Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (27 September – 3 October 2022)

PHILIPPINES   More than a million people have been affected by Super Typhoon Noru (local name Karding), which made landfall in Quezon Province on 25 September. Around 46,400 people remain displaced , with 3,091 people taking temporary shelter in 26 evacuation centers. Severe winds damaged 58,994 houses (51,600 partially, 7,344 totally damaged), while torrential rains […]

Disrupting harm in Thailand: Evidence on online child sexual exploitation and abuse

PROTECTING CHILDREN IN THAILAND FROM ONLINE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE: THE WAY FORWARD   In the past year alone, nine percent of 12–17-year-old internet users in Thailand were victims of grave instances of online child sexual abuse and exploitation (OCSEA). While recent work to reform legislation and develop policy responses to the crime are commendable, […]

Lao PDR, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam – Tropical Cyclone Noru, Situation Update, Friday, 30 September 2022, 1700 HRS (UTC+7)

Meteorological History (Philippines): From 22-24 September 2022, Tropical Cyclone (TC) NORU (local name: Karding) developed from a Low-Pressure area into a Tropical Storm (TS) over the Philippine Sea while moving towards Central Luzon.   On 24 September, TC NORU intensified into a Severe tropical Storm (STS). By 1900 UTC+7, NORU rapidly intensified into a Typhoon […]

Nations Must Work Together to Fight Online Fraud, UN Official Says

BANGKOK — A top U.N. official last week said the syndicates running Asia’s massive online fraud industry will rotate operations among lawless areas of Southeast Asia unless governments cooperate to bring them down, after Cambodia said it was cracking down on cybercrime compounds.   The networks have swindled hundreds of millions of dollars, regional police […]

Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia – Tropical cyclone NORU (DG ECHO Partners, GDACS, JTWC, NDRRMC, DROMIC DSWD, media, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 27 September 2022)

In the Philippines, on 27 September, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 60,817 affected people and 51,811 displaced in 976 evacuation centres and outside. DG ECHO has deployed field staff to assess the humanitarian situation on ground. In Vietnam, on 27 September, the Prime Minister called for emergency meeting as Central […]

Will the gentle approach rid Thailand of its drug problem?

Drug addicts sometimes commit shocking crimes in their quest for a fix, even attacking their own family members. In some cases, parents push for the arrest of their drug-crazed children and in the worst scenarios have even pulled the trigger in self-defense.   These problems continue in Thailand even though many drug abusers now get […]