Table of contents


  1. Briefing: Local government law sparks unrest, violence in Sindh Province
  2. Analysis: When lack of early warning becomes manslaughter
  3. Analysis: Tackling Pakistan’s population time bomb
  4. SRI LANKA: Learning from Nepal’s search for the missing
  5. Rashid Minhas – Driver, Pakistan
  6. Aslam Rehmat – Dental assistant, Pakistan
  7. Kumari Magar – Maid, Nepal
  8. Samir Uddin – Street hawker, Bangladesh
  9. Wliar Rahman – School teacher, Bangladesh
  10. Manbahadur Tamang – Farmer, Nepal
  11. Analysis: Assessing Southeast Asia’s aid coordination during crises
  12. Analysis: Disasters waiting to happen
  13. DISASTERS: Slow-onset disasters take toll


Briefing: Local government law sparks unrest, violence in Sindh Province
KARACHI، 4/12/2012 (IRIN) - A new local government law is causing tension, protests and fresh violence in Pakistan’s mega-city of Karachi and elsewhere in Sindh Province. full report
Analysis: When lack of early warning becomes manslaughter
BANGKOK، 4/12/2012 (IRIN) - The recent conviction in Italy of seismologists on manslaughter charges, based on their failure to warn residents about a 2009 earthquake, could have serious repercussions for earthquake preparedness, experts say. full report
Analysis: Tackling Pakistan’s population time bomb
ISLAMABAD، 5/12/2012 (IRIN) - A high birth rate is not making life any easier for Pakistan’s 180 million people, already affected by political instability, economic stagnation and natural disasters. full report
SRI LANKA: Learning from Nepal’s search for the missing
JALTHAL/KILINOCHICHI، 5/12/2012 (IRIN) - Nepal and Sri Lanka share few similarities in their post-conflict experiences. The former has a peace deal, a government ministry overseeing post-war reconstruction, a national programme to trace missing persons and an NGO to advocate for their families - none of which exist in Sri Lanka. But the two do have something essential in common: grieving relatives of the missing who are now searching for answers. full report
Rashid Minhas – Driver, Pakistan
PUNJAB، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Rashid Minhas, a 35-year-old father of four living in a remote village in Pakistan’s Punjab Province, sees prices rising while his income is static. He worries about educating his four daughters, and believes times will get harder. full report
Aslam Rehmat – Dental assistant, Pakistan
LAHORE، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - For most of his adult life, Aslam Rehmat, 53, a dental assistant in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore, has struggled to educate his children and put food on the table. Despite his efforts, life is getting harder as inflation hits. Higher education costs are a fresh burden on the family. full report
Kumari Magar – Maid, Nepal
KATHMANDU، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Kumari Magar, 30, earns US$90 a month cleaning houses in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu - barely enough to live on. She stays with her brother and sister, having moved from Dolalghat village, 100km northeast of Kathmandu, six years ago to escape the hard life of a subsistence farmer. full report
Samir Uddin – Street hawker, Bangladesh
MYMENSING، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Samir Uddin, a 50-year-old street hawker, lives with his wife and two children in the village of Charpara in Mymensing District, a rural area 120km north of the capital Dhaka. His children do not go to school. full report
Wliar Rahman – School teacher, Bangladesh
DHAKA، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Wliar Rahman, a 47-year-old primary school teacher in Mirpur sub-district in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, lives with his wife and two children, and is constantly having to borrow money to get by. full report
Manbahadur Tamang – Farmer, Nepal
KOLPATA، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Manbahadur Tamang’s family of six are subsistence farmers in Kolpata village, Sindupalchok District, 150km southeast of the Nepali capital Kathmandu. They lost this year’s entire maize crop to heavy monsoon rains in June, and now, for the first time ever, family members have been forced to look for work as day labourers. Two teenage sons have had to drop out of school. full report
Analysis: Assessing Southeast Asia’s aid coordination during crises
JAKARTA، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Governments and aid groups in Southeast Asia, the most natural-disaster prone region in the world, say more coordination is needed to prepare for and respond to emergencies. full report
Analysis: Disasters waiting to happen
LONDON، 7/12/2012 (IRIN) - In legalese, natural disasters are termed “acts of God,” the implication being that they are beyond human control or predictability. full report
DISASTERS: Slow-onset disasters take toll
DHAKA/BANGKOK، 7/12/2012 (IRIN) - In southwestern Bangladesh, recent large-scale water-logging - stagnant flood water that fails to recede - threatens agriculture and public health for years to come. It is a crisis in the making, highlighting the risks slow-onset natural disasters pose to poor countries, and how ill-prepared officials are to respond - even with ample early warning. full report