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Bigger, badder - the challenge of urban disasters

MANILA, 16 April 2014 (IRIN) - Responding to the devastation wrought by disasters in cities requires relief workers to adjust to the unique constraints and demands of specific urban settings, experts and aid workers say. full report

Prospects for peace in Mindanao

MANILA, 19 March 2014 (IRIN) - Analysts warn that a peace accord due to be signed on 27 March between the Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel force, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), is unlikely to bring an immediate end to violence and displacement on the southern island of Mindanao. full report

Connectivity and emerging infectious diseases in Southeast Asia

BANGKOK, 3 February 2014 (IRIN) - Experts sometimes describe Southeast Asia as a “hotspot” for emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) because several major outbreaks have started in this region. Now, with unprecedented levels of connection between animals and people through urbanization, and of people with other people through increased air travel, scientists say the threat level for new diseases is high. full report

New displacements as Philippines nears final peace deal

MANILA, 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. full report

Philippines on watch for infectious disease outbreaks

MANILA, 29 January 2014 (IRIN) - Health officials are on alert to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in areas stricken by Typhoon Haiyan. full report

Philippine calamities in the shadow of Typhoon Haiyan

MANILA, 28 January 2014 (IRIN) - In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan [ http://www.unocha.org/crisis/typhoonhaiyan ], 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. full report

More aid for southern Philippine conflict zone

MANILA, 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. full report

Race to salvage Philippine coconut wood

TACLOBAN/GUIUAN, 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. full report

Ferdinand Quieta, “We did not know water could kill”

MOHOL, 8 January 2014 (IRIN) - Two months ago, when it was nearly 7a.m., 21 members of a family were gathered in the home of the 84-year-old family matriarch on Leyte island in the central Philippines, to protect themselves from a “storm surge” arriving up the coast. None of them knew what this warning meant. They understood wind damage from typhoons, but not the fatal combination of wind and water. full report

Why identifying Typhoon Haiyan's dead matters to the living

TACLOBAN/MANILA, 7 January 2014 (IRIN) - The authorities in Tacloban City, capital of Leyte Province in central Philippines, have concluded a mass burial of unidentified bodies retrieved from the debris left by Typhoon Haiyan. In a report published on 7 January, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) estimated that the category 5 storm had killed more than 6,100 people, and another 1,700 are registered as missing. Some 5,000 deaths occurred in Leyte Province. full report

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