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21 Jun 2017 description

Parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States of America have seen extremely high May and June temperatures, with a number of records broken. The heatwaves are unusually early and are occurring as the Earth experiences another exceptionally warm year.

12 Jun 2017 description

By Megan Rowling and Andrew Mambondiyani

BARCELONA/HARARE, June 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a big earthquake, flash flood or other sudden disaster hits, aid agencies spring into action with emergency responses and public appeals for donations. With droughts, it's different.

If the rains don't come, it can take months for the effects to be felt by poor rural families. Hunger kicks in only after crops fail, food stocks are exhausted and livestock start dying - but by then, help often comes too late to head off the worst.

09 Jun 2017 description

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (9 June 2017) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Pakistan today signed a loan agreement of $86.41 million for the extension of the Pehur High Level Canal in the Swabi and Nowshehra districts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.

Xiaohong Yang, ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan, and Tariq Mahmood Pasha, Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD) for the Government of Pakistan, signed the loan agreement, and Tariq Rashid, KP’s Irrigation Department Secretary, signed the project agreement.

09 Jun 2017 description

Le rapport de la FAO souligne des pertes importantes dues à la perturbation des activités agricoles, à la hausse des prix et au déplacement des moyens d’existence

09 Jun 2017 description

Food insecurity strains deepen amid civil conflict and drought

FAO report notes heavy toll of disrupted farming, higher prices and displaced livelihoods

8 June 2017, Rome-- Large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are buoying global food supply conditions, but protracted fighting and unrest are increasing the ranks of the displaced and hungry elsewhere, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

05 Jun 2017 description

By Intikhab Hanif

LAHORE: Maximum temperatures set a new record in some Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cities as the persisting heat wave further intensified on Sunday, and the Met department said a westerly wave was fast approaching the country for a refreshing partial break in the harsh weather in the next three days.

Noorpurthal and Bhakkar recorded 52 degrees C maximum temperature, the highest in the country and the highest ever of their history as the heat wave appeared to be centered over south Punjab and adjoining Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

31 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP collaboration with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Balochistan.

  • Launch of the National Food Fortification Strategy for Pakistan.

  • National Consultation on 'Fill the Nutrient Gap Analysis – Pakistan.'

  • Launch of a report on “Economic Consequences of Undernutrition.”

  • Initiation of WFP Pakistan Country Strategic Plan process.

  • Planning for 40 new Strategic Grain Reserves.

Operational Updates

28 May 2017 description

GUJAR KHAN: An ancient pond near the Miana Mohra village of Gujar Khan has touched the lowest level due to the sweltering heat and diversion of water in the catchment areas.

Ponds in the rural areas of Potohar were mostly carved out by the Hindus and Sikhs during the pre-partition era.

In some of the villages ponds under peepal or banyan trees still exist as relics of the past but in most of the villages the water bodies located on common land have vanished and the land occupied by the land mafia.

11 May 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Wheat production in 2017 to decrease marginally from last year’s bumper level

  • Rice exports in 2017 forecast to decrease from last year’s high level but remain above-average

  • Prices of wheat and wheat flour declined in April with new harvest

  • Localized food insecurity persists

Wheat production in 2017 to decrease marginally from last year’s bumper level

01 May 2017 description

At least eight more children, including infants, died in drought-hit Thar during the last three days, raising the death toll to 124 this year.

Three-year-old Bharat Kumar, and newborns Mohammad Aslam and Shankar died in civil hospital in Tharparkar's Mithi area whereas two infants and a two-year-old toddler died in the tehsil headquarters hospital of Nagarparkar.

26 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Government of Japan is providing a USD 4 million emergency grant to WFP and a USD 3 million grant to UNHCR in Pakistan.
  • The second Annual Work Plan 2017 agreement was signed with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
  • An in-depth survey was conducted on “Food Security & Livelihoods amongst Returnee Families in FATA”.

WFP Assistance

24 Apr 2017 description

Anticipated scope and scale

Sindh province in Pakistan has been experiencing extreme hot and dry temperatures since 12 April. Many rural areas of Sindh are currently experiencing daily highs above 40°C, which are forecast to continue until early May. Average annual temperatures are in the mid-thirties at this time and increase to reach their peak in May and June, when urban areas including Karachi will be severely affected by the heatwave.

24 Apr 2017 description

OVERVIEW

In southeastern Sindh, below-average rainfall during the 2016 monsoon (July to October) resulted in no or substantially less crop production for the third consecutive year and in livestock losses, affecting the two main livelihood sources in the region.

20 Apr 2017 description

ISLAMABAD: The Sindh government has expressed the fear that the situation in Mithi of Tharparkar district (Sindh) where five infants have recently died of diseases and malnutrition may further deteriorate if the area does not receive rains in the coming monsoon season.

13 Apr 2017 description

The Australian Government today announced additional support worth one million dollars to the Government of Pakistan and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Pakistan to improve nutrition, eliminate hunger and attain food security by fortifying food.

12 Apr 2017 description

OVERVIEW

In southeastern Sindh, below-average rainfall during the 2016 monsoon (July to October) resulted in no or substantially less crop production for the third consecutive year and in livestock losses, affecting the two main livelihood sources in the region.

03 Apr 2017 description
report Voice of America

April 03, 2017 12:14 PM
Ayesha Tanzeem

ISLAMABAD — Two weeks ago a minor water crisis hit Pakistan. The flow in rivers fell below agricultural requirements. Then temperatures rose, glaciers melted, and river flows increased threefold, evading a disaster.

“Had the temperatures not increased for another 10-15 days, we wouldn’t have been able to give the required amount of water to the provinces,” said Mohammad Khalid Rana, the Indus Water Regulatory Authority spokesman.

That would have meant a delay in planting crops like cotton, sugarcane, and rice.