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India: Sphere Revision Consultation on Minimum Standards in Health Services and Psycho-Social Support during Emergencies

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. To make the Sphere Handbook remain relevant with the changing needs, field practices, technical innovations in the context of humanitarian work since 2004, the Sphere Board decided to revise the Sphere Project Handbook - Humanitarian Charter and Minimum

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Sri Lanka: Grant aid of Japanese yen 630.314 million from Japan for improvement of meteorological and disaster information network - Department of Meteorology

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. The genesis of this project can be traced

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Sri Lanka: The project for improvement of meteorological and disaster information network for Sri Lanka - Automatic Weather Station (AWS) project

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. Due to these reason, Department of Meteorology considers that improvement of its meteorological network is of vital national importance.
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Sri Lanka: North East Joint Humanitarian Update - Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa Districts Report #8

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
18,745 displaced after Jan 2006
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New World Bank report calls for action to reduce climate change impacts in India's drought-and flood-affected areas

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. The Report looks at options

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Review of the embassy's development assistance portfolio: Climate change and environment climate proofing and greening of the portfolio

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. This Review is intended to contribute to "climate proofing" and a "greening" of the Embassy's

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India + 3 others
Review of gender issues including strategies against gender-based violence in humanitarian interventions

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. An extensive review of selected policy approaches by UN, ICRC, some EU Member States and other donor governments was undertaken.

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India: Community Disaster Resilience Fund (CDRF)

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. The initiative was formally announced by the National Disaster Management Authority of India with ProVention

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Sri Lanka: Humanitarian aid for victims of civil war

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. 10 square kilometres) for internally displaced persons; however, humanitarian aid workers do not have access to the zone.A hospital in Puthukkudiyiruppu supported by the International Committee of the Red
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Sri Lanka: Ground View Feb 2009

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

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Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP): Appeal 2009 for Sri Lanka


1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY / UPDATE

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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India + 3 others
Asian cities team up to prepare for climate change

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

AlertNet:



For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit www.trust.org/alertnet

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India: ACT Appeal - Relief and rehabilitation following Tamil Nadu Cyclone Nisha - ASIN85 Revision 1

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. These people have been evacuated

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Sri Lanka: World Bank housing project found wanting

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. Some 34,000 houses were damaged.

The Bank has been involved in a US$150

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Afghanistan + 4 others
A year of tragedies and triumphs for South Asia's children

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

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ACT Appeal: India Relief and rehabilitation following Tamil Nadu Cyclone Nisha - ASIN85

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. These people have been evacuated

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Guatemala + 5 others
New World Bank and OCHA book to help enhance national capacity for disaster response

"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. Data Against Natural Disasters highlights

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Sri Lanka: Trapped and mistreated - LTTE abuses against civilians in the Vanni

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. But now they stop everyone,

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