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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Will Thailand deport Uighurs who fled China?

BANGKOK, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - Despite Thailand's recent deportation of 109 ethnic Uighurs to China where they could face torture, about 60 members of the persecuted minority who remain in detention are refusing to register with the United Nations as asylum seekers. full report

After Nepal, is South Asia prepared for the Big One?

DELHI, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - When a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April, it flattened villages and killed more than 9,000 people. It should also have sent countries across the region scrambling to improve preparedness systems; yet experts say too little is being done to get ready for the next big quake. full report

Lessons from the rubble in Nepal

SINDHUPALCHOK DISTRICT, Nepal, 21 August 2015 (IRIN) - More than a million Nepalese children no longer have access to safe classrooms after earthquakes in April and May this year. Children are learning in makeshift classrooms fashioned out of tarpaulin sheets and poles, while others are still being taught on the rubble of their former schools. full report

Farm debt rises as Myanmar floodwaters recede

KANBALU, Myanmar, 19 August 2015 (IRIN) - One month after torrential rains submerged much of Myanmar, the floodwaters are finally receding. But the government says 773,000 acres of farmland were damaged, including nursery plots containing seedlings for the next crop. If farmers don’t get a crop into the ground within two weeks they will miss out on the harvest in November and December. full report

Hunger in the jungle as Myanmar blocks aid

YANGON, 17 August 2015 (IRIN) - Local aid groups and the United Nations are urging Myanmar to allow access to about 1,400 people who are running out of food in makeshift camps in the jungle after fleeing clashes between the military and an ethnic armed group in Kachin state. full report

Drought by numbers in North Korea

YANGON, 13 August 2015 (IRIN) - Health, nutrition and sanitation conditions have deteriorated for citizens of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) due to “a long period of abnormally dry weather,” according to the UN’s emergency aid coordination body OCHA. full report

Record dengue outbreak fans fears in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 August 2015 (IRIN) - Malaysia’s Health Ministry has warned the country is facing its largest dengue outbreak ever, with 201 deaths so far this year. full report

Why helicopters matter in Nepal

YANGON, 10 August 2015 (IRIN) - The United Nations warned on Monday that it will be forced to ground its fleet of six helicopters in Nepal – which are being used for post-earthquake relief efforts – unless it receives more funding. full report

Flooded mines cause toxic sludge in Vietnam

HANOI, 7 August 2015 (IRIN) - Toxic sludge that spilled out of open pit coal mines during 10 days of heavy rains may have seriously contaminated farmland, rivers and coastal areas in northern Vietnam. full report

Back to the future in cyclone-struck Vanuatu

TANNA, Vanuatu, 6 August 2015 (IRIN) - In cyclone-struck Vanuatu, people are using traditional methods to build storm-proof structures, as well as tapping ancient knowledge to predict oncoming cyclones and drought. full report