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Nepal unlocks quake funds: It only took 7 months!
26 November 2015 (IRIN ), Seven months after a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, the government has taken preliminary steps to begin spending billions pledged for reconstruction.
Food prices rise sharply after fighting disrupts Afghan harvest
24 November 2015 (IRIN ), Food prices are shooting up in Afghanistan as the harvest has been halted in the country’s breadbasket in the northern province of Kunduz, where farmers have fled fighting and fields are infested with explosives.
Snow falls on Pakistan's shelterless quake victims
20 November 2015 (IRIN ), Weeks after an earthquake hit Pakistan and Afghanistan, those who lost their homes are living in tents as snow begins to fall and temperatures drop below zero.
Bangladesh’s climate change migrants
13 November 2015 (IRIN ), Farmland is being lost to climate change in Bangladesh, driving mass migration to slums. But the slums are at risk too, as rising sea levels and melting glaciers feed flooding, which in turn spreads water-borne diseases. Bangladesh is hoping next month's climate change conference in Paris will provide some solutions.
Key challenges for Myanmar
11 November 2015 (IRIN ), As Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy heads for a landslide and historic victory in Myanmar’s elections, here are the key challenges facing her new government:
Can elections and a ceasefire bring peace to Myanmar?
5 November 2015 (IRIN ), Myanmar has been at war since independence from Britain in 1948. For most of that time, the country was ruled by the military, but a quasi-civilian government took power in 2011, ushering in sweeping political and economic reforms. For ethnic minorities, however, little has changed. The military is battling an array of ethnic armed groups on Myanmar’s frontiers, where lucrative trades in drugs and natural resources fuel fighting. Can elections and a newly minted ceasefire lay the foundation for peace?
Bureaucracy blocks earthquake aid in Pakistan
30 October 2015 (IRIN ), International relief agencies are unable to reach some areas in Pakistan that were devastated by this week’s earthquake, because government authorities have not granted them permission to carry out aid activities.
Pakistan quake: new building codes largely unenforced
27 October 2015 (IRIN ), Pakistan added detailed seismic provisions to its national building code in 2007, but they have gone largely unenforced.
Afghan conflict and upcoming winter complicate earthquake relief
27 October 2015 (IRIN ), Several districts near the epicentre of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan are contested by government forces and Taliban insurgents, complicating relief to some of those affected by Monday’s quake.
Afghanistan-Pakistan earthquake: updates
26 October 2015 (IRIN ), A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Afghanistan at 1:39 pm local time (0909 GMT) on Monday, 26 October, sending shockwaves that were felt as far away as India. Initial reports indicate substantial damage to buildings and infrastructure in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as dozens of deaths and injuries.
Scores killed, hundreds injured in Afghanistan-Pakistan quake
26 October 2015 (IRIN ), Darkness put rescue efforts on hold in the mountainous Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, which was struck by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake on Monday, with roads destroyed and helicopters unable to fly at night.
El Nino brings drought, hunger to Indonesia and South Pacific
22 October 2015 (IRIN ), Farming communities throughout Indonesia are struggling with drought as rising sea temperatures associated with this year’s El Nino weather phenomenon affect rainfall across the globe. Governments in Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Samoa report similar situations as the region struggles to cope with what is shaping up to be the worst El Nino event since 1997-1998.
Politics prevents Nepal reconstruction
19 October 2015 (IRIN ), Six months after a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, people are still living in temporary shelters as political wrangling has prevented the disbursement of billions pledged by international donors for reconstruction.
Myanmar ceasefire met with scepticism
15 October 2015 (IRIN ), The signing of a ceasefire between Myanmar’s government and ethnic armed groups unfolded with pomp and ceremony today, following a week of clashes that displaced about 1,000 people in northern Shan State.
Australia looks to Philippines to solve refugee conundrum
14 October 2015 (IRIN ), With the failure of its scheme to resettle refugees in Cambodia and growing concerns about its offshore detention centres, the Australian government is hoping the elusive solution to what has become a policy nightmare might be found in the Philippines.
Refugee rescue ship enters rough waters in Southeast Asia
13 October 2015 (IRIN ), After spending the summer rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, a ship owned by an American millionaire will attempt to do the same in Southeast Asia. But the Migrant Offshore Aid Station could find itself sailing into a sea of trouble in a region where rules governing the rights of migrants and refugees are harsher and less clear-cut than in Europe.
Fuel shortage threatens Nepal aid as winter comes
12 October 2015 (IRIN ), Almost six months after Nepal was devastated by a massive earthquake, relief efforts are literally running on fumes. Tankers are unable to drive across the border from India. The country is running out of fuel. Will aid agencies be able to stock up remote, mountainous communities before they are cut off by the first winter snows?
Can new governors turn the Taliban tide in northern Afghanistan?
8 October 2015 (IRIN ), The replacement of four provincial governors in northern Afghanistan could stem years of steady gains made by the Taliban in the region, where thousands of people have been displaced by violence.
Aid agencies withdraw from Afghanistan’s north
5 October 2015 (IRIN ), The United Nations has evacuated staff from areas of northern Afghanistan where a suspected American airstrike hit a clinic run by Médecins Sans Frontières, forcing it to leave Kunduz Province – the latest in a growing number of humanitarian agencies withdrawing from the north as violence increases.
Doctors overwhelmed in Afghan city taken by Taliban
30 September 2015 (IRIN ), With the government hospital shut down, a facility run by Médecins Sans Frontières is now the only place for people needing urgent trauma care to be treated in Kunduz, which was taken by the Taliban on Monday. Afghan forces have been battling the insurgents to regain control of the northern city of about 300,000 people, and residents are caught in the middle.

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