H i g h l i g h t s
The upward trend in the prices of wheat and wheat flour continued in November 2015; an increase of 3% and 2% was recorded in the prices of wheat and wheat flour respectively compared to the previous month.
Most non-cereal food commodities also observed increase in prices.
The general as well as food inflation, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), increased by 2.7% and 2.2% respectively on annual basis, while on month-on-month basis, the former increased by 0.6% and later by 1.2% in November 2015.
Summary of WFP assistance:
By Kamila Hyat
THARPARKAR DISTRICT, Pakistan, 4 February 2016 (IRIN) - At least 139 children died of waterborne disease in January in Pakistan's impoverished desert district of Tharparkar, which has been devastated by drought since 2013.
KARACHI: Sindh health officials have confirmed the death of a total of 143 children aged up to five years in Tharparkar district because of malnutrition and other causes since October last year.
In a report compiled by the health department, the death toll during the last month has been put at 40.
The official figures show that 31 children died in October, 28 in November and 44 in December last year.
The report said that a total of 2,599 children were admitted to hospitals and dispensaries in the districts over the past four months.
Snapshot 27 January – 2 February 2016
Boko Haram in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad: 86 people were killed and 62 injured, with 15 missing after Boko Haram set fire to Dalori, near Maiduguri in Borno state. The past week also saw attacks in Chibok that left 13 dead and 30 injured. 40 civilians were reported dead after Cameroonian troops announced they were carrying out a search for BH militants in the area. In Cameroon, 52 people were killed in BH attacks in January. In Chad, two suicide bombings in Lac region left three dead and 56 wounded.
This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 69 countries in the fourth quarter of 2015 (October to December). The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.
• During Q4-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by a further 15.2 percent year-on-year because of abundant supplies and sluggish demand. The index returned to the level seen before the food price crisis of 2007-08.
The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, recently contributed $20 million to support the provision of food to approximately 1.2 million temporary displaced persons of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, 75,000 earthquake-affected individuals, and 153,500 malnourished women and children in Pakistan.
MITHI: The toll of children’s deaths widely being attributed to a food shortage or lack of proper health facilities in Tharparkar rose to 127 since Jan 1 with six more fatalities reported from different areas on Thursday.
- 6,541 Refugees registered since the outbreak of the crisis
- 2,780 Registered females.
- 2,456 Registered children and adolescents.
MITHI: The outbreak of water-borne and viral diseases in the drought-hit Tharparkar district took lives of two women and eight more children on Wednesday, raising the death toll to 121 this month.
The water-borne diseases and malnutrition teamed up with the cold weather caused the children to lose their lives in different areas of the district.
An infant died in village Bhadaar Halepoto while two newborns were reported dead in Khensar and Gogasar village.
(Kabul, 27 January 2016): The humanitarian community in Afghanistan is seeking US$393 million to meet, through collective and coordinated action in 2016, the acute life-saving needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized Afghans. Support related to food as well as access to health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation will reach an estimated 3.5 million people under the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Afghanistan. “I look back with admiration on the tireless efforts that the humanitarian community have made in 2015.
Regional Office 2016 Requirements: US$5,700,000
Burundi: As the security situation continues to deteriorate, the UN Security Council has expressed concern over possible mass atrocities and ethnic violence. Clashes continues in several areas of the country. Burundian refugees in DRC expressed fears over possible cross-border attacks by government forces.