Challenge of urban disaster response

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

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Myanmar peace and development scorecard

HLA LAUNG PAN, 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. full report

Pakistan slum clearances politically motivated?

ISLAMABAD, 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. full report

Drought begins to bite in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 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. full report

Analysis: How effective is Pakistan’s disaster authority?

ISLAMABAD, 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. full report

Concern over polling in Afghan schools and clinics

KABUL, 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. full report

Aid workers keen to return to tense western Myanmar

YANGON, 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. full report