and then Viet Nam in early October, typhoon Ketsana later smashed into Laos where at least 11 persons were reported dead, an estimated 170,000 were badly injured.

The typhoon triggered the worst flooding in recent memory in the southern part of the country where schools, …

16 Oct 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Third Committee
16th & 17th Meetings (AM & PM)

Hears from Some 55 More Speakers, as Three-Day Debate on Promotion, Protection of the Rights of the Child Concludes

Capping its three-day discussion on the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, members of the Third Committee (Social, Cultural and Humanitarian) discussed national programmes to nurture young citizens, saying the credibility of States "rested in their work for future generations".

14 Oct 2009 description
report Government of Japan
  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend emergency assistance to the Government of the Kingdom of Bhutan, which suffered damages from an earthquake that occurred on September 21 (Mon). The assistance includes items such as tents, blankets, sleeping mats, and plastic sheets equivalent to approximately 10 million JPY.

    2. On September 21 at 2:53 PM (local time), an earthquake registering magnitude 6.3 occurred in eastern Bhutan, near the city of Trashigang, resulting in 4,595 damaged households including 12 people dead and 47 wounded.

09 Oct 2009 description

Over the past few weeks, the Asia Pacific region has been struck by a series of multiple disasters that have killed more than 1,500 people, and affected upwards of 7 million others. UNDP, along with other UN agencies, reacted quickly, immediately deploying crisis management teams to support governments in the aftermath.

08 Oct 2009 description

Welcome to the cluster meeting of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.

At the outset, let me express my thanks to the Royal Government of Thailand for agreeing to host both this meeting here in Pattaya, and the launch of the 2009 Human Development Report on migration which took place in Bangkok on Monday. We are very appreciative of the hospitality of the government and people of Thailand.

I am also very grateful that H.E. Mr. Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao People's Democratic Republic, has made time to be with us.

08 Oct 2009 description

BANGKOK, 8 October 2009 - Following the recent series of natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is providing humanitarian assistance in affected countries throughout the region. As part of the coordinated United Nations response and working through local partners, the Fund is primarily addressing reproductive health needs, particularly those of displaced pregnant women.


07 Oct 2009 description

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator has allocated $460,000 for temporary shelters in Bhutan after an earthquake struck the country on 21 September 2009.

The earthquake registered at 6.3 on the Richter scale and caused serious damage throughout the eastern part of the country. The Government of Bhutan reported 12 deaths and 35 injured on 1 October 2009. The earthquake severely affected living conditions leaving homes, schools and government buildings damaged beyond repair.

06 Oct 2009 description

Rescue efforts were winding down and emergency relief getting into full gear in response to the successive natural disasters that recently hit Asia and the Pacific, John Holmes, Emergency Relief Coordinator, told correspondents at Headquarters this afternoon.

"It's a very bad time for this region, with different disasters, not linked to each other, but coming together in this tragic way," said Mr.

05 Oct 2009 description

Bangkok, 5 October, 2009-UN Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark said today that in reaction to the widespread disasters that struck Asia and the Pacific last week, the United Nations is responding with rapid support teams in Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Samoa and Tonga to support governments helping millions of people hit by a relentless barrage of tropical storms, earthquakes and tsunamis.

Speaking from Bangkok where she has arrived for a series of meetings, Helen Clark said that "Within hours after the catastrophes hit, UN agencies and …

22 Sep 2009 description


On Monday, 21 September 2009, an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit at 02:53:05 pm local time in Mongar in Bhutan. The US Geological Survey initially reported the earthquake as 6.3 mw which was later revised to 6.1 mw.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located 177 km from Thimpu , the Bhutanese capital . As of 09:30 pm local time in Bhutan, 12 people had been killed - 5 in Mongar, 4 in Samdrup Jongkhar and 3 in Trashigang. Seven more tremors were felt in Transhigang after the earthquake hit, with the first few tremors occurring every half an hour.

22 Sep 2009 description
report Xinhua

LHASA, Sep 22, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- More than 3,000 people in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous region were affected by a strong earthquake that jolted neighboring Bhutan Monday afternoon.

The quake has left 11 people dead in Bhutan.

The 6.3-magnitude quake, with its epicenter at 27.3 degrees north latitude and 91.5 degrees east longitude, struck at 4:53 p.m.