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.
Islamabad, Pakistan | 06:48 GMT
by Nasir Jaffry with Parvaiz Bukhari in Srinagar
At least 10 civilians were killed Friday as India and Pakistan traded fire across their disputed border, officials said, less than a week after high-level talks were aborted amid a row over Kashmir.
Six died near the city of Sialkot in Pakistan's Punjab province and at least four villagers were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir. Officials said more than 50 were wounded.
Bangkok ‒ The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge 2015 is now open for applications to encourage Impact Enterprises (IEs) to show how they are building peace through market-based solutions for development challenges. Six IEs will win the Challenge and get a chance to showcase their work at a special UNDP-hosted event in New York.
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.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug 27 (UNHCR) – Ghulam Sakhi, 45, had mixed feelings about going back to Afghanistan after 25 long years living as a refugee in Pakistan.
However, like most refugees who choose to return to Afghanistan, Sakhi is optimistic about the future of his country. His hopes of a brighter future for his homeland outweigh any lingering doubts.
As a result, Sakhi found himself leading a group of 62 Afghan refugee families (265 Ind) who opted to return to Herat under the UN refugee agency's Facilitated Group Returns (FGR) programme.
Agency Reports and Open Source Data
Most of our knowledge about humanitarian security hot spots comes from publicly-reported events. This briefing summarizes confidential information from 10 agencies about a range of security events, from those that severely affect staff to those that affect agencies’ ability to deliver aid.
KABUL: Representatives of the Governments of the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan and Pakistan and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today in Kabul reaffirmed their commitment to the principle of voluntary repatriation, in safety and dignity, to end the protracted stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The parties recognized that many of those remaining in Pakistan are second and third generation refugees, for whom repatriation may pose special challenges, particularly those who have resided in urban areas for the past three decades.
In 2010, catastrophic floods swept down the length of Pakistan, bringing devastation to millions. As they ebbed, the 3,400 residents of Bharat Khas and Dil Nawaz Bharat, both in Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, faced an altered landscape. The two villages now stood on either bank of a brand new stream. On one side of the torrent was Bharat Khas, which hosted the local health centre. On the other, Dil Nawaz Bharat was the site of a primary school for girls.
Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015
Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.
Belgrade, SERBIA | AFP | Thursday 8/27/2015 - 03:25 GMT
by Katarina SUBASIC
Gordan Paunovic couldn't sleep the night after he met a Syrian refugee family in a Belgrade park, where hundreds of migrants pause for a rest before continuing their journey towards EU.
"I wondered all night if I should have invited some of them into my home, to offer them a shower and to spend at least one night in a bed," he recalls.
The next day he and his wife Susanne Simon-Paunovic went back to the park with a lunch for the family.
ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday assisted a group of 550 registered Afghan refugees in returning to Afghanistan’s Herat.
The repatriation took place under the Facilitated Group Return (FGR) initiative, and the refugees were repatriated from UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation centre in Baleli, Quetta.
“Voluntary repatriation is a cornerstone of the Solution Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR),” said Dinesh Lal Shrestha, head of UNHCR Balochistan.