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Myanmar’s landmines hinder return of displaced
3 April 2013 (IRIN ), Landmines in Myanmar's southeastern Kayin and Kayah states and Bago division, and in the northern Shan and Kachin states, threaten the return of more than 450,000 refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Rohingya in Thailand - safe for now
29 January 2013 (IRIN ), The future of more than 1,500 recent Rohingya boat arrivals in Thailand is unclear, despite a government reprieve allowing them to stay for another six months.
Jakarta flooding highlights prevention gaps
24 January 2013 (IRIN ), Recent widespread flooding in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, highlights the need for more effective flood management.
In Brief: Forced labour in Thai factory
22 January 2013 (IRIN ), Up to 700 Burmese migrant workers in a pineapple factory in Thailand’s southern Prachuap Khiri Khan Province are victims of forced labour, according to a recently released report by Helsinki-based corporate watchdog Finnwatch.
In Brief: UNHCR concern over reported Rohingya deportations
4 January 2013 (IRIN ), The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has expressed concern over reports that more than 70 ethnic Rohingya have been deported to Myanmar from Thailand.
Urban water woes
2 January 2013 (IRIN ), In Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare (population 3,000,000), a man relieves himself in the dirt next to his tin shack, holding his nose to ward off the stench of a nearby overflowing latrine. In Ramallah (population 300,000) in the occupied Palestinian territory a 14-year-old girl wakes with menstrual cramps - and skips class because her school lacks a washroom where she can clean herself in private. In Bangladesh’s mega-capital (population 12 million), a monsoon-season flash flood leaves thousands with cholera.
DISASTERS: Slow-onset disasters take toll
7 December 2012 (IRIN ), In southwestern Bangladesh, recent large-scale water-logging - stagnant flood water that fails to recede - threatens agriculture and public health for years to come. It is a crisis in the making, highlighting the risks slow-onset natural disasters pose to poor countries, and how ill-prepared officials are to respond - even with ample early warning.
Analysis: Assessing Southeast Asia’s aid coordination during crises
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), Governments and aid groups in Southeast Asia, the most natural-disaster prone region in the world, say more coordination is needed to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
THAILAND: Question marks over new approach to drug-users
23 November 2012 (IRIN ), In September 2011, the government of Thailand moved to try and decrease the number of drug-users by 80 percent by adopting a more “softly, softly” approach, rather than sending people straight to jail. Progress on drug addiction is being made, say experts, but challenges remain.
In Brief: Malaria summit opens in Sydney
31 October 2012 (IRIN ), More than 200 health experts have gathered in Sydney for a three-day conference to bolster political commitment to tackle the spread of malaria.

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