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24 May 2016 description
report Government of India

Relief from the heat wave, gripping Delhi as well as other states of North India as rains on Monday afternoon brought the mercury down.

Delhi as well as several other states of North India, which were in the grip of a severe heat wave saw rains on Monday morning.

Duststorm on Monday afternoon in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh that was accompanied by light rain made the weather pleasant.

In capital Delhi, people got a respite from the humidity and heat prevalent in the past few days as the weather turned pleasant and cool on Monday evening.

23 May 2016 description
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Situation

  • TC ROANU formed over the southwestern Bay of Bengal, near the southeastern coasts of India, on 18 May. On 21 May morning (UTC) it made landfall in the division of Chittagong (Bangladesh) with approx. max. sustained wind speed of 102 km/h. It later moved into India and Myanmar/Burma, over Mizoram and Manipur states (India) and eventually dissipated over Sagaing region (Myanmar/Burma).

23 May 2016 description

According to media reports, in Manipur all major rivers (including the Imphal and Nambol rivers) are flowing above warning level and breaches are reported. Evacuations are on-going.

Preliminary reports indicate that the districts of Bishnupur and Thoubal are badly affected with 2 500 people taking shelter in nine relief camps.

23 May 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. It is also home to a number of long-running conflicts that exact a human toll. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) places women and girls at the center of humanitarian response. Every year the number and frequency of disasters (whether natural or conflict-related) is increasing, with millions of people displaced from their homes.

23 May 2016 description

New Delhi, India | AFP | Monday 5/23/2016 - 06:09 GMT |

A landslide triggered by strong winds killed at least 10 construction workers in northern India on Monday, police said.

Five more labourers were injured in the disaster in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, where they were building a road.

"We have recovered 10 bodies and shifted injured to the hospital," said Sadanand Date, chief of police for state capital Dehradun.

Landslides are common in the Himalayan region, mostly in the monsoon season, when heavy rains make the ground unstable.

23 May 2016 description

In response to the request for assistance made by the Sri Lankan Government, India dispatched two Indian naval ships from Kochi on Friday 20th May morning carrying various relief supplies. On the same day, an Indian Air Force C-17 transport aircraft was also sent with additional supplies.

Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, announced on 19th May that India would provide aid on emergency basis to assist those affected by the floods and landslides in various parts of Sri Lanka.

22 May 2016 description

Minister of Education, Dr. Assadullah Hanif Balkhy and Mr. Manpreet Vohra, Indian Ambassador to Kabul signed a Memorandum of Understanding with respect to India’s $USD One Million Financial Assistance to the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan.

In a Press Conference held after singing the MoU, H.E. Dr. Hanif Balkhy expressed his appreciation of the international community’s aid to Afghanistan, particularly those of the friendly country of Indian to the education sector.

21 May 2016 description
report Government of India

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Odisha. The Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, was present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Odisha, were also present.

21 May 2016 description
report Direct Relief

• Reported Deaths: 64 • Affected People: 2,300,000+

Direct Relief has extended offers of support this week to the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Center and other longstanding partners in Sri Lanka after powerful storm dropped nearly 15 inches of rain on the island nation. The storm triggered flashfloods and deadly landslides that buried entire villages, forced nearly 300,000 people to evacuate, and claimed at least 64 lives. More than 150 people remain missing.

Bangladesh, India, and Myanmar On Alert

21 May 2016 description

Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP | Saturday 5/21/2016 - 13:06 GMT

by Amal JAYASINGHE

Foreign aid began arriving in Sri Lanka Saturday, bringing help to half a million people forced out of their homes by rains and landslides that have killed at least 71 in a week of extreme weather wreaking havoc in South Asia.

As the heaviest rains in a quarter of a century battered Sri Lanka, Cyclone Roanu barrelled into the Bangladesh coastline leaving six people dead and forcing the evacuation of 500,000 there.

20 May 2016 description

SITUATION

• TC ROANU formed over the south-western Bay of Bengal, near the south-eastern coasts of India, on 18 May. It then started moving in parallel with the coast of eastern India. On 20 May at 6.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 120 km south of Ganjam district (Odisha state, India) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 93 km/h.

20 May 2016 description
  • Tropical Cyclone ROANU continued moving north-east over the western Bay of Bengal, near the eastern coasts of India, retaining its intensity. On 20 May at 0.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 80 km south-east of Srikakulam district (Andhra Pradesh state, India) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 83 km/h.
  • The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a cyclone alert for the coastal states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. The Government of Odisha has also issued warning for 12 districts.
20 May 2016 description

New Delhi, India | Friday 5/20/2016 - 13:17 GMT

by Annie BANERJI

Temperatures have soared to a scorching 51 degrees Celsius in one Indian city, meteorologists said Friday, with the ferocious heat setting a new national record.

Northern Phalodi wilted as the mercury reached a new high, equivalent to 123.8 Fahrenheit, beating a 60-year-old record.

"Yesterday (Thursday) was the hottest temperature ever recorded in the country... 51 degrees in Phalodi," said B.P. Yadav, a director of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

20 May 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Neeta Lal

NEW DELHI, May 19 2016 (IPS) - After the sea swallowed up her home and family in the Bangladeshi coastal district of Bhola along the Bay of Bengal, farmer Sanjeela Sheikh was heartbroken. Stripped of all her belongings, her fields swamped and her loved ones dead, she contemplated suicide.

20 May 2016 description

Jaiden Coonan

Myanmar’s Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) has issued a ‘yellow’ warning for a depression developing over the Bay of Bengal. Hla Tun, Deputy Director of Meterology at the DMH said at 3pm yesterday that the depression could have formed into a cyclone over the past 24 hours.