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Sri Lanka: Disaster Preparation and Response Plans in Anuradhapura District

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. The Planning is carried out representing all institutions which come together in an emergency situation namely, the District Secretariat, defence, health, wildlife, irrigation,
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Burkina Faso + 10 others
Poorest countries still suffer from high food prices

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. In Eastern

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Burkina Faso + 11 others
Les pays les plus pauvres encore victimes des prix alimentaires élevés

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. La situation est particulièrement

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Indonesia + 5 others
Multiplying resiliency: PROMISE program helps urban asian communities manage disasters


In South and Southeast Asia, hydro-meteorological events such as flooding, cyclones, and drought cause economic and social losses each year. Due to poor infrastructure and inadequate early warning systems, populations in rapidly growing urban areas are particularly vulnerable to these disasters. Given the recurrence of extreme hydro-meteorological events in these areas, in 2005, USAID/OFDA initiated funding for the Program

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Afghanistan + 20 others
Asia Pacific Zone: Plan 2010 - 2011(MAA50001)

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. Set along numerous fault lines, many countries in the region are often hit by major earthquakes

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Afghanistan + 6 others
South Asia Region: Plan 2010-2011 (MAA52001)

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). Although the region has seen some economic and social progress over the last decade,

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Sri Lanka: Plan 2010-2011 (MAALK002)

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. It is therefore no surprise that before tsunami struck Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka: Tensions mount as camp conditions deteriorate

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. Deteriorating conditions, including a shortage of water since October 5, 2009, combined with the prospect of flooding during the imminent monsoon season, have led to rising tensions among camp residents and clashes with the military.

Human Rights Watch called on international

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Sri Lanka: North East Joint Humanitarian Update - Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, and Trincomalee Districts Report No. 10, 26 Sep 2009 - 09 Oct 2009

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. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Rohitha Bogollagama conveyed the Sri Lankan Government's displeasure over the remarks to the new US Ambassador Patricia Butenis, who was summoned for a meeting on 3 October.

- On 4 October, the Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Rishad Bathiudeen stated that approximately

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Philippines + 12 others
Press conference by Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes

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. Holmes at a press conference organized to brief correspondents on the $74 million flash appeal for the Philippines,

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Sri Lanka - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #18 (FY 2009)


Note: The last fact sheet was dated September 11, 2009.


- From September 19 to 25, the USAID/DCHA Assistant Administrator visited Sri Lanka to meet with Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) officials and representatives from U.N. agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and to observe conditions at Manik Farms internally displaced person (IDP) camp in Vavuniya District.

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Sri Lanka: North East Joint Humanitarian Update - Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, and Trincomalee Districts Report No. 09, 12 - 25 Sep 2009

I. Situation Overview & highlights

- On 14 September, the Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe rejected claims made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillai, that the displaced people in Sri Lanka are being kept in internment camps, as opposed to what the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) defines as welfare villages. Minister Samarasinghe was addressing the 12th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, being held from 14 September to 2 October.

- Between 17-19 September, the UN Under

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Afghanistan + 9 others
Albania to Zimbabwe: the climate change risk list

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

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Nepal + 6 others
Final statement: From Kathmandu to Copenhagen

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

A Regional Climate Change Conference
31 August - 1 September 2009
Kathmandu, Nepal

The Government of Nepal hosted the South Asia Regional Climate Change Conference: "From Kathmandu to Copenhagen: A Vision for Addressing Climate Change Risks and Opportunities in the Himalaya Region" on August 31 - September 1, 2009. The Right Honorable Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal, inaugurated the conference. The conference was attended by Ministers, members of the parliament and

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Sri Lanka: Flood-resistant rice entices farmers back

BANDARAGAMA, 31 August 2009 (IRIN) - Years ago, the loft above Kulasena Perera's bedroom was a storeroom for rice. Now, huge wicker baskets that once held the harvests are abandoned, testament to the years the fields have not been farmed.

"All these baskets used to be full of husked rice," he said, "but I had to stop farming because the floods got worse."

The flood-prone Bandaragama area in southwestern Kalutara Distict where Kulasena lives comprises more than 1,000ha in unused rice paddies.

Water from the nearby Kalu River regularly


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Afghanistan + 6 others
Kathmandu to Copenhagen: A Regional Climate Change Conference

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. It will bring together Ministers, high level officials,

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Sri Lanka: Biweekly Bulletin 2, 28 Aug 2009


- 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. Restrictions on overall weight of vehicles allowed inside the camps are expected.

- The Government of Sri Lanka has announced to aim for resettlement of 100,000 IDPs by the end of 2009.

- IOM has completed over 15,000 trips

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Sri Lanka: North East Joint Humanitarian Update - Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, and Trincomalee Districts Report No. 07, 15 - 28 Aug 2009

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. 7.1 million worth of urgently required medical supplies to the Ministry of Health (MoH) for distribution to health facilities treating Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the north.

- On 28 August, the UN Special Rapporteur

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Sri Lanka: Nearly 50,000 IDPs to be resettled

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. The numbers resettled could be even higher as more facilities are made available for resettlement by government and other agencies carrying