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Humanitarian Partners in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Test Disaster Preparedness to Trans-Boundary Risks

(Khujand, 24 October 2014) – Central Asia’s first of its kind simultaneous simulation exercise on two sides of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border is taking place between 22 and 24 October. Government representatives, United Nations agencies, international and local NGOs, and the Red Cross / Red Crescent movement in each country will test their respective emergency preparedness plans in case of a disaster with effects spilling over the border.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 24-30, 2014

Second-season dryness continues in Haiti, flooding risks remain in Central America and South Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. As the rainy season in Senegal comes to an end and harvesting begins, reduced crop yields due to this summer’s poorly distributed rainfall and delayed onset of the rainy season in July could become evident.

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Kyrgyzstan + 1 other
Experts of emergency departments of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan discussed joint plans for cooperation of border areas

Report
Kabar

Bishkek, October 11 / Kabar /. A two-day meeting of experts of emergency departments of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan is held in Bishkek.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the sides discussed joint responses to possible disasters of transboundary nature and developed a unified response plan of emergency actions and discussed steps of coordination with related government agencies.

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Central Asia Hurting as Russia’s Ruble Sinks

Report
EurasiaNet

by David Trilling and Timur Toktonaliev

Pensioner Jyparkul Karaseyitova says she cannot afford meat anymore. At her local bazaar in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, the price for beef has jumped 9 percent in the last six weeks. And she is not alone feeling the pain of rising inflation. Butcher Aigul Shalpykova says her sales have fallen 40 percent in the last month. “If I usually sell 400 kilos of meat every month, in September I sold only 250 kilos,” she complained.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 17-23, 2014

Dryness remains in Haiti, while flooding risks continue in South Sudan, Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite a return of seasonally normal rainfall during August, moisture deficits persist in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has resulted in poor growing conditions and crop development.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 10-16, 2014

  1. Despite a return of seasonally normal rainfall during August, moisture deficits persist in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has resulted in poor growing conditions and crop development.

  2. Poor July rains in several local areas of Mali have resulted in poor crop and pastoral conditions. August and September rains have improved ground conditions, although the rainy season is quickly coming to a close.

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Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic was conducting specially-preventive and liquidation activities in order to protect the population and areas of emergency situations

Ministry of emergency situations of the Kyrgyz Republic was conducting specially-preventive and liquidation activities in order to protection of the populations and areas of emergency situations such as landslides, selvodzashita, flood and natural disaster.

In 2014 year during 9 months generally in the Republic was carried activities 238 objects among them (164 plan, 74 ES,)197 ( 130 plan 64 ES)are finished.

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World + 35 others
Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 3, October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The forecast for global cereal production in 2014 has been raised closer to last year’s record, which is expected to boost inventories to a multi-year high.

  • Export prices of wheat and maize decreased further in September to multiyear lows, driven by expectations of large global supplies in 2014/15. Even rice prices, which had been rising in previous months, fell in September.

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CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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OSCE Centre in Bishkek supports enhancing regulatory legal framework for small arms and light weapons, conventional ammunition

BISHKEK, 19 September 2014 – The OSCE Centre in Bishkek and the Ministry of Defence of the Kyrgyz Republic today hosted the first roundtable discussion on improving the country’s regulatory legal framework for use of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and conventional ammunition.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Kyrgyzstan 16-September-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2014 cereal production is estimated to decrease, due to unfavourable weather conditions in parts of the country

  • Cereal imports in the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) are forecast to increase

  • Prices of wheat flour remained stable over the past monthswheat flour remained stable over the past months

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Kyrgyzstan: Monthly update on Food Security and Prices in Rural and Urban areas, Issue 25, July 2014

Highlights

  • The analysis of vegetation level shows that areas with unfavourable vegetation remain in evidence in the main crop producing areas in the north including lowland Chuy and Talas. Purchasing power of smallholder farmers in the affected areas is at risk of deterioration, because crop production is the main source of both income and food consumption for smallholders.

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World + 3 others
Water Pressures in Central Asia

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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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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Global Weather Hazards Summary August 8-14, 2014

Severe dryness continues across Latin America and Haiti, with dryness and flooding in parts of Africa

  1. Since early June, seasonal rainfall has been below average and infrequent across northeastern Nigeria, leading to growing moisture deficits. While there is a chance for some relief with increased rainfall forecast during the upcoming outlook period, anomalously dry ground conditions are expected to persist, which still may negatively impact developing crops later into the season.

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GIEWS Update Kyrgyzstan: Severe drought in northern parts affects 2014 wheat production

  • Extended dry weather conditions over the northern parts of the country since mid-February have damaged crop prospects and raised serious concerns over the food supply outlook of Kyrgyzstan.

  • Analysis based on satellite imagery together with field reports indicate that vast areas in the northwest (the most important wheat producing region of the country) received below-average rainfall from February through July, which coincides with crucial periods of crop establishment (spring wheat) and growth stages (winter crop).

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CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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Tajikistan + 1 other
ACTED and The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department renew cooperation in the Ferghana Valley

Dushanbe, 30th July 2014 – Building on achievements of previous DIPECHO (I-VII), and other Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) interventions, ACTED is launching a new project with the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), aimed at increasing disaster risk management capacities of two trans-boundary watersheds in the Sugd and Batken Oblasts of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

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Tajikistan + 7 others
Humanitarian Bulletin South Caucasus and Central Asia, Issue 03 | 1 January – 30 June 2014

In the first half of 2014, cross-border tensions continued in the Fergana valley, while multiple disasters hit Tajikistan. Authorities are warning that drought is looming over Kyrgyzstan.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 11 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary July 25-31, 2014

Dryness continues across parts of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa; flooding possible in Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since early June, seasonal rainfall has been both below average and infrequent across northeastern Nigeria, which has led to large moisture deficits. While increased rainfall forecast during the next week may provide some relief, ground conditions are expected to remain very dry, which may still hurt crop development later in the season.