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Pakistan’s state of Punjab makes fortification mandatory

GAIN’s work in improving nutrition in Pakistan received a massive boost today with the announcement that the state of Punjab is making the fortification of wheat flour mandatory.

This success comes as a result of the Punjab Food Authority, part of the Government of Punjab, approving standards for wheat flour fortification.

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Pakistan's Baluchistan separatists demand Scots-style vote

09/19/2014 14:45 GMT

QUETTA, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - Baluch separatist leaders on Friday called on Pakistan to follow in Britain's footsteps by holding a referendum similar to Scotland's on granting independence to the insurgency-wracked province.

Scots rejected independence in a vote that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact despite a surge in nationalist support in the final fortnight of the campaign.

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Six polio cases confirmed

By Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: The Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health confirmed another six polio cases on Thursday, raising the number of cases reported this year to 164.

A 13-month-old girl, of Mera Aka Khel in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency, has been reported to have contracted the virus.

The second victim is an eight-month-old boy, of Aka Khel, also of Khyber Agency.

Two cases, a 12-month-old boy is from Razmak tehsil in North Waziristan and the other, a seven-month-old girl is from Wana tehsil in South Waziristan.

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Two new polio cases reported from Karachi

By Tanvir Ahmad Khan

KARACHI: Two new polio cases were confirmed from Karachi on Thursday, raising the total number of cases in Sindh to 14 this year, officials said.

The first case was from Union Council No.8 of Gadap Town where a 10-month-old child named Omer tested positive for polio. Omer had been vaccinated for the virus once before.

Omer’s case is one of the few across Pakistan where children had been administered at least one dose of the oral vaccine but still tested positive for the crippling disease.

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30 primary schools in Rawalpindi run by one teacher each

RAWALPINDI: When it comes to prioritise the areas for spending public funds, the ruling PML-N has always opted for flashy projects.

A similar trend is also seen in the Rawalpindi district where the provincial government has launched the Rs44 billion metro bus project but virtually closed its eyes towards the education sector.

At a time when the education department is enjoying the strength of around 20,000 schoolteachers, there are 30 primary schools in the district which are being run by only one teacher each, putting the future of the students at a stake.

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54 dengue patients reported in Punjab

TOBA TEK SINGH: Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq has said that 54 dengue patients have been reported in Punjab while the anti-dengue awareness campaign is also underway.

During his surprise visit to the Rural Health Centre in Nawan Lahore on Thursday, he took notice of the absence of the medical officer from the duty and asked the EDO (Health) to submit MO’s report to him.

He also expressed concern over a theft of the RHC ambulance and directed the officials concerned to send him a report at the earliest.

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Floods destroy homes and livelihoods in Pakistan

By Andy Goss, Islamabad

Late monsoon rains earlier this month have unleashed a devastating flood, inundating large areas of Pakistan and affecting around two million people in a disaster that continues to unfold.

The Government’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) says close to 44,000 homes have been destroyed and more than 1.5 million acres of standing crops lost. So far, about 300 people have died.

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Chairman NDMA Visit To Punjnad Headwork and Sukkur Barrage

Islamabad :

Presently Punjnad Headwork is at high floods with water moving steadily downstream to Guddu.

In order to assess the situation on ground Chairman NDMA, Major General Saeed Aleem visited Multan and Panjnad Headworks today. The NDMA officials were briefed on the latest flood situation including the damages caused, area affected and the relief activities in hand jointly by the provincial and federal departments.

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Monsoon Weather/River Situations (Provincial Disaster Management Authority, 17th September, 2014 )

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WEATHER SITUATION
As per Pakistan Meteorological Department,

Weather Synoptic Continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. Seasonal low lies over north Baluchistan and adjoining areas.

Weather next 24 hrs Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, rain-thunderstorm accompanied by windstorm is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Gujranwala divisions.

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Pakistan floods affect 2.3 million

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Humanitarian teams are working alongside local government authorities to assess needs after a 'super-flood' wreaked havoc throughout Punjab, the most populous province.

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Red Crescent provides cooked food to 65,000, starts provision of non-food items to 100,000 flood victims

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has provided cooked food to over 65,000 while 100, 000 flood victims are being provided non-food items in the flood affected areas of Punjab and AJK besides six Mobile Health Units are working in the field with life saving medicines worth PKR One Billion.

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13 polio cases detected in a day

By Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: As many as 13 new cases of polio were confirmed on Tuesday by the Polio Virology Laboratory of the National Institute of Health, taking the total number of cases detected this year to 158.

An official of the Prime Minister’s Monitoring and Coordination Cell for Polio said that seven of the cases were reported from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), three from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and one case each from Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan.

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Health emergency in eight Sindh districts for floods

By Hasan Mansoor

KARACHI: The provincial health department has initially identified eight districts of Sindh threatened by flood, which has wreaked havoc in Punjab, and declared a health emergency across Sindh with the main focus on these eight northern districts, officials said here on Saturday.

They said the eight districts being considered vulnerable to the coming floods were: Ghotki, Sukkur, Khairpur, Naushahro Firoz, Kashmore, Larkana, Jacobabad and Shikarpur.

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No official help for Chiniot village

By Aurangzeb Malik

CHINIOT: We took warning announcements by the district administration to vacate the village lightly as the previous floods had inflicted no major damage on our area. But when the super flood hit our village, we could not find a place to go to. We climbed to rooftops from where boats and helicopters rescued us.

This was said by Ahmad Ali, a 70-year-old resident of Thatta Shashu village on the bank of the Chenab. He said he had not witnessed such a devastating flood in his life; even the flood of 1972 was not this massive.

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Chenab peak ebbs; threat to Sindh eases

By Intikhab Hanif | Majeed Gill | Malik Tehseen Raza

LAHORE/MUZAFFAR­GARH/BAHAWALPUR: The weakened peak in Chenab River crossed Panjnad on Tuesday without harming it, but wreaked havoc deep into the heart of southern Punjab.

The discharge in the river at Panjnad was about 450,000 cusecs because of breaches made at several points upstream and downstream Trimu, diverting the floodwater to human settlements to reduce the fury of the river. The discharge was earlier estimated at 700,000 cusecs.

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UNICEF Helps Generate Demand for Immunization and Promotes Positive Health Behaviours among Marginalized Communities

By Fatima Shahryar

Jacobabad - Sindh - Sept 2014: Mai Sakeena (40) has four sons and six grandchildren. A resident of village Sardar Shah in Jacobabad District, she has spent most of her life without access to basic resources essential for a healthy life. However, she now is a role model for women of her community having adapted positive health behaviours being inculcated by UNICEF among marginalised communities.

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Restore Death Penalty Moratorium

Planned Execution a Cruel Step Backward

(New York) – The Pakistani government should immediately halt a planned execution and officially reinstate its moratorium on the death penalty, Human Rights Watch said today. The execution of Shoaib Sarwar, scheduled for September 18, 2014, will end Pakistan’s unofficial six-year death penalty moratorium by civilian courts and return Pakistan to the dwindling ranks of countries imposing capital punishment.

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Assessment in Flood Hit Areas Commenced By NDMA in collaboration with Humanitarian Partners Islamabad

In line with the directions of the Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, NDMA in collaboration with humanitarian partners has initiated process of Multi Sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) to assess the damages in the districts of Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Chiniot, Jhang and Multan which have been identified by the government of the Punjab to indicate humanitarian needs and damages to the community infrastructure in the flood hit areas and further to ensure more effective response by collecting information and support government to use appropriate resources where required.

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Flood-affected families assisted in Pakistan

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Islamic Relief has begun distributing much needed aid to flood-affected families in Pakistan.

Working in the Haveli district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), our emergency teams have now provided relief items – including tents and kitchen sets – to vulnerable families in Hotter village, Chanjal union council.

The distribution is set to continue in other communities in the coming days, with Islamic Relief planning to extend its emergency response to reach the worst-hit families in Punjab.

Millions affected across two countries

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Rescue Relief Continues in Flood Hit Areas

Islamabad: The flood water entered Muzaffargarh city after hitting Taliri canal and spreading in surrounding areas of Muradabad and Thatha Sialan. In order to release pressure from the canal, the district administration breached Doaba dyke at two places yesterday to save Muzaffargarh city.