A major flood protection project will be constructed in Sur to prevent a repeat of the death and devastation caused by flood events of recent years, including the tropical storms of 2007 and 2010. Under plans drawn up by the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, the flood protection scheme will comprise of a number of components at the heart of which is a new dam that will be constructed across Wadi Rafsah.
This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2011
To increase and maintain Pakistan Red Crescent Society’s (PRCS) preparedness and response capacity to ensure 35,000 people have access to goods, services and support in the days following a natural disaster, and to initiate community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) sensitisation in 12 vulnerable districts in support of PRCS community resilience approach to disaster management.
Press Release No:2011/293/SAR
NEW DELHI, January 14, 2011 - More than one million people living in the coastal areas of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh are set to benefit from a program financed by the World Bank to provide $255 million to support the first phase of the Government of India's national program to mitigate the impact of cyclones.
World Bank Group President, Robert B. Zoellick, joined India's Finance Minister, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, and Mr. M.
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Written by: AlertNet correspondent
By Nilanjana Bhowmick
NEW DELHI (AlertNet) - When cyclone Aila hit the coastal village where Naseema lived in May last year, salt water invaded the paddy fields and fisheries, taking away her husband's work as a day labourer.
Her children contracted skin infections and severe diarrhoea after using water from a contaminated tube well in the village.
The South Asia region is home to half of the world's population and is a region of great socio-economic contrasts as well as cultural and political diversity. The region includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and remains one of the most disadvantaged regions of the world. Situated on the most seismic-active crusts on earth, the frequency and magnitude of natural disasters in South Asia is high and continues to increase as a result of rapid and uncontrolled urbanization, deforestation and the effects of climate change.
This plan supports the core programmes of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) for 2011, building on the previous biennial plan. It focuses on the four core areas of disaster management; health and care; organizational development; and the promotion of humanitarian principles and values.
The first annual plan in four years was launched in 2010. Prior to that, no Federation support plan was launched due to the ongoing operations for the earthquake in October 2005, Cyclone Yemyin/floods in July 2007.
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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.
This report covers the period 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2010.
Programme outcome: To increase the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) capacity to assist National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reduce the number of deaths, injuries and the impact of disasters through the timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.
Programme(s) summary: At 30 June 2010, IFRC had made 73 allocations from the DREF to support 67 different operations for a total of 11,285,280 Swiss francs bringing assistance to over …
Note: The last fact sheet was dated May 26, 2010. KEY DEVELOPMENTS
- Government of Pakistan (GoP) authorities continue to register internally displaced persons (IDPs) willing to return from Dera Ismail (D.I.) Khan and Tank districts, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK)-formerly named North-West Frontier Province-to areas of origin in South Waziristan Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). As of July 9, authorities had registered 15,600 individuals for return, including 6,600 IDPs in Tank District and 9,000 others in D.I.
JOHANNESBURG, 8 July 2010 (IRIN) - The La Niña phenomenon has officially arrived and disaster response teams around the world might need to brace themselves for heavier monsoons, bigger and more frequent hurricanes, and angrier cyclones.
"There is global consensus that we are at the beginning of a La Niña, but we cannot pronounce the intensity of the event yet - we have to wait for it to evolve," said Rupa Kumar Kolli, Chief of the World Climate Applications and Services Division at the World Meteorological …
Note: This Information Bulletin has been compiled through various sources and is solely for information purposes.
'Monsoon' refers to the seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation. Monsoon winds blow from cold to warm regions because cold air takes up more space than warm air.
KETI BANDAR, 30 June 2010 (IRIN) - Experts have warned that coastal communities in the southern Pakistan province of Sindh, already affected by Cyclone Phet on 6 June, face further homelessness, food insecurity and the threat of water-borne diseases in the upcoming monsoon.
Sindh's Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has declared an emergency in the districts of Karachi, Thatta, Badin, Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas and Umerkot.
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Summary: CHF 192,872 (USD 166,717 or EUR 139,717) was allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 8 June 2010 to support the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to at least 1,000 families (7,000 beneficiaries) affected by the Cyclone PHET and the floods.
A joint rapid assessment was carried out by the PRCS and International Federation country office in the …
By Saleem Shaikh
KARACHI: A huge quantity of recently procured wheat has been damaged during recent rains in many parts of the province, while quality of the grain packed in polymer bags is eroding, causing financial loss to the government.
Heavy rains in the wake of recent cyclone, which hit coastal areas of Badin and Thatta districts, damaged millions of tons of wheat lying in the open.
WASHINGTON, DC, June 22, 2010 - The World Bank today approved a $255 million assistance for the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (I) (NCRMP-I) in support of the first phase of the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Program. The objective of the program is to help India mitigate the risks and vulnerability of its people to natural disasters, especially cyclones.
By Manipadma Jena
BHUBANESWAR, India (AlertNet) - India's mineral-rich Orissa State is fast becoming a hub for investment.