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South Asia to get new drought monitoring tool

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AlertNet

Amantha Perera

South Asia is set to get a new drought monitoring tool next year, which policymakers hope will help a region increasingly buffeted by extreme weather. The tool, which will incorporate satellite photos of vegetation and forests, meteorological data, details of ground moisture measurements and crop-yield data, should be available for use by next April, the experts developing it said.

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Relief Efforts Continues NDMA & UN System to Work for Initial Rapid Assessment

Islamabad 13th September 2014: The heavy water flow after passing through head Marala, Khanki, Qadirabad and Trimmu on River Chenab is now steadily heading towards Panjnad headworks. The provincial, district and local civil administration are taking all necessary precautionary measures to ensure effective strategy to cope with eventuality which may arise with the entrance of flood discharge.
NDMA teams are also in the field and coordinating with local administration in rescue & relief efforts to avert damage to life and property.

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At least 17 dead as flood rescue boat capsizes in Pakistan

09/14/2014 14:31 GMT

MULTAN, September 14, 2014 (AFP) - At least 17 people including a bridegroom and two children drowned Sunday when a rescue boat carrying a wedding party capsized in flood-hit central Pakistan, officials said.

The boat, which was carrying at least 40 people, went down as it attempted to cross a swollen river in the Muzaffargarh district of central Punjab province, they said.

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Fresh rain hampers rescue bid in flood-ravaged Kashmir

09/14/2014 12:01 GMT

by Parvaiz BUKHARI

SRINAGAR, September 14, 2014 (AFP) - Fresh rain hampered rescue operations in Indian Kashmir Sunday a week after deadly floods swamped the Himalayan region, with medics and survivors describing nightmarish conditions in the devastated city of Srinagar.

The floods and landslides have now claimed at least 490 lives in India and neighbouring Pakistan, and rescuers are struggling to cope with the scale of the disaster.

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Hundreds of thousands still stranded by killer Kashmir floods

09/13/2014 13:36 GMT

by Bhuvan BAGGA

SRINAGAR, September 13, 2014 (AFP) - Rescuers struggled to reach more than 200,000 people still stranded Saturday in Indian Kashmir as deadly floodwaters receded, revealing horrific devastation in the Himalayan region including neighbouring Pakistan, officials said.

A smell of death hung in the air as animal carcasses lay in the roads of Indian Kashmir's normally scenic main city of Srinagar, a top tourist draw, that one top official said had been "drowned completely" by the worst floods in over a century.

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Ten years after 2004 Tsunami, successful exercise demonstrates the efficiency of Indian Ocean Warning System

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

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Sri Lanka's expulsion of refugees goes to highest court

09/13/2014 07:19 GMT

COLOMBO, September 13, 2014 (AFP) - Sri Lankan rights activists have gone to the country's highest court in a bid to stop the government summarily deporting Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani refugees, their lawyer said Saturday.

Six human rights defenders have petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge the expulsions, which are being carried out despite warnings that Sri Lanka is in breach of its international obligations, lawyer Lakshan Dias told AFP.

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Bomb kills three, wounds 16 in SW Pakistan: officials

09/13/2014 06:18 GMT

QUETTA, September 13, 2014 (AFP) - A bomb explosion on a busy road in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province on Saturday killed three people, including a paramilitary soldier, and wounded at least 16 other people, security officials said.

The bomb, planted in a car parked by the side of the road on a crowded crossroads in Quetta city, apparently targeted a paramilitary vehicle passing the area.

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Malala arrests must lead to better protection for human rights defenders

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Amnesty

Today’s arrest of the suspects in the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai offers an important opportunity for the authorities to address their poor record in protecting human rights defenders in Pakistan, Amnesty International said.

“By her words and deeds, the brave education rights activist Malala Yousafzai proved that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword,” said Mustafa Qadri, Amnesty International’s Pakistan Researcher.

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Pakistan: 04 journalists and 05 support staff shot dead, 38 injured and 06 others received death threats during this year

he Asian Human Rights Commission has received shocking reports of journalists having to face the worst ordeals possible, during the course of the year 2014. Four journalists and five of their supporting staff have been killed by “un-known” persons and more than 38 journalists were attacked and injured by the police and mostly by those representing political parties who are conducting political agitation in the country’s capital Islamabad calling for the government to step down on charges of mass corruption.

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UNHCR urges Sri Lanka to stop deportations and provide protection to refugees and asylum-seekers

UNHCR is gravely concerned about the resumption of arrests, detention and deportation of asylum-seekers and refugees in Sri Lanka.

The Government of Sri Lanka started its special operation on 9 June this year. It came to a halt on 15 August, but resumed on 3 September.

UNHCR has learnt that between 3 and 11 September, 62 Pakistani and 3 Afghan asylum-seekers were arrested and detained; 40 were subsequently deported. Since early June the authorities have arrested and detained a total of 328 refugees and asylum-seekers, and deported 183 of them to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Lower Punjab on alert as raging river heads south

By Intikhab Hanif | Q.A. Bukhari | Shakeel Ahmad

LAHORE/JHANG/MULTAN: As the peak of exceptionally high flood in the Chenab river was crossing Trimu headworks on Thursday, the Punjab government authorities expressed fears about floods in Multan because of chances of breaches at two bridges leading to the district.

The Multan region was the focus of all relief and rescue operations and over 1,100 boats and 16 helicopters were being used to evacuate people from Jhang, Multan and Muzaffargarh.

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Flood of miseries as people return home

By Abid Mehdi

SIALKOT: Rehabilitation work has yet to be started in flood-hit areas of the Sialkot district where flash flood of rivers Chenab and Tavi and seasonal nullahs rampaged scores of villages one week ago.

This correspondent visited villages in Bajwat, Head Marala, Chaprar and Pasrur where floodwater has receded. People have started returning to their villages only to helplessly assess the scale of devastation wreaked by the flooding.

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Indian Kashmir city 'in ruins' after floods

The deadly inundation is now affecting about two million people in neighbouring Pakistan and threatening its all-important cotton industry; 450 people have been killed.

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NDMA Supplements Relief Efforts in Flood Hit Areas

Islamabad :

The ongoing floods in river Chenab after devastating vast tract of land and inflicting damages to the public and private property besides human life in the Marala- Trimmu reach is passing through Trimmu Headwork. A peak discharge of 626,000 cusecs passed through the headwork on September 10th. The flow is now moving to Guddu Battage enroute Punjnad Headworks, where according to FFD, Lahore a High to Very High flood discharge in the range of 600,000 cusecs to 70,000 cusecs is expected sometimes between September 15th and September 16th.

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“Super-flood” risk in Pakistan

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IRIN

Late monsoon rains in northern Pakistan have washed away communities, devastated farmland, and brought the risk of a “super-flood” moving across the country, leaving millions of people potentially vulnerable.

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New Al-Qaeda South Asia arm claims Karachi attack

09/11/2014 14:36 GMT

PESHAWAR, September 11, 2014 (AFP) - Al-Qaeda's new South Asia branch Thursday claimed responsibility for a weekend raid on a Karachi naval yard that left a sailor and three attackers dead, saying former military officers had helped in the attack.

It is the first attack claimed by the terror network's new wing, whose creation was announced by chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri last week.

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Significant Flood Forecast for River Indus at Guddu & Sukkur

Reference: Pakistan Meteorological Department, Flood Forecasting Division letter number 19 dated 11 September 2014.

Pakistan Meteorological Department, Flood Forecasting Division has predicted following significant flood forecast in river Indus at Guddu & Sukkur:

a. Guddu. According to latest hydrological conditions River Indus at Guddu is likely to attain High to Very High Flood level ranging between 6,00,000 to 7,00,000 Cusecs on 15th September to 16th September 2014.

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Police in J&K collect bodies floating in worst floods in years

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Times of India

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: Authorities in Jammu & Kashmir collected the bodies of women and children floating in the streets on Thursday as anger mounted over what many survivors said was a bungled operation to help those caught in the region's worst flooding in 50 years.

Both the Indian and Pakistan sides have been hit by extensive flooding in recent days, and about 450 people have been killed, with J&K's capital city Srinagar particularly hard hit.

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Pakistan rushes to protect more cities from floods

09/11/2014 19:41 GMT

by Abdul Sattar Qamar

MULTAN, September 11, 2014 (AFP) - Pakistani authorities Thursday moved to protect two major cities from raging floodwaters, readying explosives to divert swollen rivers, in a crisis which has hit nearly two million people.

The floods and landslides from days of heavy monsoon rains have now claimed more than 450 lives in Pakistan and India, with hospitals struggling to cope with the disaster.

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