Aboard Flight 652: Nepalese migrants head home to help

KATHMANDU, 29 April 2015 (IRIN) - Nepalese migrants working in the Gulf are heading home to help their families and their country, in the wake of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit on 25 April, killing more than 5,000 people. full report

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Lull in fighting allows access to thousands displaced in Myanmar

YANGON, 1 December 2015 (IRIN) - Aid workers are planning to take advantage of a lull in fighting in Myanmar’s Shan State to assess the needs of thousands of people displaced by clashes between the military and an ethnic armed group that began eight weeks ago. full report

Nepal unlocks quake funds: It only took 7 months!

KATHMANDU, 26 November 2015 (IRIN) - Seven months after a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, the government has taken preliminary steps to begin spending billions pledged for reconstruction. full report

Food prices rise sharply after fighting disrupts Afghan harvest

CHARDARA DISTRICT, Afghanistan, 24 November 2015 (IRIN) - Food prices are shooting up in Afghanistan as the harvest has been halted in the country’s breadbasket in the northern province of Kunduz, where farmers have fled fighting and fields are infested with explosives. full report

Snow falls on Pakistan's shelterless quake victims

PESHAWAR, 20 November 2015 (IRIN) - Weeks after an earthquake hit Pakistan and Afghanistan, those who lost their homes are living in tents as snow begins to fall and temperatures drop below zero. full report

Bangladesh’s climate change migrants

DHAKA, 13 November 2015 (IRIN) - Farmland is being lost to climate change in Bangladesh, driving mass migration to slums. But the slums are at risk too, as rising sea levels and melting glaciers feed flooding, which in turn spreads water-borne diseases. Bangladesh is hoping next month's climate change conference in Paris will provide some solutions. full report

Key challenges for Myanmar

BANGKOK, 11 November 2015 (IRIN) - As Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy heads for a landslide and historic victory in Myanmar’s elections, here are the key challenges facing her new government: full report

Can elections and a ceasefire bring peace to Myanmar?

YANGON, 5 November 2015 (IRIN) - Myanmar has been at war since independence from Britain in 1948. For most of that time, the country was ruled by the military, but a quasi-civilian government took power in 2011, ushering in sweeping political and economic reforms. For ethnic minorities, however, little has changed. The military is battling an array of ethnic armed groups on Myanmar’s frontiers, where lucrative trades in drugs and natural resources fuel fighting. Can elections and a newly minted ceasefire lay the foundation for peace? full report

Bureaucracy blocks earthquake aid in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, 30 October 2015 (IRIN) - International relief agencies are unable to reach some areas in Pakistan that were devastated by this week’s earthquake, because government authorities have not granted them permission to carry out aid activities. full report

Afghan conflict and upcoming winter complicate earthquake relief

KUNDUZ, 27 October 2015 (IRIN) - Several districts near the epicentre of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan are contested by government forces and Taliban insurgents, complicating relief to some of those affected by Monday’s quake. full report

Pakistan quake: new building codes largely unenforced

ISLAMABAD, 27 October 2015 (IRIN) - Pakistan added detailed seismic provisions to its national building code in 2007, but they have gone largely unenforced. full report