Asia Pacific

UN agency planning long-term food support for flood-hit Sri Lankans

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that the agency is delivering food aid to half a million people affected by the massive floods in Sri Lanka, while planning for longer-term support to help those affected recover from the disaster.

UNESCO to assess damage to Hindu temple caused by Thai-Cambodian clashes

The United Nations cultural agency said today it plans to send a mission to assess the damage caused to the Preah Vihear Temple, a World Heritage site, by the recent armed clashes between Thailand and Cambodia.

Winter drought threatens wheat harvest in north China plain as prices soar – UN

A drought in the north China plain, the country’s winter wheat production region, could lead to a reduced harvest, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today, saying concern over the water shortage has caused wheat prices in the country to rise rapidly over the past few months.

Humanitarian emergency persists as more floods ravage Sri Lanka – UN

Fresh floods have hit Sri Lanka just weeks after large swathes of the South Asian island nation were inundated by a deluge caused by torrential rainfall, the United Nations reported today, saying that over a million people already weakened by the initial flooding are affected.

UN chief urges restraint after latest Thai-Cambodian border clashes

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday voiced concern about repeated armed clashes between Cambodia and Thailand around their common border, and called on both sides to exercise restraint and resolve their dispute through dialogue.

Fighting in north-west Pakistan may displace up to 90,000 people – UN refugee agency

The UN refugee agency today warned that military operations against insurgents in the north-west region of Pakistan known as Mohmand agency could displace up to 90,000 people by the end of February if the fighting intensifies.

Australia’s disaster risk preparedness helped prevent Cyclone Yasi casualties – UN official

A high level of disaster risk awareness, preparedness and planning helped prevent casualties when Tropical Cyclone Yasi struck north-east Australia earlier this week, the United Nations’ top disaster risk official said today, urging other countries to invest in improving their capacity to respond to such disasters.

Ban hopes election of new Myanmar president leads to ‘inclusive’ civilian government

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took note of the announcement, by Myanmar’s newly-convened parliament, of the election of a new president and vice-presidents and voiced hope that the move marks the beginning of a change in the status-quo in the South-East Asian country.

UN agencies provide additional assistance as further floods hit Sri Lanka

United Nations agencies are providing additional support to the Government of Sri Lanka in its efforts to respond to fresh floods, amidst existing efforts to help hundreds of thousands of people affected by earlier flooding that followed unusually heavy rainfall during the past two months.

Nepal: Ban welcomes election of new premier ending political stalemate

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the election of Jhalanath Khanal as Prime Minister of Nepal, a move that ends a prolonged stalemate on forming a new government in the South Asian country.