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Pakistan: Attabad Lake poses new threat of displacement
Jun 01, 2010 The rising water level of Attabad Lake in northern Pakistan has now reached on the verge of breaking its banks, triggering displacement and submergence of 16 villages of the area. According to National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan arrangements have been made to ensure relief to the 16 villages with a population of about twenty-five thousand.
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Displaced Pakistanis need urgent support
May 12, 2009 In view of rapidly unfolding events and the magnitude of displacement in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, the UN refugee agency has appealed the international community to provide additional relief material. More than 360,000 people have been displaced due to the ongoing conflict between government forces and militants.
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No water for Cyclone Aila victims in Bangladesh
Jun 03, 2009 Survivors of Cyclone Aila in southern Bangladesh are now faced with shortage of drinking water due to contamination of ponds, wells and tube wells. Relief assistance has yet to reach thousands of people on many of the islands.
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Donor funding 'still hesitant' in Pakistan
Jun 10, 2009 If more funds are not made available soon, essential services can be disrupted by the end of this month in war-torn North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Despite the appeal issued by an UN agency for US$ 543 million, only a fraction has trickled in.
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Floods wreak havoc in Assam; 77 killed, over a lakh evacuated
Jul 02, 2012 The recent floods in Assam have affected 27 districts and a population of 21,06,280, according to government sources. The flood has left 77 people dead. Around 1,13,830 people have been evacuated so far.
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India: Assam flood situation worsens, death toll rises to 116
Jul 05, 2012 Though the relief and rescue operations in the flood ravaged State of Assam, situated in north-eastern India, are in full swing, the death toll continues to rise. According to official reports, around three lakh people have already taken shelter in the relief camps.
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Donors drifting away from war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka
Jul 10, 2012 Donor assistance is waning in northern Sri Lanka, where the critical priorities of food, shelter, protection and nutrition are not being covered, and many displaced people still looking forward to outside assistance more than three years after a decades-long civil war ended.
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Nepal creates earthquake awareness through schoolchildren
Aug 21, 2011 Thousands of school children in Nepal are benefiting from an earthquake awareness program organised by the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS). Students in this earthquake-prone country receive training in first aid, triage, light search and rescue and basic disaster management planning.
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Recognising the elderly in emergencies
Oct 10, 2008 WHO’s recent publication, Older persons in emergencies: An active ageing perspective focuses on the elderly in conflict related and naturally caused disasters. It also calls upon policy makers for a greater recognition of their roles during such crises by bringing together real-life stories of positive contributions from different parts of the world.
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Stepping up aid for emergencies
Jan 27, 2009 UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action Report 2009 notes that overlooked emergencies like disasters and conflicts around the world are worsening hunger, disease and poverty for women and children. The report outlines the need for approximately $1 billion to assist people affected by ongoing food crisis, socio-political unrests and climate change.
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A humanitarian response to education
Jun 10, 2009 Save the Children’s new report: Last in Line, Last in School 2009 finds that nearly 40 million children worldwide are out of school in conflict-affected fragile states. With global financial crisis threatening investment in basic services, the report urges governments to prioritise education aid for children in emergencies.
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Diamond hub of India sparkles in climate fight
Dec 08, 2009 Relying on its track record, Surat hopes to generate environmental awareness in other Indian cities by becoming a model frontrunner in adapting to climate change. Aided with funds, the city has in the past proven immensely responsive to adaptation experiments.
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Cyclone hit in Myanmar lack proper shelters
Oct 21, 2008 Living under tattered roofs five months after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar, the people have exhausted their savings in repairing makeshift homes. These families of pregnant women, sick, elderly and disabled are now worried about the approaching winter.
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NGO provides succour to Kosi flood victims
Oct 21, 2008 For Kosi flood victims in eastern India, dawn may still not be in sight but some organisations coming to their rescue have kept their hopes afloat. An NGO called AID-Bihar was among the first to reach out to people stuck in far-flung areas inundated with water.
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Pakistan quake victims living in subzero temperatures
Dec 03, 2008 In Balochistan province, victims of October earthquake are in urgent need of winterised tents and shelters as the temperatures plummet below zero. The country’s disaster management authority admitted the shortage and blamed international agencies for having failed to deliver the promised aid.
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Kosi waters wipe away land boundaries
Dec 29, 2008 Bihar's flood submerged farmlands will make land reallocation a difficult task for the state government, says an independent fact-finding report. Millions of poor villagers in eastern India rendered homeless by the Kosi river's change of course lack formal land records, and still await state relief.
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Sore homecoming for Kosi survivors
Jan 02, 2009 As flood waters recede in the villages of Bihar in eastern India, people are returning to their homes to find poverty and disease. Absence of clean water and sanitation, filth and decaying carcasses are constant reminders of the horrors faced a few months back by those displaced.
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Unprecedented humanitarian crisis in flood-hit Balochistan
Sep 03, 2010 The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has cited concern over the mounting crisis in the south-west region of flood hit Pakistan, which has largely been ignored in relief efforts. Nutritional activities need to be scaled up as the lives of flood-victims, including thousands of children, are under threat.
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Tropical storm Agatha cripples life in Central America
Jun 01, 2010 Floods and landslides triggered by the first tropical storm of the 2010 eastern Pacific hurricane season, killed at least 132 people in Central America. As rescue operations continue, Guatemala which was the hardest hit has more to fear as the intense rainfall poses damage to the condition of coffee crop.
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Aid rot woes add to misery of Indonesians
Nov 03, 2010 A large number of people are still left without food and basic aid a week after tsunami hit the shores. The remoteness of the villages is making relief effort difficult. Though local aid agencies have quickly responded, sluggish government response to the disaster has angered the masses.
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Israel: Underground parking lot during peace, emergency hospital during crisis
Dec 24, 2010 In an effort to protect hospitals in a time of crisis, Israel is building the largest underground structure in the world. It will serve as a parking lot during regular times but can be converted into a sophisticated subterranean 2,000-bed hospital that is immune to both conventional and unconventional attack during an emergency situation.
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Emergency market analysis toolkit to boost aid policy
Mar 15, 2011 International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) along with experts from OXFAM, Save the Children and International Rescue Committee developed Emergency Market Mapping Analysis (EMMA) guidebook and training programme to facilitate market analysis in rapid onset emergency environments. It estimates the most critical goods and services of local communities for making aid more effective.
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Operation in Japan to cool nuclear reactors
Mar 17, 2011 In an attempt to bring down the radiation level, helicopters poured sea water on the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. This new operation to battle nuclear meltdown also aims to replenish water in a storage pond with spent fuel rods. However high wind makes it difficult to judge weather water has been dropped accurately on the reactors.
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Six months on, Pakistan's flood disaster likely to aggravate: Oxfam
Jan 27, 2011 Six months post the devastating floods in Pakistan, international aid agency Oxfam, warned that the crisis is likely to get worse as aid effort was not able to match the scale of human need. It disapproves of the government’s decision to stop relief operations on 31st January 2011 as there are still many who need assistance.
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Pakistan braced for more floods
Aug 18, 2011 With heavy rain forecast in the near future, Pakistani authorities expect more flooding in the worst-hit provinces of Sindh and Punjab. Relief operations are taking place to combat destruction of homes, the spread of disease and food shortages due to destruction of crops.
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Climate change to hit 375 million by 2015: Oxfam
Apr 23, 2009 Climate change related disasters could increase the number of affected people by more than half in the next six years, says Oxfam's report. It warns that this could overwhelm the world’s current humanitarian aid capacity and calls for increased investment to reduce risk.
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Death toll mounts in tsunami hit Samoa
Oct 01, 2009 Rescue and recovery operations are underway in the tsunami-hit South Pacific islands of Samoa and American Samoa. Hundreds of civilians have been injured and their homes destroyed.
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World unites to help Haiti victims
Jan 14, 2010 Thousands of people are feared dead following a huge earthquake of 7.0-magnitude, the worst in two centuries in Haiti. Nations, international aid agencies, celebrities and social networking cites have come together to provide humanitarian support to those affected by the crisis.
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Humanitarian agencies need to focus on urban issues
Feb 17, 2010 Two new reports, one from King’s college, London and another from World Bank, highlight that by 2050 maximum number of people would live in urban areas. While traditionally humanitarian efforts have mostly focused on rural areas, they would have to reorient their attention to urban spaces.
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A remoteness from opportunity
Nov 12, 2008 Behind the veneer of a beautiful landscape, lies the harsh reality of an arduous life in the river islands of Assam in north-east India. While authorities seem unwilling to reach the remote corners of the region, the annual flooding isolates the area, hampering basic facilities like health and education.
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South Asia suffers ‘worst floods in living memory’
Aug 08, 2007 According to the United Nations, the north India, Nepal and Bangladesh suffer their worst flooding in a century. Some 20 million people are believed to be affected in all three countries. The unprecedented torrential rains in also inviting diseases like malaria, encephalitis and gastroenteritis.
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