Natural Disasters

Business boost needed to sustain Philippines post-Haiyan recovery

MANILA, 8 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Progress made during recovery stages after the November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines could be undermined without job creation strategies to secure stability beyond short-term livelihood projects, warn aid agencies and government officials. full report

Ivoirian floods highlight disaster preparedness shortcomings

ABIDJAN, 4 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Recent heavy downpours and flooding in Côte d’Ivoire have killed dozens of people, washed away houses and once again highlighted poor disaster preparedness in the country’s largest city. full report

The race to adapt

AFAR/JOHANNESBURG, 1 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Momina Ali is a teenager in one of the toughest and hottest places on earth - Ethiopia’s Afar region where average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Increasingly intermittent rainfall in her village, Anderkelo, means that every three or four days Momina takes a day off school to search for water. In future the chances are that Momina’s treks for water could take even longer, depending on how rising temperatures affect the rains around her village and hence its water table. full report

Analysis: Should Uganda withdraw from South Sudan?

KAMPALA, 30 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - As South Sudan’s peace process stalls, questions are being raised about Uganda’s military involvement, with some analysts saying it is impeding regional efforts to broker a peace deal. full report

Alarm over post-Haiyan evacuation centre shortage

MANILA, 23 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - A shortage of viable evacuation centres in areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) has humanitarians and officials in the Philippines concerned that survivors will not have alternative accommodation in case of another one. The typhoon season usually lasts from June to November. full report

A fresh start for climate change refugees

BERHALE/JOHANNESBURG, 12 June 2014 (IRIN Global) - Firmly attached to her home region and long used to the harshness of her living conditions, Amina Aliyu would probably not see herself as a potential “climate change refugee”. But there is a strong probability that in 10 or 15 years the place where she lives will no longer be fit for human habitation and migration to another region, or even another country, will be the only option. full report

Philippines government ‘must do better’ to rebuild education

MANILA, 6 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - As some students in areas hit by the Philippines’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan troop back to school this month, the government’s efforts in rebuilding the education service has been met with concerns that, seven-months on, access to learning remains a challenge for far too many children. full report

Philippines still rebuilding six months after typhoon’s visit

MANILA, 29 May 2014 (IRIN Asia) - More than six months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated large parts of the central Philippines, progress is being made in rebuilding livelihoods. However, huge challenges remain in making them sustainable. full report

Rawalpindi’s high-tech flood warning system

RAWALPINDI, 20 May 2014 (IRIN Asia) - A dozen children toss a frisbee around in a park in Rawalpindi's Gawalmandi neighbourhood, under the shadow of a 30-foot-high tower capped with two loudspeakers. “When the alarm sounds, it means a flood is coming, so we should leave,” one explained. full report

Six months on, Philippines typhoon survivors lack adequate shelter

TACLOBAN, 8 May 2014 (IRIN Asia) - As the Philippines braces for a new season of cyclones, many in the centre of the country are still feeling the effects of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated large parts of the area six months ago. full report

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