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World + 52 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 September

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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2014 Strategic Response Plan Bangladesh (Northwest Flood), September 2014

The current plan puts an emphasis on providing communities considered most vulnerable with assistance packages that will increase their greater ability to cope and rebuild.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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New project will tackle malnutrition amongst Bangladeshi garment workers

For immediate release, 29th Sept 2014: The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) – an international organization driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition – has launched a project to help improve the nutrition of over 40,000 women and their children in the Bangladeshi textile industry. The program will work with the millions of women employed in the Bangladeshi garment industry to improve their health through better nutrition.

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Philippines + 3 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (23 - 29 Sep 2014)

JAPAN

Mount Ontake erupted on 27 Sep, spewing large plumes of ash and gas high into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area in ash. More than 500 rescue workers have been mobilised including the local police, fire department and the Japanese Self-Defense Force.

As of 29 Sep there are four confirmed deaths with a further 27 feared to be dead and 37 injured. According to authorities, similar small scale explosions may occur in future. However, there are no indications of a large scale eruption.

4 dead

27 missing

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Bangladesh Rainfall and River Situation Summary as on September 29, 2014

OUTLOOK

  • All major rivers are in falling trend.

  • The Brahmaputra-Jamuna, the Ganges-Padma and the Meghna may likely to fall while the rivers around Dhaka city may likely to rise in next 72 hours.

  • The Flood Situation in Netrokona may likly to improve in next 72 hours.

  • In following 7 stations, water is flowing above their respective danger levels recorded today at 06.00 AM.

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Bangladesh Rainfall and River Situation Summary as on September 28, 2014

OUTLOOK

  • The Jamuna and Ganges-Padma are in falling trend while Brahmaputra & the Upper Meghna are in rising trend.

  • The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges-Padma may likely to fall while the Meghna and the rivers around Dhaka city may likely to rise in next 48 hours.

  • The Flood Situation in Sunamganj, Naogaon and Netrokona may likly to improve in next 24 hours.

  • In following 8 stations, water is flowing above their respective danger levels recorded today at 06.00 AM.

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Bangladesh Rainfall and River Situation Summary as on September 27, 2014

OUTLOOK

  • The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Ganges-Padma are in falling trend while the Upper Meghna are in rising trend.
    -The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges-Padma may likely to fall while the Meghna and the rivers around Dhaka city may likely to rise in next 72 hours.
  • The Flood Situation in Sunamganj may remain steady and in Naogaon, Netrokona may likly to improve in next 24 hours.
  • In following 8 stations, water is flowing above their respective danger levels recorded today at 06.00 AM.
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Bangladesh Rainfall and River Situation Summary as on September 26, 2014

OUTLOOK

  • The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Ganges-Padma are in falling trend while the Upper Meghna are in rising trend.

  • The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges-Padma may likely to fall while the Meghna and the rivers around Dhaka city may likely to rise in next 72 hours.

  • The Flood Situation in Naogaon, Sunamganj may remain steady and in Netrokona may likely to improve in next 24 hours.

  • In following 9 stations, water is flowing above their respective danger levels recorded today at 06.00 AM.

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Reducing Risks

By David Tereshchuk*

September 23, 2014—Bangladesh is listed high among nations that are especially prone to disasters—and certain areas of the country suffer extreme vulnerability.

The island of Char Kukri-Mukri in the coastal Bhola Disrict, where UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is now helping to support the local community, is very low-lying, sitting only about four feet above sea level.

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Bangladesh Rainfall and River Situation Summary as on September 25, 2014

OUTLOOK

  • The Brahmaputra is in falling trend and the Jamuna, Ganges-Padma & the Upper Meghna are in rising trend.

  • The Brahmaputra-Jamuna may likely to fall and the Ganges-Padma & the rivers around Dhaka city may likely to rise in next 72 hours. The Meghna river system may start falling after 24 hours.

  • The Flood Situation in Naogaon, Sunamganj and Sylhet may deteriorate and in Netrokona may likly to improve in next 24 hours.

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Bangladesh initiative prevents flooding

Concern Worldwide's initiative to raise a cluster village above the flood line in Char, Bangladesh, has already benefitted 100 families during the recent floods.

A cluster village of homes were raised above the flood line in the Mesra union of sader Upzilla in Sirajgong district in northern Bangladesh in June 2014. It has already benefitted 100 families who were forced to flee their homes due to this year's floods.

Hasina Akter explained:

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Bangladesh Uncovers the Crippling Cost of Climate Change Adaptation

With a population of 140 million, Bangladesh is one of the world's most populated countries. It is also one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Cyclones, floods and droughts have long been part of the country's history but they have intensified in recent years. As a result of the long exposure to these hazards, Bangladesh is a world leader in adaptation strategies but this has come with a heavy price tag.

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World + 51 others
Global emergency overview Snapshot 17–23 September

Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea: As a three-day countrywide shutdown came to an end in Sierra Leone, the UN Security Council set up a special mission to lead the global response to the Ebola outbreak. More than 5,800 cases have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak, including 2,800 deaths, and more than 13.5 million people are now considered in need of assistance as the impact of the epidemic spreads.

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India + 1 other
Floods in Asia: Restoring good hygiene in the affected areas

In India and Bangladesh, Terre des homes (Tdh) is working both to improve the health of mothers and their children under 5 and to prepare the local population against natural disasters. Following the floods that occurred in both these countries in August, Tdh has taken steps to restore access to drinking water and good levels of hygiene in the affected areas.

India

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Pakistan + 11 others
The 2014 Rainfall Season: South and East Asia

Highlights

• The dominant feature of the 2014 season across East Asia so far has been widespread rainfall deficits that led to delayed starts of the growing season across vast areas of the continent.

• Conditions were worst around mid July, followed by a general improvement, which still left moderate rainfall deficits as the predominant pattern. SE Pakistan has been the worst affected area, in particular for livelihoods dependent on rainfed agriculture and pastoral resources.