News stories from Asia and Pacific

17 October 2014

Viet Nam Red Cross Society launches the World Disasters Report 2014

In 2013, Viet Nam witnessed 14 flood and storm events – the largest number over a given year in the past decade – with 4.13 million people affected.
One year on from the Bohol earthquake: a new home and a new beginning
13 October 2014

One year on from the Bohol earthquake: a new home and a new beginning

One year ago, 58-year-old Harold Lumictin, his wife and their six children were made homeless when their house was destroyed by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked the Island of Bohol in the Philippines.
Singapore Red Cross launches first aid programme to support an aging population
13 October 2014

Singapore Red Cross launches first aid programme to support an aging population

When Mr Yeo had a fall in 2010, his doctor suspected he was about to have a stroke. “The suffering I went through. I had given up hope for life.
International disaster response law makes headway in Myanmar
8 October 2014

International disaster response law makes headway in Myanmar

Recently 50 representatives from the government and humanitarian sector gathered together to test systems for disaster preparedness and response in Myanmar.
Japanese Red Cross medical teams join rescue efforts following Mount Ontake volcanic eruption
29 September 2014

Japanese Red Cross medical teams join rescue efforts following Mount Ontake volcanic eruption

Japenese Red Cross Society responds to volcanic ...
From typhoons to volcanoes: Philippine Red Cross responds to multiple crises
23 September 2014

From typhoons to volcanoes: Philippine Red Cross responds to multiple crises

The Philippine Red Cross is no stranger to responding to multiple disasters.
Floods destroy homes and livelihoods in Pakistan
18 September 2014

Floods destroy homes and livelihoods in Pakistan

Late monsoon rains earlier this month have unleashed a devastating flood, inundating large areas of Pakistan and affecting around two million people in a disaster that continues to unfold.
Floods leave a trail of destruction in rural Bangladesh
14 September 2014

Floods leave a trail of destruction in rural Bangladesh

When the Dhorola River – a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra – flooded Jatrapur union in the north-eastern district of Kurigram, Red Crescent volunteers had no choice but to start search-and-rescue and relief operation using log boats made from banana t
Nanjing: Turning Young Athletes into Humanitarian Ambassadors
12 September 2014

Nanjing: Turning Young Athletes into Humanitarian Ambassadors

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with support from the Red Cross Society of China, participated in the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games Culture and Education Programme from August 14-28.
Death toll rises and evacuations continue as floods worsen in Pakistan
10 September 2014

Death toll rises and evacuations continue as floods worsen in Pakistan

For the fifth consecutive year, Pakistan is reeling from the impact of severe monsoon ...
Making the case for legal preparedness at the 3rd Small Island Developing States conference
3 September 2014

Making the case for legal preparedness at the 3rd Small Island Developing States conference

When disasters strike, laws can save lives. This was the clear message delivered by Jagan Chapagain, Asia Pacific director of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) who was moderating a panel discussion on legal preparedness for
Disaster risk and climate change dominate agenda at Small Island Developing States Conference
2 September 2014

Disaster risk and climate change dominate agenda at Small Island Developing States Conference

Over 2,000 delegates have gathered in the Samoan capital Apia for the 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Families hoping for a quick return to homes following landslide in Nepal
1 September 2014

Families hoping for a quick return to homes following landslide in Nepal

One month on from the devastating landslide which destroyed a mountainside village and killed 150 people, communities nearby are still concerned about the effects the disaster may have.
IFRC appeals for assistance as floods and landslides leave thousands homeless in Nepal
27 August 2014

IFRC appeals for assistance as floods and landslides leave thousands homeless in Nepal

In recent weeks, severe monsoon rains have triggered flooding and landslides across Nepal causing widespread devastation. Over 100 lives have been lost and at the peak of the flooding over 200,000 people were affected.
Bridging the sanitation gap in Asia Pacific
26 August 2014

Bridging the sanitation gap in Asia Pacific

The Mongolian dzud results in unplanned migration into the country's capital.
Thousands flee landslides and flash floods in Hiroshima
22 August 2014

Thousands flee landslides and flash floods in Hiroshima

Since 20 August, torrential rains have lashed Hiroshima prefecture in western Japan causing flash floods and landslides which have killed 39 people.
Specialist teams scale-up efforts to help earthquake survivors in Yunnan, China
19 August 2014

Specialist teams scale-up efforts to help earthquake survivors in Yunnan, China

The Red Cross Society of China's volunteer have been working to bring shelter and water to communities affected by the Yunnan earthquake.
Nepal:  Thousands displaced by floods and landslides
19 August 2014

Nepal: Thousands displaced by floods and landslides

Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal have caused extensive flooding and several landslides throughout the country.
Viet Nam Red Cross Society  holds partnership meeting with government representatives
14 August 2014

Viet Nam Red Cross Society holds partnership meeting with government representatives

August 13 marks the first of a two-day partnership meeting held by the Viet Nam Red Cross Society.
Red Cross celebrates 100 years in Australia
13 August 2014

Red Cross celebrates 100 years in Australia

Today the Australian Red Cross proudly celebrates the 100 year anniversary of people helping people in Australia, in capital cities and country towns across the nation.

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