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GIEWS Country Brief: Pakistan 29-October-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Bumper 2014 paddy and maize production expected
  • Lower wheat imports in 2014/15 marketing year (May/April)
  • Prices of wheat and wheat flour generally stable or decreased slightly in late October
  • Overall food security conditions stable but localized food insecurity persists
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Pakistan civilians flee as military steps up Khyber offensive on Taliban

By Jibran Ahmad

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Twenty-nine people were killed and thousands of civilians forced to flee Pakistan's northwestern region of Khyber, the military said on Thursday, as it stepped up a two-week-old offensive against Taliban militants in the area.

Twenty-one suspected militants and eight soldiers were killed on Wednesday, the military said in a statement, but gave no figure for civilian casualties.

National disaster officials say the fighting has forced more than 18,000 people to abandon their homes.

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Another 4 polio cases confirmed

ISLAMABAD: With the confirmation of four more polio cases by the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health on Wednesday, the figure climbed to 231.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services said that two cases each had been reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

“Two cases have been reported from Peshawar and two from Khyber Agency,” he said.

Published in Dawn, October 30th , 2014

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Tropical Cyclone 04A (NILOFAR) in Arabian Sea, 28 October 2014

Pakistan Meteorological Department has issued a Cyclone Advisory-5 dated 28th October, 2014 1800 hours relating to Tropical Cyclone formation named "NILOFAR" in Arabian Sea, which is reproduced as under:

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ECHO Daily Flash of 29 October 2014

Sri Lanka - Landslide (Media)

-Heavy rains affected parts of Sri Lanka in the last few days. According to media (as of early 29 October), a landslide hit the area of Haldummulla (Badulla, central Sri Lanka) early on 29 October, killing at least three people. At least 150 people are still missing. Rescue operations are on-going.

India, Pakistan - Tropical Cyclone NILOFAR - UPDATE (GDACS, JTWC, IMD, PMD, ECHO)

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India shifts thousands ahead of cyclone, Pakistan on alert

Nilofar - listed as a "very severe cyclonic storm" by Indian weather officials - is barrelling across the Arabian Sea packing winds of up to 220 kilometres an hour.

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Climate change and food insecurity multiplying risks of conflict and civil unrest in 32 countries

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Maplecroft

A combination of climate change vulnerability and food insecurity is amplifying the risks of conflict and civil unrest in 32 countries, including the emerging markets of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and the Philippines, according to the seventh annual Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas (CCERA) released by global risk analytics company Maplecroft.

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Pakistan: Monsoon Floods - Emergency Appeal (MDRPK010) Operations Update n° 1

Summary: In the first week of September, the four eastern rivers of Pakistan (Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, Jhelum) overflowed and triggered flash flooding in the Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit Baltistan (GB), and Punjab regions. This resulted in loss of life, inundation of a large area of land, damage to property and infrastructure, and agriculture and livestock losses.

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One dead in Kashmir after fresh border clashes

Muzaffarabad, Pakistan | AFP | Wednesday 10/29/2014 - 06:17 GMT

An elderly Pakistani man was killed by Indian troops as fresh cross-border firing rocked the disputed Kashmir region, officials said Wednesday.

The 75-year-old was herding goats outside his home in the Chari Kot border village of Pakistani administered Kashmir on Tuesday when he was killed by "unprovoked" firing by Indian troops, Abdul Majeed Mughal, a senior government official in the region tasked to monitor cross border fire, told AFP.

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Nilofar intensifies into ‘very severe’ cyclone

By Agencies | Syed Ali Shah

KARACHI: Cyclone Nilofar in the Arabian Sea has intensified into a 'very severe' tropical cyclone, said the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

Section 144, which prohibits bathing in the sea, has been imposed in the coastal areas including Karachi and Badin.

Speaking to the media, Chief Meteorologist Tauseef Alam said the cyclone is currently 1,100 kilometers away from Karachi.

He said the cyclone will start moving towards the north-west and then north-east during the next 12 hours.

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Ibrahim Hyderi fishermen indifferent to cyclone threat

By Saher Baloch

KARACHI: There was an unwavering calm in the coastal area of Ibrahim Hyderi with fishermen at the main dock busy putting away the catch on Tuesday though news reports were coming in from different sources that a cyclone would soon hit the coasts of Pakistan and India.

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Emergency flood response continues

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Islamic Relief

As winter approaches, millions of people are still at risk more than a month after widespread flooding devastated communities in India and Pakistan.

In Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, hundreds of villages were submerged during the floods. Ten villages now have access to safe drinking water, thanks to water filtration plants provided by Islamic Relief.

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Grenade attack at Karachi Imambargah kills child, injures seven

KARACHI: A one and half year old child was killed while at least seven people were injured in a hand grenade explosion near an Imambargah in Karachi’s Ayesha Manzil area on Tuesday night, DawnNews reported.

Initial reports suggest that a Muharram majlis for women was taking place at Islamic Research Center (IRC) Imambargah at the time of the blast. Most of the injured are women and children.

Rescue officials have shifted the injured to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

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