Islamabad, Pakistan | 13:02 GMT
by Nasir Jaffry with Parvaiz Bukhari in Srinagar
At least 10 civilians were killed Friday as India and Pakistan traded fire across their disputed border, officials said, less than a week after high-level talks were aborted amid a row over Kashmir.
Six died near the city of Sialkot in Pakistan's Punjab province and at least four villagers were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir. Officials said more than 50 were wounded.
Increased rainfall across Hispaniola due to tropical storm activity
Africa Weather Hazards
Widespread, heavy rainfall over the past few weeks has caused flooding over local areas of West Africa. Heavy rain is forecast to continue during the next week, elevating flooding risks over many already saturated areas.
Significant rainfall is forecast to continue over eastern Chad and western Sudan, heightening risks for localized flooding and potential waterborne disease outbreaks.
Over one-third of the 2.5 billion people worldwide who do not have access to improved sanitation live in India. Nearly 69 per cent of the population practise open defecation. Typically, the government of India’s national sanitation schemes have focused on building more latrines for reducing open defecation, health-related illness and child malnutrition.
New Delhi: “India has come a long way since the adoption of the Hyogo Protocol in 2005 to institutionalize disaster risk reduction, but even today enormous challenges remain”, said Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India.
The Minister of State was addressing a workshop on strengthening private sector partnerships for reducing disaster risk. The event was organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), FICCI and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held in New Delhi.
Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015
Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.
1. Executive Summary
Can understanding how people perceive sanitation help achieve sustainable access to sanitation in cities?
The increasingly urban nature of the global sanitation crisis presents a vital challenge to research, policy and practice, indeed to anyone concerned with more just cities. But we are only beginning to understand both the dimensions of the problems and the possible solutions.
Nakyal Sector, Pakistan | AFP | Wednesday 8/26/2015 - 06:30 GMT
by Sajjad Qayyum
India and Pakistan aborted rare talks this weekend under a cloud of recriminations, while on the front line of their festering conflict in Kashmir, villagers cowering from artillery in mud huts despair of ever seeing lasting peace.
Pakistan's National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz called off a trip to New Delhi for a planned "ice-breaking" meeting on Sunday with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval at the last minute amid a row over the agenda for the talks.
Giridih, India | AFP | Wednesday 8/26/2015 - 03:34 GMT
by Abhaya SRIVASTAVA
A shiver runs down her spine each time Anjali Hembrom recalls the abuse she endured during six months spent with heavily armed Maoist guerrillas in their "liberated zone" deep inside India's remote forests.
Hembrom, 20, was kidnapped four years ago after the rebels swooped on a tribal village in the state of Jharkhand, looking for new recruits.
How much water do you need to survive? How many people don't have access to water? And what does that mean, anyway? These aren't questions we usually ask ourselves, even if magazines or tube announcements constantly remind us to 'stay hydrated'. But it's World Water Week, and everyone is talking about water. Here are four top facts you need to know about water, and how ActionAid is helping communities gain access to it.
- CENTRAL WATER COMMISSION (DAILY WATER LEVELS AND FORECASTS FOR LEVEL FORECAST SITES)
According to the Central Water Commission (CWC) report dated 24th August, 2015, there are 17 Moderate flood sites in the country.
By Rosemarie North, IFRC
The floods came as a huge shock to people in drought-prone parts of Gujarat, India.
“They usually pray for rain. But this was the worst flooding in three generations,” says Suresh Gami, an Indian Red Cross Society first medical responder.
Most people here live in mud brick houses not built to withstand heavy rain. In one case, two families decided to shelter in a house that collapsed on them, killing nine people.
KEY EDITORIAL MESSAGE
Greeting from Sphere India
It gives me immense pleasure to welcome all to explore Sphere India’s Monthly Newsletter, August, 2015 issue. This issue features a key note message, news from government, key activities of member organizations, updates from Sphere India programme unit and a list of upcoming events.
A. SITUATION IN ASSAM
Due to continuous heavy rainfall in Assam, the water in the rivers has crossed danger level at Brahmaputra at Nematighat (Jorhat), Tezpur (Sonitpur), Dhubri, Jia Bharali at N.T. Road Xing (Sonitpur), Puthimari at N.T. Road Xing (Kamrup), Manas at NH road Xing (Barpeta), Sankosh at Golokganj (Dhubri) and Kushiyara at karimganj (Karimganj). Flood situation has affected 19 districts. As per IMD weather warning, there will be heavy rainfall at isolated places on today (i.e. 22.08.15), 25.08.15 and 26.08.15
A rapid assessment launched after Cyclone Komen reports that a total of 2.6 million people affected, with Sathkia, Chittagong and Noakhali districts the worst affected. Nearly 220,000 households are in need of emergency assistance, the vast majority of whom require immediate food assistance. An estimated US$6.3 million is required to cover the needs and proposals were sent to donors.
2.6 million people affected
DELHI, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - When a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April, it flattened villages and killed more than 9,000 people. It should also have sent countries across the region scrambling to improve preparedness systems; yet experts say too little is being done to get ready for the next big quake.
Incessant rain for more than a week in the hills and plains, and the ever rising of the water level of Sengvai River in the State of Manipur has been the cause of concern for communities, especially in Chandel and Thoubal Districts that were badly affected.
From the 9 Districts that State of Manipur has, 5 are located in the hills and 4 in the valley. The recent flood and landslide affected mainly 6 districts and approximately more than 155 villages only in Chandel district.
The field assessment carried out in the affected villages found that:
A. SITUATION IN ASSAM
Flood situation is getting worse in various districts of Assam due to continuous heavy rainfall. Water level is above danger level in Brahmaputra at Nematighat (Jorhat) and Dibrugarh, Jia Bharali at N.T. Road Xing (Sonitpur), Puthimari at N.T. Road Xing (Kamrup) and Beki at Rd. bridge (Barpeta).
As per Indian Meteorological Department, the weather warning has been released for Heavy to very heavy rainfall in Assam on 20th, 21st and 22nd August.