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Cyclone Hudhud – Relief supplies for most at risk


CBM and partner Serango Christian hospital (SCH) are working to ensure that basic needs of people affected by Hudhud are met, especially families of persons with disabilities.

Relief supplies for most at risk

CBM will be supporting our partner Serango Christian hospital (SCH) to ensure that immediate needs among cyclone Hudhud affected families in Gajapati district of Odisha are met.

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India's Modi announces relief package for flood-hit Kashmir

By Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR, India, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced a 7.5 billion rupee ($120 million) relief package for flood-hit Kashmir as his Bharatiya Janata Party seeks to expand support beyond the mainly Hindu lowlands of Jammu.

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Reuters - AlertNet:

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PM meets various groups of flood affected people in Srinagar, listens to their problems and suggestions

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today met various groups of flood-affected people in Srinagar to understand their problems first-hand, and listen to their suggestions on the rehabilitation process following the recent floods. The Prime Minister had announced that he would be spending the day of Diwali interacting with flood-affected people of Srinagar.

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Health experts press for early introduction of injectable polio vaccine in India

Times of India

Ekatha Ann John,TNN | Oct 24, 2014, 09.55 AM IST

Top doctors and medical professors in the country have pressed for early introduction of injectable polio vaccine, saying it is much more effective than the oral form as it eliminates the risk of vaccine-polio.

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Kashmir Flood Carries Away Humble Dream

By Athar Parvaiz

Oct 23 2014 (IPS) - Rafiqa Kazim and her husband Kazim Ali had a simple dream – to live a modest life, educate their four children and repay the bank-loan that the couple took out to sustain their small business.

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2 Patna doctors serve flood-hit in Kashmir

Times of India

Banjot Kaur Bhatia,TNN | Oct 19, 2014, 10.45 PM IST

PATNA: While help poured in from different corners of the world for the people of Jammu and Kashmir reeling under floods late last month, two Patna-based doctors also did their bit by offering medical help to people there.

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Indian Red Cross Society Assistance for J&K

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare and the Chairman of the Indian Red Cross flagged off relief supplies today form the National Headquarters of the society, for the victims of the floods in the state of J & K. The relief convoy of 11 trucks has been sent based on the need assessment by the J&K State Branch of the Indian Red Cross.

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Navy Helicopter Airlifts Spares for 132 kv Transmission Tower on Simhachalam Hill – Visakhapatnam

Naval helicopter Seaking of INS Dega airlifted reconstruction material and other spares required for restoration of 132 KV Transmission Tower belonging to AP TRANSCO on hill top of Simhachalam Hill, Visakhapatnam today, 21 October 14.

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

World Bank


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


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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Asia and the Pacific region celebrates World Food Day with a focus on small holder and family farmers towards the eradication of hunger

Bangkok, Thailand, 15 Oct 2014 -- This year’s World Food Day (16 October) is celebrated across Asia and the Pacific with increasing optimism that the region could achieve the Millennium Development Goal on reducing hunger by 2015.

This was among the key messages delivered on the eve of World Food Day at a regional event in Bangkok to mark WFD 2014, convened by the Asia-Pacific regional office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.’

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One year after Cyclone Phailin: Indian women see a better future


Last year's Cyclone Phailin was the largest on record in India, affecting some 12 million people and requiring the evacuation of over half a million. Our partners at Oxfam describe the current situation, a year later, for villager women who now just regained direct access to drinking water.

Tairah Firdous, Oxfam

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Afghanistan + 3 others
Regional Snapshot South Asia | Fiscal Year (FY) 2014


Chronic conflict, earthquakes, and recurrent seasonal storms, floods, and droughts, as well as limited government response capacity, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the South Asia region. 2 In addition to staff in Washington, D.C., USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) maintains a permanent regional office for South Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, where the USAID/OFDA regional team for South Asia is based. USAID/OFDA also has a humanitarian advisor in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Act Alliance Preliminary Appeal: Cyclone Hudhud batters Andhra Pradesh & Odisha: IND142

ACT Alliance

Preliminary Appeal Target: US$816,104
Balance Requested: US$816,104

Geneva, 20 October 2014

Dear Colleagues,

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EU provides humanitarian assistance to Jammu & Kashmir flood victims

New Delhi, 16th October, 2014: Following the floods that recently struck the State of Jammu and Kashmir, the European Commission is providing over 19 million (€250 000) to help some of the worst affected families meet their immediate needs through the upcoming winter. This humanitarian assistance will benefit over 12000 people in the districts of Anantnag, Kulgam and Pulwama.

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India + 3 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (14 - 20 October 2014)

The death toll from Hudhud stands at 45 with around 920,000 affected. More than 135,000 people are taking shelter in 223 relief camps as authorities are providing food to 685,000 people.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Security forces defuse five landmines, seize explosives in Bihar's Nawada

Times of India

NAWADA: Security forces have defused five landmines and recovered a large quanity of explosives from a Maoist hideout in Hudhudwa forest in Bihar's Nawada district, a police officer said on Sunday.

Carrying out a combing operation against the Maoists ahead of the Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS) elections in Nawada district, the security forces defused five landmines planted by the ultras in Hudhudwa forests on Saturday, the superintendent of police (SP) Parvez Akhtar said.

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Update on Cyclone ‘Hudhud’ Relief Operations ‘OP LEHAR’

Relief operations in the aftermath of cyclone Hudhud are being undertaken by the Navy in close coordination with the state and district administration.

Based on interaction with the local administration, community kitchens were set up at various locations and distribution of food was undertaken in coordination with the local MLAs / reps. However, based on inputs from the MLAs, some community kitchens have since been discontinued and the kitchens that are presently being run by the Navy are heavily subscribed.