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16 Aug 2018 description

706,000 New Rohingya Arrivals since 25 August 2017 to Cox's Bazar*

919,000 Total Rohingya Population in Cox's Bazar*

1.3 Million People in Need in Cox's Bazar

16 Aug 2018 description

By Zoe Tabary

LONDON, Aug 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sierra Leone's capital Freetown must tackle deforestation, poor housing and decrepit drainage if it is to prevent the next disaster, its mayor said one year after a devastating mudslide killed an estimated 1,000 people and left thousands of others homeless.

Rapid urbanisation in the growing city is driving residents to claim "any trees and land they can find" to build homes, making landslides and flooding more likely in times of heavy rain, said Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki Sawyerr.

16 Aug 2018 description

Certain events in our lives are so momentous that we shall always remember where we were and what we did when those events occurred. Many of us will surely remember where we were in the early hours of 14 August 2017, when we received the news of the mudslide in Regent. It turned out to be one of the worst natural disaster in Africa in recent years, and there is no doubt that the impact on the individuals affected and on the community was both dramatic and profound.

16 Aug 2018 description

SILAY CITY, August 15 -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to complete this October a flood control structure that will protect the villages near Imbang River in Silay City, Negros Occidental.

District Engineer Jaime SJ Javellana of DPWH Negros Occidental First District Engineering Office said P83.9 million river walls are being constructed on both sides of the 1.2-kilometer portion of Imbang River to mitigate river overflow and flooding during rainy season.

16 Aug 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

16th August, 2018 A seven-day exercise aimed to support and strengthen Tonga’s emergency response capacity was opened this morning by the Minister for MEIDECC Hon Poasi Tei at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel.

Dubbed as Exercise Longreach the drill includes a two-day workshop, a table-top exercise at the National Emergency Management Office operation’s room and His Majesty’s Armed Forces headquarters.

16 Aug 2018 description

National Natural Disaster Management Committee announced yesterday that it will construct seven school-cum shelters in Sagaing Region as the region experiences floods every year.

The announcement came at the ceremony to hand over the documents for construction of the buildings at the cost of K1.186 billion to the Sagaing Region Government yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw.

16 Aug 2018 description
report BioMed Central

Anna Myers, Samira Sami, Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Hari Karki, Rosilawati Anggraini and Sandra Krause

Conflict and Health 2018 12:35

https://doi.org/10.1186/s13031-018-0170-0

© The Author(s). 2018

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16 Aug 2018 description

NEGROS OCC., August 16 – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)- Negros Occidental First District Engineering Office is currently constructing a flood control structure along Imbang River in Silay City, Negros Occidental.

District Engineer Jaime SJ Javellana said the flood control structures are being built in both streams of the river, with the total length of 1,270 meters, in the amount of Php83.871 million, funded under District’s FY 2018 Regular Infrastructure program.

16 Aug 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — Land subsidence caused by excessive groundwater extraction and rapid urbanisation is worsening flooding in HCM City.

Experts have warned of subsidence problems for years, citing Jakarta, Indonesia, which is sinking at the fastest rate of any city in the world, around 2.5 metres over the last 10 years.

HCM City will face the same problem as Jakarta if it does not take action as soon as possible, they have said.

16 Aug 2018 description

by Javier Manzanares | Green Climate Fund

* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

A strong, effective fund is needed more than ever to serve the Paris Agreement

16 Aug 2018 description
report The Asia Foundation

By Derin Henderson

In July, Lao PDR experienced significant increases in water levels due to heavy rains from the southwest monsoon. The adverse effects were exacerbated by Tropical Storm Son-Tinh, which blew through several provinces in the south on July 18. The tropical storm damaged one of seven dams in a large hydroelectric network along the Xe-Pian River, in Attapeu Province.

15 Aug 2018 description

San Juan, Puerto Rico (August 15, 2018) – Following the catastrophic devastation of Hurricane Maria, Save the Children is teaming up with Puerto Rico’s Department of Education and Rocky Mountain Institute of Boulder, Colorado to support 12 schools that were greatly impacted during last year’s historic hurricane season. Save the Children will focus efforts on helping the schools and their communities become more resilient in the event of a future natural disaster and strengthening social and emotional learning for the entire school populations.

15 Aug 2018 description

PETCHABURI, 13 august 2018 (NNT) – The water situation in Petchaburi province has remained within an acceptable range, with alerts reduced to a Yellow Flag and drainage through the D9 canal proceeding smoothly.

Petchaburi Dam is releasing water at a rate of 101.05 cubic meters per second, a reduced rate compared to previous weeks, that has allowed waters in Ta Yang, Baan Lad and Muang districts to remain at a normal levels.

15 Aug 2018 description

BANGKOK, 14th August 2018 (NNT) – Authorities are keeping a close watch on the water situation due to expectations that Tropical Storm Bebinca, which has formed in the South China Sea, will move into upper Vietnam on August 15-16 and bring rain to the northeast and north of Thailand.

15 Aug 2018 description

JAKARTA, 13 April 2018 – ASEAN Storm Resilience Fund, an idea aimed at helping farming communities withstand extreme weather events, won the 8th Kellogg – Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge, held in London on 13 April.

The concept was chosen as the best answer to the question of how to attract critical private sector funding to solve the most pressing global issues of today.

15 Aug 2018 description

A meeting in relation to the new project “Increasing resilience of Livno, Mrkonjic Grad and Maglaj” that is financed by the Czech Republic and implemented by the UNDP in cooperation with the local self-government units, was held in Sarajevo on 9 August 2018.

This new project is a result of previous successful cooperation between the Embassy of Czech Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina and UNDP and local self-government units, and it was initiated based on the recommendations of the Czech DRR expert that was earlier in a mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

15 Aug 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health yesterday instructed departments in northern and central Việt Nam to evacuate medical facilities in areas at high risk of landslides and flash floods to ensure patient and medical staff safety as Typhoon Bebinca closes in.

Health departments in affected provinces have also been directed to stock up on medicines and supplies and have emergency teams on standby in high-risk areas.

15 Aug 2018 description

SLAMABAD: Recent rains have improved river flows, which have subsequently enhanced storage in major reservoirs of the country, and are likely to cause high to very high flood in the River Chenab at some major headworks, including Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad.

“According to latest hydrological conditions River Chenab at Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad is likely to attain high flood level in next 36 hours,” says a forecast issued by the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) of the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

14 Aug 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNSC extends UNAMID mandate through June 2019

  • Relief actors scale up flood preparedness activities for the ongoing rainy season

  • High staple food prices projected to persist across Sudan through 2019

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

14 Aug 2018 description

Following the declaration on 1 August 2018 of a new Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, WHO conducted a formal rapid risk assessment, which determined that the public health risk for this outbreak is high at the regional level. This assessment took into consideration that, with eight million inhabitants, North Kivu is one of the most densely populated provinces in the country. North Kivu borders four other provinces (Ituri, South Kivu, Maniema and Tshopo), as well as Uganda and Rwanda.