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16 Nov 2009 description

The Disaster Preparation and Response Plan for the Anuradhapura District has been completed and ready to be used by the relevant stakeholders. In 22 out of 23 Divisional Secretariat Divisions in the Anurdhapura District, initial workshops for Disaster Preparation and Response Planning at the local level have already been held and Disaster Management Committees have also been appointed.

10 Nov 2009 description

Thirty-one food insecure nations need emergency assistance

Rome, 10 November 2009 - Food prices in poor countries that are net importers of food still remain stubbornly high despite a good 2009 world cereal production, FAO warned today in its latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

The report was published ahead of the Rome World Summit on Food Security to be held in Rome on November 16-18.

Critical food insecurity is affecting 31 countries and they therefore require emergency assistance.

10 Nov 2009 description

31 pays ont besoin d'une aide alimentaire d'urgence

10 novembre 2009, Rome - Dans les pays pauvres qui ne sont pas importateurs nets de nourriture, les prix alimentaires demeurent obstinément élevés, en dépit d'une bonne production céréalière mondiale en 2009, indique la FAO aujourd'hui dans son dernier rapport Perspectives de récolte et situation alimentaire, paru à temps pour le Sommet mondial de Rome sur la sécurité alimentaire.

Une grave insécurité alimentaire pèse sur 31 pays qui ont besoin d'une aide d'urgence.

03 Nov 2009 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

In the context of Asia Pacific Zone, its demographic, socio-economic and environmental trends, and the International Federation's strategic priorities, South Asia remains one of the most disadvantaged regions in the world and is vulnerable to health and disaster-related risks due to poor socio-economic conditions. The region has some of the highest levels of poverty, being home to about half of the world's poor (1).

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

The Asia Pacific region is home to more than half of the world's population, the majority of whom are poor and among the most disadvantaged in the world. Some 600 million women, men and children in the region live below the USD 1 a day poverty line, while 1.8 billion survive on less than USD 2 a day. Compounding the situation, the region is also highly disaster-prone. The diversity, scale and frequency of natural disasters across the region are daunting.

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

Despite the end of the decades long conflict in Sri Lanka, weak economic growth and inequalities throughout those years combined with risks of flooding in some areas, and droughts in others threaten a significant number of vulnerable communities throughout Sri Lanka. Exposure to tropical storms during the first quarter of every year and during the monsoon season, as well as heavy rainfall from the Bay of Bengal, contribute to the risk of landslides, overflowing riverbanks and occasional tidal surges.

10 Oct 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

Government Should Immediately Release 250,000 Displaced Persons from Illegal Detention

(New York) - The Sri Lankan government should immediately release the 250,000 displaced Tamils still held in detention camps, Human Rights Watch said today.

09 Oct 2009 description

I. Situation Overview & highlights

- Sri Lanka called upon the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to retract her remarks that rape was used as a weapon of war during the 26-year armed conflict.

06 Oct 2009 description

Rescue efforts were winding down and emergency relief getting into full gear in response to the successive natural disasters that recently hit Asia and the Pacific, John Holmes, Emergency Relief Coordinator, told correspondents at Headquarters this afternoon.

"It's a very bad time for this region, with different disasters, not linked to each other, but coming together in this tragic way," said Mr.

30 Sep 2009 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

02 Sep 2009 description

by Marlowe Hood

PARIS, Sept 2, 2009 (AFP) - Africa and much of south Asia face extreme risk from climate change but top carbon polluters will be relatively shielded from its ravages, according a ranking of 166 nations obtained by AFP Wednesday.

Somalia, Haiti and Afghanistan top the Climate Change Vulnerability Index, calculated from dozens of variables measuring the capacity of a country to cope with the consequences of global warming.

"We wanted to look at what is going to impact human populations," explained Fiona Place, senior environmental risk analyst …

01 Sep 2009 description
report Government of Nepal

A Vision for Addressing Climate Change Risks and Vulnerabilities in the Himalayas

A Regional Climate Change Conference
31 August - 1 September 2009

31 Aug 2009 description
report World Bank
  • South Asia is endowed with great rivers, which are the lifelines of the regional economy.

    - Impacts of climate change are shared by many countries across the Himalaya Region.

    - Regional cooperation can play a key role in adaptation and development in the Himalayan region.

    The Government of Nepal is hosting a Regional Climate Conference titled "Kathmandu to Copenhagen," from August 31 to September 1, 2009.

31 Aug 2009 description
report IRIN

BANDARAGAMA, 31 August 2009 (IRIN) - Years ago, the loft above Kulasena Perera's bedroom was a storeroom for rice.

28 Aug 2009 description
report Logistics Cluster

Highlights:

- Vavuniya experienced the first heavy rains of the season between 14-17th of August, creating heavy rainwater run-off in the IDP sites, latrine pits overflowing, tents needing maintenance and some damage to internal roads.

- The monsoon is likely to cause damage to roads inside the main IDP site Menik Farm.

28 Aug 2009 description

I. Situation Overview & highlights

- On 18 August, the Ministry of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services called for registrations by persons seeking to claim ownership of land in the north and east, which they had been compelled to abandon during the last 30 years of conflict.

- On 26 August, the Government of Switzerland donated Rs.

27 Aug 2009 description

The government is proceeding with arrangements to re-settle at least another 50,000 IDPs from Vavuniya relief camps, in the next two weeks.

The Vavuniya Government Agent Mrs. P.S.M. Charles said arrangements are being made through the relevant GAs to resettle these IDPs in their former places of residence in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu.

All steps are being taken to resettle these people before any floods caused by the onset of the next monsoon rains.