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Gestión del riesgo de desastres para un desarrollo con capacidad de adaptación

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World Bank

Los desastres naturales afectan en forma desproporcionada a las personas pobres y vulnerables. A la luz de la alarmante tendencia mundial que apunta hacia un aumento en las pérdidas debido a estos fenómenos, la gestión de los desastres y el riesgo climático (DRM, por sus siglas en inglés) está cada vez más presente en las actividades del Banco Mundial. Las inversiones ayudan a proteger millones de vidas y medios de sustento y salvaguardar el crecimiento en sectores socioeconómicos clave.

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Gérer les risques de catastrophe pour protéger le développement

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Les catastrophes frappent majoritairement les populations pauvres et vulnérables. Face à l’aggravation préoccupante des pertes dues aux catastrophes de par le monde, la gestion des risques de catastrophe tient une place croissante dans les opérations de la Banque mondiale. Les investissements contribuent à protéger des millions de personnes ainsi que leurs moyens de subsistance, et à préserver la croissance dans les secteurs socio-économiques clés.

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Polio virus from Afghanistan found in Peshawar water

PESHAWAR/MARDAN: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Sharam Khan Tarakai said on Sunday that polio virus from Afghanistan had been found in water samples in Peshawar and they had requested the federal government to ask the neighbouring country to take emergency steps to stop transportation of virus to the city which had recently been cleared of poliovirus.

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Two more gunned down in Quetta targeted killing

QUETTA: In yet another incident of targeted killing, armed militants killed two people in Quetta's troubled Sariab road area on Tuesday, police said.

Armed motorcyclists opened fire at a barber shop, killing two people. A child outside the barber shop also sustained serious bullet wounds and was rushed to Civil Hospital Quetta for medical treatment.

Imran Qureshi, the Superintendent of Police told Dawn.com that the victims belonged to Punjab and were working on Sariab road for a long time.

“The assailants sped away on their motorcycle after the strike,” he said.

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Sindh PDMA Situation Update, 14 April 2014

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GOVERNMENT OF SINDH

REHABILITATION DEPARTMENT

PROVINCIAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY

Karachi Dated: 14th April, 2014

SITUATION UPDATE (2200 Hours)

 The relief activities in drought affected districts are in full swing. PDMA Sindh has so far provided 53,000 Family Ration Bags; 27000 to Tharparkar, 10,000 to Umerkot, 8,000 to Sanghar and 8,000 Family Ration Bags to district Khairpur.

 PDMA Sindh has fully met the districts’ requirement of ration bags i.e. 53000.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Canada Announces Support for Religious Freedom in Pakistan

April 11, 2014 - Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, today concluded a successful visit to Pakistan where he announced two projects to be supported by the Religious Freedom Fund.

“Pakistan is a country with a multi-faith and multicultural character, which is similar in ways to Canada’s,” said Bennett. “We remain very concerned by repeated incidents of religiously motivated violence in Pakistan and the callous disregard of extremists for the rights of individuals of all faiths to practise their religion in peace and security.”

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PakVotes: A Social Media Experiment in Elections Monitoring

akVotes, an experimental project run by a Pakistani NGO and supported by USIP, brought social media platforms together with a network of reporters to track violence during Pakistan’s 2013 elections. The experience offers lessons for the future use of social media to publicize conflicts and violence during elections and other major events.

Summary

PakVotes, a pilot project supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), used social media platforms and a network of reporters located in areas outside of major cities in Pakistan to track violence during the 2013 elections.

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Early Warning System for coming Monsoon LoA signed between PMD & UNDP

A Letter of Agreement (LoA) is signed between The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Monday at PMD Headquarter. The purpose of LOA is to strengthen the “Early Warnings Dissemination during coming monsoon” under the Supporting Community Resilience (SCORE) Project”. The LoA was signed by Mr. Arif Mahmood, Director General PMD while UNDP was led by Mr. Herman Besgsme, CTA, DRR, The team of experts of PMD (Chief Meteorologists and Directors of different units), Mr.Qasim Naqvi, AFA, UNDP and Mr. Ahmed Kamal, Member,DRR, NDMA.

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Pakistan to use polio vaccine checkpoints in Taliban areas

04/14/2014 15:41 GMT

PESHAWAR, April 14, 2014 (AFP) - Pakistani officials said Monday they would begin administering polio vaccines to children at security checkpoints in the country's lawless tribal belt to protect against Taliban attacks.

The announcement was made at a ceremony to mark the launch of a three-day anti-polio campaign in the northwestern city of Peshawar, and is aimed at children from North Waziristan and other Taliban strongholds.

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Securing Sexual and Reproductive Health of drought-affected communities in the Sindh Arid Zone, Pakistan

April 8, 2014 New Delhi: Thar Desert of the Province of Sindh, Pakistan is under a severe drought since November 2013 affecting several towns and their population. The resultant crop failure has further triggered a severe shortage of food fodder and water which has taken a huge toll on the population’s health, particularly children and infants.

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Rs4bn for rebuilding houses in Awaran

SALEEM SHAHID

QUETTA: The Planning Commission of Pakistan has approved an allocation of Rs4 billion for the reconstruction of 16,000 houses in the earthquake-hit areas of Balochistan’s Awaran district.

Strong earthquakes struck the entire district twice — on Sept 24 and 28 last year — leaving thousands of people homeless, entire settlements destroyed and over 500 people dead and 700 injured.

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP), which met on Friday, also approved the project. The provincial government will launch the reconstruction on May 1.

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$7 million from Malala Fund for education project in remote areas

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: A number of people in the country may hold an uncharitable opinion about Malala Yousuzai’s worldwide efforts to promote girls’ education but the government has decided to make use of money from a fund set up by her for an education project.

The sceptics are not only laymen who doubt whether the young education activist was actually shot at by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) but also people holding powerful positions in the government who have downplayed her internationally recognised efforts.

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Empowering the Most Vulnerable and Marginalized

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From the initiation of its World Bank funded activities through the International Development Agency (IDA) in 2000 to the end of December 2013, the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) had disbursed a cumulative total of US$ 885 million to 120 Partner Organizations across the country. PPAF-III's development objective is to empower the targeted poor with increased incomes, improved productive capacity, and access to services to achieve sustainable livelihoods.

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Data shows Wednesday’s bomb attack on Islamabad market part of a bloody pattern

At least 22 people have been killed by yet another indiscriminate bomb attack in Pakistan, this time in a crowded market in Islamabad. The blast, occurring on Wednesday 9th April, also wounded over 100 others. The bombing occurred at eight o’clock in the morning, one of the busiest times for the fruit and vegetable market in the Sabzi Mandi area of the city.

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Pakistan: Polio alert in eight districts

LAHORE: The Health Department on Thursday declared eight districts, including Lahore, of Punjab highly sensitive for polio.

It also directed the executive district officers (health) of the identified districts to take special preventive measures for the eradication of the crippling disease.

The seven other districts, besides Lahore, are: Rawalpindi, Khanewal, Sahiwal, Mianwali, Multan, Jhang and Toba Tek Singh.

The health department is also going to launch anti-polio drive from April 14 during which over 4 million children will be administered drops.

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Rawalpindi district court attack kills at least two

RAWALPINDI: At least two people were killed and several injured on Friday in an incident of indiscriminate firing on a local district court in the garrison city, DawnNews reported.

According to police personnel, the firing in the district court occurred between two groups which killed a prisoner and a passerby.

Moreover, an exchange of fire between police and armed attackers also took place after which policemen arrested four assailants.

After the incident, people panicked and rushed outside the court.

Police and security forces cordoned off the area.

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UK pledges new focus on disaster preparation

Justine Greening to announce new programme which will help improve how developing countries prepare for humanitarian disasters, at the World Bank Spring meetings.

The UK will lead a major improvement in the way developing countries prepare for humanitarian disasters to avert future crises, International Development Secretary Justine Greening will announce at the World Bank’s Spring Meeting in Washington.