News stories from Asia and Pacific

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.
The race to rescue survivors after Yunnan quake in China
7 August 2014

The race to rescue survivors after Yunnan quake in China

Specialist rescue teams from the Red Cross Society of China are still combing through the rubble following Sunday’s earthquake in Yunnan Province
Timor-Leste Red Cross opens the doors of its new headquarters
7 August 2014

Timor-Leste Red Cross opens the doors of its new headquarters

The inauguration of the new Timor-Leste Red Cross headquarters happened just this weekend.
Red Crescent volunteers continue the search for the missing after Bangladesh ferry disaster
6 August 2014

Red Crescent volunteers continue the search for the missing after Bangladesh ferry disaster

Bangladesh Red Crescent Society volunteers rushed to Maowa jetty in Munshiganj district an hour after a ferry capsized within half a kilometre of the river bank of Padma on ...
Red Cross teams struggle to reach China quake survivors
4 August 2014

Red Cross teams struggle to reach China quake survivors

Red Cross Society of China teams have battled to reach survivors of a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck South Western Yunnan province, leaving at least 398 people dead and tens of thousands homeless.
Taiwan Red Cross Organisation helps Kaohsiung blast survivors
1 August 2014

Taiwan Red Cross Organisation helps Kaohsiung blast survivors

The Taiwan Red Cross Organisation (TRCO) rushed to deliver emergency relief to residents evacuated from parts of the southern city of Kaohsiung which was shaken by a series of midnight gas blasts leaving at least 24 people dead and more than 270 ...
Dancing for joy
31 July 2014

Dancing for joy

Florentina is showing off her dance moves in the recently completed Red Cross concrete and timber house she shares with her son in the barangay (village) of Capahuan, Tabontabon, Leyte.
Red Cross volunteers reach out to Palawan tribal communities
23 July 2014

Red Cross volunteers reach out to Palawan tribal communities

The Tagbanwa villagers on the island of Banuang Daan gather excitedly as Philippine Red Cross staff and volunteers arrive by traditional bangka outrigger from the main island of Coron, Palawan, two hours away by boat.

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