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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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Drought drives 42 percent crash in crop production in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An 11-month drought, considered by experts to be the worst in recent history, has forced sharp increases in food prices in Sri Lanka – and the worst may be yet to come, according to recent updates.

Rice, the island’s staple food, has seen double digit price hikes in all varieties compared to a year ago. Some of the more popular varieties such as Samba have recorded price increases of 30 percent compared to a year back, according to government statistics.

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Feature-Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained


Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:01 GMT

By Nita Bhalla and Shihar Aneez

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the fishing village of Oori, two mothers await news of their young daughters who were taken to a care home three months ago after their alleged rape by members of the Sri Lankan navy.

Read the full article on AlertNet.


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Government Renovates 13 Schools in Kilinochchi

The Ministry of Education, with assistance from the Republic of Korea, recently renovated 13 schools in the Kilinochchi District.

Situated in a district that was once home to the headquarters of the terrorist organisation known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), these schools had been in a dilapidated condition due to the near-30-year conflict.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review - South Asia | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Chronic conflicts, earthquakes, recurrent seasonal storms, floods, droughts, and severe winter weather, as well as limited government response capacity, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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Global Food Security Update - Issue 15, October 2014


The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

• In conflict-affected south sudan, the food security situation is much worse than at harvest time in a typical year. Around 1.5 million people are expected to remain in Phase 3 (Crisis) and Phase 4 (Emergency) through December 2014.

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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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Rs. 115 Million Compensation for 1218 Internally Displaced Families

“I am the President not only for the South and North but for the entire country. Therefore, I treat everyone equally,” President mahinda Rajapaksa said.

The President was speaking at a ceremony held in Kilinochchi to award compensation amounting to 115 million rupees to over 1200 Internally Displaced families on Sunday (12). The move was taken under a programme to implement the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

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70 New Buses for North

President Mahinda Rajapaksa provided 70 new buses to the existing fleet to meet the demand of commuters, in the Northern Province. Minister Douglas Devananda was present at the occasion when the President symbolically handed over the keys to the Sri Lanka Transport Board.

The transport services in Northern Province was below expectation and the efficiency had remained zero for many decades as a result of terrorist activities

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Pakistan Housing Project for War Affected Families of Northern Province inaugurated

The ground-breaking ceremony of Pakistan housing project for the rehabilitation of war affected homeless people of the Northern Province was held in Puthukkudiyiruppu village of Mannar Town.

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ICRC activities in Sri Lanka - Delegation newsletter, January-June 2014

A round-up of activities carried out by the ICRC in Sri Lanka.


  • Identifiying humanitarian needs of families of missing persons

  • Health Care in Danger: ensuring safer access

  • Sustainable solutions for vulnerables communities to have clean water

  • Sri Lanka hosts regional gathering on international humanitarian law

  • The role of forensics in humanitarian action

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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

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Handwashing one important tool in the Ebola fight – UNICEF

Global Handwashing Day a reminder that the simple practice saves lives

NEW YORK, 15 October 2014 – As the world celebrates the seventh Global Handwashing Day, UNICEF said the fight against Ebola further underscores the practice of handwashing in disease prevention.

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Food Outlook - Biannual Report on Global Food Markets, October 2014

According to the latest edition of FAO's biannual Food Outlook report, global markets for most foodstuffs are more stable than they have been in recent years