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  • Written by IRIN hc/pt/cb

Was Vietnam ready for floods?

After the floods, Hoi An, central Vietnam. Photo: Flickr/UnaiGuerra.[HANOI] As central Vietnam continued to be battered by flooding that has killed at least 66 and affected half a million people since 2 October, IRIN asked three experts to assess the country’s level of preparedness for flooding that typically occurs from August to November.

The storms quickly inundated five out of 58 provinces nationally – Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Nghe An, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien Hue – causing widespread damage to crops, housing and livestock. Record rains on 14-16 October flooded an additional 50,000 homes. The country is in the path of a super typhoon due to hit the Philippines shortly before continuing on through Vietnam.

  • Written by Crisis Group

Indonesia: The deepening impasse in Papua

Map of Indonesia.

[JAKARTA/BRUSSELS] The Indonesian government needs urgently to address discontent in Papua, its easternmost region, and recognise that the root of the problem is political, not economic.  

Indonesia: The Deepening Impasse in Papua , the latest briefing from the International Crisis Group, examines the political fallout from Jakarta’s rejection of a local initiative to require all candidates in district-level elections to be indigenous Papuans. The debate that followed brought to the fore Papuan concerns about being increasingly marginalised by steady in-migration from other parts of Indonesia and unhappiness with implementation of a 2001 autonomy package.

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