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New World Bank report calls for action to reduce climate change impacts in India's drought-and flood-affected areas

Report
World Bank
The study focuses on two drought-prone regions of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra and a flood prone region in Orissa.

NEW DELHI, May 25, 2009 - A new World Bank report says India can further its climate resilience through a combination of measures and right incentives aimed at multiple levels of government - local, state, and national.

The Report, Climate Change Impacts in Drought-and Flood-Affected Areas: Case Studies in India is the first of its kind in South Asia Region. The Report looks at options

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Climate Change Impacts in Drought and Flood Affected Areas: Case Studies in India

Executive Summary

A. Background to the Study

A.1 Climate Variability and Change

1. With alpine conditions, arid deserts and tropical regions, India's climate is as varied as its landscape. The summer monsoon marks the most important event in the economic calendar o f rural India. Over 70% o f the annual precipitation falls between the months o f June and September and a good monsoon heralds a bountiful harvest and financial security. But when monsoons fail, or are excessive, suffering and economic loss can be widespread. Climate variability has been the source

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Bangladesh: Appeal No. MAABD001 Final Report 2006-2007

This report covers the period 01/01/06 to 31/12/07 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programmes summary: During 2006-2007, overall programme implementation by the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) was successful, resulting in a visible impact in some areas of the programmes. This was despite various challenges related to the political situation and massive destruction due to a series of natural calamities (such as floods, cyclones, fires, cold waves, tornados, river erosions and landslides) that hit Bangladesh during the reporting period.

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UNICEF Situation Report India floods - External 31 Aug 2007

HIGHLIGHTS

- The government of India estimates that the floods across the country have affected some 44 million people as of 29 August. As many as 36,838 villages have been flooded and 482,330 houses fully damaged. The number of human lives lost to floods has reached 2,281 in total this year.

- The overall flood situation in Bihar has slightly improved with nil to moderate rains in the catchment areas of the major rivers. The major rivers are still flowing above the danger level at certain points, but have maintained their receding trend.

- In Uttar Pradesh and Assam states,

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India: Southwest monsoon - 2007: daily flood situation report No-84/2007

RAINFALL SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY (during last 24 hours)

ORISSA

- Light to moderate rainfall has been reported in some parts of the State.

- 1590 villages in 07 districts with population of about 13.64 lakh are reported to have been affected.

- 1284 people have been evacuated to the safer place.

- 04 ODRAF teams and 127 boats have been deployed for rescue and relief operations.

GUJARAT

- Light to moderate rainfall has been reported in some parts of the State.

- 937 villages in 29 districts with population

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OCHA Nepal Situation Overview Issue No. 16, 15 Jul - 15 Aug 2007

Highlights:

- Preparations for Constituent Assembly elections underway

- Government negotiations with different agitating groups produce mixed results

- The second phase of registration of CPN-Maoist combatants continues

- Terai Janatantrik Mukti Morcha (TJMM) and other groups continue to affect the 'reach of state'

- Bandhs called by different groups continue to paralyse life across the country

- Monsoon induced disasters cause damage and displacement in different parts of the country

CONTEXT Politics and Major Developments

On 14 July, Home Minister Krishna Prasad

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Pakistan: NDMA Situation Report Cyclone Yemyin - 09 Aug 2007

1. Weather Advisory for Sindh and Balochistan. Yesterday's Strong Monsoon Weather System has weakened slightly and now lies over Southeast Rajasthan/ Indian Gujarat. It will remain stationary over Sindh and adjoining Gujarat during next 2-days. Later may gradually dissipate over Sindh. The possibility of its movement along Balochistan coast has almost diminished. It shall have following effects:

a. Sindh

(1) Widespread rains/ dust storm and at times heavy rainfalls are likely in Sindh especially in Southern Sindh and Coastal Areas including Karachi during next 36-48 hours.

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Bangladesh: Disaster Management Information Centre situation report 24 Jul 2007 14:00

General Situation:

WEATHER WARNING, FORECAST, RIVER SITUATION, RELIEF ALLOCATION AND AGROMET BULLETIN

Current Situation: Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Mongla have been advised to keep hoist local cautionary signal number three (r) three. All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. Monsoon is fairly active over Bangladesh and moderate to strong elsewhere over North Bay. The Brahmaputra-Jamuna continued rising at all points and likely to cross danger level at Serajganj

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Bangladesh: Disaster Management Information Centre situation report 23 Jul 2007 14:00

General Situation:

HEAVY RAINFALL AND WEATHER WARNING, WEATHER FORECAST, RIVER SITUATION AND FLOOD SITUATION FOR CHT

Current Situation: Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Mongla have been advised to keep hoist local cautionary signal number three (r) three. All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. Monsoon is fairly active over Bangladesh and moderate to strong elsewhere over North Bay. The Brahmaputra-Jamuna continued rising at down stream points and likely to cross danger level

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Bangladesh: Disaster Management Information Centre situation report 22 Jul 2007 12:00

General Situation:

HEAVY RAINFALL AND WEATHER WARNING, WEATHER FORECAST, RIVER SITUATIONS AND RELIEF ALLOCATION

Current Situation: Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Mongla have been advised to keep hoist local cautionary signal number three (r) three. All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. Monsoon is active over Bangladesh and moderate to strong elsewhere over North Bay. The Surma at Kanaighat & Sunamganj; the Someswari at Durgapur; the Gumti at Comilla & Debiddar;

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Bangladesh 2006-2007: Appeal no. MAABD001 Programme Update No. 3

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

This report covers the period 01/01/07 to 31/05/07 of the 2006-2007 appeal.

In brief

Programme Summary: The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) developed its plan of action for 2007, based

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Bangladesh: Cold wave DREF Bulletin No. MDRBD001 Update No. 2

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 185 countries.

In Brief

Period covered by this Final Report: January to February, 2007.

History of this Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)-funded operation:

- CHF 150,000 allocated from the Federation's DREF in January 2007, to respond to the needs of this operation targeting 30,000 beneficiaries in 64 districts of Bangladesh.

- This operation was implemented for

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Landslides and rain kill 67 in Pakistan

by Abu Ahsan

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, March 21, 2007 (AFP) - Relentless rain triggered landslides and roof collapses across northern Pakistan and Pakistani Kashmir, leaving at least 67 people dead, officials and reports said Wednesday.

At least 37 survivors of the devastating 2005 earthquake in Pakistani Kashmir were killed when two mudslides swept away their mountainside homes, police spokesman Javed Ahmed told AFP in the regional capital Muzaffarabad.

Twenty-seven people, mostly women, died and 16 were injured when a huge landslide hit Doba Syedan village in Kashmir's

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Pakistan: Bitter cold and wild animals are no obstacle for Red Crescent volunteers

by Mubashir Fida, Information Officer for the International Federation in Pakistan

The Pakistan Red Crescent has recently completed an extraordinary logistical feat in providing assistance to over 127,000 people in snow-laden northern Pakistan, despite freezing temperatures, impassable roads and even the threat of snow leopards.

Since January, a team of 50 Red Crescent relief workers, supported by the International Federation and the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), has shifted 942 tonnes of relief materials to remote quake-affected areas. The supplies were distributed

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Cold claims 48 lives in N India

Report
Times of India
SRINAGAR/JAIPUR/DEHRA DUN: Heavy snow, hail and thundershowers kept large parts of northern India in an icy grip for the second consecutive day on Tuesday and the death toll due to cold wave rose to 48.

Large stocks of wheat, mustard and fruit crops were ravaged. At least 28 people were killed as lightning struck several parts of UP and hail and showers took their toll on wheat and other crops.

One person was killed in Rajasthan in a wall collapse. The ferocity of the rains washed out many kutcha houses and flooded homes in Jaipur, Alwar and Dausa district.

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American Red Cross helps Pakistan quake survivors brave winter

By Shilpika Das ,
Special to RedCross.org

The muted cackle of a slowly dying fire melts into a hushed silence as entire families sit huddled inside their frail, makeshift shelters. The temperature outside drops below minus four degrees Fahrenheit, even as the cold rain pelts the solid, frozen ground. A low drone signals the arrival of a helicopter, bringing with it comfort and hope for the hundreds awaiting its arrival.

These helicopters bring relief items, supplied by the American Red Cross, for the survivors of the 2005 earthquake

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


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Pakistan: Bad weather besieges quake zone

Report
IRIN
ISLAMABAD , 13 March 2007 (IRIN) - Shelters for 35,000 Pakistani earthquake survivors have been "winterised", but supplies to mountainous areas are threatened by rain and snow, which are cutting off key communication links, aid workers say.

The 35,000 quake-displaced people continue to live in 48 tented camps both in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Pakistani-administered Kashmir, according to Jan Vandemoortele, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan.

In preparation for winter conditions,

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Mission East identifies area for new programmes in Nepal

Report
Mission East
During December 2006 - January 2007, Mission East carried out a three-week detailed needs assessment in the Karnali zone. Discussions with national and regional leaders as well as other organisations and donors helped us identify the Soru Belt area and Humla and Muga districts, and we found that the people there are dealing with a high incidence of disease, child mortality, and decreased general wellbeing.

They are experiencing a food shortage, and evidence of a poor diet and insufficient nutrition is seen especially among children. Other problems identified by target communities included

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Bangladesh: Cold wave DREF Bulletin No. MDRBD001 Update No. 1

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

In Brief

Period covered by this update: 09-30 January 2007.

History of this Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)-funded operation:

CHF 150,000 allocated from the Federations DREF in January 2007, to respond to the needs of this operation, targeting 30,000 beneficiaries in 64 districts of Bangladesh.

This operation is expected to be implemented

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Pakistan: Urban winter relief distribution completes in Muzaffarabad & Bagh

Islamabad February 14th, 2007 - United Nations Resident Coordinator, Jan Vandemoortele applauding the commitment of the agencies and the Government of Pakistan, said " The coordination between the authorities and the humanitarian community working in the quake zone is exemplary and the successful completion of the urban relief distribution is a classic case in point."

Responding to the request of the State Government PAK, the humanitarian organizations coordinated the targeted distribution of tents, blankets, tarpaulin sheets, plastic sheets and winter