Institution: Asia Pacific

Going shelter to shelter to survive the monsoon in Cox’s Bazar

By Lynette Nyman / IFRC A sudden dramatic downpour on 19 April 2018 washed through some bamboo and plastic shelters where more than 600,000 people from Rakhine, Myanmar, have sought shelter in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. The rain turned access roads into mud ponds, a warning that bad conditions will deteriorate even further soon. Single mother Kulsuma Khatun has been preparing. The pre-monsoon rain did not affect the home she shares with her daughter and mother after fleeing Rakhine without her husband, who she believes is dead. They live with other women in a row of shelters in Kutupalong...

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Pacific communities at the forefront of local action and adaption

By Hanna Butler / IFRC The 191st pin on the Red Cross Red Crescent world map is set to be for the Marshall Islands Red Cross, which is on track to becoming the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) newest National Society, after the first visit from the Secretary General of the IFRC.  Elhadj As Sy visited the islands from 15 to 21 March 2018. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Republic of the Marshall Islands is home to 50,000 people, across 29 coral atolls and more than 1,150 islands and islets. Like many Pacific...

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Emergency hospital: Six months of saving lives

Toni Stokes never knows how many women in labour will arrive each day. Sometimes none, other times three or four pregnant women are rushed to the Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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Homes, convenient water and health posts transform lives and countryside

Pasang Tamang’s face lights up as she chats with visitors on the veranda outside her new house.  “I feel more secure here than in the temporary shelter,” says Pasang. The temporary shelter was made of corrugated iron, which was home to her and her family after the earthquake destroyed their old house and killed their daughter. Living with disability even before the disaster, which battered Nepal on 25 April, 2015, leaving nearly 9,000 people dead and hundreds of thousands of families homeless, Pasang, 48, has become even less mobile and is dependent on her husband and other relatives. Hers...

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Bracing for a crisis within a crisis in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and partners, is taking action to reduce the risks and be able to respond quickly if there’s a crisis within a crisis.

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