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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.

21 Jul 2009 description

Department of Meteorology (DoM), Sri Lanka is responsible for providing weather forecasts, advisories and warnings to the general public as well as to other concerned agencies during periods of bad weather. Even though the department continues to carry out its responsibilities with a lot of dedication, its observation network and the communication system has been inadequate.

The government of Japan has provided a Grant Aid of Japanese Yen 630.314 million for the improvement of meteorological observation network in Sri Lanka.

13 Jul 2009 description

The existing meteorological observation maintained by the Department of Meteorology consists of manually operated meteorological instruments. The communication system connecting these network sites to the National Meteorological Centre (NMC) in Colombo too is far from adequate and hence the availability of real time information at the NMC particularly during the bad weather periods is unsatisfactory resulting in difficulties with weather forecasting.

15 Jun 2009 description
01-15 June 2009

IDP situation as reported this week by GAs

Displacement after April 2006

Location

Number of Families
Number of Individuals
Jaffna
21,638 displaced before Dec 2005
5,517 displaced after Jan 2006
74,059 displaced before Dec 2005
25 May 2009 description
report World Bank

The study focuses on two drought-prone regions of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra and a flood prone region in Orissa.

NEW DELHI, May 25, 2009 - A new World Bank report says India can further its climate resilience through a combination of measures and right incentives aimed at multiple levels of government - local, state, and national.

The Report, Climate Change Impacts in Drought-and Flood-Affected Areas: Case Studies in India is the first of its kind in South Asia Region.

25 May 2009 description

PREAMBLE

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi (the Embassy) has requested the assistance from Norad to undertake a Review of the Embassy's portfolio to identify possible ways and means of addressing/integrating appropriate climate change and environmental concerns in existing programs and projects supported by Norway. The Review was commissioned in response to the increased priority given to climate change and environment in Norwegian development cooperation policy.

15 May 2009 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. The purpose and scope of this review is to provide an understanding of past and current policies and programme approaches for integrating gender into humanitarian interventions, including actions to prevent and respond to the incidence of sexual and gender based violence. As such, it aims to identify lessons learned and good practice from desk-based policy reviews, interviews with a range of actors, and field visits.

16 Apr 2009 description
report Government of India

Demonstrating Community Capacity to Program and Manage CDRF in India

INTRODUCTION

A community disaster fund that brings local priorities and capacities of disaster prone communities to DRR programming was one of the key recommendations that emerged from the workshop 'From National Frameworks to Local Action' organized by ProVention Consortium, GROOTS International and Huairou Commission at the First Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva in June 2007.

17 Mar 2009 description

The fighting between the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has intensified since the start of 2009 in the area controlled by the LTTE. LTTE fighters and an estimated 130,000 civilians are trapped in an area spanning less than 25 square kilometres. Within this area, the Sri Lankan government has designated a safety zone (ca.

28 Feb 2009 description

Riding through the storms

Many witnessed the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. It was closely watched for its symbolic significance as America after many years of struggle finally swore in their first African American President. We too in our country face challenges with a New Year.

We have been rocked by violence and violent images. Our economy faces many perils. The income and livelihood, particularly in tea, rubber, tourism and those of migrant wages face stagnation and losses.

We have wounds to heal in the North and east of our country.

27 Jan 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Thin Lei Win

BANGKOK, Jan 27 (AlertNet) - Asian cities will form a network to prevent disasters and prepare for the impacts of climate change with an initial investment of around $50 million from the U.S.-based Rockefeller Foundation.

The network, which will start with six cities in India and Vietnam, aims to help poor and vulnerable residents become more resilient to extreme weather and rising seas.

It will receive some 70 percent of the philanthropic foundation's $70-million funding for its five-year programme on climate change, which also includes …

27 Jan 2009 description

Appeal Target: US$ 638,425

Geneva, 27 January 2009

Dear Colleagues,

The state of Tamil Nadu was hit by cyclonic storm "Nisha" in South India since the 26 November 2008. Under its influence, heavy rains lashed coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, taking the death toll above 177. More than 552,000 hectares of crops in the Cauvery delta districts were submerged. About 100 boats and more than 50,890 houses have been damaged.

Authorities have evacuated and put up 101,940 persons in 2,099 relief centres.

07 Jan 2009 description
report IRIN

COLOMBO, 7 January 2009 (IRIN) - When Typhoon Nisha lashed northern Sri Lanka in the last week of November 2008 it caused extensive damage to the roofs of thousands of newly constructed homes, forcing the World Bank to reassess the type of roofing used in its multi-million dollar housing projects.

Jaffna, 400km north of Colombo, was hit hardest, according to the National Disaster Management Centre, with nine killed and over 290,000 affected by flooding.

23 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

KATHMANDU, 23 December 2008 - For many of South Asia's children, 2008 will go down as a year of triumphs and tragedies - a year in which children continued to be recruited in conflicts, yet a year when conflicts were briefly halted for the sake of children's health; and a year when the food, fuel and financial crises threatened to worsen child malnutrition, yet triggered off important new thinking on protection for the most vulnerable, according to the UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia.

In a region which is one the most emergency prone in the world, nearly 2.8 …

23 Dec 2008 description

Appeal Target: US$ 437, 957

Geneva, 23 December 2008

Dear Colleagues,

The state of Tamil Nadu was hit by cyclonic storm "Nisha" in South India since the 26 November 2008. Under its influence, heavy rains lashed coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, taking the death toll above 177. More than 552,000 hectares of crops in the Cauvery delta districts were submerged. About 100 boats and more than 50,890 houses have been damaged.

Authorities have evacuated and put up 101,940 persons in 2,099 relief centres.

16 Dec 2008 description

"Data Against Natural Disasters" to help governments and aid agencies design new monitoring systems that ensure timely and efficient delivery of assistance to disaster victims

Jakarta, December 16, 2008 - The World Bank and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today jointly launched a book that contributes to the world's understanding of the conditions and actions necessary for establishing effective disaster management information systems.

15 Dec 2008 description
report Human Rights Watch

I. Summary

Last year they were taking the people born in 1990; now [they are taking] those born in 1991. They look at the family identity cards and take the young ones. If people of military age go into hiding, they will take younger children or the father, until they get the boys or girls they want.

The LTTE no longer gives people passes to go [out of the Vanni.] At the moment, only medical cases or the elderly will get an LTTE pass. Before this time, you could hand over all your assets to the LTTE and you were free to go.