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To Reduce Impact of Natural Disasters, Vietnam Must Engage Small Businesses

April 18, 2012

In late March, Ho Chi Minh City’s residents braced for heavy windfall and flooding as tropical storm Pakhar – the first storm of the season – headed for the nation’s economic hub. Many residents were caught off guard, as experts declared the storm “abnormally early.”

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New Reports on Japan’s Tohoku Region Recovery

March 14, 2012

The recovery of Japan’s Tohoku region after last year’s devastating earthquake disaster will hinge on revitalizing the local economy, according to two new reports from Give2Asia. For the past year, Give2Asia has partnered with local organizations in Tohoku in both immediate relief and longer-term recovery efforts. One report details Give2Asia’s projects and partnerships undertaken in […]

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Flooding in Asia’s Megacities

January 4, 2012

My colleagues in The Asia Foundation’s Environment Program recently returned from Bangkok, where the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum they were scheduled to attend was canceled due to the worst flooding in Thailand in 60 years. The disaster resulted in over 600 deaths, approximately 10 million lives affected, $21 billion in lost revenues from major industries, and an estimated $24 billion dollars in damage to property…

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Thailand’s Students Return to Classrooms, But Rebuilding Remains a Challenge

December 14, 2011

The flooding that submerged one-third of Thailand this year was the worst the country had seen in 50 years. Sixty-five provinces and over 4 million people have been affected, tens of thousands have lost jobs, and nearly 700 were killed. Nine provinces remain underwater.

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Thailand’s Flood Disaster

December 14, 2011

After being hit by the worst flooding in half a century, Thailand and its residents are on the long road to recovery. Waters submerged one-third of the country, left nearly 700 dead, and caused millions in economic damage and lost revenue from major industries…

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In The News

As Thailand’s Floodwaters Recede, Agonies Surface

November 9, 2011

In the early weeks of October, people across Thailand experienced great heartache and even disbelief as they watched news coverage of rising floodwaters submerging several sizable industrial factories north of Bangkok one by one. During the first weeks of the flooding, we listened patiently…

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In The News

Thailand Flooding: Persistent Uncertainty and a Long Road to Recovery

November 2, 2011

Several weeks of the worst flooding Thailand has experienced in 50 years has left more than 400 people dead and affected over 9 million Thais. Although central Bangkok has been spared thus far, many neighborhoods in greater Bangkok and adjacent provinces remain submerged. In Asia interviews The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Thailand Kim McQuay…

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Months Later, Floods Threaten Health, Food Security of Cambodia’s Rural Citizens

November 2, 2011

While international media attention has been focused on the rising floodwaters in and around Bangkok, and Thailand’s efforts to cope with this disaster, across the border, Cambodia has been experiencing its worst flooding in a decade…

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Notes from the Field

Water Tank Saves Sri Lankan Residents from Worst of Floods

June 22, 2011

Sri Lanka is no stranger to water-related disaster; the 2004 tsunami was only one such threat to livelihoods in the vulnerable island nation. In January and February 2011, Sri Lanka’s Northern, Eastern, and Central provinces were deluged by severe floods. Though flooding during the country’s bi-annual monsoon is a recurrent problem, the rains in the hardest-hit district of Batticaloa…

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In The News

In Thailand: Tsunami Recovery & the Childless Mothers

May 9, 2007

Mother’s Day will soon be celebrated in the United States, but in Thailand we celebrate this holiday on the Queen’s birthday, in August. On this occasion, I take time to reflect on another important, albeit, very sad, day in Thailand. On December 26, 2004, as I watched on television the killer waves striking the Andaman […]

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