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Millions still homeless in Myanmar
Feb 17, 2010 The International Organization for Migration has raised an appeal for USD 17 million to provide shelter to 100,000 cyclone-affected families in Myanmar. Last week a periodic review was launched by the Tripartite Core Group calling for donor support to rehabilitate those left homeless.
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Floods in Sri Lanka render 50,000 families homeless
May 18, 2010 Torrential rains that occurred in several parts of the country have caused massive destruction and displacement during the past three days. Meanwhile the Meteorology Department’s announcement that more rain or thunder showers will continue in the Western, Southern and Central Provinces and will also spread to the eastern province, raises concerns.
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Convictions inadequate in Bhopal gas tragedy
Jun 08, 2010 A local court in Bhopal convicted all 8 Indians accused in the 26-year-old Bhopal gas tragedy case. The toxic leak from the pesticide plant killed over 3,000 people at the time of incident. The victims and the campaigners criticise the judgment as a delayed and denied.
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48 million in Asia affected by weather-related events
Dec 15, 2009 A report released at Copenhagen says 55 million people worldwide were affected by extreme weather-related disasters in 2009. Even as the last year's figures were lower than previous years, floods, storms and cyclones continued to plague coastal populations in Asia, with costs of disasters going up steadily.
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Flood information system for Himalayan region
Dec 23, 2009 Finland has announced a maximum of 2 million Euros over three years in a joint partnership with ICIMOD to establish regional information system in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. The initiative will help reduce water-related hazards by providing timely warning of floods in selected river basins.
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Sri Lanka: Recovering from tsunami
Dec 28, 2009 Many Sri Lankans are still finding the losses they incurred in the 2004 tsunami hard to bear. With help from outside, however, some of them are trying to pick up their livelihoods again.
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UN for global coordination in reducing disaster risk
Apr 28, 2009 At the release of a report, Tsunami Lessons Learned, UN chief has highlighted the need for governments to adopt strategic action in reducing disaster risk. Investing in flood control measures, good buildings and coastal management can help nations to cope with severe weather events.
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Nepal unprepared to deal with another quake
May 13, 2009 Prone to earthquakes, Kathmandu with its high-population density and unplanned construction faces a grave threat. According to experts thousands of lives are at risk in the Nepalese capital due to rickety structures, ill-equipped authorities and lack of public awareness.
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UN to provide $10 mn to help flood victims in Pakistan
Oct 29, 2012 The flood-affected populations are among the poorest and most vulnerable in Pakistan, a UN official said.
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Asia, Africa approve new mechanism for disaster warning systems
Jun 26, 2012 Twenty-one countries have agreed to develop a financial mechanism for the sustainability of the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES), at the inaugural RIMES Ministerial Conference, held in New Delhi.
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Floods wreak havoc in Assam; 77 killed, over a lakh evacuated
Jul 02, 2012 The recent floods in Assam have affected 27 districts and a population of 21,06,280, according to government sources. The flood has left 77 people dead. Around 1,13,830 people have been evacuated so far.
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Battered Bangladesh questions wrong cyclone signals
Oct 16, 2012 A three-count signal for a violent storm over the Bay of Bengal misled coastal people and fishermen, as the cyclone battered homes and damaged crops and vegetation last week.
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Death toll from Myanmar quake hits 26: Red Cross
Nov 15, 2012 The tremor, which struck Myanmar at the weekend, also damaged 22 hospitals, 137 religious buildings, 48 government offices and four schools.
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Disasters could push millions into poverty: Indonesia
Oct 26, 2012 Leaders from the most disaster-prone region of the world, unite around a call for an international agreement, on disaster risk reduction.
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Violent tornado leaves families sans shelter in Bangladesh
Apr 01, 2013 While Bangladesh is no stranger to tropical cyclones that sweep in from the Bay of Bengal during the monsoon season, tornadoes are less common, writes Maherin Ahmed.
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Climate change costs billions of dollars each year
Dec 09, 2009 A new index produced by German Watch reveals that extreme weather events have made developing countries more vulnerable to climate risks. The north-south initiative urges rich nations to fill in the funding gaps, besides pumping more money into the adaptation fund.
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Fostering resilience in children and families to tackle crisis conditions
Mar 15, 2011 2011 Humanitarian Action for Children provides an overview of projected humanitarian needs for 2011 in 32 countries and territories, and 6 regions. This latest edition also examines how UNICEF, through its humanitarian action, aims to foster resilience at the individual, community and institutional levels.
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Cell phone alerts in disaster-prone Bangladesh
Jun 26, 2009 Thousands of people residing in Bangladesh’s Cox bazaar and Shirajganj districts will soon receive early warning alerts of an impending natural disaster. A new user-friendly initiative will prevent loss of life and damage to property due to flooding, tropical storms and cyclones.
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Maldives to get early warning alerts via SMS
Sep 02, 2009 Facing increased threats triggered by climate change, Maldives will soon receive text based early warning alerts for disasters. Cell broadcasting, a technology will enable delivery of information to multiple users simultaneously in a specified area.
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Pakistan to launch weather channel
Dec 28, 2009 To mitigate the effects of climate change, Pakistan will soon launch a television weather channel that will keep people, particularly farmers, informed about the rainfall and weather patterns in the country. The first-of-its-kind initiative in South Asia, it will also telecast documentaries and other programmes.
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Innovations in technology to lead disaster management in India
Dec 02, 2010 Recent natural and manmade disasters have highlighted the need for modern disaster management strategies in the country. The advent of several state of the art technologies— remote sensing satellites, tsunami buoys, peak ground acceleration, high frequency radio networks - can help in this regard.
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Indonesia to host Asian meet on disaster risk reduction
Oct 23, 2012 Asian leaders will converge on October 23 to talk about the preparedness at the local level, for tackling the challenges brought by the disasters.
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Promoting education during emergencies
Dec 31, 2009 UNICEF’s publication Education in Emergencies in South Asia underlines that schools and other learning spaces are vitally important for all children during disasters and emergencies. Providing individual case studies, it suggests strategies for reducing vulnerabilities and increased enrolment in schools.
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Integrated approach to climate change
Mar 02, 2010 UNEP Year Book 2010 New Science and Developments in Our Changing Environment aims to strengthen the science-policy interface. It looks at the progress in environmental governance presenting recent developments and new scientific insights of particular interest to policy-makers worldwide.
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Cyclone victims remain shelterless in Myanmar
Jun 11, 2010 Issues such as funding gap and lack of knowledge about land laws which are surrounding the rehabilitation of cyclone victims in Myanmar has made the devastation grow more profound. Assistance in form of raising awareness about land laws is proving to be effective in meeting the resettlement challenges.
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Pakistan: Mass resentment over flood tax proposal
Oct 11, 2010 The President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari’s proposal for a one-time tax, to help raise funds for flood victims has further angered the general population, already frustrated by the corruption and inaction of the government and state authorities.
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Afghanistan: Conflict, poverty, natural disasters up IDP population
Nov 08, 2010 Growing number of internally displaced persons due to armed conflict in Afghanistan has become a matter of deep concern for United Nations Refugee Agency. Natural disasters and poverty are also key factors causing displacement. The World Food Programme is working closely with UNHCR to provide food assistance to the vulnerable.
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Free eye care, a lifeline for remote Bangladesh population
Nov 24, 2010 Deep Eye Care Foundation offers free eye surgery in the remote regions of Bangladesh. This comes as a boon to the visually impaired, who because of their blindness often become social outcasts and even face a risk of life during the annual floods.
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Asia: Most vulnerable to natural disasters
Jun 01, 2010 Bangladesh, Indonesia and Iran have been rated as the most vulnerable to natural disasters, according to a new study ranking 229 countries on their vulnerability to natural disasters. These rankings are base on frequency of events as well as the likelihood of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, storms, flooding, droughts, landslides and epidemics.
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It makes sense to use bamboo!
Jul 07, 2010 Architects and builders argue that bamboo cultivation and construction can protect people in disaster-prone areas, yet not many third world countries use them in forestry and construction. Strong and flexible, the green plant has breached many disasters and can capture more carbon than similar stands of trees.
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