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Bangladesh floods test disaster response improvements
2 September 2014 (IRIN ), Floods triggered by two weeks of intense rain have affected two million people in northern Bangladesh and left up to half a million homeless. While the country’s disaster response capacity has been enhanced in recent years, experts argue that with people displaced and crops destroyed the flooding is testing response mechanisms.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100564/Bangladesh-floods-test-disaster-response-improvements
"Third wave" of malaria resistance lurks on Thai-Cambodia border
29 August 2014 (IRIN ), Public health experts and scientists warn history's third major bout of drug-resistant malaria could spread across Asia to Africa unless "radical action" is taken. Artemisinin-resistant strains on the Thailand-Cambodia border threaten the treatment's efficacy and pose containment challenges.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100549/Third-wave-of-malaria-resistance-lurks-on-Thai-Cambodia-border
Sri Lanka suggests moves to investigate war-time missing
29 August 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka's government has given its strongest indication to date that it will go beyond enumerating missing persons from it 26-year civil war and investigate the circumstances of their disappearance. Activists, however, remain skeptical, pointing to the administration's history of empty gestures.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100550/Sri-Lanka-suggests-moves-to-investigate-war-time-missing
Afghan mining law “could strengthen armed groups”
28 August 2014 (IRIN ), A new law designed to regulate Afghanistan’s nascent mining sector could increase corruption, lead to forced displacements and even allow armed groups to take control of the sector, transparency groups have warned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100548/Afghan-mining-law-could-strengthen-armed-groups
Record harvest loss, food shortages hit dry Sri Lanka
21 August 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka's government is scrambling to ease the impact of record harvest losses on millions of farmers as the country enters its tenth month of an acute dry spell.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100523/Record-harvest-loss-food-shortages-hit-dry-Sri-Lanka
Call for action to curb attacks on environmental campaigners
20 August 2014 (IRIN ), Amid increasing documentation of attacks on people engaged in environmental activism, experts are calling for a global protection regime to defend and support campaigners subjected to harassment and abuse.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100518/Call-for-action-to-curb-attacks-on-environmental-campaigners
Analysis: Why child marriage persists in Nepal
15 August 2014 (IRIN ), At age 33, Rami Biswokarma has been married for 20 years. Her village of Kateghari in Nepal’s western Surkhet District has seen multiple campaigns against child marriage, but she says little has changed.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100492/Analysis-Why-child-marriage-persists-in-Nepal
Drug control efforts go local in Myanmar’s Kachin State
14 August 2014 (IRIN ), Myanmar's northern Kachin State, renowned for its heroin production, is changing tack in its efforts to curb rampant drug use and cultivation: In addition to crop-substitution programmes, community-led campaigns aim to change minds and steer people towards treatment.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100483/Drug-control-efforts-go-local-in-Myanmar-s-Kachin-State
Pakistan’s glaciers: Data-sharing needed to mitigate disasters
12 August 2014 (IRIN ), Scientists say they risk reaching flawed conclusions on climate change unless data on Pakistan's glaciers is more systematically shared. Yet new projects aim to do just that.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100479/Pakistan-s-glaciers-Data-sharing-needed-to-mitigate-disasters
Boosting farm-level disaster resilience in Timor-Leste
8 August 2014 (IRIN ), Building resilience to natural disasters in Timor-Leste, where most people are subsistence farmers, means improving the transport infrastructure and tweaking local farming practices, for example by encouraging crop diversification and building terraces. Such efforts, however, also require effective and transparent political leadership, experts and officials say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100461/Boosting-farm-level-disaster-resilience-in-Timor-Leste

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