August 6, 2010
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan * Of the current situation in Pakistan, Pakistan-based staff members of Church World Service offer the following reflection:
In the five years since the 2005 earthquake devastated parts of Pakistan, not one year has gone by in which the people of Pakistan have not suffered from disaster.
This report covers the period 01/01/06 to 31/12/07 of a two-year planning and appeal process.
Floods, A Social and Technical Problem?
This issue of southasiadisasters.net aims to provide an overview of the current flood situation in South Asia and the situation at the beginning of the monsoon season. It also sheds light on technical aspects of monsoons in South Asia and related problems of flooding. The second and third issues will go into the activities of international organisations, local governments and communities in dealing with floods, and more.
Asia is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world.
Favourable prospects for 2007 world cereal crops, mainly following expansion of plantings in Europe and North America, coupled with generally satisfactory weather conditions.
FAO's latest estimates put global cereal output in 2006 at just under 2 billion tonnes, 2.7 percent lower than in the previous year but still above average.
Cáritas. Madrid, 6 de noviembre de 2006.- A lo largo del pasado mes de octubre, el Equipo Directivo de Cáritas Española ha aprobado diversas partidas económicas por valor total de 466.811 euros para financiar diversos proyectos de ayuda en Africa y Asia.
Vatican City, 31 October 2006
Heavy monsoon rains provoked flooding and triggered landslides in southern, western, and central Sri Lankathis past weekend, killing at least 19 people and leaving tens of thousands of families homeless. The latest reports put the number of displaced at around 330,000. The districts of Katunayake and Gampaha were the hardest hit, while serious flooding was also reported in several low-lying areas in the districts of Colombo, Kandy, Kurunegala, Kalutara, Matara, Badulla, Ratnapura, Galle, and Puttalam.
By Paul Jeffrey, ACT International
Mansehra, Pakistan, October 4, 2006 - As winter approaches the north of Pakistan once again, many of those left homeless by last October's crippling earthquake are growing increasingly frustrated and newly afraid. Some even consider leaving their mountain villages once again to seek safety in the country's burgeoning cities.
"I want to start my life here again, but there is no work. Soon the snow will begin and our tents are too thin to withstand the winter. How are we supposed to live here?
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
JALALABAD (PAN): Heavy rains, flood and hailstorms overnight caused huge financial losses to three southwestern districts of the eastern Nangarhar provinces. Local residents said flood had damaged Momandri, Ghanikhel and Dorbaba. Per Bakhsh Gardiwal, member for Wolesi Jirga (lower house), told Pajhwok Afghan News that the region was inundated by overnight downpour and hailstorms. He said 110 homes and several animals were swept away in the flood. Gardiwal demanded of government and welfare NGOs to deliver emergency aid in the area.
Save the Children is responding to the urgent needs of thousands of children in India and Pakistan after six weeks of torrential rain has left families homeless, in need of food and at risk of water-borne diseases.
In Pakistan, around 50,000 families have been affected by flooding in the Sindh region of the country. Around 200 people have died and over 10,000 people have been hospitalised -- as in any emergency it is children and women who make up the majority of these figures.
Islamabad_(dpa) _ Soldiers evacuated some 4,000 people marooned in Hyderabad city and surrounding areas after torrential rains flooded southern Pakistan, media reports said Saturday.
The country's Met office said about 450 millimetre rain had fallen in 36 hours since early Friday, three times the normal rainfall for the monsoon season in the area.
The rains again damaged the Ranpathani railway bridge south of Hyderabad which was rebuilt after last month's rains and which is the main rail link between Karachi, Pakistan's commercial hub and main port, and the rest of …
INDONESIA -CENTRAL JAVA AND YOGYAKARTA - EARTHQUAKE AND MT MERAPI VOLCANO
On 27 May, an earthquake measuring 5.9 on Richter scale struck Yogyakarta Province. The epicentre was approximately 37.2 km south of Yogyakarta at a depth of 33 kilometres. The most affected districts were Bantul and Kulonprogo south of Yogyakarta. The death toll stands at 5,778. The number of injuries stands at 37,912. 205,888 homes have been completely destroyed.
Funds Sent To: CWS Pakistan/Afghanistan
INTRODUCTION: Floods have been recognized as a major natural calamity and the country has a long history of flooding from the Indus river and its tributaries. Floods in Pakistan are mainly caused by heavy concentrated rainfall in the catchments during the summer monsoon season (July to September) which is augmented by snowmelt flows. Rainfall during the period occurs due to the monsoonal systems (Lows or depressions) coming either from the Arabian Sea or from the Bay of Bengal.
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MUZAFFARABAD, 18 August (IRIN) - Hundreds of Pakistani families who had returned to their homes following last year's massive earthquake have been forced to relocate again by flooding.
KARACHI, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Pakistan's biggest city declared a public holiday on Friday as it cleaned up from heavy flooding that killed at least 15 people and more rain was expected, officials said.
Banks and the stock market in Karachi would remain open despite the holiday declared by the provincial government.
Most of the 15 people killed in the floods on Thursday were electrocuted while some were killed in traffic accidents during heavy downpours, an emergency service official said.
"I can confirm 15 casualties in the last 24 hours but the number could be …