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04 Sep 2015 description

Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 19:23 GMT

A 51-year-old Pakistani has died after he was found lying close to a railway track in Hungary on Friday following the escape of 350 migrants from a train blocked for more than a day near Budapest.

Emergency workers tried to revive the man for 50 minutes near the Bicske railway station, the official MTI news agency said.

"A 51-year-old man has died in Bicske after ambulance staff were unable to resuscitate him," Pal Gyorfi, a spokesperson for Hungary's National Ambulance Service, told MTI.

04 Sep 2015 description

For a year now, thousands of refugees have been crossing the Afghan border, fleeing the fighting between the Pakistani army and the Taliban in the province of Waziristan. Our head of mission, Philippe Bonnet, sheds light on the situation.

04 Sep 2015 description

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin est restée calme en août. Seuls des ailés solitaires en faibles effectifs étaient présents dans des parties des aires de reproduction estivale dans le nord du Sahel de la Mauritanie, du Niger, du Tchad et du Soudan. Toutefois, les bonnes pluies généralisées tombées sur toutes ces zones ont rendu les conditions écologiques favorables, ce qui permettra à une reproduction à petite échelle d’avoir lieu en septembre et octobre.

04 Sep 2015 description

Recent increases in rainfall provide little relief to long-term dryness in East Africa and Hispaniola

  1. Widespread, persistent, and heavy rainfall over the past several weeks have led to saturated ground conditions and localized flooding in several regions of West Africa. The continuation of heavy rainfall is forecast for the upcoming week, maintaining flooding risks throughout several areas in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, western Niger, eastern Guinea and Sierra Leone.

04 Sep 2015 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources. It complements resources that already exist, such as the Aid Worker Security Database, which provides statistics and analysis about attacks against aid workers.

04 Sep 2015 description

Highlights

  • The pace of general and food inflation in the region in June was estimated at 2.5 and 2.4 percent, respectively.

  • Prices for limes in the Philippines and Thailand fell by 5.3 percent and 53.5 percent, respectively, in June, but rose by 10.6 percent in Sri Lanka. z Prices for fresh vegetables in China have been fluctuating less on the season’s more plentiful supplies, except for tomato and kidney beans.

04 Sep 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Thu, 3 Sep 2015 23:00 GMT

  • Afghan refugees complain of harassment in Pakistan

  • Number of people returning to Afghanistan rises sharply

  • Problems reflect chill in relations between neighbours

  • Returning families say Afghanistan no safer than when they fled

By Frank Jack Daniel

KABUL, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Rahim Khan's return to Afghanistan 28 years after fleeing to Pakistan was not the homecoming he had dreamed of.

04 Sep 2015 description

Western Balkan - Regional Overview

• Currently Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia are transit countries for migrants and refugees trying to re-enter the Schengen area in Hungary.

• Due to the construction of the fence in the Hungarian southern border with Serbia, migrants/refugees may seek alternative routes: for example from Albania to Italy or through Croatia to the Schengen area.

ECHO involvement

04 Sep 2015 description

KHALEEQ KIANI

ISLAMABAD: Having lost over 20 million acre-feet (MAF) water into the sea during the recent floods, the country is estimated to face water shortage of about 5MAF in the Rabi season starting on Oct 1.

According to informed sources, it is despite the fact that current storage in dams stands at around 14.039MAF, slightly lower than the maximum conservation capacity of 14.116MAF. Last year, the storage at this stage stood at 12.197MAF.

04 Sep 2015 description

RAWALPINDI: Taking notice of the increasing number of dengue patients in the three government-run hospitals, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday expressed displeasure over the performance of the local administration and health department. The number of patients that have arrived in the hospitals has risen to 57.

The chief minister directed the Cabinet Committee on Anti-Dengue to visit Rawalpindi to review the situation and take immediate steps to curb this menace.

04 Sep 2015 description

HANIF SAMOON

MITHI: After hearing that the Thar desert received record rainfall, nearly 350 mm this year, many believed that the downpour will bring fortune for the desert's 1.6 million inhabitants — but the reality is otherwise.

The people of Thar, who prayed and waited for the rains with baited breath, did celebrate the first showers but their their celebrations could not last long and when the rains continued to lash the area forcing the Tharis to pray for the stoppage of rains.

03 Sep 2015 description

HCT – Strategic Response Plan 2015 Food Security and Livelihoods

03 Sep 2015 description
report Caritas

Greece is being overwhelmed by refugees and migrants, with a spike in the number of arriving this year. They’re mostly from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. They’re fleeing war and poverty.

The number of new arrivals has reached over 160,000 people. In just one week alone in August, more than 20,000 arrived. That’s about half the total of the whole of 2014.

The Greek Coast Guard is rescuing people from the sea as the refugees make their way from Turkey to the eastern Aegean islands of Lesbos, Chios, Agathonissi, Kos and Symi.

02 Sep 2015 description

Youth are especially vulnerable to multiple and often interlinked forms of violence: in areas of conflict they face specific challenges such as having to take on adult responsibilities while at the same time missing years of education. They are also particularly affected by consequences of conflict such as unemployment, social rupture, trauma and – especially for those involved as combatants – loss of status and resources. Besides economic and social marginalization, they often face political exclusion and, as a result, their transition to adulthood can be prolonged or blocked.

02 Sep 2015 description
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Syria Crisis

Fighting continues to intensify across Syria, further increasing internal displacement and humanitarian needs. As of 31 July, almost 1.2 million people have been internally displaced this year alone, Many have been repeatedly displaced, while hundreds of thousands have fled to neighboring countries, and beyond. Humanitarian access remains very limited to the estimated 422,000 people most in need who are living in besieged areas.

02 Sep 2015 description

QUETTA: A fresh case of crippling polio disease was confirmed in a five-year-old girl in Quetta on Wednesday bringing the total number of cases to five in Balochistan and 30 in Pakistan during the current year.

According to Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Balochistan, the polio virus has been detected in the Gul Afshan, a 60-month-old girl belonging to Shadizai Union Council of Quetta.