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August 2012

World: Humanitarian and Country Icons 2012

27 August 2012

OCHA adds 500 free humanitarian symbols to communications tools and services

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA) has created a set of 500 freely available humanitarian icons to help relief workers present emergency and crisis-related information quickly and simply.

When a disaster strikes, it is vital that the humanitarian community can gather reliable data on the locations and needs of affected people and who is best placed to assist them. This often involves the need to present complex information in a way that everyone can understand.


Economies of Bangladesh, Philippines, Myanmar, India, Viet Nam at highest risk from natural hazards – Risk Atlas

15 August 2012

Some of Asia’s most important growth economies have the highest financial risk from the threat of natural hazards, due to the high exposure of their cities and trading hubs to events such as flooding, earthquakes and tropical cyclones, according to the 2nd released by Maplecroft.

Bangladesh, the Philippines, Myanmar, India and Viet Nam are among the ten countries with the greatest proportion of their economic output exposed to natural hazards.

'Step Up' on 13 October for the International Day for Disaster Reduction

9 August 2012

Over 80 countries around the world commemorated the International Day for Disaster Reduction last year and we hope that this year will be even bigger!

October 13 is the International Day for Disaster Reduction (GA resolution 64/200 of 21 December 2009). As 13 October falls on Saturday this year, the UN will observe the Day on Friday 12 October.

The theme for 2012 is " Wo  men and Girls: The [in]Visible Force of Resilience". This year's International Day will put a spotlight on the millions of women and girls who are making their communities more resilient to disaster and climate risks and

Water levels surge in Mekong floods

9 August 2012

VietNamNet Bridge – Unrelenting rains and high tides last week caused water levels in the Mekong River's upstream areas in Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds) to rise sharply, according to the Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

They rose by 1-8cm a day and would continue to increase rapidly, it said. The Plain of Reeds covers the provinces of Long An, Tien Giang, and Dong Thap. About 2,500ha of standing rice crop in Long An's Vinh Hung District are threatened by floods that have swollen to one metre.

Philippines : deux millions de sinistrés après les inondations

9 August 2012

Manila / Philippines - even with many UN ISDR Champions of Disaster Prevention - is under water....