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11 Feb 2016 description

MITHI: Seven more children have died in drought-hit Thar during the past 24 hours, with the number of children dying in the district because of malnutrition and other causes since October last year rising to at least 150.

An infant Zulekha died in Hameera Ba village while Karima from village Kheemi ji Dhani lost her life on way to Islamkot hospital. Sakina, a daughter of Badar Junejo died in Adi Jo Tarr.

Three-year-old Manesh died in Char Nore near Chhachhro taluka of Tharparkar district, infant Ram died in Kantio and a newborn lost his battle with life near Kaloi.

11 Feb 2016 description

11 February 2016, GENEVA – The hottest year on record, 2015, has confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards, according to a new analysis presented today.

The top five most disaster-hit countries in 2015 were China (26), USA (22), India (19), Philippines (15) and Indonesia (11).

11 Feb 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb 11 2016 (IPS) - A military operation by Pakistan’s army has been proving fatal for Taliban militants who held sway over vast swathes of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) for over a decade. They crossed over the border from Afghanistan and took refuge in Fata after their government was toppled by US-led forces towards the end of 2001. After a few years, when they got a toe-hold in the region, they extended their wings to all seven districts of Fata. Not any more.

10 Feb 2016 description

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10 Feb 2016 description
report European Union

The European Union (EU) has deployed an Electoral Follow-up Mission to Pakistan to assess the current electoral reform process and the extent to which previous EU election-related recommendations have been addressed. The findings of the Mission will also be considered when deciding future EU support and activities in Pakistan, including potential support to the electoral reform process and deployment of an Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the next general elections.

10 Feb 2016 description

Bakhtawar Mian

ISLAMABAD: The government has completed the survey of damage caused to the houses of internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) because of fighting there. The affected people will be compensated according to the extent of damage.

According to the government decision, those IDPs whose houses have been destroyed will be provided Rs400,000 and the owners of damaged houses will get Rs110,000.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Senate functional committee on less developed areas on Monday.

10 Feb 2016 description

Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD: Members of a Senate committee will undertake a three-day visit to coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan to assess the damage being caused by sea intrusion and suggest measures to prevent a possible future disaster.

The three-member sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reforms headed by Dr Karim Ahmed Khawaja of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will have an aerial view of coastal areas by a helicopter to be provided by Pakistan Navy.

09 Feb 2016 description
  • There are ten weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world. Read more here.

08 Feb 2016 description

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), together with representatives from the national, provincial, and regional level Disaster Management Authorities and other relevant institutions, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) finalized the Institutional Assessment on the integration of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) into the Agriculture Sector of Pakistan.

08 Feb 2016 description

Monish Gulati
Independent Analyst, New Delhi 
E-mail: m_gulati_2001@yahoo.com

08 Feb 2016 description

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the European Union have agreed to sort out differences over the issue of readmission of illegal immigrants.

In a statement issued here on Sunday, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan praised the EU for understanding Pakistan’s concerns over implementation of the EU Readmission Agreement (Eura) suspended over three months ago.

The broad-based understanding between the EU and Pakistan was reportedly reached at a recent meeting of the Joint Readmission Committee (JRC) in Brussels.

06 Feb 2016 description

Pakistan, February 06, 2016 – UN-Habitat, in close collaboration with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in partnership with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (APDC) and Community Resilience Initiative (CRI), held a two-day workshop to build the capacity and support of the Government at the National and Provincial level under the Supporting Government in developing more synergized, cohesive, and inclusive disaster risk management policies project.

06 Feb 2016 description

A CORRESPONDENT — UPDATED ABOUT 16 HOURS AGO

MITHI: Five children died, three of them in government hospitals, across Thar on Friday, raising the death toll to 167 since Jan 1 when the children’s deaths caused by an outbreak of waterborne diseases and malnutrition hit the headlines.

Twelve-month-old Natho Bheel, eight-month-old Hamida and seven-month-old Saghir died at the Mithi Civil Hospital, two-year-old Amia died at the Nagarparkar rural health centre and a newborn died in a village near Chelhar.

06 Feb 2016 description

BEHRAM BALOCH

GWADAR: Provision of water to Gwadar through Pakistan Navy tankers continued as another tanker, PNS Nasr, arrived at the port here on Friday with 1,000 tons of fresh drinking water.

Gwadar is facing an acute shortage of drinking water and Akra Dam, the main source of water supply to the town and adjoining areas, has dried up because of lack of rains in the catchments areas for a long time.

06 Feb 2016 description

IKRAM JUNAIDI

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan have reported the first cases of polio for the year 2016.

In Pakistan, the case has been confirmed by Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services, who is not authorised to speak on record, said the sample collected from 34-month-old Ijaz Khan in January confirmed that the child had the onset of polio.

06 Feb 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

QUETTA, Pakistan, Feb 6 (Reuters) - At least eight people were killed and more than 40 wounded in a bomb blast on Saturday in Pakistan's western city of Quetta, hospital officials said, the latest attack in a region that will be home to the planned route of the $46 billion China-Pakistan economic corridor.

Read the full article on AlertNet

04 Feb 2016 description
report Peace Direct

February 3 2016: Zahid Shahab Ahmed, Peace Direct’s Local Correspondent for Pakistan, interviews an experienced peace educator in Pakistan to discover what it takes to implement a successful peace education programme in the country.

04 Feb 2016 description
report IRIN

By Kamila Hyat

THARPARKAR DISTRICT, Pakistan, 4 February 2016 (IRIN) - At least 139 children died of waterborne disease in January in Pakistan's impoverished desert district of Tharparkar, which has been devastated by drought since 2013.

Read the full article on IRIN

03 Feb 2016 description

In 2010, the humanitarian community established the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) as a pooled fund mechanism to provide rapid and flexible funds in-country at the onset of an emergency.

The majority of PHPF funding acts as a bridge to cover gaps in humanitarian service provision of urgent humanitarian needs. In many cases, this has been the only funding available to meet critical humanitarian needs.