- IDMC: Solutions to displacement elusive for both new and protracted IDPs
- IFRC: Floods - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF operation MDRPK011
- Govt Pakistan: National monsoon contingency response directive 2015
Appeals & Funding
Recent increases in rainfall provide little relief to long-term dryness in East Africa and Hispaniola
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HCT – Strategic Response Plan 2015 Food Security and Livelihoods
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.
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.
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.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has initiated a major reform process in democratic governance at the local level. This reform process not only demands devolution plan and framework but also requires that the elected local government members, officials of the local government, rural development department and other line departments at the district level are equipped to carry out the tasks under the Local Government Act of KP 2013.
These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.
Fighting on the ground is spreading throughout the country. Air strikes are continuing and more and more civilians are losing their lives to land mines.
August 2015 – Trends
- Deteriorated situations
Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen
- Improved situations
Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka
September 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen
Conflict resolution opportunities
TANK: About 400 displaced families returned to their native town in South Waziristan from Khargi transit camp in the second phase of repatriation after security forces cleared these areas of militants.
Under the repatriation plan, the displaced families will get free transpiration, Rs25000 cash amount and ration for six months.
Up to the task? Provinces found wanting on climate change policy
Rescue 1122 working for safer communities
Karachi ill-prepared to face quakes, say experts
Save our wetlands to stave off future flooding
As waters recede, some flood-hit people start returning to their homes in Punjab, Sindh
The mighty Indus feeds all the greedy Officials clueless about enraged weather system
Big disaster ahead if new dams not built: Ex-Chief Meteorologist
Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Tuesday 9/1/2015 - 05:17 GMT
ADDS Pakistani Taliban claim
A suicide bomber killed at least six people and wounded 31 others when he blew himself up outside a local government office in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area on Tuesday, officials said.
The bombing took place in the town of Jamrud, in lawless Khyber tribal district bordering Afghanistan, where the military has been battling Taliban and Islamist groups.
KARACHI: A gigantic exercise for the registration of all Afghan refugees in the country planned for next month under the National Action Plan will help identify over one million Afghans who the Sindh home department believed were illegally staying in the province, it emerged here on Sunday.
Of the estimated one million Afghan refugees in Sindh, only 67,000 are registered with the relevant authorities.
Tehran, 31 August – The Chair of UNHCR's Executive Committee (ExCom), Ambassador Pedro Comissário of Mozambique visited the Islamic Republic of Iran from 28-31 August 2015 accompanied by the First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Mozambique to the United Nations in Geneva Mr. Juvenal Dengo and from UNHCR headquarters, Mr. Johan Cels, Head of the Division of External Relations, Governance and Partnership Service and Mr. Ayaki Ito, Deputy Director of UNHCR's Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific.
More than 2000 participants (from the governments, civil society, NGOs and International organizations) of six countries from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar and Bhutan) were gathered from May 30th till June 1st 2015 for the first South Asia Right to Food Conference, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.