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Guinea-Bissau: Report of the Secretary-General on developments in Guinea-Bissau and the activities of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (S/2019/115)

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 05:15:46 +0000

Source: UN Security Council
Country: Guinea-Bissau

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2404 (2018), by which the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) until 28 February 2019 and requested that I report every six months on the situation in Guinea -Bissau and on progress made in the implementation of the resolution and the mandate of UNIOGBIS. The report also provides an update on key political, security, human rights, socioeconomic and humanitarian developments in Guinea-Bissau since my report of 16 August 2018 (S/2018/771).

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World: Eighth report of the Secretary-General on the threat posed by ISIL (Da’esh) to international peace and security and the range of United Nations efforts in support of Member States in countering the threat (S/2019/103) [EN/AR]

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 05:10:59 +0000

Source: UN Security Council
Country: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic, World

I. Introduction

  1. In adopting its resolution 2253 (2015), the Security Council expressed its determination to address the threat posed to international peace and security by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da’esh) and associated individuals and groups. In paragraph 97 of the resolution, the Council requested that I provide an initial strategic-level report on the threat, followed by updates every four months. In its resolution 2368 (2017), the Council requested that I continue to provide, every six months, strategic-level reports that reflect the gravity of the threat, as well as the range of United Nations efforts in support of Member States in countering the threat.

  2. This is my eighth report on the threat posed by ISIL to international peace and security.1 The report was prepared by the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, 2 in close collaboration with the Office of Counter-Terrorism, other United Nations entities and international organizations.

  3. The report highlights that, while ISIL has transformed into a covert network, including in Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic, it remains a threat as a global organization with centralized leadership. This threat is increased by returning, relocating or released foreign terrorist fighters. The United Nations has continued to support Member States so as to address this evolving threat.

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Pakistan: Pakistani innovators design cheap and climate-friendly flat-pack homes for refugees

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 04:53:35 +0000

Source: UN Environment Programme
Country: Pakistan

Three years ago, Mohammed Saquib and his fellow students Yaseen Khalid and Nabeel Siddiqui were seeking inspiration for their final year university project. The Syrian crisis was at its peak and with the plight of refugees filling news bulletins, they decided to try to address the desperate need of some of the world’s most vulnerable people for shelter.

As they began their research, they discovered that Pakistan itself was facing a shortage of 10 million houses, with many people living in overcrowded, unsanitary informal settlements.

“There was no innovation in the construction industry in Pakistan and so we realized we needed to make a prototype, a house that could be assembled by anyone in minimal time and should be affordable as well,” said Saquib, who studied civil engineering at NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi.

Post-graduation, the trio founded ModulusTech, a startup that produces low-cost, energy efficient, flat-pack modular homes that can be used to house refugees but could also serve non-governmental organizations or government agencies seeking to build classrooms or health clinics in rural areas. The houses can also be used in the construction and tourism sectors.

“Each house is 16x16 square feet, with electricity and plumbing and everything pre-integrated in the panel walls. Each house costs around US$3,000 and the lifespan is about 30 years. The houses can be assembled in just three hours, using three people,” said Saquib.

“Primarily, we were targeting refugees and internally displaced people and we wanted them to be able to assemble these houses and get a feeling of ownership … According to a United Nations report, a refugee stays on average 17 years in temporary shelter so we designed (the house) according to this,” the 26-year-old added.

The houses are built around a steel frame with walls made of recyclable materials such as fibre cement composites and wood plastic composites. Glass wool insulation ensures the houses are energy-efficient and cost-effective. It is estimated that a ModulusTech house has a carbon footprint that is up to 52 times lower than traditional concrete homes.

When the team tested the homes in the Thar desert, where the outside temperature was around 50 degrees Celsius, the temperature inside was around 35 degrees, Saquib says.

In 2017, ModulusTech was accepted into The Nest I/O, a Pakistani startup incubator. Since then, the team has won a slew of awards and was selected by the Pakistani office of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to represent the country at the world’s first Global Manufacturing Industrial Summit in Germany last year.

ModulusTech hopes that government departments or relief agencies will buy its houses to set up in refugee camps or other settlements where displaced people are gathered. Pakistan is home to around 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees, and around 400,000 people have been displaced internally by conflicts, violence or extreme weather events like floods.

ModulusTech won a grant from UN Environment as part of the Asia-Pacific Low-Carbon Lifestyles Challenge, which supports young people with cutting-edge ideas to foster energy-efficient, low-waste and low-carbon lifestyles.

“With this money, we have set up our own factory and we have labour and a proper manufacturing facility,” Saquib said, adding that the business training offered as part of the award was also very useful.

Dechen Tsering, UN Environment’s director for the Asia-Pacific region, said ModulusTech’s innovation was an example of the ingenuity needed to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems, with this project particularly geared toward helping some of the most vulnerable people.

Around one billion people live in informal settlements around the world, with millions more living in buildings that are not environmentally friendly. Rapid urbanization and economic growth challenge communities to sustainably expand capacity, heightening the need for innovation in building systems and infrastructure.

“Improving lifestyles across Asia and the Pacific must be an inclusive endeavour, and Mohammed … (is) demonstrating how we can get it done,” Tsering said.

Global ingenuity and innovation across all sectors will take centre-stage at the fourth UN Environment Assembly in March. The motto for that meeting is to think beyond prevailing patterns and live within sustainable limits.

So far ModulusTech has sold around 30 units, mostly to businesses in the construction industry who sought structures for washrooms and site offices. They are also in talks with United Nations agencies about possible uses for their product.

As they seek to build their market, the team are already working to upgrade their basic model by installing a solar-powered water purification system. They are also incorporating a second storey into their designs.

For Saquib, architects, designers and engineers have a critical role in fighting for a better environment, but education is also key.

“As a nation, we really don’t care about climate change now. Signing a Paris (climate change) agreement or creating a Pakistan vision for 2025 will not solve this issue. You have to go to ground level,” he said. “Global warming and our response in Pakistan should be part of the schools’ curriculum … It is the government’s duty to raise awareness of this issue.”

He admits it is frustrating that the environmental benefits of ModulusTech’s flat-pack housing is not recognized locally.

“We have built this house and nobody is looking at how sustainable it is, for example that the lifespan is 30 years. No one cares about that,” he said, adding that this lack of knowledge means designers must also take on the mantle of educators.

“We must educate but we have to take baby steps. People just care about the cost. They don’t care about the energy analysis,” he said. “But we are trying our best to educate them, and we really highlight our achievements, like the fact that the houses save 45 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per house. That’s a huge thing right now.”

Ahead of the United Nations Environment Assembly next March, UN Environment is urging people to Think Beyond and Live Within. Join the debate on social media using #SolveDifferent to share your stories and see what others are doing to ensure a sustainable future for our planet.

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Myanmar: Peace Dialogues: Building understanding and support for the peace process

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 03:36:47 +0000

Source: Joint Peace Fund
Country: Myanmar

Connecting those actively working in the peace process with the general public is an important first step to helping more people participate in the critical process of moving Myanmar towards an inclusive peace. With the support of Joint Peace Fund (JPF), the Burma News International (BNI) is organizing “Peace Dialogue” across several States to do just this.

U Nyo Min, Managing Director of the Burma News International (BNI), said creating dialogue events was a key way to build participation in the process. “We’re convening Peace Dialogues to create common ground between ordinary citizens who don’t have an understanding of the on-going peace process, and the stakeholders who are actually involved in it. So then, ordinary citizens have a chance of taking part in the peace process,” he said.

Mon State Peace Dialogue

BNI recently held a ‘Peace Dialogue’ in Mon State, a capital city, Mawlamyine on the 30 January which assembled 30 participants from different organizations including the Mon State Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JMC-S), Mon political parties, CSOs, Mon women’s network and local media.

The event gave its participants an opportunity to raise key local points of concern around the peace process including: JMC-S mechanism; landmines issues; and how current developments in the peace process affect people in Mon State.

Htu Sam Zahkung, from BNI who was facilitating said that discussing these local issues benefited both the public and the peace process stakeholders present. “These peace dialogues are creating a direct channel between the community-level public and stakeholders so that they can discuss ways of strengthening the peace process at the State-level. It also provides an opportunity for community members to understand better the difficulties and struggles peace process stakeholders are facing,” she said.

“These peace dialogues are creating a direct channel between the community-level public and stakeholders so that they can discuss ways of strengthening the peace process at the State-level. It also provides an opportunity for community members to understand better the difficulties and struggles peace process stakeholders are facing.”

The Peace Dialogue in Mawlamyine also discussed the deadlocks in the current peace process; China’s role in Myanmar’s peace process; and the importance of roles and responsibilities of the JMC-S and UPDJC level, and how these two mechanisms could cooperate to support the peace process more constructively.

The deadlocks in the current peace process caused the most concern amongst participants, said Min Aung Htoo, a coordinator of the Mon State CSOs network, who is also a technical assistant team member of the New Mon State Party.

“Lack of mutual understanding is the major cause of the conflict. An opportunity like this informal peace dialogue where we were are able to start understanding one another better and hearing each others’ opinions is a great way to help support the formal peace process,” he said.

Taunggyi Peace Dialogue

BNI held a similar Peace Dialogue in Taunggyi, southern Shan State in October which gathered 39 participants from different stakeholder groups including, State-level Members of Parliament, CSOs, political parties, members of Pa-Oh National Liberation Army, youth networks and local journalists.

At the Taunggyi ‘Peace Dialogue’, the participants raised questions to the gathered stakeholders regarding the hurdles faced over holding a national dialogue at Shan State level. U Nyi Nyi Moe, from the CSO New Generation, said the event was highlighting how people power was needed to move Myanmar’s peace process forward. “Myanmar’s peace process should have a people-centered approach. The peace process stakeholders need to hear people’s views about the peace process,” he said.

Sai Lynn Myat, a State MP told participants: “Mutual respect plays a crucial role in Myanmar’s peace process and peace dialogues. Without having mutual respect, the peace process can’t move forward. We need to build mutual trust and respect within the stakeholders,” he said.

BNI also has successfully held ‘Peace Dialogues’ in Loikaw, Kayah State which gathered 34 participants in total. These have included the political parties, civil society organizations, Joint Monitoring Committee-State members, Member of Parliaments, Women’s group, youth networks, grassroot level public, and persons with disabilities. BNI’s next Peace Dialogue will take place in Hpa’An, Kayin State in mid-March.

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Myanmar: Myanmar: Kachin & Northern Shan NFI Coverage (31/Dec/2018)

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 03:31:13 +0000

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster
Country: Myanmar

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Myanmar: Myanmar: Kachin & Northern Shan Shelter Coverage and Gaps (31/Dec/2018)

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 03:28:43 +0000

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster
Country: Myanmar

Shelter Cluster members are currently covering approximately 40% of the shelter needs reported in Kachin and Northern Shan States.

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Myanmar: Myanmar: Kachin & Northern Shan CCCM Dashboard (31/Dec/2018)

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 03:25:50 +0000

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster
Country: Myanmar

Displacement started in June 2011 due to the fighting between the Government and the Kachin Independence Organization. The majority of IDPs live in camps along the Myanmar-China Border. Approximately 36% of IDPs live in camps in non-Government Controlled areas (NGCA).

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Myanmar: Myanmar: Rakhine NFI Coverage & Gaps by Households level (31/Jan/2019)

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 03:20:16 +0000

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster
Country: Myanmar

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Myanmar: Myanmar: Rakhine Shelter Coverage & Gaps (31/Jan/2019)

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 03:18:45 +0000

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster
Country: Myanmar

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Myanmar: Myanmar: Rakhine CCCM Dashboard (31/Jan/2019)

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 03:12:10 +0000

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster
Country: Myanmar

In Myanmar, the Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster was activated in January 2013. By March 2013, the CCCM Cluster became operational in Rakhine State. Currently 3 Camp Management Agencies undertake substantial work for the CCCM Cluster: data collection, coordination, monitoring of services, community mobilization and capacity building across camps that house over 127,000 IDPs. In addition, one agency serves as a CCCM Focal Point, which ensures communication between the camp population and the UNHCR co-led CCCM Cluster. The objective of the CCCM Cluster remains to ensure all of the priority camps, camps that contain the majority of IDPs, have a dedicated Camp Management Agency, delivering coordinated assistance in line with the rights and needs of the displaced and where possible preparing them for life after displacement.

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Tonga: Tropical Cyclone Advisory Number 2 for Tonga on Tropical Disturbance 10F

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 03:05:20 +0000

Source: Government of Tonga
Country: Tonga

ISSUED FROM THE FUA’AMOTU TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CENTRE AT 02:00PM TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2019

TONGAN

TROPICAL CYCLONE ALERT REMAINS INFORCE FOR TONGA

WARNINGS FOR LAND AREAS AND COASTAL WATERS:

A GALE WARNING REMAINS INFORCE FOR ALL OF TONGA LAND AREAS AND COASTAL WATERS.

A HEAVY RAIN AND FLASH FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS INFORCE FOR ALL OF TONGA.

A HEAVY DAMAGING SWELL WARNING REMAINS INFORCE FOR ALL OF TONGA COASTAL WATERS.

SITUATION:

TROPICAL DEPRESSION TD10F WAS LOCATED NEAR LATIDUDE 12.2 SOUTH, 179.8 EAST OR 625KM NORTH WEST OF NIUAFO’OU OR 815KM WEST NORTH WEST OF NIUATOPUTAPU AT 1:00PM TODAY. THIS SYSTEM IS MOVING EAST SOUTH EAST AT THE SPEED OF 10 KNOTS (18KM/HR). THE POTENTIAL FOR THIS SYSTEM TO DEVELOP INTO A TROPICAL CYCLONE IS MODERATE IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. ON ITS CURRENT TRACK, TD10F IS EXPECTED TO LIE AT ABOUT 365KM NORTH WEST OF NIUAFO’OU OR 555KM WEST NORTH WEST OF NIUATOPUTAPU AT 01:00AM EARLY TOMORROW MORNING. ASSOCIATED CLOUDS, HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG TO GALE FORCE WINDS IS EXPECTED TO AFFECT THE GROUP.

FOR THE NIUAS:

NORTHWEST TO NORTHEAST WINDS 20-25 KNOTS (37-47KM/HR), WITH MOMENTARY GUST UP TO 35-40 KNOTS (57-74KM/HR) AT TIMES STARTING TONIGHT. MOSTLY CLOUDY AND OVERCAST WITH OCCASIONAL RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.

ROUGH TO VERY ROUGH SEAS. A HEAVY DAMAGING NORTHERLY SWELL.

POSSIBLE FLASH FLOOD AND SEA FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS.

FOR HA’APAI AND VAVA’U, TONGATAPU AND ‘EUA:

NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 20-30 KNOTS (37-47 KM/HR) WITH MOMENTARY GUST UP TO 35-40 KNOTS (57-74KM/HR).

CLOUDY WITH OCCASSIONAL SHOWERS, POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES.

ROUGH TO VERY ROUGH SEAS. A HEAVY DAMAGING NORTHERLY SWELL.

POSSIBLE FLASH FLOOD AND SEA FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS.

TIDE PREDICTION

LOW TIDE : 07:05PM
HIGH TIDE : 01:10AM

THE MEAN SEA LEVEL PRESSURE RECORDED AT FUA’AMOTU AIRPORT AT 02:00PM WAS 1002.4 MILLIBARS AND THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY WAS 86%.

THE NEXT TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVISORY ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION 10F FOR TONGA WILL BE ISSUED AT ABOUT 08:00PM THIS EVENING.

FCD: LF/VF/STP/AA/SU= CRS: ST/HT=

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Solomon Islands: Solomon Islands: Tropical Disturbance Number One (12 Feb 2019)

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 03:01:56 +0000

Source: Government of Solomon Islands
Country: Solomon Islands

TROPICAL DISTURBANCE NUMBER ONE ISSUED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE AT 12:30PM THIS AFTERNOON ON THE 12th FEBRUARY, 2019..

THE SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN IS NOW UPGRADED TO TROPICAL DISTURBANCE

A TROPICAL DISTURBANCE IS CURRENT FOR ALL PROVINCES.

AT 11:00AM THIS MORNING, A TROPICAL DEPRESSION WITH A CENTRAL PRESSURE OF 996 HECTOPASCALS WAS LOCATED NEAR 14.0 DEGREES LATITUDE SOUTH AND 164.1 DEGREES LONGITUDE EAST. THIS IS LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 212 NAUTICAL MILES (390KM) SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF MAKIRA ISLAND. THE DEPRESSION IS MOVING EAST-NORTHEAST AT 13 KNOTS AND IS INTENSIFYING.

EXPECT GALE FORCE WINDS 34 TO 47 KNOTS (63-87KM/HOUR) TO DEVELOP OVER PARTS OF RENNELL & BELLONA, MAKIRA AND TEMOTU WITH VERY ROUGH SEAS AND HEAVY SWELLS( 3.5M- 5.0M)

EXPECT WINDS OF 20 TO 30 KNOTS (37-56KM/HOUR) INCREASING TO 35 KNOTS (65KM/HOUR) AT TIMES OVER THE REMAINING PROVINCES WITH MODERATE TO ROUGH SEAS AND MODERATE SWELLS (2.5M-3.5M).

RAIN WILL BE HEAVY WITH SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS.

PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AS BAD WEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH THE TROPICAL DEPRESSION POSES THREAT TO LIVES AND PROPERTIES.

PLEASE LISTEN TO ALL RADIO OUTLETS FOR FURTHER ADVICES.

The next update will be issued at 7:30pm this evening, Tuesday, 12th February, 2019.

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Solomon Islands: Solomon Islands: Heavy Rain Warning Number No. 15 (12 Feb 2019)

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 03:00:38 +0000

Source: Government of Solomon Islands
Country: Solomon Islands

HEAVY RAIN WARNING NUMBER FIFTEEN ISSUED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE AT 7:00AM THIS MORNING, TUESDAY 12th FEBRUARY, 2019.

A HEAVY RAIN WARNING STILL REMAIN IN FORCE FOR MOST PROVINCES.

SITUATION: A MONSOON TROUGH LINKS TO A LOW LOCATED IN THE CORAL SEAS, SOUTH OF SOLOMON ISLANDS. ASSOCIATED HEAVY RAIN IS STILL EXPECTED TO AFFECT THE SOLOMON ISLANDS.

SUCH HEAVY RAIN CAN LEAD TO FLASH FLOOD OR FLOODING AND POSSIBLE LANDSLIDE OVER COMMUNITIES LIVING NEAR HILL SLOPES, CLOSE TO LARGE RIVERS, STREAMS AND LOW LYING AREAS.

PEOPLE LIVING NEAR HILL SLOPES, CLOSE TO RIVERS, STREAMS AND LOW LYING AREAS ARE THEREFORE STRONGLY ADVISE TO TAKE SAFETY MEASURES TO AVOID DANGER AND LOSS OF LIVES AND PROPERTIES.

MOTORISTS ARE ALSO ADVISE TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRAVELLING ON ROAD.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS RIVERS AND LARGE STREAMS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH.

Next update will be issued at 7pm this evening; 12th February, 2019.

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Philippines: DSWD DROMIC Report #3 on the Social Disorganization in Surigao del Sur as of as of 11 February 2019, 4PM

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 01:08:13 +0000

Source: Government of the Philippines
Country: Philippines

SUMMARY

On 16 January 2019, an encounter occurred between government forces and rebel groups along the boundaries of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur and in Municipalities of Lianga and Tago, Surigao del Sur last 24 January 2019. Numerous families were displaced due to these incidents.

1. Status of Affected Families/ Persons

200 families or 1,005 persons were affected by the social disorganization in Lianga and Tago, Surigao del Sur. (see Table 1).

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Philippines: DSWD DROMIC Report #3 on the Tension on Bangsamoro Organic Law Plebiscite as of 11 February 2019, 6PM

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 01:05:40 +0000

Source: Government of the Philippines
Country: Philippines

SUMMARY

This refers to the rising tension between the advocates of opposing opposition on the Bangsamoro Organic law (BOL) that leads to panic and forced several families left their communities and settled in the province of Misamis Occidental.

Source: DSWD-FO FO X

1. Status of Affected Families / Persons

A total of 412 families or 1,654 persons were affected by the Tension on Bangsamoro Organic Law Plebiscite (see Table 1).

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Indonesia: Disaster mitigation education planned for 250,000 schools

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:59:15 +0000

Source: The Jakarta Post
Country: Indonesia

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) will organize disaster mitigation education for millions of students in disaster-prone areas this year.

BNPB community empowerment director Lilik Kurniawan said on Friday that there will be classes on disaster mitigation at the 250,000 or 75 percent of schools that are in disaster-prone areas.

The initiative follows President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s instruction last Saturday on creating an educational program for schools on disaster mitigation by the end of the year.

The program took into consideration cases like the 2004 earthquake in Aceh where children, women and the elderly were the most vulnerable groups, making up 70 percent of the victims according to BNPB data.

Focusing on what to do in the event of a disaster, the program will either be integrated into the curriculum or through extracurricular activities such as pramuka (scouts).

“We will make it easier for students to understand [disaster mitigation] by presenting comics, games and short films,” Lilik said at a press conference.

While a similar program has been implemented at 1,500 schools by the Education and Culture Ministry since 2012, Lilik said the new program will be easier to implement as “anyone can participate in educating the students".

“Previously, those who ran [the program] were staff under the ministry. The difference is that anyone can now help to educate them. We will give them a new module that is different and tailored to the volunteers' needs,” Lilik said.

The module will be accessible through various BNPB portals, which he said would be completed in two months and implemented as soon as possible, although no dates were specified.

To complement the program, the BNPB would also evaluate emergency facilities at disaster-prone schools, including emergency routes and the nearest exits for each classroom.

The BNPB will also hold a nationwide disaster drill at schools on April 26, dubbed Disaster Alertness Day.

At the same press conference, the head of the tsunami and earthquake division at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Rahmat Triyono, said his team would also continue its yearly program “BMKG Goes To school”, which has similar aims to the new program.

Triyono expressed hope that in the long run students would be better prepared during emergency situations after taking part in such preventive initiatives.

“Pupils in Japan are aware of the procedures during an earthquake from a very young age. They know that they need to go outside rather than under the table,” Triyono said.

For the general public, the BNPB will hold a similar program in villages and utilize local religious leaders in spreading awareness on disaster mitigation measures.

As well as the instruction on education, Jokowi also called for disaster-resistant urban planning that involved experts, assigning regional governors as the chief working unit during emergencies, building integrated warning systems and organizing regular disaster simulations.

Amid the election campaign, Lilik expressed hope that each presidential candidate would have the same vision on strengthening disaster mitigation.

“The fact is we are a country that is susceptible to disasters and thousands of people have died recently. I believe that [disaster mitigation] should be a priority no matter who the president is,” Lilik said.

As a country that sits along the Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia is prone to natural disasters. In 2018, there were 4,535 deaths as a result of natural disasters, according to the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. (mai)

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Papua New Guinea: Landslip kills 1, destroys homes

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:54:30 +0000

Source: The National
Country: Papua New Guinea

By PISAI GUMAR

A landslip at interior Boroki village in Nahu-Rawa, Raicoast district, Madang, has buried a man and destroyed more than 15 houses.

Entire families have been forced to seek refuge elsewhere.

The deceased, Daniel Wiyo, a father of eight, was buried by the landslip on Thursday night.Elderly women Bendamoni Sawasa and Yuyure Sindango sustained minor injuries when running away in fear of oncoming debris and boulders at night.

“The landslip occurred concurrently with rain, winds and thunder on Thursday night” school teacher Kakuna Miraka said.

He said due to heavy downpour with thunder and lightning, many families were inside the house not knowing there would be a landslide.

“Some families at the foot of the mountain alerted the people as they ran away in fear of the landslip” Miraka said.

He said as people shouted and ran away in fear, Wiyo, unable to escape due to a knee problem, was buried under surging mud.

The construction company based at Angrimba village rehabilitating Ranara-Tauta Road used its excavator to recover the body on Friday morning.

After walking 5km from Ranara aid post to interior Boroki village, The National assessed the disaster that requires immediate attention from Madang government.

The lives of about 500 people are under threat from a swelling lake above Boroki village along the Finisterre Range.

The lake is likely to burst its banks any time if the rain continues.

Villagers leaving for nearby villages to seek refuge.

The road, currently under rehabilitation by MP Peter Sapia, has been badly damaged.

There is a huge watercourse created along the road by continuous surge of water from the swelling lake.

Along the Ramu Highway, Surinam Bridge and several others were affected, causing chaos to traffic on Thursday.

Continuous downpour along Usino-Bundi, Middle Ramu and Rai Coast districts in Madang is forcing various creeks and streams to burst their banks, destroying roads and bridges.

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Philippines: UNICEF urges parents to get children immunized; calls for collective actions to fight measles

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:50:13 +0000

Source: UN Children's Fund
Country: Philippines

MANILA, 8 February 2019 – UNICEF is alarmed at the recent reports of various occurrences of measles outbreak across the Philippines. Reported incidences of death and illnesses in children from the vaccine-preventable disease is unacceptable. Recent reports from the DOH and the World Health Organization (WHO) show there are more than 20,000 reported measles cases in the country as of December 2018, a 500 per cent increase compared to last year.

From May 2017 to April 2018 globally, the Philippines ranks among the top 10 countries with the highest incidence of measles, along with Nigeria, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. An estimated 2.5 million Filipino children from under five were not vaccinated with the measles vaccine remain at risk of getting the disease.

Measles is a serious and highly contagious disease. Population immunity can be achieved by 95 per cent or higher coverage and outbreaks prevented. Unfortunately, coverage for routine immunizations in the Philippines is only 55 per cent. If not prevented, measles can cause serious complications including infection of the brain, severe diarrhea and dehydration, pneumonia and ear infections and even death. Measles survivors are often left with life-long disabilities, such as blindness, deafness and brain damage.

“Vaccinations to prevent measles is available free of cost in government health centres. The measles vaccine is safe and effective and had been successfully used in the Philippines for more than 40 years now. Measles in children is deadly and can cause long-term complications and disabilities which can seriously impede development and potential in our children,” UNICEF Philippines Deputy Representative Julia Rees says, “I urge parents and communities to take their children to the health center to be immunized.”

The Philippines, as a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, is mandated to give children the best health care possible, including vaccination against childhood diseases. The Republic Act 10152 or the Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act states that mandatory basic immunization shall be given for free at any government hospital or health center to infants and children up to five (5) years of age.

Falling short of utmost efforts to urgently increase vaccination coverage and identify populations with unacceptable levels of under, or unimmunized children, we risk losing decades of progress in protecting children and communities against this devastating but entirely preventable disease, according to the World Health Organization.

UNICEF is fully committed in supporting the Philippine government to fight measles by ensuring that vaccines are available. We also provide technical assistance to improve coverage of routine immunization and supplemental immunization activities and improve public awareness on measles vaccination.

We call on parents and caregivers to bring their children to the nearest health center to have their children vaccinated and ensure that they receive at least 2 doses of measles containing vaccine. Children with severe symptoms should see a barangay health worker or midwife as soon as possible, however to prevent spreading the infection at the health facility, children without severe symptoms may be better taken care of at home.

We urge local leaders to intensify immunization activities in their respective localities and areas of jurisdiction and to support mobilization of vaccination teams to reach every child in the fastest way possible.

We encourage health workers both at the public and private health facilities to continue their efforts to ensure that every child in every community is reached with lifesaving vaccines.

We call on all decision makers in government to support the mobilization of health workers, to disseminate the right information and address any fear and mistrust of vaccines.

We all have a shared responsibility to ensure all children are immunized and protected from preventable diseases. We all have a role to play to ensure that families are supported in overcoming barriers, and that children complete their vaccines.

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Tonga: Tropical Cyclone Advisory Number 6 for Tonga on Tropical Disturbance 08F

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:48:03 +0000

Source: Government of Tonga
Country: Tonga

ISSUED FROM THE FUA’AMOTU TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CENTRE AT 01:00AM TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2019 TONGAN

TROPICAL CYCLONE ALERT REMAINS INFORCE FOR TONGA.

WARNINGS:

A GALE WARNING REMAINS INFORCE FOR ALL OF TONGA LAND AREAS AND COASTAL WATERS.

A HEAVY RAIN AND FLASH FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS INFORCE FOR ALL OF TONGA.

A HEAVY DAMAGING SWELL WARNING REMAINS INFORCE FOR ALL OF TONGA COASTAL WATERS.

SITUATION:

TROPICAL DEPRESSION TD08F WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 20.0 SOUTH, LONGITUDE 177.0 WEST OR 230KM WEST OF NOMUKA, 225KM WEST NORTHWEST OF NUKU’ALOFA AT 01:00AM THIS MORNING. THIS SYSTEM IS MOVING SOUTH SOUTHWEST AT THE SPEED OF 10 KNOTS (18KM/HR). THE POTENTIAL FOR THIS SYSTEM TO DEVELOP INTO A TROPICAL CYCLONE IS LOW. ON ITS CURRENT TRACK, TD08F IS EXPECTED TO LIE AT ABOUT 240KM WEST OF NUKU’ALOFA AT 07:00AM THIS MORNING. MEANWHILE, A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE LIES SLOW MOVING OVER TONGATAPU AND ‘EUA. ASSOCIATED CLOUDS, HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG TO GALE FORCE WINDS IS EXPECTED TO AFFECT THE GROUP.

FOR THE NIUAS:

NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS 20-25 KNOTS (37-47KM/HR), WITH MOMENTARY GUST UP TO 35-40 KNOTS (57-74KM/HR).

MOSTLY CLOUDY AND OVERCAST WITH OCCASIONAL RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.

ROUGH TO VERY ROUGH SEAS. A HEAVY DAMAGING NORTHERLY SWELL.

POSSIBLE FLASH FLOOD AND SEA FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS.

FOR HA’APAI AND VAVA’U:

NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS 20-25 KNOTS (37-47KM/HR), WITH MOMENTARY GUST UP TO 35-40 KNOTS (57-74KM/HR).

MOSTLY CLOUDY AND OVERCAST WITH OCCASIONAL RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.

ROUGH TO VERY ROUGH SEAS. A HEAVY DAMAGING NORTHERLY SWELL.

POSSIBLE FLASH FLOOD AND SEA FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS.

FOR TONGATAPU AND ‘EUA:

EAST TO NORTHEAST WINDS 20-30 KNOTS (37-47 KM/HR) WITH MOMENTARY GUST UP TO 35-40 KNOTS (57-74KM/HR).

CLOUDY WITH OCCASSIONAL SHOWERS, POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES.

ROUGH TO VERY ROUGH SEAS. A HEAVY DAMAGING NORTHERLY SWELL.

POSSIBLE FLASH FLOOD AND SEA FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS.

TIDE PREDICTION

LOW TIDE : 06:25AMHIGH TIDE : 12:49PM

THE MEAN SEA LEVEL PRESSURE RECORDED AT FUA’AMOTU AIRPORT AT 01:00AM WAS 1000.9 MILLIBARS AND THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY WAS 99%.

THE NEXT TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVISORY ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION 08F FOR TONGA WILL BE ISSUED AT ABOUT 08:00AM THIS MORNING.

FCD: MT/LF/SP/TTK/FH/SV/= CRS: TT/UV/=

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Solomon Islands: Solomon Islands: Special Weather Bulletin Number One (11 Feb 2019)

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:42:06 +0000

Source: Government of Solomon Islands
Country: Solomon Islands

ISSUED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES AT 5:30 PM THIS EVENING ON MONDAY 11th FEBRUARY, 2019.

A SPECIAL WEATHER ADVICE IS CURRENT FOR SOLOMON ISLANDS.

SITUATION: AT 4:00 PM THIS AFTERNOON A TROPICAL LOW WITH A CENTRAL PRESSURE OF 996 HECTOPASCALS WAS LOCATED NEAR 15.8 DEGREES LATITUDE SOUTH AND 160.3 DEGREES LONGITUDE EAST. THIS IS LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 245 NAUTICAL MILES (453 KILOMETRS) SOUTH OF RENNEL ISLAND.

EXPECT WINDS OF 15 TO 25 KNOTS GUSTING UP TO 35 KNOTS OVER MOST WATERS AND LAND AREAS. MODERATE TO ROUGH SEAS WITH MODERATE WEST TO NORTHWEST SWELLS.

EXPECT HEAVY RAIN WITH SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS OVER MOST PROVINCES.

PEOPLE IN ALL THE PROVINCES SHOULD TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AS BAD WEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH THE TROPICAL LOW POSES THREAT TO LIVES AND PROPERTIES.

PLEASE LISTEN TO ALL RADIO OUTLETS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

The next update will be issued at 7:00am tomorrow morning, Tuesday, 12th February, 2019.

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