In India, unseasonal rains damaged 8.5 million hectares of crops, mainly wheat. The Government has responded mainly by increasing input subsidies and facilitating the processing of insurance claims.
Thailand has launched a loan relief programme for affected farmers through the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives.
In Pakistan, potato prices have fallen by 45 percent year on year as farmers switch from growing wheat to potatoes.
The second section of the emergency rescue and relief contingent aboard an SLAF flight, left the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport for the earthquake-stricken Nepal Today morning (02 March 15) to assist ongoing rescue and relief operations in Kathmandu.
Captain of the Aircraft Sqn Ldr VGP Mahanama and Co-pilot Wg Cmdr DKM Krishantha that the SLAF C-130 aircraft will be landed at Katmandu around 1600 hrs. This two experienced pilots were piloted the first ever Air craft flown to Kathmandu and landed it on 27th April 2015.
We could have supported to rebuild their lives of more than 167,000 IDPs and returnees for 7 years in the North and the East of Sri Lanka. We constructed 188 transitional shelters and 188 semi-permanent toilets. Also, we could clean 1,535 wells and renovated 1,275 wells, and constructed 13 common tube wells not only to assure safe water for domestic use, but also to be a base for restarting regular vocation towards farmers. Also, we could construct or renovate 16 culverts, which promoted marking and economic activities during rainy season.
In Q1-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell a further 13 percent year-on-year. It is now 5 percent lower than in Q4-2014.
Real prices of wheat have fallen by 10 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 20 percent lower than in Q1-2014 and at their lowest levels since mid-2010, thanks to large supplies, favourable production forecasts and strong export competition.
Another Sri Lankan contingent of aid workers with equipment and supplies left for Nepal to join their counterparts in the relief and rescue mission currently underway in the earth quack hit south Asian nation. According to army sources the 97strong team is comprised of 72 army, 14 navy and 11 air force personnel. The group is taking along a consignment of 17 tons of supplies including much needed medicines, water bottles, dry rations, water purification tablets etc.
The first rescue and relief contingent from Sri Lanka with 44 service personnel and 4 civil medical consultants, dispatched to Nepal Sunday (26) early morning on the directions of the President and the Prime Minister with close supervision of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, in less than 45 minutes of their arrival in Nepal, has begun their rescue and relief operations from Dolalghad, a remote worst-affected area, about 60 km away from Kathmandu, Nepal, the Army Media reported.
Migrant smuggling in Asia increasingly complex and dynamic, says UNODC
Bangkok (Thailand), 28 April 2015 — Smuggling of migrants poses a significant threat to Asia, generating an annual value of USD $2 billion for criminal groups and leading to deaths and human rights abuses, warns the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in a new report released today.
The Prime Minister's Office informed that the aircraft carrying emergency rescue and relief contingent comprising of 44 Army personnel and 4 Civil Medical Consultants that left for earthquake-struck Nepal has reached Katmandu at 10.30 this morning.
The army personnel will assist ongoing rescue and relief operations in the densely-populated Katmandu valley, devastated by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake which has reportedly claimed at least 1,400 lives.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed to rush medical teams and specialised search and rescue units to Nepal where a devastating earthquake has taken a heavy toll. Doctors and rescue workers are being rushed to help the victims in Nepal and Sri Lanka will work closely with the authorities in Nepal to provide them with any assistance they may require.
Sri Lanka has acquired expertise in dealing with major natural disasters following the December 2004 Asian tsunami which claimed over 30,000 lives and destroyed coastal infrastructure of the island.
The Government and the people of Sri Lanka is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives and extensive damage to property caused by the earthquake which occurred this (25th April) morning in Nepal and extends sincere condolences to the Government and people of Nepal particularly the families of the bereaved, and, wish a speedy recovery to those injured by this calamity.
Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 04:27 GMT
by Jennifer O'MAHONY
Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts Sunday to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country.
As the death toll in the Himalayan nation surpassed 2,500, the US together with European and Asian nations sent emergency crews to reinforce those scrambling to find survivors in the devastated capital Kathmandu and in cut-off rural areas.
Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 06:17 GMT
by Jennifer O'MAHONY
International aid groups and governments intensified efforts to get rescuers and supplies into earthquake-hit Nepal on Sunday, but severed communications and landslides in the Himalayan nation posed formidable challenges to the relief effort.
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