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25 Nov 2014 description

Ganderbal, Inde | AFP | Monday 11/25/2014 - 14:18 GMT

by Parvaiz BUKHARI

Voters in Indian Kashmir turned out in droves under tight security Tuesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party made a serious bid for power in the tense Muslim-majority state.

Voters lined up in 15 heavily guarded constituencies in the first stage of staggered elections, ignoring a call by separatist leaders to boycott the poll due to India's rule over the troubled Himalayan region.

25 Nov 2014 description

Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.

Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.

25 Nov 2014 description

Policy-makers and international agencies are currently negotiating the details of the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), which is to be agreed at Sendai, Japan in March 2015. The zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) now explicitly promotes the integration of gender, age, disability and cultural perspectives into DRR. It acknowledges the need to manage differential levels of vulnerability and exposure, and the need to empower vulnerable groups to participate in decision-making and implementation.

25 Nov 2014 description
report AmeriCares

Medical camps treat thousands of survivors; medical supplies and equipment help damaged hospital

AmeriCares India emergency medical teams, facing extremely challenging conditions on the ground, have treated over 15,000 survivors of a major flooding disaster in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 250 people and severely damaged communications and infrastructure including hospitals and other health facilities that served more than a million people.

24 Nov 2014 description
report Times of India

Saibal Dasgupta,TNN | Nov 24, 2014, 01.24 AM IST

BEIJING: China has announced that it has completed a major hydropower dam on the Brahmaputra, called Yarlung Zangbo, in Tibet. The dam is bound to enhance fears in India and Bangladesh about flash floods and related risks like landslides involving lives of millions of people downstream.

24 Nov 2014 description

EFICOR with its dedicated team reached 13741 households in Jammu & Kashmir that was devastated by one of the worst floods in 106 years. Access to local communities has been major bottleneck so the team used different modes of transportation to reach the affected places. Trucks helped in wading across the water logged areas in some places and whereas in other places boats were used to reach places situated on the banks of lakes and river Jhelum.

24 Nov 2014 description
report World Bank

NEW YORK CITY, November 21, 2014 - A major new partnership between the World Bank Group and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves will work to spur a transition to clean cooking for 100 million households, which still use inefficient cookstoves and solid fuels for cooking.

21 Nov 2014 description

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517 Global routine vaccination coverage, 2013
522 Progress towards poliomyelitis eradication – Nigeria, January 2013–September 2014

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517 Couverture de la vaccination systématique dans le monde en 2013
522 Progrès accomplis en vue de l’éradication de la poliomyélite au Nigéria, janvier 2013-septembre 2014

21 Nov 2014 description

The global breeding programme for taro (Colocasia esculenta) and cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) is gathering pace. The International Network for Edible Aroids (INEA) is part of the five-year project Adapting clonally propagated crops to climatic and commercial changes funded by the European Union (EU).

20 Nov 2014 description
report Islamic Relief

November 20, 2014

Our response to the recent floods in India and Pakistan has enabled affected families in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir to meet their basic needs – and to overcome the impact of the disaster.

19 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 19 novembre 2014 – La lenteur des progrès dans l’assainissement et la pratique courante de la défécation à l’air libre par des millions de personnes du monde entier continuent de poser un danger pour les enfants et leurs communautés, a averti l’UNICEF à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale des toilettes.

19 Nov 2014 description
report Qatar Charity

In early October, Qatar Charity provided distribution of emergency relief assistance for the victims of the September floods in Jammu and Kashmir, northern India.
The villages of Arigatnoo and Tehsil Kulgam, District Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir were the primary distribution locations with 4,000 people benefiting from food parcels, which included rice, flour, lentils, onions, sugar and powdered milk, bread and oil, in addition to other materials such as kitchen equipment, candles and other non-food items.

19 Nov 2014 description
report India Water Portal

Area- and crop-customised agro-advisories in Sangamner taluka of Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, have helped farmers deal with weather-based events and minimise their related losses.

“In gram crops to control gram-pod borers, use pheromone traps”. While a statement like that most likely won't make sense to average people, it does to the farming community in the Sangamner taluka of Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. They have been trained to make sense of the agro-advisory provided by Vasundhara Sewaks.

19 Nov 2014 description

By David Tereshchuk*

November 18, 2014—In September of this year, South Asia’s worst monsoon season in 50 years caused torrential flooding and landslides that killed hundreds of people in India and Pakistan, and displaced many thousands from their homes.

In India-administered Kashmir—a region that for decades has been disputed territory between the two countries, and where the rains were especially severe—at least 120 people died and 200,000 were left homeless.

19 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NUEVA YORK, 19 de noviembre de 2014 – La lentitud del progreso mundial en materia de saneamiento, así como la práctica profundamente arraigada de la defecación al aire libre por parte de millones de personas, siguen constituyendo graves peligros para los niños y sus comunidades, advirtió UNICEF con ocasión del Día Mundial del Retrete.

18 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 12–18 November

Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.

18 Nov 2014 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) For the fifth year, Salesian Missions has received funding from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration to conduct its New Beginnings program assisting Sri Lankan Refugees in Tamil Nadu, India. To date, close to 2,500 refugees have received vocational training scholarships through the program.

18 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/LEIDEN, 18 November 2014 – To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, IKEA Foundation is boosting its commitment to children with six new grants to UNICEF, amounting to US $31.5 million (€24.9 million).

The new grants will focus on reaching the most marginalized and disadvantaged children living in poor communities and in strengthening UNICEF’s response in emergency and conflict situations.

18 Nov 2014 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:33 GMT

Author: Ashutosh Sharma

JAMMU, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With seasonal snowfall expected any day now, the 90 or so families who inhabit the isolated mountain village of Hill Kaka are worried they won’t have enough to eat during the coming winter.

Read the full article on AlertNet.