General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.
Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.
In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.
Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.
Snapshot 10–16 December
Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.
Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.
Snapshot 3–9 December
Philippines: Category 5 Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made landfall on 6 December over the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar province (Eastern Philippines). At least 49 of 81 provinces are potentially at high risk. The typhoon is moving very slowly, potentially subjecting each community in the path of the typhoon to high winds and torrential rainfall for much longer. 1.1 million people are affected.
Tout le monde se souvient de ce qu’il faisait ce jour-là, quand les images ont déferlé quasiment en direct dans les foyers. C’était il y a 10 ans. Le 26 décembre 2004 se produisait le plus grave tsunami de l’histoire : les côtes d'Indonésie, du Sri Lanka et du sud de l'Inde, ainsi que l'ouest de la Thaïlande étaient dévastées en quelques heures.
Niger: 10,000 refugees arrived in Diffa region from Damasack, Nigeria. Most were fleeing forced recruitment by Boko Haram, and some unaccompanied children were reported. More than 105,000 people have arrived from Nigeria since May 2013, and the rate is increasing. The newly displaced are in a critical situation, and Diffa faces serious gaps in service provision.
El Programa Mundial de Alimentos –PMA-, en coordinación con instituciones de Gobierno ONGs y agencias de Naciones Unidas, realizó una evaluación de seguridad alimentaria y nutricional en emergencia (ESAE).
1.2 millones de personas en municipios adicionales (no contemplados en evaluación de Gobierno) afectados de las zonas de Oriente y Occidente podrían estar en inseguridad alimentaria moderada o severa según la ESAE.
NEW YORK, 21 novembre 2014 – Un nouveau partenariat entre le Groupe de la Banque mondiale et l’Alliance mondiale pour des réchauds écologiques (Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves) s’emploiera à promouvoir l’adoption de modes de cuisson « propres » par 100 millions de ménages. Pour préparer leurs repas, ces ménages utilisaient jusqu’ici des fourneaux de faible rendement et des combustibles solides.
CIUDAD DE NUEVA YORK, 21 de noviembre de 2014. Una nueva e importante alianza entre el Grupo Banco Mundial y la Alianza mundial para la utilización de cocinas ecológicas (GACC, por su sigla en inglés) impulsará un proceso de transición para que 100 millones de hogares que aún utilizan cocinas ineficientes y combustibles sólidos para preparar los alimentos adopten maneras de cocinar no contaminantes.
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.
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 .