HCT – Strategic Response Plan 2015 Food Security and Livelihoods
These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.
Fighting on the ground is spreading throughout the country. Air strikes are continuing and more and more civilians are losing their lives to land mines.
Snapshot 25 August–1 September 2015
Papua New Guinea: 1.8 million people have been affected by prolonged dry spell and frost in the Highlands region; 1.3 million are reported to be most at risk. Crops have been destroyed, and several chools and health facilities have been closed due to water shortages. The affected population is reported to be resorting to less reliable sources of drinking water.
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More than 2000 participants (from the governments, civil society, NGOs and International organizations) of six countries from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar and Bhutan) were gathered from May 30th till June 1st 2015 for the first South Asia Right to Food Conference, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
In June, with the arrival of the fresh wheat harvest in markets, prices of wheat has recorded significant decrease.
The headline CPI on a yearly basis increased by 3.2 %, while CPI for food rose by 7.4%.
The prices of non-cereal food commodities showed a mixed trend with most commodities registering an increase.
Due to a decrease in the wheat flour price, the Terms-of-Trade (ToT) registered some improvement in June.
Media Cell, PDMA: The relief activities in the flood affected remote areas of District Chitral were accelerated with special focus on the provision of food items, evacuation of people and restoring of civic facilities including roads, bridges, irrigation channels and water supply schemes. Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) requisitioned two helicopters on the special request of Provincial Government (PDMA) to carryout relief & rescue operations in remote and cutoff areas of District Chitral.
Geneva / Islamabad, 28 August 2015: Today, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an emergency appeal to support efforts by the Pakistan Red Crescent Society to provide emergency assistance to thousands of people affected by flooding in various areas of Pakistan.
By Majda Shabbir, IFRC
The roadside was populated with men and women, young and old, who had taken refuge on higher ground after rains washed away everything they ever owned. In the middle of the night, around 400 families fled from a flash flood caused by a torrential downpour, taking with them the few belongings they could salvage. This was the scene in Rajanpur district in southern Punjab, an area susceptible to sudden flash-floods due to its location at the foothills of the Suleiman Range.
Increased rainfall across Hispaniola due to tropical storm activity
Africa Weather Hazards
Widespread, heavy rainfall over the past few weeks has caused flooding over local areas of West Africa. Heavy rain is forecast to continue during the next week, elevating flooding risks over many already saturated areas.
Significant rainfall is forecast to continue over eastern Chad and western Sudan, heightening risks for localized flooding and potential waterborne disease outbreaks.