BANGKOK, 19 October 2010 (IRIN) - How quickly can hospitals and health centres react to natural disasters like earthquakes or floods, asks the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on a newly-launched Facebook page, which aims to spread the message about boosting hospital safety to withstand disasters.
A timed test …
DHAKA, May 3, 2008 (AFP) - Bangladesh garment manufacturers on Saturday said they would distribute subsidised rice to thousands of some of the world's lowest-paid workers to help them cope with sky-rocketing food prices.
The announcement came after around 20,000 textile workers rioted in one of the main garment-making areas near the capital Dhaka last week, demanding relief from soaring rice prices and better pay.
Under the scheme, a worker will get four kilogrammes …
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, April 26 (Reuters) - Bangladesh deployed troops at a dumping site near the country's main Chittagong port on Saturday to stop poor people from collecting rotten rice, officials said.
"The dumping site has been cordoned, and the relevant authorities have been asked not to dump rotten rice at unrestricted spots anymore," a security official said.
Hundreds of poor people thronged the dumping site as the Food Department started ditching some 500 tonnes of damaged rice on Friday.
Nearly half of Bangladesh's 140 million people live on an …
By Masud Karim
DHAKA, April 14 (Reuters) - Abdul Majid has been forced to move 22 times in as many years, a victim of the annual floods that ravage Bangladesh.
There are millions like Majid, 65, in Bangladesh and in the future there could be many millions more if scientists' predictions of rising seas and more intense droughts and storms come true.
"Bangladesh is already facing consequences of a sea level rise, including salinity and unusual height of tidal water," said Mizanur Rahman, a research fellow with the London-based International Institute for …
by Shafiq Alam
DHAKA, April 12, 2008 (AFP) - About 20,000 workers rioted over high food prices and low wages on Saturday close to the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, police said, amid spreading global unrest over soaring grocery costs.
Police fired tear gas and used batons to break up the protests and at least 50 people were injured, most of them police officers.
About 20,000 textile workers from more than a dozen factories went on the rampage in Fatullah, 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of Dhaka, demanding better pay amid soaring rice prices, police chief Bhuiyan Mahbub …
This report covers the period 01/01/06 to 31/12/07 of a two-year planning and appeal process.
DHAKA, 17 January 2008 (IRIN) - Government efforts to soften the blow of rising food costs appear to be failing.
In response to the rising price of rice, a staple food item in Bangladesh, the military-backed caretaker government introduced its open market sale (OMS) of coarse rice at subsidised rates from 9 January.
Pledges and contributions
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of six new contributions totaling $29,317,432.53 (as of 30 September). The contributions were made by Brazil ($30,000), Italy ($1,290,100), Luxembourg ($5,610,800), Monaco ($35,000), Spain ($20,692,484) and Switzerland ($1,659,048.53). Furthermore, Mexico pledged $50,000 for 2007.
GENEVA, August 15, 2007 -In the midst of the severe flooding crisis throughout vast regions of central and south Asia, members of the global alliance, Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, are working together to increase life-saving support and assistance to flood-affected communities.
"While the massive amount of water is slowly withdrawing, the damage and emergency need is showing its true colours," said Arne Grieg Riisnæs speaking from Bangladesh with ACT member Norwegian Church Aid (NCA).
Pakistanis under open sky, asking for relief
As international aid organizationshurry to respond,flood survivors in Pakistanare in need of shelter, food, medicine, blankets, and daily necessities.Today's reports of the country's unsettled political state surrounding national elections adds to thealready uncertain and difficult situationof millions of Pakistani people.
In mid-June, Cyclone Yemyin battered the Southwest coast of Pakistan along theGulf of Oman, leaving 1.5 million homeless.
by Penny MacRae
NEW DELHI, Aug 1, 2007 (AFP) - Dozens of people were killed on Wednesday across South Asia as surging flood waters caused by heavy monsoon rains forced millions from their homes.
Twenty-eight people drowned and 12 others were missing when a boat carrying rescue workers and evacuees in sodden northern India split apart, the Press Trust of India reported, bringing the nationwide death toll from the deluge to nearly 1,000, according to officials and local reports.
In eastern India, villagers clutching meagre belongings fled their dwellings as soldiers …
July 23, 2007, Vienna, Austria - The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved a grant of US$1 million to provide essential relief supplies and support emergency operation for victims of a spate of natural disasters in South Asia.
In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.
This report covers the period 01/01/07 to 31/05/07 of the 2006-2007 appeal.
Programme Summary: The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) developed its plan of action for 2007, based on activities that were …
- On June 5 (Tue), the Government of Japan
decided to provide emergency relief goods (blankets, tents, and portable
jerry cans), equivalent to about 10 million yen, to the Union of Myanmar,
which has sustained disaster from tidal waves and strong winds caused by
2. In Myanmar, since last month, areas surrounding the Sittwe district, Rakhine State, near the border with Bangladesh were caught in a severe storm, affecting more than 10,000 people including 14 dead and 15 missing.
Damage, Loss and Casualty Report
(Source: Deputy Commissioner, Cox's Bazar)
Chokoria Upazila: Not much damage caused.
Cox's Bazar Sadar Upazila: over 800 houses and one educational institution were damaged.
Ramu Upazila: Over 600 houses, 19 educational institutions and 410 batel-leaf farms were partially damaged.
Pekua Upazila: The embankment of Water Development Board partially broke and in Amin Bazar tidal water entered in high speed through the sluice-gate and created damage in …
The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 185 countries.
This Bulletin (no. 01/2007) is being issued for information only, and reflects the status of the situation and information available at this time.
According to Bangladesh Meteorology Department, the Cyclonic Storm "AKASH" has crossed Chittagong-Cox'sbazar coast this morning (at 09 a.m, 15 May 2007) without causing any significant damages to lives and properties.
All three maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox'sbazar and Mongla have been advised to hoisted local cautionary signal number three (3).
As the sea will be rough and high all along the coastal belt the fishermen have been warned not to venture out till mid-night today and then afterwards may proceed with caution.
There is no possibility of causing …
DHAKA, May 15, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Some 40 fishermen were reportedly missing in islands of St. Martin and Maheshkhali in southeastern Bangladesh as a cyclonic storm crossed the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar coast Tuesday morning, local news agency UNB reported.
Initial reports said the cyclone code named "Akash" swept over the St. Martin Island in the Bay of Bengal with a wind speed of 150 kms Monday night.
According to UNB, at least 12 fishing boats were caught in the storm Monday night.
HAKA, May 15 (Reuters) - A tidal surge triggered by a storm in the Bay of Bengal swept through coastal districts of Bangladesh and Myanmar on Tuesday, killing at least one fisherman and damaging hundreds of homes, officials said.
Weather officials said the storm, with winds of up to 80 kph (50 mph), crossed the Bangladesh coast at dawn, heading east towards Myanmar.
Crops and shrimp farms were washed away in the 4-foot (1.2 metre) high surge in the wake of the storm, but it did not cause as much damage as initially feared, the officials said.
Meteorologists in Myanmar, who …