Hyderabad, India | 10:41 GMT
by Vivek Nemana
At least 800 people have died in a major heatwave that has swept across India, melting roads in New Delhi as temperatures neared 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit).
Hospitals were on alert to treat victims of heatstroke and authorities advised people to stay indoors, with no end in sight to the searing conditions.
India's Meteorological Department said it had issued heat warnings to several states where temperatures were forecast to top 45 degrees Celsius over the next few days.
Divy Khare,TNN | May 25, 2015, 04.44 AM IST
BOKARO: The scorching heat coupled with prolonged power cuts has added to the misery of residents here. The district is experiencing the hottest days of the season with temperatures soaring to 44°C on Sunday. The streets wore a deserted look due to the prevailing heat waves.
Barring Bokaro Steel Township, the other areas including Chas, Petarwar, Bermo have been facing frequent power cuts. Sunday recorded the maximum temperature at 44°C.
Amit Bhattacharya,TNN | May 26, 2015, 02.30 AM IST
NEW DELHI: Super-hot winds from Pakistan are giving a killer edge to the heat wave which has claimed more than 500 lives across India.
The death toll due to intense heatwave sweeping Telangana and Andhra Pradesh crossed the 500 figure on Monday, disaster management officials said in Hyderabad.
In Telangana, the toll stood at 215 from May 15 till today, said Special Commissioner for Disaster Management, Sada Bhargavi.
In Andhra Pradesh, the number stood at 302 till this evening and data from different districts was still being compiled, said Tulsi Rani, Special Commissioner for Disaster Management.
Hyderabad, India | AFP | Monday 5/25/2015 - 08:12 GMT
More than 430 people have died in two Indian states from a days-long heatwave that has seen temperatures nudging 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), officials said Monday.
Officials warned the toll was almost certain to rise, with figures still being collected in some parts of the hard-hit Telangana state in the south of the country, and with no end in sight to the searing conditions.
Following the 7.8M earthquake which struck on 25 Apr and the 7.3M earthquake on 12 May, a total of 8,631 people are confirmed dead, with 14 bodies still unidentified. Nearly 460 health facilities are destroyed. Over 25,000 classrooms collapsed while an additional 10,000 require repair. 456 health facilities destroyed 25,000 classrooms destroyed The monsoon rains are expected to arrive in two weeks, further complicating relief efforts by blocking access routes and exposing over 760,000 families with damaged or destroyed homes to heavy rainfall.1
RAIPUR: The north-westerly hot winds coming from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have led to increase in maximum temperatures in several parts of Chhattisgarh, crossing 45 degrees Celsius.
Searing heat has caused discomfort among citizens with risk of sunstroke and seasonal diseases.
HYDERABAD: Heat wave claimed 12 lives in Telangana on Thursday, taking the toll to 30 in two days, unofficial sources said.
The daily wage labourers, petty traders and people living on streets are the worst-hit.
Heat wave conditions have been sweeping the state the past two days with all ten districts recording day temperatures of at least 42 degrees Celsius.
Nizamabad, Nalgonda and Ramagundem sizzled at 46 degrees, Adilabad recorded 45 degrees.
Lessons by Partners for Resilience: moving from output to impact
by Juriaan Lahr, Head of International Assistance, Netherlands Red Cross
Author: Shuriah Niazi
MOHANPURA, India, May 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lal Singh was desperate.
The farmer from Mohanpura village in central India's Madhya Pradesh state had seen unseasonably heavy rains and hailstorms destroy crop after crop, while he fell deeper into debt.
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Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.
This study considers the different elements of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Disaster Management Centre (DMC)’s efforts over the last decade and assesses their impact in supporting the national capacities of member states.
MADURAI/VIRUDHUNAGAR: At least six pilgrims, who ventured into the Western Ghats to visit the Sadhuragiri temple, 1,500 meters above mean sea level, were washed away in flash floods on Sunday.
While three pilgrims are still missing, thousands were rescued by joint rescue teams of revenue, fire & rescue, forest and police departments. By Monday evening, all the stranded pilgrims were brought downhill while search operations were still on for three missing persons.
India on Monday announced a contribution of USD 2.1 million to the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a "reflection" of its commitment to the global health body and its mandate.
18 May 2015 | GENEVA - Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany addressed delegates on the first morning of the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly.
"The WHO is the only international organization that has universal political legitimacy on global health issues,” she said.
A second major earthquake struck on 12 May east of Kathmandu. The 7.3 magnitude quake caused further destruction to buildings and homes damaged by last month's quake. The death toll from the two quakes stands at over 8,580 with over 16,800 injured, according to the Nepali Ministry of Home Affairs.
A total of 216 displacement sites were identified across 11 districts. Shelter, drinking water and resumption of livelihood activities are reported as the priority needs.
• The earthquakes of 12 May (one of them as strong as 7.3 M) caused more damage and deaths in several areas of Nepal, India and China, including in the areas already affected by the 7.8 M earthquake on 25 April.
• According to first assessments at least 66 people were killed and over a thousand injured with numbers expected to rise in Nepal.
A new 7.3-magnitude earthquake and several powerful aftershocks shook Nepal Tuesday killing at least 65 people and triggering panic in the Himalayan nation already devastated by a massive temblor less than three weeks back that had claimed over 8,000 lives.
Nepal's Home Ministry while putting the death toll at about 65 said over 2,000 people had been injured in the latest quake that hit hardest in remote mountain districts northeast of the country's capital Kathmandu.
Birger Fredriksen and Sukhdeep Brar
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This book offers policy options that can help reduce textbook costs and increase their supply. The book explores, in depth, the cost and financial barriers that restrict textbook availability in schools across much of the region, as well as policies successfully adapted in other countries. The book also provides a thorough assessment of the pros and cons of digital teaching and learning materials and cautions against the assumption that they can immediately replace printed textbooks.