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Manali, Keylong wake up to unexpected fresh snow

Times of India

TNN | Mar 19, 2014, 01.39AM IST

MANALI: The northern parts of Himachal Pradesh, including tourist town of Manali, experienced unexpected moderate snowfall on Tuesday early morning.

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Situation Report-1: Unseasonal Rain and Hailstorm

Sphere India


Unseasonal rain and hailstorms have destroyed crops in many parts of the country, including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh and heavy snowfall and avalanche hindered the daily life in J&K.

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 25 | 01 – 28 February 2014

Humanitarians continue to express concerns about the possible interruptions of health service delivery to a population with already low access and an increased risk of attacks on patients and health care professionals.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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India - Heavy snowfall (ECHO Daily Flash - 17 March 2014)

  • Several days of consecutive heavy snowfall have resulted in the deaths of 17 people in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Over 100 people have been evacuated to safety as the unprecedented snowfall triggered avalanches and damaged over 600 buildings in various districts of the state, Kupwara being the most affected.

  • The snowfall has paralysed normal life across the Kashmir Valley, cutting its single road and rail link with the rest of India, and disrupting power and water supplies.

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Kashmir snowfall leaves 17 dead, 2,000 houses damaged

New Delhi, Mar 16, IRNA -- The untimely snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir claimed 17 lives and left nearly 2,000 houses damaged in Kashmir division, a high-level review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was informed today.

The meeting, convened to brief the Chief Minister about the situation following the recent heavy snowfall in state, was also told that 57 cattle perished in the calamity, the PTI reported quoting a spokesman as said.

The chief minister directed officials to arrange helicopter sorties to evacuate people from snow-bound areas.

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Avalanche kills four Pakistani soldiers: military

03/12/2014 12:04 GMT

ISLAMABAD, March 12, 2014 (AFP) - At least four soldiers were killed when an avalanche struck a base camp in northern Pakistan, the military said on Wednesday.

The incident happened in the snow-covered Astore area which falls in the territory of Gilgit-Baltistan, also claimed by India as part of the disputed Kashmir region.

Agence France-Presse:

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Avalanches kill six in Indian Kashmir

03/12/2014 10:32 GMT

SRINAGAR, March 12, 2014 (AFP) - Avalanches triggered by unusually heavy snowfall killed at least six people in Indian Kashmir, as flimsy buildings caved in across the Himalayan valley, police said Wednesday.

The dead included two soldiers who were crushed by snow in Kargil, a mountainous area of the remote Ladakh region, while four others were killed by avalanches in the south of the state, according to Superintendent Imtiyaz Hussain.

Agence France-Presse:

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India, Pakistan - Weather Forecast - Local Flooding and Landslides Possible 10 and 11 March - 10 March 2014

Moderate to heavy rains are expected to occur through 12 March across the mountains of northern Pakistan and India. Flash flooding and and mudslides are expected in areas of steep terrain, with heavy snow falling at higher elevations.

Forecast for far northern Pakistan and far northern India from 10 to 11 March

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Red Crescent responds to severe snowstorm in Iran

The record-breaking early-February snowstorm dumped severe snow in 26 provinces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, mainly in the Northern Province of Mazandaran and left local people with immense needs. During the last two weeks, relief workers from the provincial branch of the Red Crescent of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRCS) in Mazandaran provided relief and rescue services to 11,900 people and settled 200 trapped persons in safer places.

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DRCU (Disaster Response Coordination Unit) Weekly #63 17 - 23 February 2014

Section 1. “Review of events and humanitarian situation”

1.1. Occurred incidents. There were 11 incidents in the given period, which can be referred to this or other kind of emergency.

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IOM Afghanistan Humanitarian Assistance Programme Cumulative Report, January - December 2013


from January – December 2013

242 Recorded Incidents

177 Assessed Incidents

13,272 Affected Families

90,505 Affected Individuals

5,383 Families Assisted

43,163 Individuals Assisted

10,000 NFIs Distributed

32 Provinces Assisted

Natural Disaster Affected and Displaced Families from 1 January to 31 December 2013

International Organization for Migration:

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Snowstorms in Xinjiang kill livestock, disrupt lives


URUMQI, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Continuous snowstorms in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have killed more than 300 livestock and disrupted the lives of 13,000 people, the local government said Saturday.

So far, 900 people have been relocated after heavy snowstorms and snowslides have toppled 150 houses and damaged another 4,630 in seven counties or cities of the region's Kazak Autonomous Prefecture of Ili, according to a statement issued by the prefecture government.

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Afghanistan - Snow Avalanche (ECHO Daily Flash 3 February 2014)

Heavy snow falls continue in most parts of Afghanistan. The snow fall has resulted in avalanches in remote parts of Badakhshan province (North-Eastern Afghanistan). According to reports, one avalanche has killed 9 people in Kofaab district of Badakhshan while 6 others were injured in a 2nd avalanche.

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4 February 2014: Europe – Severe Weather


• In the last few days severe weather conditions (snow, low temperatures, rains, winds, high waves, storm surge) have hit several parts of Europe, causing damage, power outages and transportation problems.

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3 February 2014: Slovenia – Severe Weather


  • Snow and freezing rain affected Slovenia since 31 January causing extensive damage to the electricity and transportation networks in most regions of the country.

  • On 2 February, Slovenian authorities reported that around 80 000 client sites country-wide experienced power outages (approx. 10% of the population). Worst affected was the south-west region of Notranjska (Notranjsko-Kraska), where in the districts of Postojna and Pivka homes have been without electricity since 31 January.

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Serbia shivers under snow while volunteers take to the air for a dramatic rescue

Evacuations by helicopter, nights in schools halls, digging out cars and providing bread and food by snowmobile: winter paid a violent visit to Vojvodina and other areas of Serbia prompting the State Emergency service, the military and the Red Cross into action. 60 staff and volunteers from the Serbian Red Cross were in full swing over the weekend assisting with evacuation and providing for people stranded in cars, homes and schools.