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World + 2 others
Mapping Water Efficiency and Climate Resilience in South Asia

Report
World Bank

SUBMITTED BY GAZBIAH RAHAMAN ON TUE, 10/21/2014

Water is an essential part of life and roughly one in ten of the world’s population—748 million people—do not have access to safe water.[1] In South Asia, about 1.5 billion people are affected by water stress and scarcity, due to increasing demand for water resources; as the climate changes, this may worsen the situation.

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World + 51 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Ethiopia + 6 others
HIV/Aids complicates fight against kala azar

IN SUMMARY

The numbers

  • 300,000 - Or 90 per cent new cases of Kala azar infections every year. Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, and Sudan are the most affected countries, according to the World Health Organization.

  • 35 - Countries in which VL-HIV cases are reported.

  • 20pc to 40 per cent of patients with VL were also found to be infected with HIV in North Africa, one of the hardest hit areas.

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Bangladesh Red Crescent Society Monthly Activity April 2014

(Extract)

COMMUNITY BASED DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (CBDRR) PROGRAMME

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SPRINT Initiative is responding to Bangladesh’s flood victims with life-saving services

17 Oct - New Delhi: The SPRINT Initiative is supporting flood-affected people in the Northern Part of Bangladesh to provide life-saving sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services with USD 32,661.

These services will be provided through Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB), a Member Association of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

Heavy floods in Bangladesh’s Northern Part had been triggered by 2 weeks of intense rain currently affecting more than 3 million people and have left up to half a million homeless.

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Bangladesh + 8 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review - South Asia | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Chronic conflicts, earthquakes, recurrent seasonal storms, floods, droughts, and severe winter weather, as well as limited government response capacity, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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World + 41 others
Global Food Security Update - Issue 15, October 2014

TRACKING FOOD SECURITY TRENDS IN VULNERABLE COUNTRIES

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

• In conflict-affected south sudan, the food security situation is much worse than at harvest time in a typical year. Around 1.5 million people are expected to remain in Phase 3 (Crisis) and Phase 4 (Emergency) through December 2014.

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World + 52 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 08–14 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Bangladesh Rainfall and River Situation Summary as on October 14, 2014

OUTLOOK

  • All major rivers are in falling trend and may continue to fall in next 48 hours.

  • In following station, water is flowing above its respective danger levels recorded today at 06.00 AM.

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Thailand + 2 others
53 Migrants Detained After Thai Trafficking Bust

By LAWI WENG

RANGOON — Scores of refugees are in detention after being rescued by Thailand’s anti-human trafficking police from a rubber plantation just north of Phuket in Thailand’s Phang Nga province.

The 53 men were found by police in an early morning raid on Saturday. Two male Thai nationals have been arrested on charges of human trafficking.

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Bangladesh + 3 others
Caritas funds will help those most vulnerable to disasters

As part of the Australian Government’s Humanitarian Partnership Agreement (HPA), Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s agency for international aid and development, has been allocated $500,000 for key activities that will reduce risks to disasters for vulnerable communities.

The funds allocated will enable Caritas Australia and its partners to reach the most marginalised women, men and children in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Gaza, Kenya and in the Pacific.

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Bangladesh Rainfall and River Situation Summary as on October 13, 2014

OUTLOOK

  • All major rivers are in falling trend and may continue to fall in next 72 hours.
  • In following station, water is flowing above its respective danger levels recorded today at 06.00 AM.
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The Salvation Army in Bangladesh distributes supplies to flood victims

Report
Salvation Army

THE Salvation Army in Bangladesh is providing vital assistance to people affected by flooding which has caused devastation over a wide area, with the District of Sirajganj being particularly badly hit. The Army has a long history of such ministry in the country, going back to cyclone relief provided in 1970, when the country was still called East Pakistan.

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Bangladesh + 6 others
International Day for Disaster Reduction

Report
Islamic Relief

As the world marks the International Day for Disaster Reduction, Islamic Relief highlights seven of its projects that are helping vulnerable communities to reduce their risk from disasters.

Developing early warning systems in Bangladesh

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Don’t Lower Marriage Age

Ending Child Marriage Should Include Support for Victims, At-Risk Girls

(New York, October 13, 2014) – The Bangladeshi government should set 18 as the minimum age for marriage to comply with international prohibitions against child marriage, Human Rights Watch said today. Recent media reports indicate the prime minister’s cabinet is considering a revision to the law to make 16 the minimum age of marriage for girls. The minimum age for men would be 18.

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