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02 May 2016 description

The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.

02 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • A stakeholder consultation took place in early April on the draft recommendations of the independent Strategic Review on Food Security and Nutrition in Bangladesh commissioned by WFP. The review will inform WFP’s new Country Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020.

  • A new WFP Bangladesh Nutrition Strategy was drafted. It foresees a new role for WFP to engage in designing and to implement nutrition-sensitive social safety nets.

29 Apr 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures

In April, there were an average of 119 daily arrivals to the Greek shores. This figure represents an 86% decrease as compared to the average arrivals in March of 870 people daily.

In Italy, the number of refugees and migrants who arrived in April was noted to be 8,490. As compared to the same month in 2015 (16,063), the total number of arrivals has dropped by more than half.

Critical Developments

28 Apr 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures

On 27 April, Sweden's Migration Agency forecast that Sweden expects between 40,000 and 100,000 people to claim asylum this year (which is a decrease from the original forecast of between 70,000 and 140,000).

Conditions of People

27 Apr 2016 description

OUTLOOK

  • The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges-Padma rivers system are in rising trend while the Surma-Kushiyara rivers system are in falling trend.

  • The Flood Situation in few places of Sylhet district of North Eastern Part of Bangladesh may likely to improve in next 24 hours.

25 Apr 2016 description

OUTLOOK

  • The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges rivers system are raising trend while the Padma river system is in rising trend.

  • Surma-Kushiyara river are in rapid rising.

  • Due to continuous rainfall in the North Eastern part of Bangladesh and boundary of the neighbour country, Flash Flood occurred in few places of Sylhet & Sunamganj districts which may likely to deteriorate in next 24 hours.

24 Apr 2016 description
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OUTLOOK

  • The Brahmaputra-Jamuna rivers systems are in falling trend while the Ganges-Padma river system are rising trend.

  • Surma-Kushiyara river are in rapid rising.

  • Due to heavy rainfall in the adjacent boundary region of North Eastern part of Bangladesh,
    Flash Flood occurred in few places of Sylhet & Sunamganj districts which may likely to continue in next 24 hours.

22 Apr 2016 description
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ADB has provided Bangladesh with $17.2 billion in loans and $244.6 million for technical assistance projects since 1973.

In recent years, ADB development efforts in Bangladesh have focused on energy security, transport services and connectivity, education and skills development, water resources management, urban infrastructure, and finance. ADB will support Bangladesh’s efforts to achieve objectives of faster, inclusive, and sustainable growth; the newly endorsed Sustainable Development Goals; and attainment of middle-income status by 2021.

22 Apr 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

Bangladesh’s border guard this month deported at least 340 Muslim Myanmar nationals – more commonly known as Rohingyas – without any resistance from Myanmar border police, the head of the Bangladeshi force said Thursday.

“Over the last 20 days, we caught illegal Myanmar nationals, photographed them and sent 340 of them back to their homeland,” Lt. Col. Imran Ullah Sarker, chief executive of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), told RFA.

21 Apr 2016 description

Highlights 1-31 March 2016

  • Bangladesh: During March, IOM provided return assistance, including food and onward transportation, to 40 Bangladeshis returning from Indonesia and Thailand. There were no minors among these returnees. To date, IOM has provided return assistance to 2,607 Bangladeshis

19 Apr 2016 description
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Technical Annex - version 1

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2016/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 14 800 000

18 Apr 2016 description
report Cordaid

River floods affect the vulnerable communities living on the riverine islands in North West Bangladesh. The professional and the responding community implement preparedness and response activities to avoid loss of lives and protect livelihoods. We determined and clustered the information needs of these decision makers during the 2014 floods by conducting and coding 37 semi-structured interviews and three focus group discussions.

18 Apr 2016 description

According to the information of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), there is a chance of medium to heavy rainfall in the North-Eastern part of Bangladesh specially Sylhet, Moulvi Bazar, Sunamganj and Habiganj districts in next 24 hour. As a result, flash flood may likely to occur in various places of these districts.

(BMD Last update: 18-04-2016)

18 Apr 2016 description

JAPAN

A magnitude 6.5 and 7.3 earthquake struck Kumamoto Prefecture, in southern Japan, on 14 and 16 April. As of 18 April, 12:00 p.m. local time (GMT+9), authorities confirmed 42 deaths, 1,095 injuries and 11 people are still missing. Some 112,100 people remain in 1,021 evacuation centres in Kumamoto, Oita, Fukuoka, Miyazaki and Nagasaki prefectures – the majority of the affected are in Kumamoto. Aftershocks continue to be felt in the affected areas.

16 Apr 2016 description

Situation

• An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 M at a depth of 135 km occurred in mid-eastern Myanmar on 13 April at 13.55 UTC. The epicentre was located approx. 74 km south-east of Mawlaik city (Myanmar/Burma) and 103 km north-west of Shwebo city (Myanmar/Burma). The earthquake was also felt across India and Bangladesh. USGS PAGER estimated that 745 000 people were exposed to "Strong" and 5 877 000 people to "Moderate" shaking.

• In Myanmar/Burma, local media report several homes damaged, as of 14 April.

16 Apr 2016 description

According to the information of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), there is a chance of Heavy to very heavy rainfall in the North-Eastern part of Bangladesh specially Sylhet, Moulvi Bazar, Sunamganj and Habiganj districts in next 24 hour, which may continue further. As a result, flash flood may likely to occur in various places of these districts. (BMD Last update: 15-04-2016)

15 Apr 2016 description
report IRIN

No happy ending for Myanmar refugees

By Jonathan Vit

When Malaysia allowed hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants abandoned by their smugglers and left adrift on the Andaman Sea to come ashore last May, it marked the end of a regional diplomatic stalemate that had left thousands of lives in the balance and garnered international headlines.

Read the full article on IRIN

15 Apr 2016 description

According to the information of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), there is a chance of medium to heavy rainfall in the North-Eastern part of Bangladesh specially Sylhet, Moulvi Bazar and Habiganj districts in next 72 hours, which may continue further. As a result, flash flood may occur in various places of these districts.

(BMD Last update: 14-04-2016)

14 Apr 2016 description

An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 M at a depth of 135 km occurred in mid-eastern Myanmar on 13 April at 13.55 UTC. The epicentre was located approx. 74 km south-east of Mawlaik city and 103 km north-west of Shwebo city. The earthquake was also felt across India and Bangladesh. USGS PAGER estimated that 745 000 people were exposed to "Strong" and 5 877 000 people to "Moderate" shaking.

In Myanmar, there have been no reports of damage or casualties so far, as of 14 April early morning (UTC).