- Pakistan: OCHA & FAO Joint Mission: Tharparkar (1-3 May 2016)
- WFP Pakistan Country Brief, Apr 2016
- Inter-cluster mission to North Waziristan Agency 18-22 Apr 2016
Appeals & Funding
KARACHI: As heavy rains have been forecast to begin this week with the early onset of monsoon this year, the meteorological department also predicts ‘urban flooding’ in Karachi and Hyderabad in the wake of 10 to 20 per cent more than average rainfall and ‘poor’ drainage infrastructure of the two cities.
By KALBE ALI
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Friday said monsoon rains will likely start in the country during the coming week, most probably either on Monday or Tuesday in the upper parts of the country.
All concerned departments are on alert after the Met Office put out a warning alert.
Talking to Dawn, Met Office Director General Ghulam Rasool said widespread construction in Islamabad especially that on hills and drains may lead to urban flooding.
Peshawar (June 22, 2016): Provincial Disaster Management Authority KP has prepared a contingency plan for upcoming monsoon season, the PDMA in coordination with NDMA are actively pursuing a proactive approach to disaster management. In this connection, a provincial level meeting was chaired by Chairman NDMA Major General(R) Asghar Nawaz at PDMA KP headquarter Peshawar. The participants of the meeting included senior PDMA KP and FDMA officials.
PESHAWAR: Students from various tribal regions said on Friday that at least 1,500 educational institutions were destroyed or damaged during militancy, but the federal government had so far not initiated work to restore them.
The details about the state of school buildings in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) were issued to the media by Fata Students Organisation (FSO) president Shaukat Aziz at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club.
QUETTA: Five people were killed and 28 more injured, including women and children, in a explosion at Almo Chowk here on Friday afternoon, police said.
The dead and injured, all passersby and shopkeepers in the area, were taken to Civil Hospital Quetta. At least three of the injured were in critical condition. Two of the injured passed away while under treatment.
According to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Quetta Chaudhary Manzoor, around 5 kilograms of explosives were used in the blast.
QUETTA: The role of religious scholars in building a welfare state is huge, and it’s utterly important for them to create awareness to protect children from fatal diseases, worst among them, polio.
These observations were made during a meeting of the Polio Emergency Centre, Quetta.
Exhorting religious scholars to support vaccination programmes for children against fatal diseases, participants said that they needed to guide the public about the urgency of vaccination.
Older people are among those worst affected by disasters and more must be done to protect them, according to HelpAge International.
"Older people are often more vulnerable to disasters" said Clare Harris, Senior Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Adviser at HelpAge International.
"As the world's population grows older, an age-sensitive response to disasters and climate change is becoming increasingly vital."
By Aamir Saeed
Sardar Gul has been forced to cut his earnings by more than half.
Daily scrutiny by police cracking down on Afghan refugees in Pakistan turned his three-kilometre commute to a construction site into a two-hour ordeal. It became untenable. So, instead of braving checkpoints and spot checks at work, Gul traded in his shovel for an awl.
Pakistan wants to repatriate some of the almost 1.6 million refugees living in the country. UNHCR has set aside funds for 60,000 returnees.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 23 (UNHCR) - Families sat quietly. Small children explored among the chairs. These people were going back, some after decades. And they were going back for good.
They were Afghan refugees and this was the Voluntary Repatriation Centre of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in Peshawar.
KARACHI: With a cloudburst predicted to be around the corner, the provincial government has ordered relevant officials to reactivate flood relief control rooms and relief centres across Sindh as a precautionary measure to face the potential threat of flooding in Sindh’s urban and rural districts, it emerged on Wednesday.
Islamabad, Pakistan | AFP | Thursday 6/23/2016 - 05:15 GMT
Pakistan, home for decades to millions of Afghan refugees, called for the support of the international community as it warned that without help, the flow of those fleeing Afghanistan's decades-long war to Europe could increase.
After the Soviet invasion in 1979, "five million Afghan refugees came to Pakistan," then with the support of the international community, said minister for border areas Abdul Qadir Baloch at a meeting devoted to Afghan refugees in the capital Islamabad Wednesday.
One new case of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was reported in the past week in Shigal Wa Sheltan district of Kunar with onset of paralysis on 29 May. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 is now six compared to three at this time last year.
No WPV1 environmental positive samples have been reported in 2016. The most recent environmental positive samples were collected on 27 December 2015 - one in Jalalabad in Nangarhar province and the second in the city of Kabul.
György Bakondi, Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, has told public television channel M1 that on Monday migrants began a protest at the Closed Asylum Reception Centre in Kiskunhalas. He said that some one hundred migrants – most of them from Pakistan – took part in a march within the camp demanding to be let out and to be placed in open camps. They were still protesting in the evening, Mr. Bakondi added.
Police arrived at the reception centre in appropriate numbers, but they did not need to take action until the evening.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) through support from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to strengthen responses with focus on women and issues faced by them during and post disasters.
Pakistan has been home to disasters, which have devastating consequences, including widening of the ‘gender’ gaps between women and men.
Facts & Figures
65 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide:
21.3 million refugees,
40.8 million internally displaced - 1.8 million seeking asylum.
Largest sources of refugees: Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan , Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.
On Monday, the National Police Headquarter informed Hungarian news agency MTI that between Friday and Sunday 442 people crossing the border illegally were apprehended in Hungary, proceedings for people smuggling were launched in four cases.
According to the statistics published on the Police’s website, on Friday 201, on Saturday 84 and on Sunday 157 were apprehended.
- NDMA attains capacity to support 300,000 disaster prone people.
- May 2016: Recorded as hottest May in modern history.
- Climate change melting 5,000 glaciers rapidly, drastic impact expected.
- Ahsan urges for installation of modern flood warning system.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan agree for effective border management mechanism to counter terrorism.
- New computer algorithm can help predict next terror attack.
- Additional Pakistan army units are ready to join UN missions.
Mounting world refugee crisis sees international community lose sight of Afghanistan and the plight of millions of its people.
By: Don Murray
GHAZIABAD, Afghanistan, June 20 (UNHCR) – Faced with a mounting world refugee crisis, the world is losing sight of Afghanistan and the plight of millions of its people, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees declared today.
Speaking on the occasion of World Refugee Day, High Commissioner Filippo Grandi said: “Unfortunately the attention of the international community seems to have slipped.”
By Hasan Mansoor
KARACHI: The Sindh health ministry has planned a ‘case response campaign’ starting on Monday (today) in eight districts of the province which have either produced polio cases or deemed potential sanctuary for the crippling disease, officials said on Sunday.
The officials in the emergency operations centre (EOC) for polio in Sindh stated that it was conducting a case response campaign in Shikarpur, Sukkur, Ghotki, Khairpur, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Larkana and Qambar districts on Monday.
There are over 11,000 asylum seekers in the Asian financial hub, some still uncertain about their fate after waiting for more than 15 years
HONG KONG, June 19 (Reuters) - The number of stateless children born to refugees is growing in Hong Kong, where claims from asylum seekers have more than tripled in the last two years, alarming residents and lawmakers.
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