Ranbir Singh Pora , India | AFP | Friday 9/30/2016 - 14:32 GMT
by Tauseef MUSTAFA
India evacuated thousands of people living near the border with Pakistan on Friday, a day after carrying out strikes along the de-facto frontier in disputed Kashmir that have dramatically escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
Authorities in parts of northern India said they were evacuating villages within 10 kilometres (six miles) of the border following Thursday's raids, which provoked furious charges of "naked aggression" from Pakistan.
Sarah Boseley Health editor
Exclusive: Bank chief Jim Yong Kim vows to expose governments that fail to tackle malnourishment as part of mission to rid world of stunting by 2030
The president of the World Bank has warned he will name and shame countries that fail to tackle the malnourishment and poor growth of their children, as part of a mission to rid the world of stunting.
The Government of India and WFP signed a Letter of Intent for a proposal to establish a Centre of Excellence (CENEX) on food and nutrition security.
The proposal for setting up CENEX shall be sent for government approval by mid-September 2016.
Delegation led by the Honourable Union Minister for Food, India visited WFP CENEX in Brazil. Delegation included high level Government official from India accompanied by WFP India Country Director.
TNN | Sep 25, 2016, 07.24 AM IST
KOLKATA/SERAMPORE: There is no sign yet of dengue fading away from Kolkata, even though it's close to monsoon-end.Generally , the number of cases start sliding down by end-September, but this year has been an exception, said experts. New strains and symptoms are still cropping up, often making things tricky for doctors.Several hospitals were still filled to capacity, thanks to the extended dengue outbreak.
Swathyr Iyer | TNN | Updated: Sep 29, 2016, 12.04 PM IST
HYDERABAD: Post the torrential rains that lashed Hyderabad over the last 10 days, the Telangana government is now set to launch an online portal to better predict floods. The sensor-based system, slated for January 2017 release, will be available as a mobile application too.
by Manipadma Jena
Near-real-time system can help authorities respond more quickly to threats, assess damage and manage risks
BHUBANESWAR, India, Sept 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every year India's northeastern state of Bihar is deluged by floods that submerge roads, destroy homes and wash away crops, leaving the disaster management authority struggling to monitor and assess the damage, and to distribute aid effectively.
Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary
At 31 August 2016, there were 1602 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1355 in immigration detention on the mainland and 247 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.
A further 619 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 27,453 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.
The table below reflects figures based on records in Department of Immigration and Border Protection systems.
1. CENTRAL WATER COMMISSION (DAILY WATER LEVELS AND FORECASTS FOR LEVEL FORECAST SITES)
According to the Central Water Commission (CWC) report dated 26/09/2016, there is no Unprecedented and High flood site in the country. However, 08 Moderate flood sites have been reported in Assam & Bihar :-
2. MODERATE FLOOD SITUATION
i) River Jiabharali at NT Road Crossing Jiabharali, District- Sonitpur, Assam is flowing at 77.7m against danger level 77.0 m with Steady Trend.
By Jonathan Fowler
BUCHAREST, 28 September 2016 – Scientists and disaster risk experts from the Mediterranean and beyond have vowed to step up efforts to raise awareness among the general public of how to react to the threat of tsunamis.
“Public awareness is one of the most important activities,” said Professor Ahmet Cevdet Yalciner of Turkey’s Middle East Technical University, who chairs the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the Northeastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (ICG/NEAMTWS).
It is often people’s immediate community that provides the first, last and perhaps best tactical response for many people affected by or under threat of displacement. In the 23 feature theme articles in this issue of FMR, authors from around the world – including authors who are themselves displaced – explore the capacity of communities to organise themselves before, during and after displacement in ways that help protect the community.
FMR 53 also includes eight ‘general’ articles on other aspects of forced migration.
Heavy rain has continued to affect several parts of the country, causing more floods. Approx. 68 mm of rain in 24 h were recorded in Sholapur (Maharashtra state) over 24-25 September.
Local media, as of 27 September early morning (UTC), reported that the death toll due to the recent floods in the state of Telangana has reached 11 people and over 1,000 have been evacuated in several districts of the state. Local authorities also reported, as of the same date, that over 900 people have been evacuated in Assam state.
By Denis McClean
GENEVA, 27 September 2016 - It didn’t have a fancy name. It was Tropical Cyclone 03 A and it killed more than 10,000 people, many of them desperately poor salt pan workers in the Kutch district of Gujarat, India.
Hundreds died at their place of work, ignorant of the coming storm’s strength until it bore down on their encampment with a fury that turned their flimsy homes into death traps.
The death toll related to rain and flooding related incidents in Telangana has climbed to 11.
While all efforts are being made to save lives and bring relief to people at the state and central levels the met department has predicted heavy showers during the next 48 hours which has also impacted parts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
In June 2016, India launched its first National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) with the aim of improving the country's resilience to disasters and reducing the loss of lives and assets. Hailed as one of the first national level plans which is aligned to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), India's NDMP not only adheres to the spirit of SFDRR, it also entails provisions to help India reach the goals set in SFDRR.
Since 2009, Oxfam and others have been raising the alarm about a great global land rush. Millions of hectares of land have been acquired by investors to meet rising demand for food and biofuels, or for speculation. This often happens at the expense of those who need the land most and are best placed to protect it: farmers, pastoralists, forest-dependent people, fisherfolk, and indigenous peoples.
Highlights of the Week
The southwest monsoon withdrew from some parts of West Rajasthan on 15th September, 2016 and did not withdraw further during the week (Annexure 1).
Extremely heavy rainfall (more than 20 cm in 24 hours) was experienced over Konkan on five days and over Madhya Maharashtra & Bihar on one day of the week.
A total of 17 NDRF teams comprising over 550 personnel have been deployed by the Centre in the flood-affected regions of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. The central force has also deployed about 60 boats and teams of paramedics to help those stranded after the heavy rainfall in the last few days in these areas.
The flood situation has worsened in Telangana as water level continued to rise in Godavari river following heavy rainfall in upper catchment areas and release of water from Maharashtra dams.
76 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India, will arrive in Sri Lanka on 29th September under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme. One group consisting of 41 persons (18 families) are scheduled to arrive from Trichy and the other group of 35 persons (13 families) are scheduled to arrive from Chennai.
BERMUDA – TC KARL
• TC KARL continued moving north-west over the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, strengthening. On 23 September at 9.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 486 km southsoutheast of Bermuda island and it had max. sustained wind speed of 93 km/h (Tropical Storm).
• Over the next 48 h it is forecast to continue moving northwest with a slight turn to north, strengthening. Its centre may pass near or to the east of Bermuda on 24 September. As of 23 September, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the island of Bermuda.
23/09/2016 New Delhi, India – With 42 percent of the world’s population, the group of countries that make up the BRICS are in a position to shape agricultural policies that would strengthen global food security and transform rural societies and livelihoods, Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said today.