Research Officer, SEARP, IPCS
- Disaster Overview
Heavy monsoon rains began on September 2, 2014 in Jammu and Kashmir region leading to heavy flooding. On September 3, a border security officer and five others were killed in landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy rain the Jammu region. The Jammu and Kashmir government sounded a flood alert for the state on September 4 after three days of incessant rain had flooded 23 villages. By September 6 the flooding was recognized as the worst in 50 years and the death toll had risen to 150.
By Siddharth Ravishankar, former intern for Stimson's South Asia program:
In September, monsoon rains engulfed India and Pakistan, causing floods that killed hundreds and washed away thousands of homes. During this humanitarian crisis, the governments of India and Pakistan did not cooperate on disaster relief. It remains possible, however, for both countries to become partners during humanitarian crises, paving the way for long-lasting, durable patterns of cooperation.
The absence of very severe catastrophes and a quiet hurricane season in the North Atlantic meant that losses from natural catastrophes in 2014 were much lower. At US$ 7bn, the most expensive event in terms of overall loss was Cyclone Hudhud in India. Around 7,700 people lost their lives in natural catastrophes.
Since May this year, when I started writing this blog, I have started appreciating the strength of Indian democracy. As I followed the unraveling of the national elections, and thereafter the elections in various states of our country, I became acutely aware of the power of Indian voters and their ability to choose their own destiny in a peaceful and democratic manner. Clichés like ‘ballot not bullet’ appear less clichéd and Indian democracy despite all its ‘warts’ stands out like a beacon in an area where our neighbors still struggle to institutionalize it and give it permanency.
Highlights from this issue:
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How can behavior change activities increase contraceptive use in urban areas?
What role can drug shops play in family planning?
How do health care workers find the courage to care for Ebola patients?
· In 2014, the monsoon rains were late across most of East Asia, leading to delays in the start of the growing season. Improved rainfall from August onwards, allowed for a good recovery across most of the region.
· Though most countries avoided significant impacts on national aggregate crop production, DPRK suffered from a very poor rainfall season with significant reductions in agricultural production.
· Elsewhere, localised impacts are noted in Pakistan, India, Vietnam, China, Myanmar.
RBM Partners Launch Report Highlighting Progress toward Malaria Elimination in the Asia-Pacific
8 December 2014: - A new report highlighting the approach, goals and achievements of the Asia-Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) was launched the past week during the 27th Board Meeting of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership in Bangkok, Thailand.
Executive Summary and Recommendations
Robert T. Perry, MD1, Marta Gacic-Dobo, MSc1, Alya Dabbagh, PhD1, Mick N. Mulders, PhD1, Peter M. Strebel, MBChB1, Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, MD1, Paul A. Rota, PhD2, James L. Goodson, MPH3 (Author affiliations at end of text)
New report exposes the ‘Dark side of conservation’
‘Parks Need Peoples’ campaign launched during World Parks Congress
A hard-hitting new report launched by Survival International – the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights – reveals how conservation has led to the eviction of millions of tribal people from “protected areas.”
Tropical cyclone Hudhud is moving over the Bay of Bengal, heading toward the southeastern coast of India, between Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. As of 10 October, it had sustained maximum wind speed of 204km/h and its centre was located over central Bay of Bengal, approximately 732km southeast of Vishakhapatnam in northern Andhra Pradesh. A cyclone alert is in effect for north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts.
A survey of TB diagnostic and treatment practices in eight countries
Disaster Vulnerability and Donor Opportunity in South and Southeast Asia outlines opportunities for donors of all kinds to support disaster preparedness and risk reduction programs in six of the world's most at-risk countries. It offers strategic advice for donors to make the most impact with each investment, and how to integrate resilience into current strategies.
At its 39th Session in October 2012, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) agreed to have a 10 Year Retrospective on the progress made in implementing the “Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security” in 2014. The 41st session of the CFS just concluded last week.
This report synthesises the findings from the four country case studies produced for the project. It is intended as a summary introduction to the main findings of the research, and a preliminary comparative analysis across the four cases.
Food rights or food riots?