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Italy + 7 others
Is the EU doing enough to prevent migrant deaths at sea?


By Kristy Siegfried

JOHANNESBURG, 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - The news that up to 850 lives were lost in the Mediterranean this past weekend as a result of five shipwrecks of boats carrying migrants has sparked a new round of calls for the European Union (EU) to take more responsibility for preventing deaths at sea.


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Reversing the “Silent Earthquake of the Century”

By Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative - Islamic Republic of Iran

Mr. Lewis recently visited Shahid Nasseri Refugee Camp near the city of Saveh in Markazi Province. He contributed this story based on what he observed.

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World + 24 others
Ten years after 2004 Tsunami, successful exercise demonstrates the efficiency of Indian Ocean Warning System

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

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Allocating More than One Thousand Three Hundred and Sixty Billion Rials Credit for Reconstruction of Mormori Affected By Earthquake Regions

Assistant of Reconstruction Affairs and Rural Housing at Housing Foundation of Islamic Revolution informed about allocating of more than one thousand three hundred and sixty billion credits for reconstruction of Mormori affected by earthquake regions and said: The Government has allocated eight hundred and thirteen thousand billion two hundred and fifty million Rials credits for speedy of construction housing units at these regions.

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Head of Housing Foundation: Payment of Facilities In Regions Affected By Earthquake Has Begun

Head of Housing Foundation of Islamic Revolution announced that payment of facilities is begun at Elam affected by earthquake regions as soon. Tabesh said: recent earthquake at Elam Province have differences with other earthquakes and any roof don’t fall and such that to be had fatal damage. He added: but due to urban houses had not suitable strucure and has damaged as figure of that is requiring to destroying and renovation.

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Australia + 1 other
Manus Island whistleblower describes 'filthy' conditions inside detention centre

By Andrew Greene and Benjamin Sveen Updated 6 Sep 2014, 10:53pmSat 6 Sep 2014, 10:53pm

A former detention centre guard says he is not surprised an asylum seeker has died from an infection he caught at Manus Island because he witnessed filthy living conditions inside the facility.

Hamid Kehazaei cut his foot at the detention centre about three weeks ago, developed septicaemia and was sent to Brisbane's Mater hospital.

The 24-year-old suffered a heart attack, and was later declared brain dead.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:


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The price of an education for Afghan refugees in Iran


Families brave xenophobia and economic woes to give their children the chance of a better future

Decades of subsistence farming have curved 65-year-old Isa’s spine and turned his cheeks a rich, leathery brown. The white-haired father of seven obtained legal refugee status in Iran over three decades ago, fleeing war and crushing poverty as the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Two political regimes later, Isa must still stay off the main road when he rides his motorbike to work.

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World + 21 others
Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise to test readiness ten years after the 2004 disaster

Ten years after the strongest tsunami in living memory, 24 countries participate in an exercise to assess the effectiveness of communication flows between stakeholders, country readiness and the efficiency of emergency procedures.

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World + 29 others
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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World + 66 others
CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) the Afghan crisis (including affected populations of Afghans in Iran and Pakistan) (ECHO/-AS/BUD/2014/91000) Last update: 30/07/2014 Version 2


AMOUNT: EUR 31 500 000


Severe flooding and landslides in the first half of 2014 seriously affected over 150 000 people. An estimated 8 850 homes were totally destroyed and 8 345 badly damaged. Significant impact on harvests and rural livelihoods is expected.

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Afghanistan + 2 others
ECHO Factsheet Afghanistan – July 2014

Key messages

  • Over three decades of conflict in Afghanistan have led to insecurity and displacement, and conflict in neighbouring Pakistan has pushed thousands of families and individuals to seek refuge on the Afghan side of the border.

  • Food, water, shelter, access to health and protection to newly displaced Pakistani refugees are needed. Emergency healthcare in general and trauma care in particular are essential.

  • The resilience of Afghans to recurrent natural hazards must be strengthened.

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Iran to send aid to Gaza via Egypt

08/22/2014 17:09 GMT

TEHRAN, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - Iran plans to send aid to the beleaguered Gaza Strip after Egypt said it would allow the shipment to enter the Palestinian territory, an Iranian diplomatic source said on Friday.

The official IRNA news agency said Cairo had agreed to transfer humanitarian aid bound for the coastal enclave, citing a foreign ministry source in Tehran.

The source said a first Iranian Red Crescent shipment of 100 tonnes of medicine and food would be flown "soon" to Cairo.

Agence France-Presse:

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GIEWS Country Brief : Iran (Islamic Republic of) 21-August-2014


•Below-average wheat crop harvested in 2014

•Wheat import requirements forecast at above-average levels in 2014/15

•Inflation rates ease

•Food security situation improves, but vulnerable groups in parts are still a concern

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Amos: UN seeks cooperation with Iran in information sharing on crisis management

Tehran, Aug 17, IRNA – The UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos on Sunday announced that the UN favors cooperation with Iran in sharing information on crisis management as the country ranks sixth worldwide in term of being prone to natural disasters.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with IRNA, Amos said there is a lot of experience available to Iran that are important to share.

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Australia + 10 others
Immigration Detention and Community Statistics Summary - 30 June 2014

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

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Iran: Iran Earthquake Information Bulletin N° 01

The situation

An earthquake with the magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale rocked South of Ilam province on August18, 2014. As per Tehran University’s Seismological Center, the earthquake hit at 07:02 A.M. local time.

The villages of Moormoori, Tape Hamame Oliya and Tape Hamame Sofla were the most affected districts.

So far, more than 22 aftershocks have been recorded in the affected areas, the biggest of which has been 5 on the Richter scale.

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Strong quake hits west Iran, 250 injured: media

08/18/2014 11:26 GMT

TEHRAN, August 18, 2014 (AFP) - A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the province of Ilam in western Iran on Monday, injuring at least 250 people and causing extensive damage to buildings, Iranian media said.

The US Geological Survey, reporting the magnitude of the quake at 6.3, said it struck 36 kilometres (22 miles) southeast of the city of Abdanan, near the border with Iraq.

According to state television, the quake occurred at 7:02 am (0232 GMT) near the town of Mour-Mouri.

Agence France-Presse:

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UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos to Visit Iran


WHO: UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos
WHAT: Mission to the Islamic Republic of Iran
WHEN: 17 - 18 August 2014
WHERE: Tehran

UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos will visit Iran from 17 to 18 August 2014.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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