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Record dengue season predicted in Thailand
12 June 2013 (IRIN ), With more than 40 deaths and almost 40,000 cases of dengue fever reported in Thailand so far this year, health experts are warning this could be the largest-ever epidemic.
Analysis: Southeast Asia’s human trafficking conundrum
6 May 2013 (IRIN ), Tens of thousands of people are vulnerable to being trafficked in Southeast Asia, with governments struggling to understand and respond collectively to the problem, say experts and government officials.
Asia braces for spill-over of new bird flu strain
8 April 2013 (IRIN ), Officials throughout Asia are implementing measures to protect people from a new strain of bird flu - H7N9 - that has so far infected 24 people in China, killing seven.
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.

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