Asia-Pacific remains the world's most disaster-prone region and, in 2018, natural disasters once again affected millions of people. During the year the region experienced a number of sudden-onset disasters that prompted international responses, including Tropical Cyclone Gita in Tonga (February), a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea (February), Tropical Storm Son Tinh in Lao PDR (August), Cyclone Mangkhut in the Philippines (September) and a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province (October).
ROME – Le Programme Alimentaire Mondial (PAM) des Nations Unies a reçu un total de 440 millions de dollars de contributions flexibles en 2018, soit dix pour cent de plus qu’en 2017. Les contributions flexibles offrent au PAM la liberté d’allouer son financement aux besoins les plus urgents, l’agilité nécessaire pour répondre rapidement à des évolutions soudaines, et les moyens de maintenir son assistance dans des crises prolongées ou moins médiatisées.
This is the first IOM Regional Data Report on Asia and the Pacific. This statistical product highlights the complex migration trends that characterize this region of the world. The report is predominantly based on IOM primary data collection activities and covers the whole 2017 and the first six months of 2018.
ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received US$440 million of flexible funding in 2018, a ten percent increase from 2017. Flexible contributions allow WFP to use funds wherever and whenever needs are greatest, giving it the agility to respond to sudden-onset emergencies as well as the means to sustain lifesaving assistance in neglected and protracted crises.
The first draft of the Joint Response Plan GRP) was presented by the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) and Sector coordinators to the Strategic Executive Group (SEG) and the Government of Bangladesh.
The construction of a Shelter/NFI Distribution Point in Camp 20 extension has been completed and is ready for the launch of Shelter's Phase III programme.
New Health Facilities in Camp 15 and Camp 18 provide essential health services to refugees and host communities.
Ongoing clashes between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar Military have displaced 4,500 people since early December.
Sniper attacks, ambushes and clashes in Rakhine State over the last month have so far displaced over 4,500 people from their homes. Displaced people are currently sheltering in monasteries and other communal spaces in the townships of Ponnagyun, Rathedaung and Buthidaung in Rakhine State, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
"It is not safe for us to go back, and we do not know what is to become of us here."
By Rina Chandran
MAE LA, Thailand, Jan 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When her first child - a daughter - was born, Pa Pa Win dreamed of a grand wedding for her many years down the line, with a big celebration in their village in Myanmar's Mon state.
Instead, when the time came 20 years later, Pa Pa Win and her family settled for a modest gathering in the Mae La refugee camp in northern Thailand.
Critical services continued throughout the election period, including in the areas of health and nutrition.
Education Sector completed data collection for a basic literacy and numeracy metric that will help group students in appropriate learning levels under the Learning Competency Framework and Approach (LCFA).
Tensions between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army (Rakhine ethnic armed group) have been escalating since December 2018.
• The ETS carried out ICT improvements at the Madhu Chara Logistics hub to improve site security and enable more users to access the network.
• Equipment needed for the ETS to upgrade the broadcast coverage of Radio Naf has now arrived in Bangladesh.
In December 2018, 163,491 movements (76,743 inflows and 86,748 outflows) of Myanmar nationals between Thailand and Myanmar were tracked by IOM Flow Monitoring Points (FMPs) in the Mae Sot and Phop Phra districts of Tak province, Thailand. A total of 43,208 individuals (26% of the overall total) are estimated to cross to Thailand for employment.
Following the earthquake at the end of September 2018, some 133,631 people remain displaced across Central Sulawesi. While thousands more left the province or found refuge with host families, increasing numbers of these people are returning to Central Sulawesi. The Governor of Central Sulawesi has extended the emergency transition to recovery phase in the province until 23 February. The total funding needed for rehabilitation and reconstruction stands at IDR 22.8 trillion (US$1.6 billion).
The breakdown of a 17-year ceasefire in Kachin State, Myanmar, in June 2011 led to the displacement of well over 100,000 civilians and the collapse of trust between large sections of the civilian community and the Myanmar government and Army. In the absence of an adequate national response, and with the government blocking international humanitarian access to vulnerable communities, Kachin civil society groups have taken the lead in assisting and protecting their own people.