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Encephalitis inches closer to Kolkata heart

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Times of India

TNN | Aug 29, 2014, 12.22AM IST

KOLKATA: A 51-year-old from Alipore has been detected with Japanese Encephalitis (JE). Tests done at the School of Tropical Medicine (STM) have found the virus in the blood samples of Mohamamd Ahsan Ali, an ASI of Kolkata Police.

Ahsan, who has been admitted to Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI), is on ventilation and his condition is stated to be critical.

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New village toilets a small step for poor Indian women

09/01/2014 02:15 GMT

by Abhaya SRIVASTAVA

KATRA SHAHADATGANJ, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Decorated with marigolds and ribbons, 108 toilets unveiled in a tragedy-hit village are a small step in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's push to end open-air defecation for impoverished Indian women.

The spotlessly clean toilets were donated on Sunday to the village in northern Uttar Pradesh state, where scared and vulnerable women had long been forced to trek nightly into the fields to relieve themselves.

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Bihar Floods Rapid Joint Needs Assessment Report

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Sphere India

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Bihar is India’s most flood- prone State, with 76 percent of the population, in the north Bihar living under the recurring threat of flood devastation. About 68800 sq Km out of total geographical area of 94163 sq Km comprising 73.06 percent is flood affected.

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Response Bulletin - Phailin & Subsequent Flood, Odisha 2013, Volume 5, August 2014

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Sphere India

Message from Mr. Nirmal Singh, Chairperson, Sphere India

Greetings and a warm welcome to this fifth issue of Response Bulletin!

In a time when the frequency of disasters have touched epic proportions, the loss to lives, property and sustainable livelihoods needs to be minimalized. A unified and a strategic response through effective partnership in serving the affected community are vital.

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Uttar Pradesh Floods Joint Rapid Needs Assessment Report

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Sphere India
  1. Executive Summary

The eastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh is facing severe floods. Due to regular rainfall and the occasional discharge of water from the Nepal side of the border, all major rivers in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh have been flooded. The main rivers affecting the population are the Sharada, Ghaghara, Sarayu, Rapti. Most rivers are displaying erratic trends (irregular rise and fall), eroding the banks (esp. Ghagra River) with devastating effects for local villages and causing widespread damage to property.

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Diseases weakening Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

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Times of India

TNN | Aug 28, 2014, 01.03 AM IST

The two states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are virtually sitting on a time bomb of communicable diseases, if the recent ?Health Status Indicators-2013' released by the Union health ministry's Central Bureau of Health Intelligence is any indication.

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Encephalitis blame at state door

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Times of India

KOLKATA: Lives could have been saved had the health administration acted faster in tackling the encephalitis outbreak, feel experts. They say the state's response was "slow and inadequate", leading to its uncontrolled spread.

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Southwest monsoon-2014: Daily Flood Situation Report - Summary of important events as on 19.08.2014

RAINFALL/FLOOD SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY

♦ Yesterday, the southwest monsoon was active over Arunachal Pradesh.
Indian Meteorological Department (Major features of weather forecast)

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Air Force MI -17 Helicopters Continue Flood Relief Operations in UP

On 17 Aug 14, two MI-17 helicopters were positioned at Bakshi-Ka Talab(BKT) from Air Force station Gorakhpur for undertaking flood relief operations in the flood hit areas of Bahraich and Nanpara (U.P).

The IAF helicopters commenced operations from Nanpara Helipad (Shahadat college ground) on 17 Aug 14 and immediately swung into action flying extensively over the flood affected areas. The helicopters carried out 05 missions, and flew 05 hours and 45 minutes to drop 2500 Kgs of food supplies (490 packets) over the flood hit villages.

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Responding to Flooding, Landslides in Nepal and Northern India

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Direct Relief

Direct Relief is reaching out to partners in western Nepal and the Uttar Pradesh district of northern India, where torrential monsoon rains that started last week have triggered landslides and flash floods, claiming the lives of more than 200 people and leaving thousands displaced.

An estimated 1,677 houses were damaged or fully destroyed, leaving many in the region vulnerable to cholera, typhoid, malaria fever, viral diarrhea, and skin infections.

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8 states report 71% of total infant deaths

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Times of India

Subodh Varma,TNN | Aug 19, 2014, 06.32 AM IST

Have you ever wondered why child death (IMR) and mother death (MMR) are going down so slowly in India? Part of the answer can be found in a recent survey report put out by the Census office. The eight, most poor states where this survey was done are home to half the country's population. And, it is in these states that 71% of infant deaths, 72% of deaths of children under-5 years, and 62% of maternal deaths take place.

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Odisha Floods Rapid Joint Needs Assessment Report

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1. Executive Summary

Odisha is a flood prone state, and as a result communities have become resilient and government response efficient to manage immediate rescue and relief operations. The flooding began with heavy rainfall on the 21st of July and further intensified as a result of two more low-pressure systems that moved over the state and was exacerbated by subsequent release of water from the Hirakud Reservoir.

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Nepal, India floods kill nearly 200

08/18/2014 13:16 GMT

KATHMANDU, August 18, 2014 (AFP) - Floods and landslides in Nepal and northern India have killed nearly 200 people and scores more are missing, local authorities said Monday.

Nepal has been worst hit, with 105 people confirmed dead after torrential rain triggered landslides and flooding, devastating entire villages in what the country's prime minister termed a "national tragedy".

Another 136 people are missing, and authorities are battling to prevent an outbreak of cholera after some survivors showed symptoms of the potentially fatal disease.

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U.S. supported Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program concludes successfully

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August 13, 2014 | New Delhi: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) India Mission Director John A. Beed and senior officials from the Government of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare convened today at New Delhi to celebrate the successes of the five-year USAID-supported Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) as it draws to a close. The event celebrated the program’s successes, reflected on lessons learned, and discussed the way forward in partnership with the Government of India.

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Southwest monsoon-2014: Daily Flood Situation Report - Summary of important events as on 10.08.2014

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DISASTER REPORTED

Himachal Pradesh:-

Update upto 1700 hrs dated 10.08.2014 regarding the missing 01 Guide and 24 Students in flash flood, Mandi (H.P). 24 dead bodies of students have been retrieved. Rescue operation is continues to retrieve dead body of missing guide.

ODISHA

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Battle to contain Ebola intensifies with Nigeria seeking volunteers

08/09/2014 22:47 GMT

by Aderogba OBISESAN

LAGOS, August 9, 2014 (AFP) - The battle to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak continued on Sunday, after Nigeria appealed for volunteers to help halt the spread of the virus but Guinea went back on a statement it was shutting its land borders with two of its neighbours.

A day after the World Health Organization declared the epidemic an international health emergency, countries as far afield as India were scrambling to impose measures to prevent contagion of the virus which has claimed almost 1,000 lives.

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Maharashtra’s Child Stunting Declines: What is Driving Them? Findings of a Multidisciplinary Analysis

Haddad, Lawrence; Nisbett, Nick; Barnett, Inka; Valli, Elsa

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