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New displacements as Philippines nears final peace deal
30 January 2014 (IRIN ), More than 10,000 people fled their homes this week in Mindanao, southern Philippines, as government forces launched a major offensive against Muslim splinter groups opposed to a final peace deal to end decades of insurgency in the island. The country’s capacity to respond to emergencies has been stretched by a series of deadly disasters.
Water brings change flowing in Pakistan’s Tharparkar
29 January 2014 (IRIN ), Sohani Bibi, 10, looks through her schoolbooks with wonder. It is the first set she has ever owned, and in a few months, she will attend school for the first time, in the desert district of Tharparkar in Pakistan’s Sindh Province.
Philippines on watch for infectious disease outbreaks
29 January 2014 (IRIN ), Health officials are on alert to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in areas stricken by Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippine calamities in the shadow of Typhoon Haiyan
28 January 2014 (IRIN ), In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan [ ], the Philippine government is struggling to meet the needs of survivors in other areas of the archipelago that have experienced calamity as well as conflict.
More aid for southern Philippine conflict zone
27 January 2014 (IRIN ), The Philippine government has completed peace talks with Muslim rebels after they agreed to turn over their weapons, ending four decades of deadly insurgency in Mindanao. This could fast-track rehabilitation of the war-torn southern region, and allow greater quantities of humanitarian aid to become available.
Localizing treatment for emotional trauma in Cambodia
24 January 2014 (IRIN ), More than three decades after an estimated two million Cambodians died in a genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge, post-traumatic stress disorder and other forms of emotional trauma continue to prey on the peace of mind of survivors and their descendants, say mental health experts who are advocating culturally adaptive trauma treatment.
Race to salvage Philippine coconut wood
23 January 2014 (IRIN ), Aid agencies and the Philippine government are rushing to salvage the wood from some 15 million coconut trees that Typhoon Haiyan struck down in November 2013, but processing the tree debris before it rots is proving problematic, said the country’s top coconut authority.
Nepal’s health sector more earthquake-ready
21 January 2014 (IRIN ), Nepal is steadily bracing its health sector for a long-predicted mega-earthquake, but disaster experts say most facilities are still ill-prepared.
Working to tackle rabies in Myanmar
20 January 2014 (IRIN ), Unconfirmed media reports estimate that upwards of 75 percent of stray dogs in Myanmar have rabies, where the disease is endemic, but no one knows for sure. Hundreds of thousands of stray dogs are a serious threat, especially to people living in urban areas, health workers claim.
Bangladesh teaches disaster preparedness to reduce risk
17 January 2014 (IRIN ), Bangladesh is working to enhance children’s understanding of disaster preparedness with the introduction of 10 new supplementary books for teaching the subject, which has been part of the education curriculum in primary and secondary schools since 2004.

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