Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.
Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.
Policy-makers and international agencies are currently negotiating the details of the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), which is to be agreed at Sendai, Japan in March 2015. The zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) now explicitly promotes the integration of gender, age, disability and cultural perspectives into DRR. It acknowledges the need to manage differential levels of vulnerability and exposure, and the need to empower vulnerable groups to participate in decision-making and implementation.
EFICOR with its dedicated team reached 13741 households in Jammu & Kashmir that was devastated by one of the worst floods in 106 years. Access to local communities has been major bottleneck so the team used different modes of transportation to reach the affected places. Trucks helped in wading across the water logged areas in some places and whereas in other places boats were used to reach places situated on the banks of lakes and river Jhelum.
NEW YORK CITY, November 21, 2014 - A major new partnership between the World Bank Group and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves will work to spur a transition to clean cooking for 100 million households, which still use inefficient cookstoves and solid fuels for cooking.
The global breeding programme for taro (Colocasia esculenta) and cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) is gathering pace. The International Network for Edible Aroids (INEA) is part of the five-year project Adapting clonally propagated crops to climatic and commercial changes funded by the European Union (EU).
November 20, 2014
Our response to the recent floods in India and Pakistan has enabled affected families in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir to meet their basic needs – and to overcome the impact of the disaster.
In early October, Qatar Charity provided distribution of emergency relief assistance for the victims of the September floods in Jammu and Kashmir, northern India.
The villages of Arigatnoo and Tehsil Kulgam, District Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir were the primary distribution locations with 4,000 people benefiting from food parcels, which included rice, flour, lentils, onions, sugar and powdered milk, bread and oil, in addition to other materials such as kitchen equipment, candles and other non-food items.
By David Tereshchuk*
November 18, 2014—In September of this year, South Asia’s worst monsoon season in 50 years caused torrential flooding and landslides that killed hundreds of people in India and Pakistan, and displaced many thousands from their homes.
In India-administered Kashmir—a region that for decades has been disputed territory between the two countries, and where the rains were especially severe—at least 120 people died and 200,000 were left homeless.
Snapshot 12–18 November
Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:33 GMT
Author: Ashutosh Sharma
JAMMU, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With seasonal snowfall expected any day now, the 90 or so families who inhabit the isolated mountain village of Hill Kaka are worried they won’t have enough to eat during the coming winter.
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Rotary District 3020 (Andhra Pradesh, India) has created a disaster relief fund to help victims along the east coast of India after Cyclone Hudhud hammered the region on 13 October. The storm, packing wind speeds of 120 miles per hour, killed more than 40 people, displaced tens of thousands, and caused billions of dollars in damage.
The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2015/01000
AMOUNT: EUR 23 000 000
This HIP covers the response to natural and man-made disasters as well as disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and resilience activities in South Asia. For the response to natural and man-made disasters, this HIP focuses largely on Bangladesh, India and Nepal, with the potential for interventions to new disasters also in Sri Lanka .
Snapshot 5–11 November
Central African Republic: About 20,000 displaced people are seeking refuge in isolated rural areas in Ouham province following the arrival of armed groups in Boguila, Kouki and Nana Bakassa on 25 October. Nearly 1,000 people have been displaced since July in Bambari following violence in Batobadja and Matchika, and 4,000 have been displaced since January to Berberati town in Mambere province.
Guatemala, 07 de Noviembre 2014
Estados Unidos e India realizaron hoy donativos por un total de 5.3 millones de dólares para auxiliar a las casi 300,000 familias afectadas por la sequía que azotó a Guatemala en julio y agosto de este año, informó una fuente oficial.
El Gobierno de Estados Unidos entregó 5.1 millones de dólares para los afectados a través de la Agencia para el Desarrollo Internacional de Estados Unidos (Usaid) y por medio del Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA).
Snapshot 29 October – 4 November
Yemen: As a government was agreed by Houthi and other opposition parties, the Southern Movement announced a merger to represent all southerners in the campaign for independence. Houthi insurgents attacked the Sunni opposition Al Islah party headquarters in Ibb, while Al Qaeda killed 18 Yemeni troops during an attack in Hudaydah.
DFID spent £192.8 million on nutrition in 2012 and this is expected to more than double by 2015. DFID has committed £3.3 billion to nutrition in 2013-20 and aims to contribute to a dramatic reduction in the high levels of global undernutrition. To achieve this, DFID has supported global action, invested in projects and generated evidence on new solutions.
Tropical cyclone Hudhud is moving over the Bay of Bengal, heading toward the southeastern coast of India, between Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. As of 10 October, it had sustained maximum wind speed of 204km/h and its centre was located over central Bay of Bengal, approximately 732km southeast of Vishakhapatnam in northern Andhra Pradesh. A cyclone alert is in effect for north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
•Delayed and erratic monsoon rains anticipated to reduce slightly 2014 “kharif” season cereal production
•Cereal exports forecast to decrease considerably in 2014/15 marketing year (April/March)
•Rice and wheat prices generally stable but at high levels
•Foods and high food prices cause food insecurity levels to increase
Appeal Target: US$712,812
Balance Requested: US$488,048
Geneva, 31 October 2014