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07 Jul 2015 description

Many parts of Europe have been impacted by a severe and unusually early heatwave since 27 June. There have been record-breaking temperatures in the United States of America, with wildfires in both Canada and the USA. Southern China has been gripped by high heat accompanied by torrential downpours and widespread flooding.

These are the highlights of a roundup by the World Meteorological Organization of some of the extreme weather events currently taking place in the Northern Hemisphere.

Europe

06 Jul 2015 description
report Voice of America

Ayaz Gul

Pakistan’s impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan is again in the grip of an acute water shortage. This is a recurring problem, but despite years of warnings, critics say the government is doing little.

The province, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, is rich in natural gas and mineral resources, but water has long been scarce. With little rainfall, underground aquifers are the main source for drinking, agriculture and livestock.

06 Jul 2015 description

As the final frontier of the poliovirus in 2015 draws closer, the Technical Advisory Group for Afghanistan met to assess and strengthen progress.

06 Jul 2015 description

The meeting of the Technical Advisory Group in Pakistan has highlighted important progress made in the fight against polio, and outlined the battles still to be faced.

The world has never been in a better position to eradicate polio, yet Pakistan and Afghanistan face a daily battle to protect children against the virus. Pakistan, the single greatest challenge to global eradication, is getting back on track to stop transmission of polio in 2015, concluded the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) at their meeting in Islamabad on 4 and 5 June.

06 Jul 2015 description
report Alhasan Systems

Highlights

CM puts the province on Flood Alert

A helping hand: Red Crescent establishes heatstroke treatment centres in Karachi

More Monsoon rains predicted from coming week

Less need for UN on ground as disaster response in Pakistan improves

ADB $220 million aid to help Pakistan Build Hazard-Resilient Infrastructure

About 60,420 miscreants arrested under NAP

Military operation in Khyber ends successfully

Pakistan to alert UN on Indian involvement

Cut use of electricity, Govt advises consumers

06 Jul 2015 description

Situation acridienne toujours calme dans tous les pays

De bonnes pluies et au moins deux générations seront nécessaires pour que les effectifs augmentent cet été dans les aires de reproduction estivale traditionnelles du Sahel septentrional d’Afrique de l’ouest et du Soudan ainsi que de part et d’autre de la frontière indo-pakistanaise. Jusqu’à présent, les pluies tardent à tomber sur le Sahel, sauf dans le centre du Niger et l’est du Mali, alors que les pluies de mousson ont débuté de une à trois semaines plus tôt que la normale en Inde et au Pakistan.

03 Jul 2015 description

By Majda Shabbir, IFRC

At least 1360 patients have died due to heatstroke in different hospitals in Karachi. Following the rising number of deaths due to the heatwave, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society established Heatstroke Treatment Centres in the city, almost all of them operating inside Red Crescent’s existing Medical Units in Karachi. Open to all, the centres provide free-of-charge quality treatment to those who are suffering from heatstroke.

03 Jul 2015 description

Islamabad - President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed the hope that Pakistan would rid itself of the crippling poliovirus within two years.

Talking to International Polio Plus Committee Chairman Michael K. McGovern, who had called on him along with a delegation at the Presidency on Tuesday, the president was quoted as saying that Pakistan was not responsible for the spread of polio; rather the elements who had spread terrorism in the region should be blamed for it.

03 Jul 2015 description

The Newspaper's Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Sindh health authorities on Thursday announced five more deaths in the province — four in Karachi and one in Tando Allahyar — as it formally lifted the ‘heatwave emergency’ it had imposed earlier. All available resources were put forward to deal with the heatwave which killed 1,271 alone in the metropolis since June 20, when the first heatstroke victims arrived at hospitals.

02 Jul 2015 description

QUETTA: Another child fell prey to the crippling polio virus in the capital of Balochistan on Thursday. The latest case was found in a 4-year-old child, who is the resident of Quetta's Pashtoonabad area.

With this new case, the number of polio cases rises to four in Balochistan during the year of 2015.

Refusal was the underlying reason behind the latest polio case in the city. The parents had refused to provide anti-polio drops to the affected child, Dr Syed Saifur Rehman the Coordinator Emergency Operations Balochistan told DawnNews.

02 Jul 2015 description

In this issue:

  • How Surveillance Works

  • Containing a Polio Outbreak: Horn of Africa and Central Africa

  • Review of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan

  • Global Voices in Support of Polio Eradication

01 Jul 2015 description

June 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations
    Afghanistan, Chad, Kuwait, Myanmar, Tunisia

  • Improved situations
    Nepal

July 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts
    Burundi

    Conflict resolution opportunities

01 Jul 2015 description

LAHORE: Punjab is formally introducing the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) in routine immunisation from July 1 (today) in all 36 districts across the province.

The IPV has been made part of the larger plan for nine vaccine preventable diseases, under the umbrella of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation.

The introduction of IPV comes as a milestone in polio’s endgame strategies and is part of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 developed in consultation with stakeholders, polio-infected countries, partners and global advisory bodies.

01 Jul 2015 description
report HOPE'87

Building on the success and the knowledge gained during the preceding project, the current one focuses on the integration of the „School Based Disaster Risk Management“ (SBDRM) model into the governmental system of the Pakistani Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

This SBDRM model has been developed in close cooperation with the DIPECHO partners in the course of the DIPECHO 7th Action Plan. The project is co-financed by ECHO, ADC and HOPE’87.

According to the concept of „Comprehensive School Safety“ the main goals of the project include:

30 Jun 2015 description

CDKN’s Abdur Rahman and Charlotte Finlay reflect on how Pakistan could learn to plan better for heat waves and reduce the risks to its population.

30 Jun 2015 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved assistance of over $220 million to help Pakistan rebuild and upgrade roads, bridges and other high-priority infrastructure damaged by the devastating 2014 floods.

30 Jun 2015 description
report UN News Service

Expressing concern over the plight of millions of Afghan refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has called on the international community to boost its engagement, employ innovative solutions and pro-active joint advocacy to end the world’s largest prolonged humanitarian crisis.

30 Jun 2015 description
report AlertNet

By Alisa Tang

BANGKOK, June 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations is downsizing its humanitarian staff in some Asian countries where governments have stepped up with funds and manpower after a decade of massive floods, storms and earthquakes.

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29 Jun 2015 description

QUETTA: An armed clash between two separatist groups left at least 20 militants dead in Balochistan's Kohlu and Dera Bugti districts late Monday night.

The local administration, however, could not verify the number of casualties.

"Yes people have been killed, but we are not sure about the number of casualties", a levies official told Dawn.com via telephone.

The clash took place in Pir Suri Darbar and Han Nullah, the two areas located at the border between Dera Bugti and Kohlu districts of the restive province.