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09 Dec 2009 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Wai Moe

Burma is one of the countries worst affected by extreme weather resulting from climate change, according to a new report that assesses the impact of global warming over a period of nearly two decades.

Published by the Berlin-based climate watchdog Germanwatch on Tuesday, the report, the Global Climate Risk Index, says that Bangladesh, Burma and Honduras were the countries most affected by extreme weather events from 1990 to 2008.

The report was launched in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference is underway.

In addition to …

27 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Soixante-quatrième session
Point 72 a) de l'ordre du jour provisoire*
Renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies,
y compris l'assistance économique spéciale :
renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe

23 Jun 2009 description

NEW DELHI, June 23 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of mobile users in Bangladesh's flood and cyclone-prone areas will now receive advance warning of an impending natural disaster through an alert on their cell phones, a government official says.

Bangladesh -- one of the world's most densely populated countries -- is highly vulnerable to natural disasters, including cyclones, storm surges, droughts, floods and earthquakes, which often affect millions of people.

In a bid to minimise loss of life and damage to property, Bangladeshi authorities have signed an agreement with two …

04 Jun 2009 description

Dhaka_(dpa) _ Authorities in Bangladesh on Thursday signed an agreement with two cellphone operators to warn people of impending disasters like cyclone and floods, officials said.

The agreement will now enable mobile phone users in coastal Cox's Bazar district, vulnerable to cyclones, and north-central Sirajganj, a flood-prone district during the monsoon, to see disaster forecasts on their handsets.

"The subscribers will be able to read the cell-generated automatic message on reduction of disaster risk on their phone screens," said a statement issued by the disaster …

12 Dec 2008 description

Contribution In The First Year Of Three-Year Partnership Will Help Build Habitat Homes in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ethiopia

DUBAI, 12th December 2008: ETA Star Property Developers, a real estate company based in the United Arab Emirates, recently presented its donation of two million dirham (about US$544,650) in the first year of a three-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

The contribution, which came from ETA Star's Homes for the Homeless campaign, will help Habitat to build homes with families in need in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

05 Dec 2008 description
report Caritas

80 Bishops, relief agencies call for urgent action and moral responsibility

POZNAN, 5 December 2008 - Bishops and representatives of more than 170 Catholic groups are calling on the UN climate summit to reflect needs of the poor in developing countries. They are gathering on Sunday, December 7 at the site of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Poznan, Poland, to launch a worldwide campaign on climate change demanding urgent action. The campaign is spearheaded by Caritas Internationalis, a network of Catholic charities, and CIDSE, an alliance of …

03 Dec 2008 description

El tercer trimestre de 2008 ha sido especialmente virulento en materia de desastres de componente natural. La temporada de huracanes en el Caribe ha sido muy dura y los monzones en Asia también han tenido efectos demoledores sobre las poblaciones vulnerables.

30 Nov 2008 description

Global financial crisis could affect food security

Although major cereal prices continued declining after surging to record highs earlier this year and the region looks forward to increased 2008 harvests, Asia-Pacific food security is likely to be negatively affected by the international financial meltdown. The economic slowdown in the OECD nations is affecting Asia's labour-intensive export industry leading to large-scale employee retrenchment, reducing the incomes of urban workers and their ability to buy food.

18 Nov 2008 description

DHAKA, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Thousands of Bangladeshis urged big polluting nations on Tuesday to cut greenhouse gases and help low-lying countries prone to disasters adapt to powerful storms, floods and rising seas.

The calls were made during a colourful rally sponsored by the international aid agency Oxfam at Gaibandha town in northern Bangladesh to draw attention to climate change that threatens millions of vulnerable people.

More than 4,000 people holding placards and banners attended the rally and took part in a march led by elephants.

They sought to raise awareness about global …

31 Oct 2008 description

DHAKA, 31 October 2008 (IRIN) - Climate change pundits have not only forecast more water for Bangladesh, brought by flooding rivers, sea level rise and intense weather events like cyclones, but also less water in its already drought-prone parts.

"The fact is that the agriculture sector and food security could be severely affected," said Ad Spijkers, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) representative in Bangladesh. Agriculture contributes 30 percent to the country's gross domestic product and employs roughly 63 percent of the labour force.

Bangladesh had made …

30 Oct 2008 description

Summary of Tropical Storm "Rashmi" Damage

Current Situation: A Tropical Storm "Rashmi" hit Bangladesh coastal area on October 26, 2008 around 2300. Due to the storm 7 persons died and 4 were reported missing. 27 upazilas, 94 unions, 92701 families, 321831 people were affected.

28 Oct 2008 description

DHAKA, Oct 28 (Reuters) - At least 15 people were killed and some 300 injured by a tropical storm that battered southern Bangladesh, officials said on Tuesday.

At least 10 fishing boats with 50 aboard were missing in the Bay of Bengal after tropical storm Rasmi lashed the south of the country with winds of up to 80 kmh (50 mph), community leaders said.

Thousands of homes and areas of crops were damaged, while electrical and telephone poles were brought down, cutting power and disrupting communications.

At least 1,000 head of cattle died as offshore islands and coastal areas were …

28 Oct 2008 description

Tropical Storm Rashmi swept through Bangladesh leaving behind lots of downed trees, damaged crops and houses and power outages in several districts.

The Daily Star.net reported damages and power outages in Faridpur, Madaripur, Chandpur, Dhaka and adjoining districts. When Rashmi came ashore the first areas it hit were the Barguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Bhola, PirojpuTropical Storm Rashmi swept through Bangladesh leaving behind lots of downed trees, damaged crops and houses and power outages in several districts.

27 Oct 2008 description

DHAKA, Oct 27 (Reuters) - A tropical storm with winds of up to 80 kph (50 mph) lashed southern Bangladesh early on Monday, damaging thousands of homes, officials said.

Casualty figures were not immediately available, but rescuers said the storm brought down electrical and telephone poles and uprooted trees.

Storms batter the poor south Asian country every year.

27 Oct 2008 description

Special Weather Bulletin

Current Situation: The Cyclonic Storm "Rashmi" over North Bay and adjoining area moved rapidly North-Northeastwards further and started to cross Khulna- Barisal coast near Patharghata at 03 am (27 october, 2008). It is likely to move in a Northeasterly direction further and may complete crossing the coast by morning/noon today. Squally weather may continue over the coastal areas of Bangladesh.

Maritime port of Mongla has been advised to keep hoisted Danger Signal Number Seven (r) Seven.

27 Oct 2008 description

Special Weather Bulletin

Current Situation: The Cyclonic Storm "RASHMI" over north bay and adjoining area moved North-Northeastwards and was centered at midnight last night. It is likely to move in a Northwasterly direction further and may cross Khulna-Barisal coast near Patharghata by morning/noon today (the 27 october 2008). Squally weather may continue over the coastal areas of Bangladesh.

Maritme port of Mongla has been advised to lower local warning signal number four but instead hoist danger signal number seven (r) seven.

27 Oct 2008 description

DHAKA, 27 October 2008 (IRIN) - Cyclone Rashmi swept across southern Bangladesh on 27 October, killing at least two people and leaving 11 missing.

27 Oct 2008 description

Cyclonic Storm : RASHMI

Current Situation: The coast crossing cyclonic storm "RASHMI" moved North-northeastwards and crossed Khulna-Barisal coast near Patharghata early today. It is likely to move in a North-northeasterly direction further inland and weaken gradually. Gusty/squally weather may continue over the country.

Mongla, Chittagong and Cox's Bazar port have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal number three (r) three.

27 Oct 2008 description

DHAKA, Oct 27 (Reuters) - At least two people were killed and dozens injured as a tropical storm with winds of up to 80 kph (50 mph) lashed southern Bangladesh early on Monday, officials said.

Thousands of homes were damaged and the storm Rashmi brought down electrical and telephone poles and uprooted trees. Large areas of acres of crops were also destroyed, officials said.

The two people were killed when their homes collapsed in a village in the coastal Bhola district 350 km (219 miles) south of the capital Dhaka.

Offshore islands and coastal areas were swept by a tidal surge of …