Asia Pacific

From Challenge to Change: The journey of Extreme Heat in Indonesia begins here

In the tapestry of natural disasters woven into the landscape of Indonesia through Law No. 24 of 2007, there are no elements of extreme heat or heat waves. However, the absence of these elements does not diminish their presence in almost all regions of Indonesia, especially in areas like Surabaya and Medan. As temperatures rise, […]

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Upskilling for Resilience: A Guide to Free Online Disaster Preparedness Training

As disasters continue to challenge communities worldwide, it is crucial for disaster management practitioners to stay up-to-date with the latest knowledge, training, and skills to help keep communities safer during these crises. To aid in the professional development of this critical workforce, the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) has curated a list of free online

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Urgency of heatwave risk management

This issue of Southasiadisasters.net is titled the ‘Urgency of Heatwave Risk Management’. Heatwaves are not only here to stay but will accelerate in their frequency, severity, loss and damage, at all levels. Read 15 vibrant and realize perspectives to find your own way to manage heatwave risk, to avoid heatwave-caused deaths. As climate change intensifies,

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Climate threats to coastal infrastructure and sustainable development outcomes

Using a high-resolution dataset of 8.2 million households in Bangladesh’s coastal zone, researchers assess the extent to which infrastructure service disruptions induced by flood, cyclone and erosion hazards can thwart progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Climate hazards pose increasing threats to development outcomes across the world’s coastal regions by impacting infrastructure service delivery.

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From Oyster Castles to Virtual Reality: Hong Kong Red Cross’ Innovative Approach to Building Resilience

At the forefront of building resilient communities, the Hong Kong Red Cross (Branch of Red Cross Society of China) is leading exciting disaster preparedness and risk reduction initiatives from local to international levels. Notably, its nature-based solutions work has garnered widespread recognition for its impact and fostering diverse grassroots collaboration. In this DRM Practitioner Spotlight

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Humanitarian Service Points in Action: A global review

Along some of the world’s toughest migration routes, Humanitarian Service Points provide a safe space for migrants and displaced people, giving them access to vital services that might otherwise be unreachable. This report provides numerous concrete examples of Humanitarian Service Points in operation along migration routes around the world and it explains why they are

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Trilateral best practices report- Tools and technologies for earthquake risk management: Sharing experience from Northeast Asia

This report brings together best practices in earthquake risk reduction from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, as well as Mongolia, which were shared in a regional online workshop organized in August 2023 by the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) as part of a collaboration

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Effects of anticipatory humanitarian cash assistance to households forecasted to experience extreme flooding: evidence from Bangladesh

The 2020 monsoon floods in Bangladesh were among the most severe and protracted in decades. Instead of waiting for disaster to strike, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society used impact-based forecast data to reach nearly 3,800 vulnerable households along the Jamuna River with a one-off unconditional cash transfer of BDT 4,500 (about $53) before peak flooding

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Integrating early warning early action within disaster legislation in Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific faces significant challenges due to its susceptibility to disasters such as cyclones, floods and earthquakes with the impact of climate change further exacerbating these. The integration of early warning early action (EWEA) within domestic disaster legislation is crucial for enhancing preparedness and mitigating the impact of disasters. This case study explores how countries

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Flood Resilience Alliance: Philippines Country Briefing

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, commonly experiencing floods, droughts, and typhoons. According to the latest assessment of the World Risk Index (2022), the Philippines is the country with the highest disaster risk in the world. The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance is a multi-sectoral partnership focusing on finding practical

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