In July 2010, monsoon rains triggered major flooding in Assam. (AlertNet, 1 Jul 2010) In the wake of flash floods on 5-6 August 2010 in the Leh district, IFRC allocated funds to deliver immediate assistance to some 40,000 beneficiaries (IFRC, 11 Aug 2010) and closed the operation on 10 December 2010. (IFRC, 14 Mar 2011)
In September 2010, more than three million people in northern India (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar) were affected by floods that killed more than 200 people. IFRC released funds to support the national society (IFRC, 30 Sep) and completed the operation on 31 March 2011 (IFRC, 30 Jun 2011).
Rohan DuaRohan Dua, TNN | Aug 8, 2011, 03.13AM IST
SABOO (Leh): It's been a year since the cloudburst last year killed two members of Jaigmet Angmo's family including her husband and swept away their home in Saboo village of Leh. Braving the chilly winter and heavy rains, she spent last 10 months building a new home with the help of her father. But now even as she nurses her one-and-half-year-old daughter in their newly constructed home, she doesn't have much money left to ensure a regular supply of food and basic amenities for the weeks to come.
Summary: CHF 358,313 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 30 September 2010 to support the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) in delivering assistance to some 25,000 beneficiaries (5,000 families), or to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
IRCS revised its target beneficiaries from 25,000 (5,000 families) to 17,500 (3,500 families) as beneficiaries’ needs in the field changed drastically after considering the domestic assistance rendered.
TNN | Jun 20, 2011, 02.54am IST
PATIALA: Even as the Patiala district administration is yet to start any major effort to train residents of flood affected areas to tackle the calamity, a city-based NGO, Society for Peoples' Welfare & Awareness, Patiala (SPWAP) has decided to organize a three-day special training camp in BN Khalsa School from June 27 to train residents to tackle flood-related mishaps.
Geneva/Oslo, 6 June 2011 – Over 42 million people across the world were forced to flee due to disasters triggered by sudden‐onset natural hazards in 2010, according to a new study by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)’s Geneva‐based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). In 2009, 17 million people were displaced by such disasters, and 36 million in 2008.
SANGRUR: As if a swelling Ghaggar during monsoons was not enough for causing damage, the construction of a 10-foot high concrete wall along the Hansi-Butana canal in Haryana is also expected to severely affect people living near the seasonal river.
The residents of about two dozen villages situated near Ghaggar`s banks are a worried lot because of the construction.
They have decided to approach state and Union authorities against this.
Period covered by this update: 11 August to 10 December 2010.
Summary: CHF 54,543 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 11 August 2010 to support the national society in delivering assistance to some 40,000 beneficiaries and to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
Anjali Singh - CNS
Just a short stroll through Rewali, Adampur, the mud embankment in Kaiserganj, Bahraich, a small district in the flood prone area of Uttar Pradesh, gives you an idea of the gravity of the predicament people here face year after year. Yet this year none seem to grumble their grievances about government apathy and inaction in rescue and rehabilitation work.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response.
- Developing countries shoulder rising
costs from disasters
* Earthquakes, floods cost $109 bln in 2010 vs $35 bln 2009
* Decaying infrastructure described as risk in urban areas
By Laura MacInnis
GENEVA, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Natural disasters caused $109 billion in economic damage last year, three times more than in 2009, with Chile and China bearing most of the cost, the United Nations said on Monday.
The 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in February cost $30 billion.
PATIWALA GAON, India (AlertNet) - The residents of Patiwala Gaon, a village in India's northeastern Assam state near the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River, are used to dealing with the perils of annual deluges. But as climate change makes rainfall more intense and erratic, they are trying out a new tool to cope with worsening flooding: a village disaster management committee.
Read the full article on AlertNet.
NEW DELHI: Severe cold may well be making headlines in the past two weeks, but here's the big picture: 2010 was the warmest year ever in India since weather records began in 1901. The Indian Meteorological Department announced on Thursday that the mean annual temperature in the country during 2010 was as much as 0.93 degrees Celsius higher than the long term (1961-1990) average.
IMD officials said the record heat in 2010 was a continuation of the warming trend in the past decade that can only be attributed to global warming.
PATNA, January 12, 2011: The World Bank today signaled its intention to increase support to the Government of Bihar (GoB) over the next few years, with part of the funds dedicated to help reconstruction efforts after devastation caused by the worst flooding in India in 50 years.
The move came after meetings between World Bank Group President, Robert B. Zoellick and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other senior government officials during a visit to the state.
Programme purpose: The 2010 disaster management programme is designed around the four disaster management strategic objectives of Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) viz disaster risk reduction - "Building safer communities", national disaster preparedness and response mechanism, disaster preparedness and response capacity building of branches and inter- agency coordination.
The overall purpose of the health and care programme aligns with the Global Agenda goal 2, which is to improve IRCS's capacity in planning, to raise awareness on the preventive health needs and …
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.
Period covered by this update: 21 August to 26 November 2010.
Summary: CHF 54,543 (USD 52,476 or EUR 39,516) has been allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the India Red Cross Society (IRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to some 40,000 beneficiaries.
Geneva, 3 December 2010
Brief Description of the Emergency
Tamil Nadu has been receiving heavy and prolonged rains over the past two weeks, resulting in a rapid increase in water levels in dams, reservoirs and other water bodies across the State. Heavy rain continues to lash most parts of the state.
Close to 100 people have died over the last two weeks due to the heavy rains. In various rain-related incidents in Madurai district, 10 people died and 302 dwellings in the district were damaged.
LONDON (AlertNet) - Around two thirds of countries will become highly vulnerable to climate change by 2030, unless efforts to tackle global warming are stepped up fast, according to an international index launched on Friday.
The "Climate Vulnerability Monitor", backed by leading climate experts, assesses 184 countries according to the estimated effects of climate change in four key areas: health; weather disasters; human habitat loss from rising seas and desertification; and economic stresses on …
LEH: Shading her eyes from the sun, Tsering Angmo puts the spade back on the ground, and rests one foot on a rock to take a break. Her hands and clothes are coated in dust. Angmo, 37, survived the flash floods that devastated Leh early August and claimed over 150 lives leaving hundreds homeless. Now she is building her home.
The day the flood struck Angmo just had cabinets installed in the kitchen of her new house in Choglamsar, one of the worst-hit areas. Luckily, her two children were away in another village that was spared.
USAID/OFDA Assistance Follows Flood-Affected Individuals Home
Four months after the most severe floods in the country's history, the majority of displaced families in northern provinces of Pakistan have returned to homes to begin the process of rebuilding their lives and livelihoods. However, as flood waters receded, they left farmland covered with mud, houses destroyed, and many families without any possessions.
Kim Arora, TNN, Nov 24, 2010, 06.11am IST
LEH: They call it, Jhakzang, an auspicious day for moving into a new house. And across Solar camp, the biggest rehabilitation colony in Leh, men and women are carrying mattresses, mats and bags from canvas tents to their new homes.
They've stayed in those white and green tents for over three months. In August earlier this year, flash floods swept through their homes killing over 150 and leaving hundreds homeless. With their homes wiped out or buried, there was little option but to live in tents in rehabilitation colonies.