UN Calling Asia: focus on Myanmar floods, lifeline in Iraq and evacuation centres in the Philippines

Chin State, in Myanmar, was among the hardest-hit by floods. Photo: UNICEF/Mohammad Badrul Hassan

Myanmar floods generate destruction and solidarity

Humanitarian relief efforts continue in Myanmar, where floods and landslides brought on by monsoon rains have caused the deaths of more than 100 people and displaced hundreds of thousands. Renata Lok-Dessalien, UN Resident Coordinator, reports that the downpour of rain has also led to an "unprecedented amount of solidarity" on the part of concerned people in the country and from around the world. Mary Ferreira caught up with her in Yangon to find out more.

Bathoul Ahmed. Photo: Bathoul Ahmed

Call centre provides lifeline to displaced people in Iraq

A call centre has been established in Iraq to provide a humanitarian lifeline for millions of people escaping ongoing fighting in the country. To learn more about the call centre’s objectives, May Yaacoub spoke with Bathoul Ahmed, information officer with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Two children walk past downed trees and other destruction caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City. File Photo: UNICEF

Evacuation centres to open in cyclone-prone areas of the Philippines

State-of-the art evacuation centres in the Philippines are being set up by the UN to provide shelter for communities in cyclone-prone areas of the country. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have broken ground on the first of two such centres on the island of Samar. Maria Carlino reports.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00


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