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900 families leaving Tirah valley after military operation

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Farid Shinwari

PESHAWAR: After the military operation Zarb-e-Azb Khyber 1 launched in Bara Khyber Agency, at least 900 families began leaving their homelands to protect themselves and their family members in Tirah valley of Bara.

The military operation launched to wipe out of the area of miscreants is underway on the forth consecutive day in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency. A great number of families owing to fear of military operation have quitted their areas and migrated to safer places in last few days.

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Pakistan reaffirms commitment to eradicating polio

21 October 2014, Tunis – In a special session on polio eradication held on the sidelines of the Sixty-first WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, Pakistan gave a detailed presentation on the current situation in the country and highlighted the priority actions and procedures needed to accelerate and intensify polio eradication.

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When aid goes wrong: a lesson from Pakistan on why we can’t ignore markets

As part of the response to floods in Pakistan in 2010, aid efforts to help people build shelters using bamboo inadvertently inflated the price. Now aid agencies must ensure that they don’t make the same mistakes again.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Afghanistan: Cross-Border Movement from Pakistan (as of 14 Oct 2014)

Military operations (ongoing since June 2014) in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan have led to the displacement of thousands of people to surrounding districts in Paktika and Khost provinces in Afghanistan. As of 14 October 2014, 33,481 displaced families had been assessed. Response is ongoing based on an estimated 27,000 families in need of humanitarian assistance.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Pakistan (ECHO/PAK/BUD/2014/91000) Last update: 16/10/2014 Version 3

AMOUNT: EUR 41 700 000

0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

Modification 2:

Despite the acknowledged high level of humanitarian needs, challenges regarding access, effectiveness of response and capacity to implement in line with humanitarian principles have resulted in a decision to decrease the amount of this HIP from EUR 45 000 0000 to EUR 41 700 000.

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29 more dengue cases across Punjab

LAHORE: Some 29 more patients were tested positive for the dengue fever during the last 24 hours all over the province.

After emergence of new cases, the total number of dengue cases in Punjab has reached 455 so far, according to an official.

He said Rawalpindi is at the top among other districts where the number of dengue patients was alarmingly increasing followed by Sheikhupura and Lahore.

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Regional Snapshot South Asia | Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

REGIONAL SUMMARY

Chronic conflict, earthquakes, and recurrent seasonal storms, floods, and droughts, as well as limited government response capacity, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the South Asia region. 2 In addition to staff in Washington, D.C., USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) maintains a permanent regional office for South Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, where the USAID/OFDA regional team for South Asia is based. USAID/OFDA also has a humanitarian advisor in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Pakistan bans TV channel amid increased attempts to control freedom of expression

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A politically motivated ban imposed on a Pakistani TV channel critical of the government constitutes a violation of the right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty International.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) today suspended transmissions of private network ARY TV for 15 days. It has been accused of ostensibly “maligning” the country’s judiciary after it aired an interview with a man currently the subject of a high-profile trial before the Lahore High Court.

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Multi-sector Initial Rapid Assessment - PDMA/ NDMA / HCT, Punjab Floods, 17-20 Sept, 2014

Executive Summary

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Polio workers in Khyber refuse to vaccinate children

By Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Polio workers in some parts of Khyber Agency refused to vaccinate children at the start of a three-day drive starting Monday (today) with at least 116,000 children likely to be vaccinated in the tribal region.

Polio workers in some parts of Khyber refused to carry on with the drive over non-payment of stipends from the previous three campaigns, sources said.

Workers in some areas of Landi Kotal and Jamrud have also refused to conduct the vaccination drive, citing non-payment of their previous dues.

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Polio on the rise: Another case detected in Khyber

By Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Another polio case has been reported in an 18-months-old female child from the Akakhel area of Bara in Khyber Agency.

The government’s failure to reach out to unvaccinated children has taken up the total number of polio cases in Khyber to 45.

Khyber Agency has the highest number of reported polio cases after the restive North Waziristan Agency.

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Pakistan Daily Emergency & Response Situational Information Report, 19 October 2014

Update includes the following:

Nationwide Updates
Citizen Damage Compensation Programme (CDCP) Progress Updates as of 19-10-2014
PRCS Response to NWA TDPs as of 18-10-2014
PRCS Sectoral Interventions
Dengue Updates as of 19-10-2014
29 more dengue cases across Punjab
4 day Weather Forecast 19th – 21st Oct, 2014
NDVI Update Map of Pakistan as of 19-10-2014
Weather Update Map of Pakistan as of 19-10-2014

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Gunmen kill nine labourers in southwest Pakistan: officials

Sunday 10/19/2014 - 08:40 GMT

Suspected separatist insurgents in southwest Pakistan killed nine labourers Sunday in what appeared to be an ethnically motivated attack, officials said.

The gunmen stormed a poultry farm in the early hours of Sunday in the town of Hub, some 640 kilometres (400 miles) southwest of Baluchistan province's capital city Quetta.

They kidnapped 11 labourers, senior local administration official Fawad Soomro said, and questioned them over their ethnicities.

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Khost & Paktika Update No. 34 - 15 October 2014

1. KHOST & PAKTIKA UPDATE

Displacement of refugees from North Waziristan and South Waziristan Agency into Khost and Paktika provinces continues. When the influx began in mid-June agencies operating on the ground estimated that 13,000 families would be displaced. However, in the past month, when many organizations expected refugees to return, the number is increasing as military operations have expanded. The number of assessed families by ARCS, Directorate of Education, IOM, IRC, NRC and UNHCR/DoRR has now reached 33,000 families.