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30 Apr 2010 description

In brief

This annual report focuses on the work of the Asia Pacific zone office in 2009 to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation efforts to increase the impact of Asia Pacific national societies' humanitarian activities. 2009 has been a very busy but productive period as the zone office has responded to multiple disasters simultaneously, while carrying forward several new initiatives designed to increase the impact of its work with Asia Pacific national societies.

24 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2009

Programme purpose: The purpose of disaster management is to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

The overall purpose of the health and care programme is to improve the Indian Red Cross Society's (IRCS) capacity in planning, to raise awareness on the preventive health needs and by responding to public health emergencies, including HIV/AIDS, through prevention, care and support by strengthening the Red Cross volunteer (RCV) network.

IRCS has improved capacity to provide effective services to …

12 Apr 2010 description
report AlertNet

By Manipadma Jena

ISLAMABAD (AlertNet) - A 1960 trans-boundary water sharing agreement between India and Pakistan has stood the test of two wars and various periods of unease. Climate change, however, may prove the toughest test of the Indus River deal, observers say.

The two rival South Asian nations share the 190 billion cubic meters of Himalayan snowmelt that course through the Indus each year.

25 Mar 2010 description

HF 52,941 (USD 49,451 or EUR 37,088) was allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 8 October 2009 to support the national society in delivering assistance to some 95,000 beneficiaries.

The main purpose of this DREF was to support the deployment of national disaster response team, national water and sanitation disaster response team, state disaster response team, and regional disaster response team members in response to floods in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

This deployment was for carrying out rapid assessment and thereafter to …

31 Jan 2010 description

(Extract)

Providing food aid in remote mountainous areas of Afghanistan

Drought, famine, severe weather conditions and other climate change-induced hazards pose significant risks for most of Afghanistan, often adding to the impact of the global food crisis on local populations. Coupled with a volatile economy and labour market, these hazards leave isolated mountainous communities with restricted access to food.

16 Jan 2010 description
report Times of India

Rajeev Deshpande, TNN, 16 January 2010, 04:21am

NEW DELHI: With inflation for December 2009 touching 7.3% and fears that it will rise further over the next couple of months, driven in good measures by a steep increase in food prices, government is bracing for the inevitability of a rate increase and a graded exit from the fiscal stimulus.

A hike in interest rates, apart from an increase in reserve ratio, is now on the cards despite the government's keeness to nurture growth in the wake of last year's slowdown.

31 Dec 2009 description

FAO initiative to promote climate change mitigation in agriculture in developing countries

Agriculture accounts for an estimated 14 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but also has significant potential to capture atmospheric carbon and store it in soils and plants. A number of suitable technologies and practices can sequester carbon in smallholder agriculture.

24 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 July 2009 to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: The purpose of disaster management is to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

The overall purpose of the health and care programme is to improve the Indian Red Cross Society's (IRCS) capacity in planning to raise awareness on the preventive health needs and responding to public health emergencies, including HIV/AIDS, through prevention, care and support by strengthening the Red Cross volunteer (RCV) network.

IRCS has improved capacity to …

22 Dec 2009 description
report Sphere India

Executive Summary

The Sphere Handbook is a tool for improving humanitarian response. It's a living document which is most widely recognized and used by the I/NGOs, United Nations agencies and different actors involved in humanitarian response. The first edition of the Handbook was published in year 2000 and the revised edition was in 2004.

22 Dec 2009 description
report Operation Blessing

PANCHALINGALA, India - Lying in complete darkness, Khajabi could sense her parents' uneasiness and knew something was terribly wrong.

It had been raining for days, food supplies were running low and there was no electricity.

When Khajabi woke up the next day, the rain had finally come to an end, but the 10-year-old's relief was short-lived.

The floodwaters were rising, forcing Khajabi's family and others in her village to frantically gather what belongings they could and head for higher ground.

They spent seven days camped out along the state highway with …

21 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2009.

Programme purpose: As outlined in the 2009-10 plan, the aim of the International Federation is to coordinate and support efforts at country and regional level to assist South Asian national societies to scale up their work to improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Programme summary: The disaster season throughout the region was relatively calm in its first half though Sri Lanka witnessed one of its worst dengue outbreaks in years as health authorities scrambled to contain the disease.

Late floods in …

17 Dec 2009 description

Funds Sent To:
Lutheran World Service, India (LWSI)

Amount Sent:
US$ 55,857

Date: 17 December 2009

(Please note this is additional to the previous RRF payment issued for this emergency for UELCI on 11 December, hence number 17b.)

Details of Response

Emergency:
Tamil Nadu Floods

Date of Emergency:

11 Dec 2009 description

(Extract)

Funds Sent To: The United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India (UELCI)

Amount Sent: USD 50,239

Date: 11 December 2009

Details of Response

Emergency: Tamil Nadu Flood

Date of Emergency: Ongoing since November 2009

Implementing Member(s):

THE UNITED EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCHES IN INDIA (UELCI), with its secretariat based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, is a communion of twelve member churches from the Lutheran churches in India and Nepal.

11 Dec 2009 description

Copenhagen, Nairobi, Kathmandu, 11 December 2009 - Hundreds of millions of people in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and in the river basins downstream are being forced to adapt to a new reality: climate change.

Climate change is increasing uncertainty and the risk for extreme droughts interspersed with extreme floods that are challenging food security, housing, infrastructure, business and even survival.

Even hardy mountain populations, adapted for centuries to survival in extreme environments, are undergoing events so unprecedented that their traditional coping strategies …

10 Dec 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Nita Bhalla

GORAKHPUR, India (AlertNet) - As world leaders and top scientists in Copenhagen debate how to deal with climate change, farmers a world away in flood-prone areas of northern India are taking it into their own hands to adapt to shifts in the weather.

For decades, inhabitants of India's Uttar Pradesh state have been witnessing erratic weather, including increasingly intense rainfall over short periods of time.

The rain, combined with heavy mountain runoff from nearby Nepal, which is also seeing heavier-than-usual rains, has inundated …

08 Dec 2009 description

Press Release No.869

Geneva, 8 December 2009 (WMO) - The year 2009 is likely to rank in the top 10 warmest on record since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850, according to data sources compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The global combined sea surface and land surface air temperature for 2009 (January-October) is currently estimated at 0.44°C ± 0.11°C (0.79°F ± 0.20°F) above the 1961-1990 annual average of 14.00°C/57.2°F.

08 Dec 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Laurie Goering

COPENHAGEN (AlertNet) - Weather extremes have hit Bangladesh, Myanmar and Honduras the hardest over the past two decades and will likely have a bigger impact in the future as climate change intensifies storms, floods and heatwaves, a report said on Tuesday.

The three countries experienced the highest combination of deaths and economic losses from 1990 to 2008, according to a new climate risk index by Germanwatch, a non-governmental organisation promoting sustainable …

08 Dec 2009 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Matthias Williams

SURAT, India, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Vipul Tejani runs a small factory in Surat, the diamond capital of India which in the past 15 years has been hit by massive floods, rising sea levels, and even the plague.

His workshop is tucked in a warren of small diamond cutting businesses and textile mills employing thousands of workers. Like three-quarters of the city, it was flooded by muddy waters reaching two storeys high in 2006.

But in Surat, someone like Tejani does not see himself as another disaster statistic.

07 Dec 2009 description

by Phil Hazlewood

MUMBAI, Dec 7, 2009 (AFP) - India's giant Tata Group on Monday unveiled a new low-cost water purifier, hoping to do for health what it did for motoring and provide affordable, safe drinking water for millions and cut disease.

The Tata Swach -- named after the Hindi for "clean" -- is designed to be used in poor, rural households that have no electricity or running water, using ash from rice milling to filter out bacteria.

The device, which will cost less than 1,000 rupees (21.5 dollars), also uses tiny silver particles to kill …

06 Dec 2009 description

by Claire Cozens

KATHMANDU, Dec 6, 2009 (AFP) - More than a billion people in Asia depend on Himalayan glaciers for water, but experts say they are melting at an alarming rate, threatening to bring drought to large swathes of the continent.

Glaciers in the Himalayas, a 2,400-kilometre (1,500-mile) range that sweeps through Pakistan, India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, provide headwaters for Asia's nine largest rivers, lifelines for the 1.3 billion people who live downstream.

But temperatures in the region have increased by between 0.15 and 0.6 degrees Celsius (0.27 …