In South and Southeast Asia last week, there was a slight increase in the number of battles and reported number of fatalities while the number of demonstrations recorded remained static. Last week was marked by heavy fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces in Ghazni province, a surge of Maoist violence during the first phase of Assembly elections in India’s Chhattisgarh state, and one of the deadliest encounters between the armed forces of the Philippines and Abu Sayyaf since the 2017 Marawi crisis.
India supports disaster management capacity building efforts in the Asia Pacific region. The country’s role throughout the region as an increasingly capable actor in disaster relief and humanitarian assistance has reinforced India’s role promoting connective partnerships throughout the region.
KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will transition out of its food assistance program in Nepal to refugees from Bhutan starting in January 2019. The programme, spanning over 25 years, has helped thousands of refugees meet their daily nutritional needs since their arrival in Nepal in 1992. This transition follows a successful resettlement programme of the refugees to countries including the USA, Canada and Australia.
The construction of integrated settlement for earthquake-hit people of Laprak in Gorkha district has been delayed. Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) started the construction of a housing facility for 573 families in January, 2017 with a plan of completing the project by October. 2018. Around 52 percent work of the integrated settlement has been completed so far. The NRNA said the construction was delayed owing to geographical remoteness, harsh weather and poor condition of the access road to transport construction materials to the project site.
PRADEEP MENYANGBO, SUNSARI.
Nov 19, 2018- At least 10 people have been infected with dengue, a mosquito-borne disease more prevalent in Tarai districts, in various wards of Dharan Sub Metropolis, Sunsari, within the last three weeks.
Authorities said the patients are receiving treatment at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences and other private hospitals in Dharan. Health officials have requested people to take necessary precaution and visit the nearest health facilities if they feel unwell.
- ANISH TIWARI, SINDHUPALCHOK
The authority has reconstructed more than 75 percent schools destroyed by the earthquake in 2015 in Sindhupalchok district.
Around 400 from the 528 schools destroyed by the quake have been reconstructed in the district so far, and dozen others are under construction, an official from the District Project Implementation Unit said.
Chief of the Unit Krishna Prasad Subedi said, “Various national and international organisations built around 200 school buildings while government authority constructed the remaining.”
Culture – the “X Factor” for Building Back Better after Conflict and Disasters
- As the world continues to urbanize rapidly, cities are increasingly bearing the brunt of conflicts, crises, and disasters, which have a devastating effect on culture.
- A new World Bank-UNESCO Position Paper, Culture in City Reconstruction and Recovery (CURE), proposes an enhanced culture-based framework for city reconstruction and recovery.
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.
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.
• Fourteen UAE-based volunteers participate in Dubai Cares’ Volunteer Globally initiative
• The new primary school is set to accommodate 150 children
Subsidised credit for quake victims
-SANJEEV GIRI, Kathmandu
The Nepal Rastra Bank has issued a fresh directive, informing banks and financial institutions (BFIs) to provide loans to earthquake survivors in line with the Integrated Working Procedure for Subsidised Credit 2018. The central bank’s move has come following complaints from quake survivors that the financial institutions have not been providing loans as announced by the government.
605 Progress towards malaria elimination: report of the second global forum of malaria-eliminating countries – June 2018
605 Progrès vers l’élimination du paludisme: rapport du deuxième forum mondial des pays éliminant le paludisme – juin 2018
The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), which was established in Kobe in July 1998, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. Since its founding, ADRC has been focused on promoting multilateral disaster risk reduction cooperation at the community, national, and regional levels all across Asia and the Pacific.
LAL PRASAD SHARMA, Pokhara
Nov 7, 2018- With the rise in the number of dengue patients, Pokhara Metropolitan City has started a drive to destroy mosquito larvae in dengue affected areas.
According to Yam Baral, Vector Control Inspector of the District Public Health Office (DPHO) in Kaski, 20 more patients were diagnosed with dengue—a mosquito-borne disease more prevalent in Tarai districts—on Tuesday. With this, the number of dengue patients in the district has reached 185 within the past one and a half months.
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.
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.
ARPAN SHRESTHA, NAYAK PAUDEL, Kathmandu
Three months after two massive earthquakes struck Nepal in 2015, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan alerted the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division about six children with unusual fever and severe respiratory features.
Four children died during treatment as serum samples were collected for subsequent tests in Kathmandu and Bangkok that confirmed a scrub typhus outbreak. By the end of the year, 101 cases were confirmed in 16 districts and four more people succumbed to the disease.