Bangladesh flood response improving?

DHAKA, 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. full report

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Call for action to curb attacks on environmental campaigners

BALI, 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. full report

Analysis: Why child marriage persists in Nepal

SURKHET, 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. full report

Drug control efforts go local in Myanmar’s Kachin State

YANGON, 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. full report

Pakistan’s glaciers: Data-sharing needed to mitigate disasters

NAGAR VALLEY, PAKISTAN, 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. full report

Boosting farm-level disaster resilience in Timor-Leste

DARUDU, 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. full report

Nepal landslide deaths highlight disaster risk reduction gaps*

KATHMANDU, 7 August 2014 (IRIN) - A landslide in Nepal on 2 August killed 33 and 122 are still missing as search and rescue continues. Experts say this event, one of the deadliest in the country’s recent history, is a wake-up call for hazard mapping, early warning, and disaster management. full report