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Rawalpindi’s high-tech flood warning system
20 May 2014 (IRIN ), A dozen children toss a frisbee around in a park in Rawalpindi's Gawalmandi neighbourhood, under the shadow of a 30-foot-high tower capped with two loudspeakers. “When the alarm sounds, it means a flood is coming, so we should leave,” one explained.
How young Sri Lankans see peace
19 May 2014 (IRIN ), Five years after Sri Lankan forces declared victory over the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) that had fought for an independent Tamil homeland since 1983, overcoming the divisions caused by the decades-long civil war remains a work in progress.
Is Pakistan losing the battle against measles?
15 May 2014 (IRIN ), Pakistan has seen a growing number of measles cases in recent years, with more than 25,000 reported last year, including 321 deaths.
Kachin IDPs need shelter assistance
14 May 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State are in urgent need of shelter assistance ahead of this year’s mid-May to mid-September monsoon, local aid groups and agencies warn.
Slow progress in Myanmar’s leprosy fight
9 May 2014 (IRIN ), More than a decade after Myanmar achieved an important public health benchmark by declaring leprosy “eliminated”, progress in the fight against the disease and the disabilities it causes is patchy, experts warn.
Six months on, Philippines typhoon survivors lack adequate shelter
8 May 2014 (IRIN ), As the Philippines braces for a new season of cyclones, many in the centre of the country are still feeling the effects of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated large parts of the area six months ago.
Safety fears as people drawn to Afghan mudslide site
7 May 2014 (IRIN ), Government officials and aid workers are worried about the safety of people drawn to the site of a catastrophic mudslide in northeastern Afghanistan in search of aid handouts; they warn of the risk of further landslides and flooding.
Myanmar storm warnings get better
5 May 2014 (IRIN ), Six years after Cyclone Nargis devastated large parts of southern Myanmar, experts say the country is making progress in improving its storm early warning system.
Witchcraft and PNG’s disappearing health service
5 May 2014 (IRIN ), When Mary, aged 45, got sick, residents in her remote highland village in Papua New Guinea (PNG) did not take her to the doctor, but to a traditional healer believed to have magical powers.
Reducing the volcano risk in Indonesia
1 May 2014 (IRIN ), Millions of Indonesians who live near the country’s more than 130 active volcanoes are constantly having to decide whether to evacuate or not. Supporting “volcano cultures” with up-to-date evidence and strong leaders is one way to save more lives, say experts.

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