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Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

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's lack of refugee recognition leaves Myanmar's Rohingya in limbo

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AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:08 GMT

Author: Nita Bhalla

NEW DELHI, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Kohinoor, a stateless Rohingya Muslim, fled her home in Myanmar after a wave of attacks by majority Buddhists, she hoped for a chance to rebuild her life in a new country.

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Journalist leads 300 people to safety in flooded Srinagar

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Times of India

Sameer Arshad,TNN | Sep 15, 2014, 02.24 AM IST

SRINAGAR: Deafening cries for help jolted journalist Riffat Abdullah out of his fourth floor house as flood waters entered Srinagar's upscale Rajbagh locality after breaching Jhelum's embankment. He began calling up top authorities frantically for help as water levels touched second floor, but the phone lines had snapped.

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Emergency Response Team Bringing Medical Care to Flood Survivors in Jammu & Kashmir

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AmeriCares

First delivery of medical supplies to be followed by more shipments and long-term interventions

With monsoon rains triggering major flooding and landslides in Jammu and Kashmir, AmeriCares India is sending an emergency response team to provide vital medical care to survivors. The early death toll stands at 215 and over 110,000 people have been rescued from record flooding in the north that has crippled communications and heavily damaged critical infrastructure.

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Improving Children’s Lives, Transforming the Future – 25 years of child rights in South Asia

New York, 11 September 2014 – According to a new UNICEF report released today there has been progress in the health and well-being of children in South Asia over the last 25 years, but glaring inequalities remain.

"More than 2 million children in South Asia die from preventable causes before their fifth birthday ever year and more than 35 percent of the region's children have chronic malnutrition,” said Karin Hulshof, Regional Director for UNICEF in South Asia.

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Police in J&K collect bodies floating in worst floods in years

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Times of India

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: Authorities in Jammu & Kashmir collected the bodies of women and children floating in the streets on Thursday as anger mounted over what many survivors said was a bungled operation to help those caught in the region's worst flooding in 50 years.

Both the Indian and Pakistan sides have been hit by extensive flooding in recent days, and about 450 people have been killed, with J&K's capital city Srinagar particularly hard hit.

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J&K floods: As water level falls, anger at state govt's failure rises

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Times of India

M Saleem Pandit, Sameer Arshad & Rajat Pandit,TNN | Sep 11, 2014, 02.49 AM IST

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IAF planes airlift stranded from Kashmir

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Times of India

Ashish Mehta,TNN | Sep 11, 2014, 04.52 AM IST

JAIPUR: A group of 18 people from Bandikui in Dausa district, who had gone to Srinagar, reached their houses on Wednesday after they were airlifted to Delhi by an IAF plane. Another 11 people were dropped in Chandigarh and they too are expected to reach home by Thursday morning.

The group, including women and children, had lost all hopes due to the floods in Srinagar. They did not get water, food or electricity in their hotels.

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Children's Safety is Top Priority in Indian Floods

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Francine Uenuma 202.450.9153 (M)

Fairfield, Conn. (Sept. 8, 2014) — Save the Children is committing to supporting Jammu & Kashmir government's immediate appeal for flood relief items by providing 5,000 blankets.

Following reports of a children's hospital in Srinagar being flooded, Save the Children is especially concerned about the plight of children in the flood-ravaged Kashmir Valley and Jammu region, where the Jhelum and Tawi rivers are overflowing.

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J&K flood toll over 150, PM offers Rs 1,000cr aid to fight ‘national crisis’

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Times of India

TNN & Agencies | Sep 8, 2014, 12.45 AM IST

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: The death toll in Jammu & Kashmir's swamped districts from swirling waters of Jhelum, Chenab and Tawi and their tributaries rose to 150 with at least 50 more fatalities reported from various districts on Sunday. Numerous people were marooned even as relief efforts intensified with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who surveyed the extent of devastation from air, announcing Rs 1000 crore in aid for the pummeled state, describing its worst floods in 50 years as a national calamity.

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Hidden in Plain Sight: a statistical analysis of violence against children

Over the last decade, recognition of the pervasive nature and impact of violence against children has grown. Still, the phenomenon remains largely undocumented and underreported.

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AmeriCares Responds to Emergency Needs of Bihar Flood Survivors

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AmeriCares

Working with local partners to provide health care, nutritional support and other humanitarian aid

In mid-August when the combined fury of heavy rains and flooding rivers affected more than 400,000 people in Bihar, AmeriCares India team quickly mobilized emergency aid to reach people forced to flee their homes in India’s most flood prone state. The displaced are facing food shortages and water contamination, along with increased risk of water borne and vector borne diseases.

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Bihar Floods Rapid Joint Needs Assessment Report

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Sphere India

Summary

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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Appeal for flood survivors in India

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Caritas

Caritas Internationalis has launched an emergency appeal for €768 796 to help people hit by floods in state of Odisha.

Heavy rains since late July and subsequent flooding have affected over 3.5 million people and left almost 50 people dead.

“Millions of people have been displaced and many have been marooned, with their houses and all their basic belongings completely submerged by water,” said Thangsha Sebastian from Caritas India. “They have no idea what the coming days hold for them.”

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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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India Floods: Save the Children is Reaching Out to the Worst Affected Families with Relief

Floods in India have snatched the means of livelihood from millions of people. Among the worst affected are daily wage earners and small-time farmers.

During our flood relief distribution in rural Cuttack, we came across Jayananda Mantri, daily wage earner with no agriculture land. To make ends meet, he mostly performs jobs like fetching water to nearby hotels and shops and works on farmlands. His wife Tilottama Mantri works as a cook in a school and earns Rs. 1,000 per month.

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Odisha Floods Rapid Joint Needs Assessment Report

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Sphere India

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.