The April 2015 earthquake that struck the Nepalese region of Gorkha killed nearly 9,000 people, injured more than 16,000 and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes across the country. In addition to the human suffering it caused, the magnitude 7.8 quake had an immediate economic impact estimated at as much as half of Nepal’s $20 billion GDP. The ensuing internal displacement had further consequences for the economy that until now have not been quantified.
Last week in Asia, the overall number of demonstrations declined significantly; reported fatalities declined as well. In South Asia, the week was marked by protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in Northeast India while three Islamic State militants were reportedly killed in Counter Terrorism Department operations in Pakistan. In Southeast Asia, there was an increase in protests around election delays in Thailand, while two Buddhist monks were reportedly killed by suspected separatists in the south of the country.
Lalitpur Metropolitan City – Bungamati, in Lalitpur Metropolitan City (historically known as Patan) is to get a multipurpose evacuation centre as part of a Thai-funded International Organization for Migration (IOM) programme to build eight evacuation centres in earthquake-affected districts of Nepal.
WFP successfully implemented the Temporary Interim Country Strategic Plan (TICSP 2018). Following its conclusion in December, the new WFP Nepal Country Strategic Plan 2019-2023 (CSP) will commence in January 2019.
WFP delivered its last round of support to the refugees from Bhutan with the final cash-for-food amount distributed in December. This will support the neediest refugees for an additional six months. From 2019, UNHCR and the Government of Nepal will continue to support the most vulnerable refugees.
Disasters damage, destroy, kill. What difference does disaster risk reduction make? This study analyses the impact that various Red Cross interventions have generated by promoting better household and community preparedness. It identifies quantifiable benefits that exceeded project cost between 2.6 and 16.6 times, and indicates what measures worked best.
15 December 2018: On the road between Ouagadougou and BoboDioulasso, a Canadian aid worker traveling to Togo for a humanitarian project with the organisation Zion’Gaia went missing.
No further details specified. Source: aOuaga
24 December 2018: In Kinindo commune, Bujumbura Mairie province, Burundian soldiers arrested an employee of the NGO Handicap International while he was at a bar. There is no indication as to why he was arrested. Source: SOS Averages Burundi
Last week in South and Southeast Asia, reported fatalities from political violence increased slightly, while instances of targeted civilian violence sharply declined as part of a visible trend since the last week of December 2018. Key developments included ongoing militant violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a significant eruption of labour demonstrations in India and Bangladesh, as well as demonstrations in Thailand over a likely delay in the upcoming February elections.
We are pleased to share the report, SDGs and Food Insecurity in Karnali: Results from The Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES).
Nearly 7 percent of households in Karnali Province were found to be severely food insecure, and four time that number, either severely, or moderately food insecure.
According to the World Meteorological Organization, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 were the four hottest years on record since 1880 (NOAA, 2018; WMO, 2018). Such rising temperatures are expected to affect agricultural systems significantly and also strain food production (WEF, 2018). It is critical for the 2.5 billion people worldwide depending on agriculture and its subsectors – i.e. crop, livestock, fisheries and forestry − as their main source of livelihoods (FAO, 2017).
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.
This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence as well as protests and other events affecting education.
It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.
All decisions made, on the basis of, or with consideration to, such information remains the responsibility of their respective organisations.
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From providing vital IT services in Iraq, Nigeria and Yemen to supporting preparedness activities in the Pacific and Caribbean regions, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) was highly active in 2018. Here's a brief overview of what we did and where we were last year. Have a look at the ETC annual infographic.
Stranger Things star was appointed youngest-ever UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2018
COPENHAGEN/NEW YORK, 11 January 2018 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Emmy-nominated actress Millie Bobby Brown helped pack supplies for some of the world’s most vulnerable children during a visit to UNICEF’s global supply headquarters in Copenhagen this week.
ANISH TIWARI, SINDHUPALCHOK
The flimsy huts they have lived in since the 2015 earthquake were useless in the cold of winter. As one of the areas worst hit by the quake and its aftershocks, thousands of people—including the elderly and children—moved into temporary housing.
“Whenever it snows we have the same ordeal. How can we keep ourselves warm and fall asleep when snow blankets the area?” said Lhakpa Dolma Hyolmo, 61, attempting to warm herself on a bonfire.
At the start of 2019, there was a slight decline in the overall levels of political violence and protest in South and Southeast Asia from late 2018. Still, the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019 was marked by large-scale political violence during the Bangladesh general elections, a significant increase in battles between the Myanmar military and Arakan Army in Myanmar, and a spate of bombings in southern Thailand tied to the separatist conflict.
Arun Bhakta Shrestha
4.6 m food insecure people
1.4 m pregnant and nursing women malnourished
US$ 0 m six months (December 2018-May 2019) net funding requirements
USD 1 million distributed in two earthquake affected districts in November 2018