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31 May 2017 description

In the last stage of polio eradication, Pakistan continues to implement an intense vaccination campaign schedule focused on operational improve-ments to achieve high population immunity in the core reservoirs of Karachi, Khyber-Peshawar and the Quetta block, and to keep the rest of the coun-try polio-free.

30 May 2017 description

Khalid Hasnain

LAHORE: Turbat blazed for the second consecutive day, recording the highest ever temperature of 53 degrees centigrade, while Sibi faced around 51 degrees centigrade and Lasbela, 49.2 degrees centigrade.

The country’s plains continued to be gripped with a severe heatwave on Monday and several areas in Sindh and Balochistan experienced their hottest ever recorded temperatures.

30 May 2017 description

Intikhab Hanif

LAHORE: Vast areas of Punjab, Sindh and Balochis­tan reeled under the severe heatwave that intensified on Sunday, the first day of Ramazan, creating a record for the highest-ever temperature in Turbat.

A shallow westerly wave is, nevertheless, likely to bring some rain over scattered places of upper parts of the country and some north-eastern cities in Punjab, including Lahore, in the next 24 hours.

It drizzled in Mianwali and Sargodha at the time of Iftar to the relief of heat-stricken people.

29 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • The number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants continued to stabilise with 6,658 counted in Serbia on 28 May. 94% of them were accommodated in 18 governmental shelters (below chart refers).

  • UNHCR and partners met and assisted 71 new arrivals of which 78% arrived from Bulgaria and 22% from FYR Macedonia, including eight unaccompanied and separated children (UASC).

29 May 2017 description

Summary

The Desert Locust joint survey in the spring breeding areas of the I.R. Iran and Pakistan has been undertaken on annual basis since 1995. The present survey of 2017 under report was the 23rd survey within the framework of the FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in South-West Asia (SWAC).

In view of security concerns in the survey area of Baluchistan in Pakistan since 2009, two options were discussed for the joint survey in the 30th Session of SWAC held in Islamabad, Pakistan on 12–14 December 2016:

29 May 2017 description

Dear colleagues,

As of 29 May (16:00, UTC+5:30), severe weather conditions have affected an estimated 557,500 people in 15 districts across Sri Lanka. Over the past three days, 177 people have been killed by floods and landslides with 109 people still missing according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). Over 400 houses have been destroyed, 5,200 houses partially damaged and 75,000 people are temporarily displaced in safe locations – 38,300 displaced people are in Rathnapura District

29 May 2017 description

The European Commission has announced humanitarian assistance of over €44 million to help people in need in South-West and Central Asia, who continue to face the consequences of years of conflicts and displacement, as well as recurrent natural disasters.

The funding will support Afghan refugees and their families in Iran and Pakistan, help victims of conflict in Afghanistan and improve disaster risk management in Central Asia.

29 May 2017 description

Highlights

5,088 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

6,357 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

65,073 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017

139,901 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017

98% of returnees from Pakistan (4,976 individuals) assisted

4% of returnees from Iran (252 individuals) assisted

Return from Pakistan

29 May 2017 description

Countrywide Conflict Displacement

2017: As of 28 May, 103,229 individuals1 have been displaced in Afghanistan in 2017 with 29 provinces recording some level of forced displacement. This is a 36 percent decrease compared to 2016 (162,467).