News stories from Asia and Pacific

19 December 2014

Shelter Toolkits Distributed to Earthquake Victims in Ludian

Yesterday the affected population in Longtoushan welcomed the first batch of much needed relief containing shelter toolkits for 200 households.
New radio show in Bangladesh puts the Red Crescent in touch with communities
17 December 2014

New radio show in Bangladesh puts the Red Crescent in touch with communities

As a step to improve community communications, the very first live call-in radio programme was launched on 11 December by Bangladesh Red Crescent Society through community radio in the Kurigram district.
Typhoon Hagupit deals double blow to communities struggling to recover from Haiyan
16 December 2014

Typhoon Hagupit deals double blow to communities struggling to recover from Haiyan

Since Typhoon Hagupit struck the Philippines just over a week ago, the Philippine Red Cross has had three rapid response teams on the ground to assess the impact on the worst affected areas, including the easternmost island group of Samar where the typhoo
Picking up the pieces after Typhoon Hagupit leaves the Philippines
10 December 2014

Picking up the pieces after Typhoon Hagupit leaves the Philippines

As Typhoon Hagupit finally exits the Philippines, a picture of the main needs on the ground is emerging.
Flood fears mount as Typhoon Hagupit hits the Philippines
7 December 2014

Flood fears mount as Typhoon Hagupit hits the Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit began its painful path across central Philippines on Saturday, lashing areas along the eastern ...
Maldivian Red Crescent Responds to Malé Water Crisis
7 December 2014

Maldivian Red Crescent Responds to Malé Water Crisis

After a fire broke out inside the Maldives Water and Sewerage Company’s Generator Unit on 4 December, all water supplies in the capital Malé were cut off.
Millions at risk as Typhoon Hagupit threatens the Philippines
5 December 2014

Millions at risk as Typhoon Hagupit threatens the Philippines

Emergency supplies for tens of thousands of families are on standby by to be sent to storm-ravaged areas of the Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit bears down on the country.
Prioritizing health emergency preparedness in Southeast Asia
5 December 2014

Prioritizing health emergency preparedness in Southeast Asia

When a health emergency strikes, time is a critical factor.
Searching for clues and inspiration at the Global Volunteering Forum
2 December 2014

Searching for clues and inspiration at the Global Volunteering Forum

In the lead up to International Volunteer Day 2014, almost 200 Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers from around the world came to Bangkok, Thailand, for the Global Volunteering Forum, The Difference.
IFRC Secretary General visits Fukushima communities to see the vital work of the Japanese Red Cross Society
4 November 2014

IFRC Secretary General visits Fukushima communities to see the vital work of the Japanese Red Cross Society

Community, safety, respect, dignity. These were reoccurring themes discussed by IFRC Secretary General Elhadj As Sy with Japanese Red Cross members, government officials, communities and technical experts in Japan this week.
Typhoon Haiyan - One year on
4 November 2014

Typhoon Haiyan - One year on

A year on from Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines’ deadliest natural disaster, the Red Cross and Red Crescent is making a real difference in the lives of people devastated by the typhoon.
IFRC Asia Pacific conference concludes with ‘The Beijing Call for Innovation’
24 October 2014

IFRC Asia Pacific conference concludes with ‘The Beijing Call for Innovation’

The world is changing at a pace that we have never seen before and at the same time our world is ever more interconnected, creating new opportunities for solidarity but also new and more complex threats
IFRC calls for greater innovation in tackling escalating humanitarian challenges in Asia Pacific
22 October 2014

IFRC calls for greater innovation in tackling escalating humanitarian challenges in Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) began today in Beijing.
Young humanitarians in action prior to the 9th Asia Pacific Regional Conference
21 October 2014

Young humanitarians in action prior to the 9th Asia Pacific Regional Conference

At a time when the world is rapidly changing, where protracted crises and the combined effects of natural disasters, climate change, urbanisation and emerging health threats are causing new levels of vulnerability; 49 Red Cross Red Crescent youth delegate
Viet Nam Red Cross Society launches the World Disasters Report 2014
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.

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