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India's Modi announces relief package for flood-hit Kashmir

By Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR, India, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced a 7.5 billion rupee ($120 million) relief package for flood-hit Kashmir as his Bharatiya Janata Party seeks to expand support beyond the mainly Hindu lowlands of Jammu.

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PM meets various groups of flood affected people in Srinagar, listens to their problems and suggestions

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today met various groups of flood-affected people in Srinagar to understand their problems first-hand, and listen to their suggestions on the rehabilitation process following the recent floods. The Prime Minister had announced that he would be spending the day of Diwali interacting with flood-affected people of Srinagar.

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Health experts press for early introduction of injectable polio vaccine in India

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Times of India

Ekatha Ann John,TNN | Oct 24, 2014, 09.55 AM IST

Top doctors and medical professors in the country have pressed for early introduction of injectable polio vaccine, saying it is much more effective than the oral form as it eliminates the risk of vaccine-polio.

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2 Patna doctors serve flood-hit in Kashmir

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Times of India

Banjot Kaur Bhatia,TNN | Oct 19, 2014, 10.45 PM IST

PATNA: While help poured in from different corners of the world for the people of Jammu and Kashmir reeling under floods late last month, two Patna-based doctors also did their bit by offering medical help to people there.

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World + 51 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Ethiopia + 6 others
HIV/Aids complicates fight against kala azar

IN SUMMARY

The numbers

  • 300,000 - Or 90 per cent new cases of Kala azar infections every year. Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, and Sudan are the most affected countries, according to the World Health Organization.

  • 35 - Countries in which VL-HIV cases are reported.

  • 20pc to 40 per cent of patients with VL were also found to be infected with HIV in North Africa, one of the hardest hit areas.

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Act Alliance Preliminary Appeal: Cyclone Hudhud batters Andhra Pradesh & Odisha: IND142

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ACT Alliance

Preliminary Appeal Target: US$816,104
Balance Requested: US$816,104

Geneva, 20 October 2014

Dear Colleagues,

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India + 3 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (14 - 20 October 2014)

The death toll from Hudhud stands at 45 with around 920,000 affected. More than 135,000 people are taking shelter in 223 relief camps as authorities are providing food to 685,000 people.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Southwest Monsoon-2014: Daily flood situation report summary of important events as on 15.10.2014

RAINFALL/FLOOD SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY

  • Conditions are becoming favourable for further withdrawal of southwest monsoon from some more parts of Central & East India during next 3­4 days.

  • The withdrawal line of southwest monsoon continue to pass through Lat.27.0°N/Long.87.0°E, Forbesganj, Gaya, Rewa, Hoshangabad, Ahmadnagar, Satara, Vengurla, Lat.16.0°N/Long.70.0°E and Lat.16.0°N/Long.60.0°E.

Indian Meteorological Department (Major features of weather forecast)

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Situation Report-4 (Information On Cyclone HUDHUD), 14th October 2014

Current Situation

Information on Depression over East Uttar Pradesh and neighbourhood: As on 14th October 2014, 12.30 PM

The Depression over south Chhattisgarh & neighborhood has moved north-northeastwards and lay centered at 0830 hours IST of 14th October 2014 over East Uttar Pradesh & neighbourhood about 80 km Southwest of Varanasi. It would move Northeastwards and weaken into a Well-Marked Low Pressure area during next 12 hours.

Forecast : Rain/Thundershower would occur at one or two places over Odisha during next 24hours.

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World + 52 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 08–14 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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India: Cyclone HudHud - Information bulletin no. 2

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is monitoring the developing situation and at this stage is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors.

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India + 6 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (8 - 13 October 2014)

On 12 Oct, Cyclone Hudhud made landfall with wind speeds of between 180-195 kph and 2-3 metre waves. At least six people have been killed and 150,000 people have been evacuated

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Indian Armed Forces Ready to Launch Relief and Rescue Operations After Cyclone ‘Hudhud’ Strikes Indian Coast

After the cyclone ‘Hudhud’ struck the northern coast of Andhra Pradesh near Visakhapatnam today afternoon, the Armed Forces have repositioned their assets and waiting for the civil administration’s directions to launch rescue and relief operations in the cyclone affected regions of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

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Situation Report (Information On Cyclone HUDHUD), 11th October 2014

Current Situation

According to latest observations, the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘HUDHUD’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards during past six hours and lay centered at 1130 hrs IST of 11th October 2014 near latitude 16.1ºN and longitude 85.1ºE, about 350 km south-southeast of Gopalpur. The system would move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014.

Forecast : Rain/Thundershower would occur at most places over Odisha during next 48 hours.

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Southwest Monsoon-2014: Daily flood situation report summary of important events as on 11.10.2014

RAINFALL/FLOOD SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY

♦ The withdrawal line of southwest monsoon continues to pass through Lat.27.0°N/Long.87.0°E, Forbesganj, Gaya, Rewa, Hoshangabad, Malegaon, Dahanu, Lat.20.0°N/Long.70.0°E and Lat.20.0°N/Long.60.0°E.

Indian Meteorological Department (Major features of weather forecast)

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Navy on High Alert for Hudhud Relief Efforts

As the severe cyclone Hudhud is poised to strike the east coast of India, Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy has assumed high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance. Four Indian Naval ships are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid & Disaster Relief (HADR), evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid.

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Preparedness for cyclonic storm “HUD-HUD”

As per the latest information received from India Meteorological Department (IMD), the deep depression over north Andaman Sea intensified into a Cyclonic Storm ‘HUD HUD’ and lay centred at 8.30 hrs over north Andaman Sea close to Long Island. After crossing the Long Island, the system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and subsequently into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 36 hours.

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Students lend helping hand to flood victims

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Times of India

TNN | Oct 9, 2014, 06.00 AM IST

GUWAHATI: A team of students and faculty members of Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU), under the initiative of the department of social work, utilized their Puja holidays to organize relief work in the flood-hit Garopara village of Hahim, along the Meghalaya-Assam border.

The ADBU volunteers distributed rice, dal, clothes, medicines and utensils to the victims, provided psycho-social support and helped clear debris, make roads and rebuild houses.