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Bangladesh: Massive fire razes Old Dhaka

On the night of 20 February 2019, a massive fire which began either from a gas cylinder or a transformer blast razed Churihatta, Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined by local authorities, yet the incident was considered the third biggest fire in history, causing over 60 deaths and numerous injuries according to the media. The fire engulfed neighboring buildings including a community center. It took 37 fire-fighting units 15 hours to douse the flames.

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Indonesia: Homes, food, water still top priorities six months after the Lombok earthquakes

This is a disaster displacement crisis unlike many others. Six months after a series of deadly earthquakes, with the worst on 5 August 2018, nearly half a million people in west, north and east Lombok are staying in small shelters they have cobbled together from plastic, tarpaulins or materials salvaged from their nearby damaged or destroyed houses.

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In Pictures: Emergency hospital in Cox’s Bazar transitions to primary healthcare center

Most people working in the camps in Cox’s Bazar call it the “rubber garden”.

For displaced communities living there, the “rubber garden”, or Red Cross Red Crescent emergency field hospital is where they seek medical aid, have their wounds treated, and where their babies are delivered. Since 16 October 2017, the hospital has seen over 52,000 patients, admitted over 1,900, performed an estimated 2,700 surgeries and delivered over 600 babies. The hospital is run by a bevy of doctors, nurses, translators and general workers from various nationalities, all focused on delivering life-saving support and helping to treat ailments and mend wounds.

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In Pictures: Kids’ influenza crisis in Mongolia

Mongolia is in the grips of a serious influenza A (H1N1) outbreak. The combination of extreme cold, toxic air, poverty, the risk of pneumonia and the coming Lunar New Year are posing deadly risks especially for young children. Temperatures lower than minus 40 degrees Celsius, air pollution and cramped living conditions are pushing up influenza rates, making it a kids’ crisis.  In the Songinokhairkhan District Hospital, Galsantseden Badrakh, the hospital’s chief physician and leading pediatrician, is seeing an overflow of patients.

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