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TECHNOLOGY: IRIN's pick of the year 2011
29 December 2011 (IRIN ), Computers and mobile phones are already essential to humanitarian planning, and 2011 saw the growth of technology-based humanitarian interventions, from the use of GPS (global positioning systems) to provide early weather warnings to real-time health reporting.
ASIA: Pick of the year 2011
27 December 2011 (IRIN ), Volcanic flooding (rain mixed with lava) greeted us at the start of 2011 in Indonesia and we wrapped up the year with billions of cubic metres of water bearing down on Thailand’s capital, and the southern Philippines caught off-guard by storms, which killed more than 1,000 in December.
SLIDESHOW: Counting the cost of Thailand's floods
15 December 2011 (IRIN ), More than five months after heavy monsoon rains began inundating large parts of Thailand, an estimated two million people are still affected, with many communities isolated and dependent on aid.
HEALTH: Malaria treatment in pregnancy - reassuring research
14 December 2011 (IRIN ), New drugs, based on artemisinin combination therapies, have recently revolutionized malaria treatment, but so far they have not normally been available to women in the early stages of pregnancy because of fears they could damage the embryo. Now a large-scale study, carried out in northern Thailand and published in the London-based medical journal, the Lancet, has provided some reassurance that any risk of harm is outweighed by the benefits they provide.
MYANMAR-THAILAND: Slow pace of registering migrants
5 December 2011 (IRIN ), For decades, children of Burmese refugees and migrants in Thailand could not obtain an official birth certificate, vital to access healthcare and education. Even though legislation entitling them to a formal identity has been in place since 2008, registering and coaxing forth the undocumented has been "painstaking", according to community groups.
THAILAND: Two days in the life of an urban flood expert
2 December 2011 (IRIN ), As 16 billion cubic metres of flood water bore down on Bangkok in early October, international experts flew in to help the government deal with an unprecedented potential calamity.
HOW TO: Build a flood-resilient city
28 November 2011 (IRIN ), Less than a year after Bangkok was chosen as a "role model city" by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) as part of the UN's 2010-2015 "Making Cities Resilient" campaign, the worst floods in half a century put that distinction to the test.
ASIA: Boosting cities' food resilience
18 November 2011 (IRIN ), From rooftops to railroad tracks, Asia's largest cities will need to maximize every bit of space to feed one of the world's fastest-growing populations, said experts at a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) workshop in Bangkok on resilient food systems in Asia.
THAILAND: Throwing mud at flood water
17 November 2011 (IRIN ), Thousands of Thais - with noses pinched and fingers crossed - are tossing mud balls into fetid flood water, in the hope of improving the quality of stagnant water following weeks of flooding.
MYANMAR-THAILAND: Undocumented workers exploited post-floods
8 November 2011 (IRIN ), While the Burmese government has re-opened a key border checkpoint between Thailand and Myanmar to accommodate thousands of migrants fleeing Thailand's flooded factories, undocumented - and now unemployed - migrants face extortion and abuse as they try to return home, according to migrants and activists.

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