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New-concept flood insurance could help Bangladesh's poor
11 April 2014 (IRIN ), A new insurance scheme in which pre-determined flood thresholds trigger speedy compensation offers hope for poor people in flood-prone Bangladesh, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99928/New-concept-flood-insurance-could-help-Bangladesh-s-poor
Hunger in Myanmar’s “dry zone”
10 April 2014 (IRIN ), Myanmar’s central “dry zone”, home to a quarter of its 58 million people, is falling short on food production, pushing local people into hunger, malnutrition and debt.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99919/Hunger-in-Myanmar-s-dry-zone
Filling Myanmar's Rakhine aid gap
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Aid agencies are trying to find practical ways of getting humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar's Rakhine State following a series of attacks on the aid community there, and pending an agreement on the resumption of their operations.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99910/Filling-Myanmar-s-Rakhine-aid-gap
Myanmar peace and development scorecard
8 April 2014 (IRIN ), Three years after Myanmar’s first nominally civilian government in decades came to power, many of the country’s 135 minority ethnic groups say they have yet to see any tangible change on the ground.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99899/Myanmar-peace-and-development-scorecard
Pakistan slum clearances politically motivated?
7 April 2014 (IRIN ), This month, the Pakistani government is planning to move or raze eighteen illegal settlements that are home to more than 80,000 people - many of whom are internally displaced or Afghan refugees and migrants. Residents of the slums say they are being blamed for the government's inability to provide adequate security for the country's civilian population.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99895/Pakistan-slum-clearances-politically-motivated
Drought begins to bite in Sri Lanka
4 April 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka has had six months of drought and could face severe crop losses and electricity shortages if the coming monsoon is as weak as forecasts predict, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99884/Drought-begins-to-bite-in-Sri-Lanka
Analysis: How effective is Pakistan’s disaster authority?
3 April 2014 (IRIN ), The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was set up shortly after the 2005 quake that killed at least 87,000 people in northern Pakistan to act as the “implementing, coordinating and monitoring body” for disaster management.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99880/Analysis-How-effective-is-Pakistan-s-disaster-authority
Concern over polling in Afghan schools and clinics
2 April 2014 (IRIN ), The recent spate of Taliban-led attacks against electoral targets in Afghanistan, with the presidential vote just days away, has increased concerns in the aid community about the use of schools and health clinics as polling stations.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99875/Concern-over-polling-in-Afghan-schools-and-clinics
Aid workers keen to return to tense western Myanmar
1 April 2014 (IRIN ), International aid workers forced to flee western Myanmar after being targeted by Buddhist mobs last week say they need to return to Rakhine State to help with food and water distributions for displaced people.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99870/Aid-workers-keen-to-return-to-tense-western-Myanmar
Malnutrition stalks Pakistan’s desert regions
31 March 2014 (IRIN ), Pastoralists and others in Pakistan’s desert regions of Cholistan in the southern Punjab and Tharparkar in Sindh are facing a grave crisis: Their livestock are dying, their children are malnourished, and when families move to less drought-affected areas they often get a hostile reception.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99867/Malnutrition-stalks-Pakistan-s-desert-regions

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