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Afghanistan + 1 other
Afghans embark on journey "from one home to another"

GUJRANWALA, Pakistan, July 29 (UNHCR) - "I have never seen Kabul and have no idea how it will look. But my mother assured me that we are going from one home to another," said 19-year-old Aalia Bibi as she boarded the truck taking her back to Afghanistan and ending 25 years of exile for her family.
Aalia was among 150 Afghans leaving Gujranwala city in eastern Punjab, Pakistan, last week under the UNHCR voluntary repatriation programme. The convoy of 13 trucks was the first-ever from Gujranwala organised by UNHCR's mobile teams processing repatriation
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India + 1 other
Thirteen killed in Indian Kashmir as 17 hurt in city centre shoot-out

by Izhar Wani
SRINAGAR, India, July 29 (AFP) - Thirteen people died in attacks across revolt-hit Indian Kashmir on Friday and 17 including seven journalists were hurt in an ongoing gunfight in the heart of the summer capital, police said.

One or two armed militants attacked a paramilitary bunker in Srinagar's Lal Chowk commercial hub with rifle fire and a grenade, sparking panic among passersby, they said.

"The fire was returned and in the initial exchange of fire 12 people were injured," the officer told

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Animals affected by flooding in Pakistan

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is going to the aid of hundreds of animals at risk of starvation and disease following severe floods in remote areas of Pakistan.

Treatment Camps

WSPA will coordinate and deliver antibiotics, painkillers and food supplements to cattle, sheep and goats through treatment camps that will be set up and visited by experienced local veterinarians in the following districts of the Northern Areas:

- Gupis
- Ghakouch
- Nomal
- Doian
- Gilit

Hundreds of livestock stranded in Charsadda,

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Afghanistan + 33 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 31 of 2005

This week 's report covers the following sectors/countries:
Sectors: Agriculture, Food, Health, Protection / Human Rights / Rule of Law, Refugees and IDPs, Shelter and Non-food Items, Water & Sanitation

This report includes:

(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan (2) Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (3) Occupied Palestinian Territories (4) Pakistan (5) Tajikistan

(C) East & Central Africa: (1) Burundi (2) Congo, DR (3) Djibouti (4) Eritrea (5) Kenya (6) Rwanda (7) Somalia (8) Sudan (9) Tanzania (10) Uganda

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Pakistan: WHO warns of water-borne disease outbreak in NWFP

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ISLAMABAD, 28 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - The provincial chapter of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has warned of an imminent widespread outbreak of water-borne diseases in flood-hit areas of the province, an official said on Thursday.

"According to a recent survey of main water sources including hand pumps, wells, tube-wells and water supply schemes, drinking water has become highly polluted with bacteria after

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Pakistan: Plan is assisting the families affected by the flooding

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Two provinces of Pakistan - Punjab and North Western Frontier Province (NWFP) - have been severely affected by recent floods.

Due to high temperatures in recent weeks, the snow from the mountainous of Afghanistan and Pakistan has melted and flooding rivers and tributaries in NWFP, including the Kabul, Swat, Dir, Chitral and Indus rivers. This, together with huge quantities of water released in the river Chenab by India in last month and the monsoon season have contributed to exacerbate the situation.

The situation

Punjab - In Punjab, the worst

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Pakistan: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 5

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0120

OCHA Situation Report No. 5
Pakistan - Floods
26 July 2005

Situation

1. In, North West Frontier Province (NWFP), Kabul River at Nowshera and Warsak, Panjkora River at Dir and River Swat at Monda Head Works are flooding. The water levels in the main rivers in Punjab have started receding after causing damages in the districts of Layyah, Bhakkar, Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur. The main thrust of the flood, having passed through Punjab has now entered Sindh at Guddu and Sukkur. The water level at Sukkur Barrage is reported to be on rise.

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Commission allocates €20 million in humanitarian aid to vulnerable populations in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries

IP/05/1009
Brussels, 26 July 2005 - The European Commission has allocated two new decisions with a total of €20 million in humanitarian aid for victims of the Afghanistan crisis and natural hazard in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. The overarching objective of this funding is to continue assisting the most vulnerable whilst sustaining the return and reintegration process of refugees and internally displaced persons. Funds will be channelled through the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) under the responsibility of the Commissioner Louis Michel.
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Bangladesh + 14 others
USAID/OFDA Asia disaster preparedness and mitigation programs fact sheet #1 (FY 2005)


U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

Note: The last fact sheet was dated July 6, 2004

Background

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Pakistan floods: Situation Report No. 6

Situation
The main thrust of the flood, having passed through Punjab has now entered Sindh at Guddu and Sukkur. The water levels in the main rivers in Punjab have started receding after causing damages in the districts of Layyah, Bhakkar, Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur.

Relief and rehabilitation efforts by district, provincial, and federal governments and national and international NGOs are underway in the flood affected areas of the three provinces. The media, NGOs and government reports indicate that there is an immediate

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India + 2 others
FAO/GIEWS Global Watch: Tropical Storms, Typhoons and Monsoon Floods in Asia

Since the start of this year's summer monsoon season in June, a combination of typhoons, tropical storms, and heavy rains has seriously affected a number of countries in Asia including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, and DPR Korea. Hundreds of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands had to be evacuated. Very high economic losses and serious food shortages have been reported in the affected areas. As monsoon rains are due to continue in the next couple of months, the situation could worsen considerably.

In India, severe floods in the last two

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Pakistan: Seven children swept away by floodwater

By Our Correspondent

SUKKUR, July 25: Seven children were swept away by a strong current and 300 villages were submerged by water between Guddu and Sukkur barrages during the past 24 hours. The children were identified as Qabil, Deedar Ali and Mir Hassan, 7, of the Hazaro village, Rabia, 5, of the Hiruddin Tart village, Inam Khan, 8, of the Dodo Garhi village, Ditto, 7, of the Farid village and Bachi, 7, of the Kosh village. The bodies of Bachi and Mir Hassan have been recovered and search for other bodies is continuing. Due to the rise in the level of the River Indus,

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Pakistan: Floods cause extensive damage in southern Punjab

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ISLAMABAD, 22 July (IRIN) - A second massive surge of water into the River Indus over recent days has caused extensive damage to houses and fields while passing through the southern belt of Pakistan's Punjab province.

At least 29 people have died, while over 452,000 were reported affected in more than 1,050 villages and small settlements across 14 flood-hit districts of Punjab since rivers started swelling in early July, according to a statement by the central Emergency Relief Cell

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Angola + 32 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 30 of 2005

This week 's report covers the following sectors/countries:
Sectors: Agriculture, Education, Food, Health, Infrastructure and Rehabilitation, Protection / Human Rights / Rule of Law, Refugees and IDPs, Shelter and Non-food Items, Water & Sanitation

This report includes:

(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan (2) Iraq (3) Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (4) Occupied Palestinian Territories (5) Pakistan (6) Russian Federation (Caucasus) (7) Tajikistan

(C) East & Central Africa: (1)

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Afghan returns from Pakistan cross 2.5 million mark

ISLAMABAD, July 21 (UNHCR) - More than 2.5 million Afghans have repatriated from Pakistan as the UN refugee agency's largest voluntary repatriation programme continues to assist refugees to return to Afghanistan.

The programme, initiated in 2002 in both Pakistan and Iran, passed the landmark number today with the departure of the 207,210th Afghan refugee from Pakistan so far this year. In addition, more than 1.2 million Afghans have returned from Iran, bringing to over 3.7 million the total returns to Afghanistan from Iran and Pakistan.

"This is an unprecedented number

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Press release by UNHCR: Afghan refugee repatriation

KABUL, 21 July (UNHCR) - The number of Afghans repatriating from Pakistan has passed the 2.5 million mark as the UN Refugee Agency's largest voluntary repatriation programme in the world continues to assist refugees to return to Afghanistan.

The programme, which began in 2002 from both Pakistan and Iran, reached the historic figure as the total number of Afghans returning this year from Pakistan with UNHCR assistance surpassed 200,000.

Speaking in Geneva, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres said: "This unprecedented

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Pakistan: Afghans want Balochistan refugee camp to remain open

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ISLAMABAD, 21 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Afghans living in a refugee camp scheduled for closure by August, have asked Pakistani authorities to extend the life of the facility for at least one year, to give residents a chance to make proper arrangements to leave.

Pakistani authorities in the capital, Islamabad, announced in June the intention to close two refugee camps in the Pishin and Chaghai districts of the southern province of Balochistan by the end of August because of security concerns.

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Pakistan: Agencies bring flood relief

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ISLAMABAD, 20 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is preparing to distribute some 7,850 food packs amongst the flood affected people in the northern parts of the country, where heavy flooding over past four weeks have displaced some 10,000 persons while an estimated 45,000 left in immediate need of food support.

"We are coordinating with Islamic Relief (IR) and International Rescue Committee (IRC) to distribute food supplies amongst Pakistani as well Afghan refugee families in three badly

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India + 1 other
India to assess Kashmir troop reduction after summer 2006: army chief

NEW DELHI, July 19 (AFP) - The Indian army Tuesday said it would assess the level of separatist violence in disputed Kashmir until summer next year before deciding whether to reduce the number of troops deployed in the Himalayan region.

General J.J. Singh, head of India's 1.32-million-strong army, also alleged that militant training camps were still operating on Pakistani soil despite an ongoing peace process between the two South Asian neighbours.

"The level of violence has gone down by 30 percent in Kashmir, but there is no guarantee that this may not again increase.

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Pakistan: Flooding kills 30, affects over 460,000

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ISLAMABAD, 18 July (IRIN) - More than 30 people have been killed, while over 460,000 people in low-lying areas of Pakistan have been affected by three weeks of flooding, according to the central Flood Relief Cell (FRC) in the capital, Islamabad.

"Public health is a major concern at the moment. Flood-hit villages are a storehouse for stagnant water, which will not recede soon, since heavy monsoon rains are forecast towards the end of July," Farhana Faruqi Stocker, country representative of

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