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29 Jun 2016 description
report AlertNet

by Shuriah Niazi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 06:59 GMT

BHOPAL, India, June 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Imrat Namdev and her younger sister Pushpa Namdev were neighbours in Chhatarpur district, in the drought-hit Indian region of Bundelkhand. Both relied on the same well for water and, according to police, frequently quarrelled over how much the other was using.

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28 Jun 2016 description

Gangnauli , India | AFP | Tuesday 6/28/2016 - 03:37 GMT | 636 words

by Trudy HARRIS

As large swathes of drought-devastated India desperately wait for the monsoon rains to arrive, one village in the dry, hot north is flush with water.

But this farming area's bountiful water supplies are feared contaminated with heavy metals, underscoring the profound challenges facing the world's second most populous nation.

27 Jun 2016 description
report IRIN

After fleeing drought in Andhra Pradesh State, Manikamma’s tiny shack in India’s capital is now periodically swamped with fetid water when heavy rains flood the shantytown she now calls home.

She had no choice but to sell off her land and remaining cattle at cut-rate prices, and bring her two children to this overcrowded cluster of huts constructed from tarpaulins and other scavenged materials in New Delhi.

Read full article on IRIN.

27 Jun 2016 description
report India Water Portal

A new study pins climate change as one of the reasons for the decline of Indus Valley Civilisation

By Manu Moudgil

24 Jun 2016 description

Situation

  • Heavy rain and thunderstorms have been affecting the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Mandhya Pradesh over the past few days causing casualties.

  • Local media reported at least 93 people dead, of which at least 56 reported in Bihar, 20 in Uttar Pradesh, 10 Jharkhand, seven in Madhya Pradesh as well as at least 28 people have been injured in Bihar, as of 23 June.

  • Over the next 24 h more heavy rain and thunderstorms may continue to affect most of the country, including the areas already affected.

23 Jun 2016 description
report AlertNet

by Ashutosh Sharma | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 23 June 2016 10:53 GMT

UDHAMPUR, India, June 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a landslide swallowed up the mountain village of Saddal in September 2014, Neemu lost his wife and a child, along with his terrace farm and livestock.

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23 Jun 2016 description

Highlights

  • The Government of India and WFP signed a Letter of Intent for a proposal to establish a Centre of Excellence (CENEX) on food and nutrition security. Two working groups were formalized and subsequent meetings are being held to plan next steps.

  • WFP has been invited to share its experiences on fortification and the results of the fortification pilot as inputs for the potential formulation of a national food fortification policy.

23 Jun 2016 description

Over the long term, pressures on food and nutrition security in Asia and the Pacific are likely to intensify due to changing demographic and consumption patterns.

The Asia and the Pacific is one of the world’s most dynamic regions, where rapid transformations make it necessary to rethink strategies for food and nutrition security.

23 Jun 2016 description

Key Figures

Mediterranean

215,380 arrivals by sea in 2016*

2,868 dead/missing in 2016*

* data.unhcr.org/mediterranean as of 22 June 2016

Trends on sea arrivals

Between 13 and 19 June, some 405 refugees and migrants arrived by sea in Greece. This is a slight increase from the previous week when 358 people arrived to the Greek shores. For the fourth time in the last ten days, there were 40-60 daily new arrivals to Samos.

22 Jun 2016 description
report AlertNet

by Syful Islam | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:24 GMT

DHAKA, June 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bangladesh has seen a near-record number of deaths this year from a phenomenon that appears to be worsening with climate change: lightning strikes.

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22 Jun 2016 description
report IRIN

Exile arrivals in India have plummeted from 3,320 in 2005 to just six so far this year

By Saransh Sehgal

As Chinese border guards searched the cargo truck he was hiding in, Yonten’s heart began to race. If they discovered him among the boxes, his attempt to escape Tibet would be over and he would end up in prison instead of India.

22 Jun 2016 description

New Delhi, India | AFP | Wednesday 6/22/2016 - 12:11 GMT |

At least 93 people have been struck by lightning and killed in India over the past two days, disaster management officials said Wednesday, as annual monsoon rains swept the country.

Lightning strikes are relatively common in India during the June-October monsoon, which hit the southern coast earlier this month, but this week's toll is particularly high.

Most deaths occurred in the eastern state of Bihar, where an overnight storm killed at least 56 people and injured another 28, mainly in rural areas.

22 Jun 2016 description
report Government of Fiji

The Indian Government yesterday contributed an additional FJD$2, million towards the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief Fund.

India’s High Commissioner to Fiji His Excellency Vishvas Sapkal presented a cheque to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during a meeting at the Prime Minister's office.

H.E Sapkal said this additional donation will assist those Fijians that have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

21 Jun 2016 description
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This issue of Southasiadisasters.net on “Building Resilience for All: Lessons from Assam” brings out the initiatives that are currently ongoing in the State of Assam for building a ‘safer and disaster resilient State’. The Government of Assam is committed to create a more disaster resilient and safer Assam, and in this perspective a road map is being devised which also encourages a wide range of organizations to unite together for the development of Assam.

21 Jun 2016 description
report Government of India

The southwest monsoon has covered almost half of the country, including the drought-hit Marathwada, even as the overall rainfall deficiency has come down to around 22 per cent, the Met department said on Monday.

"Monsoon has covered half of the country," M Rajeevan, Secretary Ministry of Earth Sciences, said.

The drought hit Marathwada and parts of Vidarbha too have been receiving rains over the past two-three days.

Rajeevan said the monsoon should reach the national capital by last week of the month or early July.

21 Jun 2016 description
report Government of Fiji

Fiji’s efforts to build its resilience to climate change in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston has been the common focus of talks between the Attorney General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and the envoys of India and the Netherlands.

The new Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency Vishvas Sapkal, said India was willing to step up its assistance to Fiji beyond that already offered in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Winston, which included a $US 1-million donation to be allocated at the Government’s discretion.