At least 27 people were killed, 15 are missing and 2,500 homes were damaged in Myanmar as a result of Tropical Cyclone Giri, which slammed into the country last Friday with wind speeds of up to 155 mph, state television reported on October 25. The Irrawaddy, an opposition newsmagazine, reported on its website on October 25 that Myebon Township in Arakan state "was almost entirely flattened." The website said that state-run media "remains virtually silent" and that government officials have ignored offers of assistance from the United Nations. The opposition website quoted an official with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society in Yangon as saying the death toll in the city of Kyaukpyu "is on the rise." "All roads and telephone lines have been cut off. It's a bit hard to assess the affected areas," the site quoted the official as saying. The newsmagazine quoted UN sources as saying Prime Minister Thein Sein made no response when the world body's … [Read more...] about At least 27 dead, 15 missing in Myanmar in wake of cyclone
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That so few men made it to this refuge shows how dimly aware they were of the threat posed by Typhoon Haiyan, which crashed into the central Philippines on Friday with some of the strongest winds ever recorded. Many men stayed at their homes to guard against looters. Poorly enforced evacuations compounded the problem. And the bodies illustrate another, more troubling truth: the evacuation center itself became a death trap, as many of those huddling in the basement perished in a tsunami-like swirl of water. Those with the foresight to evacuate flimsy homes along the coast gathered in concrete structures not strong enough to withstand the six-meter (20-ft) storm surges that swept through Tacloban, capital of the worst-hit Leyte province. The aid, when it came, was slow. Foreign aid agencies said relief resources were stretched thin after a big earthquake in central Bohol province last month and displacement caused by fighting with rebels in the country's south, complicating … [Read more...] about Monster typhoon exposes an ill-prepared Philippines Dead bodies clog the basement of the Tacloban City Convention Centre. The dazed evacuees in its sports hall are mostly women and children. The men are missing.
The World Bank has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding later this year with the Government of Korea, to strengthen cooperation and sharing of expertise in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation among Asian nations. This is "both timely and relevant, given the increasing convergence of the disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation agendas," said World Bank Sector Director for Sustainable Development in the East Asia and Pacific region (EAP), John Roome, pledging Bank’s support for the implementation of the Incheon road map at a high level plenary of the 4 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Last year, the Bank data shows 6 of the 10 countries with the highest losses of GDP from natural disasters were from Asia Pacific, as were 82% of all disaster-related deaths since 1997 (according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC). And it’s the region’s poorer countries … [Read more...] about Collective action to reduce climate change and natural disasters impacts on Asian economies
VietNamNet Bridge - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on October 19 called on the international community to urgently assist flood victims in central Vietnam. … [Read more...] about Red Cross calls for int’l assistance for Vietnamese flood victims
PANO - On 14 June 2009, World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) will again be celebrated throughout the world to create wider awareness of the need for safe blood for transfusion and the importance of blood donation. Above all it will be an occasion to thank blood donors and to acknowledge those volunteers who are responding to a world-wide increase in demand for donations of blood and blood components. Based on the experience gained from the celebration of International Blood Donor Day since 1995 and World Health Day 2000, which focussed on the theme of blood safety, the first World Blood Donor Day was held on 14 June 2004. These early initiatives and widespread interest led to the adoption of World Health Assembly resolution WHA58.13 in 2005, establishing WBDD as an annual event and calling for broad international support. The resolution also urged international organizations and agencies concerned with global blood safety to collaborate in promoting and supporting World Blood Donor … [Read more...] about “Celebrating the gift of blood”, says WHO