News stories from Asia and Pacific

21 July 2014

Over 5.5 million people affected by largest typhoon to hit China in 40 years

The Red Cross Society of China deployed emergency teams and mobilised relief supplies to help communities battered by Super Typhoon Rammasun, described as the severest storm to hit the country in more than 40 years.
Typhoon Rammasun batters eastern Philippines, but preparedness saved lives
17 July 2014

Typhoon Rammasun batters eastern Philippines, but preparedness saved lives

Tracking across some of the most populous areas of the Philippines in just over 24 hours, Typhoon Rammasun left a trail of destruction in ...
Typhoon Neoguri challenges preparedness and Japanese Red Cross support
11 July 2014

Typhoon Neoguri challenges preparedness and Japanese Red Cross support

As Typhoon Neoguri pushed through Japan’s main island, passing Tokyo, the powerful storm provided a key test for early warning systems, upgraded since the 2011 tsunami, and measures put in place by the Japanese Red Cross Society to support the most vulner
21st Century data collection takes health promotion to vulnerable communities in the Philippines
3 July 2014

21st Century data collection takes health promotion to vulnerable communities in the Philippines

Paperless surveys are a step closer for health teams in the Haiyan recovery operation thanks to mobile data collection methods being implemented by the Philippine Red Cross.
Red Cross and Red Crescent at the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
26 June 2014

Red Cross and Red Crescent at the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

At the 6th conference in Bangkok, more than 25 National Societies joined the official delegation of the IFRC, and were deeply involved in panels and side events providing key contributions from the region.
Philippines: A new beginning from Cash and Coconuts
19 June 2014

Philippines: A new beginning from Cash and Coconuts

Irene Collera, 28, was forced to flee with her husband, Elmer, and six children as Typhoon Haiyan battered down their house and the floodwaters rose.
A united approach is vital for dengue prevention and control
17 June 2014

A united approach is vital for dengue prevention and control

the official beginning of the rainy season has prompted Philippine Government officials to warn the public against complacency about dengue.
Philippines calls for 'focused international effort' to meet climate threats
10 June 2014

Philippines calls for 'focused international effort' to meet climate threats

Opening the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines said it is now vital to mount “a focused international effort to address the threats posed by climate change."
Flash floods affect over 100,000 in Western Sri Lanka
4 June 2014

Flash floods affect over 100,000 in Western Sri Lanka

Twenty three people have died following heavy rains and extensive floods in western districts of Sri Lanka. Kalutara, Colombo and Gampaha were worst hit.
65 days to fulfil her dreams
24 May 2014

65 days to fulfil her dreams

35 year-old Lucia Susai has faced many challenges in her life.
Creating resilient communities through sustainable livelihoods
23 May 2014

Creating resilient communities through sustainable livelihoods

When Typhoon Haiyan struck central Philippines on 8 November 2013, it not only caused thousands of deaths but also extensive destruction to homes, infrastructure and livelihoods, leaving thousands homeless and jobless.
Community health workers contribute to improving maternal health
23 May 2014

Community health workers contribute to improving maternal health

In Myanmar, over 70 per cent of deliveries are home births and of those 43 per cent are not attended by a skilled health worker.
Shelter needs are critical following floods in the Solomon Islands
16 May 2014

Shelter needs are critical following floods in the Solomon Islands

It is one month since the worst floods in Solomon Islands’ history killed 22 people, destroyed homes and properties and disrupted the lives of more than 50,000 people
Six months on - Typhoon Haiyan survivors settle into new homes
14 May 2014

Six months on - Typhoon Haiyan survivors settle into new homes

After Typhoon Haiyan forced them to flee from their childhood village in central Leyte, Jerry and Irene Batic had little choice but to seek refuge in a hastily erected shelter of rotten lumber and coconut leaves built on nearby land owned by a relative.
Building civil-military collaboration in Asia Pacific
12 May 2014

Building civil-military collaboration in Asia Pacific

A civil military forum was recently held in Kuala Lumpur, bringing together National Societies, ICRC, external partners and members of the armed forces.
Six months after Haiyan, locals worry about the next storm
6 May 2014

Six months after Haiyan, locals worry about the next storm

Six months after the worst typhoon ever to make landfall, life in the Visayas is getting back to normal.
Afghanistan: Deadly landslide in Badakhshan
3 May 2014

Afghanistan: Deadly landslide in Badakhshan

A catastrophic landslide wiped out an area near the village of Abi-Barak in the province of Badakhshan on 2 May, in the North-East of Afghanistan.
Reunited after the storm - Carizza Gaytos’s story
29 April 2014

Reunited after the storm - Carizza Gaytos’s story

Carlito Gaytos was one of the first people to arrive in Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc on the coastal town on November 8, ...
A year after Rana Plaza: a first aid volunteer story
24 April 2014

A year after Rana Plaza: a first aid volunteer story

The 24th April 2014 marks the one year anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza collapse near Dhaka, Bangladesh – one of the deadliest man-made disasters encountered in the history of the country.
Thousands will need long-term support following catastrophic flooding in the Solomon Islands
22 April 2014

Thousands will need long-term support following catastrophic flooding in the Solomon Islands

Three weeks after the worst flooding in Solomon Islands’ history, the lives of more than 50,000 people – 10 percent of the country – are still dealing with its effects.

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