News in Brief 16 March 2015 (AM)

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Tens of thousands of children are in urgent need of assistance in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam ripped through the country. Photo: UNICEF Pacific

Disasters cost Asia and Pacific US$1.5 trillion over past 45 years

The Asia and Pacific region has lost two million lives and more than US$ 1.5 trillion over the past 45 years.

That's according to a new report that has been issued by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction taking place in Sendai, Japan.

The Overview of Natural Disasters and their Impacts in Asia and the Pacific from 1970 to 2014, also shows a decline in the average number of fatalities per event, despite a rise in the number of natural disasters.

Indian institute wins 100,000 Euros for help slum dwellers

An Indian institute has won this year's Risk Award for a project to develop community volunteers and master trainers in risk management in the Indian city of Pune where 25,000 people live in ten slums.

The announcement was made at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström described the India Institute for Local Self-Government as "a worthy" winner of the award for its work to help impoverished people in informal settlements.

Prosecutor of criminal court for former Yugoslavia to meet war crimes victims

Representatives of the victims of war crimes committed during the Bosnian war in the 1990s will meet with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia this week.

Serge Brammertz on Monday started a three-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina where he will discuss with judicial authorities their processing of war crimes.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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