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29 May 2017 description

by Reuters
Monday, 29 May 2017 13:09 GMT

Floods reached roof level and cut off access to many rural Sri Lankan villages, disrupting life for half a million people

  • Sri Lanka sees worst disaster from torrential rains since 2003

  • Bangladesh still recovering from flash floods in April

  • Storm likely to hit Bangladesh coast Tuesday morning

By Ruma Paul and Dinuka Liyanawatte

29 May 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone MORA formed over the central Bay of Bengal on 27 May. It then moved north toward Bangladesh, intensifying. On 29 May at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 500 km south-west of Cox's Bazar town (Chittagong division, Bangladesh) and had max. sustained wind speed of 93 km/h (Tropical Storm).
29 May 2017 description

Philipines - This week, (22-23/5), the UN Migration Agency, IOM and ten Colombo Process (CP) member States met in Manila, the Philippines, to discuss practical approaches to protecting their nationals abroad during crises.

The CP, which is also known as the Ministerial Consultation on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin in Asia is currently chaired by Nepal. Countries represented at the meeting included Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

28 May 2017 description

Naval personal of INS ‘Kirch’ together with the Sri Lanka Navy, engaged in rescue and relief efforts to assist the people affected by flash floods.

They joined relief operations in Udugama and Galapatha in the Kalutara District yesterday (27th May).

Indian Naval Ship (INS) ‘Kirch’ arrived at the Port of Colombo yesterday to assist the ongoing disaster relief efforts for the communities affected by the extreme weather in Sri Lanka.

27 May 2017 description

The First Indian cargo Ship carrying relief goods, medical teams and equipment for the flood and landslide victims arrived at the Port of Colombo this morning.

The relief goods were handed over to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake by the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu.

27 May 2017 description
report Times of India

Avijit Ghosh | TNN | May 27, 2017, 09.03 AM IST

RAMGARH, WEST RAJASTHAN: In the searing afternoon of early May, the expanse ahead is a simmering yellow and parched brown. Only a handful of the wondrous khejdi and ruida trees and a cluster of vilayati babool add a tinge of green. In this rather weather-beaten side of Ramgarh, a kasbah about 65 kms from Jaisalmer, hundreds of sheep and goats crowd around livestock farmer Bhim Singh in a midday ritual that lasts almost half an hour.

26 May 2017 description


​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 21 May - 27 May 2017 and includes updates on influenza, hepatitis A, cholera, Ebola virus disease and Legionnaires' disease.

26 May 2017 description


  • The National Institute for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), the institution responsible for spearheading the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in India, organized a consultation for making the SDG-2 agenda a part of India’s National Development Goals.

  • NITI Aayog released India 2030-32: vision, strategy and action agenda document. This will set the shortterm action plan and a long-term vision for India on identified priorities for the country.

26 May 2017 description

On 15 May 2017, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare-Government of India (MoHFW) reported three laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus disease in Bapunagar area, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, State, India.

26 May 2017 description


A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

26 May 2017 description


293 Virologic monitoring of poliovirus type 2 after OPV2 withdrawal in April 2016: an important advance in eradicating poliomyelitis and eliminating live oral poliovirus vaccines worldwide, 2016–2017


293 Surveillance virologique des poliovirus de type 2 après le retrait du VPO2 en avril 2016: une avancée importante vers l’éradication de la poliomyélite et l’élimination des vaccins antipoliomyélitiques oraux vivants à l’échelle mondiale, 2016-2017

26 May 2017 description
report India Water Portal

Authored by Safeena Wani

Wetlands play a major role in the sustenance of lives and livelihoods in Kashmir. Urbanisation, however, spells doom for the "paradise on earth".

25 May 2017 description

This issue of Southasiadisasters.net focuses on the most important theme of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held at Cancun, Maxico. Community Based Disaster Preparedness: Enabling Communities to Manage Risks. It primarily focuses on how CBDP can empower communities to manage their risks through locally owned and locally appropriate approaches. The key lessons from ASDMA's recently finished capacity building project on CBDP have also been highlighted in this issue.

24 May 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Moe Myint

RANGOON — A spokesperson for the Arakan Army (AA) denied on Tuesday his group had forced nearly 300 ethnic Chin to flee from western Burma to northeastern India, after an Indian newspaper reported the claims.

U Khine Thukha, spokesperson for AA’s western chapter, said allegations in The New Indian Express, which quoted a senior Assam Rifles officer who reportedly spoke to the refugees, were “based on groundless accusations.”

22 May 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

Note by the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 70/300.

Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2030


22 May 2017 description
report Mizzima News

A Myanmar-based insurgent group has driven out nearly 300 people, mostly women and children, from their homes forcing them to flee to neighbouring Mizoram in search of refuge, according to a report in the New Indian Express.

The report, which quoted, defence sources, said the exodus took place on Friday, it also said the insurgent Arakan Army held back male villagers.

The Assam Rifles said it had received information from the civil administration on Friday about the influx of a large group of people from Myanmar to southern Mizoram.

20 May 2017 description
report Government of India

Char Dham Yatra pilgrims were left stranded on Friday after a landslide occurred near Vishnuprayag on Badrinath route in Uttarakhand.

The landslide blocked the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway in Chamoli district after which BRO and police personnel are engaged in clearing the roads.

Although no casualties were reported, almost 15 thousand tourists are stranded. And about 500 vehicles were stuck as the incident damaged some of the highway area.

19 May 2017 description


​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 14 May - 20 May 2017 and includes updates on influenza, measles, hepatitis A, cholera, polio, Ebola virus disease and Legionnaires' disease.