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The eight-fold path to gender inclusion

Development workers often do not have the tools to better integrate gender issues into water planning. Here are tips to help from two women who have created gender-inclusive water management systems.

"The men say that the well is perennial", I said. "Do you use it"? "No", replied the women. "It might be perennial, but the water is unclean. Our dals don't cook, and there are sometimes worms in the water".

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This story was first published on India Water Portal, an initiative supported by Arghyam. IWP is India’s largest resource and platform focused on water issues.

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J&K floods: Rulers of 'paradise' fight over medicines, baby food

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Times of India

Suhas Munshi,TNN | Sep 18, 2014, 05.18 AM IST

SRINAGAR: The Islamia High School in Rajouri Kadal, a 10-minute drive from Kashmir University, is spread across half-an-acre. On Wednesday, it had women and children strolling and lounging themselves on spare green patches. Some were nursing their babies, some trying to set up homes. They'll probably have to live here for the next one month. Their houses around the Dal lake are still submerged.

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Medical Relief Operation Stepped up in J&K

Relief operations have been stepped up after the visit of the Union health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to Jammu on 13th September, 2014 and Srinagar on 14th September, 2014 to review the ongoing relief activities. The Minister met the Governor, Chief Minister, Health Minister, Chief Secretary & Health Secretary. He advised the State Government on Public Health Measures that need to be taken to prevent communicable disease outbreaks. To improve the outreach services, HFM recommended that boats may be mobilised to send medical supplies.

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Relief operations in J&K: Focus on Srinagar, other areas neglected

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Times of India

Sameer Arshad,TNN

ANANTNAG: Mushtaq Ahmad Dar had just received three truckloads of supplies of fibreglass, cement and other hardware material for his shop in Anantnag's Lal Chowk area when the town came under water earlier this month.

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Omar Abdullah thanks Centre, says his govt will function from Thursday

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Times of India

Sanjay Khajuria & M Saleem Pandit,TNN

SRINAGAR/JAMMU: The armed forces and the NDRF rescued over 2,34,000 flood-hit people in Jammu & Kashmir as relief efforts continued on Monday. But authorities pointed out continuing scarcity of drinking water, warning its unavailability could lead to outbreak of epidemics that could cost human lives.

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J&K floods: Water purification plants sent by govt

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Times of India

Dipak K Dash,TNN

NEW DELHI: Considering that restoring drinking water supply to the flood hit areas in J&K will take long, the Centre has transported four mobile water purification plants, each purifying about 1 lakh litres of river water every day for consumption. Another 20 such water purifying machines with 20,000 litre capacity will be airlifted from Hyderabad to Srinagar on Monday morning.

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Round up at 1800 Hrs --- Jammu – Srinagar Highway Opened for Traffic Number of People Rescued Crosses 2,37,000 in J&K (16 September 2014)

Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, NH-1A has been opened for traffic today, by the sustained efforts of Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and Army Engineers. The major impediment to opening the NH was a massive landslide at Ramsoo near Ramban, where over 300 metres of road had been entirely washed away leaving a sheer cliff of 80 degrees slope. Undeterred, the engineers worked night and day to make a new passage through the mountain slope. This led to the crossing over of more than 150 stranded vehicles which moved from Banihal to Jammu.

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World + 52 others
Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Disease threatens as Kashmir flood waters turn fetid

  • Rotting animal carcasses major source of concern

  • Stagnant water filling streets week after floods

  • Authorities bring in pumps, water purification kits (Adds details on relief operation, cholera warning)

By Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Indian emergency workers on Monday battled to prevent waterborne diseases like cholera from spreading as fetid water swilled around the Kashmir valley more than a week after the worst flooding in more than a century.

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Round up at 1800 Hrs - Number of People Rescued Crosses 2,34,000 in J&K (15 September 2014)

More Heavy Duty Suction Pumps And Ro Plants Being Airlifted To The Valley

Over 2,34,000 persons have been rescued so far by the Armed Forces and NDRF from different parts of Jammu & Kashmir in the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the flood ravaged State. Three teams of Naval Marine Commandos are actively involved in rescue operations at Watlab, Widipura & Tankpura.

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15 Sept : Round up at 1300 hrs - Number of People Rescued Crosses 2,26,000 in J&K

More Heavy Duty Suction Pumps and RO Plants Being Airlifted to the Valley

Over 2,26,000 persons have been rescued so far by the Armed Forces and NDRF from different parts of Jammu & Kashmir in the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the flood ravaged State.

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Responding to devastating floods in Kashmir

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Mercy Corps

Days of torrential rain in Kashmir — a Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan — have caused the worst flooding there in half a century, and left at least 450 people dead across both countries.

Approximately 1.5 million people throughout the region have been affected by the catastrophic floods, which submerged some 350 villages. More than 500,000 people are stranded in the higher areas of Srinagar, the capital of India-administered Kashmir and one of the cities most devastated by the deadly waters.

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Floods in South Asia

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Oxfam

Millions of people across South Asia have been affected by the massive floods of August and September 2014.

Donate online now to Oxfam's Disaster Response Fund. This ensures that Oxfam can quickly respond wherever and whenever the need is greatest.

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National Disaster Response Force has rescued 49,990 people so far

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has rescued 49,990 people till today. Five mobile medical units have been opened by NDRF in Srinagar which have treated 1200 patients. In continuation with the post disaster airlifting of food, 60,000 food packets were despatched. Besides this 3.3 MT consisting of Namkeen, biscuits and bread were sent. 15 tonnes of dry food consisting of gur, chevda, roasted gram and biscuits were sent. Further 5.5 tons of roasted gram was also airlifted. Thus the total food airlifted today was 60,000 food packets and 23.83 tonnes.

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Round up at 1700 Hrs --- Over 1,84,000 People Rescued So Far by Armed Forces More Heavy Duty Suction Pumps Being Airlifted to the Valley

Over 1,84,000 persons have been rescued so far by the Armed Forces and NDRF from different parts of Jammu & Kashmir in the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the flood ravaged State.

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Emergency Response Team Bringing Medical Care to Flood Survivors in Jammu & Kashmir

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AmeriCares

First delivery of medical supplies to be followed by more shipments and long-term interventions

With monsoon rains triggering major flooding and landslides in Jammu and Kashmir, AmeriCares India is sending an emergency response team to provide vital medical care to survivors. The early death toll stands at 215 and over 110,000 people have been rescued from record flooding in the north that has crippled communications and heavily damaged critical infrastructure.

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Rains lash valley again, Jhelum level rises, relief operations hampered

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Times of India

M Saleem Pandit,TNN | Sep 15, 2014, 03.15 AM IST

SRINAGAR: Anxiety grew on Sunday with fresh rains lashing the Valley, the Jhelum rising, and the weatherman predicting more downpours with thunder and lightning for the next five to seven days across the state - a situation unfavorable for effective rescue work.