Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
There is agreement in the scientific community that the global food system will experience unprecedented pressure in the coming decades – demographic changes, urban growth, environmental degradation, increasing disaster risk, food price volatility, and climate change will all affect food security patterns.
By Alisa Tang
JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008, international aid poured into Southeast Asia, but in both disasters the 10-nation regional body ASEAN was conspicuously absent, says disaster expert Arnel Capili.
"Those were very big events that really affected the national governments of member states. The question was, where is ASEAN?" Capili said of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Tropical Storm Risk Zones
This map was derived from the Munich Reinsurance Company's World Map of Natural Hazards and shows tropical storm intensity based on the five wind speeds of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Available protection space for refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless people in the region is fragile and unpredictable, due to a lack of national legal frameworks in most South-East Asian countries. Furthermore, some States have introduced increasingly restrictive policies - such as denying safe disembarkation or access at the airport, and narrowing protection space and access to asylum. There is also an increase in maritime “push backs” and instances of refoulement.
This report covers the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012
MANILA, Dec. 21 (PNA) -- A year after typhoon ‘Sendong’ hit Cagayan de Oro City on December 17, 2011, donations continue to pour in for the recovery of victims.
Recently, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman received a check worth P6.4 million from Her Excellency Ambassador Malai Halimah Yussop of the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam for the construction of additional core shelters for typhoon ‘Sendong’ victims.
- Philippines - TC Bopha (Pablo) struck the southern Philippines nearly 2 weeks ago. Nearly 960,000 people remain displaced, of whom almost 26,000 are in 63 evacuation centers. The rest are staying outside of the centers. As of 17 Dec, 1,043 people are reported as dead and another 844 are missing. The GoP continues to lead search and rescue operations, response and damage assessments. Access difficulties from damaged infrastructure remain a key issue.
The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) is working with a team of international specialists, supported by the U.S. Government, to develop an ASEAN Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS). The system will allow the Jakarta-based Centre to visually monitor, geographically detect and synthesize multiple streams of data on hazardous events or disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, floods, and other natural disasters.
By Susan G. De Leon
QUEZON CITY, Feb. 24 (PIA) --The government of Brunei sent aid for victims of the flash floods brought by tropical storm Sendong that hit southern Philippines December last year.
Brunei Ambassador to the Philippines Malai Halimah Yussof personally turned over a cheque representing Brunei Government's donation of US$100,000 to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario yesterday.
South-East Asian Nations Call for Greater Investment in Disaster Risk Reduction to Protect Economic Growth Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – The 2011 floods that caused unprecedented devastation across South-East Asia have highlighted the need for stepped up investment in disaster risk reduction to protect social and economic assets, top government officials from the subregion agreed at a United Nations forum here today.
This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2011.
Programme outcome: To coordinate support to host national societies as they scale up their humanitarian work in line with Strategy 2020.
Programmes summary: The Southeast Asia secretariat team based in Bangkok:
Supports and guides country office teams in Cambodia/Lao PDR, Indonesia, Myanmar,
Philippines, Timor-Leste, Thailand, and Viet Nam;
In the context of the Asia Pacific Zone, its demographic, socio-economic and environmental trends, and the Federation's strategic priorities, the Southeast Asia regional secretariat team continues to support the 11 national societies in Southeast Asia. The countries of the region remain vulnerable to health and disaster related risks. Disasters which annually affect the region include cyclones, typhoons, floods and earthquakes.