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July 2010

MYANMAR: NGOs cut programmes as government takes on recovery oversight

31 July 2010
Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)
BANGKOK, 30 July 2010 (IRIN) - Funding shortages are forcing NGOs to cut operations in the Ayeyarwady Delta, as the Myanmar government takes on oversight for recovery efforts two years after Cyclone Nargis on 1 August.

“The need is enormous,” said Prem Shukla, programme director in Myanmar for Plan International. “Nargis is forgotten though.”

Plan, which started work in Myanmar only after Nargis, will wrap up its work in June 2011, while Save the Children  and the

Mekong delta farmers fret over changing weather

30 Jult 2010

Written by: Thin Lei Win

MEKONG DELTA, Vietnam (AlertNet) - Dressed in faded blue shorts and a white top that has seen better days, Nguyen Van Loi is hard at work in the torrential downpour. He’s digging the earth with a shovel to plant vegetables on his 8,000-square-metre cabbage and onion farm.

With no shoes and only a small farmer’s hat to protect him, the 52-year-old is eager not to lose the opportunity the rain is bringing him.

“Rain is good for the vegetables and it has been drier than normal this year,” Nguyen told AlertNet, standing beside his farm in Vinh Long province on the

Flood Watch: roundup of severe floods around the world

29 July 2010

LONDON (AlertNet) - There has been severe flooding around the world in 2010, with many regions experiencing the worst torrential rain and storms in a generation.

Here are details of three major current floods:


Flash and riverine floods caused by an unusually severe monsoon season have hit Punjab and Baluchistan provinces.

At least 50 people have been killed and around 50,000 are affected in the worst-hit district of Barkhan, officials said.

Pakistan’s monsoon season runs between July and September, meaning that there is still potential for another month of severe rain.


Ten key indicators show global warming ‘undeniable’

28 July 2010
* Heat effects show up in glaciers, oceans, high humidity
* Report considered global climate data for last decade
* No cause offered for documented climate change

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) - Melting glaciers, more humid air and eight other key indicators show that global warming is undeniable, scientists said on Wednesday, citing a new comprehensive review of the last decade of climate data.

Without addressing why this is happening, the researchers said there was no doubt that every decade on Earth since the 1980s has been hotter than the previous one, and that the planet has been

Vietnam’s Danang starts small to adapt to climate change

27 July 2010

Source: AlertNet / Date: 27 Jul 2010
Written by: Thin Lei Win

DANANG, Vietnam (AlertNet) - The wooden trolleys and rusty winch on the beach may look like they belong to a bygone era, but for hundreds of fishing families they are essential weapons against climate change.

Here, at the tip of a beach on the beautiful Son Tra peninsula, just a 15-minute drive from the centre of Vietnam’s booming city of Danang, people are used to natural disasters.

In September, typhoon Ketsana brought the biggest floods in decades with people saying ships appeared to be simply tossed onshore.

Viet Nam: Storm Chanthu claims 10 lives in north

27 July 2010

Source: Government of Viet Nam / Date: 26 Jul 2010

Tropical storm Chanthu has left 10 dead and four injured when it caused heavy rains, flash floods and landslides in northern mountain provinces, according to the National Steering Committee on Flood and Storm Control. Ha Giang was the hardest hit province, with 7 locals reported dead, followed by Cao Bang (2) and Lao Cai (1). The storm, which was downgraded to a low pressure system on July 22, also caused huge damage to houses, roads, bridges and rice and subsidiary crops in these provinces.

In Yen Bai alone, 132 houses were flooded and 22

Gia Lai : Opening ceremony Construction 50 houses IFRC - VNRC (&DWF)

25 July 2010

Hội Chữ thập đỏ Gia Lai: Khởi công xây nhà Chữ thập đỏ

Hôm qua, 22/7/2010, tại hai huyện Ia Pa, Kông Chro, được sự đồng ý của chính quyền địa phương, Hội Chữ thập đỏ tỉnh Gia Lai phối hợp với Hội Chữ thập đỏ huyện tổ chức lễ khởi công xây dựng nhà Chữ thập đỏ theo chương trình hỗ trợ phục hồi nhà chống bão thông qua cấp tiền mặt có điều kiện theo lời kêu gọi MDRVN006.

Tham dự buổi lễ khởi công có đại diện lãnh đạo UBND hai huyện, đại diện Hiệp hội Chữ thập đỏ - Trăng lưỡi liềm đỏ quốc tế, Trung ương Hội Chữ thập đỏ Việt Nam, đại diện tổ chức DWF, lãnh đạo Hội Chữ thập đỏ tỉnh Gia Lai, các

ASEAN in drive to boost regional disaster relief

21 July 2010
HANOI — Asia’s largest security forum is expected this week to adopt a plan boosting civil and military co-ordination in response to natural disasters—a rising threat across the region.

The 27-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum meets in Hanoi on Friday, where a priority is improved cooperation in disaster relief by 2020, according to a draft action plan seen by AFP.

The forum gathers major powers including China and the United States but is driven by the 10-member ASEAN bloc, which has been criticised in the past for a lacklustre response to Southeast Asian

Storm Conson causes huge damage in northern Viet Nam

19 July 2010
VietNamNet Bridge - At least one child is reported to have been killed and 11 people are still missing after tropical storm Conson hit the north of Vietnam on July 17.

The tropical storm destroyed many houses, sank vessels, and damaged public construction works as it passed Hai Phong-Thai Binh region, said the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre.

In Hai Phong, it wounded three people, levelled 97 houses, struck down thousand of trees and 19 electric posts.

Local authorities and Hai Phong Border Station mobilized 800 border soldiers and 50 canoes, ships and cars to help

Viet Nam : Heavy rain, floods expected to follow record-setting heat wave

18 July 2010
Former director of the Viet Nam Institute of Hydro-meteorology Le Dinh Quang spoke with Dai Doan ket (Great Unity) newspaper about harsh weather conditions and climate change.

What do you think about the severity of the weather these days?

The weather has been severe for nearly a month. The heat wave and drought have had adverse socio-economic impacts, food production and people’s lives. Up to a hundred thousand hectares of newly-planted summer-autumn rice in central Viet Nam is under the threat of total loss due to drought.

This year’s weather has changed fiercely, although at times it